The popularity of the Nintendo Switch has given many games a chance to shine in a way they wouldn’t otherwise. Many WiiU ports, such as Super Mario 3D World, or Pikmin 3 Deluxe, have enjoyed renewed success on Nintendo’s hybrid handhelds.
Nintendo seems to be hoping that success translates to the 3DS port as well, as Miitopia has received an HD facelift for its Nintendo Switch debut. The goofy RPG arrived on the 3DS just months before the Switch’s release and was quickly overshadowed by it.
Now, Miitopia has the opportunity to find a new audience on Nintendo’s uber popular system, and it got us thinking – what other 3DS titles could benefit from a Nintendo Switch remaster? We dug into our 3DS library to bring you our list of 3DS games that deserve an HD remaster.
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Switch 3DS games: Metroid: Samus is Back
Metroid: Samus Returns is an excellent remake of the 1991 GameBoy Samus adventure which unfortunately came out a few months after the Nintendo Switch launch. Samus hasn’t had a mainstream entry since 2010’s Other M (and no, Federation Force isn’t included), so starving Metroid fans finally have reason to cheer. The updated visuals and gameplay of the game were praised by fans and critics alike, most people looked at the game and thought “why isn’t this on Nintendo Switch?”
And why not? It really doesn’t take advantage of the 3DS 3D’s features or the second screen, and the updated art and graphics just beg for a HD facelift. Metroid: Samus Returns is an excellent update to a long-lost gem that deserves to be played by as many people as possible. It’ll also serve as an excellent appetizer for Metroid Prime 4 — you know, whenever it’s released.
Switch 3DS games: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time/ Majora’s Mask
The N64 Zelda game is considered to be one of the best games in its class. Back at the time of release, both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask surprised audiences with their 3D swordplay, beautiful graphics, and intricate puzzles and dungeons. It was something gamers had never seen before, and it formed the blueprint for a 3D adventure title, which is still being followed today.
Years after the original release, we received two new remasters of the legendary game, with improved visuals and a few gameplay tweaks, most notably the case of Majora’s Mask, which has improved its save system, among other QoL improvements. I might be cheating a bit by listing the two games together, but these two games would only benefit from the added power of the Nintendo Switch — and we could always use another excuse to revisit this classic.
Switch 3DS games: Icarus Child Rebellion
True love Nintendo 3DS, Kid Icarus Uprising is Nintendo’s reboot of the NES series, touted by Masahiro Sakurai, the father of the Kirby series as well as a small game called Super Smash Bros. Kid Icarus Uprising puts players in control of Pit, the flightless servant Palutena who dares to do battle with the Dark Goddess Medusa, and the source of her return, Hades.
While critics and fans alike praised the game’s unique gameplay, music, graphics, and difficulty slider, the controls were the subject of scrutiny. It relied on a combination of a control stick and a touchscreen for gestures, and while it worked, it didn’t always work well. A Nintendo Switch remaster could give the game the second thumbstick it always deserves, and it would make the captivating on-rails shooter that much more fun to play.
Switch 3DS games: Monster Hunter Story
The Monster Hunter Mainline games have always found success on Nintendo handhelds, but the spin-off is, well, another story (no pun intended). Monster Hunter Stories is an RPG featuring more turn-based battles and monster gathering that’s more in line with Pokémon than your traditional Monster Hunter game.
However, the game offers a unique story, fun characters, and a combat system rich enough to warrant its entry price. Unfortunately, like Samus Returns, Monster Hunter Stories came out a little late in the life of the 3DS (one week before Samus Returns in North America!) and was quickly forgotten after the Nintendo Switch. With Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin on the way, it would be great to revisit this hidden gem on the Switch.
Switch 3DS games: Tomodachi’s Life
Okay, so hear me out — Tomodachi Life is a life simulation game where you collect virtual doll houses of Miis made to look exactly like you, your friends, foes, famous people, and everyone in between and watch them as they, well, live life they. On paper, this doesn’t make much sense, but in practice, Mii’s quirky ant farm is interesting, goofy, and utterly hilarious, even if the game itself is fairly simple.
With Miitopia making a comeback with the Mii (just check out some of the amazingly good designs already on the internet!), it might be a good time to refresh Tomodachi Life. Updated visuals are a given, but improvements to the mini-game, as well as more scripted events, could help Tomodachi Life captivate a whole new generation of players.
Switch 3DS games: Shin Megami Tensai IV
The Shin Megami Tensai series is known for presenting dark and brooding stories that usually involve multiple angels and demons, and Shin Megami Tensai IV delivers on that front. Taking on the role of a Samurai named Flynn, you are tasked with capturing the mysterious Black Samurai, but the pursuit leads to some surprising (and demonic) revelations for Flynn and his friends. With its unique monster design, dark story, and solid RPG mechanics, Shin Megami Tensai IV is one of the most unique RPGs on the system.
With Shin Megami Tensai III: Nocturne coming to Nintendo Switch this month and Shin Megami Tensai V coming sometime later this year, bringing Shin Megami Tensai IV from the 3DS would be another great way to indoctrinate gamers into the series.
Everything old becomes new again
The 3DS was one of the last dedicated handheld consoles made, and it is one of the best. The initial lineup may be a little weak, but the 3DS hits a punch well above its heavyweights, and outpaces many of its superior tech contemporaries. Any of these games would make a great addition to the Nintendo Switch’s incredible library. This port would be a great way to reintroduce some classics to new fans.
Is there a Nintendo 3DS game you’d like to replay on your Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments!