Kotaku Kristmas Giveaways: Win A 3DS!

Kotaku Kristmas Giveaways: Win A 3DS!

Today is the final day of the Kotaku Kristmas Giveaways — and it’s a humdinger!

As always, I’m going to leave it to Chuloopa, the Kotaku Kristmas Project mastermind to introduce the competition…

So it’s finally here. The final community prize for the Kotaku Kristmas Project. And BOY-O-BOY is it every BIG!

The crew at the Head Office of Gametraders have been so insanely generous as to donate a Nintendo 3DS to our cause to be given away to a lucky reader!

To fully convey just how awesome Gametraders have been, I need to tell you a short story as to how this all came about. If you want to skip this and get straight to the competion, feel free to scroll down below. I do recommend, however, in the spirit of the KKP, that you read what I have to say.

Cue the twirly flash-back effects!


After ordering all the KKP gifts for the staff at Allure, i had quite a bit of excess left over. I decided this should be used to buy a couple of rad prizes for the community. So i immediately shifted back into 5th gear and got onto emailing various places to see if they might be willing to maybe sell me one or two things at a slight discount in exchange for the promotion they would receive, and also, of course, for the good will of it.

I didn’t ask for anything big, really. I emailed EB. They basically sent back a “here’s one i prepared earlier” emails to me basically blowing me off in a well-worded way. Game and JB never got back to me.

But one place did, and with much consideration, and it happened to be the first people i emailed. A representative from Gametraders got back to me and, i must say, seems like one of the nicest fellows i have ever come across.

A fellow by the name of Rob.

What i had asked of Gametraders was if i could purchase a Nintendo 3DS off of them and maybe they could either provide a small discount, or maybe one or two games. A reply came back to me that head office doesn’t keep stock of any consoles or the like, but he did have a demo console which they had used a few times that he would offer me.

“Great” i said “how much would you guys like for it?”

Rob sent me a single line reply that really was one of the most generous actions I’d seen during the KKP.

“No charge – I’m giving it to you. It’s our in-house demo model, but hardly used. Is that ok?”

It was at this point i flipped my wig. In a good way. “MORE THAN FINE OMG OMG OMG OMG I LOVE YOU” were possibly my words. I don’t really remember. It’s still all a glorious blur.

Some of you may be saying, “dude, it’s a demo model. Who gives two shakes!?”

Yes, it’s a demo model. But it was THEIR demo model. Something they had no reason to give away freely, other than in the name of good will. Would any of you hand over your consoles to another person just because they asked you nicely? No, i wouldn’t think so.

The strange thing is that it made me both happy and sad at the same time. And if you’ll allow me to digress from the competition for the moment, i’ll tell you why.

I’ve grown up with Gametraders, along with a couple of other independents, which have now gone. Gametraders is one of the last of a dying breed since stores like EB have swept up, seemingly overnight, and have consumed all the food in the retail environment, much like a cane toad, leaving the remaining natives hungry and slowly dying out.

I know it sounds like a horrible analogy, and i have nothing against EB Games for the most part. Heck, my local Geelong stores are staffed, in the most part, by some of the nicest people i have come across. But it’s not the same as walking into places like Gametraders, or the now long-gone Video Games Heaven, now, is it?

Gametraders are franchises opened not by investors wanting to make a quick buck, but rather people who have a passion for what we all here at Kotaku do — games. They are just as passionate about what we all do. The people who serve you always seem to know what they are talking about and, not only that, are friendly and usually up for an enthusiastic chat.

The stores that used to be nearby my mums place in Melbourne have all closed now.

The closest to me is now a half an hour away from work, in the opposite direction from home, which is a good 50 minutes drive away, so i don’t get to go there as much as i’d like. But when i was a kid, I’d walk into these stores and see rows of old games, new games, toys and systems all set up, playing some of the greatest games I had ever known.

It wasn’t a shop for me, it was an experience. A manifestation of all my dreams of gaming in a neat shopfront.

I know it may sound crazy, but stores like Gametraders are a good part of the reason I am the type of gamer I am today. They helped keep the flame alive and have shown me things i would have, quite possibly, never otherwise discovered for myself.

Now, on the other hand i know the pricing for some things at Gametraders can be INSANELY overpriced, mostly on some of the more popular retro games. For example, i’ve seen copies of FFVII going for $120. More so, when i asked why it was so expensive, i got the reply “because there are people who will pay it”. At the time i was flabbergasted, but now that i’m in my first year of commerce in getting a grip on how markets actually work, it makes more sense, in a way. But at the same time it’s things like this that can drive a consumer away. Never-the-less, I find their current pre-owned and new games to be quite competitive with the big guys, if not better in some cases. And they have always had the fairest trade prices on any games I happened to want to trade. When we talk price, as with anything, it’s going to be a mixed bag. In the end, GT do what they have to do to keep themselves afloat.

Where I am going with all of this is that no other store evokes the same feeling in me. None. I can wonder in and happily float around ‘ooo-ing’ and ‘aaahhh-ing’ and everything in the shop, whilst Bee, my lovely partner, tugs on my arm and tells me she’s bored and wants to go, sighing as loudly as possible. And if there is one thing I can ask other people, is that if they have a store nearby to take a moment to appreciate the sheer scale of an entire history before your eyes, and the Australian business that offers it to you. This is one place that needs your support, and more-so, your constructive feedback on how to better suit your needs.

I’m not asking people to spend beyond their means. I, for one, don’t have much of a disposable income, so places like Ozgameshop, ebay and even Cashies are a common visiting place for me. But when I have some extra money and I want something then and there, and I happen to be near a Gametraders, I am more than happy to contribute to something that has bought me so much joy in my life. In fact, almost every time I happen past a Gametraders store, it’s rare that I don’t walk out with something, even if it’s just a cheap sale-in game. There’s always something there for me, personally.

Be as dismissive as you want. I have not been asked to say any of this. In fact, Rob has no idea that I’m even doing this. I only say all this because I don’t want to see one of the last great retailers we have disappear and become a stale world of white shelves and counters staffed by people who would be more suited to a career with Supre.

I say this because I care, and I’m a nostalgic old fool.

If you want a hint of the generosity of Gametraders and just how much they care about you in return, check out their Facebook, if you have one. they always seem to have some kind of give-away going on, even though i never seem to win 😛 Maybe you’ll have more luck.

Now, all rambling aside, on with the competition!


Up for grabs we have 1x Nintendo 3DS, donated by the good chaps at Gametraders.

What do you have to do to win?

Simply explain, in 25 words or less, what retro game most needs a 3D remake and why.

The best answer takes home the 3DS.

Best of luck, everyone!

Best of luck everyone! Drop your comments below!

Terms and conditions can be found here.


  • Final Fantasy VII. The graphics are a bit dated, but they’d still look nice on the small screen of the 3DS. Also, spiky hair ftw.

  • Chrono. Trigger. 3D. This does not require a valid reason – much like Chuck Norris or the human need for bacon.

    • Even though I entered in this competition, I think he does deserve it if he doesn’t have one. He’s made a tremendous effort.

    • I don’t really want a 3DS, but I was going to enter anyway (come on, free 3DS). Then I saw these posts. I agree with these gentlemen, give the 3DS to Chuloopa.

      (although you probably can’t just do that, due to already posting the competition and such)

      Also “Hardened edition of 3DS” (in the terms and conditions)? Hehe.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2, can you imagine the bonus stages in 3D? and outrunning the screen during Chemical Plant Zone in glorious 3D? *sonicgasms*
    And what a great story! That’s incredible of Gametraders to do, I’ve never heard of a company do anything that nice for no reason at all. I do hope Rob wasn’t fired though, but even if he was, I’m sure karma will treat him well.

  • Personally, I’d say Elevator Action. It was a bit of a niche title, but it was the first game I ever really got stuck into.

  • Pokemon Blue/Red/Yellow – but in first person. The 3DS could do it and Kanto as a ‘world’ is small enough to make it happen. It would be the most awesome thing ever.

    • Argh!
      Forgot to say it could be an AR game (since you probably won’t be carrying a light gun around with you)

  • I think we need 3d remakes of F-Zero or Wave Race 64 they would be fantastic in 3d and perfect as handheld titles.

  • King’s Quest series. Was just reading the article about the maps and, damn, that was a great series and I wanna play it again.

  • Definitely the Lucasarts point and click adventure games. Day of the Tentacle in 3D? Would be amazing, and would work perfectly with touch screen!

  • Police Quest, because I suspect that Sierra (or at least their spiritual successors) would do something pretty funny with the locker room scenes.

  • Not really retro, but retro-esque. Echochrome. In 3D.

    More puzzling than LucasArts “Adventure Game Logic” TM
    More mind-asploding than Chuloopa’s organisational talents
    More awesome than the KKP (not really)

  • Mario Tennis on the Virtual Boy. That way i can get two headaches at once! What is that, 4D? *Head Explode*

  • Final Fantasy II (IV in Japan). The story is one of the best of all time, but it never had the graphics it deserved.

  • I’d love to play a few old school platformers in 3D – Halloween Harry, Commander Keen and Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure top my list 🙂

  • Parallax (of the C64 era)
    Punishingly hard semi-open world game made before GTA was even a sperm. Fly your ship shooting shit then get out and abduct scientists!

  • I don’t want to enter this comp, what i want to do is say Chuloopa you are surely one of the nicest hard working people on the internet. If the internet occured in a physical space i would errect a monument to the greatness which is Loops!

  • Dino Crisis, for releasing too late (PS1)
    Imagine Dinosaurs & bullets coming in/out of view,
    combined with great puzzles. Possibly the perfect 3ds title.

  • Legacy of the Ancients – not only is 3d remake of this top down classic needed, but so many of the elements in the game (like the cypher wheel) would translate well to touch screen.

  • Age Of Empires 2. The game I would still religiously play if its given a new coat of paint and some staples of modern RTS games.

  • I’m going to steal Tom’s thunder and say this. How about mixing Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen into pure nostalgic, top down 3d, first generation goodness.

  • Wonderboy III – The Dragons Trap. It’s one of the first Metroid-vania style platform rpgs, and yet hardly anyone has played it, due to it being native to the SMS. Gameplay wise, it’s perfect for a handheld, and seeing the game reimagined with full 3D graphics would be amazing.

  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain… Because the world needs proper vampire’s, not sparkly pansy ones with pretty hair, that looks like chinese fireworks when the sun touches them

  • Duke Nukem.

    I still want a proper 3d Duke Nukem, full of equal parts OTT bravado, pop culture parody and social commentary.

  • Easily Blast Corps. With the Giant Mecha Suits, Crazy construction vehicles, over the top destruction and awesome gameplay. There hasn’t been a game like this.

  • Pokemon – not the new ones, they’re boring – but an awesome, kick-arse 151 Pokemon 3D game in Kanto. No one likes that new shit.

  • I’d remake Space Harrier, since it was one of the first games to try and pretend to be 3D. Oh, except that it was rubbish… Hmmm…

  • Clearly Enduro and Fishing from the Atari 2600. The insane graphics require 3d and was always good fun. two personal faves from the day!

  • The Super Nintendo version of Teenage Mutabnt Ninja Turtles – TMNT needs a reboot and that arcade game was freaking awesome.

  • Grim Fandango in 3D would take one of the most interesting game worlds ever and make it much more immersive. Plus, you could Sprout dudes with 3D flowers!

  • Crash Bandicoot Warped. Kick ass and addicting gameplay, cheeky humour and one of the best platformers from any 90s kid’s childhood. Remake it!

  • Commander Keen episodes 1-5. Combined into one long epic. Nice touch up. Undecided about third or first person though. Miss that game so much.

  • Pokemon Trading Card Game! or Pokemon Pinball!

    those games were actually more fun than the normal pokemon game O_O I only played halfway through Black & White and it was so boring…. my god I need to go to gametraders and get Pokemon TCG and Pinball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons was one of my favourite Zelda games. It would be so much fun in 3D and may surprise a few people.

  • Altered Beast. The chance to play a 3D game where you can turn into a werewolf and shoot fireballs, what more could you want?

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

    Mostly because it’s very nostalgic of those frustrating times as a child. If they made a 3D version I could fail those Rock, Scissors, Paper battles in the epicness that is THREEE DEEE

  • Double Dragon! Games reached their peak in the 80s so its time for those awesome games to reclaim their throne. Viva la 80s Revelucion!

  • Battletoads.
    Parents bought it on Christmas when we first moved to Australia (barely anything in their pockets). Would bring back great memories of simpler times.

  • X-Wing – shields & weaponry readout in the bottom screen, screaming TIE Fighters flying into your face on the top.

  • Battle Chess!
    Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, Battle Chess, BOOM!

  • Why is there no Metroid side scroller announced yet? Thats an insult to all nintendo fans. I want Samus in 3d.

  • Damn Loops, you’ve outdone yourself this time son! Well played.
    As for my entry:

    Unirally needs a 3D remake, and it needs to be faster, twitchier and EVEN MORE psychedelic than the original just to maximize the oncoming eyestrain.

  • Tetris. Why? Because it’s freaking Tetris man! Plus 3D tetris blocks would be cool!

    Also Loops, you sir are amazing. I did not think something this big would’ve come when I saw that Gametraders had signed upto the KKP forum.

  • Road Rash. Cos it was a great game that needs a remake. And racing games, particularly involving chains, would be so much better in 3D.

  • Gauntlet Legends, my first rpg. This game had it all for me huge amounts of enemies, character progression, awesome boss fights with lots of variety.

  • The original Descent with fresh textures would look fantastic in 3D. I even think gryoscopic controls could work for the game (with an option for circle pad too of course)

  • The superman gameboy game!
    The man of steel is yet to have a video game appearance worthy of him, but that was pretty damn close, relative to other games.

  • MegaMan Legends, so Capcom can cancel that mid-production too and disappoint me once again… then proceed to release another version of MvC3 and SFIV.

  • The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis.
    This was the only educational game that was fun, and not only that, it was RIDICULOUS FUN! I think it deserves a remake for being a really brilliant balance of educational and entertaining.

    In other news, Chuloopa is the coolest cat on the internet. Hands down.

  • was never that oldschool, but i’d love to see chrono trigger remade into 3d.

    it’s one of the greatest games from my childhood :3

  • Pokemon Stadium!
    Using your DS pokemon games to fight online and playing the mini games would be fantastic for the series in 3D!

  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena 😛 Gotta go back to the roots. That or Final Fantasy 9, what an amazing game. Cheers to gametraders for donating

  • I’d really like to see a 3D remake of E.V.O. The Search for Eden on SNES. That game taught me all I need to know about life, a cat’s head + the body of a rabbit = early human.

  • Magic Carpet!
    It had red/blue stereoscopic games, but I never had glasses! Terrain deformation, flying carpets, & spherical dragons are better in 3d.

  • Pokemon Snap. That was the best game ever and people have been waiting for a remake for ages. It’d be glorious!

  • My choice is by all means not the best game, but perhaps the most worthy of reincarnnation. 3D Monster maze, As it was the first commercial game that incorporated the 3d landscape.

  • “10. The prize is a Hardened edition of 3DS” – didn’t know they had other editions.

    Anyway here’s my idea:

    Bring back Wetrix from Nintendo 64; I must have experienced a seizure from the insanity of it. The Noby Noby boy of it’s day.


    (also thanks for bringing GameTraders to my attention, I now know there’s one close to me, going there soon on saturday)

  • Purely for the 3D aspect I think Kurushi/IQ would benefit from a 3D remake. Being a puzzle game it would be perfect portablised also.

  • I smell a conspiracy.. Why would they so willingly part with their beloved demo unit? Maybe they know of the impending 3DSi release. Maybe it’s haunted.. I would be raising serious questions about their sudden generosity..


    (good luck ya’ll)

  • This is simple Commander keen. How many of us grew up on that game, and would love kids today to have a game that had the same effect on me as Keen had on me back then.

  • wow loops, you’ve really outdone yourself!

    as for my entry, honestly i think F-Zero needs a 3D remake, that game is already just crazy, and i think the 3D would make it even more insane!

  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. A fitting tribute to one of the greatest pop icons . The irony of saving children makes it comedy gold! Superb gameplay.

  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. A fitting tribute to one of the greatest pop icons . The irony of saving children makes it comedy gold! Superb gameplay.

  • “10. The prize is a Hardened edition of 3DS $249.49 AUD RRP.”


    Also, anyone else notice that the photo is upside down? :/

  • River Raid. The first game I ever played, it really needs to come back for this generation to experience the pain of fuel pick ups.

  • IMHO, and i’m pretty sure i’m not the only one. Final Fantast VII needs a HD remake. FF7 was the first game I was addicted to, the first game I spent 100+ hours playing. Epic story, great characters and an awesome journey. I know it’s more than 25 words, but I don’t care. I want HD FF7!!

  • Black Tiger (Black Dragon in some countries) 80’s arcade platformer.
    The most awesome Capcom IP ever created! Definitely needs a reinvisioning for the modern generation.

  • Conkers Bad Fur Day!!!!
    Because a mature, fun, action packed, tongue in cheek game deserves it’s time again! Bring on the TEDDYZ

  • Secret of Mana 2. Game most thrashed on my old SNES. Some handheld 3D polish would remove me from my perch in front of the PC.

  • F-Zero X! Timeless high adrenaline racing, updated graphics, spectacular tracks plus the 64DD expansion pack extras and I’ll FALCON PUNCH my way to a 3DS!

  • Warlords 3, Lord Bane scared me as a child, I’m certain in 3D he would be truly Intimidating. I remember playing a single round of this game with my brothers for several days, with breaks for sleeping, eating etc.

  • The most amazing game ever and probably the one retro that started them all should be remade on the 3DS with full 3D. PONG!

  • Turok was the first game I ever played on the N64, and I always wanted to be able to view those “groundbreaking” graphics in 3D…

  • Terranigma
    SNES game with a beautiful story+soundtrack, along with better combat than TLoZ:LttP. It went by almost unknown due to no U.S. release.

    • Dammit, i was gonna say that! It’s my favourite RPG of all time! Stuff it, i’ll say it anyway!

      Terranigma. It was an incredible game that a lot of people never got the chance to play, and the ending made me cry 🙁

  • Donkey Kong Country (2 if I had to pick just one of the games). DKC Returns just changed things too much, I want the original, with regular controls with the benefit of the 3D graphics.

    • And as an aside – I really miss the Geelong Gametraders store, even if the EBs in the city are okay. I made the trek out to the Highpoint one once, but they were doing stocktake the one day I got there.

  • Rollergames on the original NES! It was double dragon on rollerblades. I would spend countless hours playing this and could never beat it also needs a reboot!

  • I make frequent trips to Gametraders, there used to be one in Castle Hill but it’s now gone, so Castle Towers sucks again (there is an EB Games there and i do go there from time to time but it feels like im talking to businessmen instead of gamers) but i go to the Parramatta or Blacktown onewhen i can. They got real great stuff there especially with DVD’s and retro gaming stuff and i’m happy to pay the extra coins if it means it keeps local businesses thriving.

  • The games that began one of nintendos biggest franchises to date. Pokemon Red/Blue.

    Not sure if retro enough but I would really love a re make for this.

  • Terranigma
    SNES game with a beautiful story + soundtrack, along with better combat than TLoZ:LttP. It went by almost unknown due to no U.S. release.

  • Conquest of the new world. The animations were charming and a 3d version with the same civ gameplay would be a beautiful thing.

  • Tetris. 3D. See the tetrominoes fly toward you with breakneck speed. Feel the flames blasting your eyes out as you clear a line.

    Now…now I to change my pants from fear of what they’ll do next with tetris.

  • Contra 3: the alien wars (or in europe Super Probotector: Alien Rebels ). I want to relive its hard 2D action experience in crisp 3D.

  • The Discworld adventure game. Not the werewolf one.
    That rug. That monk. That annoying screen saver. All in glorious 3d!
    Hardest. Adventure. Game. Ever.

  • Panzer Dragoon. Any of them really. The series has been untouched for too long, and would work awesomely in 3D.

  • Golden Axe, slahing and gashing in a 3d platformer would be amazing and it could have a better co op too.
    Plus the music is kick ass!!

  • Advance Wars. I loved that game. And on 3D it would look great, mountain ranges, different hieght terrain and aircraft would all stand out. A top down view of a battlefield is perfect for 3D

  • ENTIRE POKEMON SERIES! I mean who DOESN’T want to see metapod harden and weedle’s STRING SHOT… in mind blowing THREEDEE.

    • i saw a movie like that once….
      worst part was i thought i was going to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean… i wondered why the tickets were so cheap…. popcorn was good though

  • Paperboy – can you imagine the excitement when he goes up on ramp!? Enough said. At least from memory, he goes on a ramp.

  • Carrier Command (Amiga). A perfect combination of real time strategy and vehicle simulation. The possibilities for multiplayer are endless.

  • Wonder Boy, what would look better than skate boarding through the jungle jumping turtles and having the resulting shell’s fly out the screen at you 🙂

  • UN Squadron. I always loved UN Squadron. It taught me the names of the 1960s fighter planes. It could teach me in that in 3D.

  • I am going to suggest Boppin’

    Who doesnt remember the “Deady Bear” screen and the character with the weird shaped head committing suicide when you run out of lives.

    I think it would be a good game in 3D considering how violent some games are now days and violence + puzzlers = WIN!

  • Wasn’t nintendo originally but “Destruction Derby 3” from the PS1.. I tried to get that working on an android PS1 emulator with little success and I think even now it could come out as a great 3D remake!

  • Though this sounds unlikely to happen but…

    Rocket Knight Adventures – Genesis. This game had the best plot of any platformer of it’s time in my opinion and the bosses were amazing!

  • Give it to Chuloopa!

    But if I *must* win it, Rad Gravity (NES). The gravity-reversing gimmick was cool enough in 2D, imagine if you could add sideways stuff to it!

  • Barbarian, the Ultimate Warrior. Swords swinging around in 3D, blood as well! Chopped heads, slinking ghouls… What more could you ask for?!?

  • Loom: with an interface of magic, stunning high-resolution 3D landscapes, sophisticated score and musical effects. Not to mention the detailed animation and special effects!

  • Super Mario RPG. Being truly 3D would be quite the experience for those turn based battles and the exploring of those beautiful landscapes.

  • DOS-Prompt : 3D!
    All the fun of trying to free up enough RAM to get XWing running on the 386 DX2 66… with 3D immersion!

  • Ogre Battle 64: Person of lordly Caliber, deserves a remake a 3d remake. Because of how it was overlooked, in sales, and how beautiful it was.

  • Conkers Bad Fur Day. A truly awesome game. It pushed the N64 to its limits. It would be censored though. In another life time perhaps.

  • Wolfenstein 3D, but for reals time, scared the shit out of me then, in real 3D now would be a mind blower!

  • I’ll say NO games need remaking. My head and heart are full of nostalgic gaming memories, best viewed through rose tinted spectacles rather than 3D glasses.


    On the subject of Gametraders, my girlfriend and I frequently go into our local Gametraders and browse around. I’ve made quite a few trips to others in the area as well, and each time is a fantastic trip down memory lane. I’ve bought a few good things from there too, such as our Commodore 64, and plenty of classic games or games I never got to try when I was younger.

    I’d be incredibly sad if stores like this ever closed down so I can see why they’ve taken to raised prices and such in order to get by. Retro gaming will always be a big part of my life and even though eBay and Cashies are probably always going to be around, nothing will ever beat browsing through classic and retro games in a store, looking for that one hidden gem.

  • Banjo-Kazooie

    One of the greatest N64 games.
    With an entertaining storyline and structure, comes an unforgettable masterpiece that all generations should enjoy.

  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
    It would be a great addition to the 3D Classics range or as a new collection with Castlevania 1 and 2. They could call it “Castlevania: The Original Trilogy 3D”.

  • Sonic Spinball, totally in control of me, yes. Let me tell you why. First, I am head over in love with it, Ok?

  • Dune.

    The RPG cross RTS.
    Amazing story with everything in it. I started to list them but went about 340 words over the limit.

  • Earthbound – It’s fan-base knows of it’s dark, tortured soul, hidden beneath it’s cartoony, white picket fence façade. Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo could use a 3D make-over.

  • I’m going to say Streets of Rage. Not that it *most* needs it, just that a little bit of depth wouldn’t go astray. Pick me.

  • Final Fantasy VI for it’s emotional story, unique characters, and a yet to be well done steampunk world.

  • Banjo Kazooie. One of the best adventure games of all time and it deserves to be rereleased so we can remember the N64 was more than Mario & Zelda.

  • Metal Gear Solid. My first truly emotionally engaging game narrative, changing the way I understood how games can affect me. Renew perceptions with 3D. Please.

  • Psychonauts, It’s not that retro, its graphics don’t need updating, but more people should play it, and that’s the real point of remakes.

  • This is a hard one. The first thing to come to mind is Stunt Race FX. I’ve wanted a new one for so long. But then, we never go to see Star Fox 2, so maybe that should get a fixup. But following that line of thought, I came to my final answer. Another cancelled project.

    Bound High. An unreleased game for the much maligned Virtual Boy, said to be so good that it could have saved the system if it didn’t get canned. I’m not fortunate enough to have a flash cart for VB (or pony up the cash for a repro), so haven’t had the chance to try it for myself yet. But I would dearly love to some day.

    • Oh right, 25 words. I guess I could just cut it to the first half of that last paragraph if it really matters – “Bound High, an unreleased Virtual Boy title said to have been so good it could have saved the system if it hadn’t been canned.”

  • Paradroid (Commodore 64). Imagine running through the levels taking command of the higher level droids and destroying the weak in your quest for domination

  • I would like to see F-Zero get the 3D upgrade treatment such a great futuristic racing/shooter game with so much more potential! Good Times!!!

  • Donkey Kong from the game & watch… Those barrels, they need depth. Also I want to use money, not 2500 stars to buy it.

  • Banjo-Kazooie, because taking down that witch Gruntila needs to be done in 3 dimensions and I’m sure that game made up everyone’s childhood.

  • Banjo-Kazooie, because taking down that witch Gruntilda needs to be done in 3 dimensions and I’m sure that game made up everyone’s childhood.

  • Q*Bert. Have you played Mario 3D? There are some rooms which have isometric 3D puzzles, hiding blocks behind other blocks in a way that makes it necessary and intuitive to use 3D. It’s a brilliant feature, and imagine it in Q*bert! Hope backwards onto hidden blocks! Hidden passageways! The possibilities!

    • Whoops, way over 25. Rewrote:

      Q*Bert. Mario 3DS has isometric rooms that intuitively hide blocks behind other block. Imagine that in Q*bert! Hop backwards onto hidden blocks and passageways!

  • Battletoads. Simply so that the newest generation of gamers can feel the pain of Turbo Tunnel… and the rest of the game.

  • I’d also love to see Sega’s “Space Harrier” given a fresh 3D new look make over just for the fact it’s a great shooter with heaps of personality! With afresh electro soundtrack with few remixes of the ol’ favourites this could be an absolute smash again!!!!

  • A good game to remake in 3D? Super Mario RPG. I think it’d look great with higher quality sprites and depth perception. Amazing game, to boot.

  • Hmm Sorry if this is a double post. Looks like Kotaku at my comment.

    “I have 4. Legend of Hero Tonma, Toki, The New Zealand Story and Crime Fighters. Why? If you’d played them, you’d already know by now!”

  • Nope ,no way. can’t do it. I like the old games EXACTLY THE WAY THEY ARE!

    What I would be interested in seeing is more of my old faves given the HD treatment. stuff like the old PSX Final Fantasys and Goldeneye, goddammitt GOLDENEYE.

    That’s my pick ,the old Goldeneye, given the lovely treatment that Perfect Dark was given.

    I love 2D games just the way they are.

  • The lost vikings just imagine the fiendish puzzles that could be created. My brain is hurting just thinking about it.

  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

    Seriously? This game needs to be on the 3ds just because all of the levels have 3d depth because your constantly running towards or away from things, it would work so well. Nuff said.

  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

    because all of the levels have 3d depth because your constantly running towards or away from things, it would work so well. repost.

  • Z.O.E. The mech battles would look beautiful in 3D, plus it might push Kojima to create a new game for the series!

  • I think the next game that needs a 3DS remake would have to be, without a doubt, Majora’s Mask. We all know why.

  • Thank you everyone for your warm words – it’s very much appreciated – but i’m entering the same as the rest of you 😛 Everyone, here at least, is on an even playing ground 😉

    Now for an entry.

    To me, 3d shouldn’t be a gimmick, but rather an experience enhancer. something to draw you in.
    This is why i say Mechawarrior 3.
    Imagine, an immersive 3D cockpit. Watching as bullets and lasers spray from your mech, or whiz by menacingly. Rockets leaving a trail of menace as they bear down on your mech, visibly getting closer.
    To me, that is the retro remake that needs to happen.

  • The first Alex Kidd – because all I wanna do is punch octopuses and birds, then run away from ghosts but the world won’t let me.

  • Blade Runner! It wasn’t technically 3D, so imagine a cross between Heavy Rain\LA Noir\Skyrim! Oh man I would JIZZ!

  • You know you’ve played too much Tetris when the pieces seem to come out of the screen. . . oh wait. Now wouldn’t that be quite something? 🙂

    Yeaaaaaaaaah 25 words exact.


  • banjo-kazooie. just imagine Gruntilda’s pointy chin in 3d. i can almost feel my eye being poked right now!!!!

    • If anyone hasn’t already played the game I highly recommend giving it a chance, a very cool game.
      This game supports a mouse too which makes it much easier to control.

  • Golden Sun. Because Dark Dawn’s touch controls were amazing, plus the series is pretty obscure and could use the attention.

  • Pokemon Snap. A fantastic game; think about all the possibilities with Pokemon cards or link up to your games. The possibilities would be endless.

  • Well I have to say Pokemon Emerald It took me forever to find another copy But then I found one at gametraders of all places 🙂

  • Donkey Kong. Forget mini-Mario’s, remember classic barrel jumping. Something Steve Wiebe & Billy Mitchell from The King of Kong could be proud of….

    (The King of Kotaku? Sounds like Chuloopa ^)

  • Battle Toads: This blatant teenage mutant ninja turtles deserves a sequel that is ‘Toadally’ (see what I did there) awesome

  • Zork. Cause come one, having the words pop out at you in FWEE-DEE will make it so much more realistic. Maybe. Hopefully. But probably not…

  • Majora’s mask, because it is awesome =D

    I don’t really want the 3DS, I already have one, but I’d love to play Majora’s mask.

    Now onto Gametraders =D
    Oooh I love my local store (I like to think they love me back).
    I spent $10, 000 within the first year alone. I try to get as many games from there as I possibly can. I constantly have laybys on at my local store, but I always pay them off. They know I can’t resist stuff and they’re always willing to get games in for me when I want one.
    I really do love having a gametraders nearby. I plan to get Dark souls limited edition from there (layby of course ^^;; ) even though it’s $10 cheaper at EBGames.

    Seriously, if you have one near you shop there. It is awesome.

  • IN 25 words or less, you say?

    25 words Tombi, because I played the shit out of the demo but never the game or less.

    • That is because they released the demo but never the game in Australia. I would’ve loved to have played it too.
      I also played the crap out of the demo.

  • First of all, cheers to Chuloopa and Gametraders for making this happen. The both of you did not have to this at all, which makes it even more special.

    As for my entry:

    Original Contra. Third-person not FPS. This means two things,
    I get to see how the hell the S powerup actually spreads,
    and remade contra music!

  • Fire & Ice – The Daring Adventures of Cool Coyote.
    played the icicles off of it, great platformer, played like an interactive cartoon, 3d = break 4th wall

  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.

    A story that explores iconic SW locations, on foot & in the air, but is hampered by lacklustre graphics & clunky controls. Crying out for a 3D polishing.

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World, playing rock paper scissors and defeating Janken (the Great) in 3D would be a 3Dream come true.

  • NiGHTS: Into Dreams. The circular gameplay would be perfect for 3D and those ‘into the screen’ sections would be a no-brainer! And that theme music!

    • Congratulations on being the first person to make a dick comment after 9 pages of actual entries and conversation!
      you should be proud!

  • There once was an arcade Star Wars,
    whose players quite quickly are bored.
    For disbelief’s suspension,
    simply add third dimension.
    Then it’d be totally hardcore.

    There once was a game Paperboy,
    whose difficulty caused much annoy-
    ance. But with a stylus,
    I’d certainly cry less.
    Instead there’d be tears of joy.

  • Final Fantasy VI, the almost unarguably best game of the series needs to show up that poser FFVII to the new generations.

  • Uniracers(SNES) needs a 3d remake, why?
    It is one of many SNES classics that has not been revived.
    I could easily see it be played at party’s and gatherings.
    Because the game is unique and is still fun.
    It would be pretty fun to have a point of view mode aswell.

  • Jazz Jackrabbit. The world needs it’s Rambo inspired Hare again. Rabbit’s and guns just seem to work and those 3D scailing bonus stages are awesome.

  • I’m going to nominate Blackthorne aka Blackhawk, it was a side scrolling shooter made by blizzard back in the early gaming days of the SNES.

  • Anyone remember ZZT? Old DOS based game that would allow you to either make your own adventure game (Through the built in programming language you could make other games) or play others!

    This game definetly needs a remake!

  • Scorched Earth needs a 3DS remake! Would look great in 3D and have awesome multiplayer! Plus the Worms series has been done to death!

  • Ecco The Dolphin.. c’mon.. who doesn’t like the concept of playing as a dolphin, racing around and saving the ocean?

  • I think Pitfall! in 3D would be awesome. You could judge you distances better when jumping on crocodiles. I love Pitfall! so much

  • Seiken Densetsu 3 – because (1) it needs an official English release and 3-player mode (2) a 3D update would complement the original battle mechanics

  • So many need a remake! Showing my age but nostalgia!
    For a 3D remake, I think Silkworm IV would look pretty amazing.

  • Croc was a great ps1 game I’d love to see remade, spent hours running around goin thwack! But alas the disc is broken

  • “Secret of Mana”
    The game oozes charm, and had a fantastic story, imagine the vibrant colours, creative style and cool isometric characters in all there 3D glory!

  • Grog’s Revenge)C64)
    What could be better than searching for the meaning of life while navigating treacherous mountains on a stone unicycle in only a lion cloth?

  • i was going to enter this because lets face it i think we all want a 3ds despite its short commings but i agree with the majority Chuloopa you defs deserve a 3DS for all the hard work and selflessness, all this selfleness looks like its rubbing off on the community.

    anyway for the record i would of said the remake of metal gear solid 1 on the game cube i’ve always wanted to play that gem but its so rare and a 3D version well i could imagine Hideo suprising us with that little gem

  • I would love a Breath of Fire III remake, plus a 3D remake would interest people enough to show them what a REAL RPG is.
    On a side note, Gametraders really are awesome. I mean where else can you get a G Card to prove that you’re a certified G-unit? (Please remove that joke, it was terrible and I feel bad.) You couldn’t imagine my horror when my local Gametraders got replaced with a Crocs store. *shudder*

  • Syndicate/The American Revolt…

    Because it is the best squad based RTS ever made. Obviously.

  • Final Fantasy V. I was going to say the more popular VI, but I feel the wackier, Gilgamesh-packing, Job-System-defining V is a much more enjoyable candidate.

    (Does naming the game and use of roman numerals count as words? If so I’m 4 words over. Still counts right?)

  • Chrono Trigger.

    SquareSoft brought together the producer and composer of the Final Fantasy games, the director of the Dragon Warrior games, as well as character designer Akira Toriyama (the creator of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z) to create their biggest and best RPG yet.

    Enough said.

  • Excitebike, except keep it’s original 8-bit sprites. I want to see the mind blowing awesomeness of little sprite bikes jumping out of the screen.

  • “game and watch” could really use his own game on the 3ds and a major update from before for such a classic game!

  • I should really re-do my entry with 25 words or i have no hope.. lol

    Mech Warrior 3(D) 😉
    Not only does it have a name ready for a 3d remake, but the immersian provided by a 3D MechWarrior game would be awe inspiring.

    In the end, isn’t that what 3D should be all about? 😉

  • Zero Wing. The is good timing finally one plane jet shooter make into 3D.
    What you say?! Main Screen turn on 3D!

    For great justice.

  • Mappy.
    Trampolines, cats and gorrillas chasing you through narrow corridors with plenty of doors. perfect 3D hide & seek type game.

  • Final fantasy IX Would bet that the dice would be a success, this game in ps1 broke barrier of graphics and gameplay is awesome, i have a wii, and ps1 still captive my heart. i wish new remake of ff9 for DS or 3DS. Gretting for all♥

  • Yoshi’s Story
    This game lasts lasts forever, is enjoyable and has an awesome lands accompanied by a great soundtrack.

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