The Nintendo Switch has been extremely successful recently. It has sold over 17.8 million units so far and has only been out for almost a year and a half. Being a huge fan of several Nintendo exclusive games, I’m extremely happy that Nintendo is having great success with the Nintendo Switch.
One thing that Nintendo has also been doing is porting a few games. A few games that they’ve ported are Doom, Mario Kart 8, Skyrim, Fortnite, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Minecraft, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. I personally am not bothered by several games being ported over to the Switch, provided the games retain a standard of quality. Thus, I would love for some older and newer games to be ported/remastered.
What games would should be ported and remastered?
1. Super Mario 3D World
I loved Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. The levels were extremely bright, and the 3D environment was fun and refreshing to look at. The introduction of Cat Mario added a new element of gameplay. Cat Mario could climb walls and claw the crap out of Goombas. This allowed the player to explore certain areas to obtain collectibles that would unlock bonus stages.
While some levels were extremely easy, the game had a ton of levels that felt fresh, new, and different through each playthrough. Collecting all the green stars to unlock the final bonus world added a fair amount of replay ability too.
I personally think that Super Mario 3D World is an excellent game that did not get as much respect because of the Wii U’s failure. Porting it to the Switch would expose the game to a larger audience that would probably enjoy it. Additionally, other ports have had recent success, such as Mario Kart 8, and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, so why not another great game?
2. Pokémon Colosseum/Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness was released in North America on Oct. 3, 2005 and came out after Pokémon Colosseum. Colosseum was released in North America on Mar. 22, 2004. Both games revolved around rescuing Shadow Pokémon and purifying them. XD: Gale of Darkness, however, allowed Shadow Pokémon to have a special Shadow move, which added a slight difficulty to gameplay. The games also feature Team Snagem, and the Cipher Agents.
I’ve never sat through and played either games from start to finish, but based off the few hours I played at my friend’s house I found these games to be fun. Several of my Pokémon friends have said positive things about these games. If they were released onto the Nintendo Switch I would purchase them and give them a try. It’s been thirteen years since the release of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness so I’m certain a port/remaster/remake would be welcomed amongst the Pokémon community.
3. Fire Emblem Path of Radiance/ Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn are great Fire Emblem games. They play like every other Fire Emblem game and have a rich story that link together (I will not be going into too much detail about the story for spoiler purposes). However, just like each Fire Emblem game, the gameplay and battle system are addicting. Players can mix and match between different classes and different weapons. Every move counts because losing a troop means you lose them for good. This makes the mixing and matching even more critical.
Path of Radiance came out in North America on Oct. 17, 2005 and Radiant Dawn came out on Nov. 5, 2007. With the recent increase in popularity for the Fire Emblem series, a much more accessible option for Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn would be a nice welcome.
4. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles X released in North America on Dec. 4, 2015 on the Wii U and shares several similarities in gameplay mechanics with the original Xenoblade Chronicles. The game ended being the third best-selling game during its release week in Japan and sold around 85,000 copies. However, Xenoblade Chronicles X could have sold even more copies if the game did not release on the Wii U.
I, surprisingly, have not gotten around to playing Xenoblade Chronicles X, but I’ve played Xenoblade Chronicles and its sequel. The story is extremely rich in both. Each character felt really fleshed out and were well developed. Characters could also participate in heart to heart conversations which expanded and added to their personality. Combat was addicting, and it almost felt like you were playing a rhythm game that required perfect timing. I would most certainly consider playing Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Switch if it got ported.
5. Pokémon Diamond/ Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are part of my favorite Pokémon generation. Both games released in North America on April 22, 2007. The game takes place in Sinnoh which introduces several great legendaries, the entire starter lineup, and so many more. Several battle mechanics were introduced, like the physical and special split. Online features were introduced like the GTS, and the underground mine.
But why should Diamond and Pearl get remastered in particular?
Not too long ago Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were remastered for the Nintendo 3DS. Considering Diamond and Pearl follow Ruby and Sapphire it makes sense to eventually remaster the former to Nintendo Switch. I also know that many fans, including myself, would appreciate to play through a remastered version of Diamond and Pearl.
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Andrew Marcus is working on getting his bachelors in English/Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. When he is not doing homework or at work, he games on his PC. He also likes Nintendo’s systems and there first party games. He also likes to write poetry and non-fiction.