Nintendo is home to many iconic franchises. Many of which need no introduction but I’ll provide one anyway. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Pokémon, Fire Emblem, just to name a few. Of course these are series that have seen games released within the past few years. Not every Nintendo franchise has managed to maintain relevancy. Some have achieved cult status and didn’t sell much or Nintendo has shown little interest in making a sequel. For whatever reason, these next 6 franchises appear to be dead at the moment. It is unlikely that any of these games will ever see a sequel.
A spinoff of the Wars series, Advanced Wars was developed by Intelligent Systems of Fire Emblem In a similar vein to Fire Emblem, Advanced Wars is a series of tactical role playing games. The first game was released on the GBA back in 2001. The player is an advisor to Commanding Officers and must move units along a grid-like map. Unlike Fire Emblem, the setting is the modern world with modern technology. The franchise hasn’t seen an iteration since Advance Wars: Day of Ruin on the DS all the way back in 2008. Yeah, its been an entire decade since the last game came out. There is a glimmer of hope for fans though. Members of Intelligent Systems have expressed a fondness for the series. Maybe there’s a chance the series could return someday. I wouldn’t hold my breath though.
Golden Sun is a series of fantasy turn-based RPGs from Camelot. The first game was released in 2001 and the sequel, The Lost Age, in 2003. A seven year hiatus took place after the release of the sequel. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn released in 2010 on the DS. Unfortunately, the series hasn’t seen a release since, leaving fans clamoring for more. This is one I don’t see making a comeback. Camelot only seems to make Mario sports titles these days.
F-Zero is a series of futuristic high speed racing game, better known to Smash players as the game where Captain Falcon came from. The first installment was a launch title on the SNES. F-Zero GX was the last console release and that was all the back in 2003 on the GameCube. Nintendo has released three consoles during that span and no new games in the series. A new game is very unlikely since series creator Shigeru Miyamoto believes the franchise has nothing new to offer. Miyamoto is far less involved with game development so the series could one day return.
Starfy is a series a of “marine” platformers, with a focus on swimming instead of running and jumping. Kind of like Ecco The Dolphin meets Kirby, except starring (see what I did there) an adorable star named Starfy. It debuted on the GBA in 2002 and developed by Tose. The series didn’t see the light of day outside Japan until 2009’s The Legendary Starfy on the DS, which also happened to be the last game released. A return is doubtful at the moment.
Here’s one that was dead before it could even become a series. Geist was co-developed alongside n-Space. The game was a first person action adventure with focus on horror It was the second M-rated game published by Nintendo, the first being Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. The game finally saw release in 2005 after several delays. Unfortunately, the game was not all that well received. While Nintendo owns the rights to the title, they would most likely never touch Geist. It doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
Mother is a quirky trilogy of RPGs with a zealous cult following. Earthbound was the only game to make it Stateside until the release of Mother on the Wii U E-shop in 2015. The last game released in the series was Mother 3 on the GBA in 2006. Series creator Shigesato Itoi has stated that the series has concluded. This is one that definitely won’t comeback.
Just because these games haven’t seen a release in years doesn’t mean it’ll be gone forever. Sometimes its for the better if a series ends before its turns bad. There are many examples of series that went on for too long. Just look at Sonic. Sega absolutely trashed the Blue Blur’s dignity. Are any of the previously mentioned games a favorite of yours? Are there any franchises I missed? Let me know in the comments!