Enhanced remake

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In the video game subculture, an enhanced remake (also called updated classics) is an updated version of a video or computer game that was originally developed for a less advanced system. They are also known as "Super Mario All-Stars format", because an early occurrence of the idea was Super Mario All-Stars. Remakes with resolution upgrades are called high-resolution remakes. The practice of updating old games began in the 16-bit era but was popularized during the 128-bit era.

The basic features of an enhanced remake are graphical and audio enhancements (or "facelifts"). The methods of graphical enhancement include re-touching, decompression, polygon upgrade, texturization or texture resolution upgrade, and two-dimensional to three-dimensional transformation (hence three-dimensional remakes, or the "Wild Arms: Alter Code F format"). Audio enhancements include new music, better sound quality, and remixes of the old music. Sometimes extra levels or other features are added, and the game engine may be improved. In most cases, however, the majority of gameplay itself is left unaltered.

Enhanced remakes occur mostly on video game consoles. They have occurred mostly during the 128-bit era. The system that the game is being enhanced from is called the source system, and the system it is been enhanced for is called the target system. The earliest enhanced remakes are 16-bit remakes of 8-bit games. Also, occasionally games that were originally released only in Japan are remade and re-released in the West, most notably Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Final Fantasy II of Final Fantasy Origins. (See also Fan translation.)

Some examples of enhanced remakes include Super Mario All-Stars (from NES to Super NES) and Final Fantasy Origins (from NES to WonderSwan Color to Sony PlayStation). The enhanced remakes of Dragon Warrior I-IV were Japan-only, but later unofficially translated into English.

Sometimes, a publisher makes an unauthorized copy of another publisher's game. This "remake" is called a "clone". Making and publishing a clone is legal if no copyright or patent covers any essential aspect of the game (for example, Tetris), as long as the clone is published under a name that is not confusingly similar. Most clones, however, do not fall under this rule and are illegal. Some are even pirated versions of the game they are supposedly remaking.



Many gamers find that enhanced remakes achieve the same level of quality that the original versions did, but some others oppose the idea on grounds that games lose something in the transformation to newer technology. The most controversial form of the idea is the three-dimensional remake idea, as in Wild ARMs: Alter Code F. Some "old school" gamers believe that remaking a two-dimensional graphics video game into a three-dimensional graphics one ruins the entire experience of the game and detract from what they call the "charm" the game would formerly have. Others claim that enhanced remakes overshadow their original versions.

Conversely, some gamers believe that enhanced remakes give the games more vitality, and place high value on large enhancements. Other gamers prefer the original version (usually out of nostalgia) but believe that the enhanced version lives up to its quality. In many cases, the remakes make old games more accessible to new players, who might not even be aware of the original. Most gamers, however, are neutral. Also, many new gamers, and gamers who take retrogaming seriously, balk at emulated versions of very old, or ancient, video games, like Mega Man Anniversary Collection, Midway's Arcade Treasures, and Sonic Mega Collection on modern video game consoles, and may voice their opinion that they want enhanced remakes of the re-released old games, because they find it difficult to have the outdated graphics and audio on the current-era consoles. They call such re-releases ageware.

Enhanced remakes and console emulation

Sometimes, the enhanced remake idea, with the inclusion of the original version with in the enhanced version, curbs the urge for console emulation. Original versions of the games that are enhanced-remade are usually not included with the original version. Nintendo decided that when they did an enhanced remake of the original Metroid, as Metroid: Zero Mission, they included the original version within the enhanced version as an unlockable.

See also

List of enhanced remakes

This list does not include reissues (or direct ports) of original games, nor does it include clones:

Game TitleOriginal PlatformRemake Platforms and Notes
Bubble BobbleArcade/VariousGame Boy Advance (as Bubble Bobble Old and New)
CastlevaniaNESSharp X68000 (Japan-only), Sony PlayStation, Super NES
Comic PartyPC, Sega DreamcastPC (As Comic Party PSE)
CrystalisNESGame Boy Color
DinosaurVarious popular Japanese computer systems (such as the PC-8801, PC-9801, and FM-TOWNS in 1990PC in 2002, for Windows, as Dinosaur: Resurrection - It is a first-person "adventure RPG" with a presentation akin to Arcana/Cardmaster for the SNES/Super Famicom. No version of the game has ever been translated into English.
Donkey KongArcade/VariousGame Boy (unofficially called Donkey Kong '94 with 96 levels added)
Double DragonArcade/VariousGame Boy Advance (as Double Dragon Advance)
Dr. MarioNES, Game Boy (Monochrome)Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube
Dragon Warrior IMSX, NES (MSX version Japan-only)Super NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version), cellular phone (MSX and cellular phone versions Japan-only)
Dragon Warrior IIMSX, NES (MSX version Japan-only)Super NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version). Bundled with the precedent entry when remade.
Dragon Warrior IIINESSuper NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version)
Dragon Warrior IVNESSony PlayStation (Japan only)
Dragon Warrior VSuper NES (original version Japan-only)PlayStation 2 (This version may get localized to North America. Resolution upgrade due to the traditional resolution of the new platform. Remake has an orchestrated soundtrack, performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra. Other Dragon Quest games up to Dragon Quest VII are likely to be remade in the same fashion due to an orchestral arrangement plan by composer Koichi Sugiyama.)
Final Fantasy INESMSX, WonderSwan Color, Sony PlayStation (enhanced from WonderSwan Color version), cellular phone, Game Boy Advance (as part of Final Fantasy I&II: Dawn of Souls)
Final Fantasy IINES (original version Japan-only)WonderSwan Color, Sony PlayStation (PlayStation version enhanced from WonderSwan Color version and released in the United States as a component of Final Fantasy Origins), Game Boy Advance (as part of the Final Fantasy I&II: Dawn of Souls)
Final Fantasy IIINES (original version Japan-only)Was in the works for the WonderSwan Color, recently announced for the Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryű to Hikari no TsurugiNES (original version Japan-only)Super NES (included as a bonus in its sequel, Fire Emblem: Monshô no Nazo)
The King of Fighters '94Neo-GeoPlayStation 2, as The King of Fighters '94 Re-bout. 3D backgrounds and high-resolution sprites. "Re-bout" is the suffix for enhanced remakes of SNK fighting games.
King's Quest 1Various (Home Computers)The original animated adventure game, produced by Sierra On-Line in 1984, it was re-released in 1987 with enhanced graphics (EGA) and sound. A fan re-remake was released by Tierra Entertainment in 2001.
Kirby's AdventureNESGame Boy Advance (as Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)
The Legend of ZeldaNESSuper Famicom Satellaview (Japan Only) as BS Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame Boy (Monochrome)Game Boy Color (as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, made over from monochrome to color)
Leisure Suit Larry In the Land of the Lounge LizardsVarious (Home Computers)The original was produced by Sierra On-Line in 1987 (itself a re-make of their previous text-only 'Softporn Adventure'), and was re-released in 1991 with enhanced VGA graphics and sound, and a point-and-click interface.
Makaitoushi SaGa (Final Fantasy Legend)Game Boy (Monochrome)WonderSwan Color (original version also included, graphics made over from monochrome 8-bit to color 16-bit)
Mario Bros.ArcadeGame Boy Advance (as a bonus game on all of the Super Mario Advance games as well as Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga)
Mega Man 1-6NESPlayStation (As Rockman Complete Works series, later bundled into the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2)
Metal Gear SolidPlayStationNintendo GameCube (as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes)
MetroidNESGame Boy Advance (as Metroid: Zero Mission - graphics improved to Super Metroid quality, additional items added, new section after the original game)
MythriGame Boy ColorGame Boy Advance
Ninja GaidenNESSuper NES Xbox
Ninja Gaiden 2NESSuper NES Xbox
Ninja Gaiden 3NESSuper NES Xbox
Pac-ManArcadeArcade (as a component of Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2)
Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack)Super NESNintendo GameCube (as a component of Nintendo Puzzle Collection)
Phantasy StarSega Master SystemSony PlayStation 2 (as Phantasy Star Generation 1)
Pokémon GreenGame Boy (Monochrome) (Original version released in America as Pokémon Blue)Game Boy Advance (as Pokémon Leaf Green). Mass removal of Pokémon entries led to the development of this remake.
Pokémon RedGame Boy (Monochrome)Game Boy Advance (as Pokémon Fire Red). Mass removal of Pokémon entries led to the development of this remake.
Police Quest 1Various (Home Computers)The original was produced by Sierra On-Line in 1987, and was re-released in 1991 with enhanced VGA graphics and sound, and a point-and-click interface.
Quest For Glory 1 (AKA Heroes Quest 1)Amiga, Macintosh, PC (VGA)The original was produced by Sierra On-Line in 1989, and was re-released in 1991 with enhanced VGA graphics and sound, and a point-and-click interface.
Rayman 2PC, Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, Sega DreamcastSony PlayStation 2 (As Rayman 2 Revolution) and Nintendo DS (As Rayman DS)
Resident EvilSony PlayStationNintendo GameCube
River City Ransom (Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari)NESGame Boy Advance (as River City Ransom EX in the United States and as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX in Japan)
Romancing SaGaSNESPlayStation 2 (as Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song)
Seiken Densetsu (Final Fantasy Adventure)Game Boy (Monochrome)Game Boy Advance (as Shinyaku Seiken Densetsu in Japan and as Sword of Mana in the United States. All Final Fantasy elements have been removed.)
Shin Megami TenseiVarious (Originated on Super NES)Sony PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance - both original and enhanced versions are Japanese only
Shin Megami Tensei IISuper NESSony PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance - both original and enhanced versions are Japanese only
Shin Megami Tensei: If...Super NESSony PlayStation 2 - both original and enhanced versions are Japanese only
Sid Meier's Pirates!Various (Home Computers)PC, for Windows
Skies of Arcadia (Japan: Eternal Arcadia)Sega DreamcastNintendo GameCube as Skies of Arcadia Legends
SnatcherNEC PC-88/MSX2PC Engine (as Snatcher CD-ROMantic), Sega CD, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Space Quest 1Various (Home Computers)The original was produced by Sierra On-Line in 1986, and was re-released in 1990 with enhanced VGA graphics and sound, and a point-and-click interface.
Sonic AdventureSega DreamcastNintendo GameCube and PC as Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. All the glitches were left in, which was considered controversial.
Sonic Adventure 2Sega DreamcastNintendo GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Super Mario 64Nintendo 64Nintendo DS (as Super Mario 64 DS)
Super Mario Bros.NESSuper NES (as part of Super Mario All-Stars), Game Boy Color (as Super Mario Bros. Deluxe)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario Bros. USA)NESSuper NES (as part of Super Mario All-Stars), Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsNES (original version Japan-only)Super NES (as part of Super Mario All-Stars)
Super Mario Bros. 3NESSuper NES, (as part of Super Mario All-Stars), Game Boy Advance
Super Mario WorldSuper NESGame Boy Advance
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's IslandSuper NESGame Boy Advance
Super Street Fighter II TurboArcadeGame Boy Advance, Dreamcast with added online play (Japan Only), PlayStation 2 and Xbox (Hyper Street Fighter II: Anniversary Edition, part of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection)
Tales of PhantasiaSuper NES (All versions Japan-only)Sony PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance (All versions Japan-only)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade GameNESNintendo GameCube, unlockable in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Battle Nexus
Tengai Makyou IINEC TurboGrafix 16/PC-EngineSony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
To HeartPC, Sony PlayStationPC (As To Heart PSE)
Wild ARMsSony PlayStation 2Sony PlayStation 2 (as Wild ARMs: Alter Code F). Remade as a 3D graphics game, a controversial remake idea.
WinBackNintendo 64Sony PlayStation 2
YsNEC PC-88NES, MSX, Windows, PlayStation 2 (as Ys Eternal)
Ys IINEC PC-88NES, MSX, Windows, PlayStation 2 (as Ys II Eternal)
Ys III: Wanderers from YsNEC PC-9801NES, MSX, NEC TurboGrafix-16/PC-Engine, Sega Genesis, SNES, and PlayStation 2
Ys IV: Mask of the SunSuper NESSony PlayStation 2
Ys V: Ushinawareta Sunano Miyako KefinSuper NESSonyPlayStation 2

External links

http://www.remakes.org/ - A site dedicated to fan made remakes of classic games.


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