Why Nintendo Doesn't Remaster More Of Its Games

It seems to depend on the passion of the developer in question.

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In a recent company earnings call, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about remasters and remakes. Though Nintendo has no concrete plans right now, Furukawa stated that the company is open to the idea if a developer is passionate about the project.

Furukawa was asked whether Nintendo has intentions to release more remakes, following the success of games like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu & Eevee. He said Nintendo has no "defined policy to continuously release more remakes in future" and expressed that nostalgia should not be the main reason for pursuing older titles.

"[T]he titles we've developed over our past 30 years in the dedicated video game system business have been played by and fondly remembered by many people, and these are an important asset to Nintendo as well. Nostalgia can be very appealing, but it's more important to be able to create new game experiences and fun, etc., even within remakes of classic titles.

"And I think that the most important factor is whether the developers are passionate about wanting to remake a game," Furukawa said. "A good recent example of this is The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, as you mentioned. Consumers all over the world responded positively to both its nostalgic elements and new features."

Earlier this month, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki said Furukawa is looking into "mak[ing] more 3DS franchises available on Switch." It's unclear what titles he is talking about specifically, but Brain Age, a series that has been on Nintendo's handhelds since 2006, is getting a new entry this December in Japan. The game is also expected to launch on January 3, 2020 in the West.

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I would love to see another super princess peach.

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Ocarina of time and Majoras mask remakes would be incredible

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each of those 3DS (& WiiU) games being ported to Switch should be a no-brainer. Mario 3D Land & 3D World are two of the best Mario games in the post-2000 era. Honestly, since no one buys WiiU or 3DS anymore, it's not like Nintendo can even monetize them unless they port them.

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Actually a fellow student I went to school with (He works with Nintendo Europe division)told me as I asked him the exact same question. The answer is money. It is a huge investment to remake certain specific games for Nintendo in particular plus Nintendo have long-term goals to allocate their workforce to, with many projects. To make more remasters they would need more investor money and a much larger workforce, both of which are drastic changes to the current system in place. Nintendo wants to play it safe, if it works, keep doing it (unlike many other big companies).

Some companies like Monolith Or Grezzo that have had major success with previous titles can make exceptions ofc, but simply put, Remakes cost much more than one would think.

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I'm still waiting to see the Nintendo Wii u games on Nintendo, ahh man that was or still is a cool machine.

But definitely golden eye, and pilot wings 64 ms flight simulator style.

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I'm still hoping to see some remasters, like:

- StarFox (might be better to just to remake it though, then again some would say that SF64 was just that)

- A Link to the Past (probably keep it 2D, not sure if that game would be better in 3D)

- Super Metroid (keep it 2D, maybe with 3D backgrounds; just high definition)

- Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 & 3 (in a bundle, a bit like the recent remaster for Crash Bandicoot)

The obvious remaster to ask for would probably be Super Mario 64. Now that would be quite something. It'd sell like hotcakes, regardless of Odyssey being good on its own; we're talking about SM64 here. Imagine if they would make a unique Switch bundle for it too, people would go bunkers for it.

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Could it be because they are cheap and lazy? They can't even get the virtual console right.

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In that case, would the developers of Skies of Arcadia, Fire Emblem Path of Radiance, and Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn please call Nintento and say you want to do a port/remaster? Thanks loads!

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@moonwatcher99: I'd absolutely love to see a remaster or sequel to Skies of Arcadia. It was such an awesome game.

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Simple.... GREED!!!!!

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They don't need to. They already sell systems and games for great profit. Although, I'm still betting we see wind waker and Mario sunshine at some point

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For what? To charge people with absurd full prices? No thanks, better stay away from this money sucking leeches.

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Give me FF III and FF IV on Switch. Don't even need a remaster, just straight port of the DS release would be fantastic.

Throw in FFTA from the GBA and I could die happy.

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Ummm Switch can easily emulate all NES, SNES, GameBoy, GB Color, DS, & GameCube games. They just need to do it, my money is waiting for them.

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Just somebody explain to me why Wii Sports isn't on Switch?

Anybody.

There's still no decent bowling or tennis games on the Switch (Mario Tennis Aces didn't do it for me), Nintendo IS the developer and publisher of Wii Sports, and everyone wants it on the Switch, where a port would take a few days but affording them probably $100 million in revenue.

It's absurd that a company like Nintendo, known infamously for porting their old crap to their new machines with a $60 price tag, STILL don't have the energy or motivation to port one of the best games the Wii ever had.

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I’d most definitely be interested in quite a few remastered/remade games from Nintendo’s past library of games. They have a ton of great games to choose from.

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That's rich coming from Nintendo. They bank on nostalgia of 1st-party fans.

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Wish they would just port all old Nintendo games from all past consoles going forward. Nintendo needs it's own inhouse emulator like Xbox has for OG and 360 games. Porting that huge library of games from NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube and Wii over would be easy money.

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