In recent months, the Nintendo Switch has seen a flurry of remasters hit the console. Games such as Saints Row: The Third, Assassin’s Creed 3 and a host of Final Fantasy games have all been given a face-lift and ported over to Nintendo’s outstanding handheld console.
There are several games that Nintendo could look to bring over onto the Switch with many of them coming from Nintendo themselves. Below are 6 games that I think are worthy of a remaster for the Switch.
6. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Originally released on the N64, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is arguably one of the best Star Wars games released to date. Assuming the role of a fighter pilot, Rogue Squadron was home to levels such as the Death Star assault run from Star Wars: A New Hope, the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor.
The story is set between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back and adds a huge amount of lore to the universe by filling in the gaps between films extremely well.
The reason this will be such a sound fit is because of the incredibly accurate motion controls that the Switch possesses. This would add a fantastic addition to an already outstanding game and would make piloting an X-Wing or TIE Fighter a truly memorable experience. However, with Disney erasing the bulk of the lore around Star Wars, don’t expect this game to resurface anytime soon.
5. Fallout 3/Fallout: New Vegas
The Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim was a huge success and I would consider it one of the must own games for the console. It is because of this that I am still surprised that Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas have not made an appearance.
Fallout: New Vegas would be the favourable choice as it is appreciated universally and is also billed as the best entry in the Fallout series. The interesting storyline and sheer amount of content would make this a perfect addition to a console that can be used on the move. It could be argued that until recently the Switch has lacked RPG titles. By adding one of these titles to its library, Nintendo would make the Switch even more tempting to role-players who do not already own one.
4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Possibly my favourite entry in the Zelda series, Majora’s Mask is in desperate need of a remaster after it has lounged in obscurity since it was released on the 3DS a few years back. After the success of Breath of the Wild and the imminent arrival of Zelda: Link to the Past’s eagerly anticipated remake, now would be the perfect time to give other entries in the series a polish.
One of the things that makes Majora’s Mask stand out is how dark the story is when compared to other entries in the series. Even though you are against the clock, Majora’s Mask possess a wealth of collectables, returning characters and some of the most well-designed dungeons in the series.
Nintendo did an outstanding job porting the game on the 3DS, so you assume it wouldn’t require much work to bring it over to the Switch.
3. Blitz: The League II
Originally released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, this is easily one of the best alternative American football games on the market today and having played this recently, it has aged extremely well. The arcade style gameplay allows you to make huge plays and rough the opposing team up with dirty tackles and cheap shots.
Blitz II also boasts a half decent storyline and allows you to create and customise your own team as you play through three different leagues. Each team has a star player who is introduced during a short, yet often entertaining video which adds an element of depth to the fictional league.
Due to its arcade style graphics, a port of this title provide might not be as difficult as people would imagine and would a fantastic alternative sports game to the other mainstream sports titles already available on the Switch.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time is universally recognised as one of the best games ever made and rightly so. With an intense storyline spanning decades and some of the greatest and most frustrating dungeons ever created (we are looking at you Water Temple), it still amazes me that Ocarina of Time has not had a Switch remaster yet. It is the entry in the series that saw the Zelda franchise skyrocket and other games in the series have included features that were first debut in this game.
Videos have been doing the rounds on social media of hardcore fans of the series remastering the game in the Unreal engine and the results are stunning. A remaster was released for the Nintendo 3DS and it sold over a million units worldwide in the first month of release. If a remaster on the 3DS can generate such high sales, then imagine the potential Ocarina of Time would have if released on the Switch.
Following the success of Breath of the Wild, now would be the perfect time to release this outstanding game.
Goldeneye remains my favourite FPS of all time and was one of the games that really got me hooked on gaming. It is the third best selling N64 game of all time and won countless awards. What many don’t realise though is just how pioneering Goldeneye was for the FPS genre.
It brought FPS away from the standard DOOM format and provided stealth mechanics and an atmospheric setting. The local multiplayer system was also pioneering with its deathmatch option and is reminiscent of many online FPS games today.
Bringing Goldeneye to the Switch would be a fantastic move both for Nintendo and gamers alike. As the industry is more online focused than ever, the multiplayer engine would work perfectly for people to take it to their friends online and although the game is over twenty years old, the story still holds up.