Nintendo President Is Enthused but Unsure of Future Remakes
During a recent Nintendo post-earnings Q&A, President Shuntaro Furukawa claimed there’s no clear company directive in remakes moving forward. After seeing tremendous success with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, it seems like Nintendo is interested in more remakes moving forward. Because Nintendo has been making games for so long, there’s a large library of classic titles to choose from and the company is likely combing through their catalog to decide what deserves the Link’s Awakening treatment. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the latest Nintendo remake and it’s available exclusively for the Switch now.
“Regarding the future, there is no clear directive to release remade titles. On one hand, in our 30 years of game console business we have made many past games that have been played by a many people, which have left strong impressions on them, and this is a very valuable asset to our company,” said president Shuntaro Furukawa. “Nostalgia is one great appeal, but even in remake titles, what’s more important is to create new game experiences, fun, and more. More than anything, we believe that passion towards wanting to remake the game from the creator of the original game is very important. For a recent example, Link’s Awakening, which you previously mentioned, is a good example of a game that has been reviewed by customers as both ‘nostalgic’ and ‘new.'”
Because Shuntaro Furukawa specifically says the company no clear directive to release remade titles we think they’re tentatively looking through their IP’s. Apparently they aren’t looking at classic titles with nostalgia glasses and they’re looking for older games that will transition to today’s technology and today’s gaming community better. We think that Kirby and Donkey Kong are great franchises to look at for remakes moving forward.
What are some classic Nintendo titles that you’d like to see get the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake experience? What IP seems destined for the Switch but isn’t there yet? Let us know in the comments below!