Nostalgia can go a long way these days. We would gladly hand over money to play the same game we enjoyed more than ten years ago if we don’t own a physical copy. Some companies have taken it a step further and have or will remake games with a glossy coat of HD graphics built in such as Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 and Turtles in Time.
There are still a few games that we will stumble over ourselves to buy if they were touched up and distributed over Xbox Live, PSN or WiiWare and we thought we’d share them with you today.
The Simpsons Arcade Game
There are a lot of Simpsons games but none of them are as fun or as memorable as The Simpsons Arcade Game. If you’re old enough to remember the glory days of the arcade in the late ’80s or early ’90s you almost certainly spent a lot of quarters on this game. For a game that’s almost 20 years old (released n 1991) it contained some elements that were ahead of its time. We could pick between Homer, Bart, Lisa or Marge (or all four) and go through stages inspired from the cartoon in order to save Maggie from Smithers. The graphics were colorful and clear for that time and the voice actors from the show reprise their roles just for the game. Surely you remember the balloon blowing minigame or the fight against the giant hairy ape creature right? A remake to this game is begging to happen and we hope Konami feels the same way.
It may be one of the hardest games of all time but Battletoads (1991) was charming enough to win us over every time. In an age where talking cartoon animals were all the rage, Battletoads came on the scene with a rebellious attitude and oversized fists. We remember when you could knock an enemy right into the screen or even attack your partner if you felt like it. We also remember limited lives, no save files and few continues. Our hats go off to anyone who managed to beat this game and if it’s remade we’ll finally get our chance to see the ending too.
X-Men Arcade Game
If you wanted to play a beat’em-up game featuring an assortment of Marvel superheroes your only modern option would be Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. If you want something more simplistic and straight forward look no further than the X-Men Arcade Game (1992). This side scrolling game let you play as Cyclops, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm or Dazzler. The basic concept was to move to the right and defeat every enemy until the arrow tells you to continue. The mutant powers super moves stand out in our minds the most. The game had eight stages which is perfect for a quick pick up and play.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Who can ever get sick of zombies? Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993) pitted two kids against the undead and a giant baby for some reason. We don’t know why the neighbors you had to rescue were oblivious to what was going on around them or why some levels contained hedge mazes. We can see this game with online co-op built in and perhaps leader boards to set the professional zombie slayers apart from the others. Maybe there can be a mode where you play as one of the zombies. We can dream.