Old-school Nintendo games we'd like to see rebooted
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Old-school Nintendo games we'd like to see rebooted

Movies and TV shows get rebooted all the time. Video games are no different. While a video game series will sit dormant for a while, that doesn’t mean it’s done. We’ve seen games rebooted in the past, either with a new game added to the series or a reimagining of an old game. Nintendo has seen some rebooted games on their consoles, but these are some more old-school Nintendo games we’d like to see get the reboot.

 
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“Disney’s Aladdin”

“Disney’s Aladdin”
Capcom

There was a new “Aladdin” movie. Why not a new “Aladdin” game. Surprisingly, this Super Nintendo game is much more than a film tie-in. It’s one of the more fun games to ever come out on the console. We’d love to see another game in this vein. If it felt like “Disney’s Aladdin,” we’d be into it.

 
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“Pilotwings”

“Pilotwings”
Nintendo

“Pilotwings 64” was supposed to be a big game for the Nintendo 64, but it didn’t quite land as they hoped. While they did make a third game in the series in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS, the series has been fallow for a while. Sure, there are other flight simulators, but this is one with a smaller scope to the flying, and also better potential visuals than anything in a plane cockpit.

 
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“American Gladiators”

“American Gladiators”
Gametek

Is “American Gladiators” currently on TV? No. Do we care? Not at all! There hasn’t been an “American Gladiators” game since the early ‘90s. Video game technology was so primitive then. Imagine competing in the Joust or Powerball with modern graphics capabilities. That would rule.

 
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“ClayFighter”

“ClayFighter”
Interplay

The last game in this fighting series, “ClayFighter 63 1/3,” was long-delayed and still didn’t feel fully formed when it landed. Indeed, they eventually released a “Sculptor’s Cut” for rentals that was spruced up a bit. There are a lot of fighting games, but this is the one that involves clay characters and made use of stop-motion animation. Let’s see if they can do it better this time.

 
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“Yo! Noid”

“Yo! Noid”
Capcom

Domino’s decided to bring the Noid back. It’s time to give him another video game. “Yo! Noid” is one of the most difficult games for the NES. Hopefully, this one will be easier.

 
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“F-Zero”

“F-Zero”
Nintendo

The “F-Zero” series never became what Nintendo wanted. They actually hoped the original game would be the big release for the Super Nintendo, and that Captain Falcon would be the face of the console. That didn’t quite work out, and there hasn’t been an “F-Zero” game since 2004, and that was for the Game Boy Advance. People know Captain Falcon from “Super Smash Bros.” now. A new racing game in the series could work.

 
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“Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit”

“Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit”
Absolute

They made a “Home Improvement” video game. It did not come with a manual because “Real men don’t need instructions.” Look, we just think it would be funny if they made another “Home Improvement” game. “Power Tool Pursuit” is insane. Give us another jolt of that. If they have to make it a “Last Man Standing” game that’s fine. Richard Karn better be involved, though.

 
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“The Incredible Crash Dummies”

“The Incredible Crash Dummies”
LJN

Remember when the Crash Dummies were a thing? They were sentient crash test dummies (no relation to the band) that were also a toy line and stuff. The thing about crash test dummies is that you could make a “violent” game with them but the violence is more palatable because they are dummies and they don’t have blood and stuff. We could have our cake and eat it too, plus they could reintroduce the characters to a new generation.

 
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“Joe & Mac”

“Joe & Mac”
Data East

“Joe & Mac,” also known as “Caveman Ninja,” is about, well, two cavemen who aren’t really ninjas. They use clubs and stone wheels but also boomerangs. In the original game they are saving lady cavemen from another caveman tribe, which is a plot we don’t need again, but a couple of cavemen who use weapons and are hanging with dinosaurs and stuff? There has been talk of rebooting the series, but it hasn’t happened yet.

 
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“Looney Tunes B-Ball”

“Looney Tunes B-Ball”
Sunsoft

This is a super-fun basketball game. You choose two “Looney Tunes” characters for your teams and there are special moves and power-ups and stuff. It’s very arcade-style basketball, but it’s fun even if you don’t love “Looney Tunes.” And yet, they only did one of these games, and it was before “Space Jam.” Why haven’t they don’t another one?

 
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“Ice Climber”

“Ice Climber”
Nintendo

The original “Ice Climber”  has been spruced up a bit and re-released on some later consoles. However, we haven’t gotten a true sequel or a true reboot of the Nintendo original yet. There are “Ice Climber” characters in “Smash Bros.” though, so we know how they can look in a reboot. People are still fans of “Ice Climber.” Give them a chance to explore that space again.

 
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“Balloon Fight”

“Balloon Fight”
Nintendo

Maybe “Balloon Fight” feels a little silly. After all, you play a character just known as “Balloon Fighter” who has two balloons attached to a helmet. If your balloons are popped by enemies, you lose. You can play both a version where you fight enemies and a version where you are on a side-scrolling adventure trying to avoid obstacles. Maybe if it were on a system more advanced than the NES it would look silly, but we want to see them try.

 
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“Duck Hunt”

“Duck Hunt”
Nintendo

Why did they never reboot “Duck Hunt?” People love that game as much as they hate that dog. And yet, it’s always been the same thing. They should do something different. Different environments, maybe different weaponry. Ideally, they could do it without the light gun these days. Also, before you ask, this isn’t just because we want them to make a version where you can shoot that smug dog.

 
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“The Mysterious Murasame Castle”

“The Mysterious Murasame Castle”
Nintendo

This was one of the first games for the Famicom and actually didn’t get an American release until a version was dropped on the 3DS in 2014. However, a lot of Nintendo aficionados love “The Mysterious Murasame Castle.” It comes up when people talk about Nintendo reboots they would like to see. Why not give it a shot?

 
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“Pokemon Stadium”

“Pokemon Stadium”
Nintendo

Do you wish “Pokemon” was just about the fights and not walking around talking to merchants or whatever? Then “Pokemon Stadium” is for you. They released two versions of the game for the Nintendo 64 but that was it. “Pokemon Go” was super popular but what about people who just want to chill at home and fight a Jigglypuff against a Psyduck? Give them another “Pokemon Stadium.”

 
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“Jet Force Gemini”

“Jet Force Gemini”
Rare

“Jet Force Gemini” is a space-adventure game based on an original idea but clearly indebted to films like “Aliens” and classic ‘80s arcade games. It got good reviews and was a lot of fun, and it even sold quite a few copies. They had started thinking about a second game in the series but it never happened. Why not revisit that now?

 
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“Blast Corps”

“Blast Corps”
Rare

A puzzle-based action game, “Blast Corps” was critically loved at the time. It’s still considered one of the better Nintendo 64 games. The problem was it didn’t sell great. Would they want to make a sequel as a result? Maybe not, but it would be worth giving it a try. Perhaps it clicks this time.

 
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“Kid Icarus”

“Kid Icarus”
Nintendo

“Kid Icarus” has a villain named “Eggplant Wizard.” Do we need to say anything more? Fine, the original is also one of the favorite NES games ever made. It got one Game Boy sequel in 1991, and then it did get brought back in 2012 for the 3DS. That’s almost a decade ago, though, and the 3DS was not a major platform. We want a serious, real-deal return of Pit…and the Eggplant Wizard.

 
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“EarthBound”

“EarthBound”
Nintendo

Known as “Mother” in Japan, the third game in the series – which would have been called “EarthBound 64” in the United States – ended up a Japan-only release. It’s considered one of the big cancellations for the N64 console. Perhaps, all these years later, they could pick up the pieces and finally give us another “EarthBound” game.

 
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“Top Gun”

“Top Gun”
Konami

“Top Gun” for Nintendo 64 is a really difficult game. If you are feeling the need for speed, you may be out of luck. Now, we are getting a long-gestating sequel for “Top Gun” the movie. How about a video game that can actually live up to the feeling of the film and isn’t just about trying to land a plane or refuel.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.

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