I’m writing to you as a fan of your classic adventure games. I feel your recent games are getting a bit repetitive. How many Star Wars games does one need to own?
Which brings me to my point: There should, nay, there must be a re-release of Maniac Mansion.
Maniac Mansion was a brilliant adventure game that was released first on computers, and then for the NES, in 1987 and later 1990. It stars a group of teenagers who happen to be the only ones who can stop an alien invasion.
It was filled with a lot of revolutionary ideas for the time. There were seven playable characters, multiple endings and pretty open gameplay. In the beginning you were able to choose which two characters would join the main character Dave in saving his kidnapped girlfriend Sandy and preventing the alien invasion.
After seeing the wonder that is The World Ends with You and enjoying Runaway: Dream of the Turtle on the DS, a thought hit me. A thought which some may wish to call brilliant. (I personally am too humble to say so, but others might.)
There should be a DS rerelease, or port, of Maniac Mansion.
Think about it – it was successful enough originally to warrant releases on the Commodore 64, Apple II, Amiga, Atari ST, PC and NES. There was even a sequel, Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle, released for Macs and PCs. People loved the original campiness and cleverness of the game, and I’m pretty sure it would be loved by audiences today.
So why the DS? Because the touch screen would suit Maniac Mansion. It could have an optional, stylus-based, point-and-click control scheme. Plus it was one of the best and most memorable Nintendo titles, so it stands to reason that a remake should be released on a Nintendo console.
And while you’re at it, why not make it a two-for? Put in Day of the Tentacle as well. Or not. It was okay, but it couldn’t top the glory that was Maniac Mansion. So if you have the free time, go ahead and include it. If not, no biggie.
If you decide to do the whole remake, consider some bonus content. Perhaps a new character or two, or maybe an extra ending. I’ll still buy it either way, and I’m sure countless others will too, but a little something new would be spiffy.
But if all that is too much for you, perhaps we can reach a compromise. Release the original Maniac Mansion on the Virtual Console. I’ve been looking for a reason to buy a Wii anyways.
P.S. Don’t forget the chainsaw fuel.