Between the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, several of Nintendo’s greatest mascots made glorious debuts in the third dimension: Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Metroid Prime all carried their respective franchises into near full-time 3D. However, not every Nintendo series became a full-fledged 3D regular.
Titles like Wario World, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and Donkey Kong 64 all gave us a limited taste of how some of Nintendo’s less-popular characters function with an added dimension to explore. Other characters still have not made the jump to 3D, the most notable among them Yoshi and Kirby (Kirby Air Ride and some 3DS eShop spinoffs are all well and good, but we are yet to see a classical Kirby adventure interpreted in 3D). Which traditionally 2D Nintendo series needs a jump to 3D? One that has already dabbled with a 3D game or two, or a franchise that has not tested the three-dimensional waters at all?
I would have to choose Kirby to receive a full-on 3D platformer. The whimsical, fantastic, colorful environments that make up his games would translate to some absolutely beautiful 3D levels. His copy ability would work well for varied gameplay and puzzles, probably creating something similar to the captures we saw in Super Mario Odyssey. Given how great the pink puffball already is at changing things up game to game with 2D platformers, I would love to see the developer’s creativity just let loose in a 3D playground.
What Nintendo franchise do you think needs a new 3D game? Are you pining for a Kid Icarus: Uprising sequel, wanting a full Yoshi game that expands on the end of Super Mario Odyssey, or are you imagining a sprawling 3D Green Greens the way I am? Sound off in the comments with your pick and your ideas.