It goes without saying that Nintendo have been churning out quality and classic titles for decades, and they’ve almost always been ahead of their time (and ahead of the game, so to speak). Whether sports, role-playing, platform or any other genre, they’ve somehow managed to year after year.
What was brought out 10 years ago undoubtedly was perfect for its time and the same can be said of what is released this year. The more you think about that, the more you want to check out some of those titles, don’t you? Exactly, so let’s have a look and compare the releases from both times.
Super Mario Strikers / Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Released in November 2005, Super Mario Strikers got a lot of hype but never really lived up to its billing. It was incredibly fun but a lack of options in terms of gameplay didn’t give it the longevity that Nintendo will have wanted.
Yet to come out, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is bound to be a hot game for Nintendo in 2015. Tennis games on the Wii and Wii U are so playable that everybody – no matter how old or interested in tennis they are – wants to get involved!
Star Fox: Assault / Lego Jurassic World
Star Fox was a pretty large release back in the day, and was brilliantly playable, with plenty of levels to negotiate and some funky graphics to boot. We’d say that as far as GameCube classics go, this one is right up there.
And as long as we’re talking about classics, we couldn’t possibly go without mentioning 2015’s Lego Jurassic World. The film is huge and anything that’s developed under the Lego theme is bound to sell.
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness / Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
As we all know, as far as game franchises go, you can’t really get much bigger than Pokémon. This wasn’t the biggest of them all to be released, far from it. But as far as 2005 was concerned, it was the only Pokémon title that mattered!
When it comes to modern franchises, kids today seem to be all over the Animal Crossing series. Anything that is put out under the AC banner is snapped up – and it’s easy to see why, when it’s arguably just as addictive as the Pokémon games.
Golden Nugget Casino / None
It’s unusual for a console to bring out a casino game, but Nintendo did just that when they released Golden Nugget Casino in 2005. It never really became as big a hit as the , which is probably why you won’t find another title like it on the shelves anymore.
Mario Party 7 / Mario Party 10
If you’ve ever come across a Nintendo game – and let’s face it: if you’re reading this, you have – you’ll more than likely be familiar with the Mario Party games. Mario Party 7 was multiplayer, multi-layered and multi-addictive, just like this year’s release Mario Party 10.
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat / None
In all honesty, there’s nothing quite like Donkey Kong Jungle Beat out there at the moment, which is a real shame. Compatible with the GameCube’s DK Bongos, this was different from the others in the series in so much as it was neither focused on music nor racing. It turned out to be a success for it.