Nintendo's Switch has certainly garnered a lot of attention since its official unveiling last week. The hybrid-handheld system takes a different approach to gaming, offering players the chance to game at home on a big screen, and then take their systems with them when they're on the go. With that in mind, which game would you most like to play on Nintendo Switch? Is it something you're expecting to see from Nintendo - such as a new Mario game, or Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - or would you like to play an update of an older, more obscure game made specifically for Switch? The sky's the limit here, so choose the game of your dreams!
It's gotta be Etrian Odyssey. I mean, Eurogamer all but confirmed that Switch's portable bit has multi-touch capabilities, so I don't really see any choice but for Atlus to keep its excellent portable map-drawing dungeon crawler RPG series going on Switch. This does raise a lot of questions, though. The biggest one being that to use Switch with a television, you dock the portable component — that is, the component with the touch-screen — in a way that completely obscures the screen. So how are you supposed to play touch-based games on TV? Maybe you can't. Maybe Switch's dual modality won't simply be a matter of weighing portability versus visual quality; maybe the way you use the system will have a significant impact on the kind of game experiences you can enjoy. Maybe Switch will be both console and handheld replacement, limiting players to certain game types and concepts according to whether or not they dock their systems. I don't know, but I'm eager to find out… and definitely looking forward to playing Etrian Odyssey VI on a bigger screen.
I've been sitting here for quite a while pondering about which game I'd like to play on Switch, and while I can think of many - a new Crashmo/Pushmo, the next 3D Mario game, Zelda, Pikmin, Bayonetta 3 - one title just keeps on popping into my head, and that's Pilotwings.
I've long been a fan of the series: I loved the original game on SNES back in 1991, put a lot of time into the N64 version when it was released five years later, and really enjoyed Pilotwings Resort on 3DS in 2011, even though it was a little light on content. Pilotwings games have always managed to strike a perfect balance between simulation and arcade, resulting in a strangely relaxing game that still provides a really fun test of your skills and dexterity.
If there was a new Pilotwings game for Switch, I'd like it to follow a similar structure to previous entries in the series, with the player earning licenses through a host of different challenges and tests, unlocking new flight modes as they progress. I'd particularly like to see the return of skydiving - that was so much fun in the original SNES Pilotwings. A deeper and richer version of Pilotwings Resort's free-flight mode would also be a welcome addition, giving players the chance to explore the game's environment at their leisure, while picking up items and doing stunts to unlock new gameplay features. Finally, a compilation of some of the best mini-challenges from the series would be the icing on the cake.
Sadly, though, I doubt whether we'll see another Pilotwings release anytime soon - if ever. Flight sims seem very much out of fashion at the moment, and I can't imagine a Pilotwings game being a particularly strong demonstration of the Switch's capabilities, even though it could be a lot of fun to play.
It's time y'all. It's time to bring F-Zero back to a world that needs it.
"I certainly understand that people want a new F-Zero game," Miyamoto told IGN back in 2013. "I think where I struggle is that I don’t really have a good idea for what’s new that we could bring to F-Zero that would really turn it into a great game again. Certainly I can see how people looking at Mario Kart 8 could see, through the anti-gravity, a connection to F-Zero. But I don’t know, at this point, what direction we could go in with a new F-Zero."
And I get that. I understand wanting to evolve, change, and grow. But I also understand wanting some damn F-Zero. Sometimes, it's okay to not change that much. It's alright to give us the same thing with better graphics, new characters, and maybe a new feature. I'm down with incremental change in gaming.
I'll be damned if I don't want F-Zero regardless though. Mario Kart 8 aped some of that action with its anti-gravity racing, but it didn't go far enough. I need that breakneck pace across tracks spread out above futuristic cities. Make it happen, Nintendo.
When the Vita came out four years ago, I picked up a copy of FIFA and fell in love. For all of its flaws—FIFA on the Vita lacked many of that year's most important upgrades—it was still FIFA. In other words, it had a perfect 15 minute loop, which made it a true addiction on portable. Career mode kept me busy on a multitude of long flights.
But it didn't last. In each successive year, EA failed to update FIFA on the Vita, preferring instead to release the same version with new rosters. It fell further and further behind until it was finally canceled. In many respects, I was lucky to get FIFA on the Vita at all, since Madden and NHL never made it.
Now the Nintendo Switch has rekindled my dream of being able to consistently play sports games on the go. I would love to be able to get a good franchise mode going on the Switch, especially if I could periodically plug it back into my television for a big-screen experience. It would (probably) be perfect.
Right now, the biggest potential drawbacks facing major sports sims on the Switch are the platform's graphical capabilities, which may lead to releases that feel downgraded and disappointing. Also, with sports games being so online dependent, unreliable wi-fi might rob them of some of their appeal. After all, plenty of people focus exclusively on Ultimate Team these days.
But these drawbacks aside, I'm legitimately excited and curious to see what the Switch has to offer on the sports side. Maybe being able to play on international flights again will give me a chance to finally bring Portsmouth to the Champion's League.
So, I spent September binging on Dragon Quest VII for the Nintendo 3DS, then I spent October binging on Dragon Quest Builders for the PlayStation 4. I’ve subsequently learned it’s impossible for me to get tired of Dragon Quest. Therefore, I officially declare Dragon Quest XI is the game I’m looking forward to most on the Nintendo Switch. I’m down with portable Dragon Quest in all its forms.
Dragon Quest XI is getting a Nintendo 3DS release as well, so the game will technically be portable already. That said, the 3DS iteration of the game is supposed to look and play differently from the console versions. In other words, portable options for both versions of Dragon Quest XI? Yeah. Yeah, I’m OK with that.
Looking forward to March, I am.