Everyone is a fan of gaming, whether you’re old or young. There’s been generations upon generations of games released for consoles old and new. Now, what would it be like if some of those old school games got released on some newer consoles, like the Xbox One or Playstation 4? We’ve seen games get re-released through the Xbox arcade and such, and sometimes we’ll see new games come out from an older series, but one day I would love to see an old game be re-released with new graphics and new controls. And specifically, nobody really hears about Sega games anymore. They’re like a lost cause at this point, and people are much more interested in the new AAA games or rereleases of Nintendo 64 games or Playstation games making a reboot, or whatever.
But, when it boils down to the specifics, the Sega systems have had their fair share of great games that not only stole some of the lime light, but stole some of the hearts of the older generation with their overall feel of gameplay.
Now, imagine if some of those games were released on the next generation of consoles. That’s what I’m here to talk to you about. I want to go through the huge library of games of Sega systems and choose fifteen of the best of the best and tell you why they should be released on newer consoles. So strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a good one.
15. The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994-1995)
Anything to do with Batman does well. It’s almost a given that anything under this name would be successful. Would a reboot of The Adventures of Batman & Robin do just as well? It’s tough to say. Not because I don’t think it’d be great, but because we’ve had so many other games that cater to the likeness of Batman. However, we don’t really have a lot of games recently that focus solely on Batman & Robin as a duo. To see something like that would be interesting. I’d go as far to say that if a Batman & Robin game were to be released on newer consoles, people would eat that up.
14. Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
The show is amazing. So why can’t we have a current console version of the Beavis and Butt-Head video game? I bet if it were released today, people would be all over it either ironically or because they’re a big fan of the show. To make things even better, they should keep the graphic style that they used in the original game, and just port it over to the newer consoles. People would lose their minds, but it’d still do great.
13. Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (1994)
Yes. Boogerman. It is a game. A real game. The fact that this game has never had a reboot is both mind-blowing and flat out wrong. Even though this version was released on the Wii Virtual Console, we still need a full blown reboot of one of the best 2D platformers that existed on the Sega Genesis. The humor of this game would fit in well with the type of humor people like in games nowadays. Even if you play the original, it’s still good for a good laugh. Personally, I’d buy a brand new rebooted Boogerman game if it ever surfaced.
12. Bubsy In Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (1993)
You ever hear of the worst game ever made? Well, if you haven’t, Bubsy is that game. During the time of its release, there were plenty of games that were doing the platforming concept correctly. I guess those games were doing so well that there had to be a game that did it poorly. Bubsy is known by many as being one of the worst platformers ever made. And you want to know what makes it better? There were two more releases after this one, and don’t even get me started on Bubsy 3D. Now, I mention this because I would like to see a true and blue reboot of this series done right. Something that could give a breath of fresh air to this name and change peoples overall opinion on it. I don’t see it happening any time soon, but it’d be nice.
11. Earthworm Jim (1994)
There are a few games that I was never fortunate enough to experience for myself, but I’ve seen enough about the games to have an understanding of what they are. Earthworm Jim falls into that category. Although the game did get releases all the way up to the Nintendo Wii, it’s tough to say whether those held up to the originals, without ever really playing them myself. But, judging by the fact that the series did get release after release, it’s only natural that people would want releases on the newer consoles. Would it do well? Maybe not. Simply judging by the fact that it falls under a run and gun platformer, it’d probably do the best if it were released on PC with updated specs.
10. The Incredible Hulk (1994)
The only Hulk game I’ve ever played was the one released for the original Xbox back in 2003, so I don’t have a lot of knowledge on the games that came before it. Judging solely on the rating of a 4.8/5, you’d expect the game would do well if it were to rereleased on newer consoles. Again, as the main trend has been for most of the games, we’re seeing a lot of 2D platformers. You have to remember that back in the day, that’s what worked well with the current technological advances. Platformers still do well nowadays, so I don’t see a reason this one wouldn’t do well.
9. Prince of Persia (1989)
Although, nowadays we have games like Assassin’s Creed and Dishonored taking up the spots for thief like games, Prince of Persia was one of the original thief like games that allowed for the promising sequels and remakes years later. Even though the original Prince of Persia falls under the category that most of these do of being a 2D platformer, it would be neat to see the game redone for the newer consoles. However, it’s highly unlikely due to the popularity of Assassin’s Creed games, and of course with the highly anticipated Dishonored 2 to be released very soon.
8. Sega GT (2000)
The only sequel we ever got with this game was Sega GT 2002, which to my knowledge, was one of the hardest driving simulators ever made. However, with the rising popularity of racing games, and driving simulators (Euro Truck Simulator and the like), a reboot of Sega GT would do nothing but be an amazing release on newer consoles. Back then, if you wanted a taste of Sega GT 2002, you’d get Jet Set Radio Future released alongside it, and that’s another game that could use a reboot, but that’s another story for another time.
7. Soul Calibur (1999)
We’ve had games released for the Xbox and the like, in regards to the Soul Calibur title. But we’ve never had a rerelease of the 1999 version of Soul Calibur. I’m fully aware that the newer version of the same name could be considered rereleases, and maybe I’m just talking out of my butt. But, either way, I would still like to see the 1999 version of Soul Calibur get rereleased on the newer consoles. This would give people a taste of an old style fighting game that did it right.
6. Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1999-2000)
Originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999, then on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer quickly became one of the best racing games ever made. It’s almost a crime that this game has never been released again on newer consoles, unless you count Star Wars: Racer Revenge which was released solely for the Playstation systems, and let’s be honest, we don’t count that. I really don’t see any drawbacks if this game were released again with updated graphics, in fact, I think it’d do really well. Just don’t let EA get a hold of it, because we know how they handle Star Wars games.
5. Battletoads (1991)
Other than the release of the NES version of Battletoads being available on the Xbox One, we haven’t really seen a true reboot of this series ever since its debut back in 1991. Along with many other games on Sega, it is a platformer developed by Rare and published by Tradewest. Platformers back then we’re a big deal, and I feel like they could be a big deal in this day and age with the right updated graphics and consoles. I’d personally be excited about a Battletoads reboot as I never really had the chance to play the original one.
4. Alien Trilogy (1996)
Even though the Alien franchise is still popular to this day, especially with the release of Alien: Isolation, we’ve never really had a full blown first person shooter game set on the newer consoles that follows the same concept that the original Alien Trilogy did. With first person shooters doing so well on the new consoles, like Call of Duty and Battlefield, the Alien Trilogy would be a welcome addition to the arsenal. Plus, people love the Alien games, so you’d think it’d do really well on the newer consoles. It remains to be seen. However, I wouldn’t get your hopes up for a reboot as Alien: Isolation has taken that crown for now. If they can release Doom and have it do very well on newer consoles, I’m pretty sure Alien Trilogy would follow.
3. Panzer Dragoon (1995)
You wanna talk about a game that needs a serious full blown reboot? Well, look no further. Panzer Dragoon is that game. I had completely forgot about this games existence, and that’s my own fault. When you talk about games that brought revolutionary gameplay and combat, Panzer Dragoon fits the bill. We had one reboot of the game in the form of Panzer Dragoon: Orta for the original XBox, and while that game was great, we haven’t really seen the series unfold into the newer consoles. If that were to ever happen, I have no doubt the series would take off again. I have fond memories of this game and Panzer Dragoon: Orta, and would love to be able to play them again in a fresh new form.
2. James Bond 007 (1993)
The reason I put this game here is not because I think this specific game should get a reboot, but because there’s been rumors floating around recently that the company behind the James Bond 007 brand want to reboot the series and bring another game into the equation. Every 007 game I’ve played I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, so I think a reboot onto newer consoles would do well with a game of this nature. Especially since people will buy the game for nostalgic reasons or to try something new. Either way, if the rumors end up being true, we could see a new James Bond 007 game in the near future.
1. Crazy Taxi (2000)
If you were to discuss with me what I think the most anticipated game would be in terms of needing a reboot, I’d probably have Crazy Taxi pretty high on my list. When it comes to games that are just good old-fashioned fun, Crazy Taxi fits that bill. It’d be a lot of fun to have a game like this on the newer systems, though I suppose that spot has been taken up by Grand Theft Auto 5. Admittedly, I think GTA is superior, but it’s fun to dream about what it’d be like to have an updated Crazy Taxi game.