15 Reasons Playing Nintendo Games On Your Phone Will Be Awesome
1. A Mario Endless Runner Actually Has Potential
A Mario endless runner is the first joke that came to mind when Nintendo announced their mobile intentions. But they've shown keen insight in NES Remix. Tiny barrages of breakneck platforming are always fun when designed carefully.
2. Nintendo Makes Amazing Puzzle Games
Outside of PopCap, no one makes amazingly addictive puzzle games quite like Nintendo. Why in the world would you play Candy Crush when you could have games similar to Dr. Mario, Tetris Attack or Picross at your fingertips?
3. Kirby's Touch Controls Are Already Perfect
It's easy to forget that Nintendo arrived at touch controls early with the DS. That's a decade of refinement. Kirby and The Rainbow Curse on Wii U reminded us how inventive Nintendo can be with touch screen design.
4. More Pokémon Is Inevitable
There's been some dabbling in mobile games with Camp Pokémon. Fingers crossed they're gearing up for a major release. With classic Final Fantasy games already successful on the app store, we know the potential for a full Pokémon RPG is huge.
5. Advance Wars Could Finally Return
Tactics and strategy RPGs are another genre that fit well into mobile's limitations. Everyone's been eager to see a new Advance Wars title after a 7 year absence. This is the perfect occasion for Nintendo to launch a new assault.
6. Nintendo Makes Great Brain Teasers
Brain Age titles have sold over 30 million copies world wide. While the science behind these games remains sketchy, there's no doubt Nintendo knows how to make these quick brain drills fast and fun. A refresh for the mobile age will kill.
7. Wario Ware Makes Great Use of New Hardware
Wario's been Nintendo's diplomatic emissary to test out new hardware. His mini-game collections are inspired bursts of creative design. With dual touch, multiple cameras, and gyroscopes, phones are ready made for Wario's wicked ways.
8. Raising A Nintendog Would Be Adorable
How many poor Nintendogs have languished in neglect from the inconvenience of lugging around a 3DS? Imagine just whipping out your phone to pet your puppy. Or, Nintendo could even branch out to turtles, parakeets, and pigs.
9. Nintendo Makes Excellent Pinball Games
Pinball games work well on phones and Nintendo has a collection of cool pinball titles like Metroid Prime and Kirby's Pinball Land. They usually involve an imaginative spin on a classic franchise, so more of these would be welcome.
10. Swipe to Swing in Mario Golf
Nintendo has a fine tradition of first class golf titles, and the addictive nature of the 3DS game's multiplayer has us excited at the potential for a mobile version. We can already picture driving down the green with grandpa's ghost.
11. Nintendo's Got Rhythm
The mobile platform presents its own distinct challenges. Nintendo's roster of rhythm music games like Rhythm Heaven and Elite Beat Agents make for a great fit with their polished, simple designs and vibrant art.
12. Punch-Out!! in Your Palms
Epic's mobile hit Infinity Blade proves that the Punch-Out template works perfectly on phones. Their success has been undeniable, so it wouldn't be a risky prospect for Nintendo to step into the ring with their famous franchise.
13. Nintendo Knows How to Use Tilt in Creative Ways
Nintendo's been using gyros ever since R.O.B. the Robot back in 1985. Since then, it's consistently implemented gyroscopes and their tilt functions in interesting ways, and you can be sure they'll bring that design expertise to mobile too.
14. An Animal Crossing App Has Potential
Animal Crossing New Leaf had a street pass feature that let you visit the towns of people you encountered in real life. What if you could trade turnips and furniture with everyone in the vicinity of your phone, or all your Facebook friends?
15. Nintendo Invented the Mobile Gaming Market
The original Game Boy became a worldwide phenomenon, due in large part to Nintendo's approach to crafting experiences tailored to the needs of gaming on the go. They know this territory better than anyone and should easily excel on phones as well.