Just recently we published a list of five Nintendo 64 games we'd love to play on 3DS, inspired by the recent arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and its remastered predecessors, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D.
Having recently kicked off our time with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and being rather impressed by its performance on the New Nintendo 3DS, we thought it'd be a fun weekend activity to summarise five titles we'd love to see arrive as ports / remasters exclusively on the new hardware. With a meatier CPU and amiibo support included, the scope widens from Nintendo 64 to the more recent home console generations of GameCube and Wii. Monster Games has done such as good job with Monolith Soft's huge RPG that we're certainly excited by the prospect of further arrivals from those systems.
In terms of the criteria here, we've ignored Wii games that have already been confirmed or seem very likely for the Wii U eShop, as we find it unlikely that Nintendo would double-dip. That's brought GameCube onto the agenda, too, and we've tried to go for interesting and relatively feasible options. It's a bit of light-hearted wishing, ultimately, as it's not clear whether Nintendo will release many more New Nintendo 3DS-exclusive games, and if it'd even opt for more ports / remasters. It's nice to dream though, right?
So, below are five games we'd like to see on New Nintendo 3DS and XL that could logically - even if it's only a sliver of logic - be ported to the hardware.
It's interesting that Pandora's Tower has already been confirmed for the Wii U eShop while this remains unannounced - out of the two we certainly feel that The Last Story is the superior game (Nintendo published this title in Japan and Europe). Directed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, it employs some wholehearted storytelling and pushed the scope of the Wii with an impressive adventure; it's a memorable experience. If Xenoblade Chronicles is considered a good fit for the new portable, then this should also be considered.
There have been unsubstantiated rumours about this getting the remake treatment, possibly in HD, though we've included this as it would certainly look terrific in 3D. In reality a GameCube title ported to Wii, we can't envisage it being beyond the capabilities of the New 3DS hardware, and physical inputs instead of waggle - with some gyroscope aiming when needed - would in our view sharpen up this adventure. A bit of a longshot as it'd mean three Zelda remakes in the portable family, it could nevertheless be a worthy send-off for the New Nintendo 3DS when its lifespan ends.
There was a time, 3-4 years ago, when the ongoing mystery around Pikmin 3 combined with the release of the 3DS to bring rumours that Miyamoto-san's long-awaited title would shift to the handheld. The inclusion of Pikmin in system transfer animations and as an early 3DS demonstration animation at E3 2010 added fuel to the fire, and it's not inconceivable that the franchise could work on a portable; heck, we've even had to stare at Pikmin art as silhouettes on amiibo marketing materials in recent months, too. Camera control could utilise the stylus or C-Stick to match two of the control options in the current Wii U title, and the GameCube titles could certainly run on the hardware. Bringing both games together on the New 3DS would familiarise more gamers with the franchise, and would be a neater purchasing option than the messily-released and separate Wii ports that made little impact in the last generation.
We're pretty desperate for F-Zero, any F-Zero, so this was always going to be included. This GameCube entry and its Nintendo 64 predecessor always spark off entertaining debates in Nintendo Life HQ over which is the better game, with some preferring this rather difficult, but technically impressive, Sega-developed effort. Whichever side of the fence you're on, we reckon this would be welcome nevertheless - any F-Zero remake, port or new game will do, Nintendo.
Nintendo keeps renewing its trademark for this franchise, doing so again late last year; our hope may be unfounded, but it's there nevertheless. Nintendo's not averse to using ports or remasters to gauge interest in IPs - that was reportedly the logic for Star Fox 64 3D - and the New 3DS could be a neat fit for this title. A pair of headphones and immersive stereoscopic 3D would fit this, and would fill a gap in terms of bringing a deep, intriguing horror experience to the portable's library.
Those are some suggestions, and naturally with such broad scope this list could go absolutely anywhere. Let us know what games you'd like to see ported to utilise the extra power of the New Nintendo 3DS, and vote for your choice from our list in the poll below.
Which game on this list would you most like to play on New Nintendo 3DS / XL? (568 votes)
The Last Story
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Pikmin 1 + 2 Collection
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
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