I love the Switch. Playing anywhere and any way I want has been such a revelation. Unfortunately, Nintendo has yet to take full advantage of the new console. Where is the Virtual Console? Nintendo has pretty much killed it off in its current form. Nintendo has such an impressive backlog of classic games. Why they wouldn’t be falling over themselves releasing these games is beyond me. Perhaps they are planning game collections for the Switch. This has me thinking, what would be great ideas for game collections for the Switch? Anyway, here are some of my thoughts.
Donkey Kong Country 1-3
The original Donkey Kong Country trilogy in HD! Gamers need to play the original SNES classics. They’re a great reminder of how amazing Rareware was back in the day. Nothing like the shell that is present day Rare. These games will maintain the 4:3 aspect ratio to give players the proper experience. Not without fantastic art on the borders of course. The Donkey Kong Land games will also be released as part of the package. A collection like this needs to include extras like concept art, music, and an achievement system.
A collection of great Gameboy titles. It will have obvious titles like Super Mario Land 1 and 2, Kirby’s Dream Land, Tetris, Metroid II, and Link’s Awakening. The collection will also have lesser known titles like Harvest Moon, Kid Dracula, the Wario Land titles. The screen will have a giant classic brick Gameboy where the game will be displayed, with artwork from the specific game being played on the border.
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario All-Stars was a remake of the original Super Mario Bros. trilogy along side The Lost Levels (never released internationally at the time). The 8-bit games now sported a beautiful 16-bit redesign. Some copies included Super Mario World. That is the version this collection will be based off. Certainly not that bare bones Wii version. Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario Bros. might be the best game compilation/remaster ever made. Five absolute classics for the price of one game! Now in High Definition! It will have many of the same features as the DKC one.
Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2
The Super Mario Galaxy games are fantastic and beautiful for being released on the underpowered Wii. Now imagine those games in HD. Isn’t it stunning? There really isn’t much more to say. I just want to play these games on the Switch.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
All three Metroid Prime games were released on the Wii, using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. I just want to play these games with a proper controller and in HD. It will also come with a special Samus Amiibo for physical editions. There will all kinds of extras like reading about Prime’s development and lore, music, and achievements.
The Mother series is not one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. However, Mother has a very passionate cult fanbase. Mother was released outside of Japan for the first time on the Wii U in 2015. Earthbound was previously the only game in the series to get a release in North America. Mother 3 has never been released internationally and Nintendo of America seems hellbent on keeping it that way. A bundle release would be the perfect opportunity to give that small, passionate fanbase a chance to buy the games they want. This would most likely be digital only. I doubt Nintendo would invest in physical copies.
This is one of those things I know will never happen, but a man can dream, can’t he? Konami has an impressive backlog of games that people absolutely love. Castlevania, Contra, Gradius, Rocket Knight, and many others in the 8-bit and 16-bit era. Plenty of people would love to give Konami money for these beloved games. Unfortunately, Konami is one of the worst ‘AAA” publishers out there. They are more interested in selling Castlevania pachinko machines with erotic violence then making games. How is this publisher responsible for so many good games?