With Nintendo officially due to enter the world of smartphone-gaming in the next couple of weeks with Super Mario Run, I’ve been recently been musing over some other possible games they should consider releasing.
The Legend of Zelda
I’m thinking Puzzle-Quest-meets-A-Link-to-the-Past here. Not the current, messy versions of Puzzle Quest that seem stuffed full of in-app purchases but a Challenge-of-the-Warlords-esque adventure: one where Link could travel from location to location, battling classic monsters and bosses and using classic Zelda weapons to affect the board. The Hookshot could pull gems of a certain colour from the play area, or the bomb could detonate and collect a large amount of jewels in a single hit. A simple title to understand but tough to master and unlock all the secrets, just like in the console versions.
Super Mario Maker
Since 2007, Apple has sold a billion iPhones. A billion. Even allowing 80% for retained customers who recycle their phone into new models, that still leaves about 200-million handsets out there in the wild. Now imagine if millions and millions of those users were making levels for Super Mario Run; then imagine if they were sharing them… the prospects are mindblowing.
Animal Crossing would work just fine as it is. Maybe refine the controls a little and perhaps a fishing or bug-catching mini-game, but apart from that I’d say it wouldn’t need many changes. Again, the benefits of millions of connected users sharing clothing designs and home interiors could be a perfect match.
Do you remember the GameCube title Donkey Konga? It was Nintendo’s foray into the rhythm genre and every copy came with a pair of bongo-drums in the famous shape of the Donkey Kong barrels. Up to four people could play and as you might expect, players just had to pat the larger or smaller drum in time to classic themes. It’s the sort of game that would be easy to translate onto a smartphone: tap along with one, two, three or four fingers to a selection of downloadable tunes.
An augmented-reality (AR) Luigi’s Mansion or Metroid-meets-Fruit-Ninja? What games would you like to see?