RetroBeat: 5 other games Nintendo needs to finally bring to the U.S. – VentureBeat

Nintendo announced this week that it is finally giving the original Fire Emblem an English translation. Yay! But I hope that Nintendo doesnt stop there.

Plenty of Nintendo games have never made the U.S. journey from Japan. Im hoping that they can also get the localizations that they deserve. And these days, why not! Tons of games that we used to think would never leave Japan have been making the trip overseas. Im talking about titles like Trials of Mana and Phantasy Star Online 2.

These days, it feels like anything is possible! So hopefully well see these five games available in the U.S. soon.

Fire Emblem isnt the only tactics game for the NES (or Famicom, rather, as it was called in Japan) that needs an English translation. Famicom Wars came from the same team, Intelligent Systems. It started a franchise that we didnt see until the 2001 release of Advance Wars for Game Boy Advance. Just like that game, Famicom Wars is a turn-based tactics affair with soldiers and tanks. Is it as good as the newer games in the series? Probably not! But neither is the original Fire Emblem. Its just fun to see how these franchises started.

Tingle is a creepy side character from the Zelda series. Hes a middle-aged man who thinks hes a fairy. He is so ugly and weird that you cant help but love him. [Oh yes you can Ed.] After appearing in big Zelda games like Majoras Mask and The Wind Waker, he got his own adventure on the DS. Freshly-Picked Tingles Rosy Rupeeland never made it to the U.S., probably out of fear that Tingle was just too much for North America. Considering the disgusting characters that star in many of our most popular shows and movies, I think Nintendo underestimates our constitution. The infuriating thing here is that the Tingle game did come out in Europe with English as a language option. The hard part is done! Just find a way to put it on Switch. Rupeeland also has a sequel, Ripened Tingles Balloon Trip of Love, that never even got a European port. Lets get on that too, Nintendo.

This was a game I learned about from a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. For years, I had no idea what Mario & Wario was. Now I know that its a puzzle game in the Lemmings style. Characters never stop moving, and its your job to interact with the level and keep them safe. The game actually requires the same mouse peripheral that you probably only ever used for Mario Paint. This style of play would eventually evolve into the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. But guess who made Mario & Wario: Its Game Freak, the Pokmon team. They just about always make good stuff, so its a shame to have one of their games a Mario game, no less unavailable. Put it on Switch and let us use that consoles touchscreen in lieu of the SNES mouse.

It feels like forever since weve had a new F-Zero game. But did you know that the last installment in the racer series never left Japan? Granted, by all accounts, F-Zero Climax isnt anything that special. Its just like the other two GBA F-Zero games, which themselves are a lot like the original SNES game. But Climax does have a track designer, which is neat. And, come on, its an F-Zero game! You cant keep that to yourself, Japan!

Nintendo fans would probably murder me in my sleep if I didnt include this one. Mother 3 is the sequel to Earthbound, the beloved SNES RPG. Now, heres a big confession: I dont love Earthbound. I want to! But every time I start the game, which I have done several times, I somehow bounce off after a few hours or so. My own bad tastes aside, Mother 3 is supposed to be a worthy and emotional sequel. Earthbound has so many fans in the U.S. that it seems almost criminal that Nintendo hasnt brought this one over yet. Yes, having a fan translation out there is great, but Nintendo needs to step up here.

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