There is nothing more gloriously and indulgently naff than a trip down memory lane with your favourite retro games. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling when you load up the game that defined your many childhood days spent indoors, when you would sit hunched too close to the TV screen, fighting your brother for the best controller or the Gameboy that still had the protective flap that kept the batteries in place (as a younger brother I quickly learned how to hold the batteries in place with my fingers and play at the same time!)
With the news of Nintendo’s recent success in porting the Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow games to the 3DS possibly leaving them open to the idea of porting more games to their marketplace, here is a list of some of the games I would like to see on there! Please note these are my personal choices, and I have stuck almost exclusively to Nintendo’s own licensed games, as well as pre-Wii titles.
First up, Mario Golf. This is a fantastic golf game originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999 that I have heard relatively little about over the years, and I would love for it to be released on Nintendo’s virtual store. It absolutely nails the fun of playing golf, and brings it into the Mario Universe. I can see this title being a smash hit, with opportunities for singleplayer, multiplayer, and possibly even custom maps in the form of mini-golf. If Nintendo wanted to encourage player retention, it could extend the RPG characteristics from the Gameboy Advance port. Everyone wins with this one! This title could expand massively, and I feel like a proper port with all mentioned features could even charge up to £20, since the opportunities extend beyond the base game.
Secondly, I would love for Nintendo to rerelease Banjo Kazooie. This title was developed by Rare and was originally released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. A title that has received a lot of love over the years, and has featured in the Rare Replay collection for the Xbox One, I feel like a port with updated graphics would be a charming little title that children of all ages (as well as their parents!) could enjoy. I would say this game should be around £8.99, the same price Nintendo are charging for the recently released first-generation Pokemon games.
Finally, following up on one Rare game, I would like to see another feature somewhere, anywhere, and the 3DS would be perfect. Conker’s Bad Fur Day is something of a cult masterpiece, taking the notion of a cute little game mascot and cramming the dialogue and gameplay with swearing, sex jokes, and pop culture references. This game would cost the same as Banjo Kazooie – £8.99 – but would be behind an age barrier. Want to buy it? Proof is needed before purchase. And it would be worth it. If you aren’t aware of what this game entails, just check out the ‘Great Mighty Poo’ boss battle. Absolutely glorious.