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In recent years, we have seen the revival of many classic titles through collections debuting for contemporary platforms. Whether this is an initiative by companies to support preservation or a simple movement to exploit consumer nostalgia, we can’t deny that we like it when it’s done well and with respect.
A proof of this is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, a package that we didn’t know we needed until we saw it. Although we do not know if it will live up to expectations, it is clear that it will represent an opportunity to try some legendary games of the franchise.
With all this on the table, we came up with some collections that we would be excited to see in the future for various reasons: from making the titles that compose them much more accessible to the simple pleasure of having in the same package those games that we love them.
Mortal Kombat: The 3D Kollection
Mortal Kombat is one of the most iconic franchises in history. The first thing that comes to mind when remembering it are the titles that debuted in the 90s for arcades and, of course, the latest trilogy developed by NetherRealm Studios. However, where are the games from the days of Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube?
Deadly Alliance, Deception y Armageddon They marked a before and after for the IP by perfecting the 3D gameplay seen in the fourth installment, which is why they became very dear experiences for fans of Colorado. Not only did they introduce combat styles and an adventure mode for campaigns, they also introduced legendary fighters and memorable mini-games like Chess Kombat and Motor Kombat.
Unfortunately, to play them we currently need an Xbox, PlayStation 2 or Nintendo GameCube, which is clearly not ideal. Therefore, seeing a collection for PC and next generation consoles is something that we long for and hope that it will happen.
Without a doubt, a compilation of this nature will allow an important piece of the franchise’s history to be available to a new audience. And yes, we also expect it to be included Shaolin Monk o Mortal Kombat vs DC UniverseAlthough perhaps that is already asking too much.
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Collection
In order to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo launched a collection that was available for a limited time and that included 3 of the most emblematic adventures of the character in 3D dimensions. While we recognize that it could have been better and there was a lot of room for improvement, we would love to see another franchise from the Japanese company receive similar treatment applying fan feedback.
So think of a hypothetical The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Collection for Nintendo Switch we are excited. Just like the mustachioed plumber, Link has many classic 3D adventures. For the same reason, we could be facing a very attractive collection.
Now, which games can be included in the aforementioned collection? Of course, timeless jewels such as Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask y The Wind Waker. With these 3 titles, we have a more than decent product. However, Nintendo can throw the house for the sale and include Twilight Princess and the most recent remastering of Skyward Swordalthough perhaps this is too much to ask, even in our wildest dreams.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars It left a lot to be desired in several respects. However, we are hopeful that the big N has listened to the complaints of the players and, in case she decides to release a collection of The Legend of ZeldaDon’t make the same mistakes. And please, don’t have a deadline to buy it.
SNK Fighting Collection
Just before the reveal of Street Fighter 6we learned of the existence of the Capcom Fighting Collection, a game that compiles classic fighting titles from the Japanese company. Although we can find experiences that are obvious as Street Fighter II o Darkstalkersmisunderstood jewels were also included as Red Earth y Cyberbots. With this in mind, how about SNK following this philosophy?
in the shadows of The King of Fighters o Samurai Shodown, SNK has on its back an extensive catalog of fighting game franchises that, unfortunately, remain in an extensive lethargy. So seeing them return in one package for next-gen consoles and PC is something we look forward to.
Of course, we talk about works like World Heroes, Savage Reign, The Last Blade, Fatal Fury, Kizuna Encounter, Art of Fighting, Rage of Dragons y Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Some of these titles are very accessible today, but others are not. For this very reason, we believe a build is necessary.
On the other hand, it is clear that a relaunch can benefit from current technology and features. For example, games can include Rollback Netcode in online modes, leaderboards for players to compete and try to get to the top, and finally, extra content such as illustrations, music, etc. If this does come to fruition in the future, we have no doubt that the fans will be more than happy.
The Disney Afternoon Collection 2
In 2017, Capcom and Digital Eclipse surprised the most nostalgic fans with a very round collection that included 6 Disney jewels of yesteryear. If we consider that the house of the mouse has a lot of material to cut in the video game sector, we like the idea of seeing a second part of said compilation.
That’s right, we consider that a hypothetical The Disney Afternoon Collection 2 it can be a perfect opportunity to bring other classic games developed by Capcom during the 1980s and 1990s to the present times.
Now, what titles can fit into this dream package? Naturally, it occurs to us Disney’s Magical Quest, Goof Troop, Magical Tetris Challenge Featuring Mickey, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid y Bonkers.Perhaps they are not as mythical as those of the first collection, but they are experiences that are worth playing, at least once in a lifetime.
Considering that Digital Eclipse’s work in releasing the original compilation was outstanding on almost every front, we’re confident that a sequel will maintain the quality level. So we can expect extra modes and features like rewind to be included, which allows you to go back in time to recover from mistakes. Obviously, additional content such as music galleries, conceptual art and curious facts cannot be missing.
The Disney Afternoon Collection 2if it exists in the future, will allow a new generation to visit hidden titles from Disney’s extensive catalog for the first time, but it will also be the ideal pretext for fans of yesteryear to relive experiences that marked their childhoods.
Gears of War: The Marcus Fenix Collection
In that case that the era of 2006 can be considered retro, let us end this article with a Microsoft franchise that is rumored to have its collection sooner rather than later. That’s right, we’re talking about Gears of War.
It’s no secret that the first installment in this series created by Cliff Bleszinski and Epic Games is one of the most influential works in the industry. It not only perfected the cover system that later became a cornerstone of third-person shooters, but also featured an engaging story and memorable cast of characters. Later titles took these elements and polished them.
As we explained, a rumor is currently circulating that indicates that Gears of War You will receive a compilation in the purest style of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Although there is nothing confirmed, thinking about the possibility is more than enough to get excited.
That the franchise puts out a collection similar to that of the Master Chief’s adventures will allow players to easily and quickly access the original trilogy, at least. Also, combining the multiplayer modes to create a unified online experience is ideal for condensing the community into one space and offering additional content in the long run.
There is not a shred of official information confirming that a hypothetical Gears of War: The Marcus Fenix Collection exists, but we think it could be the ideal opportunity to honor one of the biggest icons of Xbox and the industry in general.
Once again, it is important to point out that, at the time of writing this article, these collections do not officially exist. With any luck, that situation will change in the future. Only time will tell.
Obviously, many compilations were left in the pipeline, and that is why we encourage you to share in the comments section those that you would like to see become a reality at some point.
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