Franchises that need a board game
With the release of Super Mario Party Superstars this month, it’s clear that the Mario franchise has dominated the party genre for 25 years. A variety of characters, mini-games, global creativity, and a questionable reward system keep the gameplay fresh with every installment.
There are plenty of other video game series out there from Nintendo and others with creative gameplay and big character rosters that are just crying out for a board game. Like Mario’s colorful level design and challenging mini-games, the same could easily be said of some of the more popular video game franchises. If a series like Animal Crossing could make a Mario Party clone, then surely these franchises could.
If Worms weren’t considered a tactical artillery game, you could argue that there were times in the franchise that felt like a board game. Games have gotten a lot more colorful and explosive in recent releases, and Worms’ variety of weapons could easily be implemented into a board game.
It is best to think of weapons as microphones as players move around the board and then use them on other worms. That way the aspect of Worms being turn-based and artillery is still there with the gameplay of a party title.
The variety of colors and characters in Kirby video games matches that of Super Mario Party and it would be great to see the adorable characters in a similar playstyle. The series has featured a variety of tools, collectibles, and minigames over the years that would complement board game unlocks and tricks.
Kirby games always have the most aesthetic levels, whether they are in space, on a terrain or underground, the designs dedicated to Kirby are so alluring. It is certainly a series that would benefit from a cut and paste of Mario Party.
THE Legend of Zelda
There is no other series that has the reputation of Super Mario Bros like The Legend Of Zelda. Over the past 35 years, the Zelda series has produced countless titles, some considered to be the best games of all time.
Due to its history and success as a series, it’s surprising that there haven’t been more Zelda spin-offs, not that there haven’t been a few. Like the Kirby franchise, The Legend Of Zelda has tons of characters and landscapes that would suit a Super Mario Party clone. There is certainly a large fan base just waiting for this.
Final Fantasy has one of the largest catalogs and variety of characters outside of most Nintendo franchises, especially as it spills over into other games like Kingdom Hearts. With the more exploratory and modern approach of FFXV as well as the popular online multiplayer FFXIV, the world of Final Fantasy would be a popular stage in the world of board games.
Its franchise has a dedicated fan base, and the modern designs are so colorful and detailed that a game itself would be eye-catching. Plus, with so many games, there are plenty of areas to draw for card ideas.
Imagine if you want a horror-based board game that features players in mini-games that have them shoot enemies. There could easily be a Resident Evil board game that has different goals as the end results. Maybe there is a different enemy per board, and maybe there is a different objective where the winner is not consumed by the zombies.
With its long history of settings, enemies, and main characters, Resident Evil has everything board games are looking for. It is also a game with a danger on every street corner that would be implemented in different danger boxes to stand up.
Imagine a board game with a lot of character customization before the game starts. While it might take a while to set up, it’s definitely a lot of people’s favorite aspect of The Sims. Sims is a series that is enjoyed individually, but by so many people and it’s about time there was a multiplayer aspect.
With The Sims video games only being online these days, it would make sense for this to be an online multiplayer where people could first design their character and then enter a lobby game where the mini-games could be based on events in The Sims such as cooking and not burning food. The simplicity of the Sims’ design would work well for a simple board for online matches.
With the success of The Simpsons’ latest game, Tapped Out! It introduced the possibility of interaction between players in a world of Simpsons buildings. For a series that has come out that knows how many board games, it’s a surprise they’ve never released a board game. Plus, one that might include Springfield maps and an endless list.
Thanks to Disney + and the resurgence of classic Simpsons episodes, there’s no better time to bring the characters back to the gaming world. You can just bring classic board games to life with a Simpsons makeover.
Who doesn’t want to get into a post-nuclear party game? The Fallout series has already released a tabletop board game and therefore created a concept of multi-player gaming. However, the expansive world and character designs of Fallout certainly lack a more group experience.
The concept of Fallout and the variety of gruesome creatures make it a perfect game to join the party genre. It’s a world with threats around every corner and the desire to survive that can easily be interpreted as a card to be circumvented.
Little big planet
The creativity demonstrated throughout the Little Big Planet series, especially that of its manufactured worlds, is one of the main reasons it needs a board game. Already having a nice multiplayer aspect in its latest games, it’s a series that exudes inventive gameplay that could be implemented well in building a board game.
This is the kind of series that could see a lot of progress thanks to the creativity of the fans where players could design their own boards and maps through items collected or presented. Little Big Planet always felt like there were endless possibilities and that’s also the amount of Sackboy customization that exists.
There is no franchise with a roster like Pokemon and technically you could say there was a party game. These would be the Pokemon Stadium mini-games featuring classics such as the Clefairy move memory test. However, since it wasn’t a standalone board game, that doesn’t count. On the other hand, because of these mini-games, it’s easy to see how this style could be implemented in a Pokemon board game.
It is a series with eight different main game regions and besides many different landscapes. On top of that, there are characters galore. Even if this was just the starter Pokémon, there are plenty of Mario Party-style boards and mini-games that could prove to be a big hit. There have been a lot of Pokemon spin-offs lately, but nothing like it.
Squid Game has now been recreated in Roblox, Fortnite and also on PS1. Well, sort of.
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