The movie industry has made a business out of movie remakes and reboots of popular series. The gaming industry has followed suit. The next-gen consoles have seen several games that have been remastered from previous generations. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Last of Us, Resident Evil (re-master of the GameCube remake version), and Grand Theft Auto V round out some of the recent games that have been enhanced for next-gen consoles. Reboots of entire series include the PS1 Tomb Raider series for PS3/4 and Xbox 360/One. While it may seem to some to lack originality to remaster a game, these games were fantastic sellers in the previous generation and continue to do so in their current iteration. There are several other games that should be made for the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda released on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Zelda spawned a massive series of games that continues to sell in enormous quantities. The original iteration of the game sold over 6.5 million copies for the NES. The game has since been re-released on Famicon, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, via the Wii virtual console, and the 3DS. All of the re-releases have been just that, a re-release in the original form without taking advantage of substantially improved graphics.
Zelda spawned a massive series of games that continues to sell in enormous quantities
In all, there are 17 games in the Zelda series that have released for all of the major Nintendo consoles. There have also been a few spin-offs, a manga series, and an animated series. As of 2011, the Zelda series has sold over 67 million copies. The latest release is Hyrule Warriors for WiiU, which blends elements of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. To date, the Hyrule Warriors has shipped over 1 million copies to retailers.
An improved version of the original Zelda classic, with next-gen graphics, could improve the business woes of Nintendo, revitalize the poor sales of the Wii U, and renew faith in Reggie Fils-Aimé and Nintendo.
Phantasy Star was one of the original Japanese role playing games on the Sega Master System, which spawned four sequels and several spinoffs. Phantasy Star has an excellent story and graphics which, at the time, were consider revolutionary, due to the caves being 3D rendered. The game was considered a pioneer in its day. While Phantasy Star is not a typical fantasy RPG like some of the original Final Fantasy games, having being set in a futuristic world, the game is a typical RPG that was a fantastic play.
Phantasy Star has an excellent story and graphics which, at the time, were consider revolutionary
There have been several spin-offs and sequels for Phantasy Star. The game spawned three sequels (unoriginally called Phantasy Star 2, 3, and 4) for the Sega Genesis. The original game was remade for the PlayStation 2 in Japan as Phantasy Star Generation 1, although it only included smoother visuals and sprites as characters.
All four of the original Phantasy Star games released on Xbox 360 via the Ultimate Genesis Collection in their original form, although the original game is hidden and has to be unlocked. Expansion spin-offs include Phantasy Star Online (plus three expansions) for GameCube and Xbox as well as one for PC. Phantasy Star Universe released for PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. Plans to remake the entire series and release in the United States fell through. A true HD remake with next-gen graphics would be extremely gratifying.
Metroid was an excellent side scrolling action adventure platformer game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Metroid was revolutionary in its exploration of the universe in which the game played, influencing future open world games. Metroid was also a non-linear game, something at the time which was not as common as it is today. The game was probably one of the first to have a surprise plot moment, namely the unmasking of Seamus Aran as a female protagonist. Metroid would make an excellent remake as an open world first person shooter taken from the original game.
Metroid was revolutionary in its exploration of the universe in which the game played, influencing future open world games
The Metroid series consists of 11 games, most of which released on the Nintendo consoles. To date, the Metroid series has sold over 17 million copies and continually has average high ratings for all of the games. The latest release was Metroid: Other M which released in 2010 for the Wii.
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. was named the most influential game of all time by IGN in 2005. It popularized the side scrolling platformer and was attributed as one the games to revitalize the broken American gaming industry in the 1980s. The original game has been released on both the Game Boy Advance and the Wii Virtual Console, but with the original graphics and, interestingly enough, the original glitches. Unlike Metroid, I believe the remake of SMB should stay true to its roots, with substantially improved graphics that take advantage of next-gen consoles (or just the WiiU since Nintendo probably won’t let Sony and Microsoft get their grubby hands on it).
Super Mario Bros. was named the most influential game of all time
The entire Super Mario Bros. (or just Mario since there are a ton of spinoffs) series has released on every Nintendo console and handheld. To date, the Mario series has sold over 260 million copies, making it arguably the best selling video game series of all time. The latest release was Super Mario World HD which released for the WiiU in November of 2013.
The Mario series has sold over 260 million copies, making it arguably the best selling video game series of all time
Like a Zelda remake, a Super Mario Bros. remake could revitalize the WiiU, help solve Nintendo’s flagging sales, and save Reggie Fils-Aimé ‘s job.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was released for the PlayStation 1. FFVII is the best selling game in the Final Fantasy series and the second best selling game for the PS1 (after Gran Turismo). It was one of the first games to use 3D characters in a prerendered 2D background. While the game has been released with moderately improved graphics in the newest version of the PC version, the long awaited full legitimate remake of the game is still missing. Square Enix executives have publicly stated that they would not release a Final Fantasy VII remake until they released a new game that eclipsed FFVII, something that recent Square Enix games have arguably not done. FFVII is the most requested game for a remake in Japan, and one of the most requested in the United States.
FFVII is the most requested game for a remake in Japan, and one of the most requested in the United States
At the recent press event in early December 2014, Shinji Hashimoto presented to an excited crowd the Final Fantasy VII logo, to which the crowd visibly reacted in an excited state. Obviously after years of clamoring for a remake, the crowd expected the long awaited announcement of FFVII, perhaps one of the most beloved games of all time. The crowd deflated rather quickly when Hashimoto announced that the long awaited FFVII remake was actually a PS4 port of the PC port.
The crowd deflated rather quickly when Hashimoto announced that the long awaited FFVII remake was actually a PS4 port of the PC port
Releasing the opening sequence of FFVII as a PS3 tech demo then trolling fans in this manner at the press conference is just plain wrong. It would be the right thing to do to release the game again with improved PS4 graphics. It would help Sony’s financial position as well since they are losing large sums of money through their other endeavors outside of gaming. A FFVII remake would easily make Sony a whole lot of money. A FFVII remake would help mend some of the broken fences created by this badly timed and ill conceived press conference. The Twitter post by Sony from the re-release press conference has nearly four times as many dislikes as likes on social media. This alone should be obvious to Square Enix and Sony that they majorly screwed up and a remake is the only way to mend the ill will displayed by the organizations.
The Twitter post by Sony from the re-release press conference has nearly four times as many dislikes as likes on social media
I will obviously be buying the game on the PS4 anyways….