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The 5 Nintendo franchises we wish were coming to Wii U

The Wii U is missing several great Nintendo franchise, and here are the five that we really wish were coming to the system.

Nintendo has a vast selection of properties to choose from when it comes to games.

The problem Wii U owners face, however, is that many of Nintendo's finest properties have not gotten titles on the system. With abysmal sales numbers along with the NX on its way, I can't help but fear that many great Nintendo franchises will not get new titles for Wii U. Here are the five Nintendo franchises that we wish would come to Wii U.

F-Zero

As someone who loves racing games, F-Zero seems like a perfect candidate for this list. Fast-paced, high-octane racing has been the series' trademark and the F-Zero courses in Mario Kart 8 have only made me wish for a true F-Zero title.

With the Wii U ushering Nintendo into the HD era, I feel that an F-Zero with stunning graphics and aesthetics would be right at home on the system. And before you even think it, yes I am aware of Fast Racing Neo and my rebuttal is that there is no Captain Falcon. I rest my case. 

Metroid

This one is another no-brainer. A gorgeous HD Metroid game would make me so happy. When the opening cut scene in the beginning Smash Bros. Wii U goes to Samus, I just like to pretend that there isn't a void in my heart where a Metroid game for Wii U would go.

I am imagining another Metroid Prime game, however, I would love a side-scrolling Metroid as well. Just give me Metroid.

Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem is great as a handheld franchise, however it has had strong home console entries and the GamePad could be a great tool in Fire Emblem gameplay. I am actually a little surprised that this hasn't happened because I feel that Fire Emblem could be a game that shows us why the GamePad is so great.

That said, Fire Emblem Awakening was set to be the final game in the series, so that may explain the absence of a Wii U entry.

Mario Baseball

This one might be a bit of a niche pick, but Mario Super Sluggers is actually one of my favorite Wii games. It's really fun, and if you haven't played it I suggest picking it up. Mario Super Sluggers was a staple in my dorm room the past two years, and I can't say that there are many games that I have had more fun with.

The game is just complex enough to require some skill in playing and selecting your team, but not so complex that a new player can't enjoy it. Maybe I'm the only one, but I love the Mario Baseball series and would be thrilled to have a new title on Wii U. 

Punch-Out

Although the Wii's Punch-Out!! came to Virtual Console, it isn't the same. I feel like now is actually a good time for Nintendo to make another Punch-Out game. Many people (like me and my friends) who didn't really care all that much about Little Mac now have a new appreciation for the character, and his franchise, thanks to Super Smash Bros.

Like Marth and Ness before him, perhaps Super Smash Bros. will give Little Mac the exposure he needs to get more focus from Nintendo and their fan base.

What do you think of my list? What game franchises did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

Published Aug. 28th 2015

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