What Defunct Franchises Should Nintendo Raise From The Ashes?


After reading Eugene’s article regarding the resurrection of past Nintendo franchises, I started thinking to myself about other defunct franchises that might never again see the light of day, but really deserve a second chance. I am not talking about old Nintendo franchises, since Eugene has already brought that topic to light, but what about old Sega, Atari, etc…?

There are some great titles from that past that could be easily adopted by Nintendo, rebooted, and many of them deserve it.  Below are some of the titles that I think are deserving of a little Nintendo love and affection.

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220px-ToeJam_&_EarlToe Jam and Earl was one of my all time favorite Genesis games.  We haven’t seen the two alien rappers since 2002.  I think there are quite a few more hijinks to be had, and the Wii U or 3DS is just the place for them to mess around.

Now, when I say we last saw them in 2002, that was the last official game release.  They were seen in 2006 on the Wii Virtual Console, and then again in 2012 on the PayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.  I am glad that they have lived on in virtual form, but feel that they need more, and Nintendo is the platform that can give them what they deserve!


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I picture a streets of Rage reboot in the FPS form, instead of a side scroller. A more open landscape and interactive environment in which you fight your way through each level with broken bottles, lead pipes, and bare fists.

It has been nineteen years since we last saw a commercial release of the game.  Although there have been many attempts to revive the series, none have been successful.  The latest being a 3D remake by GRiN before it closed its doors.



Altered beast made its last appearance in 2005 on the PlaySation 2 before being lost forever in the franchise graveyard.

This is a game that has a lot of potential.  The stories plot leaves a lot open for future releases.  The games hero was a Roman centurion that died in battle.  Zeus resurrected him to save Athena from a demon god.

If Nintendo gave this game a Phoenix Down, I could see it as a fairly decent competitor to God of War.


Pitfall!_CoverartPitfall has been remade a couple times since its introduction thirty one years ago.  damn…I remember playing it when I was just a about five, and that is when it was released…I feel old now.

Anyway, I know this is an Activision game and has been seen as recent as 2012 on iOS and Android devices, but the game deserves a real sequel in a real console.  Not just a virtual download from an online store.

I can see Pitfall harry swinging on the same vines as Donkey Kong (although not in the same game) on the Wii U or 3DS, in a similar styling of Uncharted.  However, With more of a puzzle centric adventure.


I guess I am just a sucker for retro games, and miss some of the classics.  There are many more I could name, but I will leave that up to you.  What defunct Non-Nintendo franchises would you like to see Nintendo adopt and give some TLC to, and why?


Essel Pratt has spent his life exploring his imagination and dreams. As a Husband and a Father, he doesn't have as much time to write as he would like. However, his mind is always plotting out his next story. Someday he hopes to quit the 9-5 grind and focus on writing full time. Currently, Essel has three published short stories and is working on a handful of novels. Essel focuses his writings on mostly Horror/Sci-Fi, however is known to add a dash of other genres into his writings as well. In his spare time, he can be found playing one of the 40+ video game consoles in his collection, especially his Wii U (NNID: EsselPratt). Click the links below to follow Essel's exploits in the writing world, and be sure to follow his blog at http://esselpratt.blogspot.com/ as well as his articles on Nerdzy.com.