Having dredged the back catalogues of our cartridge and floppy disk memory banks, we’ve managed to hone it down to a wish list of 10 games, along with our thoughts on how they could be reborn in the modern era. However, the cutting room floor of our retro classics reinvention plan has a lot of potential in it, so these get honourable mentions at the bottom of our core list too.
This top-down, mouse move, point and click military masterpiece was a classic even in it’s day. While you might struggle to see it making a comeback in the modern world of 8th generation games consoles, give it a chance and it could re-invent the concept of sandbox army adventures. What you get with the average outing is a solo effort in either first person or third person view, where it’s all about what you do individually. Where Canon Fodder was different is that it allowed you to take a support unit with you, split into different teams with different missions and take control of any character you wanted to, jumping between divisions with ease. It was total warfare, all be it on an 8-bit scale, so imagine what it could do with the kind of graphics you see on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain or Battlefield and massive sandbox environments to roam around in.