It’s no secret that games have gone the way of Hollywood, for better or worse, cranking out bigger budgets, better graphics, and more and more studio-financed sequel after sequel of the same safe and formulaic genre material, while leaving more experimental endeavors for school departments of digital media and independent flash game designers.
Sequels are a way of life now in video games—best to embrace them and pressure the hell out of studios to remake our childhood favorites.
While most classic titles have been given requisite facelifts, there are still dozens of games desperate for true remakes that have never had the next-gen silicon implants they deserve.
Here are thirteen from our 8 and 16-bit halcyon days of yore which remind us that games back then were really better, albeit a little shittier looking, and should promptly be remade for millions of dollars as a fan service and penance for raping us repeatedly with interminable Final Fantasy moogle porn.
13) Star Tropics
The jungle-themed Star Tropics, much like its time-traveling sequel Zoda’s Revenge, is a charming little adventure game that stars gee-whiz, wholesome heroes playing an journey straight out of a Jules Verne adventure.
The story, a tropical island mystery with enough twists and turns for your average J.J. Abrams-produced TV show, unfolds over revelatory chapters, with gameplay mimicking the events out of the book and with fights against giant octopi or discoveries of sunken submarines at the end of every section. The plot not only anticipated shows like Lost, it undoubtedly inspired summer blockbusters with its inclusion of zombie pirates. This was true gaming art.
12) Little Nemo the Dream Master
It’d be pretty hard to remake those great NES Capcom games made from TV Disney series (well, it’d be easy, but they’d only sell to guys over 25 who long for Darkwing Duck). But the criminally-neglected is ripe for a 3-D platforming makeover. The game has you in charge of a little boy in pajamas who has to commandeer giant animals by feeding them candy and mutating with their bodies to perform their animal behaviors.
Sound twisted? Well, it is and it’s awesome. The entire game is set in a nightmare, meaning bizarre stages set to pitch black skies, freakish enemies like flying turtles that vomit eggs, and incredibly catchy music. They just don’t make game soundtracks like this anymore, and they likely never will again.
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