Tetris – Other classic games that deserve the Tetris 99 treatment
RELATED: What to Expect from Nintendo at E3 2021 What possibly surprised fans even more, however, was when the formula was adapted yet again in Super Mario Bros. 35, which saw 35 players compete in an endless game of the timeless NES classic to remain the last Mario standing. And while Super Mario Bros. 35 has disappeared along with the end of Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo and Arika have now brought fans Pac-Man 99, which also puts a battle royale spin on the retro title. But, what other classic games deserve a Tetris 99-styled revival?
The Legend of Zelda A unique kind of battle royale shooter in the form of Duck Hunt 99 could breathe new life into the classic light gun NES game. Nintendo has already proven that the Switch Joy-Con controllers (as well as the Pro controller) are more than capable when it comes to gyroscopic aiming, whether with Super Mario Galaxy from Super Mario 3D All-Stars, or perhaps even more telling, the Shooting Gallery game included in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
Duck Hunt Players could perhaps send decoy ducks over to their opponents’ games with the help of a certain power-up, or even obtain rare power-ups that help players by clearing their entire screen for them. With 99 players, the game could work either as a progressively difficult endless shooter, or retain the original game’s round-styled gameplay. Unlockable bonuses such as customizing one’s dog or the scenery in which they hunt could also be neat additions.
It could be interesting to see an item roulette similar to Super Mario Bros. 35’s, offering players boosts with certain items such as potions or temporary Heart Containers. Of course, should The Legend of Zelda 35 come to fruition, there is always the possibility of it disappearing at the end of Zelda’s anniversary, though it would certainly be a neat novelty nonetheless. Off the bat, The Legend of Zelda 35 almost seems like a given, especially considering the rumors that Nintendo plans on celebrating the fan-favorite action-adventure series’ 35th anniversary this year. It’s not hard to imagine the original 1986 NES title working well in the Super Mario Bros. 35 format, where enemies like Octoroks or Moblins defeated by players could be sent to other players’ games as a hinderance, and vice-versa.
Given Nintendo and developer Arika’s work on Pac-Man 99, a strong relationship with Bandai Namco could very well give rise to adapting other Namco classics into the Tetris 99 format. The 1981 arcade cabinet shooter Galaga has cemented itself as an iconic video game classic, helping to surge the popularity of arcades and arcade games back in the early 80’s along with others like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Galaga
Nintendo and Arika have shown that puzzle games indeed have a place in the battle royale genre with Tetris 99, so why not implement some Nintendo magic with a Dr. Mario 99? The 1990 NES puzzle game recently saw a resurgence with Dr. Mario World on mobile devices in 2019, receiving continuous updates even today with gameplay tweaks, new features, and new characters. Dr. Mario Typically, Galaga only ever sees the light of day when included as part of the newest installment of NAMCO MUSEUM, like the one on Switch, so taking a much more competitive approach in a new battle royale format could bring some chaotic fun to the age-old title. Galaga 99 could easily implement features of other 99 games, like power-ups increasing things like rate-of-fire, movement speed, and more.
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