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What New IP I Want To See From Nintendo
2013 saw several titles come from Nintendo featuring some of their most memorable characters. We were given Super Mario 3D World, A Link Between Worlds, Pikmin 3, and several other titles. While all of these games are fantastic and a blast to play, I have come to want something more from Nintendo. While I will never grow tired of platforming in Mario or exploring in Zelda, I have a certain itch that I feel only NIntendo could scratch.
Last year, various reports came in that Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of all those Nintendo titles, was working on a new IP. While not much information is known about the details, I know what kind of game I would love for it to be: an RPG. Think about it, Miyamoto has created phenomenal franchises in the platforming, adventure, and strategy genres, why should he not focus on an RPG next? Creating an RPG would allow for Nintendo to create memorable characters like they always do, but also elaborate on their personalities and give us a true connection to them. The Wii U and 3DS are suffering on the RPG front, and I believe a truly new IP from Nintendo can fill that gap.
Nintendo has dabbled with RPGs in the past with both the Mario & Luigi series and Paper Mario. Both series are fantastic, although they borrow old (albeit loved) characters. While Nintendo games are never extremely story heavy, I believe that given enough time Nintendo could come up with gameplay systems that can truly make the game feel unique. In the mean time, of course, we will have Bravely Default for the 3DS and X for the Wii U, which both look to be great titles. I just feel that Miyamoto and his team could lend a certain charm to their own RPG in a way that no one else could.
While we probably will not know much about the new IP until it is closer to being finished, I am cautiously optimistic that it is an RPG. While a new IP from Miyamoto in the vein of RPGs would make me extremely happy, it may not sell systems, which is what Nintendo needs right now with the Wii U. Nintendo may be looking for a more innovative or popular genre to make a new IP with, and Miyamoto may be creating an FPS. We can never be too sure until we hear it from the man himself, but in the meantime, I’ll cross my fingers for an original RPG from the man who created some of my favorite series of all time.