Hold on to your butts, because we’re back again with another list of old-school games we’d like to see make the jump to Nintendo Switch in the very near future. This time we’ve let the criteria slip a little, allowing Nintendo Wii games to make our list – but everything’s retro eventually, right?
Scroll down to begin our list of Even More Retro Video Games We’d Like to See on Nintendo Switch. Enjoy.
5. Wii Sports (2006)
Our friends over at Game Telford (@GAMETelford on Twitter) recently Tweeted that they weren’t seeing enough love online for the brilliant Wii Tennis, which was released alongside Wii Sports back in 2006. Not only were the guys at Game spot-on, but it made us realise how bloody good the entire Wii Sports title was and how well it would translate to the Switch, especially on your television!
The Joy-Con controllers are perfectly crafted to accommodate the style of play synonymous with Wii Sports, and just because the Wii is a dead format it doesn’t mean the ethos of the console has to die with it. Maybe come up with a better way to keep the pad from slipping out of your hand while playing bowling though – I don’t want to have to buy a new TV every week.
4. CHUCHU ROCKET! (1999)
What do you get if you mix Bomberman, Pac Man, Lemmings, and Krusty’s Super Funhouse? This insane little title from the genius mind behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka.
Released on Dreamcast in 1999, ChuChu Rocket has you in the role of a less bloodthirsty Pied Piper as you place a series of arrows across a game map to help direct a gang of mice to a rocket ship that will blast them away into orbit and away from the feline danger that lurks around every corner.
ChuChu Rockey was highly addictive fun and is by far one of the best games to ever be given away free with a console. With up to 4 players you could lay traps to direct your opponents’ mice straight into the waiting mouths of the evil cats, making for some great competitive moments – and some really furious swearing. Imagine how much fun this could be on Switch with the online multiplayer option?
3. THE LION KING (1994)
With the upcoming release of Disney’s “live-action” remake of The Lion King, it’s probably never been a better time to bring back the classic side-scrolling platformer of the same name.
Released in 1994, The Lion King appeared on both MegaDrive/Genesis and SNES and was one of the toughest games on either console – even on easy mode! It also featured artwork by actual Disney animators, which is more than can be said for most adapted games of the current era. With a little HD tweaking here and there, The Lion King could be a fun addition to the Switch catalogue, and one game that is sure to keep the kids quiet for hours on end while you sit in the other room, smug in the knowledge that they’ll never get past that one bit that had even you stumped 25 years ago.
2. THE SIMPSONS ARCADE (1991)
Mention The Simpsons to any arcade gamer from the 1990s and you’ll see them break out into a huge smile. That’s because The Simpsons Arcade was one of the very best titles ever devised, and captured the hearts – and coins – of an entire generation.
Even back in 1991, The Simpsons Arcade looked just like a cartoon. It featured a plethora of characters from the TV show and more levels than Grampa Simpson could shake a fist at. Porting this true classic to Switch could still allow the 4-player functionality of the arcade, and with some sexy new HD graphics and a few additional characters – a la the 2009 iOS version – this could become a top-seller for Nintendo for years to come.
1. DIE HARD TRILOGY (1996)
Yippee-ki-yay, motherfudgers! Play as Bruce Willis in this adaptation of the iconic Die Hard movies. Die Hard Trilogy featured 3 games in 1 and offered gamers 3 very different experiences across them all, including a third-person shooter, a rail-shooter, and a Crazy Taxi-style joyride game that allowed you to run down pretty much every NPC in the game, spilling their guts all over the windscreen in the process.
Originally appearing on the PlayStation, Die Hard Trilogy received an 86% rating, one that it maintains even today, and was one of the most popular titles on the entire system. How it hasn’t been given a new lease-on-life on a modern era console is beyond us, but that’s why we’re pushing for it to appear on Nintendo Switch in the very near future.
Can you believe we’re still milking this idea all these months later? What games would you like to see ported to Switch in the next 12 months? Give us a shout in the comments section below.