The Daily Five: NES & SNES Classics That Need HD Remasters

April 27, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

It’s been about a month since Capcom unveiled DuckTales Remastered at PAX East in Boston and we’d be lying if we told you that we don’t still watch that reveal trailer every now and then. Not only is it amazing that someone greenlit the project, but that Capcom and Disney were able to work out the legal kinks in the first place.

But why stop there? There are plenty of other great games that have fallen by the wayside, lost in the annals of time. If a game like DuckTales Remastered can get a large part of the gaming public excited, imagine what these five games could do.

Mario Paint

Mario Paint was a strange experiment for Nintendo. It was an art suite that let players draw pictures and stamps, and even came with a music generator. This music tool is something people mess around with even today, recreating popular songs left and right.

The game also shipped with a mouse, which was actually compatible with a surprising amount of games. The Wii U Gamepad could easily replace it, and the ability to upload your creations online directly from the game would make a new Mario Paint a worthwhile purchase for many still mucking about on PC emulators.

Ninja Gaiden

The Ninja Gaiden games currently exist as a series of 3D action games, each vastly inferior than its predecessor. On top of this, Tecmo attempted to remaster the NES classics on Super Nintendo, a la Super Mario All-Stars, and failed miserably with the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy. The graphics were somehow less impressive — parallax scrolling was removed for some reason, and slowdown was plentiful — while the soundtrack received a major downgrade. Just compare the NES and SNES versions of the classic Basilisk Mine Field track from the original game.

An honest-to-goodness remaster on XBLA, PSN, and the Wii U eShop would serve to atone for the above sins, and we have little doubt that people would lap it up if Tecmo gave enough of a crap to do it up right. The original Ninja Gaiden was the first game to introduce cutscenes and was an inspiration to countless interactive storytellers.

Yoshi’s Island

The official title is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, but let’s face facts here: this is a Yoshi game through and through. The SNES classic has received a sequel in Yoshi’s Island DS, with another in the works for 3DS. That’s all well and good, but we think that the hand-drawn graphics would look much better up on the big screen in full HD.

While Yoshi’s Island DS wasn’t a bad game, and Yoshi’s Island 3D looks good as well, we still get the feeling that the original will still end up being the best of the bunch. Make this puppy widescreen, throw it up on the Wii U eShop, and rake in the millions, Nintendo.

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  • Rob Hestar

    I want a Crystalis HD remake myself.I’d pay 60.00 for it!

  • Highrevz

    Super metroid HD and i will die a happy man.

  • yo mofo

    nah, OG is the best

  • Xmario77

    I want The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

  • Youngsparrow

    Ninja Gaiden please make it happen

  • Justin Harrison

    Earthbound in HD. I would seriously pay $100 for it.