Can the Wii U benefit from HD remakes?

GotGame: In the aftermath of Nintendo’s E3 showing, it is clear that the company is in the process of delivering on its most popular franchises, with Super Smash Bros, the new Zelda games and even the recently-successful Mario Kart 8. At long last, Nintendo fans may finally get what they have been hoping for since the Wii U launched. However, another fairly recent release from the past year also gives fans a reason to whisper and discuss what else Nintendo may have in store, but have been too tight-lipped to say anything: creating HD remakes of popular titles.

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Rearden1421d ago

Wind Waker HD made me buy a Wii U, so I'd say yes.

Ramon3MR1421d ago

I want Majora's Mask, Super Mario Sunshine, Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime 1-3, and F-Zero.

globeofgamers1421d ago

They could use pretty much any nice game.

SuperBlur1421d ago

i want the first SSB with more characters :D

lilbroRx1421d ago (Edited 1421d ago )

There are few HD "remakes". Over 90% of these games are just the same game with higher res textures.

Putting something like Majora's Mask in HD would look terrible with the N64 polygon limits and effects. That game would require an actual remake, which would require the same amount of time and resources as if you were making a new Zelda game.

These HD versions should be auxillary and nothing more. I would rather time and money be spent on making new games than rereleasing old game that are still god and we can already play.

randomass1711421d ago

Why not have both? The bigger and more experienced teams can make new experiences while the smaller and less experienced teams can do remakes like the HD remaster collections on PS3. I think if there is a focus on remaster collections the value and incentive to buy them goes up because you're getting more games for the price of one.

Ck1x1421d ago (Edited 1421d ago )

This is what I think as well. Games from the N64 era should just be released as virtual console titles and it's probably better to pick from the GC and Wii generation of games to look at for giving the HD treatment. Just to name a couple, what about seeing HD remakes to Eternal Darkness, F-Zero GX, StarFox Assault, Sin and Punishment, FE Radiant Dawn, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story.

I know that some of these games already have new titles in the works, but it would have been great if Nintendo had released Xenoblade Chronicles HD last year in the anticipation for the new game coming. Those other games in that list could find a wider audience right now, because the WiiU needs games and the visual step up will probably garner more attention than before.

deafdani1420d ago (Edited 1420d ago )

I agree, anything from the N64 era or older would be a waste of time. However, there's a lot of Gamecube and Wii games that would benefit greatly from a remake with very little effort required on the dev's part aside from bumping the textures, resolution, and adding widescreen in the case of Gamecube games, along with some Gamepad support.

Zelda Twilight Princess, Mario Sunshine, Xenoblade Chronicles, both Mario Galaxy games, even Mario Kart Double Dash, the Metroid Prime Trilogy, etc.

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