Remakes of obscure titles prompt us to ask a single question: “Why?” They’ll come right out of left field, leaving us bewildered about how there could’ve been any perceivable demand to bring them back with a fresh coat of paint. Whether we’re referring to Flashback, Rez, Shadow of the Beast, or The Legend of Kay, they can fail to generate any new interest and tarnish the original game’s legacy if there is little to no effort put into them. Sometimes they fully realize a cult classic’s potential with appropriate adjustments and profound visual upgrades. In regard to Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, developer Lizardcube has taken the 1989 Sega Master System title and remade it in such a way that sets another high precedent of unparalleled quality for future remakes.
- Academic Work