There are few things in the gaming world as tried and true as Nintendo's pantheon of characters and franchises. System after system, Nintendo meets our expectations when it comes to delivering a great game in one classic series or another. But there comes a time when, no matter how much we love those time-tested favorites, we need a large dose of originality.
Nintendo needs new IPs, but this isn't "out with the old and in with the new." No one's asking for major changes to be made to any of the Big N's mainstays, because, quite frankly, they are still some of the most beloved cash cows in the industry. It's just that gamers crave more. Nintendo needs to muster up some new heavy-hitters -- titles that can line up with Mario, Zelda, and StarFox, and hold their own. These new franchises need to be more than Pikmin and Animal Crossing.