The Nintendo Switch has, by almost all metrics, been a monumental success. It is proving to be one of the best selling consoles of all time, while being home to an impressive catalog of both amazing 1st party Nintendo titles and great indies. And while the Switch is rightfully being recognized as one of the best Nintendo consoles in years, there are some things that are very much missing. Namely, sequels to some of our favorite Nintendo franchises.
When the Switch was announced back in 2016, my mind went crazy thinking about all of the Nintendo favorites that I love and how great it would be to be able to play new versions of them both at home and on the go. And as we approach the 4th anniversary of it’s release, we have gotten quite a few of those games. Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Luigi’s Mansion 3 are all stellar games, but there are so many more that Nintendo hasn’t gotten around to yet. So we’ve compiled the 10 sequels that we’re still dying to play. And hopefully we’ll see them sooner rather than later!
The last new Mario Kart game we saw was the incredible Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. With it’s all-star cast and great levels, it’s one of the best in the entire series. The Switch did see a deluxe edition of that game, but that’s not the same as a brand new entry. The massive success of that port though is probably a big reason why we haven’t gotten a true sequel. With over 30 million copies sold and it continuing to sell like crazy to this date, we may not see a brand new entry at all, which would be a huge shame.
A massive sentimental favorite of mine, I have fond memories of riding the waves with both the Nintendo 64 version of the game as well as it’s GameCube sequel. This year marks twenty years since we last got a game in the series and that is truly unacceptable! This game is the perfect summer escape, and with the odds of us being able to take an actual summer vacation in 2021 not looking so good, a new Wave Race to play with a Mojito in hand would be a very welcome substitution.
There have been rumors of a Pikmin 4 for years, but no concrete details have ever surfaced. The charming series about an astronaut and his little flower-headed friends has been a favorite of mine since the GameCube days, and I would love to see what fresh ideas Nintendo could come up with for a new installment. Pikmin 3 recieved the deluxe treatment last year and may, like Mario Kart, be the victim of the philosophy that if you can sell millions of copies of an older game with little development costs, why spend the money to develop a brand new one.
The Donkey Kong Country series is regarded by many to be some of the best 2D platformers of all time. The classic SNES trilogy developed by Rare is beloved by die hard Nintendo fans and there are plenty of fans of the two sequels from Retro Studios. So when will we finally see a sequel to the six year old DKC: Tropical Freeze which released on the Wii U? Well, not to sound like a broken record, but there seems to be a common theme among games released for that platform.
Oh, Pilotwings. I can’t be the only one who holds a strong place in their heart for this classic Nintendo franchise. From the great SNES game that started it all to the Nintendo 64 launch title that had me floating through the world to chill tunes for hours on end, I’ve been wishing for another sequel for years. Just imagine how great it would be on a modern piece of hardware to coast between skyscrapers on your hang glider or skydive over a gorgeous open world. 25 years is too long to waiting for a true Pilotwings sequel, and no I’m not counting the 3DS game.
Super Mario Odyssey is one of the greatest Mario games of all time and his 3D adventures have been stellar, but I will still always love a classic 2D Mario side-scroller. The New Super Mario series was great and brought a fun multiplayer aspect to the formula. We’re long overdue for a new one (Super Mario Bros. 4 perhaps?) and I would love to see an interesting new art style to go along with a follow up.
Listen, we have the Joy Cons. They essentially function the same way that the Wii Remote did, so there is no reason on earth why we haven’t received a proper sequel to the Wii Sports series. Wii Sports was a phenomenon when it arrived, everyone from kids to grandparents were Wii Bowling at family get togethers. Create a true sequel that incorporates both new games and the classics that we all loved and it would be a monster hit. I mean, how did we get 1 2 Switch at the launch of the Switch but not this?!
Wii U Port Syndrome Exhibit E: Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker. An amazing game released on a console nobody (but me) loved. With the success of the Switch they ported it over to take advantage of their new audience, but for those of us who played the original back in the day, we want a brand new game to play. It was such a fun, unique puzzler that was different than anything Nintendo has done previously. The characters were charming, the puzzles were fun and challenging, it was just a great game and we deserve a sequel.
Another classic Nintendo franchise that has been lying dormant for nearly two decades, F Zero is a thrilling, high speed racing series in a vibrant future world. While there have been many similar games released over the years (Fast RMX launched with the Switch and was quite good), none have had the fun characters or that special Nintendo sauce that F Zero had. C’mon Doug, Captain Falcon deserves better.
Star Fox is an interesting game on this list as they have tried multiple times to bring it back, but often in different types of games that played much differently than the original. Star Fox Adventures featured on foot exploration and combat while Star Fox Guard was a tower defense game. I think that Star Fox is a fun universe that allows you to play with different gameplay styles, but a classic arcade style dogfighting sequel would be very much appreciated.