Recently, we were surprised with the announcement that we are getting a re-release of the classic Disney video games, Aladdin and Lion King. It makes sense with the recent live action re-release though. I sat there and started to ponder a bit as to what games based on licensed properties should also get a remaster (e.g. comics, cartoons, TV shows). Here is a list I created with the help from the #PositivelyGeek community on Twitter.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Konami Collection
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games by Konami are some of the most fondly remembered collection of video games ever created. The first game I truly sat down, played, and mastered, was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game. Off and on, there have been a handful of rereleases of these classic games, but I believe Konami or whoever can really cash in on the greatest collection of beat em up games ever assembled (plus that weird first NES game).
The games I would include in the collection are:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game (Arcade)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Game Boy)
Aliens vs. Predator Collection
Two of the most celebrated movie franchises are the Alien series and the Predator series. They’ve had many crossover video games over the years and games in the core series themselves as well. Although I hear the less to be said about the crossover movies, the better, a large bulk of the video games based on these franchises are well regarded favorites (e.g. Alien Isolation).
So would now be the time to revisit some of those classic games and modernize them a bit for modern consoles?
Predator 2 (Sega Genesis)
Alien 3 (Sega Genesis)
Alien vs. Predator (SNES)
Alien vs. Predator (Arcade)
Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar)
Aliens versus Predator (PC)
Aliens versus Predator 2 (PC)
Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction (Xbox OG)
Kids WB Vault Collection
Animaniacs is making a comeback soon on Hulu. Tiny Toons was part of that block too on Kids WB. So why couldn’t we do with a collection of those games based on the classic Spielberg WB cartoons? I have fond memories myself of the Tiny Toons games on the NES from Konami.
Tiny Toon Adventures (NES)
Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs’ Big Break (Game Boy)
Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland (NES)
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! (SNES)
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure (Sega Genesis)
Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Montana’s Movie Madness (Game Boy)
Animaniacs (Sega Genesis)
Marvel Classic Collection
Yes, a classic Marvel game collection is a pipe dream and a half. Just the Disney/Sony debacle alone over Spider-Man is one thing. However, I personally would love to see a classic Marvel video game collection. While some of those games are hit and miss, there are definitely some certified classics in there.
Here would be my list:
The Punisher (Arcade)
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES)
X-Men & X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Sega Genesis)
Spider-Man 2 (PS2)
Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube)
Goldeneye (Nintendo 64)
I think this one goes without saying, but at the time, Goldeneye for Nintendo 64 was one of the most impactful video games of all time, especially on the multiplayer side. Having said that, it just didn’t age well.
I truly believe though that if the game is upgraded by the SAME DEVELOPER (Rareware which is owned by Microsoft) with the same classic levels and gameplay, but with updated controls, perhaps an easy mode for the campaign, an online mode, and loads of new bonus content, we would finally get the game we all love.
Bring it to Xbox, PC (Windows and Steam), Stadia, and maybe even Switch since Microsoft has that new relationship with Nintendo. If Sony is ever willing to play well with others, definitely include them too!
I heard a rumor Pierce Brosnan may not want to be in a remake. That is okay, you can use either Daniel Craig or a discount James Bond. I truly don’t believe it matters anymore to gamers at this point.