Nintendo is one of the oldest game companies around that’s still highly relevant. Many of Nintendo’s major titles and franchises have received various sequels, spin-offs, and even remakes over the years. But with Nintendo’s output stretching back decades, some games just haven’t gotten the treatment they deserve, while others are primed and waiting for sequels. With luck, perhaps a new decade could provide an opportunity to finally see a rebirth for these four Nintendo games that should get sequels.
For years, we’ve heard cries for sequels to Pokémon Snap ringing out strong, ever since its initial release on Nintendo 64. Players took on the role of a Pokémon photographer traversing the world via various on-rails levels. Along the way, they’d solve hidden puzzles to get more Pokémon to appear and find ways to take higher-ranking photos of their favorite ‘mon.
Nintendo’s Wii U felt like the perfect opportunity to see a Pokémon Snap sequel. The GamePad could easily have acted as a camera’s viewfinder, separate to even the data on the main TV. Despite a perfect chance to improve the graphics and style, each new console generation has sadly remained Snap-less. However, we’ll still take sequels on the Switch or even on mobile if push comes to shove. We aren’t picky.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
The Nintendo GameCube gave us one of the creepiest games of the generation in Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. Eternal Darkness makes it into our list of Nintendo games that should get sequels because of what it did differently. Among other things, it explored some seriously chilling themes related to psychological horror at a time when we didn’t get many psychological horror games.
It was psychological horror through and through, with important gameplay aspects directly linked to your character’s sanity. Other games have dabbled with this idea, but Eternal Darkness has a spooky place in our hearts for being one of the first and best. Eternal Darkness designer Denis Dyack has tried at various times to make a spiritual successor at least, but it hasn’t come together as of yet.
Another Nintendo game that should get a sequel is Mario Paint. While we will admit Super Mario Maker scratches the creation itch to some extent, it still doesn’t have quite the same level of charm as Mario Paint. The mustachioed plumber’s foray into the art world first launched on the SNES, with a sequel of sorts following in Japan on the Nintendo 64.
It came with a weird mouse attachment and let players draw, color in areas, create stamps, make music, and — best of all — play a fly swatting game. With the Nintendo Switch’s touch screen and Joy-Con controllers, it feels like the time is right to make a new Mario Paint with full interactivity. It would even give Nintendo the opportunity to release an official stylus peripheral for the Switch and probably countless other paint-themed accessories we know we’d all collect as well.
Donkey Kong 64
We’ve seen a resurgence of Donkey Kong games recently, first with Wii, then Wii U, and now on Nintendo Switch. Both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze were excellent additions, but where’s the love for 3D Kong? Nowhere, that’s where.
Considering how well received Donkey Kong 64 was when it released, it’s almost weird we haven’t seen a sequel yet. One of the only complaints leveled at this game was that Rare made too many collect-a-thon-style 3D platformers. In the past few years, though, we’ve seen a rise in collect-a-thon games once more. These include the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and its Power Moons and Yooka-Laylee‘s adorable Pagies as well. And of course, this is one Nintendo game sequel that wouldn’t have to follow the original’s formatting. It could be a completely different kind of 3D Kong altogether.
There are heaps of other games Nintendo games that should get sequels this decade, and we’ve only listed a few. What other Nintendo games are you praying get sequels? Let us know in the comments!