The 5 Retro Games that Desperately Need Sequels
The video game industry is filled with sequels that never should have seen the light, but, unfortunately there are a fair amount of great games still waiting for a second installment. Following are the top five epic games that haven’t given rise to sequels.
Killer Instinct – Super Nintendo
In olden times during the fighting game explosion [even before Tekken] there was only one game that could be mentioned in the same sentence as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat; Killer Instinct. Killer Instinct was a revolutionary game that introduced ultra-combos, unique fighting characters, special moves, and was pretty much an epic game – especially considering that it hit the gaming scene in 1994. Although Killer Instinct has developed a cult following all its own, the good folks over at Rare never developed a follow-up – but felt the needs to make countless horrible Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. games.
Grim Fandango – PC
Nowadays most games utilize 3D graphics, but before the year 2000, 3D video games were few and far between. Grim Fandango was not only one of the first popular 3D games, it was also LucasArts’ first 3D computer graphics game, and one of the first sandbox-like 3D games in existence. Other than being a historical figure in the gaming industry, Grim Fandango was also an epic PC game with a quirky sense of humor [involving death] that would work very well in today’s gaming market.
Sunset Riders – Super Nintendo
Sunset Riders initially debuted at the arcade, but reached its popularity on the SNES gaming console. Filled with cowboy shoot-em up action, Sunset Riders was a mixture of action, shooter, western, and platform gaming which pretty much played as Contra on a horse. Sunset Riders is still popular till this day [usually in the form of SNES emulators on the PC] and it’s a wonder why it’s never spawned a sequel.
Shadow of the Colossus – PlayStation 2
Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2 is thought to be one of the best games of all times – it has some of the best boss fights of any game, requires a great amount of strategy, has superb graphics, and was an all-around well-rounded action-adventure game. Since Shadow of the Colossus, no other game has truly replaced its appeal and fans are still crossing their fingers in hopes of a Shadow of the Colossus sequel.
Power Stone 2 – Sega Dreamcast
There are lots of interested questions concerning Sega – including, why did Sega go under? Why didn’t the Dreamcast succeed? What is Sonic the Hedgehog doing in games with Mario? and Why the heck isn’t there a Power Stone 2? Power Stone 2 is the only game on this list that is a sequel itself, but it was such an epic game that there is a strong need for Power Stone 3. Power Stone 2 was an epic fighting game that featured fully interactive game levels, a host of killer power-up moves, a unique cast of fighters, and was overall a great party game before party games became popular.