There's always been a few franchises that Nintendo seems to forget, I really hope any of these series will be back real soon with a real sequel!
4) Star Fox
I think I played through Star Fox 64 (Also known as Lylat Wars here) about twenty times, breaking high scores, taking alternate paths and beating the hard version of Star Wolf without a sweat in the end.
The characters were funny and never boring or annoying (even Slippy was just comic relief, like Navi in Zelda the internet just made it seem worse) and the surprise guests like Bill or Kat were always a pleasant addition.
I must add, I loved Star Fox Assault, especially the mulitplayer.
There's gold in those there airships, the dogfighting is grand and some of the levels in Assault were made for just that purpose I believe.
I can only hope that a new Star Fox will have a pleasant mix of all range mode and on rails shooting, as both are strong points of the franchise and I'm sure there's much to be done with it.
Star Wars The Old Republic kinda scratched that itch with this level, but I wanna Star Fox again!
You chase down a Dreadnaught that's been heavily damaged, the level throws all kinds of stuff at you.
While you dodge lasers, fighters and even huge assault ships that try to block your advance with some upside down blockading you have to disable the giant ship as much as you can for your allies, and their own big ships, to finish the job.
I'll give, I'm not one for racing, at all, but F-Zero and in particular it's icon Captain Falcon have always been great to follow.
Falcon was a welcome addition to Smash Bros from the first version and the story mode, with gorgeous visuals, on the GC version made it very fun to play.
And hard! Holy shit! That's the best thing about F-Zero innit? Blazing through tight corridors, soaring through the air above insanely cool looking neon cities and rushing along a tube suspended above lava.
I wanna see the Captain back in action, I wanna see speed that makes Wipe-Out fans cry (sorry!) and I want to see futuristic level design that will make you crash into a wall because you were gaping at its beauty.
Come on, have you played the first or its sequel? It looks great, has a quirky sense of humor and the Pikmin themselves were funny little beasts.
When playing the first and the second I can only remember I was so impressed with the enviroments, the lush look of the fauna and the water that looked so inviting to jump in (and then all your Pikmin drowned, what the fuck!).
All the manner of beasts out to get, or annoy, you were something that gave this game flair too!
From all the types of Bulborbs to the huge birdheads that came out of the ground to commit Pikmin genocide on your happy little squad and to the grotesque bosses, the wild life was varied and believable. They all presented a danger, although easily countered after the first few times, that had you on your toes every time you played.
Sure Pikmin were expendable, you could always get more, but there was a certain something to failing them, you genuinely felt bad.
I still remember the first time I forgot to call several Pikmin back at nighttime, and saw them get devoured as the ships took off.
Breaks my heart.
Do I need to explain this?
I guess I do, just a little.
I'll admit first that I never finished the game, I played to the second or third town but from what I played I can only hope there will be a remake one day (why isn't there?) and if the gods be good, a sequel!
The music was super catchy, the enemies weird as they come and the plot was pretty darn amazing.
As far as bad guys go, Gigyas was just mentally terrifying, the thing looks like some unborn baby but twisted...I dunno how to explain it but this picture of it gave me the creeps (how's that for immersion?).
I hope to see them, Lucas and Ness, back in action soon.
Pit got another shot thanks to Smash Bros, so Ness and Lucas should be next on the list!
But knowing our luck we'll get a ice climbers remake!
Any Nintendo franchises you've been hoping for every E3 Conference?
Still clinging to that copy of Mach Rider? Do tell!