3 Games I’d Love To Remake

There are a lot of games that get the opportunity for a remake. Some aren’t as hot as the originals; such as Golden Eye, while some hit the spot like Kid Icarus and even Donkey Kong Country: Returns. Obviously, these are my own personal opinions, but if I had the opportunity to captain a proverbial game development ship, I’d remake  following three. What would you remake?

1. Contra

As a kid I really loved this co-op game for Super Nintendo. Like a lot of American releases, it differs a bit from its Japanese title. Regardless of the difference between releases, either would make a fantastic remake. In 2002, a remake was released for Playstation 2, and while not awful it did not truly deliver to its fullest potential in my opinion. With this current generation, and its graphical and diverse engine capabilities, I visualize it as a FPS with the option of third person. The unique and alien-esque levels would translate well both in a campaign as well as online maps. The array of different specialty weapons you can collect throughout Contra would add a lot of interesting depth to online battles. The weapons are more futuristic which reminds me more of Halo or Unreal Tournament, and less like the realistic Military shooters like Call of Duty and Killzone which are popular today. With weapons like the Fireball gun, Spread gun and even protective personal barriers – I can see this playing out so fantastically in a FPS environment. My one pet peeve with FPS is how short the campaigns always seem to be. Yeah, I get it, FPS games are all about the multi-player, but I’d selfishly like to see both a long (even co-op! ) campaign and innovative online play. The story is simple and sweet Sci-Fi, two government soldiers are on a mission to investigate and neutralize what they believe to be a terrorist agency called “Red Falcon”. In reality, Red Falcon is actually the code-name for the main alien entity. I think this game would do fantastic as a remake, and I can already envision myself buying new maps off PSN. Last year around this time during a pre-E3 release, Konami teased what seemed to be a new Contra. Well, consider my fingers crossed.

2. Pokemon: Trading Card Game

While this obviously isn’t a traditional “video” game, the release of Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has proven that turning a card game into a video game can be pure gold. Pokemon has an absolutely huge and long running fan-base, and I know so many people who would love more current gen titles. In a style similar to MTG:DotP I can envision a colorful solo campaign, in which you defeat random trainers and gym leaders, collecting new and one-of-a-kind cards with every win. You could even implement a “badge” system, so that when you collect so many or all the badges, it awards you with rare cards or perhaps a promo code for a game related DLC. Besides the obvious online mode where you could play against friends, I think it would also be interesting to implement a chat room of sorts where people could discuss and trade cards, or duel each other while gambling cards. I know a lot of people are Pokemon “purists” and there could even be a region amongst the game for just the first 150 Pokemon. Another unique way to earn cards could be through a tiered system of X hours of play, or also completing certain goals within the game, such as playing so many rounds with a Ghost type Pokemon deck, etc! With Pokemon garnering such a large fan-base, this game could allow kids to continue to play with each other. My deck? Oh, psychic type. I love me some Psyduck.

3. Earthbound

As one of my favorite RPGs, Earthbound separates itself from the rest of the SNES RPG age by being quirky and hilarious. I can see a remake of this so vividly in my mind that it almost makes me nerd rage that it hasn’t already been done. I’d be content with a remake being for Wii, or a more ideally, DS or 3DS. I could absolutely see the looney animations of hitting a neighbor or a feisty lamp-post with a frying pan burst in 3D hilarity. Regardless, I don’t think Nintendo fully realizes its fan-base within this series in the US. We got Ness in Super Smash Brothers, but that’s not nearly enough. Nintendo recognized him as iconic enough for Super Smash Brothers, so I don’t feel a remake would be so far-fetched. The game is set in modern-day suburbia, which is quite different from most RPGs and definitely lends a hand to the humorous atmosphere of the game. While most the playable characters have psychic abilities, most the weaponry and attacks in the game are from normal items such as a yo-yo, slingshot or a frying pan. One of my favorite elements of this game has to be the pop culture references peppered throughout, I can only imagine the references that could be implemented in a remake nearly 20 years later. Even though the game is pretty humorous, the plot is still gripping and even thought-provoking. The main antagonist is a creature named Giygas who is turning humanity against each other using our own innate evil. Turns out, Giygas isn’t weak to frying pans or slingshots – but to pure human emotions! To me, this is such a wonderful plot that could be fleshed out into more detail while lending more to character development. To really give it a face lift, I think the idea of making it third person perspective could be interesting. This game is such a gem, and now with the release of another classic remake, Kid Icarus, I really feel now is the perfect time to resurrect some of our generations favorites for both ourselves and a younger generation to enjoy.

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16 Responses to “3 Games I’d Love To Remake”

  1. Jushin Says:

    You can try Hardcore Uprising on PSN. It’s the spiritual successor to Contra.

    I would like to see a remake to Toe Jam and Earl. Remember that game?

    • krysti pryde Says:

      If its on PSN i’ll absolutely check it out, thank you!

      I used to love playing ToeJam and Earl on my Sega. MTV actually had a lot of really interesting games at the time!

  2. lanasene Says:

    I’d kill for a Pokemon TCG, or a remake of Red/Blue in the style of Fable. (3D, cartoony, etc)

  3. Bonustoken Says:

    I’d love for them to remake the first Final Fantasy in terms of graphics and better story immersion, like voices and sounds and stuff. But still keeping the simplistic design and everything exactly the way it was. Cel-shaded would be ideal for this since most of the characters wee designed with little more than two or three colors to their color scheme. And the enemies would be so rad looking.

    Another would be the original Fallout 1 and 2. I know they’re somewhat still recent (Circa. 1990’s) but it’d be great to play them with some more voices and dialogue, as well as better graphics once again.

    • krysti pryde Says:

      I very much agree with the earlier final fantasy, it would translate well to either console or even handheld, i’d love to play a remade FF6,7,8 and even 9 on Vita! With all of the vitas new capabilities, there is so much possibility is renewing the classics!

      • Bonustoken Says:

        Careful, that sounded like a vita promotion. XD

        In all seriousness though, I agree, the Vita could build itself off of remade classics, hell, that’d be pretty interesting, seeing as how the 3DS already has started doing that. If both sides kept trying to one up the other with classic remakes, we could have a rapid influx of hopefully great classics being upgraded while staying true to what made them great in the first place.

        Let’s cross our fingers! X

  4. sarahtherebel Says:

    I’d love to remake Legend of Dragoon! Could you imagine the graphics of that game on a PS3?!! Ah well, I shall simply have to settle for the PSN release instead!

  5. Nova Says:

    Oh Krysti… You almost made me weep! Earthbound would make my inner-child happy. The days of watching “Smaaaash!” appear on my screen… -sniffle-

    You, are as much as unicorn and my significant other. The fact that you like Earthbound is enough to show your true love/passion for gaming!

    • Nova Says:

      Sorry for the typos ahead of time. Leave it to the iPhone to botch my post and make it creeper material. -____-

      “You are as much a unicorn as my significant other.”

  6. WildCardCorsair Says:

    I love your list! An earthbound remake would make me cry happy tears of sheer bliss! Also, they have something similar to a remake of the Pokemon TCG game. It’s called the Pokemon Trainer Challenge. It’s no where near as awesome as the Duels of the Planeswalkers games and really promotes buying phsical card packs to obtain codes to expand your deck though. You supposedly can do online player battles though, which is cool.

    Even though it may not be old enough to warrant a remake, I would LOVE to tackle Jet Set Radio for the new handhelds. Can you imagine AR support capable of displaying the game’s beautiful tags on walls or buildings? Sharing custom tags via Near or StreetPass? Plus, I just want a new game in this series anyway!

  7. Pierre Says:

    Awesome list…Contra will always hold memories for any gamer alive. it was def the game of getting close to a best friend, “to do list” of beating at a sleepover, etc…im surprised they havent made a remake with all these new graphics and consoles

    I have been a fan of pokemon from the start, i named my red Iguana “Charizard” for crying out loud haha, i feel with Pokemon it can never get old..all the colors and jewelry versions get better and better as they evolve(no pun intented) just not a huge fan of all these legendaries and sub-legendaries that came outta nowhere..I remember playing red/blue/yellow and fearing seeing a Mewto in a rivals line up brought fear in your GB’s screen as you quickly bring out yours to have the strongest metwo battle (unless you cheat by bringing out your Cinnibar Island ledge surfing Missing No./overmaxedlevel pokemon that you rare candy rape to lvl 255. ~Pierre as your Character will generate lvl168 Rapidashes and lvl177 squirtles, which i gladly thank i used during a battle ill tell you later about~ But to me I feel as Nintendo is using pokemon as their Trump Card..as in if all else fails and decide they company is at their low point, they will release the MMORPG for the Wii or next level nintendo console and instead of the side games like PokePark and/or Stadiums/Colesseum/Rumbles..

    i have never played Earthbound, was it a SNES exclusive? i had sega at the time..i might have to check it out

    Games i want to be remade:

    Conkers Bad Fur Day(original 64) the xbox version was terrible

    Battletoads and Double Dragon (and/or) i know Battletoads is licsensed under Rare which is xbox owned but imagine the Graphics on that game with PS3 behind it and 3D Capabilities with the over large extremeties attacks.

    Road Rash: im surprised EA hasnt come up with this, since they’ve had about 5 games to the series

  8. Jon Says:

    Did you ever play Mother 3?
    It was a Japan-only release, but it’s available for emulators.
    It’s like Earthbound, but the battle system has a twist: it’s rhythmic.

    (I’ll send you a copy, if you’d like.)

  9. Patch Says:

    May not be a remake, but Mother 4?

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