The Nintendo GameDice is now 20 years outdated. It looks like solely yesterday that I used to be lugging the purple dice round to my buddies’ homes by its deal with. It might not have been a gross sales monster just like the Wii or Switch, nevertheless it’s a console that stirs fond recollections of the early 2000s for myself and lots of others. It helped modernize 3D video games, taking us out of the awkward transitional period we obtained with the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation.
What makes the GameDice significantly memorable is its sturdy library of video games. Its library is a group of huge hits and hidden gems from Nintendo and third-party studios. It was a inventive outpouring throughout what would develop into thought to be a golden period for gaming. So why is it not possible to play so lots of these hits at this time? Try to seek out your favourite GameDice sport on Switch at this time and also you’ll come up brief. The greatest we’ve gotten up to now is Super Mario Sunshine, which is now not obtainable on the system because of Super Mario 3D All-Stars‘ baffling timed gross sales window.
It’s a weird resolution, although one which’s par for the course for Nintendo. The system is missing tons of basic video games, from the Game Boy assortment to the N64 libraries. But the overall lack of GameDice love feels particularly obvious contemplating what number of standout gems the system produced. I’ve put collectively an inventory of eight video games that ought to come to Nintendo Switch, however know that that is solely scratching the floor. The GameDice library goes so deep that it might want a double-stuffed Classic version of the Switch to comprise all of them.
Metroid Prime is among the most vital Nintendo video games of the previous 20 years. It successfully resurrected Metroid from the lifeless after it skipped the N64 and turned it into one among Nintendo’s flagship franchises. Not solely that, it revolutionized the first-person shooter style by making a sport that was extra centered on platforming and investigation. While Metroid Prime and its sequels have been ported to the Wii (and obtainable on the Wii U), none of these video games can be found on Switch. And that’s particularly bizarre contemplating that Metroid Prime 4 will launch on the console finally. How are we presupposed to make amends for the trilogy if there’s no strategy to play it simply?
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
When it was first introduced, Wind Waker was immediately polarizing. Its cel-shaded artwork type triggered an uproar as players demanded real looking graphics. Luckily, the peanut gallery was unsuitable, as Wind Waker remains to be the best-looking Zelda sport on the market. Nintendo gave the sport a slick HD remaster within the Wii U days, including some second-screen menu controls, however you possibly can’t play it on Switch. In truth, you possibly can’t play most 3D Zelda video games on the system exterior of Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. Considering what number of Wii U video games have come to Switch, is it an excessive amount of to ask that the Wind Waker remaster sails over subsequent?
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
The Paper Mario sequence is a sore spot for followers. Its early video games have been tight RPGs that supplied actual problem for gamers who needed a harder Mario expertise. Since then, the sequence has fallen off because it tries to courtroom a extra informal market. The Switch’s Paper Mario: The Origami King was an enthralling sufficient journey, nevertheless it didn’t essentially attain the inventive heights of earlier entries. When it involves older titles, followers are particularly ardent in regards to the GameDice’s Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The RPG wasn’t only a excessive level for Paper Mario, however for Nintendo as a complete. It’s a finely crafted journey crammed with memorable characters, a wonderful story, and ironclad RPG mechanics. A rerelease announcement throughout a Nintendo Direct would break the web.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
If you’ve by no means heard of Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, I don’t blame you. Developed by Silicon Knights, the horror sport is the very definition of a hidden gem. It was a totally new IP that got here out of left area on the time. It’s most identified for its good “sanity” system, the place weird results occur the extra the characters lose their minds. Sometimes you’ll discover that the partitions are bleeding. Other occasions, you’ll stroll right into a room and your head will fall off. The sport has a blast freaking gamers out, even going as far as to drop pretend crash errors and false endings. It’s a totally one-of-a-kind concept, and it’s a disgrace that it might probably’t be performed and not using a GameDice. The sport was by no means ported to every other platform, together with PC, so it’s simply caught in GameDice limbo. It deserves to be freed.
F-Zero is, basically, a lifeless Nintendo franchise. The firm appears to be focusing all of its racing sport efforts completely on Mario Kart, leaving Captain Falcon’s sequence within the mud. There hasn’t been a console F-Zero sport since F-Zero GX in 2003. That’s a disgrace, as a result of that sport is one among Nintendo’s most interesting multiplayer choices. It’s an extremely fast-paced racing sport crammed with gravity-defying tracks. It was one thing of a blueprint for Mario Kart 8, which might go on to undertake a few of its concepts. Whether or not it holds up is irrelevant; it’s simply downright unlucky that there’s no strategy to expertise it in 2021 with out an outdated console.
It’s troublesome to elucidate Killer7. Even when it first got here out, it had gamers scratching their heads. But that’s what we’ve come to count on from Suda51, one among gaming’s most visionary creators. Killer7 is one thing of an on-rails shooter, the place gamers press a button to maneuver alongside a set line and shoot enemies alongside the best way. While that makes it particularly polarizing, it’s additionally turned it right into a cult basic of types. There have been rumors that it might come to Switch circa 2020, however these have been firmly squashed. Now that No More Heroes 3 is out on Switch, it looks like pretty much as good a time as any to convey one among Suda51’s most legendary video games to the system, too.
Super Mario Strikers
If you like Mario sports activities video games, the Switch has an acceptable lineup of video games for you. Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush aren’t the perfect entries of their respective franchises, however they get the job executed. But Mario’s athletic skills aren’t totally represented on the Switch. The GameDice period introduced us a number of Mario sports activities experiments, which some working higher than others. Among these, Super Mario Strikers stands out as a criminally underrated sport. The fast-paced soccer sport is stuffed with frantic motion, with laborious hits and robust power-ups. Back within the day, it was a multiplayer staple amongst my buddies. If we’re not going to get a brand new entry within the short-lived sequence anytime quickly, we should always no less than get an opportunity to revisit this one.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Fire Emblem is now one among Nintendo’s greatest franchises, however that wasn’t all the time the case. It was a complete area of interest property that didn’t even come to the west till Mart and Roy made waves in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The first 3D sport within the sequence, Path of Radiance, was a turning level for the franchise, setting it up for fulfillment on the Nintendo 3DS a decade later. Nowadays, a replica of the sport is a sought-after commodity amongst collectors. A mint copy can run over $500, making it a unicorn in any GameDice assortment. Obviously, most followers gained’t need to pay that worth to play a basic, so Nintendo may actually throw us a bone right here by bringing it to Switch.