So I've been tossing around this idea that the Switch, if popular, will be the be-all end all of Nintendo devices. The big thing in the industry right now is to remaster games, and Nintendo has done that to some extent with several of their titles (especially Zelda). There are quite a few available for the Wii U and 3DS as of right now. Now obviously there's been a lot of conversation about porting the games to the Switch, but I wonder just how many they plan to port. One would hope that they would port all of the games. There are currently 19 games in the series, the Wii U only has 6 of them plus the 2 HD remasters. Just as the argument for Pokemon coming to the Switch, the same argument for all the handheld versions of Zelda coming to Switch can be made. I'm currently playing through Oracle of Ages (albeit on my PSP via emulator because I can't find my Gameboy Color), and I think the big screen on a Switch would make that a nicer experience. And for all the 3D titles, they definitely should update the assets to higher resolution ones or "remaster" them…however they want to handle that.
Now that's all fine and dandy. We'd expect at least some of that. But the real problem I'm thinking about is that a collection with 19 games is going to be expensive. So why not split them up in some way? Look at the Zelda timeline…it's basically split between four different segments, The Hero of Time, The Decline of Hyrule, The Twilight Realm, and the Hero of Winds. You can just straight up sell them in those segments:
1: Skyword Sword, Minish Cap, Four Swords, Ocarina of Time 2: A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages and Seasons, Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda, the Adventure of Link 3: Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Four Swords Adventures 4: The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks
At least it would save me the headache of buying each individual title. You could probably sell all those for $30-40 a piece and call it good. As an interesting side note, I feel like with the current setup of the series, each timeline has a similar amount of content. With current pricing, to buy the 8 available games for the Wii U, it's $128 and that's just too much for games I've already bought in the past.
Let me know what you guys think/are hoping for in the realm of Zelda remasters.
Also inb4 we get a conversation going about Skyward Sword not working on the Switch…that's a completely different discussion.