It's become generally accepted that most households sport high-definition television sets these days, and gamers are certainly among those demanding a truly HD experience. Since the PS3 and Xbox 360 launched, developers have jumped onto the ever-growing technology of graphics and game engines, pushing the limits of what our eyes can behold on the screen.
But what about those titles that predate HD? Visuals certainly aren't the singular factor in the quality of a game, as gameplay has always been a key component. These classics gave us experiences that touched our hearts or fed our fires in ways that have stuck with us through the decades. So should these gems be brought back to life with a facelift and sent once again into the retail market? For both the gamer and publisher, that answer is absolutely yes!
We are at a very interesting time in the home console lifespan. Nostalgia is setting in for many longtime gamers, and while we don't all load up our Wiis with Virtual Console titles or pirate roms from classic titles to play on emulators, there's a widening spot in our gaming hearts for something fresh that still somehow feels old school. Minecraft is a great example of a game that uses an archaic graphics style but has loads of space for features like a world with no boundaries and a crafting system beyond extreme—features that simply weren't possible back in the 20th Century.
Though not a true high-definition remake, Nintendo has taken one of the more interesting approaches with its New Super Mario Bros. series. It sports side-scrolling action, but with insanely bold colors that just burst through the screen with silky smooth lines when used with the system's HD component cable. Though the Galaxy games are great, Nintendo has truly picked up on the nostalgia vibe with New Super Mario Bros., which luckily ties closely to their game development style anyways.
But the PlayStation and Xbox brands are now in their teenage years (well, almost for Microsoft), and have played host to many successful pre-high-definition titles, such as Devil May Cry, God of War, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Sly Cooper, and many more. All of these series have been repackaged on current generation consoles with updated graphics, new features, and often with multiple titles bundled together for a single price.