There are plenty of games today that get high praise for both graphical prowess and gameplay grandeur. But for past titles, despite the gameplay element standing the test of time, visuals do not age well. There are many titles from the past console generation and further back that we have daydreamed about, imagining how they would look using today's graphics engines and salivating at the thought of HD remakes. Several of our favorite series have already made the modern leap, but here are ten more picks that we still want to see remastered.
This severely addictive SNES side-scroller was one of the first games to showcase what we now call 2.5D visuals. Some eye-popping high-definition updates would be okay, but I would love to see Nintendo have the Country series follow the New Super Mario Bros. train. There's no reason our banana-loving jungle hero can't be just as successful as the portly plumber in this endeavor. Add pop-in/out co-op with Diddy Kong and the rest of the DK crew, and maybe some challenge modes, and you're looking at a pretty awesome reboot. Sure, we saw Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii a couple years back, but that wasn't exactly HD, now was it?
It's been a long time since we've had a really good Star Wars space combat game. Most games set in the galaxy far, far away nowadays encompass a full-scale ground campaign. If there's any space combat, it typically feels tacked on. But X-Wing and TIE fighter managed to break away from the pack and deliver satisfying space combat to us sci-fi junkies.
However, these are almost two decades old, and even then, they were only available on PCs and Macs because of the power required to run them. The controls and interface are obviously outdated, so we'd need more than simple remastered ports for the series. I guess this is more a call to arms for LucasArts to get their butts in gear and buckle us back into the cockpit.
This rapping dog and his Simon-style beats game was ahead of its time back in the late 90s. Rhythm games weren't an embraced genre at the time, but we all know what's happened since. The gameplay was simple but addictive, and the wacky, paper-thin characters were so original that the series even dove into the cartoon world. With this beloved rapper resurfacing as a playable character in Sony's upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, there's no better time to show the world in high definition how PaRappa and his gang had us bopping our heads over a decade ago. This could easily be put into a one-disc collection, with the first, second, and even the UmJammer Lammy spin-off included.