Rumor: Nintendo To Resurrect A Long Dead Franchise

Nintendo Switch seems to love the rumor mill. There are currently two rumors going around regarding the little tablet that could. Imran Khan - senior editor for Game Informer - went on the "Kinda Funny Games" podcast on February 13th - a day before the Nintendo Direct. He dropped 2 very interesting hints, and who would know better than the editor to Game Informer? 

1) Kingdom Hearts collection coming to the Nintendo Switch. While the Switch isn't powerful enough to run Kingdom Hearts 3, it can however run the other games in the franchise. Khan hinted that Square will be releasing the remasters to I.5, II.5, and II.8 Final Chapter to the Nintendo Switch. Could we possibly see Sora in Smash? Nintendo them self stated that the DLC characters are going to be characters we would never expect, and they proved that with the first fighter being Joker from the Persona franchise.

2) From the man himself. 

Let me hint at something, I guess. This is a thing that I’m going to write up at some point as soon as I get some more sources on it. But there’s a game that’s thought to be dead that Nintendo’s reviving, and it’s not one that people would expect. It was very much a title that was dead and buried – very officially cancelled.

What could this game possibly be? Nintendo has a long list of dead franchises that need a new release. Off the top of my head we got F-Zero, Advanced Wars, and Kid Icarus. All games that haven't gotten a new release in at least a decade. 

But there is one more game that is even more obscure than that, that hasn't had a new release in 25 years. 

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Released in 1990, towards the end of the NES life spawn, with a follow up in 1994 (4 years after the release of the SNES). It was an action-adventure game released exclusively for a Western audience. Only released in North America and Europe, its one of the very few games that never saw a Japanese release. 

The game took a lot from the Zelda franchise, and not just in the visual department. It has heart containers representing life, dungeons, and having to collect mystical items (not Triforce pieces!). It quickly separated itself from Zelda with its jumping puzzles and grid based battle system that made boss battles a little trickier than those found in the Zelda franchise. 

This game was tough. It starts off simple, but the difficulty curve quickly spikes. Monsters start to get tougher, and bosses require quick thinking and even quicker reactions. 

Is this obscure enough for you? I think its about time we got either a new entree into this beloved and long forgotten franchise or a remaster of the originals. 

What do you guys think? What long dead Nintendo franchise needs to get a new game? With the rumors of Kingdom Hearts coming to the Switch, does that mean we may possibly see Sora in Smash Bros? Let us know down below. 

And as always, this has been James with Game Fix. Game on everybody! 

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