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Each of Nintendo's franchises is weighed down with sequels that deliver a teaspoon of new content amidst gallons of familiar fan service. This pandering ensures the devoted legions happily slam down money for the latest re-imagining of Link, Pikachu, Fox or Samus despite the overall similarity to the previous game. You love it, we love it, but after seeing crowning achievements like Twilight Princess and Prime 3, we can't help but wonder "what do you do next?"

Detailed over the next few pages are our hopes for four key Nintendo franchises. Each has special issues that need to be addressed if the next entry is to be as exciting as the last, so careful consideration went into each selection. The idea is even though Nintendo could simply rearrange Zelda's dungeons and items and pop out a new game in a couple of years, they should take the time to really wow us with a major shake-up. So, what batshit crazy ideas did we come up with? First up - the next Zelda game should take place in the future.

Yes, it's hard to swallow at first glance, but hear us out. Twilight Princess was the Zelda game, one that we'd been waiting to play since 2000, when a demo reel showcasing an adult Link and Ganondorf locked in battle ran in front of massive crowds. We got Wind Waker instead, an entry that couldn't have been further from that original footage. Three years later, Twilight Princess appeared, sold like crazy and saw more than a few 10/10 review scores. Now that we've finally seen, played and beaten our long-awaited "serious, realistic" Zelda, would another medieval setting be as exciting? We need a completely fresh look at the series, something even more drastic than Wind Waker's candy-coated islands.

Our suggestion? Take it to the future. For one installment, ditch the rustic towns and Ren Faire populace for a bustling cityscape that spans an entire solar system. Let's see Link with a lightsaber. Impa as the leader of Hyrule's cybernetic soldiers. Ganon as an armored villain on a quest to annihilate the sun and harness its explosive power to break back into the Golden Realm. This is a legend after all - no reason this timeless tale couldn't still be going on 500 years from now.

           

Above: This elaborate, overacted hoax set the internet ablaze a year ago. Some of it's a bit much, but it goes to show this idea is not going away

Now before your conservative fanboy alarms start going off, realize that we're fans too. We just want to see something totally unexpected and not another shuffled set of dungeons. We want to see re-envisioned versions of Link, Zelda, Kakariko Village, even Epona, seen above as a speedy vehicle that jets Link across the many planets he'll have to visit. Traveling to different worlds also opens up the design to any terrain imaginable, plus locales that Nintendo's best could dream up without the confines of Earth-like environments. The only things we'd want to see untouched are the Master Sword and the Triforce - they're ancient artifacts and should stay that way, regardless of how much time has passed.

But don't worry - we still don't want voice acting. Link should remain silent. Ganon might benefit from a booming, competent voice actor, but overall we'd prefer to keep the dialogue as straight text. However, let's see some cutscenes. Smash Bros. Brawl's cinemas were fantastic, so imagine what could be done with Zelda. We're not the only ones.

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  • jamesrandall94 - April 25, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Whoever the idiot was to comment windwaker was better the TP....you need to get better gaming taste. I cant say i really like the idea of a futuristic Zelda however....i always liked involving ymself in a earlier time with its own set of rules enjoying the whole idea of no guns and such...
  • poothurdur32 - March 22, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Hmm... That StarFox one sounds like an easy Battlefield: 1942 mod...
  • Spybreak8 - March 20, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    Awesome, I seemed to have missed this article before. Yeah if Pokemon went the way of Monster Hunter Tri I might actually play the thing! Star Fox Battlefield Team Fortress, oh holy shit man holy sshhhiit!
  • HankVenture - March 18, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Those are all great Ideas LoZ would be amazing with a giant cyborg gandorf or something Metroid is hard to make a survival Horror because her armor is so powerful but if you take it away, and make resources more scarce it would be amazing. STAR FOX ONLINE ZOMG, but the Wii would be incapable of that so :[ Pokemon has been needing a MMO for YEARS, I mean it basically has everything it needs to be one. They don't need to make a brand new pokemon generation, just take black and white and fucking do it up.
  • Dr_Mr_Paul - March 4, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    actual good ideas: Zelda: change nothing because i have yet to play any zelda game i disliked. Metroid: Do more stuff that resembles the metroid prime trilogy. that was definitly metroid at its best. Star Fox: Release a sequel to star fox 64 with better graphics and similar gameplay. Pokemon: A console RPG that is exactly like the handheld games but in 3d. OR a handheld combo game where you can travel through each previous region, and at the end of each region you have to start over untill you clear the entire game at which point you would be allowed to reclaim your pokemon from the other regions and bring them everywhere. or maybe you could bring 1 pokemon with you at the end of each region, idk
  • Dr_Mr_Paul - March 4, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    not gunna lie... while i was reading this i was reminded of idiots on forums who come up with ridiculisly stupid concepts for "reboots" of classic franchises. i will be the first to say that all of these ideas are terrible.
  • Marcus20 - March 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    I HATE the idea of a futuristic Zelda! DO NOT MAKE A FUTURE ZELDA! all it needs is new bosses and maybe a different layout of scenery. If every Character had voice acting (Except Link) that would be great. The idea for Metriod dread is a great idea i played metroid Prime and it scared the SHIT out of me so that would be good. the Star fox is a good idea as well. For the Pokemon i really could not care what happens with them because i am not a huge fan of them, but i must admit, the MMO for Pokemon is a good idea as long as the graphics are no where near WOW.
  • Chaoscoolperson - October 30, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    There have been several fan made pokemon MMOs but your idea sounds better. I say you should write an entire article about this idea and give it to pokemon company, and see what they say. If it is good I say you should also come up with ideas for a halo MMO. please?
  • johnnytasch - July 12, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    that pokemon MMO made me moist
  • sassyg14 - July 9, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    That pokemon idea is fantastic.
  • twewy13 - June 8, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    i want that star fox so bad... all of these ideas seem great
  • thephntm - March 8, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Metroid Dread= AWESOME Futuristic Zelda= Depends on if Nintendo does it right. Lylat Wars= 0.0 YES Pokémon MMO= Maybe. My own ideas: Metroid MMO, Metroid game where you play as the Space Pirates, Metroid MMO, Metroid game that takes place while Samus is still a child in training, Metroid MMO, Starfox game that takes place, oh, 10 years in the future (Slippy died in an "accident"), Metroid MMO, Pokémon game that takes place thousands of years before R/B/Y featuring primitive, ancient Pokémon, and did I mention Metroid MMO?
  • hamsterdoom360 - January 23, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    Might as well put in my two cents worth seeing as everyone else felt the need to do so. Future Zelda, as interesting an idea as it may seem would take a lot of work. The end result would be incredible if done correctly, however. Something epic like Mass Effect meets Zelda would be the outcome. But you would have to incorporate other races advancements in technology into the picture (Deku scrubs FTW!) and political and cultural influences into future world design. Who would own what territory? Who would be extinct (Zoras most likely; stupid pollution)? Whether or not hylians, and not regular humans, would be the dominant species if present at all? No horses? No problem. The motorcycle idea is a great one. Personally I like the thought of Malon running an auto shop with her Italian dad and uncle. And as for Epona herself, everyone likes the replacement of letters with numbers; let's go with 3P0N4. Why not? Just think of all that horse power. And the whole "the Master Sword is just an ancient blade, how could it cut through robots and energy shields" business? Two words: Samurai Jack. But of course the reliance on guns would have to be minimized to prevent another Fable 2 from happening. I could go on all day about equipment and what-have-you but I'll save that for another time. A grand undertaking to say the least. Now, I'm probably not the most well equipped gamer to discuss Metroid as I have committed less than a total of 20 minutes of my life to playing any of its titles ever. I played part of that demo that came with Brawl, not even the whole thing mind you. I tried the multiplayer shooter one for the DS on my buddy's Lite. I even played Prime for five minutes, hated the controls and traded it for Magic: The Gathering cards. In retrospect, probably not a good move. But as far as a Metroid horror game goes, I'd back that up. If it could be more than just run around and shoot 'em up, but actually involve some mystery and investigating like Condemned and Arkham Asylum that'd be sweet. I must say that I have only ever played StarFox 64, but I at least played it all the way through. The idea presented sounds fantastic if not unlike an advanced version of rock-paper-scissors. Infantry, vehicles and aircraft? Sounds like the makings of an RTS. But if anyone could do it it'd be StarFox (at least... one could hope). A pokemon MMO; I can only assume this has gone through the mind of every Pokemon fan at some point or another. Not only would it be extremely lucrative for Nintendo, they wouldn't have to worry about backing themselves into a corner every time they introduced a new generation. Just like scientists are discovering new species everyday (so to speak), they could introduce a small handful of new pokemon every time an update rolled around. As long as they don't make it so that leveling is as simple as spending real world money on in game rare candies so only the rich are powerful, I'll play it. And the whole idea of a group of trainers taking down a legendary is a bit naive. Who would get the legendary pokemon? Why should they be allowed to catch it at all? They'd be waaay too OP. Instead, why not have instances, or better yet, events that the whole server could get involved in, in which they rescue a town or towns from Team Rocket or Galactic or whatever? The players who actually reach the boss get to roll for drops like Master Balls and Rainbow Feathers and stuff. Speaking of towns, you could own houses and forts like those of RSE fame and still have hideouts in the underground. Traveling from continent to continent would be way awesome and there would be a number of ways to do it. Cruise ships like the S.S. Anne where huge battle tournies are hosted during the trip, players could buy air space tickets from Officer Jenny so their pokemon can use fly outside of battle (because let's face it, no gym badge is gonna tell me whether or not I can fly to Palette Town, that's what governments with Air Forces do), trains, planes, automobiles, and don't forget about good ol' HM 03. And then there's that little whisper in the back of everyone's mind of which villain team they would join. Everyone's thought about it and I'd be willing to bet that if given the choice they totally would. It'd be like GTA meets pokemon. If only Nintendo were willing to put in the effort they could stand to make a lot of people very happy and quite a bit of money as well. If you liked any of my ideas or would like to discuss them in greater detail drop me a line at hamsterdoom360@gmail.com.
  • soapman1 - January 11, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    id suggest a pokemon game where you actually are a pokemon and stuff...that'd be pretty cool..like if you're a flying one you can just go and fly, and that's it..and you an make differet proflies where your'e different pokemon etc. etc
  • Kordocwaffle - December 29, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    The pokemon would rule if they put in all regions in 3D.
  • GameManiac - December 25, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    Those ideas seem as if they'd work REALLY well. Pokemon MMO FTW!
  • FanofSaiyan - December 5, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    If they were really going to make a futuristic Zelda, which they could do. They would need to let it sink in first. With so many people used to the low-tech cities and medival weaponry. So far Nintendo has been doing pretty well with this concept. Wind Waker went from sailing manually to steam power, and now trains. This method might make it easier to imagine such a Zelda game.
  • no1reaper206 - October 30, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    yep i like warhawk
  • kaits08 - October 5, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    After reading the article, mainly those sections on Zelda and Pokemon, I have to wonder about turning the Zelda world int to the future. The hoax video was invigorating; but I'd be disappointed in the removal of such important characters as Epona. If Nintendo were to incorporate such alterations then they would have to do some sort of mass survey that asked gamers which of their favourite (Canadian spelling) parts should be continued. For instance, Nadrewood999 came up with some amazing starter footage ideas, however I heartily disagree with the breaking of the master sword. Legend of Zelda games are identified partially by the master equipment; to remove them would be like removing a key element of the zelda identity. It would need to be incorporated somehow. Perhaps it could be modified ingame by a character weapons smith?
  • Stefan372 - September 24, 2009 2:01 a.m.

    i like all these ideas but id mod the link idea and say that thers 2 story lines and you travel through time like go back midevil for the dungeons while in the future there is some big war or something all the other ideas sound great but i believe they forgot Animal Crossing :San Andreas

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