8 Video games That Missed Nintendo {Hardware}

8 Games That Missed Nintendo Hardware

Any longtime Nintendo fan is aware of that the corporate’s third-party publishing companions may be fair-weather mates. Loads of the business’s greatest franchises have been absent from Nintendo {hardware} for fairly a while. In some circumstances, Nintendo’s personal daring selections over cartridges and customary definition gaming have price them key entries in sequence that have been as soon as synonymous with their model.

However, due to the Change’s reputation, a number of the most notorious video games to skip Nintendo {hardware} have come residence. Sq.’s bold Ultimate Fantasy VII was as soon as too large to suit on an N64 cart, a consider driving the longtime Nintendo accomplice to go for optical disc media on Sony’s PlayStation. The transfer apparently had Nintendo telling Sq. “by no means come again.”

And but, in 2019, Ultimate Fantasy VII got here to Nintendo {hardware}—and on a cartridge, no much less! Quickly sufficient, Grand Theft Auto III and Kingdom Hearts shall be there, too; the latter not on a cartridge, however that is an article for one more time.

Many widespread video games have skipped Nintendo {hardware} solely, however listed below are eight of essentially the most conspicuous absences in historical past—video games that by all means we ought to be enjoying on our Change proper now.

Nights Into Goals (1996) • Sega Saturn

If the Sega Saturn was solely remembered for one sport, it might be Nights into Goals. Nights was a knockout for the short-lived 32-bit console, a showy flying sport with dynamic music and even a man-made life system, all constructed round Sega’s fancy new analogue stick.

Nights was a towering achievement for Sonic creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, a primary look into the exceptional vary and talent at Sonic Crew that might blossom on the Dreamcast. It was so spectacular that Shigeru Miyamoto allegedly mentioned he wished he’d made it.

When Sega went third-party in 2001, its IPs went each which method, with Nights getting a port to the PS2 and a remaster for HD consoles. Nintendo followers obtained the Wii unique sequel Nights: Journey of Goals, however the authentic high-flying act has by no means landed on Nintendo {hardware}.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Evening (1997) • Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn

Castlevania’s roots run deep with Nintendo. Whereas the unique 1986 NES sport was ported to different 8-bit platforms of the time, the subsequent three numbered entries have been Nintendo-exclusive. Rely Dracula and the Belmonts are well-represented on Nintendo’s residence and handheld consoles, save for one main omission: Castlevania: Symphony of the Evening.

In 1997, the 12 months of Goldeneye 007 and Gran Turismo, releasing a 2D sidescroller on “next-gen” {hardware} was a danger. Symphony of the Evening was sluggish to promote, nevertheless it’s turn out to be a cult hit through the years.

Initially impressed by The Legend of Zelda—not Metroid, as you’d assume—Konami and designer Koji Igarashi quickly took their budding “Metroidvania” components to the Recreation Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. However Alucard’s large break on PlayStation and Saturn has missed Nintendo—whilst the sport’s been remastered for PSP, Xbox 360, PS4, and even smartphones.

Mega Man Legends 2 (2000) (and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne) • Sony PlayStation

Everybody was going 3D within the late ‘90s, and Mega Man was no totally different. After six side-scrollers on the NES, and a revamped Mega Man X sequence on the SNES, Capcom packed up the Blue Bomber to maneuver to PlayStation. In 1997, they went all-in on polygons with Mega Man Legends. Whereas Legends has its followers, it’s clear to see that Capcom and producer Keiji Inafune needed to stray removed from the sequence’ roots to adapt the traditional run-and-gun gameplay into 3D.

However, Legends was profitable sufficient to spawn a sequel, Mega Man Legends 2, and a prequel, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. Nintendo noticed a model of Mega Man Legends, renamed Mega Man 64, in 2000, although it wasn’t as well-received because the PlayStation authentic. By then, Capcom had given up on porting the opposite two video games.

Curiously, the cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 was initially in improvement for the Nintendo 3DS in 2010.

Steel Gear Strong 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) • PlayStation 2

Steel Gear is usually thought-about a Sony sequence, even when the franchise hasn’t been unique to Sony {hardware} for a few years. However Konami’s tactical espionage motion has additionally come to Nintendo in just a few bizarre cases.

The NES obtained a weird port of the unique 1987 Steel Gear that swapped the titular mech with a supercomputer, adopted by the non-canon sequel Snake’s Revenge. There are two variations of Steel Gear Strong on Nintendo consoles: a unique Recreation Boy Shade sport set in an alternate timeline (titled Steel Gear: Ghost Babel in Japan), and a GameCube-exclusive remake by Silicon Knights dubbed Steel Gear Strong: The Twin Snakes.

The Twin Snakes runs on the same engine to Steel Gear Strong 2, however Konami would skip that sport solely to port Steel Gear Strong: Snake Eater 3D to the 3DS.

Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005) • Arcade

Technically, this was launched on Nintendo {hardware}—specifically the Triforce arcade board co-developed by Nintendo, Sega, and Namco. However in contrast to different Nintendo arcade titles, Mario Kart Arcade GP has by no means seen a house launch.

This sequence of arcade racing video games is definitely a singular spin-off of the Mario Kart sequence, with bespoke tracks, gadgets, and even crossover characters from the Pac-Man and Tamagotchi franchises. The cupboard additionally features a digicam the place gamers can take a snapshot of themselves with Mario’s hat and mustache.

Nintendo’s not shy about bringing their arcade video games residence. F-Zero AX, which additionally ran on the Triforce board, was the sister sport to GameCube’s as F-Zero GX (and might even be discovered hidden in that sport in case you’ve obtained an Motion Replay). And naturally, video games like Pokken Match and Cruis’n Blast proceed to deliver the arcade expertise to conventional consoles.

Come on, Nintendo, not less than allow us to race by way of Diamond Metropolis in Mario Kart 9.

Vanquish (2010) • Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

PlatinumGames was solely three years previous in 2010, however the supergroup studio of ex-Capcom devs was off to an ideal begin with wild and punchy motion titles like Hideki Kamiya’s Bayonetta and Shinji Mikami’s Vanquish.

Sega was an early accomplice of Platinum, and so they revealed the studio’s first 4 video games, together with MadWorld for the Wii, Infinite House for the DS. Vanquish was Mikami’s solely sport for Platinum—a relentless third-person shooter that helped outline the studio’s signature model. Mikami left to discovered Tango GameWorks shortly after.

Vanquish and Bayonetta have been rereleased in a tenth anniversary bundle in 2020, nevertheless it oddly missed the Change. Hopefully Nintendo’s shut relationship with Platinum will change that.

Darkish Souls II (2014) • Xbox 360, PS3, PC (and Darkish Souls III)

There was hardly an opportunity that Bandai Namco would deliver FromSoftware’s widespread Souls video games to the much-less-popular Wii U, however that simply made 2018’s Darkish Souls: Remastered on Change a pleasant shock.

To be sincere, it’s not a lot of a remaster right here, because the Nintendo model hews nearer to the unique 2011 launch in some areas. However, it’s nonetheless an effective way to play a stone-cold traditional on the go. Why, then, has Bandai-Namco stayed silent on the sequels?

It could merely be a matter of alternative. Remastered launched across the identical time as variations on different platforms; scaling these 5- and 7-year-old sequels for Change might not appear value it at this level. Nonetheless, we want one thing else to do with our Solaire amiibos!

Persona 5 (2016) • PS3, PS4

Persona 5 could be essentially the most requested Change port ever. P5 protagonist Joker’s inclusion as the primary third-party DLC character for Tremendous Smash Bros. Final had a variety of followers speculating whether or not Atlus’ dating-sim-dungeon-crawler can be coming to Change. Two years later and nothing’s occurred, save for the spinoff Persona 5 Strikers.

Sega might or might not have some form of exclusivity deal inked with Sony for the Persona sequence. Although Persona’s dad or mum sequence Megami Tensei has had a a lot heavier presence on Nintendo {hardware} for the reason that Famicom, 1996’s Revelations: Persona is one more instance of a third-party franchise opening up store with Sony within the N64 period.

Sega not too long ago broke with Persona’s PlayStation exclusivity by releasing Persona 4: Golden on Steam out of nowhere, so perhaps they’re testing the waters for wider releases sooner or later.

Every other superb video games that by no means appeared round these elements? Tell us the video games you want had come to Nintendo consoles beneath.

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