Nintendo games date back to the 1980s when they introduced their first series of titles such as Mario and Zelda. They have continued their franchises on more advanced consoles up to the Wii-U and 3DS. Nintendo has some of the longest and best franchises that have celebrated 25th anniversaries. These are a few of their record-breaking game series that have millions of fans.
The first addition to this franchise was Super Mario Bros on the NES. Since then Nintendo has included Mario platform games on almost all their consoles. Mario's début in Super Mario Bros was the rocket booster for the takeoff of the NES that dominated the '80s, and was a blockbuster that set records at the time.
Mario games have since been expanded on more advanced consoles. Among the most exciting was Mario 64, which was the first 3D Mario platform game. Although New Super Mario Bros returned to the more traditional 2D format on the Wii and DS, and this has been one of the greatest hits of the series to date. In Mario Galaxy Nintendo took the franchise to outer space in a fantastic title that is one of the most highly rated console games of recent times.
2010 was the 25th anniversary of the series, and there will certainly been more Mario titles to come on the Wii-U and Nintendo 3DS. In addition, there are also a variety of Mario spin-offs that, although not a part of the platform game franchise, have introduced new series starring Mario such as Super Mario Kart.
Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is one of the few RPGs that has made an impact in the United States. The series actually stars the adventurer Link who usually has to rescue Princess Zelda. The storyline of the franchise has varied slightly in each game, but collecting the triforce segments from various dungeons has been a big part of the series.
All the Zelda games include a variety of items and weapons that Link has to collect to progress. These are hidden in dungeons. With those items and weapons Link can then explore previously out of reach regions of Hyrule.
In 2011, Zelda celebrated its 25th anniversary with orchestra concerts held at various venues. As such, it has been one of Nintendo's biggest game series which began with the Legend of Zelda on the NES; and the most recent addition in the series is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii. The next installment is scheduled to come out on the Wii U.
Super Mario Kart
As mentioned, Super Mario Kart is one of the Mario spin-offs. This racing game first emerged on the Super NES in the early '90s, and has since been one of Nintendo's most exciting series. It includes a variety of Mario-themed grand prix and circuits to race through and a battle mode to battle it out on with various projectiles.
Mario Kart's most recent titles have been on the Nintendo Wii. The next installment to the series will be Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS.
Metroid is another of Nintendo's longer running series that first debuted on the NES. It stars the bounty hunter Samus Aran in a futuristic action-adventure game set in space. Saving Metroids from space pirates is a usual part of the story, and to do so Samus collects a variety of weapons and items on various planets.
This series also celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. However, Zelda's anniversary overshadowed Metroid's anniversary. Few will doubt it has been one of Nintendo's best series that has had games on a variety of consoles from the NES to the Wii.
Can more Metroid titles be expected in the foreseeable future? Absolutely, yes! Even though Nintendo has not announced further additions to the series yet, you can bet your mortgage that there will be a Metroid title either on the 3DS or Wii-U.
They are four of Nintendo's great game series. For over two decades those franchises have been among the best on numerous Nintendo consoles.
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