Would New Games for Old Systems Really Be That Bad?

Recently, Dan posted an article about a new Super Nintendo game in development.  As I read the article I felt a chill of excitement run down my spine and started thinking, would this really be a bad idea if it continued?

I know that a lot of people out there will be against it.  They will tell us that Emulators and downloads from the console specific stores are their choice of playing games from old systems.  However, for me at least, it is never the same unless you are playing on the original system.  The pain of Nintendo Thumb as you are dominating the tough bosses, or the frustration of violently blowing into games in an effort to get them to play, made games just seemed more than games, they were something that you became part of.  I have tried emulators, and downloads from the shops and I am not against it at all.  I just feel that the nostalgic feel of the controller and classic look of the old cartridges are superior in some sense.

But would it really be that bad to release new games for old consoles?  There are currently many systems out there, such as the Retron 3 NES SNES & Sega System, that will play old school games.  And there are plenty of used systems that sell very cheap on various sites across the web. I actually think this would be a great test market for new games as well as expanding the story of current or future games.

There are some that argue the games would be horrible because the graphics are inferior to today’s graphics and the music would be annoying in an 8-bit format.  My response would be that graphics and sound are cool and help draw you into a game, but let’s face it…the game is all about the story.  If Mario Kart 7 played Barbie Girl on a loop in the background, I would just mute the volume and turn on the radio.

Now, $60.00 would be too expensive for a game of the retro quality, bit $20-$25 US would be appropriate.  If this had the backing of either the system consoles or the development companies the price could be low enough and the talent would be available to create a quality product.  Sega could get back to their roots and create some awesome games, Nintendo could reintroduce some old/forgotten characters, and Sony/Microsoft could even pick up some of the games from other “lost” systems.  I actually think that this would be a great way for future game developers (fresh out of school) to get their foot in the door to work on newer high res games.

What are your thoughts, would you expand your retro console collection with new games?  If so, what new games would you like to see get the retro makeover?



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  1. i think they could do alot more with the nintendo 64 it was a rock solid system i realize it was cheaper to make a disk over a ic chip my 64 still works like new i have a wii and a gamecube i break my 64 out sometimes and play ocarina of time thanks nintendo for years of fun nintendo rules always

  2. Essel Pratt is making a very solid argument that actually makes sense. Unfortunately, I can see most of the powers-that-be being too afraid of “moving backwards”.
    Anyway, my SNES still worked last I checked, but I wouldn’t mind buying a new SNES.

    Also, I feel that we missed out on a very solid generation of 2D graphics which the Super Nintendo was about to approach but the N64 skipped right over.

  3. that “very solid generation of 2D graphics” happened on the GBA! unfortunately, they don’t hold up so well blown up to TV size with the gameboy player… but seriously, the GBA had the best library of 2D games – a great mix of NES and SNES remakes and original releases!

    as for the topic at hand, i agree with Essel: I love the idea of adding to my SNES cartridge library, but $60 is too much! but i don’t think we’ll see original cartridges for less; they’re just too expensive to produce.

  4. It’s a great idea, but I don’t see this working beyond a game here and there. I hate to bring this up again, but many publishers are now releasing their old games on iOS now, like midway, capcom, sega, konami etc. And some stuff, like c64, ZX and Intellivision are on there too. Yes I know the controls suck, and iCADE isn’t popular enough yet, but my point is that is most likely the direction we are headed in.

  5. Leave my Infendo alone, Essel Pratt…

  6. Well, the game referenced is not actually in “development”. Basically, they got the rights to an unreleased game and are doing a print run. No programming involved. As for a NEW game? Retrozone has Battle Kid which is a masochist Mega Man like game (one screen at a time). A better avenue for this games are the digital stores of current consoles and portables. Just look at how great Mutant Mudds is doing at the 3DS eShop. And soon, Retro City Rampage releases for all consoles and Vita as well.

  7. Try this:
    One single cartridge with an SD card slot or USB cable connector and use either to put in a downloaded classic or new age NES games from the eShop/Wii Shopping Channel.

    Or take the idea further and put in a DS slot for select games with an 8-bit surprise.

  8. “I just feel that the nostalgic feel of the controller and classic look of the old cartridges are superior in some sense.”
    i think you mean in every sense! Emulators are a crime. nothing bets playing on the old Nintendo consoles NES SNES N64, http://www.retro-nintendo.co.uk specialised in these consoles and games. As for making new games for the old console, i think it would be good if normal people made the games not big companies and transfer them on the old carts this way you would still get the old school game diversity? i do not know, maybe leave it alone would be best!?!

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