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The 8 Ball: The Top 8 Wanted Switch Ports – Mario Galaxy, Hearthstone, More

March 21, 2018 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Super Mario Galaxy

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! This week I’m here to talk about Switch games. I’ve had my Switch for almost 2 months now, and while I don’t have a ton of games for it, I’ve thought about what games I’d like to see on the platform. I lean slightly more towards PC games, but I do have a few older games from Nintendo that could fit onto the Switch rather well. Let’s begin:

#8: Shadow Complex

The Switch is almost picture-perfect for a Metroidvania game. You can take the console on the go, really, so if you want to keep exploring the castle, or if you just got a new power-up, you want to continue. I put Shadow Complex on here because it’s probably the one, big, relatively recent Metroidvania that isn’t on the Switch yet. And even if the game originally came out 9 years ago, it plays just as well now, as it did back then. Plus, I imagine, if the game sold well, it might finally give incentive for Epic to commission a Shadow Complex 2.

#7: Audiosurf

There are two Audiosurf games, but I’m picking the first game because of the simplicity of the graphics and it having the better modes. Audiosurf portable could be a neat little thing, you could put music on your Micro SD card and play the game on your Switch wherever you go. It would also be great if the base game had soundtracks from classic Nintendo games. Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Splatoon, Zelda: Link to the Past, would be must haves, but think of like the top 12 Nintendo soundtracks and include them as well. Someone, make this happen.

#6: Metroid Prime Trilogy

This is the one that is likely to be announced at E3 this year. While Metroid Prime Trilogy did come to the Wii and Wii U, it probably didn’t do as well as it could have. It came out on the Wii fairly late in its console cycle, and, let’s be honest, no one cared about the Wii U to care about older collections of games. At least it would give people an excuse to get excited about Metroid again and would help gin up some excitement for Metroid Prime 4.

#5: Legend of Zelda Wind Waker/Skyward Sword

I combined these two games for simplicities sake. Wind Waker would likely be a very easy port job and wouldn’t require a ton of work to get going on the Switch. Skyward Sword, on the other hand, would likely necessitate a lot more “fixing” from Nintendo. They’d have to either ditch (what I want), or alter the motion controls of the game, especially when it comes to combat. They would also have to fix the intro stuff, since Skyward Sword is the game that takes the longest to actually get going. If they fixed these two issues, then Skyward Sword would be pretty cool.

#4: Lumines

This is related to Audiosurf, but Lumines has been slightly more dormant than Audiosurf has been. The last version of Lumines to come out was on Vita and that was in 2012, so it’s been 6 years since the last Lumines game. Lumines isn’t that hard of a puzzle game, you just have to make squares of the same colored boxes to get rid of them from the playfield and score points. The trick is, trying to keep a playfield that isn’t too full of garbage, so that you can also score. Like with Audiosurf, including music from popular Nintendo franchises would be a must. On top of that though, having backgrounds or themed boxes would also be good. Plus, Nintendo could support the game with music DLC from other games or more stages.

#3: American Truck Simulator

Nintendo really only has 3 or 4 car/racing games on the Switch, and I think they are all arcade-style racing games. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but sometimes diversity is wanted. American Truck Simulator isn’t like a Forza or Gran Turismo sim game, you’re not tuning your truck to get the best gas mileage, or running laps around a track. You’re, instead, trying to run a load of cargo from Sacramento to Phoenix in under 5 hours, while obeying traffic laws, at 1am. It can make for a tense but rewarding game. Plus, if they had some Mario and Zelda trailer paint jobs, that would be a great addition. I’m not sure all the things would transfer over that well, the Switch screen is pretty small, so the GPS would need to be changed, but I think enough of the core game could be adapted to the Switch easily enough.

#2: Hearthstone

So, Diablo 3 is rumored to come to the Switch, and that’s fine…but why not Hearthstone as well? I think the big problem Blizzard might have is with the hit or miss online service, but the game is on PC and seems to work fine. Hearthstone on the Switch should almost be a given. It’s not that technically demanding of a game, is fairly easy to pick up and play, and could be played on the go, if there is internet available. Plus, there is a single-player component to Hearthstone, so it’s not entirely focused on multiplayer. I’m not sure why Blizzard doesn’t want Hearthstone on the Switch, but it seems like it’d be a good fit.

#1: Mario Galaxy 1 and 2

Apparently, Mario Galaxy 1 is coming to the Nvidia Shield tablet…in China. It’s also a 1080P version of the game, while the original was locked at 720P. But the fact that there is a mobile version of Mario Galaxy 1 already out there (or soon to be out there) should give some major credence to Galaxy 1 (and 2) eventually coming to Switch. Both games would require a small amount of work, they each had some motion controls in them, but it’s not as drastic as in Skyward Sword, for sure. Also, Mario Sunshine should never touch the Switch.

For comments, list which games you’d like to see on the Switch and why.

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