The younger generation of gamers likely know next to nothing about the F-Zero series outside of Captain Falcon’s appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series. F-Zero was the high-speed racing game that first appeared on the Super Nintendo back in 1991. This was followed by sequel on the Nintendo 64, which made it appear as if we had a Nintendo franchise on our hands. Captain Falcon even appeared as a secret character in Super Smash Bros. This was followed by two Game Boy Advance games as well as the very well reviewed F-Zero GX for Gamecube. However, the series has been completely stagnant ever since outside of mini-games in Nintendo Land and such. With the graphical capabilities of the Wii U, there is no excuse for why we aren’t getting an HD F-Zero title that fans of the series greatly deserve. Mario Kart is a great game, but we need something different to complement that kind of racer, of which the F-Zero series perfectly fits.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Another Rare title for the list as the company is sadly just sitting there working on Kinect sports related games now. Conker’s Bad Fur Day was the surprising adult and vulgur game for the Nintendo 64. The game earned quite the cult following due to this nature, especially due to the stories of parents picking it up thinking it was a kids game. The game received a remake for the Xbox, but the series has been completely stagnant ever since. Those of us who may have been too young at the time to fully enjoy the game could really enjoy a new entry in the series on the Xbox One.
Here we have another dormant Nintendo franchise that has been unused, outside of a 3D remake, since 2006. Of course we’ve seen a few characters from the game through Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but it has been forever since we saw a new game from this once great series. The Star Fox series defined the rail shooter genre on both the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, but chose to change up the formula with Star Fox Adventures, though the series somewhat returned to its roots with Star Fox: Assault, and later even more with Star Fox Command on the Nintendo DS. The series completely missed the Nintendo Wii and still has no announced titles for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS coming in the future, but hopefully that will be changed in the near future.
Spyro the Dragon
This one might seem a bit silly with his involvement in the incredibly successful Skylanders series, but I want to see the return of the Spyro that I know and love from the PlayStation days. Spyro, along with the aforementioned Crash Bandicoot, were the poster childs for great platforming on the PlayStation and yet Spyro is now sitting here being completely underutilized with Skylanders. As you can tell from this list, there were some extremely solid platformers from the fifth generation of consoles that have either been completely dead or terrible for year. We saw the resurgence of Rayman recently, so why not Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Banjo-Kazooie?