There’s always been a certain allure about HD remakes and there’s little question that they’ve risen to prominence in recent years. Nintendo is one of the company’s that’s been heavily associated with high-definition remakes lately, having just unleashed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on Wii U owners, and it’s been able to move quite a bit of hardware as a result.
While these games certainly give credence to the power of nostalgia, a recent discussion between Polygon and industry icon Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that Nintendo is more interested in creating new content than churning out better looking versions of past releases. This topic was raised during a roundtable pertaining to the Wii U’s upcoming Super Mario 3D World, and the game designer confirmed that a majority of first-party studios are hard at work on original content.
“That’s certainly possible, but most of our developers are working on new games. We like to have them working on new stuff. HD remakes might be a good project for development partners, so that’s something I hope we can introduce in the future.”
Allowing outside developers to work on high definition remakes allows core Nintendo developers to focus strictly on generating new content; something that that Wii U in particular is in need of. With games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. scheduled to hit in 2014, the onslaught of original content isn’t far off. That said, there’s definitely more than a few games that longtime fans would love to revisit and Nintendo is well aware of which remakes are in high demand — The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask being the biggest.
As Ninty learns more about HD development through games like Super Mario 3D World, the company’s rate of exclusive software releases can only go up. With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, gamers are in for a very interesting few months with plenty of great original games (and remakes) to occupy their time.
Which game would you like to see Nintendo release an HD remake of next, Ranters?
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