With Nintendo constantly growing in the mobile scene, many wonder what titles we could see come to phones and tablets. While we are aware of games such as Mario Kart Tour and Doctor Mario World that are currently in development, the rest of the company’s mobile endeavors seem shrouded in mystery. Well, we have a few ideas for some Nintendo properties that could strike it big on mobile.
1. Advance Wars
While we would all love a new Advance Wars game on a full-fledged console, it doesn’t seem like Nintendo has that in mind at the moment. However, a good compromise for both sides could come to the mobile scene. Like how Fire Emblem Heroes performed very well as a mobile game, so too could Advance Wars. Turn-based strategy games tend to fit well on mobile devices on their own, but creating a mobile game based on such a beloved IP would surely draw in a crowd. The pixel art style would translate well onto phones, and the simple mechanics would appeal to fans of mobile games.
Super Mario Run didn’t sell gang-busters, it still performed relatively well compared to most mobile games. While the game itself had nothing in terms of innovation, it provided the classic platforming gameplay that fans love. Taking that into consideration, Yoshi could prove to be another platformer that could see success on smartphones. Now Nintendo has a few options when it comes to this IP. They could go traditional and provide customers with a generic yet entertaining Yoshi-style platformer, or they could take the opportunity to be creative. It would be interesting to see the Yoshi series explore different genres. One example could be a city-builder type game where you develop and care for a village of Yoshis. Long story short, Yoshi has a lot of potential on mobile
Let’s face it, Pikmin 4 isn’t showing up anytime soon (if at all). Because of this, fans are craving a Pikmin game more than ever. Well, what better way to appease those fans than to give them a mobile title that will hold them off until the (hopefully) eventual sequel. But how would a Pikmin mobile game play? One idea could be, like Yoshi, to stick to what works and make a miniaturized version of a classic Pikmin game. However, a pitch we have is to create a game in the vein of Sonic Adventure 2‘s Chao Garden, where you would raise different varieties of Pikmin to play in minigames. But hey, that’s just our thought that Nintendo can steal.
WarioWare has always worked well on both handheld and home consoles, so why not give it a try on mobile? It would be a simple task for Nintendo, considering the series has usually consisted of collections of microgames. Not only would this be an entertaining way to keep a mobile audience entertain by playing both old and new microgames from the franchise, but more games could be added later in updates. a multiplayer mode could also be incorporated to have gamers a way to engaged with their friends.
5. Mario Party
This one seems like such a given, that we’re quite shocked that Nintendo hasn’t already done this. Mario Party would work great on mobile! We’ve seen plenty of board games make it to mobile, but few up at the caliber of Mario Party. Players can take turns on their own devices traversing the boards and then participate in minigames through a Wi-Fi connection. There could even be a minigame-only mode like what we’ve seen in main-line Mario Party titles. Finally, developers could keep the game relevant by providing constant updates with new boards, characters, and minigames. Come on Nintendo, we want a mobile Mario Party!
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Oscar is a writer for Culture of Gaming. He is an aspiring video game journalist that follows anything and everything Nintendo. His favorite franchises consist of Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts.