Spin-offs of any type of media tend to get a bad rap. In most cases, this disdain for what typically amount to shameless cash-ins is justified, as spin-offs often shameless piggyback off of a proven franchise and are creatively vacant. However, when it comes to video games, there is a surprising amount of opportunity for good spin-offs. Sure, we’ve seen some that we’d rather all forget (nobody’s clamoring for another Shadow The Hedgehog) but if the following side characters from popular gaming series were to get the spin-off treatment, they have the potential to be some of the finest yet seen.
10. Nightwing (Batman: Arkham Series)
Batman’s crime fighting ally Nightwing has sort of gotten his own spin-off in the popular Batman: Arkham series in the form of DLC chapters, but they’ve all been slight in comparison to the kinds of games that have been built around Batman in recent years. Although Warner Bros is already releasing a spin-off of sorts in the form of Batman: Arkham VR this October, a standalone Nightwing game could be just the thing to help freshen up this franchise, which is already starting to get a bit long in the tooth judging by last year’s Arkham Knight.
As fans of the superhero are well aware, Nightwing is like Robin if he were cool, which is fitting since Dick Grayson intentionally adopted the Nightwing mantle after he outgrew the Robin identity in the comics. He’s also quite a bit different than Batman in terms of his move set, as he is more acrobatic than the Dark Knight and fights primarily with his polymer Escrima sticks. It’s only a matter of time before the Arkham series starts branching out to more than just Batman stories and when it does, Nightwing should be the first in line to get his own game.