The Nintendo Switch just celebrated the second anniversary of its release, having sold over thirty million units across the world. The future is looking bright for Nintendo's latest system, which has already received games in the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., Super Smash Bros., and The Legend of Zelda series, with games in the Animal Crossing and Pokémon series yet to come.
The problem with Nintendo front-loading the first two years of the Nintendo Switch's lifespan is that they have already used up games from the biggest franchises, and could risk saturating their brands if they make new titles too soon. Metroid Prime 4 is still several years away, which means that Nintendo might have to dig a little deeper into their back catalog for new titles.
There are plenty of old school Nintendo fans who have been clamoring for various franchises to return, and the growing success of the Switch means that there is an opportunity for Nintendo to bring some of their old licenses back from limbo for a new lease on life.
The Nintendo Switch is home to some incredible titles, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, yet the best-selling game on the system is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which proves that there is a huge market for racing games on the system.
The fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released so early in the Switch's lifespan means that we likely won't see any new Mario Kart games on the system, leaving a gap open for the return of Captain Falcon.
F-Zero fans have been clamoring for a new game in the series for years now, and the Nintendo Switch offers the perfect opportunity for a return to Big Blue. The addition of HD Rumble could vastly improve the playing experience, with the feeling of the F-Zero humming in the player's hands as they race around the track.
The Nintendo Wii U seemed like the perfect system for a Pokémon Snap sequel, as the gamepad could have functioned as the camera.
All is not lost for a potential Pokémon Snap sequel, however, as the initial reveal trailer for the Nintendo Labo showed a camera peripheral that could work perfectly as a controller for the game.
Pokémon Sword & Shield are coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019, which means that a lot of assets could be repurposed for a Pokémon Snap sequel, such as the impressive looking 3D Pokémon models that we have seen so far.
Even if Pokémon Snap doesn't return to consoles, it would seem like a perfect fit for a mobile game.
The Advance Wars series (also known as the Wars series) was originally exclusive to Japan until it was revamped with a more cartoonish style and released overseas, where it found an audience due to its addictive and strategic turn-based battles.
The series took an overly dark turn with Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, set in a post-apocalyptic world and had a depressing storyline, which wasn't well received by the fans and led to the series being shelved.
The Nintendo Switch already has some amazing turn-based games in the form of Into the Breach and Wargroove, while the Fire Emblem series has found success outside of Japan in recent years. The time is right for Advance Wars to make its return, with the possible addition of some of the social interactions between characters that have made Fire Emblem so popular.
The second game in the Mother series made its way to North America in the form of EarthBound, which underperformed and kept the series in Japan for a long time, with Nintendo reticent to release EarthBound on the Virtual Console for many years.
The success of games like Undertale have proven that there is a market for comedic RPGs that play with the rules of the genre. A successor to Mother 3 with a new team (as Shigesato Itoi has stated that he has no desire to make another game in the series) could fit right in on the Nintendo Switch.
There is also room for remastered versions of the original three Mother games, which could fix a lot of the gameplay issues with the first game and finally give people outside of Japan a legitimate way of playing Mother 3.
Ouendan/Elite Beat Agents
Elite Beat Agents was one of the most underrated games on the Nintendo DS, utilizing the touchscreen in order to give a visceral feeling when issuing commands into a rhythm game. Elite Beat Agents was a westernized version of the Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan series, where you played as a group of secret agents who helped people in trouble with the aid of contemporary music.
One aspect of the series that would have to change for a Nintendo Switch Elite Beat Agents game is relying on the touch screen for gameplay, as you wouldn't be able to play it in docked mode. Elite Beat Agents was also pretty hard on the Nintendo DS' touchscreen and Nintendo would probably want to avoid people destroying their Switches. The various unconventional aspects of the Joy-Cons (like the gyroscopic controls or the IR camera) could be used to add additional ways of being able to play the game on a TV screen.
The two Joy-Cons used with the Nintendo Switch would be a perfect fit for a brand new Punch-Out!! game, as you wouldn't have to worry about moving around the ring, and could save the motion controls for punching and blocking. The ability to play the game online would be first for the series, as would a larger roster of characters with unique abilities and traits.
Little Mac has found a new audience due to his appearances in the past few Super Smash Bros. games, and the last game in the series on the Nintendo Wii sold over a million copies. The time is right for Little Mac to put his gloves on once more and take another shot at the world title belt.