Super Smash Bros. Wii U/ 3DS
A new Super Smash Bros on Nintendo’s next console would
be THE killer app for Nintendo fans. Mario and Link battling it out with Bowser
and Captain Falcon in high definition sounds like a dream. Every Smash Bros.
iteration has added a bunch of new characters to the roster, and we expect no
less of the next; as excited as we are to see old favorites like Dr. Mario or
Marth return to the fight, we’re even more pumped to learn which surprise
appearances and classic faces will be added to the melee.
Depending on the Wii U’s online capabilities, the
traditionally local multiplayer series could finally get the online support it
deserves. We want to be able to join a game with a bunch of friends without
entering friend codes, on a network where the game is actually playable. Couple
that with possible interconnectivity between the Wii U and the 3DS version, and
we could really have something special. Now, if only there were GameCube
controller ports on the Wii U…
Mirror’s Edge 2
DICE made something truly fresh with
Mirror’s Edge in 2008. Instead of your average first-person shooter, the
developer created a whole new way of experiencing the first-person view:
through the eyes of a fearless runner, quickly and deftly exploring a sparsely
decorated, futuristic city. That kind of creative output was met with critical
acclaim and poor sales, with little mention of the series since. In the years
that followed, DICE has been EA’s FPS machine, working hard on Medal of Honor
and Battlefield 3, but isn’t it time for a change?
The world wasn’t ready for Mirror’s Edge in
2008, but maybe it’s finally caught up. It seems every few months there’s a new
rumor or quote indicating the series isn’t dead, so we’re keeping hope alive to
see more of Faith’s adventure. Heck, we don’t even need a full retail game. Why
not a beefy downloadable sequel in the style of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare,
with a shorter story and a set of new, expertly designed parkour levels? If
it’s a choice between a third of a game or nothing, we’ll pick the download
every time. And surely DICE can find room for that between developing modern
warfare titles for EA, right?
Star Fox Wii U
Can you believe there hasn’t been a proper console Star Fox
since Star Fox 64? Seriously. Since 64 came out, Nintendo has had the titular
vulpine fighting dinosaurs, running around shooting at tanks, and… well, taking
part in all sorts of nonsense that doesn’t involve him sitting in a cockpit. We
want to do a barrel roll. We want to press Z or R twice. The closest thing we’ve
gotten since then was the fantastic DS Star Fox Command, but that was on a
handheld – it just wasn’t the same.
It’s time to end that wait and release a full-blown Star
Fox for the Wii U, and make it one that keeps us in the cockpit for a majority
of the game. Throw a radar and some inventory stuff on the Wii U’s screen,
maybe slap in some of the cooler touchscreen elements from Command (drawing
courses in space was pretty darn cool), and let us control the game with the
analog sticks and some minor motion-control elements. It would be a fantastic Wii
U launch title, showing off the graphical capabilities of the system and
getting a mascot out on day one, and we’re really hoping it becomes a
A new Pokemon
When we say “a new Pokemon,” we aren’t
ready to settle for a spin-off or a side game. We mean we want a new entry in
the main series, the traditional RPG about monster collecting, friendship and
adventure. It feels like we’ve been waiting for the announcement of a third
version of Pokemon Black/White for more than a year, but why stop there and be
predictable? Why not wish for an entirely new mainline title made especially
for the 3DS?
This imagined sixth generation of Pokemon
would be unlike any before it, and not just because of the obvious additions
like new monsters and improved graphics. Think of all the features developer
Game Freak could use in this next game. StreetPass functionality would be used
for item trading, Poke-swapping, and other simple exchanges of information.
It’d use the pedometer in ways the addicting Poke Walker only dreamed of. And
with Nintendo’s new talk of DLC, here’s a Pokemon title that could finally get
true post-game content updates. With possibilities like that, who wants Pokemon
Gray when Pokemon 3D is so close?