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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that company is considering bringing back dormant franchises for Wii U. Fils-Aime reiterated that Nintendo has over thirty different franchises and they are looking closely at which games would be best suited to their current platforms,  Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Which IP would you like Nintendo to revisit?

“You know, I think we have to be really clear on the time period that we are talking about, and we need to be really clear on the specific franchises that we are talking about. I do think though, that it’s helpful to look at what we’ve done with Wii, and what we’ve done to date with Nintendo 3DS. With Wii, there was just about every Nintendo franchise brought to bear on that platform, including “Metroid,” in a number of different incarnations. When you look at Nintendo 3DS, we’ve been able to bring back beloved Nintendo franchises like “Kid Icarus” and “Luigi’s Mansion.”

“Nintendo is a very fortunate place, we have over 30 different franchises, and we look constantly for opportunities to bring those franchises to bear on our most current systems. I’m not making any promises, and I’m not making any commitments, but certainly we are thinking about, for Wii U and for 3DS, what are those franchises? Maybe those franchises that have been dormant for a few years, that we can loving bring to those platforms to drive our business forward.”

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    • They should make Golden Sun for 3ds by the guys who made Fire Emblem Awakening. And Chino Robo and Star Fox n Metroid for wii U, and of course, Shin Mrgami Tensei X Fire Emblem

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      • YES PLEASE!! A complete well done remakes of Golden Sun 1 and 2
        It be a dream come true to explore the Lighthouses as if I was really there in a 3D world. Not just see an attempt to make it so, only in battles.
        No changes to the storyline what so ever. That cannot be changed or it’ll ruin it for all of us.

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  1. F-zero, starfox, 1080 and wave race, Metroid, ice climbers, Mach rider, earthbound, and a few more are all possible candidates. plus earthbound is getting a rerelease, so anythings possible

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    • well they are going to rerelease earthbound on virtual console, so there’s that. a 4th game is kinda impossible though, as itoi put it

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      • Itoi said that he won’t be making Mother 4. However, he said previously that he would let another company create it, because he would love to experience his own games from the players eyes, instead of the developers eyes.

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  2. This year was the 20th anniversary of Starfox and its been 9 years since the last console Starfox. Bring it back and give it to Platinum Games to do. I want Starfox that’s the scale of X. Then F-Zero give that to someone.

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  3. The GameCube had way more first-party franchises than the Wii: StarFox, F-Zero, Metroid, Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, two Zelda titles, Sunshine, the best Mario Kart game to date (in my opinion), etc. Even that goofy Donkey Kong game was on it. Oh, and Kirby Air Ride. I loved the GameCube days!

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  4. Oh please, he doesn’t know anything. he is full of air and gas lol

    What ninty should be thinking about is making new ideas for their exsisting ips, go back to inventing the light bulb.

    I think yoshi’s island 3 is an example that they just want to spin out the same ideas, and not put a lot of thought into new ones.

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  5. We need Metroid most of all, I would like to see Star Tropics, Faxanadu, Earthbound, Warioworld, Eternal Darkness, Geist, and Super Mario Sunshine sequel.

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        • StarTropics is a beautiful, amazing tropical adventure game for the NES. You played as teenager Mike Jones, on a quest across the tropics to save his uncle from aliens. It only ever had one sequel, StarTropics II, which was also for the NES.

          It hasn’t had a game since 1994 and I think it’s high time we see this amazing series again.

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        • It’s basically Legend of Zelda, in the tropics, for babies. Really, it’s embarrassing that it’s actually made by Nintendo. I think Nintendo is only going to include Startropics in their count of IP’s they own.

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  6. Star Fox dammit.

    Give it a full do over though, dont just release Star Fox 64 type game, even though some of these stupid fanboys would like it, they’re fucking stupid, give it to Kamiya and Platinum Games, revitalise it, not just “HIGH DEFINITION” -__-

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  7. IF HE IS NOT LYING WHY DOES RETRO MAKE A FUCKING DONKEY KONG GAME THEN EVEN THOUGH THE LAST ONE WAS RELEASED ONLY 3THREE YEARS AGO!?!? >:(

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  8. This sounds like the same thing they said last year…and the year before that…and the year before that. Hype for the next year and then bringing nothing.

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  9. Bring back Startropics! It was a phenomenal game for the NES by the same team that did the original Legend of Zelda. Both games had pretty bad sequels but only Zelda got the 3D treatment and not Startropics. Please bring it back!

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  10. Let’s start with a new Star Fox & a Wii U fire emblem & go from there.

    And if we have to build something for the 3DS I GUESS we can do Advance Wars…I guess ;)

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  11. Star Fox, Metroid, F-Zero, Earthbound, Banjo Kazooie, Waverace, Kid Icarus, Luigi’s Mansion, 3D Donkey Kong, Mario Party or even something like Wario World and Pokemon Stadium would all make me so happy and help sell the Wii U. If we get three of those at next year’s E3, I’ll consider Nintendo fans lucky

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  12. It would be nice to see Mother, Star Fox, F-Zero, Waverace, and Star Tropics. I think it would be cool to see Next Level games make a Star Tropics III in 3D for 3DS.

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  13. F-Zero, Nintendo collab with Sega/Sumo Digital since Sumo has interest in making a new game. Platinum Games for Star Fox since they are interested in making one too. Retro, either Metroid or a new IP. I’d also love to see Chibi-Robo and maybe a Mach Rider game. And not sure if it’s a Nintendo IP or not but I’d love to see a new game like the Guardian Legend. A Zelda like game that turns into a spaceship shooter type game would be cool.

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  14. Jet force gemini (from rare games) and a Pokémon game like the 64game play. (the Pokémon stadium 2) with the multiplayer option that you can choose every Pokémon you like…it’s a great idea (:

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  15. F-Zero for Wii U, Metroid for Wii U, WaveRace for Wii U, Golden Sun for 3DS, Open-world Ice Climbers for 3DS, Kid Icarus (Return to platformer roots or open-world, or Uprising style) for Wii U, Custom Robo for 3DS, StarTropics for 3DS, Sin & Punishment for Wii U, StarFox for Wii U, and new IPs!!!

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  16. Sega should do F-zero (or Shin’en). Starfox by Platinum Games would surpass Starfox by Nintendo. The Icarus Uprising series would be great for Wii U!

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    • 3D rendition in 3rd person, I would love seeing Podunk in full 3D, and same thing with the Giygas fight at the end, where you have to sing to defeat him. I would literally cream myself.

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  17. Suggestion when writing articles: when you use quotation marks within a quotation, use ‘these’ to surround any words that need quotations not “these.”

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  18. Other than the obvious choices like Star Fox and F-Zero, I would love for some one to make a new Nazo no Murasame-jo (Mysterious Murasame Catsel in English). I personally felt that the game had the most potential of getting a revival unlike the other “abandoned” NES/Famicom games. The only one interesting in doing such a project is Hideki Kamiya from PG. He also wants to make a new Star Fox. I think its best for him to work on Star Fox first because Treasure is too busy with other projects at the moment and many people are expecting that game the most. Besides, Takamaru needs a popularity boost like Pit before even receiving such a game. The only way for that popularity boost to happen is that he is included in Super Smash Bros., the same method how Pit even became such a fan favorite. How do I know you may ask, this Japanese pen pal I’ve known for 8 years decided to have a private talk with him in the Platinum Games headquarters during his Valentine’s vacation at that time. He’s also the admin of the Takamaru for Super Smash Bros. 4 website on Facebook, which I used to administrate. It will be worth it if he did Star Fox first and Murasame Castle later before the end of the Wii U’s lifespan.

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  19. Revisiting REALLY old franchises can be a gold mine, in that they still have a bit of name recognition and clout, but they can be applied to just about any genre Nintendo wants and tie it together nicely. Kind of like Kid Icarus Uprising– it played NOTHING like the original Kid Icarus, but who cares, it was awesome!

    As for an old franchise to revisit? I say Urban Champion. That would be a great gateway to a more traditional fighting game than Smash Bros– or heck, it could be another Smash game with all-original characters!

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  20. -sigh- finally. It’s about time that Ninten have began looking into the many franchises that they haven’t used at all.

    Star Fox can start from where Command left off with any of the 9 endings possibly creating 9 other installments in the series.

    It’s good to see that Ninten recognizes the situation that they are in since devs have either ignored or backstabbed them left and right.

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  21. It would be raw to see a RE4 remake from Capcom. It’s still the best RE game. Infact Remake RE Zero!!! Update camera, graphics, sound and based on the GamePad!!!

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  22. Do it, Nintendo!!! DO IT! Star fox, F-zero and other dormant franchises would greatly benefit the Wii U’s library and install base. And these IPs would benefit from the Wii U itself.

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  23. Hmmmm??? Wonder what fans want *cough cough* Metroid *cough cough* Star Fox *cough cough* F-Zero… We’ve only been asking for these games for EVER!!! 💋

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  24. I am going out of my way to comment here, that I also want a new F – Zero!
    Even if it’s for 3ds, or even if it’s only an HD remake of F – Zero GX with online multiplayer…
    Please hear our concerns and wishes to get a new F – Zero!

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  25. Really guys? Balloon Fight. Excitebike. Duck Hunt. Dr. Mario. Punch-out!! Ice Climbers. Mother. All of these retro old games that have been forgotten!

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  26. I think they would do well if they reestablished a franchise like NHL Stanley cup hockey they had on the SNES. Other sports titles as well, like the old Ken Griffy baseball. Make them real Sims, not cartoonie like their approach with the Mario sports titles.

    I know a lot of Nintendo fans don’t like these games, but the wiiu needs them, and with EA and 2K Sports not releasing anything, this could be a good opportunity for the big N.

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  27. can ya’ll remake the n64 nersion of megaman legends 1 and 2 and make them for the 3ds please i miss playing megaman legends 1 and 2

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  28. F-Zero is a must for me. Star Fox is a series I don’t consider truly dormant, but a game on the Wii U is also a must.

    As for series that have been VERY dormant…a sequel to the original Ice Climber would be interesting to see.

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  29. another Metroid!? C’mon We NEED MORE STARFOX a truly amazing franchise. F-Zero can’t be dead. and EarthBound hasn’t had a world wide release in almost 20 years

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  30. Nintendo, please do StarTropics one more time. It was a great, creative top-down platforming game with an incredible story, amazing gameplay, and creative level and game design. Please, give it a chance. There’s nothing that can touch the awesomeness of this Indian Jones meets Zelda mash up. Please give it the respect it deserves.

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  31. STARTROPICS:

    For the love of all saints. NEEDS to happen. The platforming-heavy, Zelda-style on modern times would be amazing to play. Remember StarTropics and its Letter? Well what if we could solve similar puzzles (not dipping in water) with a clever use of the TABLET/3DS Touch pad?

    Solving mysteries, cracking codes, while outside of the dungeons, while INSIDE the dungeons, it’ll be 100% action, up and down the rooms!

    Why is Nintendo ignoring this IP? There’s a lot to do with the concept of exploring islands, the pad/touch screen could get a MAP to make your sailing plans. (We could even plan a visit to Wuhu Islands and beat a hidden dungeon in it!)

    The piano puzzle on the Wii U game pad, revealing hidden rooms with special equipment, the easy use of items by sliding them to the screen to equip them… come on! This is driving me nuts! :D

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    • Yes! Yes! StarTropics revived, if not shown on the upcoming Smash Bros. game! There was so much ingenuity in both StarTropics games… don’t forget the boar attack from Zoda!

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