As time passes by, games come and go and some we quickly forget, while others endear themselves to us all our lives. Some of the great games of the past, while not forgotten, haven’t seen a new quality entry in what would seem like a life time. We’ve compiled a list of ten such games, that while some may have had recent games entries in the past few years, a good high quality game has been missing for some time.
These games come from a variety of consoles, and generations and will probably miss one or two quality games that you wish would come back. If we happen to miss any that you would like to see a return to glory, feel free to let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter or Facebook pages. So, without further ado, here’s our Top 10 games we would like to see reborn; And while they are numbered, it’s in no particular order.
- Bomber Man
Okay, so the first game in our list has had recent games that many would like forget, Bomber Man: Act Zero. I feel dirty even typing that name. First published in 1983, there have been plenty of quality games in the series with one being released on almost every console for every generation since then. The last quality title was released in 2010, and it’s been a lack of explosions since that time.
We would love to see a high quality throw back with solid, quality graphics, local multiplayer support, along with a high quality online experience that you expect out of a modern-day online game. While not probable, it would also be wonderful to see cross-platform online support out of the game. We can dream, right?
When the Wii launched, it had Excite Truck; which was a spiritual successor to Excitebike. There have also been rerelease of Excitebike on the Wii Virtual Console, as well as having a 3D version of the game called Excitebike 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.
This game was a forerunner in the motorcycle racing games when it launched in 1985, and stood as the solo entry in the series until Excitebike 64 released for the Nintendo 64, in the year 2000. The last entry in the series was in 2009, when the Wii Ware release Excitebike: World Rally.
A new release with online multiplayer support, leaderboard, and level editor would be a very welcomed addition to the series. I think graphically, modeling the game after the Trials series, while adding a Nintendo flare to it would set it as a top seller.
Gauntlet has been around for over 3 decades now, and has always had one thing in common. A focus on multiplayer cooperation, action and adventure. With the focus on online multiplayer being shoehorned into every single game possible in the current age of gaming, I feel this game could benefit from being reborn into the current generation.
The biggest challenge, to me personally, would be getting the feel of the original on today’s machines. Staying focused on a top down, four player CoOp experience would be key, much like Diablo has succeeded in but with the Gauntlet flare. The game current resides with WB Interactive, so hope is still around for a rebirth of this classic game.
Side scrolling shoot em up games are few and far between in this day of first person and third person over the shoulder 3D games. There have been a few attempts to bring Contra back, the latest good attempt being Contra 4 for the DS.
A rebirth of this game, in a 2.5D style environment, with quality level design, quality local and online multiplayer CoOp play would be a sure-fire hit.
- Super Mario RPG
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Just saying that name around some people is enough to bring back a lovely nostalgia that will never go away; and for good reason. Developed in combined effort from Square(pre enix days) and Nintendo, this game brought together everything that people loves about Final Fantasy and Mario.
With a new console coming out within the next 6 months, This would be a lovely title to have come out within the first couple years for a new console. While Nintendo has released spiritual sequels to the title in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series of games, a direct sequel to Legend of the Seven Stars would be welcomed by all Nintendo and RPG fans.
- River Raid With such recent hits in the procedural created environments such as Minecraft, and to an extent No Mans Sky, the original would be lovely to see a return to. With an update in graphics, a top down 3D environment, never-ending levels, and a quality soundtrack; I could see River Raid 2017 being a top-selling on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam. Even if it’s not called River Raid, I would love to see someone make this dream a reality.
- Pitfall I know, Uncharted and Tomb Raider already exist and they are sort of like Pitfall. Just no. Pitfall Harry needs to make a return, with his whip and scorpions. To make it different from the afore-mentioned games, 2.5D game that focuses on exploring caves and hunting for gold. Perhaps making each level procedural created would make the game never get old, which would be wonderful and would cut down on possible DLC.
- Tetris Anyone who has ever gamed has played Tetris at least once. There isn’t much I can say here that people don’t already know, except what I would love to see out of a new game. Online battle Tetris, akin to the wonderful yet dead game called TetriNET. Wanna know what I’m talking about, go look up TetriNET and you’ll see why it was awesome.
- NFL Blitz The sad part of this is with the NFLs contract with EA Sports, this would be required to be made by EA Sports, which in and of itself wouldn’t be terrible but it would worry me. A 7 vs 7 football game, with extreme rules, including all the modern-day super stars of the NFL would be an instant hit; and perhaps bring back some memories from our childhoods.
- NBA Jam Thankfully the NBA hasn’t signed a deal with one developer to be exclusively released through them, yet, so a new NBA Jam game wouldn’t be exclusive to EA Sports. A new 3 on 3 NBA battleground game, with over the top action and online multiplayer would be lovely. To see multiple developers, go at each other with their own version would only foster competition. Come on EA Sports, and 2K Sports, let’s do this.
Well, there is our list of 10 titles that we would love to see reborn into new iterations of the classic franchises. Remember, let us know if we left one out or if you disagree with us on any we included in the comments section below.