The Nintendo DS and its successor, the Nintendo 3DS, are arguably one of the most successful handheld consoles of all time and have an extensive and really extraordinary library of games. The dual-screen was initially questioned, but was soon seen as the potential future of Nintendo gaming – with the Wii U having a similar focus (but we won’t talk about that here). Now we have the Nintendo Switch, which I believe is already cemented as one of the best consoles of all time with an ongoing legacy as we speak. The Switch hosts several remakes, remasters, and ports of games that were originally on Wii, Wii U, and even PlayStation and Xbox consoles. However, there are a number of DS and 3DS franchises and games that are either yet to be ported to the Nintendo Switch or remastered – and boy, there are a handful of excellent ones! Some of them don’t get any representation outside of a fighter in Smash Ultimate yet, which to me is criminal (I’m looking at you, Pit!).
This is a personal selection of games that I love and that I would love to see ported to the Nintendo Switch in some way. I’ve tried to focus on games that have little or no Switch display – game-wise – but the final selection can’t be overlooked.
I don’t think I’m alone in endorsing a remaster, port, or honestly a whole new game from the Kid Icarus franchise. Kid Icarus: Uprising was a huge game at the time of release that went under the radar for many, and one of the few games released during that time that really boasted about how powerful the handheld was and its potential for future games. It really feels like you’re playing a lot more than just a 3DS game of the size it has to offer. Using the touchscreen to aim and attack (which was incredibly awkward at times) can easily be mapped to the buttons on the Joy-Cons, and with the Nintendo Switch’s improved graphics capabilities, it really doesn’t take much of a graphical refresh.
Those who have played Kid Icarus: Uprising know how amazing the game really is. It’s really criminal that Pit and Co. haven’t got a Kid Icarus game on Switch when a remaster is literally staring them straight in the face! Come on Sakurai do it!
Nintendo loves a good party game, especially when you can play it either against each other or in turns on the couch with a few friends. Given the recent success and hype of WarioWare: Get It Together! I see no reason why Rhythm Heaven would not be wanted and should be successful on the Nintendo Switch. The rhythm-based mini-games are a perfect fit for the Nintendo system, and the strange and addicting series hasn’t seen any love in the past few years other than being ghosts on Smash Bros. Ultimate.
This is a series that has had an ever-growing cult – myself included – over the past few years, and the series creator and composer Mitsuo Terada has claimed to be more than interested in response to some type of Switch game tweet last year.
I feel like this is some kind of scam as Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is a port of a PlayStation 2 game BUT I can’t help but state my wish for a Metal Gear Solid game for Nintendo Switch . When you look at the types of games we never thought we’d have on the system, like Bioshock, The Witcher, Skyrim, and Doom Eternal, I see no reason why Metal Gear Solid can’t return. This wouldn’t be the first time Metal Gear Solid had a presence on a Nintendo home console, as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was released on GameCube in 2004.
The only current MGS representation is (again) on Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Snake as a playable fighter. Snake voice actor David Hayter sparked some rumors in April quoting him in a YouTube interview about a possible remake of the originals for Switch: “I thought it was just a rumor until the day before yesterday when I got one Got text message from one of the insiders saying they heard it could really happen, I had confirmation just a few days ago that it might not be a rumor, and even that was still a rumor … but now it’s an industry rumor, so it tends to be a bit more precise. ”The word rumor is used a lot here too, but we can dream, right?
Pushmo or Pullblox in Europe has to be on switch. I remember this was one of my first 3DS eShop purchases as I wanted to see 3D in full and I got hooked quickly. If you haven’t heard or played this game just check out our review and see that it has a score of 9.5. Yeah it’s that good The graphics are average; The premise is simple – you pull or push blocks to create a flight of stairs or a path to get to your destination – but it’s simple how well it does it. The Bret Hart of Puzzle Games (see what I did there?). Because of this simple but perfectly executed game, I can imagine that porting / remastering this would not cause Intelligent Systems too much of a problem.
I play it to this day because of its drop in and out feature and its addiction which can easily consume many, many hours if needed. I would love to add this to my collection of Picross games to play on my various commuting routes to play whenever I can.
Don’t pretend you never had Nintendogs (or cats) when you were younger that you adored, or even had a Tamagotchi – because I definitely did. And I know we already have Little Friends: Dogs & Cats on the Switch, but it’s not the same. Trust me. I bought it…
For many of those who were banned from pets at a young age, this pet simulation was the ultimate game for us to own a dog (or cat) without real responsibility. You can play, exercise, feed and love your dog (or cat) of your choice. With the Switch’s online capabilities and “portability” there would be so much potential to have game dates with friends or even someone for you to oversee while you are on vacation! Again, with the mention of Smash, Nintendogs has its own stage in Ultimate and is also an assistant trophy AND a ghost – so why not just have your own Switch game !?
Another rhythm game, and why not? Elite Beat Agents really is that – Elite! This cult classic from the Nintendo DS is groovy and addicting from start to finish – with one of the best soundtracks to come from a handheld video game with some classic tunes like YMCA from Village People, Sk8ter Boi from Avril Lavigne, The Anthem from Gute Charlotte and many more. The gameplay is heavily focused on the touchscreen, but this can easily be mapped to timed presses or even motion controls – with the option to switch to the touchscreen in handheld mode. The option to use the Elite Beat Divas from the start would be great too.
I’m surprised that there aren’t even really rumors of an Elite Beat Agent game. With the capabilities of the Switch and the vastly improved performance, graphics and sound, Elite Beat Agents would be, well, even more Elite!
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game I played recently. In early 2020, I went through a phase of building my DS and 3DS library (how many did which led to insane price hikes) and this was one that I saw in many articles, videos, etc that they were listed as a hidden gem or top praised game for the system. This Capcom-developed adventure / puzzle / point-and-click lets you play the ghost of a recently deceased man who you are not sure about who you were while you were alive and how you died. You then play through the game and look for the answers. If you get your hands on it and love games like Ace Attorney then this is for you. However, at the time of writing, the price has gone up dramatically – the cheapest I’ve seen online is anywhere from $ 60 to $ 70!
In 2013, in an interview with Game Director Shu Takumi for Official Nintendo Magazine (Rest In Peace), he said he would like to “revive” the character and possibly crossover it with Phoenix Wright. Here is the following exchange:
ONM: “Could you imagine an Ace Attorney / Ghost Trick crossover? All deaths that we could not prevent through possession could then be tried in court. “
Takumi: “… or Phoenix Wright could be killed and Sissel (starring in Ghost Trick) could pursue his killer in court! Whatever it is, a crossover between these games would be something I would love to see.”
It’s hard to disagree with Takumi here …
The last game on my list and one that I mention at least once every time a Nintendo or Pokémon Direct is announced, Pokémon Conquest. Pokémon Conquest combines two of my favorite things, Pokémon and Tactical RPGs, with characters from Nobunaga’s ambition. In the Ransei region, where warlords and samurais rule, you and your partner Pokémon must recruit Pokémon and warlords to conquer and conquer the region by starting the battle in the simplified Fire Emblem style.
For the Pokémon Company, this was a breath of fresh air and a much-needed change, and frankly, one of the best games on Nintendo DS. It’s really criminal that this hasn’t been remastered, ported, or even hinted at in a sequel. We had a Pokémon Snap sequel, a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeons, and a Pokémon MMO on the Switch – I think it’s time for Pokémon Conquest 2.
Let me know if you’re okay with any of the games above, and if you’d like to remastered, ported, or remade for the Nintendo Switch.