What’s up, everybody? I hope you all have been having an incredible holiday season! With 2020 being just around the corner, myself and many other gamers have already begun compiling lists of games we’d like to see in 2020. My list is a blender of wishes that are probable and ones that are not-so-probable. Hopefully my wishes of the latter kind won’t irk those of you who are reading this. I have quite a lot of wishes in my noggin, but I’ll narrow this article down to a handful of them and save others for later times. Without further ado, let’s go through them one at a time…
Wish #1: More 3DS games ported to the Switch
Since Nintendo themselves acknowledged back in June that the 3DS has no first-party titles left in the tank, I believe that it makes sense to increase the speed of the rolling ball when it comes to 3DS-to-Switch ports. There are a handful of 3DS games that I feel would make great for Switch releases, such as Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and the 3DS versions of the Nintendo 64’s The Legend of Zelda games. I have other ports in mind, but I’ll save discussing those for another time.
Wish #2: Super Mario Sunshine HD
Remember when Nintendo tweeted a picture of Mario munching on a watermelon, and the caption contained the word “sunshine?” That tweet lit the fuse that was speculation of the GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine getting a remaster on the Switch. It’s now the closing days of 2019, and the big N still hasn’t announced such a thing. Will it be announced during E3 2020? I sure hope so!
Wish #3: Mario Golf on Switch
A year ago, the folks at Camelot served us Mario Tennis Aces (Obvious tennis pun is obvious), and it has since become one of the Switch’s best-selling games. And now that all the DLC for the aforementioned tennis game has been released, I really want Mario Golf to step onto the Switch’s tee box. We haven’t seen Mario and co. hit the links since 2017’s hit-and-miss Mario Sports Superstars on the 3DS, so I don’t think it’s an unreasonable wish on my end.
Wish #4: Mario Kart 9
What Nintendo console would be complete without a fresh installment of Mario Kart? It’s been nearly three years since Mario Kart 8 went from the Wii U to the Switch, so I think 2020 is the year that we’ll finally get the ninth main installment in this iconic racing series. Some have suggested that this game be a crossover racer like Sonic & All-Stars Racing, and I personally would love for that to be a thing.
Wish #5: F-Zero on Switch
Yes, I know this is kind of a pipedream considering we haven’t seen this series in action since a 2004 GBA title, but I still hold onto hope that we will one day see the return of the white-knuckle racer that is F-Zero. And no, Fast RMX doesn’t count! If Nintendo could whip up an F-Zero game on the Switch, I’d personally buy it in a heartbeat, especially if it had online multiplayer. If we can get F-Zero tracks in Mario Kart, getting a new F-Zero game is not completely impossible.
Wish #6: Skate 4 or a new Tony Hawk game
Skateboarding games have always held a special place in my heart, and I still miss the days when they were a truly big deal on the market. It’s been nine years since the cult-classic Skate 3, and 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was an absolute catastrophe. We’ve got some indie skating titles roaming around as of late, but I’d love to see one of the two aforementioned series make a comeback in 2020. Whichever one is more likely is a mystery.
Wish #7: NCAA Football returns
Since the NCAA stated that they will allow their athletes to earn money off of the use of their names and likenesses, this gives us more reason to believe that EA’s NCAA Football can one day return to the gridiron. We’ve got a handful of colleges in the latest edition of Madden NFL, so that’s a good start. NCAA Football ’14 still maintains a cult-following, so I don’t doubt a new installment would yield EA a truckload of profits.
So, which of my gaming wishes for 2020 are going to come true? Are any of yours going to come true as well? Only time will tell. Until next time, thank you for reading another Silver Soul Gaming article. And from all of us at SSG…Have a Happy New Year!