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Top 5 Nintendo Games that would Make for a Good Anime

June 26, 2016 / 5:15 AM

By: Matthew Gibson

Whilst this may seem like a random topic, Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed earlier in the year that the company was planning to bring some of their IPs alive into anime TV form. So I thought it may be a good idea to share what I’d personally like to see adapted into a show, especially given most people would go for the typical movie/live-action list. I think this goes without saying, but above all else this anime must be true to its source material, whilst also giving us new adventures. The recent Ace Attorney run is a good example, as its episodes cover every trial seen in the first game, but the animation isn’t the best at capturing the essence of the source material in my opinion. The most recent episode however wasn’t adapted from the game, and was probably one of my favourites so far because of this. Anyways, this is my top 5 Nintendo games that I’d like to see as an anime in the future.

5. The Legend of Zelda

The art direction of Breath of the Wild may lend itself nicely to a TV adaptation

The art direction of Breath of the Wild may lend itself nicely to a TV adaptation (source)

Having a worldwide appeal, in addition to a decent amount of manga from Akira Himekawa, the Legend of Zelda franchise seems to be a good fit for an anime show. The question is which one? There have been many iconic adventures, from soaring the sky in Skyward Sword to sailing the sea with The Wind Waker, most with their own distinct art style and narrative. With the release of Breath of the Wild on the horizon, it may make sense to adapt this experience to promote the game. The fact this can have a truly one-of-the-kind plot, together with a beautiful visual design, would be great to see in motion.

4. Xenoblade Chronicles

I would be really feeling this as an anime

I would be really feeling this as an anime (source)

The story of Xenoblade Chronicles, even though I have yet to finish it, is just great. The characters are likeable, the quest to avenge Fiora’s death is quite heart-warming, and the combat would be fast-paced and action-packed if this was an anime. For this reason I think that the original would be better suited for this form of entertainment than Xenoblade Chronicles X, but given the length of both games, either one will be a good watch.

3. Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates has a high chance of being my Game of the Year for 2016, certainly in the top 2. One of the highlights throughout the game was the exciting and even emotional story, and I’ve only played Birthright. That’s not to mention the range of lovable characters on your journey, and the gorgeous cutscenes are just asking to be more than just cutscenes. In case if you were asking yourself which path do we cover, the three stories can be aired alongside each other. The upcoming season of Danganronpa is doing this, with the Future arc covering what happens after the events of the first season/game, and the Despair arc is the prequel to the second game. Regardless, seeing this tale in this media would be just brilliant.

2. Super Smash Bros.

If you can’t pick one franchise to make into a show, why not make an anime with a whole lot? Super Smash Bros. is one of the few Ninty IPs that can bring all sorts of gamers together, so its popularity is no question. An obvious comparison to draw it with is The Avengers movies, or more recently Captain America: Civil War, and in spite of both being pretty far away from anime, the concept of different characters joining forces is too good to be passed up for a Super Smash Bros. adaptation. Just look at Bayonetta’s art above, now imagine seeing a fight this grandiose in motion! They can also do something along the lines of Brawls’ Subspace Emissary, with voice acting and flashy animation. I think if Nintendo go through with this, it can be immensely popular.

Honourable Mentions

Before moving onto my number 1 pick, I just want to mention a couple of other franchises that may be good for this form of TV shows. Around Star Fox Zero’s launch there was an animated short, subtitled ‘The Battle Begins’. Having this as a full run of a show (with original voice actors too please) can provide more entertainment than the game itself. I’ve said this countless times, but I’ve never played a Metroid game in my life. Nevertheless, I have heard good things about Metroid Prime’s story, but I think that it will be better suited to a live-action movie, given its more mature tone, and the fact it will have wider appeal over in the west. Kid Icarus Uprising is one of my favourite games of all time, with one of the main reasons being its humorous dialogue and diversity of characters. As a result, this is a great example of what will fit well for an anime series, or it can be something along the lines of ‘Palutena’s Revolting Dinner’, an animated short that was used to promote the game.

1. Splatoon

Whether you're a kid or a squid, chances are if you like Splatoon, you'd love an anime of it (source)

Whether you’re a kid or a squid, chances are if you like Splatoon, you’d love an anime of it (source)

Like the last two titles, Splatoon is one of my favourite video games ever, so this had to be on the list. There’s another reason too: its immense popularity. Splatoon, despite being a brand new IP for a genre Nintendo has never delved into before and being released on their worst selling console, it has seen great success, getting praised for its fun gameplay from critics and players alike, in addition to having sold over four and a half million units within its first year. Drawing from its success now before it potentially dips away will be anything but stupid. The most obvious route for this would be a sports shounen anime, where one Inkling forms a team and tries to rise to the top of the ranks. There can also be an arc dedicated to the fight against the Octolings, or even a laid back slice-of-life take on it to show more of this world.

Anyways, that’s what I want to see from a Nintendo anime. Similar to their games, I want their main focus to deliver quality entertainment and deliver great fan service. But which game do you want to see as an anime in the future? Do you even watch anime? Either way, voice your opinion down in the comments below!

About the author /


Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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