B-Tier Nintendo Games and Franchises That Deserve Another Chance

When one thinks of Nintendo, the mind tends to gravitate towards their A-list games. Titles that have either garnered a level of success and critical acclaim that puts them at the head of the pack. Mainline Super Mario games easily clear this bar. So do the mainline Zelda games. While it’s one of the newest franchises, the massive success of Splatoon would put it up on that pedestal as well. Where you and I draw the line may vary here and there, but I think we can generally agree on which Nintendo games are at the top and which ones aren’t on that same level.

It’s not necessarily because these games are worse. Maybe they just haven’t found their footing. In spite of being great since the start, it took Fire Emblem decades of time and like a dozen releases before finding a wider audience. Some franchises sell well enough to still get multiple sequels, such as WarioWare or BoxBoy. Others are meant to be niche products, such as Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball. Though Nintendo probably would like for all of their games to sell in the 10+ million range, I get the sense that they’re willing to make and publish B-tier games so long as they make enough of a profit to justify their creation.

In any case, not every game and franchise in Nintendo’s ecosystem is on the same stratosphere. But with a bit more love, maybe some of them could be. Here are a few of my picks for B-tier Nintendo games and franchises that deserve another shot.

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My Favourite Nintendo Hipster Games

Super Mario is alright. The Legend of Zelda had a few hits. But have you played Electroplankton?!”

– Hypothetical Nintendo hipster

Nintendo makes some of the biggest and most successful games in the history of mankind. But not everything they make is a hit among the greater populace. From the aforementioned abstract instruments of Electroplankton, to the eShop exclusive Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, to my brother who is still holding his breath for a new Elite Beat Agents, they do release games that fly well below the radar.

Here’s my list of Nintendo hipster faves. What under-the-radar Nintendo games are you a fan of?

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