With all the trends that hit television on a cyclical basis, from sitcom reboots to movie remakes to genre-embracing, it's kind of surprising that the small screen has yet to get hit with a slew of video game adaptations. Back in the day, entertainment giant Nintendo was more free with the rights to the company's intellectual property, resulting in pro wrestler Captain Lou Albano portraying everyone's favorite plumber Mario. Here in 2017, though, when TV creators are capable of bringing just about any stories to life, Nintendo is only making headlines for its inventive consoles.

So we're going to plop down on the couch with our controllers to talk about 7 classic Nintendo properties that would make for incredible TV shows. And yes, I'm mostly talking about live-action projects that would presumably be drenched in CGI effects, and not animated series.

The Legend of Zelda

While past rumors surfaced about a live-action The Legend of Zelda taking hold of our TV screens, the master swordsman/swordsboy Link has yet to get a small screen adaptation outside of the 1980s cartoon series. Considering Game of Thrones, Vikings and other epic region-based action dramas amass loyal fanbases, it's almost shocking that we aren't watching serialized adventures in the kingdom of Hyrule on a weekly basis. Link's quests - which would hopefully be more than just saving Zelda - wouldn't be so violent or bloody, of course, but could still maintain all the drama and whimsy inherent to the franchise. I can already hear the ocarina in The Legend of Zelda's opening titles.

At the very least, we would accept HGTV putting out a spoof series called House Hunters: Hyrule.

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