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Enhanced remake

In video games, an enhanced remake is a new, or more realistic, version of a video game that was originally developed for a less advanced game system (especially the Nintendo Entertainment System), or an updated version of a computer game on a PC or Macintosh, or a collection of such. It is also known as a "Super Mario All-Stars format", because of the idea was originated by Super Mario All-Stars. Enhanced remakes occur mostly on game consoles, and they are mostly role-playing video games. The game system that the game was being enhanced from, or previously developed for, is called the source system. The game system that the game has been enhanced for is called the target game system. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is the source game system for many enhanced remakes. The earliest enhanced remakes were enhanced for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The basic features of an enhanced remake are graphical and audio enhancements (or facelifts), making classic games more realistic. Graphical enhancement is sometimes known as "eye candy", and audio enhancement is sometimes known as "ear candy."

Some examples of enhanced remakes include Super Mario All-Stars (from NES to Super NES) and Final Fantasy Origins (from NES to Wonderswan Color to Sony PlayStation). The enhanced remakes of Dragon Warrior I-IV were Japan-only, but later unofficially translated into English. The earliest enhanced remakes are 16-bit remakes of 8-bit games.

Enhanced remakes are sometimes called "updated classics." Many gamers find that enhanced remakes achieve the same level of quality that the original versions did, but some others (mostly Final Fantasy fans) oppose the idea on grounds that they claim that games lose something vital (nostalgia) in the transformation to newer technology, specifically for the Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy series and for Arcade games, or have the opposite opinion on the idea. However, some gamers who have opposed the remake idea will, later in life, change their opinion and begin to appreciate the idea. That has happened with some gamers, especially in the case with Super Mario All-Stars. Also some gamers believe that the enhanced remake idea gives the games something vital, such as enjoyment and interest, and those gamers giving the companies a high rating depending how large the enhancement is. Some gamers prefer the original version, usually because they was raised on that game in its original release, but believe that enhanced version lives up to the quality of the original version. Others prefer the enhanced version. Most gamers are neutral in these cases. Proponents of the enhanced remake idea may have a problem with those who oppose the idea. Those who oppose the enhanced remake may hurt the other gamers', especially new gamers, opinions on old video games. There are gamers who wished that the games were look and sound as in the original form, but later changed their opinions and began to appreciate the graphics and audio enhancement. The truth about enhanced remakes is that it is better to update a classic game than to develop a new game that would create controversy among long time gamers. Therefore, transformation to newer technology does not actually spoil a game. Enhanced remakes also generate revenue for computer and video game companies. Enhanced remakes with resolution upgrades are called high-resolution remakes, featuring anti-compression. Enhanced remakes that receive transformation from 2D (old school) to 3D (new school) are called 3D remakes. Final Fantasy VI has been considered to be likely to get a 3D remake. The methods of graphics enhancements are re-touching, anti-compression, polygon upgrade, texturization, and new school transformation.

Reissues (or direct ports) of ancient video games on modern video game consoles are not geared toward new gamers. They are geared only toward nostalgic gamers. Many gamers who played the ported game in its original platform do not bother to play it on its new platform if it is a reissue of an original game. Some gamers count exact reissues of original games as original games.

The original versions of the remade games are usually not included with the enhanced remakes on the same disc. Makaitoushi SaGa, the first game of the SaGa series and the game that was known in the U.S. as Final Fantasy Legend, was enhanced-remade for Wonderswan Color, and the original version is included in the same Wonderswan cartridge.

Sometimes, a publisher makes an unauthorized enhanced remake of another publisher's game. This remake is called a "clone." Making and publishing a clone is lawful in cases where no copyright or patent covers any essential aspect of the game, such as Tetris, as long as the clone is published under a name that is not confusingly similar. An authorized enhanced remake is called an "updated classic", that is, when the enhanced remake is from the same publisher as the original version.

List of enhanced remakes

This list does not include reissues (or direct ports) of original games, nor does it include clones.

Game TitleOriginal PlatformRemake Platforms and Notes
CastlevaniaNESSharp X68000 (Japan-only), Sony PlayStation, Super NES
CrystalisNESGame Boy Color
Dr. MarioNES, Game Boy (Monochrome)Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube
Dragon Warrior IMSX, NES (MSX version Japan-only)Super NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version), cellular phone (MSX and cellular phone versions Japan-only)
Dragon Warrior IIMSX, NES (MSX version Japan-only)Super NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version). Bundled with the precedent entry when remade.
Dragon Warrior IIINESSuper NES (translated into English through emulation), Game Boy Color (adapted from Super NES version)
Dragon Warrior IVNESSony PlayStation (Japan only)
Dragon Warrior VSuper NES (original version Japan-only)Sony PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy INESMSX, Wonderswan Color, Sony PlayStation (enhanced from Wonderswan Color version), cellular phone
Final Fantasy IINES (original version Japan-only)Wonderswan Color, Sony PlayStation (Playstation version enhanced from Wonderswan Color version and released in the United States as a component of Final Fantasy Origins)
Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame Boy (Monochrome)Game Boy Color (as Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
Makaitoushi SaGaGame Boy (Monochrome)Wonderswan Color
MythriGame Boy ColorGame Boy Advance
Ninja GaidenNESSuper NES
Ninja Gaiden 2NESSuper NES
Ninja Gaiden 3NESSuper NES
Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack)Super NESNintendo GameCube (as a component of Nintendo Puzzle Collection)
Phantasy StarSega Master SystemSony PlayStation 2 (as Phantasy Star Generation 1)
Pokémon RedGameboyGame Boy Advance (as Pokémon Fire Red)
River City RansomNESGame Boy Advance (as River City Ransom Advance)
Seiken DensetsuGame BoyGame Boy Advance (as Shinyaku Seiken Densetsu in Japan and as Sword of Mana in the United States)
Super Mario Bros.NESSuper NES
Super Mario Bros. 2NESSuper NES, Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsNES (original version Japan-only)Super NES
Super Mario Bros. 3NESSuper NES, Game Boy Advance
Tales of PhantasiaSuper NES (All versions Japan-only)Sony Playstation, Gameboy Advance (All versions Japan-only)
Tengai Makyou IINEC TurboGrafix PC-EngineSony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
YsNEC PC-88Windows, Sony Playstation 2 (as Ys Eternal)
Ys IINEC PC-88Windows, Sony Playstation 2 (as Ys II Eternal)