When a bigger and better version of a game is released a year or two after the original. Common features include more game modes, new gameplay segments, shinier graphics, harder difficulty settings
, new weapons and costumes, and so forth.
Of course, this can be particularly annoying to people who purchased the original, who now have to pay up to $40 (or more) for a game they mostly already own. Or worse if it is released for a different console than the original, and they don't own that console.
When a classic game is recreated entirely for today, it's a remake
; when fans consider the remake better than the original, it's a Polished Port
. Updated re-releases are also different from collector's editions
and should not be confused. The former comes out well after the original game is released and alters the gameplay significantly, whereas the latter is a more expensive version that comes out alongside the regular edition and offers bonus material separate from the core game.
It's also common for highly popular arcade games to get updated versions; those arcades that already own the game can buy an upgrade kit for far less than the cost of a cabinet.
This is mostly a console (and arcade) gaming trope, as extra material for PC games is typically released in the form of an Expansion Pack
. It's becoming increasingly common, however, for PC games to be re-released as a bundle along with their expansion(s), typically with such titles as "Gold Edition" (not to be confused with "going gold"), "Platinum Edition", or "Game of The Year Edition
By the same token, it's starting to become less prevalent (or at least less profitable) on console systems, as DLC
has made releasing entire new discs more a convenience for people who don't own it yet in any form, rather than a screw you to people who do. The current trend is for the "updated re-release" not to include the additional content on the disc and, instead, to provide a code to download the additional content.
It should also be noted that some companies, most notably Sony Computer Entertainment America
, require a re-release to have a certain amount of new content or else it can't be released in that region. This is why some updated re-releases never see the light of day outside of Japan. After all, if you have a lot more "re-release" than "updated", you run the risk of Capcom Sequel Stagnation
See also Regional Bonus
, No Export for You
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- The Chaos Engine had an updated AGA version released in 1994 which redrew the original 32-color graphics in 256 colors.
- Glider PRO was re-released on a CD which included over a dozen new houses.
- Deliberately planned with the Arcade Game After Burner. The developers were unable to add a few features since they were forced to release the game under a certain deadline. The lead designer agreed to release the game, but only under the condition that he would be allow to make an upgrade kit later on. The upgrade kit was released as After Burner II and as a result most of the original cabinets ended up being converted.
- The same thing happened with Galaxy Force, another Super Scaler arcade game.
- Batsugun had a Special Version that enhanced the game in a number of ways, including but not limited to adding loops with increasing difficulty, providing players with a Single-Use Shield, increasing the power of bombs, and having many enemies release suicide bullets. The Sega Saturn port included both this version and the original one.
- Capcom's fighting games are notorious for this. The re-releases are mostly anticipated by the hardcore fans (i.e., the tournament scene) because typically the updated re-releases usually make changes that make the game more interesting and long lasting for Tournament Play. The first edition of a Capcom fighting game tends to have several extreme Game Breaker characters or strategies, but by the last revision, Capcom has improved the game to the point that most of the cast is viable (although Character Tiers are still apparent) and strategy is much more diverse. There's a reason Super Street Fighter II Turbo, the butt of jokes among mainstream gamers, is so beloved by the tournament scene - four games worth of improvements produced a game where even the weakest character can win with the right strategy.
- After the original Street Fighter II, we got Champion Edition, Hyper Fighting, Super, and Super Turbo. All in a span of three years. And that's not even counting The Anniversary Edition that was released years later for the arcades. Or the various platform-specific variations like Super Turbo Revival for the Game Boy Advance or HD Remix for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
- The Alpha/Zero series wasn't much better. After the first two Alpha games, there was a Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha for the arcade, but that came out only in Japan and Asia (the PlayStation and Saturn port got released as Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, which added Cammy to the roster). For Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom simply added whatever extra character they wanted to add to the subsequent ports. The PS, Saturn, and Dreamcast versions all added Guile, Dee Jay, Fei Long and T. Hawk, as well as storylines and endings for Juni, Juli, and Balrog. Alpha 3 was then re-released for the arcades in Japan as Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper with all the console extras and from there it got ported to the GBA (with Maki, Eagle, and Jun from Capcom vs. SNK 2 added to the roster), PSP (with Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution added as well) and PS2 (as a bonus game in Alpha Anthology, minus the extra characters in the handheld versions).
- And then when Street Fighter III did come around, they gave us 2nd Impact and 3rd Strike.
- The tradition continues with Street Fighter IV. It has gotten two updates: Super Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. A third one, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012, came out soon afterward.
- And now we're getting Ultra Street Fighter IV.
- Vampire Savior, the third game in Capcom's Darkstalkers series, received not one, but two upgraded re-releases for the arcades in Japan only months after the original game: Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2. Both re-releases essentially bring back Donovan, Huitzil, and Pyron, the three characters from Night Warriors missing in Vampire Savior, but does so by substituting characters from the original Vampire Savior: J. Talbain, Rikuo, and Sasquatch in Vampire Savior 2; and the four new characters from Vampire Savior in Vampire Hunter 2. Thankfully, for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation versions of the game, Capcom simply included all the characters from the three versions.
- Many shooters developed by Cave fall under this, often retitled as "[original game name] [color] Label."
- DoDonPachi got an update in DoDonPachi Campaign Version. Unfortunately, only one PCB of it has ever been released, given to the world record high score holder. All other copies of the game remain in Cave's possession.note
- DoDonPachi dai ou jou to DoDonPachi dai ou jou Black Label.
- Mushihime-sama to Mushihime-sama Black Label.
- Mushihime-sama Futari was rereleased not once, but three times: a version 1.5 rerelease with rebalanced stages and scoring system, a version 1.01 rerelease that has 1.0's stages with 1.5's mechanics, and a Black Label rerelease with new shot types, more changes to scoring, and a new Harder Than Hard mode called God mode (which has nothing to do with God Modding) that replaces Ultra mode and offers a new True Final Boss. Versions 1.5 and 1.01 as well as Black Label are available on the region-free Xbox 360 port...but you need a code card that shipped with random copies of the port to get Version 1.01, and you need to buy Black Label off of the Xbox Live Marketplace.
- DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu is also getting the Black Label treatment.
- Daytona USA 2 got an upgrade kit called Daytona USA 2: Power Edition. It changed the announcer's voice, replaced the really nice looking Beginner track with a more generic and NASCAR-like Beginner track, added a new Challenge track that had you go through all 3 courses, and added the Hornet car from the original Daytona USA.
- Fatal Fury Special was a heavily revised version of Fatal Fury 2 with more characters. However, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special does not have a similar relationship to Real Bout Fatal Fury.
- Gauntlet: Dark Legacy was an updated version of Gauntlet Legends, adding four new characters, new areas, and Combos.
- GHOST Squad Evolution adds nothing new to the version that uses cards, but grants you access to everything that a fully-leveled up card has, without needing a card. If you're coming from the watered-down version that has only four mission levels and four weapons, however, Evolution is a HUGE update.
- And then there's Guilty Gear XX and it's updates, Guilty Gear XX #Reload (balance tweaks and making Robo-Ky playable from the start,) Slash (more balance tweaks, the introduction of A.B.A. from Isuka and Order Sol, and two new stages,) Accent Core (introduction of the Force Break, Slashbacks and throw breaks, two new music tracks, and more balance tweaks, but the removal of Story Mode, Kliff and Justice) and finally Accent Core Plus (introduction of a new Story Mode, reintroduction of Kliff and Justice, and a new survival mode.)
- The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match features every character from '94 to '97, online play, a color edit mode, a custom mode where players could set any combination of super meter and subsystems, and arranged soundtrack. Unlike most updated re-releases, which are released shortly after the original, Ultimate Match was released in 2008, a decade after the original.
- This was followed by The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, which is to 2002 what '98 UM was to '98. It's a Video Game Remake, actually. All the fighters from 1999 to 2002 (except K9999, who is now replaced with an original character called "Nameless") are present here in the game.
- Predating both of these is The King of Fighters '94: Re-Bout, which included remastered sprites, new 3D backgrounds full of ever-changing cameos, the addition of a team edit function (the original game had fixed teams), rewritten gameplay rules to balance the game, and the inclusion of Saisyu Kusanagi (a character not introduced until 1995). This was released in 2004, also a decade following its first release. It's also a Video Game Remake.
- After The King of Fighters XIII is released in console and even get a few DLCs, the arcade version is updated under the name The King of Fighters XIII Climax', which feature all these bonuses.
- Mortal Kombat 3 removed all of the Palette Swap ninjas from the previous two games with the exception of a now unmasked Sub-Zero and the robot version of Smoke. Midway attempted to compensate for this by releasing Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, which brought back Scorpion, Kitana, and the all the ninjas from Mortal Kombat II, while introducing one previously fake one to the series.
- Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the final unique iteration of Mortal Kombat 3, takes things Up to Eleven by bringing back Baraka, Raiden and Kintaro, who were last seen in MK 2 (mainly because two of the three were DEAD) and Goro, who was supposed to have been Killed Off for Real at the end of the original Mortal Kombat in addition to a handful of battlezones from the first game and ALL the battlezones from the second game. In addition to this, they included alternate versions of Raiden and Kano, coming from the first game, and Jax and Kung Lao, coming from the second. Additionally, they also introduced the super-secret All Your Colors Combined grey male and female ninjas Chameleon and Kahmeleon.
- Pac-Man Plus featured the same characters and same maze as the original Pac-Man, but changed the fruits and gave the power pellets some new random effects.
- G.rev's Senko no Ronde was re-released twice in arcades; the first time with Senko no Ronde NEW Ver. to address many of the problems with the initial release of the game concerning gameplay balance and whatnot, and the second time with Senko no Ronde SP which used the some of the features seen in the Xbox 360 port of the game and further balancing.
- Both games in the Genocide series saw an updated compilation on FM Towns with new cinematic sequences, an arranged soundtrack, and some refinements in the gameplay (some of the Fake Difficulty was addressed in the first game with a re-balanced enemy placement and Betty can be used indefinitely in the second).
Game Boy/Game Boy Color
- Pokémon Red and Blue, for Western players, had a sort of update in Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. For Japanese players, the Blue version was an update of the original Red and Green.
- Pokémon Gold and Silver had its obligatory update in the form of Pokémon Crystal, whose new features were also implemented in the fourth-generation remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Game Boy Advance
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, as with the previous two generations, received an update in the form of Pokémon Emerald. The remakes of Red and Blue/Green, FireRed and LeafGreen, did not get an updated rerelease like the games they are remakes of.
- The original release of Final Fantasy IV Advance was marred with bugs and lag. An improved version was released in Japan shortly after and used as the basis for the European release (the update never made it to America, but since the European version is in English and GBA games are region-free . . .).
IBM PC/Windows Games
- Assassin's Creed I was re-released for the PC as the 'Director's Cut Edition', which features a few new types of missions, such as Archer Assassination Challenges.
- Backyard Skateboarding: Game of the Year Edition, released a year after the original, has a new level and new unlockables.
- Baldur's Gate was originally released on five discs plus the Tales of The Sword Coast disc. It was later re-released as a three-disc game, reducing the amount of CD-swapping a player must do.
- In late 2012 an enhanced edition was released with some new things, some backported things from Baldur's Gate II and some graphical updates.
- The PC game Cave Story, created completely by one man who goes by the name of Pixel, was picked up by Nippon Ichi Software and released for WiiWare and DSiWare with bonus features. This version was converted back to the PC via Steam.
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn had 'Gold' or 'Windows 95' Edition released two years after the original came out. It was essentially a backport of all the enhancements the Windows-version of Command & Conquer: Red Alert had to the original game, the big one being that it ran in Windows 95 rather than MS-DOS.
- The entire Creatures series was rereleased by GOG.com as The Albian Years* , Exodus* , and Village* . The main purpose of these was to fix the Game Breaking Bugs that left a lot of the norns dead as a result of their own stupidity in the original releases.
- Descent II: The Infinite Abyss had a remixed CD soundtrack and was bundled with the Vertigo Expansion Pack and the Mission Builder level editor.
- Doom 3 received the updated BFG Edition after 8 years. The primary focus is bringing the game to consolesnote , but the new edition is available for purchase on PC as well. Updated features are improved lighting and rendering (albeit not as modernized as, say, the fan-made Sikkmod), support for 3D tv displays, the addition of achievements and checkpoints, and a new set of several levels known as "the Lost Missions". It also includes the Xbox Live Arcade versions of the classic Ultimate Doom and Doom II, also serving as the first official PC release of the "No Rest for the Living" bonus levels made for that port.
- Doom has had quite a few of these. The Ultimate Doom was a commercial re-release of the first game, which included a fourth episode to bridge the gap between it and Doom II (for what little that's worth, given the bare-bones story). Around the same time was Doom95, a port of the engine designed to work with Windows 95, made in response to estimates stating that Doom was installed on more computers than Win95 wasnote .
- Eggerland for Windows 95 was re-released a few years later as Revival! Eggerland, updated to run on Windows 98 and Windows ME.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion got a Game of the Year Deluxe Edition, which is bundled with the two biggest official Downloadable Content released (Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles). This edition, among other things, is an ideal prerequisite for modding. Unfortunately, there is currently no version of Oblivion for Xbox 360 or PS3 that has all DLC pre-installed.
- The PC version of Final Fantasy VII was re-released in 2012 as a downloadable title on Steam and the Square Enix online store. The rendering engine was replaced with one that was originally a fan-made patch, the FMVs were upscaled, and a bunch of bugs and translation errors were fixed. A 2013 patch brought the music files, already changed from MIDI to OGG format, up to PlayStation quality.
- The Gundemonium Collection on PC localized by Rockin' Android crosses with this and Compilation Re-release (although the updated re-released games can be purchased individually) was re-released on to Steam as the Steam Edition in 2011 (and a year later on Desura). This version of the Gundemonium Collection featured online co-operative play for GundeadliGne, online leaderboards, Steam Achievements, and a (much-need) overhaul on the game's music front. The arrangements of each game's soundtrack was done by DM Ashura (of Dance Dance Revolution and beatmania fame) who handled the arranged soundtracks of Gundemonium Recollection and GundeadliGne, while Woofle handled the arrangement of Hitogata Happa's soundtrack. It also allows players to enable or disable the censorship due to the severe lack of clothing on some the bosses by a simple configuration file editing, which was forced upon the PlayStation Network version.
- Rockin' Android also re-released an updated version of Acceleration of SUGURI and X-Edition for PC with Acceleration of SUGURI X-Edition HD on Desura on June 26, 2012. This version of Acceleration of SUGURI puts both the base game and the expansion pack into one package, gives the option of using the original game's graphics or the updated visuals of the PlayStation Network version, improved control configuration customization, and high-resolution and widescreen support. Unlike the PlayStation Network version, the PC re-release retains its online play though, of course, lacks the ability to share videos on YouTube.
- Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils has also been re-released on Steam by Rockin' Android with optional remixed soundtrack provided by Woofle and updated graphics.
- Half-Life: Source, which is the original Half-Life on the Source engine.
- The update and Mac port of Half-Life 2 and Episode One, which run on Valve's newer engine, is related, except that it's free to anyone who already owned the game (and installs on your system, overwriting the original, whether you wanted it or not).
- The original Hidden & Dangerous had a 'Deluxe' edition that bundled together the original game and expansion pack on one CD, and gave the graphics engine a very minor upgrade. It doesn't seem to have sold well, and eventually became a free download that included a mission editor.
- A comparatively early example in the computer game arena is The Journeyman Project. The original was released for Macintosh, and then on Windows. The Windows version was, however, unplayably sluggish and was shortly rereleased as The Journeyman Project Turbo!. (It was still unbearably slow, but mostly due to its being an Interactive Movie.) Also later remade a few years later as Pegasus Prime, of course Mac exclusive.
- Myth II: Soulblighter was rereleased by Take-Two Interactive as Myth II: Worlds, with two extra CDs of user-created content.
- No One Lives Forever got a Game Of The Year Edition in 2001, which added a four-level mission, new textures and models, a map editor, source code, game music CD, and strategy guide.
- The original Rayman for the PC was updated multiple times. First was Rayman Gold for computers, which added a couple extra features and included a Level Editor. Rayman Forever was released a year later with over fifty new levels and a level creator; then came Rayman Collector, a France-exclusive package with some new levels.
- Red Baron II was an expanded revision of its predecessor, with new aircraft and an overhauled campaign system. Unfortunately, the game was quite buggy, so the designers released a major patch to fix most of the bugs and add multiplayer and 3D graphics support. This new version was later released itself as the standalone Red Baron 3D.
- The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition seems to straddle this trope and Video Game Remake: The game is essentially the same as the original, and even has all the old visuals still intact, but also adds brand-new redrawn graphics, rearranged music, a cleaner user interface, and a full voiceover soundtrack performed by the cast of The Curse of Monkey Island.
- And then they did the same thing for the sequel, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition. The upgrade has all the features of the Secret re-release, but adds a commentary track recorded by the three creators of Monkey Island (Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, and Ron Gilbert), plus a concept art gallery featuring backgrounds created for the original game (including some that were ultimately cut), as well as character design art from the brand-new high-resolution makeover.
- SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle was rereleased with new content as SWAT 3: Elite Edition and again with more content as SWAT 3: Tactical Game of the Year Edition, however both were made available as patches for older versions (although only people who bought TGotYE were able to get the disc featuring videos of Blackwater demonstrating tactics).
- Thief: The Dark Project was rereleased with several new levels, appropriately enough as Thief Gold. Unfortunately - in Australia at least - the two versions you are likely to find are a secondhand original TTDP or the much-later budget edition, which is also only the original levels. *sob*
- LucasArts did this notoriously with TIE Fighter. Although the final edition of the game was labelled the "Collector's CD Rom Edition", it was released a full three years after the original game had been released, and its main draw other than updated graphics was that it finally allowed the player to complete the campaign of the original. In other words, those who had bought the game originally were required to buy it again in order to finish it.
- Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3 all had "gold" editions of the PC versions released a year or two after they came out, not only having a budget price, but each including a pseudo-Expansion Pack with around 4-6 new levels. In the case of Tomb Raider 1, the gold edition also gave the option to play the game using a 3D card.
- The Unreal games fall almost directly into this trope, though the bonus packs and mods are all free for online downloading:
- Unreal Gold packaged the original game and its expansion, Return to Na-Pali, in the version of the Unreal engine created for Unreal Tournament.
- Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year added 2 community-made mods and their first 3 bonus packs into the original UT.
- Unreal Tournament 2004 was this to Unreal Tournament 2003. It also has another Updated Rerelease in the form of Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition which added several maps, characters and vehicles, plus a set of 10 community-made mods.
- The latest is Unreal Tournament III: Black Edition which has both UT3 and the official Titan Pack. It's only sold through Steam, though owners of the PlayStation 3 version can also optionally download all the content included in the Titan Pack.
- The Witcher had an Enhanced Edition with several fixes and completely re-recorded dialog. Since the stories it was based on weren't even translated into English until the game was well into production (and the game was expected to have little appeal except to existing fans), the original English-translation dialog was bare bones and seemed thrown together. The changes were available in a multi-gigabyte patch, though.
- Worms and Reinforcements United, alias Worms United, bundled the original game with its Reinforcements Expansion Pack, adding extra levels and sounds and some bug fixes.
- Ether Vapor was re-released in 2011 with ETHER VAPOR Remaster, which updated the graphics (although its options are not as vast as Fairy Bloom Freesia), enhanced sound quality, online leaderboards, and easier unlockable content.
- The first three Ace Attorney games have been re-released for the iPhone and iPad as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD featuring high-definition graphics, two forms of play and an "Everyone Object!" mode which links the game up with Twitter.
- The original DS games are also this in Japan, as they were originally released on the Game Boy Advance a few years before. In fact, when the first game was released in the DS, a brand new case was created specifically talking advantage of the DS's new mechanics. The games also provide a language selection between Japanese and English, which is sadly missing in the fourth installment.
- These games are also being repackaged (with graphics similar to the iOS version) as Gyakuten Saiban 123: Naruhodou Selection (ENG: Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection) in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS.
- Bully: Scholarship Edition, which adds more missions, new high school classes, new items and clothing, and two-player Mini Games.
- Alone in the Dark: Inferno is the ps3 version of Alone in the Dark, it has a new boss fight, fixed the controls, added a checkpoint in a particular tough spot.
- Eternal Sonata released in the ps3 has some extra dungeons and bosses and the difficulty is up to eleven, some of the cutscenes changed as well.
- Burnout Paradise was re-released as "The Ultimate Box". For your money, the disc included three sets of DLC; Menu, weather, and time updates (free upgrade), Bikes (was free anyway), and Party Mode controller sharing multiplayer (available to buy for about a thousand points on Xbox Live). Was not worth purchasing new (esp. if you already had the original) but the price has now come down to the point where it's the same to buy as the original itself, so worth picking over the original if you don't own it.
- Cel Damage was brought over to the Playstation 2 with Cel Damage Overdrive, which offers several gameplay tweaks, new weapons, a health bar, and more. Unfortunately, it was never released outside of Europe.
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a version of Dead Rising 2 with Frank West, the hero of the original game, as the protagonist instead of Chuck Greene. It's been significantly rebalanced to remove several of the Scrappy Mechanics from the original version (such as adding a checkpoint system and replacing the walkie talkie with a hands-free headset), and also has a new gameplay area, some new content, and three new bosses.
- Fable was later rereleased as Fable: The Lost Chapters with brand new content.
- Fallout 3 got one, with all of the DLC installed on it. This was a particularly big deal for the PS3 version, as the DLC was released there later than the 360 and PC versions.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was pulled from stores after the Hot Coffee incident and the Media Watchdogs had a field day with it. Rockstar tried to justify a rerelease of the game (while making the "offensive" bit truly inaccessible to keep the game rated M) by including a "behind the scenes" of a movie and a 30 minute cut scene showing events that occurred before the beginning of the game. Some glitches and bugs were also fixed, while Supply Lines was made beatable. PC modders tend to avoid the updated PC version as it made modding, well, harder.
- Living Books re-released Just Grandma and Me and Arthur's Birthday in the late 90's. Both of the games turned up the resolution (so now the pages are bigger and have more to click on), and added a few minigames. Just Grandma and Me gave us a UI to switch the languages (rather than using the "1" and "2" keys), and it removed the Japanese language, while adding French and German. It also added a sticker feature, although most found it entirely pointless. Arthur's Birthday took out the Spanish language, but did add a minigame to play through the whole book.
- Lode Runner: The Legend Returns was followed a year later by Lode Runner Online: Mad Monks' Revenge. In addition to the titular online mode, Mad Monks' Revenge featured an extended story mode, new objects, new tilesets, and bugfixes over The Legend Returns, along with the code being updated to run on newer computers.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has an update called Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (for the first time in the Marvel vs. Capcom series), featuring 12 new characters, as well as new stages, re-balancing, and other additions.
- Mortal Kombat 9 has a Komplete Edition, which includes the 4 DLC fighters and all the classic costumes. Also, the online multiplayer is compatible with the original MK9.
- No More Heroes received an HD version for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 called "Heroes' Paradise" (or "Red Zone" in Japan), which added a whole array of new bonus features, new control schemes made to fit the systems' peripherals, and uncensored violence outside of the American release. However, the Xbox 360 version was never released outside of Japan.
- Skies of Arcadia was re-released as Skies of Arcadia: Legends with new world discoveries and ship battles. The game also added new features such as collecting the bounties of rogue pirates, a new side quest and, if the player got 100% on collecting treasure chests and discoveries, an epilogue chapter after the credits.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a pretty egregious example. First they release the "Ultimate Sith Edition" in the fancy tin with collectors' cards (one card included; collect all ten!), all the DLC, etc. Pretty standard procedure for a Game of the Year edition, except the reviews didn't get it anywhere close enough to being 2008's Game of the Year by anyone's count, so hence the "Ultimate Sith Edition." So anyway, this edition of the game contains all the past DLC, plus an exclusive level with exclusive achievements that LucasArts pretty specifically said you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. Naturally, this angered a lot of fans who had already bought all of the DLC, and didn't want to pay $40 for $10 worth of content. So for those of them that did, imagine their surprise when LucasArts announced out of the blue a few months later that hey, the exclusive level can be downloaded by anyone now! This makes the "Ultimate Sith Edition" even more worthless, when you consider that they didn't even make new menus.
- Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional was announced less than 6 months after the original's release. This variant may hint at a US release, as the US release of Joker had balance changes that were not backported properly to the Japanese Joker game — if they were making balance changes for the US game, they would have to rerelease those changes in Japan.
- Inazuma Eleven 3 had what may possibly be the fastest turnaround yet of an Updated Rerelease, with Inazuma Eleven 3: The Ogre released in Japan a mere 5 1/2 months after the original. It replaced the subplot with a new one based on the The Movie of the anime adaptation (released a week after The Ogre), culminating in an extra story chapter with a Bonus Boss. It also added a bunch of various features, bug fixes, and new optional sidequests and postgame content, plus tweaks to some of the original content.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, as with the previous three generations, had an obligatory Platinum update.
- The spin-off Pokémon Mystery Dungeon has gotten into the act as well, with Explorers of Sky adding new Special Episodes, selectable leads, dungeons, items and other goodies to Time/Darkness. Explorers of Sky does, however, avert the usual One Game for the Price of Two trend, being fully completable without requiring either of the previous versions.
- To the surprise of pretty much everybody, this didn't happen for Pokémon Black and White. Instead, the fifth generation games got full-blown sequels, which was completely unheard of for non-spinoff Pokémon games.
- Cave Story initially got a remake with polygon character models and stages replacing the sprites of the original released for retail. Later it also received a digital download only version that was the same as a previously released Steam version with the 3D depth effect added for the backgrounds with previous sprites.
- Devil Survivor received a updated rerelease that included voice work, enhanced graphics and added game content to the previous Nintendo DS version, with the subtitle Overclocked attached. Its sequel Devil Survivor 2 is set to see another such update for release later in 2013 with the subtitle Break Record.
- Given the track record of Square Enix, Bravely Default ended up having an updated version in the works called Bravely Default: For the Sequel. The reason for the odd subtitle is that the game features the updated battle and UI system developed for Bravely Second. Of course those aren't the only changes, the rest being similar to the International versions/Final Mixes for Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts respectively, including a new post-credits cutscene featuring the sequel's protagonist. Thankfully, the localization was based on this version instead of the original.
Nintendo Entertainment System
- In 2013, Nintendo released an updated NES port of Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong - Original Edition, which included the Factory level and cutscenes from the Arcade version that were missing from the first NES version.
- Dragon Slayer II Xanadu was released twice for the PC-98. The first version, released in 1986, was a straight port of the PC-88 version, like most early PC-98 games. The 1995 rerelease, Revival Xanadu, had redrawn sprites and character art with more color, though the ugly 1980s dithered backgrounds remained.
- Metal Gear Solid was rereleased for the PlayStation in Japan as Metal Gear Solid: Integral. It has all the extra content from the overseas versions of the game (namely the addition of multiple difficulty settings, English voice acting, and demo theater), as well as a couple more easter eggs to the main game such as a game mode which alternates the patrol routes for enemy soldiers, a rather impractical first-person mode (you can move and shoot in first person, but you can't see where you're aiming), a couple of hidden codec frequencies (one of them featuring commentary from the developers) and a hidden sneaking suit outfit for Meryl. The main addition to Integral, however, was a bonus disc with over 300 VR Missions. Instead of releasing the whole Integral set outside Japan, Konami released the VR Disc by itself as Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions in North America (as a stand-alone expansion) and Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions in Europe (which required a copy of the original MGS). The Integral version did serve as the basis for the PC port of MGS.
- Excluding ports and remakes, the original Resident Evil was re-released twice on the original PlayStation: the Director's Cut and the Dual Shock ver. The former featured the original game and alternate version that added new camera angles, re-arranged item and enemy placement, new outfits for the main characters, and one new enemy monster (the zombie version of Forrest), while the Dual Shock ver. is the same thing, only with added rumble support and substituted the original music with a new soundtrack, the latter of which was a letdown for many fans.
- Resident Evil 2 also received a Dual Shock edition in less than a year after the original version was out (which introduced the "Extreme Battle" minigame that became the basis for the "Mercenaries" minigame in later installments).
- The Japanese version of Rival Schools (Shiritsu Justice Gakuen) received a stand-alone expansion in the form of Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 exclusively for the PlayStation - the title is a reference to a "life sim" mode featured in the Japanese PS version of the original game. Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 featured an expanded version of that life sim mode and added two new playable characters to the main fighting game: Ran and Nagare. Since Capcom omitted the life sim mode in the overseas versions of Rival Schools, they chose not to localize Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 either.
- Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening: Special Edition, which featured a brand new playable character (Vergil), new boss fights, rebalanced difficulty, a new "survival mode," and more.
- Final Fantasy X-2 International+ Last Mission and Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, besides bringing to Japan changes made for the North American releases, provide important new content and/or severe retweaking of the gameplay system. This being SquareSoft, none of these are available to non-Japanese speaking players.
- Final Fantasy X got an international version as well, featureing bonus bosses and a second sphere grid option, which while smaller, allowed for free customization.
- Even better, Final Fantasy X is getting an HD Remaster for PS3 along with Final Fantasy X-2. Both of these games will be based on their International versions described above.
- Guilty Gear X got one in the form of Guilty Gear X Plus for the PS2, though sadly it was Japan-only. This version included a prototype story mode, Mission mode and Kliff and Justice as playable characters.
- Endemic to the Kingdom Hearts series:
- The original Kingdom Hearts has a Final Mix edition released only in Japan. It's getting another rerelease entitled Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX that contains all of the Final Mix content and some other things... and guess what else? It's coming to America and Europe in the fall!
- Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ includes several new cutscenes, an extra ending leading up to the sequel, hordes of new extra-hard optional bosses, and a complete 3D remake of Chain of Memories. None of this is available outside Japan, with the exception of the Chain of Memories remake, released in North America as Re:Chain of Memories.
- Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX has been announced for a 2014 release, which will contain Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty became Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater became Subsistence.
- Substance added, among another things, a slew of VR missions, new game modes, an additional cutscene depicting Raiden running across the oil fence after Emma gets stabbed, and even a skateboarding mini-game.
- Subsistence added an upgraded camera system, an online multiplayer mode, the MSX Metal Gear games, humorous animated shorts, and more.
- Persona 3: FES, which was cheaper than the original game even though it was, essentially, a new, complete Updated Re-release. Then again, the original Persona 3 also came with an artbook and soundtrack CD...
- FES also comes with an entire additional game. Titled "The Answer" ("Episode Aigis" in Japan) it gives the spotlight to fan-favorite robot girl Aigis, giving us a look at how everyone is adjusting to the return to normalcy after the end of their adventure. At least until they all get thrown into a "Groundhog Day" Loop, necessitating a new quest. Oh, and it's also tough as hell.
- Rogue Galaxy received the updated "Director's Cut" version, which was the edition released internationally.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne received two of these:
- The first one, subtitled Maniax. The major addition was a Bonus Dungeon: a five-floored, mind-boggling hard (even by the game's own Nintendo Hard standards) Bonus Level Of Hell called the Amala Labyrinth, that amongst other things filled in some of the missing plot exposition, offered a shiny new ending (and Bonus Boss) if you were able to complete it and allowed you to fight (and eventually recruit into your party) Dante of Devil May Cry. Fortunately, it was this version that was localised and released in the West.
- The second one, subtitled Chronicles. It contains the content of the previous update, but replaces Dante with Shin Megami Tensei's own Raidou Kuzunoha (whose dialogue is handled by his feline companion, Goto.) Unlike Dante, however, Raidou has the Pierce skill, making him more useful for the endgame and the True Final Boss. This version was not released outside of Japan.
- The PS2 remake of Tales of Destiny was rereleased for the same system as a "Director's Cut" version, including a P.O.V. Sequel starring Leon Magnus.
- Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner received a Special Edition re-release, which touched up the frame-rate to run more smoothly than before, added new cutscenes and battle sequences for the main story, new difficulty levels, an expanded Extra Missions mode, sub-weapon tutorials for the VR Training, and a shiny new opening with a remix of "Beyond the Bounds". Unfortunately, the Special Edition never came to the U.S. although it did get an English release in Europe and PAL regions. So everyone in North America was left out... until in 2012, Konami re-released the Special Edition along with the original Zone of the Enders in the HD Collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
- The Gundam Gaiden Game Missing Link offers a twist, promising HD remakes of 7 previous Gundam gaiden games from across several platforms, including fan-favorites like Blue Destiny (Saturn), Rise from the Ashes (Dreamcast), and Zeonic Front (Playstation 2). Despite its use in official releases and Famitsu Magazine, the term "remake" may not be wholly appropriate, since the classic games will use Missing Link's gameplay engine rather than their own.
- Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins was rereleased in Japan only as Goku Makaimura Kai, with a new mode that downplays the RPG elements and rebalances the difficulty closer to the old Nintendo Hard games.
- Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance improves upon the original's frustrating exploration by adding warp points at certain areas in each dungeon to limit backtracking, and reducing the maximum party size from six to four, allowing your characters to level faster, since gained experience is split among active party members.
- Dissidia 012 [duodecim] contains an updated version of the Dissidia game, to which it adds a prequel episode and a handful of new protagonists.
- Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable brought back the Pale Wings seen in (the Japan and Europe-only) Earth Defense Force 2/Global Defence Force, included a bunch of new missions and weapons, and tied it all together with online cooperative multiplayer and versus.
- Persona 4 has Persona 4: Golden, which adds a whole new character, a few new social links, online features, some new content in the form of a quiz and extra dungeon, and rebalancing of the Persona crafting to make it easier to understand.
- Tecmo Koei has a ton of examples:
- Atelier Totori Plus: Included more content in the form of new dungeons, enemies, costumes and integrated DLC.
- Atelier Meruru Plus: Much like Totori, it also included new dungeons, enemies, costumes and bosses, along with other tweaks.
- New Atelier Rorona: Japan exclusive, Slightly closer to a remake than a rerelease, this new version redid a fair amount of the game, including new mechanics, but kept the story and most of the original content.
- Atelier Ayesha Plus: Japan exclusive as well. Includes 2 characters previously DLC on the PS3 version, as well as new bosses, a hard mode and gameplay tweaks.
- Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition: Includes a new story, more modes and an extension of the Ambition mode.
- Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut adds several new endings and gameplay to match. Said content was eventually ported back to the PC version.
- Gundam Breaker was originally a rereleased version of the PS3 game of the same name, with more missions and parts to earn.
- Muramasa Rebirth was a port of the original Wii game Muramasa The Demon Blade, with 4 extra DLC campaigns being released sometime after the game.
- Tales of Innocence and Tales of Hearts were both released for the Vita with new graphics and sound design.
Sega Genesis / Sega CD / 32X
- When Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse was brought to Sega CD, it featured a rearranged Redbook audio soundtrack, Mickey spouting situation-sensitive one-liners, and an additional level where Mickey summons the Mickeys of the featured cartoons to kick Pete's ass.
- The Sega Genesis port of Virtua Racing was the only game to use the Sega Virtua Processor chip, and consequently was the only Genesis game not backwards compatible with the 32X (due to shared addresses). However, it did get a 32X version called Virtua Racing Deluxe with improved graphics, a choice between three cars, and additional tracks.
- The Sega CD version of Batman Returns, besides having a rearranged Redbook soundtrack, interspersed the stages of the Genesis game with all-new driving stages.
- Suikoenbu Fuunsaiki was a Japan-exclusive update of the Fighting Game Suikoenbu (Dark Legend), with the addition of speed settings and two Guest Fighters.
- Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force received a re-release on the FM Towns computer system with updated visuals and enhanced CD-quality music. It had another re-release for the PC Engine CD that also added animated cut-scenes that fleshed out the almost non-existent story as well as two new characters to play as in the Story Mode.
- Nintendo's "New Play Control" line, which consists of of GameCube games (which the Wii is backwards compatible with), updated with Wii controls and other stuff, depending on the game.
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is an updated version of the original Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes, with additional characters (though one of the original characters was removed due to licensing issues), tweaked mechanics, and altered character properties. This is a case where the special version is supposedly for Western release only (as the original game was only released in Japan), until Japanese fans asked to be released in their country as well.
- Digimon Battle Spirit got one within just six months of its initial release, Digimon Tamers: Battle Spirit Ver 1.5. It was a comparatively minor update, adding three new playable characters, a few new stages, an evolution for a pre-existing character and a True Final Boss. Considering how little it added and how soon it was released, one must wonder why they didn't just wait a few months and do this to begin with. It ended up as a case of No Export for You.
- Ninja Gaiden was rereleased as Ninja Gaiden Black on the Xbox.
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was released exactly 10 years after the original game came out. It has updated graphics using assets taken from Halo: Reach, and a remixed soundtrack, but the game itself still runs over the same 10 year old engine, with identical gameplay and weapon and enemy behaviornote . The player even has the option to switch between the original graphics and the updated assets at the push of a button.
- Onimusha: Warlords from the PS2 was rereleased as Genma Onimusha on the Xbox, with enhanced graphics and sound, new areas, a new Killer Doll boss, new enemy placements, new armor and costumes, three-tier charge attacks, and a new gameplay feature in the green souls.
- Sweevo's World had an expanded version made for the Spectrum 128 titled Sweevo's Whirled.
Non-Video Game Examples
Anime and Manga
- For its 10th anniversary, Azumanga Daioh gained a remake that had quite a few extra chapters.
- The Sailor Moon manga was reprinted in 2003 to coincide with Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. It featured updated artwork and dialogue, and the chapters were reorganized into fewer volumes.
- Shueisha/Viz has recently been taking certain of its top-selling manga series (among them Rurouni Kenshin) and rereleasing them as "VizBig" editions, with three manga volumes per book, full color where applicable, and a larger page size.
- Microsoft Windows. Here are some examples:
- Windows 3.1 was an updated rerelease of Windows 3.0
- Windows 98 was an updated rerelease of Windows 95. SE was in turn an updated rerelease of 98.
- Windows XP was an updated rerelease of Windows 2000
- Windows 7 was an updated rerelease of Windows Vista
- The collected edition of Kingdom Come came with an extra scene on Apokolips and an epilogue.
- The entire Scott Pilgrim comic book series is getting a full-color re-release in August 2012, which was suppose to coincide with the upcoming Downloadable Content for the Beat 'em Up adaptation of the series (that adds Wallace Wells as a playable character and online multiplayer) originally slated for a August 19th, 2012 release until the DLC was pushed back until Fall of 2012.
- Cavewoman: Reloaded is a revised and expanded version of the original Cavewoman mini-series.
- The special edition of Avatar, which added in an alternate opening, and added in some dialogue and scenes that better explained the story's universe.
- The Star Wars movies have been through this multiple times.
- This is often done with music albums, especially those which didn't sell as much as expected first time out. Good examples include Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (for Teenage Dream), Snoop Dogg's More Malice (for Malice in Wonderland), Eminem's Relapse: Refill (for Relapse) and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up (for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded).
- This is often done with remixes in pop/hip-hop/r'n'b music, where the original artist gets other artists to perform new parts of their hit single on the track's original beat.
- Jay-Z is a notable subversion, as his remixes generally involve the track getting a new beat, and very rarely do guest M Cs perform. An exception for Jigga was "30 Something (Remix)", which featured Ice Cube and Andre 3000.
- Rihanna did this on her Unapologetic album with the tracks "Diamonds" and "Pour It Up". "Diamonds (Remix)" had Kanye West lay a verse on it (coincidentally, Kanye also has a song called "Diamonds" in his own right), whilst "Pour It Up (Remix)" had a star-studded remix involving four guest rappers (Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J and T.I.). The latter is notable in part because Ross and Jeezy were on the same track (most likely because of Money, Dear Boy), despite both being enemies at the time.
- Many remastered albums include extras like bonus tracks, demos, alternate mixes, and/or live tracks, as well as art and photographs that weren't in the original version.
- Firepower II is this to Firepower, which came out just three years earlier. The sequel kept the original's layout, but added a cross-table chute and tweaked the rules for better balance.
- Some of the remakes of El Dorado could be seen as this, as they were all essentially the same game with minor changes.
- When Red vs. Blue came out on DVD, Rooster Teeth included a version of the first episode re-shot using Halo 3.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition is allegedly a rerelease of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega 32X CD, featuring a remixed soundtrack, redesigned levels, and brand-new cutscenes. In reality, it's an elaborate Let's Play prank—Docfuture's "playthrough" of the game is cobbled together from footage of other games, Sega commercials, and Overclocked Remix songs. The "game" becomes increasingly surreal and absurd the further Docfuture plays.