January 27, 2023

While it may be less likely now as Nintendo has planted another IP in its own turn-based tactical series in the form of Mario + Rabbids, we’d love to see this field revived at some point. Just maybe after Metroid Prime 4 ends, right?

The suicide squad

Suicide Squad
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If you’ve played the OG Fire Emblems or XCOM games (and haven’t cheated on your saves), you know your teammates can go at any time. One mistake or one missed shot can mean total destruction thanks to permadeath. What better fit for such a game than – in the eyes of those who control them – a team of disposable villains?

While we’ll most likely never see Rocksteady’s upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League on Switch, a smaller-scale project like this could fit nicely on Nintendo’s handheld.

Metal Gear (again)

Metal Gear ACID 2
Image: Konami

Okay, we’re cheating on this one, but with the legendary one Metal gear series that has been inactive since 2018, we look to the series’ past to figure out a way for Snake to make his grand return.

The Metal Gear AC!D games were a duo of card-based strategy titles, combining Metal Gear’s signature stealth elements with turn-based strategy. We didn’t get either game on Nintendo systems; they were both on Sony’s PSP. But with Sony pulling out of the handheld game – and Switch being a modern PS Vita to many eyes – why not bring a new AC!D (or damn it, we’re taking a remaster of the first two) to Nintendo’s console? And the others, if you will.


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Nintendo’s latest star IP has made quite an impression in the seven years since it first debuted. However, two sequels later and the most prominent criticism of them is that they are a bit too similar to fully warrant their status as sequels and, in some ways, might work better as a live-service game.

To make sure Nintendo has that extra time to go back to the drawing board and make Splatoon 4 something really special, we’re proposing a Splatoon tactical adventure where you put a team of Inklings in charge of each map. Combining Splatoon’s excellent style and music with the gameplay of something like XCOM, you can even play Fire Emblem Fates with it and have your very own Squid Kid choose the Inklings or the Octolings, maybe even team up to do battle with the Salmon-like threat.

A promising blank canvas waiting to be splashed.

Star Wars

Andor poster
Image: Disney

It doesn’t matter how you feel about the Disney era Star Warscoarser projects such as Villain One and Andor were generally better received by longtime fans. While the eternal superhero-esque Jedi vs. Sith conflict is cool and all, these down-to-Tatooine stories about groups of relatively powerless rebels have been a breath of fresh air.

We’re trying to combine the tone of those projects with something along the lines of Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles series. The free movement and aiming of those games feels ripe for a Star Wars entry for one reason: remember how awesome the ending of Rogue One was when Vader showed up and was an unstoppable force? Imagine that leading a group of Rebels as they try to escape him (or Kylo Ren if you want to set it in that era).

resident evil

resident evil 2
Image: Capcom

Anyone remember Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City? That weird attempt at a squad-based shooter set during the events of Resident Evil 2 and 3? We’re going to expose ourselves here and say: The concept is solid, even if the execution was uhh… less than solid.

However, we think you can easily salvage that concept with a solid strategy title. You could control a unit of Umbrella Corp mercenaries as in the original as you make your way through Raccoon City during the 1998 incident.

Again, we think the XCOM style would suit this very well. You can even deploy special units as you work your way through the story, such as Jill Valentine or Leon Kennedy. While the XCOM series deals with boss fights, we can only imagine how intense a tactical fight with the likes of Nemesis would be.

pokemon (again)

pokemon conquest
Image: Nintendo

Yes, we’re cheating again. But with the return of other Pokemon spin-offs like New Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX announced in the last few years, it might be time to give Pokemon Conquest another go.

For those who missed Pokémon Conquest on DS upon release (whatever considering it was released over a year after release). 3DS launched, we can’t blame you), it was a crossover between Pokémon and Koei Tecmo’s Nobunaga’s Ambition strategy series where your player character tries to unite the 17 regions of the Ransei region while Nobunaga tries to conquer it himself .

While it might be a bit harder to sell given the crossover niche it was, we’d love to see Nintendo and Koei give Conquest another go. It seems less likely given that Koei is now involved in the Fire Emblem series, but stranger games have returned!

So guess what? Do you agree with our picks, are there any series you’d like to see get the strategic treatment? Castlevania maybe? ‘Hades Tactics’ sounds good? Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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