What Game Would You Most Like To See Remade?

For the longest time, I’ve been telling people how special Link’s Awakening is. I had to explain that even though it was for the original GameBoy, it’s one of the best Zelda games Nintendo made. Similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, it was part of a dream world, but that was what made the game so distinctive.

Gone were the familiar Ganon, Zelda, and Hyrule. In their place was the Wind Fish, Tarin, and Koholint. Link wasn’t collecting triforce pieces, but special musical instruments so he can awaken the Wind Fish. Enemies from the Mario games made cameos, the humour was tongue-in-cheek and very self-aware, and there was fishing too.

This iteration of the legend was partly inspired by Twin Peaks and “had quite an influence over subsequent Zelda games” according to the developers. The game had challenged what a Zelda game could be and as Eiji Aonuma stated, “If we had proceeded from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past straight to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time without The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in between, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time would have been different.”

I was ecstatic when Nintendo announced Link’s Awakening was being remade for the Switch. The visual style was gorgeous and toy-like. The fact that it’s getting a dungeon-building feature means you can create your own sandboxes and play within them.

With the Final Fantasy VII Remake also getting a release date and having enjoyed the remakes of Duck Tales, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill (in Shattered Memories) and Metroid: Samus Returns, I got to wondering, what other games would it be cool to see remade?

I don’t mean just remastered and re-released, but actually getting an entirely version of the game using current technology and building on what made the original games so good. Off the top of my head, a bunch of games came to mind; Brave Fencer Musashi, Crystalis, Sword of Vermilion, Snatcher, the original The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Dragoon, Suikoden II, and so many more.

So Kotaku, what game would you most like to see remade?


    Suikoden II. Wont happen though. Konami being what it is these days.

    The Shining Force series from Sega. I like some strategy in my game diet, to old to be twitchy all the time.

    Proper Commander Keen and Banjo Kazooie come to mind.

    Most of my favourite games have been remade, or are getting a remake!
    FFVII, RE1 & 2 are probably my top 3 games of all time.
    I'd go for a FFVIII and FFIX remake, but I don't see that happening as it's unlikely we'll be done with FFVII for another decade!

    wouldn't mind seeing a really nice HD remake of skyward sword using a normal controller. That game pissed me off because of the wiimote disconnecting, not reading my inputs properly and the over fact that controller SUCKED for games like this. but i feel like i missed a great game because of it.

      Yeah a +1 to this. I was enjoying Skyward Sword but never got far due to the controllers annoying me too much

    Rather than remakes I'd just love them to release older games for newer consoles or PC and just do quality of life stuff like remove loading times. I'd love to replay the original Max Payne without the ridiculous loading times every 2-3 rooms! Charge like $10 a game or something and I'd be happy to rebuy most old games I have!

    Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3. All in the same engine, with the mechanics of 3 in all the games, all the DLC included and it plays out as one big game.

    Also, Nier: Automata. I know it's fairly new but it's an amazing game but looks like a PS2 game in certain parts. Would love see to see a proper graphics upgrade.

    Please give me Viva Pinata back in some form. I know we've got Rare Replay, but for those of us without a XBone the knife cuts deep.

    Morrowind, just because i cant go back to how clunky it is in parts compared to oblivion let alone skyrim.

    X-wing/TIE Fighter series. Literally touch nothing, just slap it in an updated engine and sell it. Print money.

      Would be a good candidate for a VR remake, along with the Wing Commander games.

    Everyday I pray they remake Fatal Frame (aka Project Zero). I really wanted to replay it on the weekend but cant hook up the og Xbox to my TV now..

    The Shadow Hearts series. Hell, I'd settle for a port.

    I definitely want The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask to be remade
    Because although The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 is 20 years old next year it will be the same for The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask when the original Nintendo 64 game that was released back in 2000 turns 20 next year.
    I have had a lot of fun transforming myself with mysterious masks whether it's turning into a Deku Scrub, a legendary Goron hero saving the mountains from a furious demon or even a legendary Zora guitarist.
    The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask is the one game I'll never forget playing and that is having three days to save the land of Termina from becoming a disaster.
    And so I definitely want both The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask to be remade.

    Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the lions

    Desert Strike.

      I'd also like to see a remake of Jagged Alliance 2, or just a new game in the series to bring those ideas into the modern era. XCOM showed there's still a place for that kind of game, with a similar mix of low-level, turn-based tactical combat and high-level overarching strategy.

        +1 for Jagged Alliance. Doesn't seem to be many modern military turn-based tactical games at all.

    Super Mario Land 2-Six golden coins. My favourite game boy game by far as a teen, I would love to see a NSMB-esque remake. In general there are a lot of Gameboy games that would work well if remade for switch.

    I'm in the anti-nostalgia camp and would prefer people create new IPs instead of remakes and sequels.
    This is partly because technically the games I spent most of my childhood on (Street Figher II Champion ship ed, Transport Tycoon, Baldurs Gate) have had sequels or spiritual successors rendering a lot of wishlisting irrelevant. Then there's stuff I'm terrified of modernisation for, say Fallout 1/2 because those things are amazing cause of what they are and I don't want them to turn into shitty 3P shooters.

    All that being said, its not from my childhood (more teenage/young adult years) but I wouldn't mind seeing Arcanum remade. The original was fantastic but buggy and flawed in places and never got the recognition it should have as a result. The world was great as was the plot. Wouldn't mind a revisit if they managed to do a HD remake/rebuild in the style Zelda is getting instead of a re-imagining which you know... ruins it.

    Xenogears needs a remake with a proper budget.

    Bushido Blade needs a remake as there is still nothing like it. It just needs to keep the simple and accessible gameplay.

    Ridge Racer Type 4 needs a remake but must keep the beautiful styling.

    JSRF. I would love to see it re-done.

    I'd really love to see Prototype remade with similar physics to the new spiderman game.

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