We all know that at this point, Nintendo is running largely on nostalgia. The company came in at just the right time in many of our lives to hook our impressionable young minds and keeps us coming back for more. There are few gaming-related announcements that excite me as much as a new entry in a franchise I loved when I was a child.
The latest Nintendo Direct did it once again. A new Yoshi’s Island was enough to have me giddy with joy, but the last minute announcement of a new Link To The Past game was a pleasant surprise I don’t think any of us saw coming. This, combined with how much fun I had with Luigi’s Mansion 2, all got me thinking about what other franchises I want to see Nintendo bring back for us.
Super Mario Bros. 2
First off, I really want a new game set in the Super Mario Bros. 2 universe. I don’t know what Nintendo could call it, since they dropped the ball calling last summer’s 3DS title New Super Mario Brothers 2. But that aside, I think an update to this series could do wonders for Nintendo, and we’d all love it.
This game just doesn’t play anything like any other 2D side-scrolling Super Mario game. This game did away with the accepted Super Mario premise of jumping on enemies to kill them. You were instead charged with picking vegetables out of the ground and throwing them at enemies to defeat them. On top of that, you could even pick up some of the enemies after jumping on their heads and throw them at other enemies. Sadly, no Mario game since has kept any of this gameplay.
This game also introduced a host of things that did become main stays in the Mario universe, such as being the first game to introduce us North Americans to Shy Guys and Birdo. And don’t even get me started on those damn boss battles against Birdo. She would shoot eggs at you, then you would have to jump on the egg in midair, pick it up and throw it back where it came from. Although insanely easy now, this tested the limits of four-year-old me’s reflexes. This game was also the first to incorporate the idea of Luigi jumping higher than Mario, something still being done as recently as the New Super Luigi U DLC coming out soon.
Used to be the bane of my existence.
The last thing I’m going to quickly touch on is why this Mario game was so different, just in case some people out there aren’t aware of the history. You see, the original sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. that was released in Japan was deemed too difficult for us stupid North Americans. So, long story short, instead off giving us that game, Nintendo took a Japanese game called Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic and basically palette-swapped its four protagonists into Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach. So this game was so different from other Mario games simply because it wasn’t originally meant to be one. [Editor’s Note: Trivia! This was the same case with Kirby’s Epic Yarn!]
I think a Mario game in this style could do great on the 3DS. Just keep the mechanics, make it look a little bit better with all new levels. It shouldn’t be that hard and it would draw in people like me who loved the original as well as introduce new players to a different Mario experience. Hell, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS sold well enough, right?
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