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11 Franchises Nintendo Should Have Made Free-to-Play Instead of Steel Diver

Steel Diver? Really? You can do better than that, Nintendo.

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If you’ve been following our gaming news, you know that not too long ago Nintendo announced that they were working on a free-to-play game that would be coming out by the end of March 2014, but we didn’t know what game. Well, we received the answer: Steel Diver. If you’ve never heard of the game, I can’t blame you — it’s a submarine sim that nobody bought when it launched with the 3DS. Nintendo is known for having a gigantic backlog of amazing, historic franchises, all of which are more memorable than Steel Diver. Many of them could translate just as well — if not better — to the free-to-play format.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of Mario himself, said that the F2P Steel Diver is “going to be very fun. We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint — it’s going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting.”

While I’m sure that a retooled battle mode for the game could be worth checking out, I still think it doesn’t hold a candle to other four-player multiplayer and single-player games Nintendo has put out in the past. Here are 11 series we think Nintendo should have chosen to make a free-to-play game out of instead. Hopefully they pick up at least one of these bones that I’m throwing them.

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