It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch has seen various remakes in it’s first 16 months on the market. Most of the remakes happened to be of Wii U games, which brought some of the consoles best games to those who never owned a Wii U. It got me thinking however, what other games would (re)make a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch, not just Wii U games, but games from other Nintendo consoles!
Check out the top five Nintendo games we want remade for the Nintendo Switch after the break.
Super Mario 64
Even though I like Zelda games a bit better, I still find that Super Mario 64 is a pretty significant Nintendo game. Not only was it the first time Mario appeared in a 3D game, but it was also one of the first game (if not the first) I have ever played… even if, at the time, I had no frigging idea what the heck I was doing. True, Super Mario 64 was later remade for the Nintendo DS, and though that it was a pretty cool, people often criticised the tedious character switching as well as the cramped controls. Additionally, let’s be honest, the N64 version still looked better graphically.
Just imagine a full remake of Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo Switch. If you didn’t see the HD fan remake which got shut down by Nintendo (still leaves a bit of salt in the wound there), then you’ve ought to have seen the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey. A Super Mario 64 Switch remake would be absolutely amazing, not to mention it could be a good way to scratch that Mario itch waiting for the next mainline game to come out. At the very least I would be happy with Super Mario 64 themed DLC in Odyssey.
Super Mario Sunshine
What is this madness? Yet another Super Mario remake request, one after the other? Yes, I am pretty mad, but for good reason. Personally, Sunshine is probably my favourite Mario game ever created by the Japanese gods. I have a lot of fond memories with this on the GameCube, so this is a rather personal hope rather than a logical one, but surely there are others who would agree, right?
It’s actually a perfect fit for the current weather in my home country, which has seen the highest temperatures in my lifetime (we’re allowed to complain, AC is basically non existent here), so it would be nice to feel like we are in a tropical paradise like Isle Delfino than the scummy countryside of England. Okay, England isn’t actually that bad, but I’d still rather have a hotel room at Sirena Beach and have a dip in Noki Bay.
This could also be a good chance for Nintendo to utilise the GameCube controller adaptor or even introduce a revision of the JoyCon to include analogue triggers. Similar to what I said before, even just Sunshine themed Odyssey DLC would satisfy my tropical Mario cravings.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
This one is probably the most logical out of all of the remakes we want. With Metroid Prime 4 coming out at some point during the Switch’s life cycle, it would kinda make sense to allow players to catch up on the story, especially those who never delved into the Prime game. This would make sense seeing how Prime 3 came out in 2007 and Prime Trilogy for Wii came out in 2009.
Though the trilogy is available on Nintendo Wii and Wii U, the Wii version can be a bit difficult to get a hold of, and the Wii U just isn’t in as many homes compared to the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, if any Metroid newbies enjoyed Samus Returns on the Nintendo 3DS, maybe they would be inclined to jump to Nintendo Switch for the Trilogy. Finally, it could also be a good chance to keep those of us who are waiting to Prime 4 occupied with Metroid-y goodness.
The trilogy on Wii has definitely aged well, but if it got a HD remake, it would look absolutely amazing, plus maybe we could get online support for the Echoes multiplayer. Just look at this fan rendition of Planet Tallon IV!
Kid Icarus Uprising
Pit had a looooong break after his second adventure on the Game Boy however, after 21 years, the young angel returned in Kid Icarus Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS. It was an absolutely excellent title which had a brilliant balance of shooter and platforming gameplay, along with well written and witty dialogue. I also found that the multiplayer modes insanely fun to play.
The one aspect that let the game down though were the controls. Uprising relied on the Circle Pad to move, while using the touch screen to aim, and the left shoulder button to shoot. Even I, who can usually get used to most control methods, found that this control method caused quite bad cramping after playing for a bit. I couldn’t even imagine how bad it would be for lefties who lacked a Circle Pad Pro.
If the game were to be remade for the Nintendo Switch, the console would be able to introduce dual stick controls to Uprising, making the game much more of a pleasure to play. Mixed with updated HD graphics and maybe a couple content tweaks/additions, a remake would almost definitely go down well. Let’s just hope that it is possible even though Project Sora, the team behind Uprising, closed down soon after the title’s release; at least we still have Sakurai.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
It seems the 3D Zelda games have nearly come to a fully cycle remake wise, with Skyward Sword the only title without the remake treatment. Skyward Sword may not be the best Zelda game ever made, but it still is a pretty decent one, often under appreciated due to the motion controls… for some bizarre reason, a lot of people never really liked motion controls. I thought that the motion controls in Skyward Sword however, though with the occasional niggles, were the bee’s knees. They added so much immersion with the precise motion controls.
I almost feel like the Nintendo Switch would be the perfect platform for a Skyward Sword remake. The title wouldn’t really require a second screen sub-screen, a la Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, as it was the first Zelda game to utilise a weapon wheel. The biggest benefit Skyward Sword could utilise from the Nintendo Switch is the HD Rumble. Imagine not just being able to fully control each swing of the sword, but feel each swing too. The HD Rumble would surely emphasise the immersion of the motion controls. The game would obviously be able to benefit from other improvements too, such as improve textures/graphics, left-handed support, tether-less controllers, and, if you are a right old fuddy duddy, an option for traditional controls (why though?).
There we have it, five remakes that we would like on the Nintendo Switch. Know of any other old gems that we missed in the list? Did we get one completely wrong according to your ideals? Shout them out in the comments below!
I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!