I know I spoke harshly about Nintendo in the past, but the truth remains I love the Big N. They offered me some of my greatest gaming memories as a kid and even some on the college campus. Despite my earlier article on how Nintendo could do better, I love the idea of official “old” consoles. I love the idea that they have HDMI cables and multiple games packed into them. I just think that, despite Nintendo registering the trademark for Nintendo 64, the Game Boy is the next logical step.
For those not familiar, for the past couple years, Nintendo thought it a good idea to release mini “consoles” with HDMI support, that have around two dozen games on each collection. Recently— potentially just to keep the rights to the names—Nintendo registered the rights to the N64 and the GameCube. I am of the mindset that they shouldn’t skip the handheld systems. I want my Game Boy Classic.
You may read that and think, “That’s a stupid idea. Why wouldn’t we get an N64 classic next?” Oh, I want them all. Don’t get me wrong. I just think that the handheld games deserve just as much love as the console games. It seems a bit strange to just gloss over an important part of Nintendo’s history that went on through both the NES and SNES eras.
Nintendo Needs To Fight For Their Rights
When considering making a collection for the modern era the problem that many important nineties games share includes licensing. A lot of great games in that decade used Disney characters, Nickelodeon characters, and even Fox characters. That’s why, despite it being hands down the best beat ‘em up of all time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time was not included in the SNES Classic collection.
When they inevitably make the Nintendo 64 Classic, due to Rare parting ways with Nintendo, a lot of games may get ignored in favor of many games that have the word Mario in the title. Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party, Paper Mario, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, so on and so forth. No Banjo Kazooie, Conker, or Perfect Dark (Goldeneye would be out of the licensing question). Heck, we can’t even get Diddy Kong Racing which featured Banjo and Conker.
So Why Game Boy?
A lot of classic games on the Game Boy have a licensing issue as well. But honestly, when I think back to a lot of games that made the Game Boy for me, licensing doesn’t appear as large of an issue. There’s still the likes of Tetris, Pokémon, Link’s Awakening, Kirby’s Dreamland 2, and the classic: Donkey Kong which is much more than four stages and is better than it has any right to be. So much of the Nintendo 64, for me at least, was Rareware. An equivalent, would include if Nintendo could no longer even reference anything made by Retro Studios.
As I stated above, the major reason I want a Game Boy Classic collection, is that I want all the Nintendo systems to have collections. I just think it would be a shame if Nintendo ignored such a large chunk of its history. Even if Nintendo can’t use certain trademarked properties, the collections they could make would be extraordinary.
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