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.
How Mega Man has faded from modern day gaming view so much we genuinely don’t understand. He was one of the great side scrolling characters of computer games history and yet there hasn’t been a new game focusing on the character outside of Japan since Mega Man Star Force on the Nintendo DS nine years ago, and that did little to move the character on.
Mario took the leap into 3D rendering back in 1996, so surely it’s about time developers, Capcom, gave Mega Man the 21st century makeover he deserves. Make it a 3rd person shooter with futuristic game worlds and massive super bosses and you’ve got something to be proud of. Pitch in with some Splatoon-like online battles and it could be one of the best comebacks since Metroid Prime.
These guys were legends of the arcade and yet the best you can get to reliving the old glory on a modern device is Double Dragon Neon, which was a long way away from being a credible next gen reboot. The problem is that it would take a lot of creativity, development skill and story writing to give Hammer and Spike the gaming rebirth they deserve. However, in Ryse: Son Of Rome you have the closest modern day comparison to the game, and if you transfer the might of the Roman Empire for the grit of inner city turf wars you could have the potential for a great new outing for one of the greatest retro classics, Double Dragon.