Every Nintendo fan has their favourite first party franchises. For me there hasn’t been a better first party line up than Gamecube’s. F-Zero GX, Wind Waker, Mario Sunshine, Waverace Blue Storm, Starfox Adventures, Starfox Assault WarioWare, Inc., Mario Party 4, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Pikmin, Pikmin 2, and Battalion Wars. What a Nintendo line up. Heaps of major franchises skipped Wii, and that’s left me dreaming of an amazing first party line up for Wii U. Here’s my ultimate line up.
1. Battalion Wars 3
Battalion Wars was an amazing third person action game on Gamecube. A Nintendo war game with REAL guns? Yes please. The Wii sequel was great too, but was let down by some dodgy Wii remote controls when you were flying aircraft. A new, HD version (and I’ll be repeating that sentence many times during this piece) would be amazing. A great selling point of the Battalion Wars series was that you can switch players or roles during battles. Play through a mission as a foot soldier, or a tank, or a bomber plane. It’s up to you. Being able to transfer controls with a press of the touch screen would be awesome. Having a map to see where all your minions are in relation to the battle would add a new level to the strategy.
2. F-Zero GX2
I’m not going to attempt to come up with inventive titles for these sequels. The Thousand Year Door? Double Dash? I’ll stick with numbers. Besides, GX2 has quite a ring to it. Anyway, there is a need, after missing and entire generation with Wii, for F-Zero to make a return to consoles. F-Zero GX has graphics that stand the test of time, and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo will do with the franchise now they had HD horsepower to play with. Keep it fast, keep it brutal and keep it pretty.
3. Ocarina Of Time 2
Just kidding, but how cool does that title sound. Say it out loud. Ocarina of Time 2. An HD re imagining of the Ocarina world is something I’m sure the fans would lap up. Ha, it won’t happen. But a new Zelda is coming and the franchise has its place in my dream line up.
4. Super Mario 512
They’re working on it. You’ve got to wish, as a Mario fan, for a return to the Mario 64 formula. As incredible and breathtaking as the two Mario Galaxy games were, I want to see a bigger, better castle to explore. More paintings to leap into, and more slides to navigate. More cool names like “Tall Tall Mountain” and definitely a return of that amazing sound when you pick what star to attempt. Bah bah bah bop bah bah! Let’s-a-go!
5. Waverace Blue Storm 2
I could say it over and over. Blue Storm 2. Like F-Zero GX, Blue Storm’s graphics were amazing at the time and still impress today. I’ll concede a Wii version of Waverace probably wasn’t needed- it’s generally a showcase for Nintendo’s new hardware capabilities. It’s a shame there wasn’t a Waverace game at Wii U’s launch, but I’m still holding out hope for a realistic, hardcore Waverace sequel on Wii U. Summon dolphins with a press of the touch screen. Why not.
6. Lylat Wars 2
Known as Starfox 64 in other countries, in Australia it was Lylat Wars. It introduced me to the Rumble Pak. Starfox Assault appeared on Gamecube but it wasn’t as well received, and I never played it. But I played the hell out of Lylat Wars. Five player split screen co-op would be amazing on Wii U.
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As obvious as this list may already be, Mario Kart 8 is included in this list, so is Nintendo Land 2. So (to an extent) is Mario Party 9. I’d love a sequel to WarioWare, Inc. as well, but it seems the imminent Game & Wario is going to fill that void, true sequel or not.
I’d love to hear what you would like to see appear on Wii U, especially since a sequel (maybe) to Eternal Darkness has just been announced. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell or Miiverse: zinger_AU
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