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5 Franchises That the Wii Could Use
July 23, 2010, 3:13 pm
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When you think of Wii, one of the first thoughts that should pop into your head is Nintendo. And when you think of Nintendo? You immediately reflect on the amounts of franchises that the company has brought – Mario, Pokemon, Star Fox, F-Zero, Super Smash Bros., etc. Though the Wii has seen most of these franchises have releases once, or maybe even twice, there is still some potential in what Nintendo could bring to the table. Now of course, these franchises are some that could possibly never grace the Wii in its lifetime, but it’s nice to dream, right?

5. Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is certainly a title one would take a second take at if it were sitting on the shelve in the Wii section of a store. However, the series made a strange debut on Nintendo DS not too long ago, receiving generally favorable reviews, with reviewers praising the visuals and controls. Though Ninja Gaiden first appeared on NES (and is currently on the Virtual Console), the series has never graced a Nintendo home console since the 16-bit days. Swordplay could be similar to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, with the user flicking the Wii Remote for attacks, or the game could be played with several different control schemes (such as the Classic Controller). Visuals would be similar or even greater than Ninja Gaiden for the original Xbox, and that’s saying something, as the game can still look good compared to some games today.

4. Metal Gear Solid

As with Ninja Gaiden, Metal Gear Solid has graced a Nintendo platform before. The previously PlayStation-exclusive franchise delivered a remake of the first title, now titled Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. The game debuted in March of 2004, and it showed that MGS could successfully be pulled off on a Nintendo console. Six years later, we are seeing Metal Gear Solid finally returning to our platform – with the release of a new title on the Nintendo 3DS. However, the icing on the cake would be a totally new title for Wii – one that goes in the same route, as say, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. And knowing Kojima and his team at Kojima Productions, we can make sure that the consoles full potential would be used – for story, visuals, and gameplay.

3. Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto, the controversial violent series, has been around for more than 12 years now, and not once (unfortunately) has it appeared on a Nintendo home console. Sure, it’s graced the handhelds – such as the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS – but never on Gamecube, or Wii. And why not? We’ve seen Rockstar titles such as Bully and Manhunt 2 debut on the Wii, both handled by Rockstar Toronto. As the crew in Canada have finished their latest project, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes in Liberty City (for PC), now could be a great time to start development on a new GTA for the Wii. Think about it – a new city, refined controls, improved visuals, and more. As the PS2 and Xbox could handle a city such as San Andreas, I’m sure the Wii would have no problem creating something bigger and better.

2. Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts was one of the oddest crossovers when it was revealed, being a collaboration between famous Disney characters and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series. Its first title released back in 2002, and with its success spawned five more titles in the series, including a direct sequel, Kingdom Hearts II. The series did grace a Nintendo platform – twice in fact – with the release of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on Gameboy Advance, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days on Nintendo DS. But the series could use a third console title, and the Wii would be a near perfect choice for release. Family-friendly console + family-friendly franchise + well-known gaming series? That equals success.

1. Portal

Valve has made countless hits in the last decade – but none really work with Wii, unless of course, we’re talking about Portal. The 2007 title proved to be successful in the 5-game compilation The Orange Box, spawning a sequel which will come next year. Although it is doubtful that either titles will make an appearance on the Wii, a Portal spin-off could certainly work. The story could take place before the original Portal, with a new character. The controls could work well with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, using the B button to create portals, etc. Visuals will be downgraded, but Portal was always regarded for its gameplay, after all.

– Dan

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