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#1 NZGamer

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:01 PM

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Super Mario Run released today, representing Nintendo’s first major push into the mobile market. The cutesy Platformer sees Mario automatically run from left-to-right, with controls being simplified to a single tap of the screen – making the iconic plumber jump.

 

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen classic franchises or characters re-imagined for smaller screens. Square Enix has shifted the likes of Hitman, Deus Ex, and Tomb Raider to phones, distilling the core of those experiences to completely different control schemes. The monster-catching powerhouse even accomplished the same with Pokemon Go.

 

So this week, we ask you:

 

What games do you think could make the jump to mobile?

 

What franchises lend themselves to a pick-up-put-down gameplay loop? What would be some of the challenges in bringing them to phones? Any franchises that shouldn’t be touched?

 

Let us know in the comments on NZGamer.com, or in the thread below!


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#2 Outlaw213

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:13 PM

Another running game?
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:25 PM

Mario can go jump if it uses mobile data in a single player game.
I can't think of a series I enjoy working well with a touch screen though.
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:33 PM

A Halo Wars-esk Clash of Clans type of game would be pretty neat.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:40 PM

Its not games making the jump to mobile.

Its brands getting mashed into shitty microtransations on your phone.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 04:05 PM

Its not games making the jump to mobile.

Its brands getting mashed into shitty microtransations on your phone.

Well said.
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#7 NZBuc

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 07:36 AM

Its not games making the jump to mobile.

Its brands getting mashed into shitty microtransations on your phone.


Agree

I don't mind phone games to kill time, but never pick a phone game over my console when I feel like playing something
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 10:46 AM

The only time I've bothered with mobile game is when I'm on the go and need to kill a little time while waiting or on a break at work (usually forum browsing fills that in though).


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:42 PM

A lot of older games can be revitalised with a mobile port. I've got The Bard's Tale (2004) on my phone and it's pretty fun. Especially the sing-alongs :D

I also like mobile for VR gaming. I got the GearVR headset free with my phone and it's great fun!
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Posted 24 December 2016 - 04:27 PM

The age of mobile was 2008-2012, and it served to corrupt the entire industry with freemium and microtransactions. We lost whole games that had been promised due to that shift in priorities and the new capitalist right place right time developer mindset. Jumping to mobile now seems to me a fairly desperate move, and it is certainly not a medium I'm entertaining. Being on Windows phone makes that all the easier :)
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