Top Ten: Best Nintendo Sequels

Robin explores Nintendo’s best second tries as he remembers sequels through the ages.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 04/29/2014 09:00 8 Comments     ShareThis

8. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

The first Metroid game for eight years, Metroid Prime, brought Samus’ free-roaming, exploration based gameplay into the modern era almost perfectly. Large environments containing innumerable secrets and puzzles suited the first-person viewpoint well and it served as an excellent launchpad for further adventures in that vein.

Metroid Prime 2 delivered totally on its promises and somehow managed to improve on the precedent set by the first game. A dual-world mechanic added a sense of darkness and pressure to the loneliness of Samus being stuck on the divided planet, and ratcheted up the atmosphere a few notches while retaining the puzzling and intuitive combat that made the first game work so well.

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8 Responses to “Top Ten: Best Nintendo Sequels”

  • 111 points
    roykoopa64 says...

    “An exercise in game design so effective it inspired a 600-page book on the subject, Wario Land 4’s levels, bosses, and minigames ooze character.”

    Wow, I had no idea there was a book inspired by WL4! Since Robin’s article does not mention what the book is, I did a quick search and found it is ‘Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4’ by Daniel Johnson. Very interesting.

    I remember enjoying WL4 when it was still fresh on the GBA, but it’s been too long, and I can’t remember what made the game so special. Guess I’ll have to replay it! (a convenient game to boot up for this Ambassador).

    Anyway, solid list of games Robin! I’ve had the pleasure of playing all of them, with the exception of Mother 3. Who knows if it will ever be localized…

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    • 192 points
      Robin Wilde says...

      Mother 3 has indeed been localised, and the translation team did a brilliant job. You can find their work and instructions here: http://mother3.fobby.net/ (do buy an import copy or some merchandise to keep your conscience clear though).

      Wario Land 4 is great fun because it’s got enough level variation and gameplay mechanics to keep throwing new things at you. It’s well worth replaying if you haven’t recently.

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        roykoopa64 says...

        Thanks for the link! I was aware of the translation, but I hadn’t really looked into it. I should have clarified in my comment that I was referring to an official Nintendo localization/ American release of the game, though I understand the fan translation is pretty top-notch.

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  • 42 points
    Gaviin says...

    Nice article. Though I would have easily chosen Super Metroid (or Metroid Prime 1) over Metroid Prime 2. That game just wasn’t as solid.

    Now, for lack of any better way to communicate this… can you guys *please* come up with a better format for your top 10 list articles? The page listings are so tiny and difficult to click through. Can’t you make some big “next” and “previous” buttons? Even if you don’t want to make them pretty, at least put text links there that would be easier to click. :-\

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      Kevin Knezevic says...

      I blame the tiny page links on WordPress, since that’s how they come out when we format the article. But we’ll work on adding bigger links to our Top Tens from now on to make them a bit easier to navigate!

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    Jake Shapiro says...

    I love Mother 3, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to the majesty of EarthBound. I appreciate the recognition for Metroid Prime 2, though. One of the most underrated games ever.

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    Robert Marrujo says...

    Majora is an inspired choice for best sequel. For me, it’s everything a player could want from a direct follow-up.

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    OG75 says...

    Great list Robin. Love your choices.

    My own personal list would have included Super Metroid, Super Punchout, Mario Galaxy 2, and Excitebike 64.

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