Which Dormant Nintendo Franchises Could Return?

Which Dormant Nintendo Franchises Could Return?

With the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, speculation is rampant about its potential games. Whether people are looking back on old games that could be ported (don’t forget to tell Tantalus) or dreaming of all-new games, plenty of titles have been suggested for the Switch.

Nintendo has several franchises that have been dormant for quite a while. Could any of these return? Here are a few possibilities…

Advance Wars


The turn-based strategy Advance Wars series marched on steadily until 2008. Although Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for the DS was generally well-received, the series has been quiet since then. Considering the recent success of the other turn-based strategy series from Intelligent Systems, Fire Emblem, maybe the time has come for Advance Wars to make a reappearance.

Eternal Darkness


The GameCube horror game Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is a treat for horror fans, and it’s a shame Nintendo hasn’t done anything more with the IP. According to rumors, a sequel was in development at one time, but those plans were cancelled when developer Silicon Knights went under. Several of the former staff members are trying to make a spiritual successor, but meanwhile, Nintendo renews the Eternal Darkness trademark every time it comes up. Could it finally be time for eternal darkness to threaten the world once again?



There hasn’t been a new F-Zero game since 2004, although Fast Racing Neo did its best to fill the void. In 2015, Miyamoto suggested in an interview that they could make a new F-Zero game if they created a new controller particularly well-suited to the series. Are the Nintendo Switch’s controllers perfect for F-Zero? That’s hard to say, but it has enough controller variants that they should be able to find a way to appease the neglected F-Zero fanbase.



Thanks to Federation Force, Metroid isn’t exactly “dormant,” but it’s hard to say it’s an active franchise when all it received in the past six years was a spin-off. As we discussed previously, Nintendo supposedly sees a future for both 2D and 3D Metroid games, and it feels as though they’re gearing up for a Metroid Prime 4. Of all the franchises on this list, Metroid is the one most likely to receive new life on the Nintendo Switch.

Which dormant Nintendo franchises do you think have a chance to return? Which would you most like to see? Let us know in the comments.

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website: http://www.samanthalienhard.com/


  1. I really enjoyed Kid Icarus Uprising and would like to see that series get some more care. I also think with Ice Climbers being so popular in the Smash Bros series that a modern game could go over quite well. While not Nintendo my favorite dorment series will always be Megaman X, hoping for Megaman X9 make it happen Capcom.

    • Kid Icarus Uprising was pretty fun. I’d love them to make another one.

  2. Yeah i agree Danial. Kid Icarus would be one of those games I’ve love to see on the Switch. Hopefully Monster Hunter makes the Switch as well. I am a bit doubtful on F-Zero happening, but I suppose anything is possible.

  3. Yeah F-Zero is long overdue for another installment. I am hoping that I can at least get KIU on the Switch even if they don’t make another one.

  4. Yeah I was hoping for an HD port of KIU on Wii U.. I’d surely take it on the Switch hardware now.

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