Nintendo is focusing more and more on Apps for Smartphones and tablets. In a recent business briefing, they announced that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to these platforms as Free 2 Play games. While these franchises certainly are a good match for those platforms, there are other franchises I would love to see on there!
1. Advance Wars
This is a pretty obvious one: If you’re putting Fire Emblem on there, Advance Wars is the next logical step. The turnbased gameplay is a perfect fit for the platforms and the 2D-graphics would look great on higher resolution screens. It would also bring back a series that hasn’t seen a new release since 2008’s Days of Ruins on the DS. And if Nintendo is to be believed, the smartphone games are also there to increase the visibility of their existing franchises. Time it right and you could promote a new game for the 3DS or Nintendo NX.
2. Dr. Mario
I’m a sucker for puzzle games, especially on mobile devices. This series has seen a renaissance in the last couple of years, with new releases for Wii, Wii U and 3DS, so it would be easy to create a version for smart devices. It doesn’t suit the Free 2 Play model, but it would make for a great purchase in the lower price regions of the App-Stores. Maybe toss in some asynchronus multiplayer too
3. Wario Ware
When it comes to mini-game collections, Wario Ware is king. Now, there are two possibilities when you bring this series to new devices: The first one would be to create collections, which you could buy seperately. The other one would be to create more fleshed out minigames that are sold seperately. I’m sure Nintendo could come up with some really great ideas for minigames that use those devices in ways many have not thought possible
4. Pokémon Snap
Pokémon Snap is one of those classics I personally don’t really get, but see the potential in. Thanks to the camera present in pretty much every device these days, you could produce an AR-version of Pokémon snap very easily. And Pokémon always sells, right?
5. Another Code
Another Code is one of those franchises most people forget about, when it comes to Nintendo. After a game on the DS and the Wii, it went dormant and it never really garnered much interest. However, I have a soft spot for visual novels and since this one sticks close to that formula while providing some very interesting puzzles, I think it would make a perfect fit for these platforms. I even think you could create a great episodic series with these, not unlike what Telltale Games does.
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