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15 Possible Nintendo VR Games That Would Crush The Pokemon Comeback

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15 Possible Nintendo VR Games That Would Crush The Pokemon Comeback

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There’s no denying the ground breaking, heavily addictive nature of Pokémon Go. The sheer idea of bringing video game characters into a real life space is innovative and awesome. Less awesome, however, is what happens when teenagers show up in your backyard milling around, trying to catch and train the wee creatures. Or how about when your local community center turns into a Pokémon gym and you have trouble training as a result? On the other side of the joystick are the glitches in the game itself; you know, things like server jams and the aggravation of spending hours outside in the sweltering heat seeking rare Pokémon. The very real danger of maybe getting robbed at a Poke Stop sounds alarms as well. Ironing out the details is tricky but virtual app gaming is probably here to stay in the end.

While Pikachu and friends might be setting the stage for future game play, when the Pokemon finally does go (and it will) the question becomes which endearing Nintendo character is fit to take its place on our smartphones? Will it be a barrel-wielding gorilla, a spiky-haired yellow kid on a skateboard, or perhaps the ultimate role playing game; complete with dragons and maybe even dungeons too? The classics listed below would blast Pokémon to pieces. From hovering cars to space mutant pirates, these video games are begging to be explored in today’s digital realm. Which, if any of them, would you download as a virtual app and why?

15. Bart Vs The Space Mutants

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You almost forgot about this one, didn’t you? Now, looking back on it, it was a pretty thrilling game despite the fact that it didn’t enjoy the same commercial success as the cartoon series it was based on. It was, no doubt, a challenging game but many of its setbacks were due to technological factors. Since technology has advanced a great deal since the 1991 debut of this Simpson excursion, it’s an ideal comeback choice.

Why It’s Awesome

Mainly, this video game is on the list because it was well ahead of its time. The scrolling screen approach it used is quite popular today on app games like Subway Surfer. In fact, the similarities between Subway Surfer and The Simpsons NES debut are too great to be overlooked. Bart wins for being an underrated superstar. Plus the aliens are cool too.

What We’d Likely See

The virtual app version of Bart Vs. the Space Mutants would definitely attract the skateboard crowd. We’d likely see skaters with ProGear cameras adding virtual graffiti to buildings everywhere. Imagine what cool Instagram pics could come out of this comeback. That’s not to mention the legions of thirty-somethings donning throwback, slogan tees that say, “Eat my shorts” on them.

14. F-Zero

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With the fictional hover board slowly but surely becoming a reality, F-Zero is just begging for a virtual version.

Why It’s Awesome

First of all, it’s a racing game that, in the early ’90s, was set to take place in the future. Now in 2016, it is the future and hover racing is almost within our reach. As an added bonus, F-Zero is said to have set the bar for the gaming subgenre known as “futuristic” and its adaptable multi-player take on gaming is still in use to this day.

What We’d Likely See

The virtual app version of F-Zero could certainly bring gamers and skaters together possibly even teaming up to dominate. There would definitely be a spike in hover board sales.

13. Final Fantasy

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This game brought role play gaming to a whole new level in the late eighties and it could continue to do so on an app platform today. The Final Fantasy series was a surprising success the first time it was released and it would most likely be just as well received today.

Why It’s Awesome

This game is the epitome of retro sci-fi cool and with the newly imagined Star Wars fresh out of theatres this fantasy inspired thriller would make an excellent follow-up. Imagine the Light Warriors reunited in a battle against evil- 2016 style.

What We’d Likely See

Cons (conventions) would definitely stem from this release. Possible virtual battles at these cons might even ensue, sparking a newfound appreciation for the Golden Age of Arcade.

12. Donkey Kong

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Who could resist a retake of this magical classic that was so simple yet so complex? This 1981 action series inspired critical thinking and Indiana Jones-like maneuvering. Its popularity brought in over 40 million singular unit sales but that’s nothing compared to what the virtual version would do.

Why It’s Awesome

As a virtual app game, Donkey Kong has features that would make a King Kong-like experience a virtual, urban reality. The chutes and ladders are epic, especially when you consider the 2016 urban landscape and how much of that landscape is on the rooftops.

What We’d Likely See

Gamers taking to the rooftop gardens and swimming pools, tossing digital barrels at each other while lunging and climbing through a sustainable environment is what would likely be the result. King Kong sightings might also occur, setting a tone for outdoor virtual motion pictures in coming years.

11. Duck Hunt

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While this early Nintendo smash hit might seem cheesy compared to newer releases like Call of Duty or Black Ops, Duck Hunt has a great deal of comeback potential.

Why It’s Awesome

Its duo-player approach, along with the falling items scrolling vertically, make it a bit of a break from the horizontal gaming of today. It also has unique shooting aspects that feel almost carnival inspired and when you consider the timelessness of carnival shooting games, you can recognize the potential here.

What We’d Likely See

For some reason, the idea of a virtual Duck Hunt app conjures visions of Laser Tag. There’s something about the laser lights cutting through the darkness and taking down falling objects that just screams “Arcade of the Future.” It is notable to point out the fact that when the arcade craze died down, nothing really came in to replace it. Could “Duck Hunt laser tag” fill the void?

10. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

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Let’s be honest, this is where the virtual gaming app is headed anyway— to people throwing combos at each other on the city streets. It’s only a matter of time before street fighters are going to want in on virtual app gaming and when they do, Little Mac, King Hippo and the crew will all be waiting in the wings.

Why It’s Awesome

This epic boxing extravaganza pays homage to the famed boxers of yesteryear as well as their techniques. It could easily be used to help people train in self defense and lose weight in the process. Think of it as the video game version of “Insanity” featuring a star-studded retro cast.

What We’d Likely See

Lawsuits. Lots and lots of lawsuits.

9. Mortal Kombat

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We all know it will eventually reach this pivotal peak when boxing simply isn’t enough to satisfy the gamers – and ninjas need to be released.

Why It’s Awesome

This daring game brought multi-genres like action and fantasy together. Like Pokémon, it inspired television spin offs, collectible cards, comics and more. Unlike Pokémon, it also inspired gore.

What We’d Likely See

The virtual Mortal Kombat app would likely fill the streets with urban ninjas. On any given day we’d see real life weapons in place of the digital weapons on the screen. This would mean a rise in the sales and use of throwing stars, battle axes, iron clubs, and deadly boomerangs. In the end, there would be many accidental deaths and lawsuits, even more lawsuits than before when gamers were using only their fists. Protestors would take to the sidewalks and demand more passive material; which would then bring us to the release of number eight on our list.

8. Kirby

 

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Masahiro Sakurai’s brainchild Kirby could only be released in the face of a media backlash once games like Mortal Kombat were taken too far. He is a beloved character but his similarities to the Pokémon would make their coexistence difficult, bordering on impossible. Kirby does have star potential, though, and here’s why.

Why It’s Awesome

The Kirby series is diverse, with a range of 20 games that cross a wide variety of formats and genres. With puzzles, action adventures, racing features and more, there’s a bit of something for everyone in Kirby. His Hulk-like presence also adds an endearing factor that would make the world fall in love.

What We’d Likely See

People puffing out their cheeks in public, possibly swapping color changing photos, and definitely battling against the ultimate common enemy—evil itself.

7. Tetris

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Math wizards deserve to go virtual too and the spacial challenges posed by Tetris could be played out in a real life scenario.

Why It’s Awesome

You might not be aware of the fact that Tetris currently holds the top spot for paid downloaded video games. It has a ton of comeback potential because it’s unlike other games. It doesn’t have characters. It doesn’t have a complicated plotline. There are no hidden realms or lurking monsters. This game is pure and simple- you versus your brain in a rapidly falling puzzle experience. Life-sized versions of Jenga and other board games are widely popular in the modern cityscape. Picture the Tetris app as the video game equivalent to giant Jenga.

What We’d Likely See

Road rage and gridlocks would probably result from the release of the Tetris virtual app. Not wanting to start their falling masterpieces all over from the beginning, people could be very tempted to get behind the wheel and continue positioning the geometric squares as they appear to be falling from the sky.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Another sleeper in the Nintendo game world that’s definitely worth a second look is the pizza eating, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles single-player action thriller. While it doesn’t often make it onto top ten and twenty lists, it remains one of the highest selling Nintendo games of all time and for good reason.

Why It’s Awesome

The heroes on a half-shell never fail to appease the crowd and their video game is super hard, an aspect modern gamers love and respect. Their video game won “Game of the Year” in Nintendo’s 1989 edition of the Nintendo Power Magazine. Imagine what would happen if they again, in 2016, stepped out of the shadows.

What We’d Likely See

Subway stations swarming with Nintendo players and a rise in the stock of pizza worldwide. It’s very possible that some diehard gamers would take to the sewers attempting to destroy dams and disarm fictional bombs.

5. Dungeons And Dragons

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Dungeons and Dragons set the scene for role playing games to come but all of the glory went to its board game edition and its video game version fell short of expectations. The onset of technological advancements make this game a natural winner in the modern day virtual gaming realm.

Why It’s Awesome

The dragons are the main lore (get it, lore?) but its potential for adventure is endless. This game is a lifestyle, complete with a full-on story and it’s sparked a frenzy of fandom that’s lasted over 40 years.

What We’d Likely See

An air of majesty would sweep each city, suburb, and town. People would start to believe in dragons again and the quest for real life heroes, fantastical realms, and wizards would no doubt take over the globe.

4. Star Tropics

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This immensely underrated video game was undeniably the precursor to Zelda. Complete with labyrinth style rooms, characters you could hold conversations with, and a thrill-seeking plotline, this game is totally ready to be updated.

Why It’s Awesome

Despite its massive reception and high rank amongst Nintendo enthusiasts, Star Tropics is still a hidden gem even for a great many gamers.

What We’d Most Likely See

People rocking yo-yos like never before. Letters scrawled in invisible ink and a mass media request for Zelda-the virtual app.

3. Metroid

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This futuristic scientific space adventure so deserves a spot in the limelight. With 17.44 million copies sold to date and its very own comic book adaptation, Metroid stands to take the future above and beyond quite literally.

Why It’s Awesome

One sentence— Bounty hunters take on space pirates.

What We’d Likely See

Alien life forms, people in power suits, pirates, and mutants. Whether digital or in costume, the end result is guaranteed to be bizarre and widely entertaining, at least for a little while. Delving deep into universes unknown, players could easily take things too far and max out on the space factor or the pirate factor, making the streets look like a costume parade.

2. Super Mario

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Everything about Mario is screaming to go virtual, from his Kart to Yoshi, from Princess Toadstool to the Mushroom Kingdom itself.

Why It’s Awesome

Mario did for Nintendo what the iPhone did for Apple. It’s a tried and true classic that just keeps getting better. From hidden worlds to power suits to some of the best monsters the gaming world has ever seen, it would truly be a tragedy if this series didn’t get to see its virtual version.

What We’d Likely See

People climbing up on benches and jumping in the air in attempts to gather coins and reveal hidden blocks. People in scuba gear clambering through the subway stations. Parkour enthusiasts and tricksters would likely dominate the game due to their uncanny ability to climb up and twirl down tall poles. At least if you caught people “Mario-ing” in your backyard, it would look more like Cirque de Soleil and less like Club McDonald’s.

1. Zelda

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It’s almost as if the idea of the virtual app was created with Zelda in mind. This intense, high-fantasy series is an absolute must in the future of gaming.

Why It’s Awesome

An entire blog post could easily be dedicated to explaining this. We could begin with the awe inspiring back story, the age of chaos, the layout, the characters, or the fact that it made action adventure games front-runners within the gaming realm. All of these reasons and more would suffice.

What We’d Likely See

People picking up chickens, lifting them over their heads and throwing them to see if they react the way they used to in previous versions. They won’t. People walking into stores, asking the owner a question, walking back out of the store and reentering to ask the same exact question multiple times to see if the real life store owners will react like the shop owners in the game. They won’t. Potions being sold on street corners. 2-D shrubbery growing in people’s living rooms. Hand holding, ceasefires, and unity- all in the name of Link’s legend. It could happen.

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