I spent a happy evening reliving one of my favorite NES titles, DuckTales, which WayForward has completely redrawn with amazing graphics and a few gameplay updates. These efforts continuously allow a new generation to experience the best games of bygone eras without having their eyes bored out of their heads by pixilated graphics. Hopefully DuckTales will be the start of a new trend towards updating the NES catalog for the modern era. If anyone out there is listening, then please consider...
StarTropics: The tale of a young baseball player named Mike who explores the tropics in search of his uncle, who has been abducted by aliens, StarTropics is a somewhat forgotten Nintendo property that has remained strangely abandoned even at a time when they'll put the Wii Fit instructor in Super Smash Bros. It would be wonderful to see this adventure brought back to life with some really first rate art.
Friday the 13th: One of the first true survival horror games, the old NES terrorfest has been making a comeback recently, even getting a custom doll of the famous Purple Jason. Let's see cinema's most prolific psychopath finally get the treatment he deserves with dark forests, a real Crystal Lake, and that incredible fight with his mother's severed head.
Batman: The original NES Batman was literally one of the only games the Caped Crusader excelled in until Arkham Asylum. On addition to keeping things simple, but with enough extra weapons to make it interesting, the game focused on lesser known Bat-villains and used split-second timing on wall jumps to actually pretty accurately reproduce Batman-ness for the time. It would make great bones for an HD remake.
Wizards & Warriors: Still one of the greatest fantasy games ever made on the NES, it was always too ambitious for it's time. You knew the vast forests and underground caverns were meant to be Tolkien-esque, but they used up all the graphic power on Kuros' adorable fight animation. Now not only can we give him an epic backdrop, he can have ridiculous, over-the-top warrior battle cries and a soundtrack by Christopher Lee's metal band!
Metroid 2: Return of Samus: Samus' Game Boy outing was one of the things that helped make that system so long-lived. Nintendo had a deathgrip on the handheld market with a series of stellar original games, not just inferior ports from their main system. Those days are over now, and this essential chapter in Samus' story should escape the graphical confines of the Game Boy and be re-imagined.
The Immortal: It's obscure and insanely difficult, but The Immortal was an amazing dungeon quest that feature interactions with characters in a haunted labyrinth way ahead of its time. Even in 8-bit, you could see the majesty of Mordamir's apprentice as he descended through the violent levels in search of his master. That final dragon fight would be incredible if redrawn for the HD systems.
Little Nemo: The Dream Master: This is still one of the most secretly influential platformer games ever made. Based on the long-running series of comic strips, Nemo travels the dream world using animal friends to make his way through the levels. It was already adorable, we just need to Miyazaki it up a bit and we'll be good to go.
Abadox: What would it be like to fly into a living planet and kill it from the inside? That was the premise of Abadox, and if you had the chops you could have the time of your life killing your way through the beast's various internal organs. Technology at the time made this process not over different than a trip through caverns in Gradius, but now we could see the most wonderful innards and hear the moan of Parasitis as you blast your way to its core.
Bad Dudes: Double Dragon Neon proved that there's still plenty of interest in reviving the beat 'em up genre along with a heaping dose of '80s nostalgia. Double Dragon was always inferior to Bad Dudes, though, and it's time for them to come out of retirement. This time, Dragon Ninja kidnaps President Obama, and rather than send in the military two guys in wife-beaters do the trick in order to have a burger with the man as a reward.
Zelda II: Adventure of Link: No one game deserves to be remembered better than the black sheep of the Zelda line. I maintain to this day it's far superior than the first game, and too many people gnash their teeth at the sidescrolling aspect. The game had beautiful imagery, a compelling and in many ways innovative combat system, and a series of vast, impressive palaces to fight through. Enough of this senseless scorn. Redraw Link with all the same care as Scrooge McDuck has received, and you'll see real quick how much more of a winner this title is than anyone gives it credit for.
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