Best Remakes and Remasters on Nintendo Switch

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Previously, if you missed a particular game, your only way to catch up was to buy the original console and the original game. Then, with services like Virtual Console, you’ll be able to emulate those old games without having to own old consoles, for far more affordable prices than you might find at second-hand sales.

Then came the era of remasters, with updated graphics, controls, and sometimes even new content, and it was pretty exciting to be able to play old games on new hardware. But the riskiest re-release of all is the remake, which requires taking a beloved game, giving it a total makeover, and hoping that the final product isn’t an insult to players’ precious memories. Very few game developers have taken this risk… but when it pays, it pays wholesale.

Many of the best remakes and remasters can be found on the Nintendo Switch, and while we don’t have the amazing Final Fantasy VII Remake or the sexy Demon’s Souls PS5 Remake, we certainly don’t lack the fantastic, polished – games.

In fact, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, and while our criteria has gotten a little fuzzy (does a port count as a remaster? Does “HD” in the title really mean anything ?), we think we’ve put together a pretty solid list of the ones we like the most.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)

Editor: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release date: September 20, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / September 20, 2019 (UK/EU)

Link’s Awakening on Switch is a supreme overhaul, not just in terms of stunning new graphics and art style, but in the reworked score that accompanies them, with the old plinky-plonk Game Boy instruments – which were quite something for their time – replaced by the majesty of an almost fully orchestrated re-recording of familiar old tunes. It’s often surprisingly moving stuff, revisiting these long-forgotten magical places, rediscovering this or that hidden passage; latent memories suddenly awaken in your mind as this music, so familiar but also now so new and grand, takes flight in the background.

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Grim Fandango Remastered (Switch eShop)Grim Fandango Remastered (Switch eShop)

Editor: Double fine / Developer: Double fine

Release date: November 1, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / November 1, 2018 (UK/EU)

It doesn’t matter that you’ve been able to play Grim Fandango Remastered on your TV and in portable form elsewhere for years, because this gem of a game is still as enchanting and evocative as it was the first time you you are open. that oversized cardboard box back on PC in 1998. Here and Now on Nintendo Switch, this port looks and runs noticeably smoother than its fellow handheld releases thanks to Double Fine’s deft tweaks, so if you’ve ever joined Manny on his odyssey after death or it’s your first time among the dead, Switch is 100% better for its inclusion.

Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap (Switch eShop)Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap (Switch eShop)

Editor: Dotemu / Developer: Lizardcube

Release date: April 18, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / April 18, 2017 (UK/EU)

The Dragon’s Trap is remembered with such fondness today that its popularity arguably eclipses the following two 16-bit sequels, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV. It’s now been reimagined by French studio Lizardcube, a team of developers who shamelessly call themselves die-hard fans of the original. The base game is identical, but the visuals and audio have been completely improved and a few comfort items have been included to bring things up to modern standards. It’s a remake handled with the care and attention of true fans, and it shows.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)

Editor: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release date: May 14, 2021 (UK/EU)

Famicom Detective Club comes in two parts: The missing heir, which was first released in 1988 in Japan, making it almost as old as Mario; and The girl behinda sequel which followed in 1989. Both games have never been released in English, aside from unofficial fan translations, until now – and the remake, with new art, localization and voice acting (only available in Japanese) was a surprise that no one expected.

The visual enhancements to these games go beyond what you’d expect from an under-the-radar remake of two Japanese titles over 30 years old. The animation technology used to make the characters move and talk is reminiscent of how the TV show Archer does it – a lot is accomplished with a little, and the characters will nod, smile and shake their hair with a compelling personality. As a bonus, you can even change the soundtrack to the original Famicom beeps and bloops – although the modern orchestral version is much nicer.

Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)

Editor: bandai namco / Developer: bandai namco

Release date: December 7, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / December 7, 2018 (UK/EU)

In a cynical age where nostalgia takes on its full worth with endless soulless remasters, Katamari Damacy Reroll delivers an engaging and rewarding game that has lost none of its original charm or personality in the transition from one platform to another. With support for gyro controls and multiplayer – not to mention a degree of performance that makes it work smoothly in both handheld and docked modes – this Switch edition is easily the best way to game outside of blowing dust off your old PS2.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch)Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch)

Editor: Wonderful (XSEED) / Developer: Wonderful (XSEED)

Release date: July 14, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / July 10, 2020 (UK/EU)

While the revamped artwork of the original GBA Friends of Mineral Town might be slightly divisive, it’s still a beautiful and affectionate remake of the Switch game that’s far more accessible and satisfying than digging up an old Game Boy. The both rooted and handheld resolution is nice and crisp, while the frame rate holds at an absolute 60 FPS throughout. Accompanied by an upbeat soundtrack full of accordions, synthesizers and steel drums, offering a good companion to the visuals.

Although its roots as a handheld game occasionally resurface and there isn’t a ton of new content added for this remake, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is more than enough as a quality game that deserves a place in your Switch library.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch eShop)Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch eShop)

Editor: Capcom / Developer: Capcom

Release date: April 9, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / April 9, 2019 (UK/EU)

The Ace Attorney series has been ported many times already, so it was only a matter of time before Mr. Wright made his way to Switch. Thankfully, these new versions fared much better than the ones that appeared on Wii, with enough optimization – including resizing and cleaning up every frame to make them look better than ever in both docked and undocked mode. laptop/TV. HD Rumble helps give those quivering exclamation moments – including classic Wright lines, naturally – that extra bit of vibrant weight.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Switch)Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Switch)

Editor: Activision / Developer: Toys for Bob

Release date: September 3, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / September 3, 2019 (UK/EU)

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a wonderful love letter to a classic series, retaining everything that made the original games what they were, but applying a fresh coat of paint for the HD era. There are a few squeaky bones showing their age here and there, but purely due to the developers’ desire to keep things as accurate as possible. The Switch version looks absolutely gorgeous and works surprisingly well, so if you’re looking for a classic 3D platforming experience, you should definitely check it out.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Switch)Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Switch)

Editor: Activision / Developer: Toys for Bob

Release date: June 29, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / June 29, 2018 (UK/EU)

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a ruthlessly faithful recreation of some of the early 3D platforming hits. The levels are smooth, beautiful to look at, and superbly recreate the feel of the originals. Newcomers to the series may be put off by the abrupt difficulty spikes and little to no explanation of some of the finer mechanics, but it still manages to be a really enjoyable retread of some old classics, warts and all. Definitely worth a look if you are a fan of 3D platformers.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Switch)Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Switch)

Editor: Activision / Developer: Indirect visions

Release date: June 25, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / June 25, 2021 (UK/EU)

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 on Nintendo Switch is a rock-solid port of a pair of truly fantastic remakes. These are truly two of the best arcade sports titles of all time, revamped, reworked and reimagined for modern audiences with all the graphic bells and whistles, collectibles and game modes we’ve come to expect these days. . With flawless performance in both docked and handheld modes and visuals that still look the part after a few necessary concessions here and there, this is a collection we highly recommend jumping into ASAP.

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