The video game industry has no problem milking the 1980s for all they're worth. From Mario to Mega Man, Final Fantasy to Madden NFL, many classic game franchises continue to build on their sterling '80s legacies and stay massive successes today. Sometimes the lack of new intellectual properties can get annoying, but most of us can agree that it's refreshing to see an old dog learning new tricks.
So, with the recently-released Double Dragon Neon in mind, here are ten more classic '80s game franchises that we would like to see modernized for today's generation of consoles. Strap on your Zubaz pants, pause that rerun of Alf, and get ready to take a trip down memory lane. Let's see if we can share some retro love.
That's right: Hannibal, Faceman, B.A. Baracus, and Howling Mad Murdock had a video game adaptation for the Atari 2600 about thirty years ago, and it was pretty much terrible. There's been at least some interest in the classic TV show as of late, with an okay film based on the franchise made in 2010, so why not repent for past mistakes and create the blockbuster that Mr. T and company deserve?
Scrooge McDuck and crew had a beloved television series in the late '80s, yes, but it's Capcom's 1989 NES take on the series that we'd like to see return. The original title was inspired by the company's super popular Mega Man franchise, featuring tight gameplay and a wonderful soundtrack, and it ended up being one of the earliest examples of a good licensed game. With 2D platformers still going strong these days, it may be time to get these ducks back in play.
Back in the day, light gun games like Wild Gunman for the NES were seen as futuristic technology. Today, they're not seen much at all. With virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift on their way to bring players even deeper into their experiences, rebooting a gallery shooter like this could be just the thing the light gun genre needs to regain legitimacy in the common gamer's eyes.
Ah, Pole Position. One of the pioneers of racing games, this arcade classic swallowed more quarters than a vending machine. With unmatched realism for its time, including qualifying laps and a real-life raceway, it's easy to see why. The likes of Gran Turismo, Forza, and F1 have dominated racing sims for a good while now, so bringing back the grandfather of all racers could freshen things up a bit.
Yes, I know, there were plenty of TMNT games that came out in the mid 2000s, but none of those really captured the spirit of the revered cartoon. With another reboot of the animated series coming this month, and another feature film to follow a couple years later, maybe somebody, anybody, can take the Turtles and get a decent game out of them soon.