We have seen great old school remakes or sequels lately from classic titles. We’ve seen Bionic Commando, 1942, Rygar, and Street Fighter impact this new generation of gamers thanks to developers reviving them. Punchout and A Boy and his Blob will also be out soon. However where are the forgotten games that we loved from the 80’s. This article will revisit some “forgotten greats” and through this avenue we hope to open the eyes of game developers looking to rekindle some old flames.
5. Karate Kid (NES) – 1987
YES! The great late Pat Morita, what a great actor, we really loved him in the movie. Especially when he would flight and defeat enemies effortlessly. I didn’t pick this game because I have been told I look like Ralph Macchio, it really has been a forgotten great from the NES.
I read mixed reviews for this game online but this is my article and I say its a great. The game featured tournament mode in which Daniel-San has to defeat the cobra-kai and others using punches, kicks and our all-time favorite the crane kick. I must say , the film to game accuracy is very good in this game. Ice breaking stage, fly catching stage, tournament, Okinawa and the typhoon to mention a few.
Why it should be re-made – With today’s graphics and computing power, one can make an argument that this would be a good idea on the Wii. Imagine trying to catch a fly with chopsticks using wii-motes? Ok, this might be a odd proposal but that’s why this one is at the bottom of the list at #5.
4. Golgo 13 Top Secret Episode (NES) – 1988
This was a very good game ahead of its time back in the 80’s. Golgo 13 was based from a popular Japanese cartoon. The game was one of the first to push the envelope of censorship. It featured mild sexual innuendo as seen in the graphic below. (She has nice legs for an 8-bit gal) Furthermore, blood trickled down the face’s of enemies when hurt. Most NES games were not permitted to include such gore… LOL
The main character (Golgo 13) is an assassin hired to defeat the DREK Group = resurrected Nazi Germany. The main sections of the game are played in East Berlin and the player interacts with the CIA and KGB. Nintendo removed the Nazi name due to censorship but they left a few swastika’s on classified documents of the player. The main boss is a cyborg version of Hitler…
Why it should be re-made – I think Golgo 13 has the knack to be a great modern game. With its James Bondish similarities, controversial subject matter, (resurrected Nazi Germany) and potential sexual innuendo, it is sure turn some heads.
3. StarTropics (NES) – 1990
Why do adventure games have to be so…medieval all the time. Adventure games are mostly the same genre, slaying dragons, collecting special armor and learning spells. This game took the adventure genre and gave it a fun twist. In the game, you are 15 year old Mike and you visit C-Island to see your Uncle Dr. Jones. Your Uncle gets abducted by aliens and you have a yo-yo and 8 levels to discover.
Maybe they can infuse the fun immersible paper element that the Startropics added to the experience. I remember going to the backyard during wintertime with my brothers to look for the hidden code needed to advance to the next level. The special paper was included in the bundle with the manual and we didn’t realize the significance, until it was discarded. We had to search through our garbage for a while until we found the sheet, wet the page and then use the code in the game. That was the first time any game hid any codes on a sheet of paper and the last time I would search through my dinner and breakfast leftovers. YUCK!
Why it should be re-made – I think the StarTropics name should be revived into a modern version. The game has a cult following and new players would also enjoy the fun aspect of this adventure game. Again all adventure games shouldn’t be about swords and dragons..this is a classic example…
2. The Battle of Olympus (NES) – 1989
This game was an all time favorite. I had a chance to learn about Greek Mythology, learn the famous cities of Greece and get to slay Medusa all at the same time. The game had a Zelda II feel but had so much more and was incredibly addicting. The game started out pretty easy however the difficulty level increases pretty rapidly, up to the point of almost being impossible in the end. This game was so overlooked and extremely under-rated.
Why it should be re-made – Another game with a cult-following, I believe it would do very well ported to the systems of today. It can be an edutainment like game without players even knowing it! I believe this game would sell very well…Nintendo- put it on the Wii!
1. Rolling Thunder (NES) – 1989
Armed with a handgun and a limited supply of bullets, you are an agent out to rescue a beautiful woman. Very cliche!
Conserving bullets is key, if not you are forced to fire a single chaser-bullet. You can earn the machine gun which annihilates the Maskers. The Maskers are distinguished by different hooded colors which dictate their skill level. Some might throw a punk, shoot at you or some jump and throw bombs! The neatest aspect is the fact that you can enter doors and hide from the enemies. Specially marked doors even recharge your ammo.
Why it should be re-made – This game would be such a hit if it was released today. From Maskers to the soundtrack to the beautiful woman one has to save at conclusion, it has mega-hit written all over it!