Two SG choices ago, we discussed what Nintendo franchises we would like to see revitalized. Today, we decided to look at non-Nintendo franchises. What dormant video game franchises would you like to see brought back? Let us know in the comments!
Ristar is one of my favorite games of all time. The game is so colorful, and the platforming is top-notch. It’s very fun, without it being overtly difficult and the game has a lot of charm put into it. Sega has used Ristar from time to time, but they need to bring my favorite yellow star back in full force. I’d really like to see a new platformer game starring Ristar. I was pleased when I found out I could play as Ristar in Super Smash Bros. Crusade.
I am sure I will not be the only one to have Banjo-Kazooie as my pick but this series just needs to come back. I can appreciate them trying something different with Nuts & Bolts but what Banjo really needs is return to the glory of the Nintendo 64 games. I grew up with these titles and so they have a very big place in my heart. The characters, the story and the platforming were all some of the best out there and I know that if Rare gave it another chance they could recapture the magic once more. Most 3D platformers nowadays can only be found with Nintendo and the Indie scene. Yooka-Laylee looks to be the perfect successor to Banjo but i have to admit I will always miss that bear and bird. it has been so long since the last true platformer that they do not need to greatly innovate or change up the formula. Just releasing a new game in HD with new worlds and missions all centered around what made the old games great is all I would need.
The orange marsupial was a major selling point for the original PlayStation, so seeing it’s last release being some shoddy mobile racing game is sad. The creature-jacking formula from the Radical era might not have been the best, but at least it was functional. Even today, the original trilogy(and Crash Team Racing) are still games I tend to revisit and ones I hold dear. We’ve seen some retro revivals succeed in this day and age, so I hope Crash himself gets the treatment soon. Heck, I’ll go as far as to say that ANY reference to the character would do until a new game. Sucks that he wasn’t in PlayStation All-Stars.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day:
Considering Nantendo listed Banjo-Kazooie, (and I certainly agree with it!) I decided to go a different way and choose Banjo’s foul mouthed friend Conker for my pick. My reasoning really boils down to the fact that in my personal opinion, there are 4 great Banjo-Kazooie games out there, a spin off, and numerous other opportunities to play as the Bear and Bird in games like Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Diddy Kong Racer. Yes, I just said that Nuts and Bolts is a great game, and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. Banjo-Kazooie games will at the very least live on through other means, we have Playtonic to thank for that.
Conker on the other hand really only has an appearance in Diddy Kong Racing, and his own game (Conker’s Pocket Tales is… Not great). The less we speak about Project Spark the better. Conker’s Bad Fur Day is an all time favorite game of mine. It featured invigorating gameplay that consistently kept itself fresh by changing mechanics completely, loveable characters, awesome environments and that beautiful Rare charm. Plus it has a squirrel pushing balls of poo around and a sunflower with a rockin’ rack.
Let us know in the comments what series you would like to see make a comeback.
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