"If you go to Kickstarter and say the name of a popular game from the mid-nineties followed by the word "remake", money will be thrown at you with such force that you'll resemble a currency-themed cousin to Pinhead from Hellraiser."While some could argue that video games are an artistic medium on par with movies and literature, most video games often fail to stand the test of time in the same way that other media do. As computer technology and game design is constantly evolving, many titles may start to look and play extremely dated in comparison to what's available, say, five to ten years after its original release. So what's a developer to do? Easy: take the original game, upgrade the visuals so that they're on par with the current standards, add a few more recent gameplay mechanics, maybe fine-tune the levels a little, and presto, now you can convince the consumers to buy basically the same game they bought five to ten years ago! If you want to confuse them further, you can explicitly promote it as a sequel to that game, despite having largely the same content. Just don't expect to be able to release it again five years later, unless it's a Compilation Re-release. Also an opportunity to change the original story to include Retcons that later sequels adopt, or update the "Blind Idiot" Translation into something more accurate and readable. This is, obviously, a subtrope of The Remake. If the original game was only released in one country, the publisher may then actually take a chance of releasing the remake to other markets as a Foreign Remake. Alternatively, if the game was specifically remade so it could be exported to another country, that's Remade for the Export. If the fans decide to remake the game themselves on a new engine, that's a Fan Remake. Distinct from the Updated Re-release, because that's merely rereleasing the same game with modest additions and improvements, whereas this is recreating the entire game from the ground up on new technology. The inversion of this concept is the Video Game Demake, which downgrades the graphics. A subversion of Keep Circulating the Tapes, though usually not an outright one since remakes are usually built from the ground up and modify a significant amount of content. Remakes on the Wii tend to be known as Wiimakes, just because wii can.
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Action Adventure Games
- Blaster Master: Enemy Below is nominally a sequel to the original NES game and features some new gameplay elements and redesigned levels, but is otherwise very similar to the original, particularly with regard to graphics and sound.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Nintendo had The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remade for the Nintendo 3DS, with a graphical overhaul and the Master Quest dungeons as a New Game+. New gameplay elements include using two buttons and two touch-screen corners for items, the ocarina having its own touch button placement, and a new hint system which allows new players to figure out where to start to complete the next part of the game, which is optional but helpful for those who try to 100% the game. It should be noted that Nintendo intentionally left whatever glitches and bugs that were present in the original version to keep the experience as authentic as possible.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker got a remake for the Wii U. This one had all of the graphics redone in 1080p high definition. The map screen and inventory screen on this version were moved to the Wii U Game Pad and the Tingle Tuner for the Gameboy Advance was replaced by the Tingle Bottle, which allowed players to post help questions from the game to Miiverse.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask got one for the Nintendo 3DS in 2015. It includes the same control enhancements as the 3DS version of Ocarina of Time and a new and improved save system along with a new area that includes a fishing mini game and re-done boss battles.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess got a Wii U remake in spring 2016. Besides graphics updated to a full 1080P the game also contains more new features such as a map and inventory screen on the Wii U Game Pad and off TV play, and included a Wolf Link amiibo that unlocks a new dungeon and can be used in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Hyrule Warriors got a Nintendo 3DS remake in 2016, titled Hyrule Warriors Legends. Unlike the original, this version features the ability to swtich characters on the fly, along with a new chapter based on The Wind Waker, with Wind Waker characters being playable, along with Skull Kid from Majora's Mask and a new female character named Linkle (who was originally planned for the original).
- Ōkami got an enhanced remake on the Wii in 2008 which featured motion controls for every elemental power and (sadly) removed the game's credits sequence because it contained the logo for Clover Studios, the game's original creators. In 2012 a remake was released for the PlayStation 3 which featured 1080p full HD graphics and the Wii's motion controls.
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider, featuring gameplay elements of the later games.
- Bomberman: Act Zero was a remake of the first Bomberman game, with an added dose of Darker and Edgier. A more straightforward remake appeared on the PlayStation, with the subtitle Party Edition added for the U.S. release to advertise the Competitive Multiplayer mode that the original game lacked.
- Cel Damage was remade for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and PS Vita in 2014 with HD graphics and all of the same enhancements as the Updated Re Release "Cel Damage Overdrive".
- Monkey Island:
- The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition seems to straddle this trope and Updated Re-release: 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.
- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge has gotten one too. It also includes a commentary track by the three original Monkey Island designers, Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman and Ron Gilbert, plus a concept art gallery featuring backgrounds made for the 1991 version of the game (including some that were cut to save disk space), as well as character design art from the brand-new high-res makeover.
- Rereleased in 2000 as realMYST. The StrataStudio 3D geometry from which the original game's HyperCard scenes had been rendered were imported into a new realtime 3D engine and overhauled, allowing fluid movement instead of fixed "slide-show" locations, as well as weather effects and other non-static elements. It also included a new age to visit.
- A version for the Nintendo DS has been released, with few changes from the original. It adds in a camera, notebook, and map feature for help with the various puzzles.
- 2014 saw the release of realMYST: Masterpiece Edition note , which updated realMYST to use more modern (optional) WASD controls, greatly enhanced the graphics, added features like a flashlight and a built-in hint system, and most importantly, lets the game be played on modern machines (realMYST was notoriously buggy).
- Toward the end of the Adventure Game era, Sierra re-released some of their early classics with point-and-click interfaces (instead of the old text-parsers) and vastly upgraded graphics and sound. These games included King's Quest (which got a superior fan remake), Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory, and more.
In a rare example of a game being remade twice, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was originally a graphic adventure remake of the text-only Softporn Adventure, with improved puzzles and an all-new comedic script, and was subsequently remade again with sharper graphics and a point-and-click interface replacing the original text parser. And then it was remade yet another time in high definition.
Beat 'Em Ups
- Battletoads in Battlemaniacs for the SNES is a shorter, easier remake of the original Battletoads. Its stages (not counting the new bonus stages) are clearly based on six of the levels from the NES game, though with some very radical differences (e.g. stage 5 of Battlemaniacs is like "Clinger Winger" done Minecart Madness style, with a few jumps added and no Boss Battle).
- Double Dragon:
- Double Dragon Advance for Game Boy Advance was a remake of the original arcade game but with new stages, moves, and enemies lifted from or inspired by later installments (particularly Double Dragon II and Super Double Dragon).
- There was also an Xbox Live Arcade version of the first game, but it was just a straight emulation of the arcade game with the option to add redrawn HD graphics.
- The iPhone version of Double Dragon, made by Brizo (the developers of the South America-exclusive Zeebo version), features all new graphics and moves, four stages based on the original arcade game (with Abobo, Burnov, Chin, and Willy as bosses, all returning villains from previous games), and two new stages with new female bosses. (Lavis and Deena).
- Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force got a remake on the PlayStation with different gameplay mechanics and aesthetic changes from the original Sharp X68000 version and its ports.
- River City Ransom has a remake for the Game Boy Advance called River City Ransom EX, which updated the music, graphics, and added quite a lot of gameplay elements.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for Xbox Live Arcade and Play Station Network. Basically the arcade hit, now in 3D (but still sidescrolling) and a new soundtrack that polarized the nostalgics. Notably, Turtles in Time's SNES port received an added stage and several new and/or replaced bosses - Re-Shelled is based on the original arcade game, and as such is missing these features. This has been the primary complaint many critics have raised about the remake, most notably The Irate Gamer, who doesn't even seem aware the original arcade game exists.
- The first Yakuza was remade into Ryu ga Gotoku: Kiwami for the series's tenth anniversary. The game runs off of the engine used in the most recent game before its release, Yakuza 0; scenes were added shedding further light on Kazuma and Yumi's relationship and Nishikiyama's Start of Darkness; and Goro Majima's role was expanded into a Stealth Mentor who fought Kazuma as a boss at various points throughout the game.
- Fire Emblem:
- The Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light, the first game in the series originally released for the Super Famicom in 1990, has been remade twice. The first remake, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, was released for the Super Famicom in 1994 and contains both, a remake and a sequel of the original game (players can skip the remade portion and begin directly with the sequel). The second remake, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, was released for the Nintendo DS in 2009 and was the first version of the game given an international release.
- The sequel portion of Mystery of the Emblem also received a separate DS remake titled Heroes of Light and Shadows. For some reason, this game didn't receive an international release.
- Fire Emblem Gaiden, a side story of the above two titles, is reimagined for the Nintendo 3DS as Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia.
- Lunar: The Silver Star has been remade several times, first as Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete on the PlayStation, then as Lunar Legend on the Game Boy Advance, and then the Silver Star Story version was again redone as Lunar: Silver Star Harmony on the PSP.
- Lunar: Eternal Blue was upgraded and rereleased as Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete.
- MOTHER and MOTHER 2 have been compiled into a single cartridge and rereleased for the GBA under the name MOTHER 1+2 (only in Japan, of course), even including the updated ending for the first game that was supposed to be released in the translated version of the game and a teaser for MOTHER 3.
- Again with the Rebirth moniker, Neptunia has had a remake of its first two (PS3) games using the third game's battle system and a tweaked storyline. The remakes were first for the PlayStation Vita and are now being ported to PC via Steam. The third game was also remade for Vita and PC, with an altered combat system and additional scenarios.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga would get a remake on 3DS in 2017 with a graphical style in the style of the 3DS entries in the series as well as a new subplot featuring Bowser's minions. The new remake would be called Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
- Nocturne (RPG Maker) was originally made for RPG Maker 2000 and mainly used stock assets and the default battle system. The RPG Maker XP remake, Nocturne: Rebirth, uses more custom assets (though most enemies on the map still use stock sprites) and implements a more complicated sideview ATB system.
- For Atlus, the Persona series and the PSP are a match made in Heaven. Three Persona games have been remade for the PSP. The first Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, is a straight port of Revelations: Persona, with improved localization and an updated UI. There's also a remake of Persona 3 for the PSP (known as Persona 3 Portable), featuring gender selection, story modifications depending on gender (including Elizabeth's Spear Counterpart), and the ability to control your party members. Navigation has been streamlined, and the graphics and music have been altered. Also, they've added two new difficulty levels, Beginner and Maniacs. (Yes, they've actually made Persona 3 harder.) A PSP remake of Persona 2: Innocent Sin was released with a remixed soundtrack, in addition to the original version, new character art, and to top it all off, an NA release, making this the first official release of this game in North America. Continuing the tradition, Persona 4 gets a remake for the PS Vita, as Persona 4: The Golden. It has its own buttload of new things, from new costumes, to new cutscenes, new social links, new Personas, and new ways in which to end the game on a totally sour note.
- Phantasy Star I and Phantasy Star II both received remakes for Japanese audiences on the PS2, as part of Sega's "AGES 2500" series. They were originally to be released in the US with a remake of Phantasy Star IV, but said remake was canceled, and any plans to release either existing game in the west have never been addressed since.
The Sega Ages 2500 series also included polygonal-graphics remakes of such games as After Burner II, OutRun, Space Harrier, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Hokuto no Ken (the Sega Master System game), and even the ancient Monaco GP.
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance, remakes of Pokémon Red And Blue/Green on the original Game Boy. It features Mons that had since been introduced in subsequent generations, a new set of islands to explore, superior graphics, vastly improved programming, and implemented the battle/experience system of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The game is also designed to cater to beginners. A help menu can be accessed at any time which can describe any aspects of the current situation (in battle, one can even look up a type-effectiveness chart) and the Old Man that once simply showed you how to catch a Pokémon now gives you the Teachy TV, an item that shows you how various in-game mechanics work. However, these remakes were necessary purchases for those who Gotta Catch Them All without a Gameshark or friends with the games, as the previous two generations of games were incompatible with the latest ones of the time.
- There are also remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, titled HeartGold and SoulSilver. They feature the graphical style of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl/Platinum, Pokémon introduced since the release of the original Gold and Silver (with no restrictions against obtaining them like FireRed and LeafGreen had, which required the game to be completed), a few new areas (such as a Safari Zone, which was a feature Gold, Silver, and Crystal lacked that every other game in the series has, though the Bug-Catching Contest event was extremely similar), menus redesigned to use the touch screen, and an improved Kanto region (for example, bringing back areas from Red and Blue that were not in the original Gold and Silver, such as Viridian Forest and Cerulean Cave).
But wait! There's more! HeartGold and SoulSilver also bring back the fan-favorite walking Pokémon feature from Yellow, and add a new battle against Lance and Clair, and one against Giovanni. It includes all the plotlines from Crystal, as well as Steven Stone and Cynthia. Gym Leader rebattling, tons more legendaries, Kanto and Hoenn starters, an extra HM (Rock Climb), brand new sidequests, new events like an Arceus creating a Pokémon and Celebi time-warping you, plus lots of backstory and photos. Seriously.
- In 2014 remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were announced called Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The new features include the standards: access to all of the Pokémon up to Generation VI, graphical updates, the battle interface of Pokémon X and Y, and of course new Mega Evolutions. Some content previously exclusive to Generation III returns, like Contests and Secret Bases. New features include an updated Pokénav that lets you catch Pokémon with Egg-only moves in the wild (e.g. Poochyena with Fire Fang on the first), giving Team Magma and Aqua a severe case of Divergent Character Evolution after they were more or less palette swaps of each other in the original games, and the ability to ride Latios/Latias around Hoenn in their Mega Formes.
- Skies of Arcadia for the Sega Dreamcast got a Gamecube remake in 2003, called Skies of Arcadia Legends. This remake included less blocky character models, lots of new missions, less random battles, and tons more. This remake was also slated for a PS2 and PC release, but sadly never came to be.
- The Tales Series:
- Tales of Destiny for the PlayStation was remade for the PlayStation 2, following the release of its long-delayed sequel...but it was available only in Japan.
- Also available only in Japan: the excellent PlayStation remake of Tales of Phantasia (America got the weak GBA port instead) and the PSP port of the same. And while not as popular as those two, there's also the remake of the GBC game Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon for the PSP (Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X).
- A remake of Tales of Innocence was announced for the Play Station Vita. After that was released, the other Nintendo DS main series title Talesof Hearts is also coming to the Vita with a full 3D graphics presentation.
- Wild ARMs: Alter Code F was a PS2 update of the original Wild ARMs, complete with 3D graphics, extra scenes, more playable characters, a battle system more in-line with the most recent series entry at the time (3), extra sidequests, the whole shebang...but a remarkably similar-quality translation. It was made even worse by the fact that it wasn't released in North America until two years after its original release in Japan, a gap longer than most Final Fantasy games, and yet the translation seemed like it was all done in a month. It even somehow managed to screw up a plot-relevant translation - Jack van Burace called himself that because he used to be the Knight of the Vambrace, which is a kind of arm guard. The remake made him the Knight of the Gauntlet, which is a totally different piece of armor and cannot be altered to sound like van Burace.
- Xenoblade got a remake on the New Nintendo 3DS model. The game features auto stereoscopic 3D graphics and only the enhanced processing power of the new system is able to handle it. The game also makes use of Street Pass for sharing customized weapons and costumes as well as building affinity plus compatibility with the Shulk Amiibo.
- Black Mesa, a fanmade remake of the original Half-Life created as a Game Mod for the Source engine, which after a long wait has been released, aims to not only recreate the game from scratch, but include some material that was originally excluded from the original game.
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare will get a remake called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as a pack in with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
- Far Cry was remade in HD for XBLA and PSN as Far Cry Classic 10 years after the original, with modern console FPS amenities such as true iron sights, proper sprinting, visual enemy tags(which previously only appeared on the Enemy-Detecting Radar), and quick-melee attacks, as well as more realistic weapon designs and a more forgiving difficulty level.
- GoldenEye was remade by Activision for the Wii. The new GoldenEye features Daniel Craig's Bond replacing Pierce Brosnan's and the story is being altered to fit the more modern setting. The game plays more like Call of Duty with the characters and setting from Goldeneye, even in multiplayer, load outs and all. Although the soundtrack during multiplayer does add on to the adrenaline rush. It was exclusive to the Wii before being ported to the PS3 and Xbox 360 with HD graphics, better online functionality, and a new set of levels.
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is done in a very interesting yet incredibly faithful manner by 343 Industries (the game was originally developed by Bungie). The gameplay, even the cut-scene animations, are nearly, if not exactly, the same as the original Xbox game (but with the graphics updated to what was then current-gen standards), some parts of the scenery are subtly revised (partly to help tie in with Halo 4) and there's online and system link functionality with the two-player co-op mode. For the lore fans, there are new terminals which expand upon the background plot of the game and tie it in with later canon. You even have the option to change the graphics on the fly to the original (yet still up-scaled) graphics! It just reminds you how far the series had come. The only problem that many fans agree on is that the multiplayer portion is literally the Halo: Reach engine with some of the maps from the first game redone, although the map pack is redeemable in new copies to be used in the actual Halo: Reach game.
- Halo 2 received the same treatment for its own ten year anniversary. This time, the multiplayer is left untouched. Additionally, there is a new optional multiplayer engine designed with the help of the lead multiplayer designer for the original Halo 2. Needless to say, the fans were quite pleased to hear of the initial announcement.
- The PS3 version of Medal of Honor 2010 includes an HD remaster of Medal of Honor: Frontline, which has numerous gameplay enhancements including the "iron sights" aiming featured in many modern shooters.
- Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light received remakes under a new game engine: the 4A Engine, which features updated graphics, physics and weather effects, as well as better AI, controls, new game modes, etc.
- Rare's classic Perfect Dark had the graphics cleaned up and released on the XBOX 360 in March 2010. The protagonist, Joanna Dark, has apparently been based on the Japanese version's Asian looks rather than resembling the original Western game's promo art or the look she sported in Zero, where she was portrayed as a futuristic Kim Possible. Along with that, the game runs on 60 fps, allows the players to tweak the gameplay mechanics to make it play exactly like the original, or more like a modern shooter (ideal for those who don't like the old aiming system), kept its multiplayer intact, and even allowed up to 12 players at once. Also, co-op, counter-op, and all forms of multiplayer have online play, as well as a system link option. Split screen for co-op and counter-op is fully possible, even when online!
- Serious Sam has the HD (yes, that's what it's called) rereleases, which feature ragdoll physics, various minor tweaks and the titular graphical enhancements.
- Somewhere between Ascended Fanfic and this trope lies Team Fortress Classic, an updated release of the original Quake mod done on Valve's Goldsrc engine.
- The PC Engine version of The Tower of Druaga had 60 redesigned floors now depicted in 3/4 View, and a lot of new treasures, many of which had to be equipped to be used. It also eliminated two of the more frustrating features of the arcade game: the floor timers and the bad potions on certain floors.
- There was an SNES remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Castlevania: Dracula X (Akumajou Dracula XX in Japan). It was generally considered disappointing.
- Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a remake of the unreleased-in-the-West Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, with the original Rondo of Blood and its sequel, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, included as embedded precursors.
- The original Castlevania for the Famicom and NES had loose adaptations in the form of Vampire Killer for the MSX2 and Haunted Castle for arcades, as well as proper remakes such as Super Castlevania IV for the SNES and Castlevania Chronicles for the PlayStation. The latter is actually a port of a Japan-only Sharp X68000 version of Akumajo Dracula, with the option to change Simon's and Dracula's sprites.
- Castlevania: The Adventure got a remake for WiiWare in 2009 called Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth.
- Cave Story got a remake on Nintendo 3DS in 2011 with all of the graphics redone in 3D, a new level, and a completely remixed soundtrack.
- Metroid: Zero Mission was a remake of the NES Metroid, with a world map including elements of Super Metroid and the control scheme of Metroid: Fusion. It added Crateria from Super Metroid to the map; the map of the regions that existed in the original is largely unchanged from the NES game, at least in terms of general layout, Crateria itself was pretty much an original design, and Chozodia was totally new—it wasn't in Super Metroid eithernote .
- In 2017 Metroid II: Return of Samus would get a 3DS remake in the form of Metroid: Samus Returns.
- The original freeware version of La-Mulana was made to resemble MSX games, but the commercial version not only gave it a new 16-bit look and music, it also changed some parts of the game as well. Generally, the puzzles were made (a bit) easier, but the gameplay difficulty was increased to compensate, and also adds a new character, Mulbruk.
- Banjo-Kazooie got a remake on the Xbox Live Arcade in 2008 with updated graphics in HD and the infamous Stop'N'Swop items finally being collectable and usable in the third game "Nuts & Bolts". Its sequel Banjo Tooie got the same treatment in 2009.
- Bionic Commando Rearmed is a high definition remake of the original Bionic Commando. While it upgrades the graphics, it does actually add a substantial amount of content to the game, including new levels, weapons, upgrades, and abilities. The game was rebuilt with the new movement abilities in mind, controls were tightened up even further, and it also rebalances the game to make the other available weapons at least reasonably viable, so that players don't just go through 80% of the game with the rocket launcher. It manages to do all this while retaining affectionate references to the original game, making more of a labor of love than financial expedience.
- Conker: Live and Reloaded on Xbox, remake of Conker's Bad Fur Day on Nintendo 64, featuring realistic fur textures on the eponymous squirrel, online multiplayer, and (unfortunately) censored swearing.
- After Delta Tao bought the rights to the Dark Castle series, they remade the original monochrome game as Color Dark Castle.
- Donkey Kong Country got a remake on the Game Boy Color. This version of the game had less detailed graphics due to the Gameboy Color's limited graphics capabilities and much of the music was ripped right from its Gaiden Game Donkey Kong Land. It later got a port on the Gameboy Advance with brighter graphics, redone sound, a redone menu system and some new minigames. Its sequel, Diddy's Kong Quest followed in 2003 and the third game of the original trilogy, Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, followed in 2005. This one had a completely new soundtrack, loved by some fans but hated by others, as well as an entirely new world named Pacifica which is actually seen midway through the game.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns got a remake on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, only three years after the original released. The remake featured a whole new world unlocked after the main game was beaten, and graphics redone in auto stereoscopic 3D.
- DuckTales Remastered, a remake of the original NES game for the Xbox Live Arcade, Play Station Network and Wii U eShop. Some of the characters in the original go from minor cameos to full-brown appearances and in addition, you can actually swim in Scrooge McDuck's money bin, as it is a all-new playable area. Oh yes, and the game features brand new voice acting work done by most of the original actors from the animated series—including Alan Young, who has provided the voice for Scrooge McDuck in almost every Disney game, TV show and movie since 1983.
- Earthworm Jim had a remake for modern platforms called Earthworm Jim HD, with upgraded graphics, a new multiplayer co-op mode, redone music, extra stages and the removal of the bonus stage.
- Jumper Redux, the remake of the original Jumper remade in Game Maker 6 and including its capabilities for special effects, network multiplayer mode and remixed as well as new original music.
- Nightmare in Dream Land was a remake of Kirby's Adventure for NES.
- Kirby Super Star (also known as Kirby's Fun Pack) for the SNES also contained a shortened remake of the Game Boy Kirby's Dream Land. Then comes Kirby Super Star Ultra, a remake of this game, which not only adds new minigames, but four new game modes, including one where you get to play as Meta Knight, and one that's a remake of the first game's hard mode!
- Capcom re-released the original Mega Man game for the PSP as Mega Man Powered Up. MMPU included completely remixed versions of classic stages (with a "Classic Mode" with all the levels preserved as they were on the NES), two new bosses, a level editor, and the ability to play as the bosses, not to mention an overhauled Super-Deformed art style. The remake was well received, despite the somewhat polarizing new look: as one reviewer put it, there's just something wrong about wanting to give Guts Man a big hug.
- Prince of Persia Classic is a remake of the original 2D game with graphics similar to the Sands Of Time trilogy and new moves such as walljumping and rolling, a redesigned combat system, and new tougher enemies and bosses (e.g. the Gatekeeper who replaces the Politician from the original, and Jaffar has magic attacks and is a lot tougher now).
- Every game in the Super Mario Bros. trilogy has had two remakes: one in Super Mario All-Stars and the other in the Super Mario Advance series (except SMB1, which got a second remake in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Game Boy Color). The World games and 64 also have portable remakes.
In fact, Super Mario 64 DS may set the record for the most console-specific subtitles/prefixes. It has "64" from the Nintendo 64, and "DS" from the Nintendo DS. Not only that, but the remake itself featured three additional playable characters, with Yoshi being the primary one to play as with their own unique abilities (you have to unlock Mario before tackling the ground level final sections. Luigi and Wario are optional though), some new or revised levels, and a slew of minigames and even a competitive multiplayer mode, requiring only one cartridge to play. It also used the touch screen as an improved analog stick, but this is now unnecessary with the release of the 3DS.
- The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy had the first three games completely rebuilt from the ground up, since the original source code is out of date with newer technology. It also unifies features in all three games (for example, Relics from the third game can now be collected in the first two games), as well as having Coco Bandicoot playable in all three remasters, as opposed to only being playable in select levels of Warped.
- The original arcade Bubble Bobble has been ported to the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS (in the "old/classic" modes of Old and New and Revolution respectively). There's also a PSP remake called Evolution, and another one called Bubble Bobble Plus on the WiiWare service. The characters and enemies are 3D models while the background and platforms are still 2D renders. There are also brand new levels with 4-player support.
- Meikyuu Sinwa/Eggerland 2 for the MSX2 was remade as Eggerland for the Nintendo Entertainment System, with additional levels, redone graphics and music, save files, and the first actual appearance of series Big Bad King Egger, who had previously been All There in the Manual.
- Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. Take the original arcade game, put it on the Game Boy... then overhaul the mechanics, add several new moves for Mario (including the triple-jump, backflip, tightrope-walking and such, which pre-dated the 3D games), 97 additional stages, updated graphics (albeit monochrome if played on the original GB), and the new levels have a new focus on puzzle-solving (these levels would later be the inspiration for 2004's Mario vs. Donkey Kong). And a new final boss. This game added so much, and it is arguably one of the best game remakes of all time.
- Klonoa: Door to Phantomile was remade as Klonoa on the Wii, with much nicer visuals, ability to listen to English voices or the "Phantomilian" language, more bonuses, and alterations to the script and name spellings.
- The Lost Vikings 2 was remade as Norse by Norsewest: The Lost Vikings Return for the next generation of consoles a mere year after it appeared on the SNES in 1995. The gameplay and level design remained the same, but the sound effects, music and graphics were completely redone. The remake also implemented FMV and voice acting.
- Daytona USA was remade in 2010 as Sega Racing Classic, which ups the resolution and draw distance a bit, and drops the Daytona license, but otherwise keeps the classic gameplay intact.
- Diddy Kong Racing, originally a Nintendo 64 game, was remade on the Nintendo DS (with Banjo and Conker replaced by Dixie and Tiny Kong as they are both owned by Rareware, who is now owned by Microsoft).
Real Time Strategy Games
- Deception IV: Blood Ties is a reimagining of the first game.
- Homeworld and its sequel have been remade for modern digital distribution platforms, but instead of just a simple Animation Bump to High Definition, these two have been remade for 4K resolution.
- New Little King's Story is... strange. According to the plot, it's a sequel which Retcons the game's original Gainax Ending and follows Corobo trying to rebuild his kingdom after it's attacked and destroyed by a mysterious new enemy... but virtually every other aspect is close enough to the original game to qualify as a remake instead.
Shoot 'Em Ups
- Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is essentially a remake of Gauntlet: Legends, as it has the same characters, levels, abilities, gameplay mechanics, and story of Legends, but also new characters, new levels, new abilities, new gameplay mechanics, and an extended ending leading up to a new final boss.
- Gradius 2 for the MSX (not to be confused with the Arcade Game Gradius II) was remade for the Sharp X68000 as Nemesis '90 Kai.
- Gunstar Super Heroes is an...odd case. Plot-wise, it's a sequel to Gunstar Heroes, but it's a massive case of History Repeats to the point that it's effectively a remake as well — almost all the same events happen again with new versions of the same characters, only there's more story surrounding everything this time.
- The Monkey King: The Journey Begins (Shin Chuuka Taisen) for the Wii is a remake of the old Taito Shoot 'em Up Cloud Master (Chuuka Taisen), though this is obscured by the unrelated international titles.
- A 3DS remake of Star Fox 64 was announced around the same time as the remake of Ocarina of Time. In addition to the obvious addition of upgraded 3D graphics, the voice acting was re-recorded (with the original voice actors when possible, though some had to be replaced), the music was redone (in contrast to the approach taken with Ocarina of Time 3D), and the game has two main modes (in addition to the existing Expert mode); the Nintendo 3DS mode lowers the difficulty mostly because of the new controls, while the Nintendo 64 mode intends to preserve the challenge of the original. The script was modified slightly as well, such as preserving the name of the planet Fichina in the international releases for consistency with later installments (it was changed to Fortuna in the original English release of 64, but not later games).
- Two games in The Tale Of ALLTYNEX: ALLTYNEX Second (PC, 2010), of ALLTYNEX (FM Towns, 1996); and RefleX (PC, 2008), of Reflection (PC, 1997).
- Thexder has been remade as Thexder '95 for Windows, and as Thexder Neo on the Play Station Network.
- Ace Combat 2 got one in the form of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy for the Nintendo 3DS. In Japan, it's called Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble.
- Harvest Moon:
- Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance is a remake of Harvest Moon: Back to Nature for the PlayStation, which reused the characters from Harvest Moon 64.
- Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley is a remake of Save the Homeland that greatly expands the game and addresses most of its major failings.
- 1995 game Transport Tycoon has been recently revived as the open-source project OpenTTD, with the additional merit of keeping pretty much only the graphics from the previous game but with the code written entirely from scratch, and with lots of extra features and customization capabilities. And as of version 1.0, you no longer need the original graphics. You can use them if you have an original game disk to get them from, but there's now a new set of graphics that eliminates the last non-free bit from this FOSS project.
- Punch-Out!! for the Wii is a "remake" in the truest sense of both the word and the trope. That is to say it's a "remake" of an older video game (specifically the NES version) in the same way as a movie or TV series being a remake of an older movie or TV series. It featured just about all the classic characters from the NES Punch-Out!! game, plus a new character: Disco Kid (who is rumored to be a remake of a character in the arcade version of Punch-Out!!, Kid Quick), a two player versus mode, and a new Title Defense mode where you fight harder variations of the same fighters (which means Glass Joe can finally knock you out if you're not careful). Also, Donkey-Kong is the guest fighter (interestingly, Princess Peach was originally suppose to fill the role).
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, a downloadable game for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC via Steam, is a re-imagining of the first and second games, with the best levels of both games, in a new engine, and containing new modes. Any gameplay changes from 3 onward has been removed, so the on-foot junk will be gone. It is worth noting that you can download a pack which contains the best levels from 3 and the revert-to-manual move (which can only be used in those levels).
- Hitman: Contracts was largely a remake of Hitman: Codename 47 in that several missions were remakes from the earlier game with better graphics and gameplay improvements. Most of the game takes place as a flashback to justify this.
- Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for GameCube, a remake of the original Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation. It was generally received well, but some harshly criticized the new over-the-top cutscenes, redone voice acting and music (taking out the series' iconic leitmotifs), the controls were mapped weirdly, and the fact that the newly introduced MGS2 gameplay elements removed much of the challenge of the original (most noticeably, the tranquilizer gun and first-person viewpoint). The good parts did come in the form of the levels being redesigned to accommodate the new gameplay mechanics, the soundtrack is pretty awesome (though many argue that it isn't as good as the original), and David Hayter sacrificed half his pay just to help bring back all the original cast to voice in the games, with the exception of the voice for the Cyborg Ninja (voiced by Rob Paulsen), despite the voice actor being present (Greg Eagles, who reprises his rule as Donald Anderson, who also voiced the Cyborg Ninja in the original).
- Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, was released in 2012. Although, it fell short in its promise, and the final product became more of a Polished Port.
- Hideo Kojima has been seeking a developer to remake MGS1 again on the FOX Engine. Currently, it is not in development, but Kojima does want to make it happen someday.
- Resident Evil for Nintendo GameCube (a.k.a REmake), a remake of the original PlayStation version. It features a more polished storyline, touched up dialogue, ramps up the atmosphere to the max, and throws in some new twists and turns that makes it an entirely new and memorable experience (new enemies, weapons, puzzles, areas, etc). It was exclusive to the Gamecube before being re-released on the Wii, and later got an HD version of PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
- Thanks to its online marketing campaign, Capcom will be adding in the BSAA outfits from Resident Evil 5 into the HD version.
- Another version was then released for DS, titled Resident Evil: Deadly Silence. It is largely the same game as the PlayStation 1 original with updated graphics and touch screen elements. However, it does feature new additions, such as the knife being its own button (just like Resident Evil 4), turning 180°, a reload button, and a map on the top screen which also doubles as a health and ammo indicator. This version also provides the option to play the original version of the game, or a remixed version which randomly adds enemies in areas you already cleared, throws in the knifing mini-game that is also done at random, enemies sometimes dropping health or ammo, and puzzles completely redone for use with the touch screen and the built in microphone. A multiplayer mode was thrown in as well.
Turn-based Strategy Games
- The Wing Commander game Privateer got a fan remake, with added quests and items, called "Privateer Remake". After controversy in the community about the added and changed stuff, another remake was created intended to be accurate to the original called, Privateer Gemini Gold.
- Various game studios and fan groups have been re-making X Com UFO Defense for well over a decade.
- Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together was rereleased for the PSP where the game mechanics were rebuilt from the ground up and includes new artwork, orchestrated soundtrack, an ability to travel to different story branches which makes viewing the multiple endings easier, the ability to rewind turns to reduce the need to save scum and a post-game campaign.
- Snatcher was originally released in Japan for the PC88 and MSX2 computer platforms in 1988. The original versions were pretty advanced for their time, but lacked voice acting and were rushed for release, resulting in the omission of the game's final act. The game was then remade as a Super CD game for the PC Engine in Japan titled Snatcher CD-ROMantic in 1992, which was the basis for the localized Sega CD port in 1994. The game got further remakes for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Japan in 1996.
Wide Open Sandbox
- The original space combat game Elite has had quite a few of these since its first release in 1984. The most recent is Oolite, a free open-source reimplementation with up to date graphics.
- The classic 1987 videogame Sid Meier's Pirates! was remade for Windows in the mid-90's as Pirates! Gold. It featured 640x480 graphics, mouse control, midi sound and a variety of new bugs, but was almost entirely unchanged as a game. Then in 2004 the game was remade again as Sid Meier's Pirates!, but so much was enhanced that many consider it to be superior to even a timeless classic as the original.
- The BandaiNamcoEntertainment Classics Collection series bundled three classic Namco games, and then added an "arrangement mode" which brought new features and a story that their endless 8-bit counterparts did not have. The collections came in two volumes and were only released as arcade machines. One had Galaga, Xevious, and Mappy. The other had Pac-Man, Rally-X, and Dig Dug. However, Namco Museum for the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox (released in 2001) did include ports of both the original and arranged versions of Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, and Galaga. Xevious 3D/G also contained a port of the arranged version of Xevious, along with the original, and Super Xevious. The arranged version of Pac-Man, meanwhile, was included as part of the Game Boy Advance Pac-Man Collection, and released on iOS as Pac-Man Remix.
- Games made by Eugene Jarvis fit this trope nicely. Examples include Defender 2000 for the Atari Jaguar (programmed by Jeff Minter, the guy behind the classic Video Game Remake Tempest 2000), reimaginings of Robotron 2084 for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, and remakes of Defender and N.A.R.C. for the PS2 and Xbox. Unfortunately, the latter two were terrible, and Jarvis disowned the N.A.R.C. remake.
- Falcom revels in this, but fans outside of Japan get one given version at most, usually since many of the computer versions are for old Japanese computers like the NEC PC-88, though Ys Seven averted this tendency; it was made specifically for the PlayStation Portable instead of a PC platform, and that version was localized by XSEED Games within a year of its Japanese release. Those that did make it overseas tend to be fondly remembered, except for the two Legend of Heroes titles on the PS1 and PSP that got skewered with a "Blind Idiot" Translation.
- Ys Book I and II on the Turbografx CD was a compilation remake of the original two PC-88 games. Later, they were remade on PC as Ys I and II Eternal/Complete, which was ported to PS2 as Eternal Story, and to DS as Legacy of Ys: I and II, and the PSP as Ys I & II Chronicles, with the last one done by Nihon Falcom itself. In Japan, the first game (but not the second) was also remade on the Sharp X68000. A Korean company produced their own remake of the second game as Ys II Special in 1994.
- Japan also got the two Falcom Classics compilations for the Sega Saturn. The first had remakes of the first Ys and Dragon Slayer games and Xanadu. The second had remakes of Ys II and Asteka II: Templo del Sol.
- The side-scrolling Ys III: Wanderers From Ys was completely remade in a top-down 3D hack-and-slash format similar to that of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim as The Oath In Felghana, which was originally a Japan-only PC game but was later ported by Nihon Falcom to the PSP, with that version receiving an English translation by XSEED Games. XSEED later published the PC version in English through Steam.
- Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, Ys IV: Mask of the Sun and Ys V received remakes on the PlayStation 2, all released only in Japan by Taito.
- Brandish: The Dark Revenant for the PSP gave the original game a most welcome graphical overhaul, rendering the game environments in splendid 3D. This also meant that the game's famously esoteric camera system at last made some amount of sense, since the camera rotation was now smooth and it's far easier to keep track of where you are.
- Ys IV has now been remade as Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PS Vita.
- Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X was a remake of the first Mega Man X game with improved graphics, added anime cutscenes, an extra playable character, and an unlockable prequel OVA called The Day of Sigma. Sadly, the game vastly changes certain aspects of the universe, so that the remake doesn't sync up with the storyline of the other games...up until about Mega Man X5. The series creator stated he wanted to rewrite the beginning of the story, and would do so if the remake sold well...which it did not.
- It gets worse. Keiji Inafune, the producer of the series, took all the planned enhancements out of the Mega Man X Collection because he wanted to implement them in the PSP remakes. Since they never materialized, players were left with a bare-bones collection, and were left hanging.
- Final Fantasy Adventure (Seiken Densetsu in Japan) was remade for the Game Boy Advance as Sword of Mana. The graphics received a significant upgrade, the plot gained notable depth, and several of the Final Fantasy series features (such as Chocobos) were removed in favor of Mana series features introduced in later games, such as cannon travel and ring menus.
- Both Super Robot Wars Original Generation games on the Game Boy Advance were remade and compiled into one awe-inspiring PlayStation 2 game (Super Robot Wars Original Generations), featuring a host of new gameplay elements and rebalancing, much improved visuals and a host of additional story elements, including a playable teaser for the sequel - something nobody even knew about until the game itself announced it after the end credits.
- Arguably, what made Original Generations so well-received was it rectified a massive Flanderization of a certain villainous character, who was first rendered into a Jerkass, into a Noble Demon. Come the sequel, the villain performed a well-deserved Heel–Face Turn to the delight of fans.
- Advanced Portable, Super Robot Wars Compact, and Super Robot Wars Impact also count, the latter having been compiled from three SRWs.
- The Ninja Gaiden trilogy for the NES were given the Super Mario All-Stars treatment, resulting in the Compilation Re-release of Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for the Super NES in 1995. The remade SNES versions of the games were included in the Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden, along with the original arcade game in Ninja Gaiden Black (an Updated Re-release of the Xbox game).
- Square Enix is more or less a king of this trope. They have been known for porting/remaking games more often than they should.
- The first two games in the Final Fantasy series have been remade for the Wonderswan, PS, GBA, and the PSP, with each new version having a bit more content than the previous.
- And there was a Japan-Famicom compilation of the first two games near the end of the platform's lifespan.
- However, the original Final Fantasy III for the Family Computer was remade only once for the Nintendo DS, using the system's 3D capabilities. The DS remake has now been ported to iOS, as have the PSP versions of FFI and FFII.
- That remake was followed by a Final Fantasy IV remake in the same vein, odd in the fact that a GBA Updated Re-release existed only for a couple of years.
- Those aren't the only remakes IV has. There's a Wonderswan version, a Cellphone version and an "Easy Type" version (which was similar, but not identical, to the version released on SNES outside Japan).
- To date, outside of the original Super Famicom release, the localized Final Fantasy II release and the Easytype update, there are ports for the PlayStationnote , WonderSwan Color, cell phones and Game Boy Advance. And then there's the fully 3D remake for the Nintendo DS, which itself was ported to smartphones and PC, and lastly the PlayStation Portable port that used fully-redrawn sprites instead of polygon graphics.note
- Final Fantasy V also has two remakes. To date it has a version for the PlayStation with anime cutscenes and a Gameboy Advance version.
- Same as the fifth game, Final Fantasy VI also has a remake for the Playstation and the Gameboy Advance.
- After years of suggesting that a remake of Final Fantasy VII wouldn't happen soon without outright dismissing the possibility, at E3 2015 Square Enix finally announced a remake for the PS4 to come out in 2017.
- Dragon Quest has seen its share of remakes as well, though the earlier ones were released in Japan only:
- Dragon Quest I and Dragon Quest II had remakes for the Super Famicom and the Game Boy Color which compiled the two games onto a single cartridge.
- Dragon Quest III was remade for the Super Famicom using the Dragon Quest VI engine, and later for the Game Boy Color.
- Dragon Quest IV was remade for the PlayStation using the Dragon Quest VII engine. (This was planned to be released in the US, but was canceled due to the developer's closing of operations.) It was later remade for the Nintendo DS, along with Dragon Quest V and Dragon Quest VI.
- Dragon Quest V was first remade for the PlayStation 2 in 2004.
- The Nintendo 3DS has the remake of the first Dragon Quest Monsters game out and a remake of Dragon Quest VII planned, all rendered in 3D graphics.
- Dragon Quest VII got a 3DS remake in 2013, but it took three years to make it out of Japan where it was published by Nintendo.
- Final Fantasy Tactics was remade for the PSP, given voice-acted cel-shaded cutscenes, an improved script that removed much of the Blind Idiot Translations in the script, and stronger ties to the other games in the Ivalice Alliance (including Balthier from Final Fantasy XII and Luso from Final Fantasy Tactics A2 appearing as playable characters).
- Now you can relive the old brick-sized Game Boy days as SaGa 2 (Final Fantasy Legend 2) is being released on the DS in honor of its 20th anniversary.
- The original Romancing SaGa is being remade for the PS2 with a battle system similar to that of Romancing SaGa 3. Totally works.
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, a Game Boy Advance game, was remade for PlayStation 2 in the international version of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ as Re:Chain of Memories. The remake was eventually released in North America by itself (two and a half years later!), but alas, not in Europe or Australia.
- A Nintendo DS remake of Kingdom Hearts coded, a mobile phone game, was announced at E3 2010 (titled Re:coded) solely for the purpose of bringing it to international audiences.
- Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, the most famous game of its series which is originally created by Neverland and originally brought to North America by Natsume, is remade on the Nintendo DS under the name of "Lufia: Curse of Sinistrals" with new system, plots, and very Final Fantasy-ish character design, and Natsume reprised its role as the localizer for the North American market. Cue Broken Base.
- Chrono Trigger on the Nintendo DS got a new translation, all the PS1 goodies without the horrible slowdown and bugged sound, reformatted interface, a few new dungeons, and a new ending. It also answers how Porre became powerful enough to take down Guardia, though that explanation has caused its own brand of Internet Backdraft and accusations of being a Voodoo Shark.
- Ni GHTS Into Dreams, one of the ill-fated Sega Saturn's best system sellers, was re-released on the PS2 in Japan with updated graphics around the same time as its Wii sequel to give players who missed the Saturn train a chance to experience the game. The PS2 release was then brought outside Japan in the form of NiGHTS HD for XBLA, PSN, and Steam, which also adds the original Saturn version in addition to the PS2 version. note
- Everything Spiderweb Software made from 1995 to 1999 has been remade in another engine at one time or another—first the four Exile games were remade as the Avernum series in the Nethergate engine, and then Nethergate was carried over to the Geneforge engine. The Avernum series is now being remade again.
- The Sting RPG Riviera: The Promised Land started life as a WonderSwan game, then got ported to the Game Boy Advance with upgraded graphics and music, and still later was ported to the PlayStation Portable with
upgradedresized and filtered graphics, more and improved CG scenes, enhanced and arranged music, and full voice-acting of the dialogue.
- The Atari Jaguar had quite a few of these. In addition to the aforementioned Tempest 2000 and Defender 2000, there was Breakout 2000, Missile Command 3D, Hover Strike (To BattleZone) and the less retro Atari Lynx games Checkered Flag and Blue Lightning.
- Oregon Trail 5 For this game they literally took Oregon Trail II, made fishing and gathering plants into options instead of random events and put in some animated cutscenes. Those aside there is literally no difference.
- Charlie Blast's Territory for the Nintendo 64 and The Bombing Islands for the PlayStation are both remakes of the game Bombuzal with 3D graphics.
- A variation occurs with Ghostbusters Pinball — the game itself is a digitally rethemed version of Gottlieb's Haunted House Physical Pinball Table, made by modifying the digital version of the game from FarSight Studios' The Pinball Arcade.
- Heiankyo Alien was remade twice: once for the Game Boy, and again in Bomberman style for the Super Famicom as part of the Nichibutsu Arcade Classics series. Both remakes allowed for two-player co-op, and also included the original version.
- The Level Editor for Warcraft III and Starcraft II have allowed fans to remake the Warcraft I and Warcraft II / Starcraft I campaigns respectively, making them considerably easier in the process.
- Even though Nintendo's bit Generations did not get a release outside Japan a few of the games got remade as a part of Nintendo Art Style series of digital games on WiiWare and DSiWare. Dialhex, Orbital, and Dotstream got remakes as Orbient, Rotohex, and light trax while Digidrive got a DSiWare release.
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