Since the remake of Mafia launched, I can’t help thinking about other games getting the same treatment. There’s something great about seeing cherished, iconic games receiving a new coat of paint. With Mafia, Hangar 13 brought the 2003 epic to life in ways I could never imagine. The 4k visuals and the reworked voice work are top-notch. There are plenty of other games that deserve the same love and care! Here are 4 games that developers should revisit in the present day.
Def Jam: Fight For NY
Players have been hoping for a new Def Jam game for years. After the abysmal Def Jam: Icon, fans would love a return to form with the franchise. The record label recently teased news about the series, but nothing has materialized since.
The 2004 brawler featured dozens of hip-hop artists, an excellent soundtrack, and stellar visuals for the time. The gameplay was tight and responsive. Arcade style fighters are few and far between in modern gaming, so returning to the Def Jam franchise would be a great idea. Since 2004, countless new talents have emerged in the rap scene, making for new exciting additions to the playable roster.
Refining the fight mechanics a little bit, adding new characters, and using a new engine for visuals would make the Def Jam franchise shine once again.
The Ninja Gaiden franchise is known for its relentless difficulty and brutal action. Many people’s first memory is with the NES original, and I’m personally fond of the Xbox version. Ryu Hayabusa’s debut on a 3D platform is nothing short of brilliant. I went through plenty of controllers as a teen trying to master that game.
Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the classic action game. The visuals don’t hold up, and the camera is one of the biggest enemies Ryu has to face.
If Team Ninja (or even FromSoftware) want to remake Ninja Gaiden, I think many would approve. Changing the camera angles and revamping the fighting mechanics could be just what Ryu needs to be a master ninja again.
Diddy Kong Racing
Most would think of Mario Kart when it comes to Nintendo and racing, but there is another near to my heart. Diddy Kong Racing drove onto the Nintendo 64 in 1997 to critical acclaim. The visuals were great, the various vehicles controlled wonderfully, and the story mode was intuitive.
Racing games have come a long way over the past two decades. Nintendo completely refueling Diddy Kong Racing with HD visuals, online racing, new courses, and guest characters would be a great companion game to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
There’s room for multiple racing games on Switch, and I think Diddy Kong deserves another shot to show us why he’s a great video game character.
Mega Man Legends
When people think of Mega Man, relentless side-scrolling action comes to mind. But there have been many spinoffs: some including Zero, another about Tron Bonne, the X franchise, Battle Network series, and even a soccer game.
My personal favorite is Mega Man Legends, which saw the iconic blue robot in an RPG setting, full of action, side-quests, and memorable characters.
Capcom announced and canceled Mega Man Legends 3 for 3DS, but fans of the franchise haven’t given up hope. With the publisher remaking Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, it’s clear that they are interested in reviving classic games.
Mega Man Legends deserves a true remake, one that completely refines the gameplay and finally brings one of the best gaming characters to 4K for the first time.