Nintendo is a developer that often surprises with what they’re capable of, having a whole heap of famous IPs that are continuously revisited. However, there are a handful of remarkable games that never received the sequel they deserved. Here are a few incredible games I hope to see have that sequel in the coming years.
1. Metroid Fusion
Although Metroid Fusion looked and felt similar to Super Metroid, the game was wildly different from any other game in the series. Metroid Fusion was much more linear and the sense of isolation was minimal, even though the sense of scale and vastness was prominent. At the time, having a mobile game this grand in the palm of your hands was surreal. Oddly enough, Nintendo released Fusion alongside Metroid Prime and with the massive critical praise Prime received, Fusion didn’t necessarily get the attention it deserved. In recent news, Nintendo has stated they possibly have two more games in the Metroid franchise in development: a 2D side-scroller and a first-person shooter. I think it would not only be wise, but tremendous fan service, to release two more games in the series on 3DS and Wii U.
2. Pokémon Snap
To this day, there is no game quite like Pokémon Snap. Instead of playing as a trainer out to catch ‘em all, you play a photographer on the hazardous adventure to snap ‘em all in this Nintenod 64 title. It’s as simple as it sounds, yet so delightful because it was a game that anyone could casually enjoy. While trekking through mountains, sea, and sky, you interacted with all of your favorite Pokémon while trying to snap unique photos. A sequel would creatively utilize the Wii U GamePad’s capabilities, allowing you to maybe toss your items via touchscreen or tilt the GamePad to snap a precise shot of that Charmander. There is a whole world of possibilities, so on behalf of Pokémon fans — make this game, Nintendo!
3. Wave Race: Blue Storm
Wave Race: Blue Storm is the sequel to the superb N64 title, Wave Race 64. Blue Storm was released on the Nintendo GameCube five years later and it did not disappoint! It’s now been thirteen long years and we still haven’t seen another Wave Race game! As a fan of the franchise, this upsets me. The fundamental reason may be that the series lacks the prestige needed for Nintendo to give it the time of day. However, with the right marketing and push, I think the franchise could make a glorious return. Speaking of glorious, Wave Race games have always been known for pushing the graphical limit of its platform. With Nintendo now in the HD realm, it goes without saying that we would see something insanely beautiful.
4. Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine is a game that is more bizarre than most gamers realize. It featured gameplay mechanics that were never seen in Mario titles before or after it. For the first time, Mario traded his boots for F.L.U.D.D., a water-fueled jet pack. Not only that, but the game also included fully voice-acted cut scenes. Few games in the history of the franchise have offered the kind of elaborate, high altitude platforming that Sunshine packed. The myriad of differences is what sets Super Mario Sunshine apart from other games in the series and that is why I think this game in particular deserves a sequel. Even though it did a lot of things differently with its ambitious design choices, it still hit the mark of the Mario status quo.
5. F-Zero GX
Alas, it’s time to talk about the game that arguably deserves a sequel more than any other. That’s right — I’m talking about the heart-pounding, soul-crushing, fast and definitely furious F-Zero GX, a game that constantly kicks the crap out of you, yet you can’t get enough. GX is the latest installment in the franchise that released nearly eleven years ago on the Nintendo GameCube. Besides the fact that a sequel has been way overdue, I think the futuristic racing genre has been lacking in stimulus. F-Zero GX has what it takes to bring the genre to new heights this generation.
I’m curious about what you think. Do you agree with the games I think deserve a sequel? Is there a game or franchise you’ve always wanted more from? Was a new Star Fox all you ever dreamed of? Leave it all in the comments section below!