Saturday, June 21, 2008

Games that deserve a sequel: Part 4

It's been quite a while since I touched on this series of articles. The last update was September 19th, 2007! For all the other "Games that deserve a sequel" articles, click here.

Mario & Luigi (Series)
Platforms of original games: Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS
Preferred platform of sequel: Nintendo DS

The story of the Mario & Luigi series is a strange one. When talking of Mario RPGs, it's commonly excluded. People don't seem to remember or even talk about this great pair of games. This is unacceptable in my opinion, as they're two of the finest RPGs I have ever played. Sure, they're somewhat basic compared to the likes of Final Fantasy, but that doesn't mean they aren't fun. The writing is hilarious, the characters are memorable, and the in-game worlds are riddled with secrets. Both games are great additions to any gamer's library. So why not a sequel?

Of course, I want this series to stick to the handheld consoles. I just don't think it would work well on the big screen, personally. I think a co-op mode would be amazing. Having the player control both Mario and Luigi is cool, but imagine the possibilities if two people could get in on the action. Instead of either moving them together or one at a time, Mario and Luigi could now move about simultaneously in all different directions. The possibilities for new puzzles and fight mechanics are staggering! Obviously, the co-op mode would be in addition to the existing single player, but it would still be completely awesome.

Other than that, I really don't know what significant additions or changes Nintendo could make, aside from the obvious (New items, enemies, etc.). No matter how things are changed up and expanded upon in this hoped-for sequel, I'm sure it'll be amazing. Now all I have to do is sit back and wait...

Pokémon Trozei
Platform of original game: Nintendo DS
Preferred platform of sequel: Nintendo DS or WiiWare

In the earlier days of the DS, a few Pokémon games were released in hopes of tiding over Pokémaniacs until Diamond and Pearl came out. In early 2006, one such title was released in the form of Pokémon Trozei. The third in the series of Pokémon puzzle games, Trozei was substantially different from its predecessors. Unlike the Puzzle League-like gameplay of the first two, Trozei had more of a Yoshi's Cookie feel. Every level takes up both the top and bottom screens of the DS. Each round starts with a pile of Pokémon faces on the screen, and the goal is generally to clear a set amount of Pokémon before time runs out. Pokémon constantly fall from the top of the top screen as the game goes on, and only by lining up four of the same type can the player chip away at the wall. That's the basic idea of how the game works.

How do I propose this be added onto for a sequel? Well, there's really not too much one can do to alter a puzzle game without changing it entirely, so I say leave that aspect fairly intact (Although all 493 Pokémon and an online mode would be welcome additions). I would definitely like to see more of the story. Unlike most puzzle games, Pokémon Trozei has a plot to it, although a fairly bizarre one. The basic story is as follows: A group by the name of the Phobos Battalion is stealing every Pokémon they can to serve some unknown purpose, and it's up to SOL (Secret Operation League) to retrieve all the stolen Pokéballs. The players take the role of Lucy Fleetfoot, stealing back all the Pokéballs from the Phobos Battalion's stockpiles. Using the Trozei Beamer, Lucy can peer into the piles of Pokéballs to see who's inside (Thus explaining the piles of Pokémon faces). I thought this was a neat little story, and seeing it somehow being expanded on would be nice.

So those are two more games I think deserve sequels. That brings the current total to seven games, and still not even a peep on a sequel for any of them. Oh well, I suppose I'll just have to keep waiting.

What games do you want to see sequels to? Let your thoughts be heard in either the comment section, or in this forum thread.

The Duck Has Spoken.

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