What indie studio deserves a shot at a Nintendo franchise?

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Last month Nintendo teamed up with Brace Yourself Games to launch Cadence of Hyrule. This small indie team impressed Nintendo so much with Crypt of the Necrodancer, they let them develop a Zelda game. They’re not the only indie team looking to prove themselves to Nintendo! Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) President Takuya Aizu recently expressed his desire to remake Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. That could be a great fit, but it’s not the only dream match-up. What indie studio would you like to see get a shot at a Nintendo franchise?

Indie studios who deserve a shot

I believe Nintendo’s mishandling of Metroid in recent years is a big missed opportunity. Aside from the poor reception to Other M and Federation Force, Nintendo hasn’t put out a brand new 2D Metroid since 2002. Since then, they’ve put out just two 2D remakes, and nothing original. Countless developers have been inspired by Metroid, so there’s no shortage of indies who could take a crack at it. I’d love to see either Tom Happ (Axiom Verge) or WayForward Technologies (Shantae, Might Switch Force) get the chance.

Nintendo has also failed to show any love to F-Zero in many years. Meanwhile, Shin’en Multimedia has received praise for its Fast Racing series. Fast RMX was well-received as a Switch launch title, and the series as a whole is constantly compared to F-Zero. Why not give them the keys to the franchise and let them take a spin?

So which indie studio do you think has earned the right to handle a Nintendo franchise? And which franchise could use that fresh new take? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.