The best remasters and matches on the Nintendo Switch

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It was like, if you miss a particular game, the only way to catch up is to buy the original console and the original game. Then, thanks to services like Virtual Console, you can emulate those old games without having to own any old consoles, and at a much more affordable price than you might find on used sales.

Then came the era of remasters, with updated graphics and controls and sometimes new content, and it was very exciting to be able to play old games on new hardware. But the most serious re-release of all is the remake, which requires taking a beloved game, giving it a complete look, in the hope that the final product won’t be an insult to players’ cherished memories. Very few game developers have taken that risk…but when it pays off, it pays off Big.

Plenty of the best remasters and improvements can be found on the Nintendo Switch, and while we don’t have an incredible Final Fantasy VII remake or the exciting PS5 remake of Demon Souls, we certainly aren’t lacking in great, polished-up games.

In fact, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites, and while our criteria are a bit vague (is the port a remaster? Does the “HD” in the title mean anything?), we think we’ve come up with a pretty solid list of the things we love so much.

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

publisher: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release date: September 20, 2019 (United States of America) / September 20, 2019 (UK/EU)

Wake up the link on the switch is a file super top A complete overhaul, not only in terms of stunning new graphics and art style, but in the reworked score that accompanies it, with old Game Boy instruments – which were a great thing for their time – replaced by the majesty of a nearly fully curated re-recording of familiar old tunes. often sudden emotional things, revisiting these magical places long forgotten, rediscovering some hidden passage or other; The lurking memories have suddenly awakened in your mind as this music, so familiar but now also new and great, is flying in the background.

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

publisher: double fine / Developer: double fine

Release date: November 1, 2018 (United States of America) / November 1, 2018 (UK/EU)

The fact that you’ve been able to play Grim Fandango Remastered on your TV and in handheld form elsewhere for years doesn’t matter to one thing, because this gem of the game is still as magical and evocative as it was the first time you opened the game This huge cardboard box appeared in your PC 1998’s personal. Here and now on the Nintendo Switch, this port looks and works noticeably smoother than other portable versions thanks to the cool Double Fine mods, so if you’ve already joined Manny on the afterlife journey or this is your first time among the dead The Switch is 100% better to include it.

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

publisher: Dotemo / Developer: Lizardkop

Release date: April 18, 2017 (United States of America) / April 18, 2017 (UK/EU)

Today’s dragon trap is so fondly called that its popularity is arguably superior to the following two 16-bit series, Wonder Boy at Monster World And Monster World IV. It has now been reimagined by French studio Lizardcube, a team made up of developers who unabashedly brand themselves as die-hard fans of the original. The base game is identical but the visual and sound elements have been comprehensively upgraded and a few creature comforts have been included to bring things up to modern standards. This is a remake that has been handled with care and attention from true fans, and it shows.

Famicom Detectives Club: The Lost Heir and Famicom Detectives Club: The Girl Standing in the Back (Switch eShop)Famicom Detectives Club: The Lost Heir and Famicom Detectives Club: The Girl Standing in the Back (Switch eShop)

publisher: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release date: 14 May 2021 (UK/EU)

The Famicom Detective Club consists of two parts: lost heir, which debuted in 1988 in Japan, making him as old as Mario; And The girl standing behindA sequel followed in 1989. The two games, other than the unofficial fan translations, haven’t been released in English yet—and the remake, with new art, subtitles, and voice acting (available in Japanese only) was a surprise no one expected.

The visual upgrades made to these games far exceed what you’d expect from an under-the-radar remake of two Japanese titles that are 30 or more years old. The animation technique used to make the characters move and talk is reminiscent of how the TV show Archer does it – more is achieved with less, and the characters will tilt their heads, smile, and throw their hair in a compelling character. As a neat little bonus, you can even change the soundtrack to the original famicom sounds – although the modern orchestra version is much nicer.

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

publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco

Release date: December 7, 2018 (United States of America) / December 7, 2018 (UK/EU)

In a satirical era where nostalgia for all its value is pumped up with endless editors, Katamari Damacy Reroll offers an engaging and rewarding game that hasn’t let its charm or original character get lost in the transition from one platform to another. With support for gyroscopic controls and multiplayer — not to mention the degree to which you see it working seamlessly in both manual and docked modes — this Switch version is the best way to play it outside of dusting your old PS2.

Seasons Story: Metal City Friends (Switch)Seasons Story: Metal City Friends (Switch)

publisher: Fantastic (XSEED) / Developer: Fantastic (XSEED)

Release date: July 14, 2020 (United States of America) / July 10, 2020 (UK/EU)

While the restored artwork of the original GBA Friends of Mineral Town might be a little divisive, it’s still a great, loving rework of the game on Switch that’s far more accessible and satisfying than looking for an old Game Boy. Resolution in both anchored and mobile looks nice and crisp, while the frame rate keeps 60fps perfectly constant. Accompanying this is an upbeat vocal sound full of accordion, synthesizer, and steel drums, providing a great companion to the visuals.

Although its roots as a mobile game come out occasionally and there isn’t a lot of new content added for this new release, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town more than just stands out enough on its own as a quality game that deserves a place in the Switch library. your own.

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

publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom

Release date: April 9, 2019 (United States of America) / 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 the Switch. Fortunately, these new versions were much better than the ones that came on the Wii, with just enough optimization – including resizing and cleaning each frame to make them look better than ever in either docked or portable/TV modes. HD Rumble helps give those shaky moments of wonder—including classic Wright lines, of course—that extra punch.

Spyro Reinforced Triple (Switch)Spyro Reinforced Triple (Switch)

publisher: Activision / Developer: lob games

Release date: 3rd Sep 2019 (United States of America) / 3rd Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a wonderful love letter to a classic series, keeping everything that made the original games what they were, but painting a new layer of paint for the HD era. There are a few creaking bones showing their age here and there, but only because of the developers’ desire to keep things as accurate as possible. The Switch version looks absolutely stunning and works surprisingly well, so if you’re looking for a classic 3D platformer experience, you should definitely take a look at it.

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

publisher: Activision / Developer: lob games

Release date: 29 June 2018 (United States of America) / 29 June 2018 (UK/EU)

Crash Bandicoot N. The levels are vivid, gorgeous to look at, and wonderfully recreate the feel of the originals. Newcomers to the series may be put off by steep difficulty rises and little or no explanation for some of the fine mechanics, but it still manages to be a fun revamp of some old classics, warts, and all. This is definitely worth a look if you are a fan of 3D platforms.

Tony Hawk Pro Skeeter 1 + 2 (Switch)Tony Hawk Pro Skeeter 1 + 2 (Switch)

publisher: Activision / Developer: mutual visions

Release date: 25 June 2021 (United States of America) / 25 June 2021 (UK/EU)

Pro Skater 1 + 2 from Tony Hawk on the Nintendo Switch is a rock solid port for a pair of really cool remasters. These are truly two of the best sports arcade games ever, revamped, remastered and reimagined for modern audiences with all the graphic bells and whistles, collectibles, and game styles we’ve come to expect in this day and age. With flawless performance in both docked and portable modes and visuals that still look the part after some necessary compromises here and there, this is one set that we highly recommend you unlock ASAP.