Nintendo made history last week, as they had announced their collaboration with Indie studio Brace Yourself Games for a Crypt of the NecroDancer/The Legend of Zelda crossover called Cadence of Hyrule. This will mark the first time that Nintendo has loaned a first-party IP to an Indie developer. While the company has loaned their characters to other developers in the past, these developers often work for large-scale studios. Of course, this has much of the community wondering: what other Nintendo properties could receive this indie treatment? Well, we might not know exactly what will happen, but we can discuss some potential projects we would like to see. With that said, here are three Indie studios that would make great Nintendo games.
1. Image and Form With Metroid
When it comes to the Metroidvania genre, few mastered it to the level of Image and Form Games. With massive successes like SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 under its belt, Image and Form seems to understand what makes a good Metroidvania game. That being said, why not give them a crack at one of the series that defined the genre (literally): Metroid. Giving Image and Form the Metroid IP makes sense, since the company has experience in both the genre and the space theme that the series revolves around. Whether this would mean a mashup between Metroid and SteamWorld or a new Metroid spin-off, we feel that Image and Form have proven that they are up for the task. Plus, seeing Samus in the style of SteamWorld would just look gorgeous, don’t you think?
2. D-Pad Studio with Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus has been an interesting property for Nintendo. While the recent revival of the franchise in the form Kid Icarus: Uprising took the IP in a creative new direction, we would love to see how a modern return to form would pan out. But what Indie developer with both experience in flight mechanics and modern pixel art design could possibly take the task? Look no further than Owlboy creators D-Pad Studio. This Norwegian company has proven that they can make a pixel platformer with success. Just look at Owlboy, the game makes excellent use of flight-based platforming and twin-stick shooter gameplay to create an indie masterpiece. Now imageine what they could do with Kid Icarus? An art style similar to that of Owlboy would really make the game pop, and a similar method of flight would make traversal feel open and free. This one definitely needs to be in production, make it happen Nintendo!
3. Sidebar Games with any Mario Sports Game
Don’t get us wrong, we love Mario Sports games as much as the next gaming media site! However, the newer entries have felt a bit lackluster in terms of content. Mechanically, they play great, but there just isn’t much there to keep players engaged for long. We long for the days when a Mario sports game had a deep story mode that had us playing for hours ala Mario Tennis: Power Tour. That’s why we would love to see what Golf Story developers Sidebar Games could come up with given the opportunity. Golf Story managed to take a boring sport like golf (sorry to any golf fans we may have offended, love you guys!) and make it interesting with an intimate story and characters with colorful personalities. The story building makes you want to continue on throughout the game, even if you’re not a fan of the golf mechanics. So lets take the beautiful work that Sidebar Games has done and apply it to any of the Mario Sports games out there, they could really use it.
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