Imagine That: What if Nintendo’s Games Spawned Love-Children (Paper Zelda and More)

Nintendo has long been a company that inspires rumors and speculation in their fans–what will they do next? While Nintendo often has something up its sleeve to awe us all with, one thing we can count on is that Miyamoto and friends will create new franchises starring established characters. Mario, Link, Samus and all of the other charming Nintendo mascots show up in games sometimes more often than some of us would like, but one thing is sure–it works.

One of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises is Smash Bros. What self-respecting Nintendo fan could walk away from a game that stars nearly every major character from the Big N’s past while simultaneously throwing in nostalgic level design? But maybe Nintendo could take this incestual approach a step further. What if their games could mate? Below are what we believe their love-children would look like.

Paper Zelda

Paper Zelda

Paper Link Takes on a Paper Dungeon

Mario had his RPG debut on the Super Nintendo in Super Mario RPG, and Paper Mario established his role as a level-gaining Koopa Killer. But Link has always walked a fine line between RPG and Adventure Game. In Paper Zelda Link would finally have his own shot at a level-gaining, turnbased meets action game. Link would team up with Zelda, Impa and Ganon to defeat a greater evil–nostalgic references and tongue-in-cheek banter included.

Donkey Kong Racing

Donkey Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing Meets Barrel Blast Meets Donkey Kong Racing

Nintendo already decided to use the Mario Kart formula on a DK game. It was called Diddy Kong Racing. Since then, games like Donkey Kong Racing and DK Barrel Blast have shown promise, but failed to release. Nintendo could bring back the hub world and massive amount of secrets from Diddy Kong Racing, and fuse their DK racing ideas together to make one epic Kart Racer. It would feature online co-op, where players could bring down huge bosses on land, air or water and earn new power-ups–all while working on unlocking new areas in the hub-world.

Super Mario: Other M

Mario: Other M

I Think Mario Picked Up an EmoShroom

Team Ninja decided to finally give us some insight into what makes Samus tick in Metroid: Other M, so why not extend the same courtesy to Mario? Before Luigi came along for the ride, there was just Mario, vulnerable and sensitive as ever. His new found affinity for eating flowers gives him the ability to shoot fire from his hands, and though he struggles with great internal conflict, he discovers that he is destined for something greater. Mario would explore 2.5D worlds intermittent with cut scenes, proving he once wore his heart on his overalls.

StarFox: Epic Yarn

StarFox: Epic Yarn

What Would a Barrel Roll Look Like in Yarn Form?

Kirby: Epic Yarn exuded style. It was time for the spherical pink hero to do something other than suck, and Nintendo built a world out of fabric that gave Kirby fans a fresh take on the franchise. Every StarFox fan knows that McCloud and friends have done their own fair share of sucking over the past decade, and it’s time for Nintendo to pull some strings. StarFox: Epic Yarn would be a throwback to overhead and side-scrolling shooters of yore, while providing a brand new level of style that opens up unique game mechanics for such a genre. Fox, Slippy and Falco would literally bend the fabric of space to defeat Andross. Collect power-ups that morph the Arwing into other shapes, and watch giant starships dissipate into weightless minute threads.

Pikmin VS Donkey Kong

Pikmin VS Donkey Kong

Olimar Lets Loose on the Big Ape

Years have passed since the last iteration of a Pikmin game, so maybe it’s time for a twist. Donkey Kong is again up to his mechanical shenanigans with his twist-key cronies, but Mario is busy with Bowser–in come Olimar and his Pikmin to save the day. This full fledged Real Time Strategy game would pit armies of Nintendo characters against each other to take over the world once and for all. The Wii U’s new controller would be a perfect fit for such a title.

Are there any other Nintendo games you’d like to see fused together? Please let us know in the comments below or send your mockups to info@nintendoconnect.com