During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, the collective minds of the video game world were blown when the storied company officially announced their plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. The 3D re-release had long been speculated, but did nothing to diminish the excitement of the announcement. Nintendo has been on a hot streak as of late when it comes to re-releasing classic titles in 3D for the Nintendo 3DS handheld. Below, five classic games that are ripe for a 3D remake can be found.
5) Harvest Moon 64
While the Harvest Moon franchise has seen a number of recent releases (including this month’s Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and a handful of other 3DS titles), the long-running series has lost a lot of its charm and repute. Harvest Moon 64 is widely considered one of the most enjoyable and accessible titles in the series and an absolute favorite among Harvest Moon fans. In many ways a perfect candidate to draw in fans who have ignored the franchise as of late, as well as a perfect example of just how addicting the game’s farming and relationship building elements are, re-releasing a 3D Harvest Moon 64 would be a great move.
4) Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
Downright humorous and remarkably fun to play, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon was one of the Nintendo 64’s best kept secrets. In Goemon, players were thrust into a quirky world that blended platforming elements with action gameplay similar to The Legend of Zelda series. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon is a strong candidate for a re-release mainly for its tight gameplay and amazing sense of humor. While Goemon might not be a wise choice for a major console release, Mystical Ninja 3D could be a surprising hit if it ever were to happen.
3) Quest 64
One of the few true RPGs on the Nintendo 64, Quest 64 combined childhood adventuring with role-playing mechanics to create an exciting video game journey. As Brian, a fledgling magician, players trekked about Quest 64’s world in order to recover magical amulets on a mission to save Brian’s father and stop evil. Simple, if not a little hackneyed in premise, Quest 64 is by all means still a fun game to play that stands out among many of its N64 peers. While many younger video game fans may not be familiar with the title, there is little denying that Quest 64 3D wouldn’t pique the interest of RPG fans.
2) Mischief Makers
Treasure Games’ Nintendo 64 title, Mischief Makers, is one of the greatest platformers ever created. The first title on the system to use a 2.5D perspective, Mischief Makers blended quick platforming elements with action and even puzzle mechanics, making for a game so unique that only Treasure could have developed it. Beloved by virtually all who ever played it, Mischief Makers naturally lends itself to a 3D release. Considering the game’s sidescrolling nature and visual style, it would be one exciting title to play.
Of all of the wonderful 3D platformers released on the Nintendo 64, Banjo-Kazooie remains a perennial favorite among purists. One of Rare’s finest offerings, Banjo-Kazooie is a video game that instantly draws the player in with its great art direction and dynamic duo of main characters. On sheer popularity alone, Banjo-Kazooie seems like an obvious choice for a 3D release and we can only cross our fingers and hope that someday we’ll be collecting Jiggies once more.
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