One of the more exciting announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct, was that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker would be getting and HD re-release. It’s not just the knowledge that we’ll be getting a chance to replay a great Zelda game that has us interested, it’s the fact that this means Nintendo is willing to push out HD versions of their older games (as PS3 and Xbox have been doing). This got me to thinking about other Gamecube era games I’d love to see get an HD re-release...and this is what I came up with.
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
All of us here at Cinelinx are big Metal Gear Solid fans, and outside of possibly Dustin, I’m probably the biggest fan here. I’ve got all the games in various platforms, and even languages. When the Metal Gear Solid HD collection came out, I was excited to finally be able to play some of them in an HD format, but sadly there’s still no HD version of the first MGS game.
This is the main reason why we need a HD release of The Twin Snakes. This game came out on the Cube to a lot of fanfare, because it was a full remake of the original MGS game, with a few additions thrown in to boot. It looked gorgeous at the time and gave even diehard fans a reason to stalk through Shadow Moses. An HD version would be a delight for fans of Metal Gear and would also give newer gamers a chance to experience the story of the first game (still the best in my opinion), because chances are, they never got to.
Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
It’s been a long time since we last had a Rogue Squadron game (hell it even made my Games that Deserve a Reboot article last week), and that’s a crying shame. While the third game in that franchise was somewhat “ho-hum” Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader was by far the best. An early game for the Gamecube, this title showed off the power the little box could pull off, and showed the potential of the system (even if it didn’t quite live up to that potential).
On top of that it was just a great game. It featured great flying/fighting mechanics, interesting gameplay tweaks, and an original Star Wars story. We’ve been lacking in great Star Wars games as of late so an HD release of this classic would be well timed. It’d give fans a chance to relive one of the best Star Wars related games, while also filling the void until a new (and good) Star Wars game can come out.
Sure, the last Metroid game didn’t exactly blow everyone away, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget how awesome some of the earlier games were. The first Metroid Prime for the Gamecube was a big success, reinvigorated the franchise, and was just a lot of fun to play. With it’s good gameplay and secrets, it also had good replay value packed in.
While it got a semi-upgrade for the Wii Metroid Prime Trilogy package, I still feel it’s deserving of a full on HD upgrade. It’s a fun game, provides a lot of entertainment value, and is something fans could get behind. Couple that with the new features that could be added in thanks to the Wii U gamepad and I think there’d even be room to make this game better.
When the Gamecube first dropped we got Luigi’s Mansion, and I feel like this game gets a lot of undeserved hatred. A lot of it stems from the fact that people were expecting something more along the lines of Super Mario than what they got, so they were blind to the fact that Mansion was actually a decent game. It was quirky, did some interesting things, and was fun to play.
Now that a sequel is on the way (for the 3DS), it seems like a great time to give this title the HD treatment. It would give players the chance experience the first game before delving into the second, especially those gamers who never picked it up because of all the negativity associated with the title.
Viewtiful Joe had a lot of great franchise potential. It had a quirky story that kept you interested, along with a unique art style, and some insane, balls to the wall action gameplay. While it played out as a traditional side-scroller, it never once felt dated. Sadly after a sequel and two handheld spin-offs (which weren’t nearly as good), the franchise just sort of petered out for no reason. Capcom isn’t doing anything with it, and the original developers went off and created Platinum Games.
Since the entirety of the VJ franchise existed on the previous generation (it was ported to PS2), there are quite a few gamers that haven’t had the chance to play through this classic title. This is a shame and an HD upgrade (come one, just imagine how awesome the visuals could look now) would fix that probably in a heartbeat. At the very least, I’d say put it up on the Wii U’s eShop.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
I know that not everyone is going to agree with me on this one, but the first Crystal Chronicles game was actually a lot of fun. Sadly, all the things that made FF:CC an interesting and unique gaming experience was tossed out with it’s subsequent sequels. That doesn’t mean this game still isn’t fun.
Not everyone got into this game because it practically required you to play with the connectivity feature on the GBA (which was a pain in the ass) with a friend or two. It was a neat idea, but the hassle involved in doing so turned a lot of gamers away. It was a fun game, however, and visually had some flair. I think an HD version, using regular multiplayer features would be a far better endeavor and would help remind people that this franchise doesn’t actually suck.
This is my list of Gamecube games I want to see get the HD treatment (there are a few for the Wii as well, but I’ll save that for later). If you’ve got others you’d add to the list or swap out, be sure to tell us in the comments below, or participate in our discussion in the forums on the Games You Want to See Get the HD Treatment.