Top 10 games deserving of a remake

Outdated visuals suck. Enter the high-resolution remake; an effective way to revitalize and modernize classic gameplay for a new generation of gamers or for those wanting to experience a favorite for the second time. For a good example of what we're talking about, think of Super Contra on Xbox Live Arcade or even New Super Mario Bros. on the DS.

Due to their enduring levels and game design, these are the games that would most benefit from high definition graphics, updated sound, and extra content.

10. Castlevania (1987)

More than 25 distinct Castlevania sequels have been made over the last 20 years -- we just want an exact replica of the first game with beefed up 2D graphics and spatial sound effects. Add in an orchestrated soundtrack, in-game achievements, online leader boards, and a few unreleased levels, and voil?! Instant classic to the second degree. Go ahead and let Simon jump from staircases this time, Konami, but continue disallowing mid-air jumps for that unique and realistic challenge. We're not sure if whipping Romanian tiki torches for power-ups still makes sense, but we do know a high-caliber Castlevania remake is long overdue.

9. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Lack of online multiplayer aside, Halo: Combat Evolved is still the best playing Halo to date. The campaign design is inspired, the soundtrack likewise heavenly. Halo's natural remake material: BloodGulch is still fun to play, and the quicker melee attacks and more powerful pistol give it a (some say) superior feel compared to the Halos 2 and 3. The balance is so good, in fact, that a cult following continues to worship 2001 classic despite having the existence of recent, still-worthy sequels. We've finished the fight. Now let us relive the original in splendid HD glory with 32-person online multiplayer, the Spartan Laser, new maps and a smoothed-out single-player game, and essential identical gameplay. In fact, just drop in a new graphics engine, flip on the Xbox Live switch, and be done with it. Were certain an enhanced Halo remake would sell like crazy -- maybe even better than Halo 3.

8. Kid Icarus (1987)

Despite being overshadowed by Metroid which was released on the very same day by the same designer (Gunpei Yokoi), Kid Icarus is widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. It has been said that the game successfully combines elements of Nintendo's three biggest franchises -- Zelda, Mario, and Metroid -- in that lead character Pit can "jump like Mario, collect items like Link, and shoot enemies like Samus." It's delightful soundtrack and retro platforming bliss are more than deserving of a modern update. To pull if off, the game would need some highly stylized and mature visuals -- a tall order for the cupid-looking protagonist. That said, I'm sure the ninja designers at Nintendo can make it happen, and I'm betting a revival is soon on its way.

7. Road Rash (1991)

Before you laugh, just know that de-biking a digital opponent at 100 mph with the swing of a chain is still one of the most enjoyable activities ever invented by man. That, and Road Rash is one of the most pioneering racing games of all time. There's hasn't been a new Road Rash in ages, but we think that be throwing in new textures and HD resolutions, the game could be a blast. EA should also toss in online multiplayer battles. Throw in some additional choppers, new weapons, online co-op, and you're golden. Even though the franchise quality took a turn for the worse in recent years, holistic two-player Road Rash is as good as it gets.

6. The Seven Cities of Gold (1984)

You may have been too young (or not even born yet) to enjoy this 1984 PC classic, but The Seven Cities of Gold was the Gears of War of the floppy disk era and is definitely worthy of a next-gen remake. In the game, players command a Spanish armada chartered by the crown to explore the New World -- you're basically a Spanish conquistador privy to all the good and evil affiliated with such a calling. The most interesting gameplay moments occur when arriving on land to which players can decide whether or not to peacefully interact with Native Americans or pillage their communities. A remake would work particularly well if more attention was given to ship strategy such as added customizations, the construction of the new vessels, and the stockpiling of goods for use in extreme circumstances such as cannibalism. Oh, and developers would be wise to sprinkle copious amounts of next-gen pixie dust onto the graphics -- the source material is an eyesore.

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