I don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, but I’d like to get one eventually sometime next year. Some great games have already come out like Breath of the Wild (Still awesome on the Wii U!) and Super Mario Odyssey. Still, I need more than a handful of titles to truly win me over. In this article, I’ll list some of my wishes and ideas for the newest console.
- Animal Crossing Switch
I would love to see another main installment of the Animal Crossing series instead of another spin-off like Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp came out not too long ago as a fun mobile game, but we haven’t heard anything else about the franchise since.
If they could incorporate both all the old and new features they’ve done so far into it, such as the public works projects, mini-games, campers, and so on, that would be a good start. Some tweaking I think needs to happen though, such as how to better unlock them.
I’ve had a lot of various ideas for what they could improve and add to the experience along with my friends and family, but I’ll just include a few:
- If the town was bigger (Maybe more like an open world?), it could have more villagers and possibilities. Different areas and terrains to explore and potentially own like mountains, deserts, tundra, caves (on land and underwater), and etc. would make your place more unique and encourage you to visit others’ towns for inspiration.
- Diving needs to be real, not just disappearing for a moment. Swimming past fish, viewing and taking pictures of corral reefs, and finding treasure chests are just some of the activities they could do.
- Being able to do more things (in general) in town than the usual of catching insects, fishing, talking, digging, shaking trees, and so on. If you have a snowboard and a giant hill, for example, than the snowboard could act as a tool for you to use anytime to slide.
I really enjoyed how there was an update for Animal Crossing New Leaf that gave some surprising content like the campground and I still like the overall formula of gameplay and charm, even though I partially criticized a bit there. Animal Crossing would be perfect for the Switch, especially with local multiplayer.
- Fire Emblem Switch
This upcoming game was announced within a special Nintendo Direct showing off Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, but we haven’t been given a glimpse yet with fans already talking about it. There are some great videos from YouTubers like Lucky Crit who lists off his hopes and ideas.
Personally, story is the biggest thing and then gameplay second. I can go through something with say bad controls or physics and still enjoy it a lot if the story is there most of the time. I’ve loved the Fire Emblem franchise for a long time now, trying to play the older games of the series as well. I’ll just skim over a few of the recent releases for comparison:
- From what I’ve heard, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn (Never got the chance to play them, but I really want to!) were good examples of some deeper and darker storytelling.
- I felt like Fire Emblem Awakening was good, even though the theme of companionship came off as too cliche for some. Robin is an prime example of a perfect avatar character with his or her own personality and the other characters were awesome as well.
- Fire Emblem Fates had a ton of potential, but ultimately failed in several areas, especially with plot holes. I still had fun with what was there (You can check out my reviews here.), still liking the cast (But not nearly as much as I did with Awakening.) and the gameplay received interesting changes, which were greatly appreciated.
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was fantastic for a faithful remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden. The story is spot-on, a nice entry-point for those new to Fire Emblem. However, I’ve read that many were dissatisfied with the gameplay, saying it was too simplified by removing the weapon triangle, for example. The replayability wasn’t quite there unless you buy all or part of the DLC, and even then you may not fully return to it.
I hope we see at least a teaser trailer soon that is close to what we should expect for the next Fire Emblem game on the Switch. It may just push me over the edge into finally getting a Switch, but I need to know more first.
- Sequel To Kid Icarus Uprising
Kid Icarus Uprising is still one of the best games on the Nintendo 3DS, despite the hand-cramping-at-times controls, because of the characters, story, and funny banter between everyone. If you ignore the controls, the gameplay was also fun to fight in the sky and on the ground, crafting powerful weapons, experimenting with abilities, and so forth. It is criminally underrated.
I feel like this would be perfect for the Nintendo Switch, given how they could go so much farther with what they can do while continuing what they already successfully did. Pit should be more prominent as one of Nintendo’s strongest protagonists. Here are a few of my ideas to spice things up:
- This could have a heavy impact on the story, which could be potentially cool if played right, but I’d love to fly for longer without a time limit. When Dark Pit had his own chapter that was entirely airborne, I think people really loved that.
- I feel like there could be an option for local or co-op multiplayer in the main campaign if Pit teamed up with Dark Pit or other angels if there are others still around. Otherwise, competitive multiplayer like what was in Uprising could be expanded on and more accessible with more modes.
- Perhaps have extra sidequests alongside the main story that perhaps give more cutscenes and dialogue. Kid Icarus Uprising had a decently good length to it, but I was just wanting more by the end because of how attached I was to the characters.
Since the franchise is getting slightly more attention like in the recent Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS with Palutena and Dark Pit, I hope that will actually translate into another game in the near future and not decades later…
- Speaking of Super Smash Bros….
Most people, myself included, believe that Super Smash Bros. 4 will be ported over to the Nintendo Switch since that would make sense, given how poor the Wii U’s sales were. However, I hope they do more than just a straight-up port with maybe a couple of new playable characters.
I’ve already spoken about this at length before, but having a story mode would make my day, even if it was similar to Subspace Emissary on Super Smash Bros. Brawl. My brother and I spent hours on multiple save files, collecting trophies, and teaming up against enemies, especially the final boss. It served as great fanfare as impossible things happened like Mario fighting Link or vice versa depending on if you saved Peach or Zelda in the beginning. The narrative itself could have been better, but it did well enough for everyone to appreciate.
Having both the exclusive extras (Smash Run (3DS) and Smash Tour (Wii U)) included would also be nice, but also probably expected. I heard that Smash Run was the best of the two, but I never got the chance to try that one out.
There are still a lot of characters and dreams I would be enthusiastic to have in the roster, but I’ll save you from the endless list. Maybe that’ll be an article for another day…
What would you like to see? Thanks for reading and more blog posts will come soon! Hope you’re having a great December! 🙂