Remasters and remakes have been a common thing in gaming this past generation. Yet for Nintendo, this trend has only started to catch on in recent years, with the releases of games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Could we expect Nintendo to deliver more of these? With the absence of Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch and the lack of options to buy Nintendo’s legacy titles on the eShop, there is plenty of demand to bring back some of the company’s most cherished games. Here are just five of the games I think deserve a remaster or remake for Nintendo Switch.
Metroid Prime: Trilogy
Of all the games on this list, Metroid Prime: Trilogy has been the most rumored and may have even been announced already if it weren’t for the delays to Metroid Prime 4. This trilogy would be the best way to refresh old players on these games before the eventual release of Metroid Prime 4, while also introducing new players to what makes this series special. Naturally, the dated graphics of these GameCube and Wii titles can be improved. However, it’s also an opportunity to alter the control schemes of these games for the better. Motion aiming can be replaced by regular or gyro controlled aiming, and tweaks to the dark world sections could make some of the harder moments of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes easier to deal with.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
It’s certainly strange that one of the most beloved games of all time is yet to receive a current-gen remake or remaster. As it stands, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the most modern version, but even this doesn’t do Ocarina of Time justice due to the limited power of the Nintendo 3DS hardware. A full remake of this game could be the dream that Nintendo fans have waited for.
Ocarina of Time 3D made some great improvements like the signposting in the Water Temple and the ability to quick-swap items from the second screen. A Switch remake could include things like new side activities to liven up Hyrule Field or perhaps twists on boss encounters. In-game stats could keep track of the various quests and collectibles, and a new game plus option could make for a remixed way to play the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The dark horse of the Legend of Zelda series is possibly the game that could benefit most from a remaster to Switch. Skyward Sword‘s watercolor art style still looks beautiful and could rival that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with an HD upgrade. Outside of graphics, a Switch remaster is a chance to fix issues such as the lack of things to do in Skyloft. New activities and reasons to fly around its open world could add some appreciated depth. The motion controls could also be swapped for traditional controls (granted, easier said than done) to make it more accessible to all players and make combat smoother for those that felt annoyed by how often the Wiimotes needed calibration. Some smart editing or fast travel mechanics could also cut down on the needless backtracking and repeated boss encounters in the latter part of the game, thus giving Skyward Sword a much better pace.
When asked about the future of F-Zero closer to a decade ago, Shigeru Miyamoto famously implied that there wasn’t much more that could be done with the series’s formula. If that is the case, then there’s no reason the original game can’t be remade with a fresh coat of paint for a new generation of Nintendo players. The retro-futuristic environments could truly come to life with Nintendo Switch’s hardware, and expanded multiplayer options would be a welcome addition. F-Zero‘s focus on skillful navigation makes it distinct enough from the Mario Kart series and a title that Nintendo racing fans need to play.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Nintendo has already expressed interest in bringing back Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door if the fans are vocal enough, and the recent rumors of Super Mario remasters also add some weight to these possibilities. The vibrant and colorful art style of The Thousand-Year Door is bound to look delightful with a Switch remaster, but what else could Nintendo do to update this classic? While the game is undoubtedly great, some quality-of-life improvements could modernize it further. New options to skip cutscenes and dialogue would go a long way for returning players, while some fast travel options could cut down on the backtracking that new players could get frustrated with. For those that love the combat system, perhaps new modes like a boss rush or challenge system could add some welcome replayability.
What classic Nintendo games would you like to see remastered for Switch?