Nintendo Switch is slowly coming to an end and almost all of the Japanese company’s main series have had a new offshoot. In addition to well-known names like Star Fox or a big F-Zero, which have not yet made the hybrid system happy, there are also smaller titles that I miss a lot. Now I have listed five. Why should they come to Nintendo Switch in 2024? What are their special features? You will discover all this now. The sorting is completely random and does not follow any particular order.
With Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario: The Legend of the Aeon Gate, Nintendo Switch gets perhaps the two best role-playing games with the Italian plumber and Paper Mario: The Origami King is also an… acceptable title, but it’s there another series currently available on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS has also had numerous spin-offs. We are talking about Mario&Luigi. While the Paper Mario series underwent some bold experiments after Part 2, the Alphadream series remained true to itself. Classic turn-based combat with action controls, a charming art style and a fun story have kept portable gamers happy for many years. Unfortunately, the development studio is now bankrupt and it would be up to Nintendo to find a new studio to develop another spin-off. But in my opinion Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi are different enough that they can coexist on the same console without problems.
Land of Wario
Wario Land: The Shake Dimension is the last part of the series so far
Nintendo’s two big platforming mascots these days are Super Mario and Kirby. However, Wario Land titles also existed during the Game Boy era. Presented at the time as the third Mario Land, the money-hungry adversary of the Italian plumber soon managed to make a name for himself in the popular genre. The platformers shined with many features that other series lacked. So the hero is invulnerable in some parts, but if he gets hit he will be pushed back very far, which is sometimes even worse than a loss of life. However, Wario’s virtually indestructible body has other advantages. If he touches a fire source, he becomes a flame himself and can destroy obstacles in the level. Or he gets bitten by a bat and turns into Dracu-Wario. In the levels you will find treasures and secrets, which in one part even caused drastic changes in other areas. The same goes for the change of day and night, which ensured you started the relatively few levels again and again. The peculiarity of Wario Land 4 was the fact that after reaching the objective you had to quickly go back to the beginning and thus get to know the level again. This mechanic also returned in Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, the only console part and so far the last game in the series. After more than 15 years, it’s time again to send the hero in yellow on a treasure hunt that has nothing to do with minigames.
Anyone who has played a game in the Rhythm Paradise series knows that this is a very special franchise. Rhythm titles use buttons or touchscreens so you can solve various mini-games to the beat. Sometimes you have to put together a robot, other times you have to kick a soccer ball at the right time. The humor is almost similar to that of the WarioWare series at times, but it is much more challenging, especially if you have no sense of rhythm. However, since the release of Rhythm Paradise Megamix for Nintendo 3DS, the series has gone quiet. It’s a shame, because the Nintendo Switch with its two removable controllers would be ideal for spontaneous two-player duels. And if we won’t have the Chorus Kids as Super Smash Bros. fighters, they should at least have a branch of their series on the hybrid console.
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
The CING development team is long gone, so I was even more excited when the announcement of Another Code: Recollection was shared during the latest Nintendo Direct. Adventure titles starring Ashley Mizuki Robins are great. They offered an exciting story and exciting puzzles. However, CING had another series that received two spin-offs on the Nintendo DS. In Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Last Window: The Secret of Cape West you play the role of Kyle Hyde, a former policeman who now travels the country as a salesman to find his former police partner. What made the games special was their gameplay. So you had to hold the Nintendo DS like a book. The art style is also exceptional, with character models drawn in black and white that could have come from the Take On Me music video. Otherwise the titles have the same strengths as Another Code. A great story and great puzzles, but in a very different style than the teenager’s adventures.
Roads to happiness
Bowser has to pay Mario with money. A difficult fate that you can only experience in Streets of Happiness.
Yes, I know, the “Itadaki Street” series, as it is called in Japan, is not a pure Nintendo series. But it was only thanks to the crossover between Super Mario and Dragon Quest that Western fans were able to enjoy the exceptional multiplayer title in 2011, which can never be talked about enough. The gameplay of Streets of Happiness is a mix of Monopoly and stock market. Your characters run around a game board, buy shops there and embellish them with money. If your opponents take the field, they have to collect the money. The highlight: You can also invest the unused money in stocks to support the different paper sectors and earn money from sales. If a player manages to acquire all four buildings in a sector, the total value of the street increases. However, if another player has taken control of a building you need, you can trade it or buy it from him via hostile takeover for five times the price. As you move around the board, you collect tokens which, if you have a full set, can be used to level up and receive a cash gift from the bank. The game ends when one of your friends fails or when someone reaches the pre-set target amount. The gameplay is really fun for me and everyone I’ve introduced the game to, so much so that even today people still use the Wii or Wii U in meetings to play the game. It’s a shame that there are still no new games for a modern console. It’s time for Square Enix and Nintendo to correct this situation in 2024.