I’m sure we all heard the news that was announced yesterday: Nintendo has announced that they are teaming up with DeNA, one of Japan’s leading mobile companies, to start bringing some of our favourite franchises to our smartphones and tablets. This is something fans have been hoping would happen for years, and as Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata said in the presentation with DeNA,
“Nintendo has decided to utilize smart devices aggressively … now that smart devices have grown to become the window for so many people to personally connect with society, it would be a waste not to use these devices.”
To which the world said, “FINALLY!”
This got me thinking about kind of Nintendo re-imaginings I might like to see come out of this. Nintendo has specifically said that they won’t be simply porting classic games to mobile, but that these will be new takes on old classics. Honestly that makes sense – straight ports would be direct competition with their handhelds.
So I came up with a couple ideas of what could be, and what I would 100% play.
Feel free to steal, Nintendo!
1. Pokemon Shuffle
Yes, this is already a thing on the 3DS, and yes, it was free, BUT I would love this (and play it) so much more on my phone than on my handheld. I don’t always have my 3DS on me but I do always have my phone, and a game that requires you to wait for hearts to regenerate to play more levels is something that I could come back to a lot easier on my mobile.
2. Mario Endless Runner
I have seen this one suggested several times online as well, but honestly it was the first thing I thought of. Move over Flappy Bird and Temple Run: our favorite plumber is on the move. This would be so much fun – you could go through all the worlds, get items that helped or made you bigger: can you imagine a mushroom that made you SO BIG you could just SMASH EVERYTHING?!
3. Zelda … Something
Zelda is tough, because what I’d really love it just a port of LttP or OoT to my iPad with touch controls – and that is exactly what they said would NOT be happening. But what if we could JUST have temples to run through? With time trials? AND MAYBE RANDOM ITEMS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HELP YOU THROUGH?!
I love it.
Or what about a Link Crossbow Training or Nintendoland-esque themed Link rail shooter? That would also be really fun, especially on the go!
4. Animal Crossing Tapped Out
I would love to see an Animal Crossing game that revolved not around Villager, but around all the animals in the AC games. They have seriously amazing and diversified personalities: they’re funny, they’re cranky, they follow you around or get mad at you for ignoring them. Can you imagine if you could do quests like this, via Tapped Out, on the go? Help them find their lost sock, or write a letter to a friend, or find dinosaur bones by tapping on all the trees? I would love to give them a chance to shine even more.
Especially K.K. He is the coolest little man.
5. Streetpass Games
One of my favorite things to do on my 3DS when I have only a little time is catch up on streetpass games, especially the puzzle piece game, Warrior’s Way, and The Monster Manor. Unfortunately, I don’t always have my 3DS with me, and when I do, it’s hard to get a lot of hits in Halifax, Nova Scotia. One or two a day just isn’t cutting it.
I would love to be able to streetpass on my phone, and play these games (or hey, even new ones!) with much more frequency because hey – who doesn’t have a phone?
You have any ideas for Nintendo mobile games? What’s the first game – or franchise – that you want to see? Let us know in the comments!
Until next time!
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