The Nintendo Switch is less than two weeks away! I have a long weekend off of work starting on March 3rd, so I’ve ensured I’ll have time to start exploring Hyrule with the new Legend of Zelda title. Then, just around the corner, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be racing out of the pre-order realm and into my house. And have you seen that Super Mario Odyssey trailer? I can’t wait to jump into those worlds. I love the 3D-Mario games – 64, Sunshine, Galaxy…and Odyssey looks every bit as engaging.
No one can dispute that Nintendo’s strong suit is its stable of original IPs. While some of the big guns are already on the way for Nintendo’s new hardware, there are a slew of games I’m eagerly waiting to hear about. So I’ve put together my top five franchises I want to see make an appearance on the Switch. These may not be the five best remaining franchises, but they’re five of my favorites and ones I’ve dumped a lot of time into in the past. Let’s get started:
5. Star Fox
Star Fox has been pretty well represented on each of Nintendo’s consoles since the SNES (aside from skipping the Wii). I’d love to get back to dogfighting, and can’t think of a better franchise to do that with than Star Fox.
4. Mario Sports
When I was planning out this article, I was torn between Mario Golf and Mario Tennis. These titles are some of my favorite time-wasters, as the exhibition matches and tournaments are so fun and compelling to come back to. Then I realized the problem solver: a compilation title. Nintendo is already doing this in March with Mario Sports Superstars for the 3DS, and they’ve done sports compilation titles in the past. I don’t think it’s too pie-in-the-sky to think something similar could come to Switch. Throw in effective and reliable online play, and I’ll jump right in.
High-octane racing will be decently represented on the Switch, with Redout and Fast RMX Racing both coming to the system before summer. But Nintendo has their own futuristic racing sim, and a very good one at that. The F-Zero series hasn’t seen a release since 2004 on the Game Boy Advance, so I think it’s high time it makes a comeback.
2. Super Smash Bros.
Of any title listed here, this is easily the most likely to happen. Whether it’s a repackaging of the Wii U title with its DLC included (similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) or a brand-new entry, Super Smash Bros. on Switch would be huge. With Nintendo seemingly getting serious about its online play, there are few other franchises better suited to tout that feature than Smash Bros.
Even more than Zelda, Metroid may be my favorite series from Nintendo. Whether we’re talking about classic side-scrolling action in Super Metroid or Metroid Fusion or the engrossing first-person shooter Prime trilogy, I love me a Metroid game. The series skipped the Wii U altogether and Nintendo needs all the big guns to sell systems, so the time has never been better to reveal when we get to see Samus again.
Nintendo has some great titles on the way for the Switch in its first year. Regardless of what you might read on the internet, the quality and quantity of first-year Switch titles is actually quite impressive. I would highly, highly doubt that we hear about anything like this until at least E3 this year. And while I’ll be plenty busy with games up until that point, and quite likely still uncovering Breath of the Wild secrets, I’ll be ready to hear what else is on the horizon. I have my Switch pre-ordered because I want to buy in for the life of the system. I want these experiences. I want the freedom to play them wherever and however I feel like. I want them on Switch.
Make it happen, Nintendo.