Personally speaking, I never cared for Twilight Princess when it release on the GameCube/Wii. I just couldn’t get into it, and it felt far more tedious than enjoyable. Game companies giving their older games HD re-masters isn’t anything new, but Nintendo hasn’t fully embraced the trend, despite having a solid catalog of games to choose from. To be fair, licensing for some of the properties I mention below are likely the reason why they haven’t gotten an HD version, but this is a wish list…so let’s get to wishing!
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 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. That is of course, if they’re able to stop playing the highly addictive Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain long enough…
Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
It’s been a long time since we last had a Rogue Squadron game, 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 demonstrated the potential of the system (even if it didn’t quite live up to it).
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. Sure, EA has the exclusive Star Wars license right now and are looking to bring their own starfighter experience as a mode in Star Wars Battlefront this month…but it would still be a treat. The PlayStation 4 is getting some remastered Star Wars classics, so why not the Wii U?
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
This strategy franchise has been a popular one since Nintendo finally decided to bring it over to the West. The recent Fire Emblem Awakening for the 3DS remains one of the handheld’s best titles, and nearly every entry in the franchise is lauded critically for it’s additive gameplay and engaging story. Radiant Dawn for the Wii was no different; sticking to the classic turn-based formula with a great plot.
With Fire Emblem Fates set to release next year for the 3DS, it seems like a great time to give gamers the chance to play through one of the Wii’s best titles. Not only would it allows fans of the franchise the chance to enjoy the story once again (or for the first time if they missed it), it would be a great precursor to the next title. If Nintendo REALLY wanted to please fans, they would hook us up with a Path of Radiance (GameCube) remake too.
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 a couple consoel generations ago (it was ported to PS2), there are quite a few gamers who haven’t had the chance to play through this classic title. This is a shame and an HD upgrade 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.
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Galaxy (1 & 2)
The Last Story
Star Fox Assault
I truly hope that Nintendo decides to bring more and more titles into the HD era. From a business standpoint, it would be a great way for them to re-introduce games that people could have missed out on in previous generations. Not to mention would allow die-hard fans an easy way to replay some favorite titles. Only time will tell, but as we wait to find out, be sure to tell us what GameCube/Wii titles would you like to see get an HD remaster.