10 Retro Classics That Could Work As 8th Generation Games

Retro reboots, bundles and remasters are all the rage these days with everything from the upcoming reinvention of Doom, Rare’s Replay package and the next generation gaming paint jobs in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Mortal Kombat X and Gears Of War Ultimate Edition. With this in mind, we thought we’d trall the annals of classic gaming history to see what other gems could port well to the wonders of 8th generation gaming.

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.

Canon Fodder

Cannon Fodder

War! What is it good for? This game. (via Wikipedia)

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.

  • Paul Davies

    Great article! I heard that Jim Bagley of Midnight Resistance fame was/is working on a Double Dragon remake, but not heard anything recently.

    I’m also shocked that no-one has got hold of Goldeneye yet and done a reboot. Surely this would be the best online multiplayer ever?