For over five decades, Doctor Who has been a staple of entertainment in
homes all across the world. With the advent of video gaming, however,
the Doctor and co reached a new demographic, as players could put
themselves into the signature suit and tie (or scarf) of their favourite
reincarnations. In the 90s, for example, the release of Dalek Attack on
the Commodore 64, Amiga and Atari ST marked the ability to play as the
fourth, fifth and seventh Doctors and their companions, all while
platforming and combating through various London boroughs.
More recently, the Doctor made his way onto the Wii through the
action-adventure title Doctor Who: Return to Earth,
and on the Wii U as character and level packs for LEGO
Dimensions. While the former hasn't fared well in terms of
critical reception, the latter has been a triumphant success, with
Mike Fahey from Kotaku stating that "Long story short, it’s
the best." It allows players to not only take part in an adventure
starring the 12th Doctor, but also features a host of protagonists and
villains from the series' history. Pretty neat, eh?
Now, the question begs: when, if ever, will the Doctor make his debut on
Nintendo's latest console-handheld hybrid, the Switch?
Voucherbox's reporting of the system's affordable pricing (£279.99),
as well as its appeal to both hardcore and casual gaming demographics,
makes the Switch ideal for both occasional and diehard DW fans alike.
Lego Dimensions, while not currently on the Switch, operates using
similar technology to already present software. Skylanders Imaginators,
a recent Switch launch title, as well as Nintendo's own Amiibo figures
are part of the same toys-to-life genre - a category that features
another staple of the video game giant's retinue: family and
child-friendly titles. Doctor Who would fit in beautifully alongside
Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong et al as a key player in Nintendo's success
going forward. And with Peter Capaldi hanging up his screwdriver later
this year, the stage will be set for a new Doctor to take up the mantle
in the wake of a new generation of Doctor Who fans.
This would not be an unprecedented move for Nintendo, considering
Sony's recent get of video game adaptations of the
Spider-Man franchise. Having a big name in Nintendo's pocket for a
series of exclusive games, or even just exclusive LEGO
Dimensions content, could help them compete in a market
dominated by unique first-party titles from rival companies.
Doctor Who is a series loved by many through books, video games, comics
and of course, its signature TV show. Nintendo would be foolish not to
bring this franchise under its wing; doing so could bolster the success
of both the IP and the video game company alike. Families, children and
even hardcore gamers could enjoy the quirk of the Doctor and his many
exploits, on the go and at home. Nintendo would no doubt see its sales
figures rise in the aftermath of taking on such an exciting, popular and
prosperous property. Let's hope it happens.
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