Sega is not shy about revisiting the Sonic or Super Monkey ball series quite often, but there are quite a few other intellectual properties in their roster that have not seen action in quite a while. Samba De Amigo and Nights, two major fan favorites, recently saw revivals on the Wii that received mixed receptions. Here are 10 more series I think could use a revival, mostly based on my nostalgia from the early 90’s and what current day tech could offer to the experience.
More like Kirby than Mario or Sonic, Ristar had players using their arms to grapple enemies and bars to get around levels. This unique form of platforming was and still is very unique and I would love to see it revived on current generation platforms. It could even incorporate some elements from Mario Galaxy, seeing as how Ristar is a star and that lends itself well to a space type theme.
Vectorman was Sega’s answer to the Donkey Kong Country games, employing pre-rendered 3D graphics to wow consumers. Its run and gun gameplay and secret filled levels set it apart from similar games, making it one of the most unique games on the system. The gaming populace narrowly dodged a Halo-fied sequel for PS2, but I am hoping someday Sega will figure out a way to resurrect this series without taking it too seriously. I would rather have a stylish sequel than a gritty one.
Rise from your grave! Never has an intro been so emblazoned in my memory. This would be perfect as a God of War style beat em’ up, without taking itself nearly as seriously. I think it’s early 90s cheese is some of the best in gaming, and it needs to retain that to be of interest to gamers who grew up with it. Also, there aren’t enough playful, silly games on the market, everything is far too serious. Men in speedos grabbing orbs and transforming into wolves, dragons and bears seems a bit strange to try to put a realistic spin on anyway.
Ecco the Dolphin
I have a major soft spot for the Ecco games on Sega Genesis and after seeing how beautiful the Endless Ocean games are on Wii, I could only dream of how gorgeous a new Ecco game would be. Plus, while Endless Ocean has trouble incorporating typical gaming elements, instead choosing to be a sort of virtual aquarium/ exploration experience, Ecco was always a game. Fighting sharks, finding crystals in underwater caves and performing epic tricks in midair sounds like a good time right?
This console generation needs more aerial shooters. With no Panzer Dragoon or Starfox in sight things aren’t looking too good for fans of the genre. Panzer Dragoon has a very vocal fan base, but not a very large one, so it isn’t likely we will see another one anytime soon. But all hope is not lost – Project Draco is a new game from the creator of Panzer Dragoon featuring very familiar looking dragons in a new Kinect game.
There have been a ton of light gun games on Wii already, but no Virtua Cop yet. This is one of the few light gun games gamers would probably want to see outside of House of the Dead and Time Crisis. This over the top cheese fest used to keep me entertained for hours in the arcades, and I would love to see a revival on Playstation Move or Wii.
Skies of Arcadia
Skies of Arcadia is a great Japanese RPG that was originally released on Dreamcast and later ported to the Gamecube. It is bright, light heated and downright charming compared to the emo Final Fantasy titles that were its contemporaries. Epic airship battles, old school turn based combat and pirates make this series one that should definitely make a return.
Streets of Rage
I love beat em’ ups, and I would love to see a cheesy, gritty sequel to this classic Genesis series. I wouldn’t mind the same exact trappings seen in the first 3 games, the stereotypically 80’s/90’s environments lend it a lot of charm. Once again, another title that would be ruined by a serious re-imagining for modern audiences. It needs to retain the over the top power moves, the silly characters and just plain weird bosses to capture both new and old fans alike.
Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden, God Of War and Devil May Cry are nice, but I need even more fast paced action games in my life. Ninja Gaiden kind of makes this series redundant in 3D, so I wouldn’t mind it going in a different direction- like focusing more on ninja like platforming and stealth than fighting.
What better game to show off Kinect’s new camera tech than Seaman? This odd man-fish would surely capture a whole new generation of gamers with his surly attitude and general creepiness. Eye Pet for Playstation Move and Kinectimals for Xbox 360 are both doing very similar things with new technology – why not bring the father of the interactive pet genre back to show them how it is really done?