Nintendo NX Wish List: 3rd-Party Launch Games
Welcome to the second part of GameCrate's Nintendo NX Wish List. As the upcoming NX platform from Nintendo continues to remain a mystery to us all — save for some rumors and predictions — we continue to think about what exactly the project could be. But instead of just speculating on the hardware specifics, we're also thinking of what we want to see on the platform.
Last week, we listed 10 first-party titles that would make for solid launch content on the Nintendo NX. This week, we take a look at five games and franchises that would be perfect for garnering some potentially strong third-party support (which we're well aware isn't Nintendo's strong point).
Final Fantasy XV
We all know Final Fantasy XV isn't going make its way to the Wii U. There's really no reason for Square Enix to even consider it from a financial or strategic standpoint. But should the highly anticipated RPG appear on the Nintendo NX? I think so, even if it is after it's already launched on other platforms.
Though sales are a determining factor as to whether or not more games in a series will come to specific platforms, fan interest and positive reviews are also taken into account. Because of that, even if Final Fantasy XV on the Nintendo NX is a late arrival, certain factors could lead Square Enix to consider the platform when the company inevitably decides to release Final Fantasy XVI.
If not that, then even a Final Fantasy spin-off on the Nintendo NX would be pretty exciting.
No More Heroes 3
This is a tricky one. On the one hand, the No More Heroes series from the mind of Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture is considered something of a niche franchise. I don't personally know too many people who played the first two games, with the exception of two friends I loaned copies of those titles to. That said, No More Heroes is an important series as far as Nintendo is concerned.
The reason Suda51's offbeat, racy series matters for Nintendo is twofold. First, and this was especially true on the Wii, No More Heroes proves that Nintendo is willing to have mature-themed content on its systems. Whenever people told me that the Wii was too kiddie, I brought up No More Heroes, a game rife with foul language, Tarantino-esque amounts of blood, and suggestive themes.
Second, it's because the No More Heroes series is niche that it could be a winning option for the Nintendo NX. There may be a lot of people who love standard AAA, third-party content, but there are also plenty of people who dig more bizarre, less mainstream games.
Suda51 recently suggested that a No More Heroes 3 could possibly happen...in 15 to 20 years. That's a long wait, but Suda51 is one of the most unique minds in the video game industry, and it's impossible to say with complete certainty that he won't bring the series back sooner.
Atlus' Persona 5 is currently expected to arrive on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 sometime this year. With the exception of Persona 4 Arena and its sequel, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the Persona series has long been a staple of PlayStation platforms. Aside from the two fighting games, the RPGs in the series have stayed exclusive to Sony's line of consoles ... except for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
Released on the 3DS in 2014, the game received plenty of praise from critics and longtime fans of the Persona series alike. As such, though we may not see Persona 5 on anything other than the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, it would be pretty cool to get another Persona game on a Nintendo platform. Perhaps a sequel to Persona Q, or maybe even a spin-off of Persona 5 on the Nintendo NX, would win over the JRPG crowd.
Grand Theft Auto V
Hear me out on this one. The concept of Grand Theft Auto V on the Nintendo NX works on many levels. For starters, like No More Heroes, it would show that there's room for mature content on Nintendo systems — that Nintendo is not only okay with said content, but that the company embraces it and is truly inclusive of all types of demographics. Grand Theft Auto V on the Nintendo NX would also be an indicator that AAA third-party games aren't dead on Nintendo systems.
If the game sold well enough on the Nintendo NX, and if it garnered praise, it could be the start of something great. It could lead to more games from Rockstar on Nintendo platforms — not just Grand Theft Auto, but other titles that Rockstar could produce in the future.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars remains one of my favorite Nintendo DS titles, and as a fan of that game, it would be kind of cool to see the series back on a Nintendo platform. Speaking of which, if Rockstar doesn't exacly want to do Grand Theft Auto V on the Nintendo NX, I know I wouldn't be opposed to a Chinatown Wars sequel. Seriously, that game was all kinds of awesome.
Ubisoft may be done releasing M-rated content on the Wii U, but the Nintendo NX platform is another story. Though Ubisoft may have to test the waters to see if the Nintendo NX is a viable option for Mature-rated games, we won't know for sure if it is until those games come. ZombiU was one of the best launch titles on the Wii U, and it continues to be one of the best games available on the console, as well as one of the best survival horror games in recent memory.
Not only is ZombiU deserving of a sequel, but it would be interesting to see that sequel hit the Nintendo NX. Whether the upcoming platform is a standard device meant to compete more directly with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a home console/handheld fusion, a new wacky Nintendo concept, or something else entirely, ZombiU 2 would be a real treat. And yes, if I'm being totally honest, I just really want to see a sequel to ZombiU.
Nintendo has proven that its first-party franchises can help its systems survive, but if the Nintendo NX is to truly thrive in the video game market, some third-party support is essential. What third-party games and series would you like to see on the next Nintendo platform? Let us know in the comments below.