Entertainment: 10 Nintendo Games That Bombed But Became Cult Classics

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Nintendo has become one of the most trusted and respected developers in the gaming industry and they’ve had lots of luck when it comes to establishing first-party intellectual properties that have persevered across generations. Certain Nintendo franchises, like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby were immediately hits. However, some Nintendo series struggle to find audiences upon their initial releases, only to become celebrated cult classics over time.

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EarthBound Redefines RPG Archetypes With A Modern Edge That Was Ahead Of Its Time

The Super Nintendo was a pivotal console for the mainstream proliferation of the RPG genre and games like EarthBound helped prove that it didn’t always need to be steeped in high fantasy and magical worlds. The urban and modern setting that EarthBound embraces is a big part of the title’s charm and why it was a breath of fresh air at the time. It’s hard to deny the effectiveness of EarthBound’s polished gameplay, but it was too unique and ahead of its time when it made its debut in 1994.

Conker's Bad Fur Day Is An Oddly Adult Endeavor For A Nintendo Mascot

Rare has become a valuable developer for Microsoft over the most recent gaming generations, but their history in the industry charts back to an enviable relationship with Nintendo. Rare’s contributions for the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 helped redefine platformers for their respective eras, but their strangest Nintendo title is easily Conker’s Bad Fur Day. The N64 game takes the cuddly squirrel character from Diddy Kong Racing and transports him into a Mature-Rated title that mixes platforming elements with graphic violence and sexuality. Conker’s Bad Fur Day is such an odd mix of sensibilities that it’s easy to see why it didn’t initially connect with crowds.

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Remains A High Mark Of The Survival Horror Genre

Nintendo doesn’t always have the best reputation when it comes to catering towards more mature gaming audiences, but the Gamecube made a concentrated effort to appease this demographic through some inventive survival horror titles. Eternal Darkness tells an ambitious story that spans multiple generations and time periods with a tone that’s deeply influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.

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Despite no sequels or remasters, Eternal Darkness still comes up in survival horror conversations due to its groundbreaking “sanity effects” that effectively mess with the audience’s mind. Unfortunately, horror games were still struggling to stand out on the Gamecube at the time.

Kid Icarus Failed To Make Its Mark Among Nintendo’s Other Flagship Franchises

Kid Icarus and its playful reinvention of Greek mythology is one of Nintendo’s first franchises with early titles on both the Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the Game Boy. There’s nothing wrong with Kid Icarus, but the series just doesn’t conjure the same excitement as its contemporaries like Metroid, Kirby, or Zelda. Curiously, the biggest factor in the modern relevance of Kid Icarus is thanks to the series’ characters showing up and making a strong impression in Nintendo’s crossover fighting series, Super Smash Bros. The franchise’s long-awaited return for the Nintendo 3DS, Kid Icarus: Uprising, faced similar struggles in terms of finding a large audience despite critical acclaim.

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​​Okami Is A Touching Tribute To Folklore And The Power Of Creation

Some of the most powerful video games are the ones that find inspiration from folklore and mythology as they embrace the medium as an expressive artform. Okami is a mythical adventure that's steeped in ancient Japanese culture with a gorgeous aesthetic that accentuates these ideals. The ambition and artistry of Okami goes unparalleled, but it's these unique factors that made it a difficult sell for mainstream crowds. Okami initially failed to meet expectations on the PlayStation 2 in 2006 before an intuitive Wii port in 2008 that benefited from the console's motion controls, but still met a similar reception.

MadWorld Delivers Non-Stop Action That’s Black And White And Red All Over

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MadWorld makes its mark through an effective black-and-white stylized aesthetic where red blood destroys this duality whenever enemies are attacked. The game takes place in a futuristic dystopia where mass murder has been commodified into popular entertainment. MadWorld takes advantage of the Wii's specific control schemes, but it took the title too long to find an audience.

Killer7 Pushes A Violent Assassin To Psychologically Challenging Places

Killer7 is a stylized assassin action-adventure that turns multiple personalities into an innovative opportunity for creativity. Exaggerated action, bold characters, and an atypical control scheme all make Killer7 feel like a one-of-a-kind experience. While not exclusively a Nintendo title, Killer7 is more of an anomaly on the Gamecube than it is on the PlayStation 2. It made it easier for audiences to initially skip this title before later learning about the heightened nature of Grasshopper Manufacture through their No More Heroes games on the Wii.

Miitopia Uses A Growing Nintendo Tradition To Inspire An Ambitious Adventure

Nintendo has embraced the idea of user-customized avatars known as Miis as far back as their Wii console and they continue to be present as characters in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart titles. Miitopia is a gigantic RPG adventure that was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS, but then later remastered for the Switch, which uses the freedom of the Miis' customization to inspire a robust RPG adventure. There's a surprisingly deep and satisfying game that's hidden in Miitopia, but the public are so soured by the Mii concept that few people rushed to experience this adventure.

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The Wonderful 101 Tackles Superhero Theatrics With A Cast Of Characters That’s In The Hundreds

The Wii U is a frustrating misfire from Nintendo and it's remarkable how so many of the console’s formerly exclusive titles have found their way remastered on the Switch and other modern consoles. The Wonderful 101 makes heavy use of the console's Gamepad mechanic through its creative spin on the strategy, tactical, and action genres. The user can control up to 101 characters who work together in tandem to pull off staggering maneuvers. The Wonderful 101 is a classic example where a game's exciting innovation is the barrier that initially holds audiences back from checking it out.

Bayonetta Becomes Nintendo’s New Face Of Heightened Action Mayhem

Bayonetta is one of the most stylish action series to come along in the past decade and the frenetic franchise might be PlatinumGames’ crowning achievement. Bayonetta is an exercise in excess at every opportunity, but this exaggerated ode to the action genre somehow connects these chaotic dots into something special. The first Bayonetta was critically acclaimed on the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360, but it failed to meet expectations and was eventually acquired by Nintendo to become one of their exclusives. Nintendo’s Bayonetta 2 is an improvement upon the original in every way, but it still took some time to find proper appreciation.

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