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gergroy said:
Meh, I’d be more excited if they updated it a tad... it’s too dated now...

It’s not that I’m not in favour of remakes and remasters, but I prefer having access to the ports of the original, first.

When I play an old game, few things piss me off more than “improvements” that break things I like about the original.

A few examples:

Final Fantasy 1 & 2 remake totally buggered the magic system of FF1 to put in their boring generic system which was easily abused,  ruined the classic character art, and sucked the soul right out of the game.

Sword of Mana destroyed the pacing and tension of Mystic Quest/Seiken Densetsu 1 by expanding the dungeons and adding all this fanfic worthy storytelling to expand the narrative. For the record, they later made a remake called Adventures of Mana which I actually quite liked - it left the story and gameplay alone, just updating the graphics, and it felt WAY better to play than Sword of Mana. The original team had good instincts, IMO.

Chrono Trigger TOTALLY ruined the mystery of Schala when ported to the with a few extras, on DS. The new ending really added nothing of importance, and ruined lots. It would be like if they took the film American Psycho, which is supposed to leave open questions for the viewer to interpret how they want, and just make up some definitive answer and also put Bateman in an institution. Also, something felt off about the animations. Thankfully, we got the real Chrono Trigger on the Wii virtual console.

And I’m just talking Square stuff.

For a Nintendo example, Super Mario Bros 3 Allstar takes the classic stylized art of the NES original tosses its salad with a broken bottle.

Sure, remasters, remakes, and enhanced ports can make games better, but I find at least half the time the artistic visions of the originals are the preferred versions, even if it’s not apparent on paper. Let the gamers make that decision.

And for the record, I think Fire Emblem is TOTALLY one of those game franchises that we need the originals for. I want to see exactly where it all began, how it began, and then watch where they went with it before finally hitting the franchises undisputed masterpiece with FE4 - another FE game I want localized for a western audience and ported to Switch without a graphical or gameplay overhauls, or adding in chunks of story. Localizations are technically edits of the game, text changes from Japanese to EFIGS, character names change, sometimes ages change, clothing changes, symbols change, cutscenes are sometimes altered, etc... but it’s a whole different thing and a whole different argument than blanket overhauls to update - so that’s not what I’m talking about here.

Last edited by Jumpin - on 22 October 2020

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