These days it’s hard not to come across a game that’s a remastered version of something old. Some games, like Tomb Raider and Ninja Gaiden, were created brand new from the ground up, while others like Earthworm Jim HD and Ducktales: Remastered simply added a new layer of paint and updated controls to its original counterpart. With the popularity of old games made new, here are 10 additional games that deserve a remake or remaster:
Jurassic Park (Various)
In a way Telltale Games and Warner Brothers are already giving us a new Jurassic Park game in Lego Jurassic World, recently announced. There was also the episodic Jurassic Park released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and other devices a couple of years ago. But after a recent poll by Ubisoft concerning its next Far Cry game, gamers are clamoring for a Far Cry-style dinosaur game, one geared towards adults in a thrilling survival setting.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Various)
This doesn’t speak to one specific game, although the Super Nintendo’s Turtles in Time stands out, but with the fantastic combat and open world mechanics shown in games like Batman: The Arkham Series or Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, it’s easy to imagine a next generation, intense, action game featuring the heroes in a half-shell. Features could include a vast, open world Manhattan, four player co-op, and distinct fighting styles depending on which turtle you select.
Kid Chameleon (Sega Genesis)
While available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 through Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, Kid Chameleon could do well with a remake and a next-gen release. The premise is a virtual reality game starts to kidnap all the children who are unable to beat its game, until Casey, the Kid Chameleon arrives to save them. Over 100 levels and a mask system that changes Casey into various forms with different abilities made this game a standout in its time.
Streets of Rage (Sega Genesis)
Another game featured on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, the Streets of Rage trilogy features a number of fighters and ex-cops who take on a crime syndicate that controls the city. A full-fledged, 3-D remake wouldn’t be necessary as games like Sleeping Dogs capture the fun and atmosphere, but a revamped edition of the original games with new graphics, updated controls, and online co-op gameplay would be welcome.
Ecco the Dolphin (Sega Genesis/Dreamcast)
Under-water gaming is still a rarity in the past couple generations, unless if you count Bioshock or the treasure hunting sidequests in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. But Ecco the Dolphin gave us the opportunity to journey through the ocean, visiting vast, aquatic areas. With today’s graphical capabilities, the possibilities of creating a new Ecco game, one enjoyable for the entire family, are endless.
Jumping Flash! (Sony PlayStation)
One of the original PlayStation’s first platform games, Jumping Flash! still stands as one of the most unique and charming games of the system. As Robbit, a mechanical rabbit, you’re tasked with finding missing jet pods which were scattered by the nefarious Baron Aloha. The game and its sequel can still be found on the PlayStation Network Store, but a reimagining and upgrade to next-gen could not only satisfy fans of the original, but bring in new gamers looking for a humorous, abstract platformer.
Mutant League Hockey/Football
Robots vs. Skeletons. Chainsaws. Corpses that litter the arena until cleaned up by a giant slug. Many an hour were lost by playing this ridiculously fun series. Imagine if created for today’s consoles with the gameplay and graphics’ options available. With the popularity of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon could just create a sports’ spin-off series featuring the plethora of fighters at his disposal.
Battletoads (Nintendo/Super Nintendo)
This game is often found on lists like this and rumors lately claim that Microsoft may release a remake/new game in the series. In its time Battletoads was a challenging beat-em up game, where the three toads Rash, Zitz, and Pimple fought to defeat their nemesis, the Dark Queen and her army of space mutants. Often compared to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games (it was created as a rival, after all), the imaginative levels, challenging difficulty, and characters would make for a popular remake.
Toejam & Earl (Sega Genesis)
A dungeon crawler about two hip hop aliens who crash land and need to find and repair their ship? While it might sound ridiculous, Toejam & Earl is still a favorite among gamers. The wacky monsters and enemies, the hilarious power-ups, and the random level designs are just a few reasons why this game still holds strong today. But now with the colorful and artistically brilliant games like Rayman Legends and Dust: An Elysian Tail, imagine what a remake of Toejam & Earl could look like, especially with an upgraded roster of characters, abilities, and online gameplay. In an awesome turn of events, game developer HumaNature launched a kickstarter to create a brand new Toejam & Earl game, titled Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove.
Skies of Arcadia (Sega Dreamcast/Nintendo Gamecube)
What’s more intuitive and enjoyable than a role-paying game with skyships, pirates, and mass weapons of destruction? While often overlooked by some of the more mainstream RPGs, Skies of Arcadia has a fantastic story filled with engaging, charming, and oddball characters, memorable villians, and a battle system both on ground and in the air. Recruit your crew, build your base of operations, all the while searching for the moon stones that have the power to resurrect dangerous weapons. A remake of this game would be more than welcome for RPG fans old and new.
These games just scratch the surface of some of the quality titles aching to be remade and released to today’s mainstream gaming audience. Were there any games that didn’t make the list you want to see remade? Let us know what they are.
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