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Retro Remakes, by Jonathan Mirau

Companies use nostalgia to bait customers, but it can still lead to fun games. We have fun memories of throwing red shells at our friends in Mario Kart, playing minigames in Mario Party and drawing the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda for the first time.


When replaying the games, we feel more than just nostalgia. We can find things that we missed the first time around. We discover side quests the second time, and each time we play a game we become better at it.


As new consoles have been released, companies take advantage of these fond memories and remake the classics that we all loved as kids.


Twilight Princess was remade twice: once for the Wii and again for the Wii U. Luigi’s Mansion was remade for the 3DS. Recently, it has been speculated that two classic Zelda games, The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, are being remade for the Nintendo Switch.


An advantage to games being remade is that someone might not have access to the original console, but they have a newer system, so they can play the remake. I don’t have access to a GameCube, but I enjoy a lot of the games made for it. So, I was over the moon when Luigi’s Mansion was remade for the 3DS in 2018, and I made sure to pre-order it.


When an older game is released for a newer console, newer generations are able to experience these games, just like me with games that were made for GameCube.


It’s fun to look for the differences between the remake and the original. Aside from better graphics and sound quality, there are subtle differences in side quests and game play.


Luigi’s Mansion is a fun Mario Bros. spin-off game where Luigi wins a mansion in a contest he didn’t enter. Mario hears the news, goes to check it out and doesn’t return. Turns out, the mansion is haunted. Along the way, Luigi meets paranormal expert Professor Elvin Gadd. Players capture ghosts, rescue Mario and find treasure throughout the mansion.


In the 2018 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion, there are various achievements throughout the game. These are challenges that we can attempt while playing the game, such as beating the entire game in a specific time period or without taking more than a certain amount of damage.


The game differs from the traditional 2D side-scrolling Mario Bros. games as the mansion is 3D, allowing players more mobility options. Additionally, while traditional Mario games are more simple, Luigi’s Mansion has a much deeper story. We have much more to explore in the mansion, and Luigi gets his chance to shine.


For another remade game, The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube 2002), the main quest differs between the GameCube and Wii U versions. In the original, players are required to give the teacher on Windfall Island 40 joy pendants to obtain the Hero’s Charm. In the remake, players find the Hero’s Charm by going to the final level of the Savage Labyrinth on Outset Island. To reach the final level, we must find the Triforce Shard and continue to battle enemies. Once we make it to the final level, we will obtain the Hero’s Charm. In the original, once players make it to the final level of the Savage Labyrinth, they are rewarded with a heart piece.


Along with games being remade, it’s always enjoyable when a new game in a franchise is released. Breath of the Wild is a ton of fun, and it’s an extremely unique game in the Legend of Zelda series. As opposed to the usual dungeons, there are divine beasts to beat, and the game features a wide-open world with numerous side quests.


Nostalgia is an amazing feeling, and remade games can be as fun as the originals. Remakes give us a chance to explore a new version of our favorite games. We get to re-experience the games we loved in a new light.


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