Terranigma (SNES)

Terranigma (SNES)
Terranigma (SNES)
Publisher: Enix / Developer: Quintet
Release Date: 19th Dec 1996 (UK/EU)

You know, we'd honestly settle for a simple port of Terranigma — Quintet's third game in its unofficial trilogy, which also consists of Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia — given that it entirely missed a North American release. But given how good Live A Live turned out to be, a Terranigma remake would be a dream come true.

One of the most unique Super Nintendo RPGs, Terranigma's world-spanning adventure is affecting, moving, and beautiful. During Ark's adventure, you get to see the world resurrect and come back to life before your eyes as you hack and slash your way through some ferocious, and frankly remarkable, pixel art beasts. HD-2D has tried turn-based, grid-based, and strategy RPGs, but action has been left untouched. This would be the best test for the genre, in our eyes. And maybe we could get all three games together?

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Flagship
Release Date: 14th May 2001 (USA) / 5th Oct 2001 (UK/EU)

This is technically two Zelda games because Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages should come as a pair. But, we hear you all — a Link's Awakening-style remake for these two would make perfect sense. Same with ALttP! But, as two of the most underloved Zelda games out there, it wouldn't surprise us if Nintendo wanted to bring this back with an entirely new art style.

If there's a theme with our thinking in this list, it's transformative worlds, and the Oracle games' key gimmicks (changing seasons and time travel) mean that both Holodrum and Labrynna could embrace the key strengths of HD-2D to emphasise all of the little details that shift in each world. These are unique worlds in the Zelda universe that deserve to have some kind of stunning recreation. Plus, what could HD-2D do for the Oracle games' lovely little cutscenes? It'd be an utterly charming pixel remake of two oft-forgotten titles in the series.

Pokémon Crystal (GBC)

Pokémon Crystal (GBC)
Pokémon Crystal (GBC)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Game Freak
Release Date: 29th Jul 2001 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2001 (UK/EU)

A series that's no stranger to remakes, if The Pokémon Company ever fancies changing up its remake art style again, we have a pretty good suggestion for it. Now we know Generation II has already been remade in Diamond & Pearl's style, which is why we've specifically singled out the Game Boy Color's Pokémon Crystal and not the two games that go with it.

We've seen that Game Freak can work with a 3D pixel style in the DS games, so we're thinking a few steps up from HeartGold & SoulSilver for this reimagining. Redrawn Pokémon sprites and character models in battle that are much more expressive? Johto and Kanto in HD-2D? Since Gold & Silver have already got the remake treatment, its follow-up is a deserving candidate, along with obvious improvements and additions like online play, trading, etc.

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES)

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES)
Publisher: Natsume / Developer: Neverland
Release Date: 23rd Feb 1995 (USA)

Lufia II is another SNES RPG in a list already full of them, but its quality can't be alive. Some claim Lufia II to have one of the best RPG dungeons ever. Others praise the game for its difficult puzzles. Oh, and there's that incredible boss music. Lots of people missed out on this back in the day, so an HD-2D remake would be one way to reintroduce a classic to the world.

This is another Super Nintendo showcase on how to do boss sprites — the huge, hulking Sinistrals take up a third of the screen. They already look stunning, so an HD-2D lick of pain would make them come to life even more. And unlike the other RPGs on this list, Lufia II has its own cute little art style that squashes the characters down. Frankly, we'd want their big-eyed faces to be preserved, but a little modern pixel twist absolutely wouldn't hurt. Anything to see Lufia back in the limelight.

Super Mario Kart (SNES)

Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 1st Sep 1992 (USA) / 21st Jan 1993 (UK/EU)

Is this the strangest pick on our list? Maybe, but Mode 7 pioneer Super Mario Kart in HD-2D has us salivating. There are a lot of things you can improve upon visually in the first Mario Kart game — boxes and coins are flat on the courses and the courses are a bit simple — but as we've seen with later Mario Kart games, the reimaginings have added a ton of detail. Reimagining that pixel art style could bring even more.

We're not thinking of anything too dramatic on top of adding depth to the backgrounds, more crowds, and more defined textures such as sand, grass, water, lava, and so on. Though those controls might need to be tightened up. Make sure you add in online play, and Super Mario Kart will stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best kart racers around.

Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Squaresoft
Release Date: 11th Aug 1995 (USA) / 20th May 2011 (UK/EU)

Now, we mean this sincerely, but we think Square Enix would be mad not to bring Chrono Trigger back in HD-2D. Arguably the best Super Nintendo game of all time and one of the best JRPGs ever, the Dream Team's seminal 1995 game is short and snappy — just like Live A Live — and with its already incredible music and varied worlds, it is the HD-2D game everyone wants.

We're not even sure what we'd be most excited about seeing in HD-2D. The End of Time with its simple design where the lamp in the centre makes the whole area feel like it's glowing. There are the Epoch and time travel sequences that throw psychedelic colours in your face. Magus' Castle with the thunderbolts and bats. Dual Techs. Maybe we shouldn't think about this too hard, because we're sad this still isn't on Switch...


So there you have it! We've really dug deep into our childhoods here, and now we're just feeling a bit old. Perhaps an HD-2D remake of any one of these would revitalise us and put a spring in our step?

Which of these would you like to see get remade in HD-2D? Or, better still, tell us what else you think would make a good HD-2D remake in the comments!

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