It should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid a speck of attention to gaming news over the past two years that Nintendo is looking to move into the next generation relatively soon with their latest console, code-named NX. From marketing to lack of third party support, Nintendo's previous system, the Wii U, has had a slew of problems that lead to its underwhelming sales performance.
But even with all of the issues in the current system, I believe the most disappointing aspect of the Wii U is the sparse collection of exclusive games from some of Nintendo's most popular series. During the Wii U's three year life span, Nintendo has produced no original titles from fan favorite franchises: Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, or Metroid Prime. So, instead of talking about all of the specs and apps that I would like to see on the NX, I would rather talk about what is most important for any successful gaming console: the games.
Below, I have compiled a list of 5 games that I believe would make the Nintendo NX an absolute must buy.
1. Donkey Kong
In 1996, Nintendo ruled the gaming industry, and one of the biggest reasons why was the reinvented, best-selling Super Mario 64. A few years later, in a quite similar way, the Donkey Kong franchise received a major face lift with Donkey Kong 64. Both of these titles marked the first time that fans could explore a 3D environment with each of these characters, but unlike Mario, Donkey Kong and company never returned for an open world adventure. As big a fan as I am of the side-scrolling Donkey Kong Country series, I do admit that the franchise is in need of some refreshing new mechanics, and a return to an open world could go a long way towards boosting sales for both the game and the next Nintendo system.
2. The Legend of Zelda
When Nintendo first announced the Wii U, they did so alongside a trailer of a potential, upcoming Legend of Zelda title. As fans have learned, this trailer inspired a highly anticipated game by the name of The Legend of Zelda: Wii U. News of a Legend of Zelda installment coming to the Wii U excited fans and gave hope to patrons that their new Nintendo console would have a reason to be dusted off and make a reappearance to the living room, but to the dismay of many, the game's release date has been pushed to 2016 at the earliest. In light of this disappointing news, some have speculated that the game could receive a dual release on both the Wii U and the Nintendo's next system, the NX, just as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game did with both the Wii and the GameCube respectively. Having a franchise as popular as Legend of Zelda in the launch lineup, or at least within the launch window, could make the Nintendo NX a must own right out of the gate.
3. Metroid Prime
For the life of me, I cannot understand why it has been so long since the last time we have seen a Metroid Prime game. Fans have been pining for it, and first person shooters are some of the best selling games on the market at this point in time. Metroid is the least family friendly franchise that Nintendo has the rights to, but it is also one of the most unique shooters on the market. The mechanics are entertainingly accessible and the outer space setting lends itself to endless sequels, prequels, and spin-offs. The series has been somewhat mistreated in the past, but a quality Metroid Prime entry would most certainly get gamers excited to go out and buy a brand new Nintendo NX console.
4. Mario Kart 9
I would argue that Mario Kart is the best racing franchise in the history of the genre. Even today, with stunningly beautiful graphics in racing games, and realistic driving gameplay mechanics, Mario Kart stands above the competition as the genres most entertaining and re-playable series. Not to mention, the last two installments of the series, for both the 3DS and the Wii U respectively, were two of the best and most innovative entries to date. Almost every Nintendo gaming console since the Super Nintendo has had an exclusive Mario Kart title, and I expect the NX follow suit. The franchise has been a proven system seller and I expect Mario Kart 9 to be no different.
Fans have been clamoring for a full-fledged Pokemon game on a home console since Pokemon Stadium came to the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. More recently, the masses have been expressing desire for an officially licensed Pokemon MMO. Game Freak and the Pokemon Company have been adamant that main series Pokemon titles will only be released for handheld systems, but recently a rumor has surfaced that could make a full-fledged Pokemon, home console title feasible. Numerous sources have been reporting that the Nintendo NX will be a hybrid system that will replace both the 3DS and Wii U. If these headlines turn out to be true, then that would mean that any Pokemon title that emerges would be both a home console, and handheld console game. It is too early to tell if these rumors hold any weight, but if they do, it would go a long way to making the Nintendo NX a massive success.