iPad: Most Wanted Nintendo Games
These classics should make their way to Apple's tablet.
Unlike Sega, Nintendo will probably remain in the console business, competing with Sony and Microsoft for market domination. That notwithstanding, the publisher has a variety of games that we'd love to see on the iPad.
Obviously, this includes the Marios, Zeldas and Metroids, but instead of listing the 20 Super Mario adventures that belong on the App Store, we chose to focus on the games that would work best with Apple's device, starting with...
Advance Wars (and its sequels)
The iPad's glorious touch screen would make a perfect fit for Nintendo's real time strategy series, giving users the opportunity to move units into place and destroy the enemy. Wi-Fi/Bluetooth support would enhance the games tenfold, as players could compete against each other.
Pikmin, Pikmin 2
Here's another one of Nintendo's best strategy games, a GameCube gem that tasks players with locating ship parts by directing different colored creatures called Pikmkin. Again, the touch screen would make controlling these little guys a snap, while the attractive graphics would look great stretched across the iPad's display.
The name says it all. It would be relatively easy porting Wario's first DS outing to iPad, simply because it already supports the DS touch screen. Now, iPad owners could enjoy those zany microgames in glorious high definition.
On that note, WarioWare: Twisted (the best game in the series) would also work with the iPad 2's gyroscope.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's first DS adventure was a departure from previous games in the series, with players guiding the pink puffball through the world by drawing rainbow lines on the screen and stunning enemies by tapping them.
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
An import favorite, Ouendan is a music game where three male cheerleaders travel across Japan to give downtrodden folks a huge confidence boost. They do this through dance, as players tap circles in time with the beat. Nintendo released an American version called Elite Beat Agents, but it wasn't nearly as cool.
We're not sure if the iPad could hand F-Zero GX for the GameCube, but we'd gladly settle for the exquisite N64 title, which features fast paced, hover car racing bliss. Sure beats those slow poke kart racers on the App Store.
An unappreciated music game that allows players to interact with different types of harmonious creatures. With some imagination, it was possible to create melodies, either through touch or the DS microphone.
This was more than just another Tetris. It quickly became the best version of the classic puzzler, complete with a series of unique modes inspired by Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Donkey Kong. The fact that it's out of print means we need it ASAP.
While on the subject of puzzle games, Picross DS would make a fine addition to the iPad library. This super tough brain teaser comes with a variety of nonogram logic puzzles where players mark squares as full or empty to reveal pictures. The follow up, Picross 3D, ups the proverbial ante with a series of blocks that give the effect of chiseling objects from stone.
Professor Layton series
The App Store has plenty of hidden object games, but we're in the mood for something much tougher. The Professor Layton titles would fit the bill nicely, as the British super sleuth and his assistant travel to different places solving tricky puzzles.