Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

8 games that missed Nintendo hardware

Any longtime Nintendo fan knows that the company’s third-party publishing partners can be friends in fine weather. Many of the industry’s largest franchises haven’t existed on Nintendo hardware for quite some time. In some cases, Nintendo’s own bold decisions about cartridges and standard-definition games have sacrificed a major entry in the series, which was once synonymous with the brand.

But thanks to Switch’s popularity, some of the most notorious games that skip Nintendo hardware are back. Square’s ambitious FINAL FANTASY VII was once too big to fit on an N64 cart. This is what inspired Nintendo partners for many years to choose optical disc media on Sony PlayStation. This move seems to have said that Nintendo “will never come back” to the square.

Still, in 2019, FINAL FANTASY VII appeared on Nintendo hardware. Soon, Grand Theft Auto III and Kingdom Hearts will be available. The latter is not a cartridge, but it’s another article.

Many popular games skip Nintendo’s hardware altogether, but this is the eight most prominent absences in history. This is a game you need to play on Switch right now.

Nights Into Dreams (1996) • Sega Saturn

If Sega Saturn was only remembered in one game, Nights into Dreams.. Nights was a flashy flying game knockout with a short-lived 32-bit console, dynamic music, and even an artificial life system built around Sega’s flashy new analog sticks.

Nights was a great achievement for Sonic creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima when they first saw the amazing range and skills of the Sonic Team that blossomed in Dreamcast. It was so impressive that Shigeru Miyamoto is said to have said he wanted to achieve it.

When Sega moved to a third party in 2001, its IP went in all directions, and Knight got a port to the PS2 and a remaster of the HD console. Nintendo fans have gotten the Wii-only sequel, Knights-The Dream of the Stars, but the original high-flying flight has never landed on Nintendo hardware.

Castlevania Dracula: Symphony of the Night (1997) • Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn

Castlevania’s roots are deeply rooted in Nintendo. The original 1986 NES game was ported to other 8-bit platforms of the time, but the following three numbered entries were exclusive to Nintendo. Count Dracula and Belmont are well-known for Nintendo’s home and handheld game consoles, but with one major omission. Castlevania Dracula: Symphony of the Night..

1997, the year of GoldenEye 007 Great sightseeingIt was a risk to release a 2D side crawler with “next generation” hardware. The Symphony of the Night was slow to sell, but has been a cult hit for many years.

Konami and designer Koji Igarashi were initially inspired by The Legend of Zelda (not Metroid) and soon incorporated the up-and-coming “Metroidvania” formula into the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. But even if the game was remastered for the PSP, Xbox 360, PS4, and even smartphones, Alucard’s big break on the PlayStation and Saturn missed Nintendo.

Mega Man Legends 2 (2000) (and The Misadventures of Tron) • Sony PlayStation

Everyone was moving to 3D in the late 90’s, and Rockman was no exception. After six side-scrolling on the NES and the improved Rockman X series on the SNES, Capcom packed the Blue Bomber to move to the PlayStation. In 1997, they went all-in to polygons Rockman Legend.. While Legends has fans, it’s clear that Capcom and producer Keiji Inafune had to move far from the roots of the series to adapt the classic shootout gameplay to 3D.

Nevertheless, the Legend was successful enough to produce a sequel, Rockman Legend 2, And the day before, Kobun’s misfortune to Tron.. Nintendo saw a version of Rockman Legend in 2000 and renamed it Rockman 64, but it wasn’t as popular as the PlayStation original. By that time, Capcom had given up porting the other two games.

Curiously, the canceled Mega Man Legend 3 was originally developed for the Nintendo 3DS in 2010.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Son of Liberty (2001) • PlayStation 2

Metal Gear is usually considered a Sony series, even if the franchise hasn’t been limited to Sony hardware for many years. However, Konami’s tactical espionage has also come to Nintendo in some strange cases.

The NES got a strange port of the original Metal Gear in 1987.It replaced the title mecha with a supercomputer, followed by a non-canon sequel. Snake’s revenge.. There are two versions of Metal Gear Solid on the Nintendo console.A completely unique Game Boy Color game set on a different timeline (titled Metal Gear: Ghost Babel (In Japan), and the GameCube-only remake by Silicon Knights is called Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snake.

TwinSnakes runs on an engine similar to Metal Gear Solid 2, but Konami skips the game altogether and ported Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D to 3DS.

Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005) • Arcade

Technically, this was It was released on Nintendo hardware, a triforce arcade board co-developed by Nintendo, Sega and Namco. However, unlike other Nintendo arcade titles, Mario Kart Arcade GP has never seen a home release.

This series of arcade racing games is actually a unique spin-off of the Mario Kart series, which includes bespoke tracks, items, and even the Pac-Man and Tamagotchi franchise crossover characters. The cabinet also includes a camera that allows players to take a snapshot of themselves with a Mario hat and mustache.

Nintendo isn’t shy about taking arcade games home. F-ZERO AXAlso running on the Triforce board was GameCube’s sister game as the F-ZERO GX (if you have Action Replay, it may be hidden in that game). And, of course, games like Pokken Tournament and Cruis’n Blast continue to bring an arcade experience to traditional consoles.

Now run through Nintendo, at least Mario Kart 9’s Diamond City.

Vanquish (2010) • Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

PlatinumGames was only three years old in 2010, but former Capcom developer Supergroup Studios got off to a great start with wild and punchy action titles like Hideki Kamiya’s Bayonetta and Shinji Mikami. Vanquish..

Sega was Platinum’s early partner and unveiled the studio’s first four games, including MadWorld for the Wii and Infinite Space for the DS. Vanquish was Mikami’s only game for platinum. A relentless third-person shooter that helped define the distinctive style of the studio. Mikami immediately set out to set up Tango GameWorks.

Vanquish and Bayonetta were re-released in the 10th Anniversary Bundle in 2020, but strangely missed the switch. I hope the close relationship between Nintendo and Platinum will change that.

Dark Souls II (2014) • Xbox 360, PS3, PC (and Dark Souls III)

It was unlikely that Namco Bandai would bring FromSoftware’s popular Souls games to the less popular Wii U, but that alone made the 2018 Dark Souls: Remastered on Switch a pleasant surprise.

To be honest, the Nintendo version isn’t much remastered here as it’s approaching its original 2011 release in some areas. But it’s still a great way to play stone-cold classics on the go. So why did Namco Bandai remain silent about the sequel?

It may just be a matter of opportunity. A remaster released at about the same time as other platform versions. Scaling these 5 and 7 year old sequels for Switch may seem worthless at this point. Still, something else is needed with Solaire amiibos!

Persona 5 (2016) • PS3, PS4

Person 5 It may be the most requested switch port ever. With the inclusion of P5’s protagonist Joker as the first third-party DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there were many fans guessing whether Atlas’ romance simulation dungeon crawler would come to Switch. Two years later, nothing happened, except for the spin-off Persona 5 striker.

Sega may or may not have some exclusive contract with Sony for the Persona series. Shin Megami Tensei, the parent series of Persona, has had a much greater presence on Nintendo hardware since the NES in 1996. Revelation: Persona Another example of a third-party franchise that opened a shop with Sony during the N64 era.

Sega recently broke by releasing exclusive rights to Persona’s PlayStation Persona 4: Golden Out of nowhere on Steam, they’re probably testing the body of water for a wider release in the future.

Are there any other great games that haven’t appeared around these parts? Please let us know the games you would like us to come to Nintendo’s console below.