With the announcements of Super Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Woolly World headed to the Nintendo 3DS turning heads, I figured it would be fun to see what other Wii U games could make the jump to the 3DS. Naturally, the system’s limitations are going to have to be taken to consideration when pondering the matter. For this list, I’ve narrowed my choices down to games that I believe could still contain most, if not all, of their content (Although possibilities of how the games might benefit on the 3DS were also considered).
Hello, reader. My name is Ryan Silberman, and this is my seventh Top 5 list!
#5 – Star Fox Zero
It’s no question that a traditional Star Fox game on the go would be a pretty rad time. Heck, Nintendo themselves knew that; why else would they release a remake of Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 3DS? That’s why Star Fox Zero is only at #5. But who knows? Maybe this could be to Star Fox 64 3D as Yoshi’s Woolly World is to Yoshi’s New Island. One thing I know for a fact is that this would require Nintendo to omit the motion control aspect of Zero. As far as the general public is concerned, that would be a good thing. Hopefully, the game itself isn’t too redundant to have a spot beside its higher-acclaimed predecessor on the handheld.
#4 – Splatoon
Don’t tell me it can’t be done! Okay, so the maps in the game may be a tad wide for the Nintendo 3DS to handle without a visible draw distance. However there have been similar attempts made to do a game like this by smaller development teams than Nintendo on platforms like mobile phones. If that can happen, then Nintendo surely must have the willpower and manpower to get their unique third-person color shooter Splatoon spraying on the portable!
#3 – Pokken Tournament
Nintendo often keeps their “bigger” Pokemon spin-off entries on home consoles. What if Pokken Tournament can be an exception to that unspoken rule? After all, fighting games are certainly manageable on handhelds. Namco has released a Tekken game on the 3DS before, and arguably more dynamic fighters like Street Fighter IV and Dead or Alive have paved their way to the handheld as well. Pokken‘s fighting game heritage (along with its own unique traits placed on the table) would do the 3DS wonders. Even if the arenas would have to have less detail or something, the action would nevertheless be hectic and exciting.
#2 – Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Now THIS one made me wonder why it was on the Wii U to begin with. It simply didn’t look as fit for the console as it would have been on the 3DS. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a sequel to a Nintendo DS game, for God’s sake. It’s not like there was anything that the 3DS wasn’t capable of in this case.
Kirby: Canvas Curse was one of several games to demonstrate the capabilities of the DS well. The Wii U sequel seemed like it was only there to give the Wii U an appetizer for a bigger Kirby game (It doesn’t even make use of the TV screen). Unfortunately for it, Kirby: Planet Robobot appeared on 3DS. Likewise, it’s best for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse to follow suit and be as portable as its predecessor was.
#1 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad spun off from Super Mario 3D World to star in a puzzle marvel. It’s the kind of marvel that I think would work perfectly for the Nintendo 3DS. Bite-sized non-platforming stages where you must carefully navigate around to collect the goodies you need? Sign me up for portable play! I don’t see how Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker wouldn’t be ideal for the Nintendo 3DS as the unique puzzle game it is! I would certainly be addicted playing it for hours in long car or plane rides. Best of all, much like Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, there’s simply no way the Nintendo 3DS could strain itself running the game.