It’s 2020 now, and 3 years have passed since the Nintendo Switch’s debut. In this new generation, all our favorite franchises are still offering us new and graphically-updated experiences, and some of these games will definitely be remembered as modern classics. But something that nobody's talking about is how Nintendo forgot about one of the company's mascots, only giving us a soul-less remake but no signs of a new adventure. Time to talk about our boy Donkey Kong!
Nintendo’s Franchises in the Switch Era
First, let's briefly go over all these franchises that actually got a sequel or new game. Maybe the most popular ones, and the best ones in terms of review scores, are by leaps and bounds Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you were to buy a Switch in 2017, all early adopters would tell you the same: get at least one of these, or both if you have the money.
Odyssey is a beautiful 3D platformer featuring a cool new mechanic, but also giving all completionists and speedrunners hours upon hours of gameplay and cool secrets. On the other hand, we have Breath of the Wild, an epic open-world adventure that's magical enough to compensate for all its flaws. Because yes, BotW has a lot of flaws, but it also has that 'je ne sais quoi' that many Nintendo games have...
Apart From Mario and Link, What Other Famous Nintendo Characters Did Get a Switch Game?
We also have brand new Kirby and Starfox games. Maybe these are kind of niche, but hey, that's not important right now. Kirby Star Allies is easier than other Kirby games, but it's a blast to play with your kids or younger siblings considering it has local co-op for up to 4 players. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is another great-looking game, more suited to those who like shooting at things and a little bit of strategy. Whatever you think about these, both fandoms were happy to see Kirby and Fox McCloud coming to the Switch, and both games are objectively fun nonetheless.
Wanna talk about fandoms? Then yeah, time to name another pair with enough fans to conquer the world any given day: Smash and Pokémon. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, featuring a never-ending list of fan-favorite characters, tracks, and stages, released in December 2018. Of course, it was an instant hit, with fans all over the globe competing against each other and breaking a lot of controllers. A few days earlier, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! hit the stores. Although these follow the story of the old Pokémon Yellow, it was a great opportunity to go back to Kanto and catch the original 151, and we all were happy just to think about it. It's easier to catch a shiny, there are only 151 pokémon, and to be honest, we all know the plot... but who cares? There were a lot of kids experiencing a Pokémon game for the first time, and we all were even more hyped about a true Pokémon game being released soon.
Moving forward, Pokémon Sword & Shield finally debuted (and more DLC coming soon!), bringing along a lot of new pokémon, online battles, and dozens of new elements and characters that make the Galar region so unique. Again, we're not here to discuss how good or bad these games are; we only care about all these franchises getting new games.
Hey, Stop Lying!! Donkey Kong Indeed Got a Switch Game!!
Yes, you're talking about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a game originally released for the Wii U back in 2014 and slightly upgraded for the Switch in 2018. Don't get us wrong, it's indeed a good game, and let's be clear about something: given how unpopular the Wii U was, it makes total sense to port these gems to the Switch in hopes of breathing new life into them. However, why not a brand new game too?
It's cool to experiment with new IPs and online gameplay, as Nintendo did with Arms, Splatoon, or the upcoming Ninjala, but a lot of us think that Donkey Kong deserves a brand new game, no matter if it's another platformer or an open-world action-adventure. Upgraded ports are fine for spin-offs, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Maker 2 or Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker are nice examples, but that's just not the same…
Still Waiting for a Metroid Game
Paper Mario: The Origami King is a recently announced game coming soon to the Switch, and although that's important enough, there's something even more interesting you can see in the trailer. Near the end, there's a nod to Samus' helmet, enough to make all fans believe that's a sign, and Metroid Prime 4 will be finally released soon. Let's just remember how troublesome the development of this game is being, with a long list of delays and a change of studio in the middle.
At least we know at some point, Nintendo will finally release a new Metroid game. That's not the case for Donkey Kong, though… Would you like to play a new DK title, or do you think there are other, more interesting games to focus on? Let us know in the comments!