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Rumor: Nintendo considering giving Nintendo 64 games the HD treatment

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This should be taken with a huge grain of salt as it’s basically unsubstantiated rumor, but according to an anonymous source, Nintendo may be seeking to give seven Nintendo 64 games the HD treatment in a new effort called “reUmagined”. According to this source, seven titles will see the Wind Waker HD treatment, meaning textures and gameplay will be brought up to par for the Wii U.

Currently the only title being released by the source is Super Mario 64. Apparently, these releases are supposed to fill the gaps between larger Wii U releases over the coming months. Here’s what is said to be expected from this supposed reimagining of classic Nintendo 64 titles.

– The short development time allows these “big classic” titles to fill the gap in between Nintendo’s original Wii U software.
– Less to fund and fewer people involved means more resources to original titles in development.
– eShop only for $30 per title, reduces risk at retail.
– Wind Waker approach taken in terms of visual upgrades, but “reUmagined” titles will benefit from added content.

I can’t imagine Nintendo charging $30 for a re-released Super Mario 64, as that seems outrageous for a two generations old game, even if it does have the HD treatment. What do you think of this rumor? Could Nintendo be hoarding Nintendo 64 titles in order to bring them up to snuff for modern TVs? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I could see 30 dollars if they add content to it like it suggests :P

    I love this idea! :D

    First Mario Party Please!

    • Magnus Eriksson

      If true, my guess is: The seven titles removed from Virtual Console in Wii Mode. OoT, MM, Mario64, Star Fox, Mario Kart, F-Zero X, oh and Paper Mario

      I think 30 bucks is overly expensive. But it depends a bit on the quality of the remake. If Majoras Mask is remastered like the famous YouTube-video, then suuuure. Thats ok :D

      edit: the remove has only been done certain areas. But there is 7 titles that are removed. I talked to Nintendo about this, and they didnt want to answer why they had removed the games.

      edit 2: WW approach… hmmm… that means no remodelling, only retexturing. I think more is needed to give it an awesome look.

      edit 3: From the rumour:
      – Super Mario 64
      – ***** ***** ** (Paper Mario?)
      – **** **** **
      – **** *** ** (Star Fox?)
      – ********** **
      – ******* **** (Majoras Mask?)
      – **** ************

      edit3: Read what add-ons they had for SM64. If thats true I think 30 bucks could be justified.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        30 bucks is kinda high I think… maybe 20 would be best. They were only 10 on Wii.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Yeah, but the extra features seems quite extended. Did you cgeck original article? But I agree with you, 20 is more reasonable.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I didnt, actually. I didn’t notice an original article XD I’ll look at it later

  • Ace

    This would make sense as other rumors explained that Nintendo wanted to see how Wind Waker would do. If it did well they said that they might do other popular games as well. My wish list:

    Mario 64
    Star Fox 64
    Majoras Mask
    Ocarina of Time (doubt it since they did one recently)
    1080 Snowboarding

    • Magnus Eriksson

      My guess is: The seven titles removed from Virtual Console in Wii Mode (only done in certain areas until this day). OoT, MM, Mario64, Star Fox, Mario Kart, F-Zero X.

      • Ace

        Ah yes, how could I forget Mario Kart?! That is another I would add to the list.

  • gamesplayswill

    Now this comes with pros and cons…

    Pros:
    Great N64 classics in HD!
    Better ways to play the classics (IE: Wind waker has miiverse)
    And it should boost sales hopefully.

    Cons:
    Reused and unoriginal
    7 GAMES. They should’ve only done one to test the water.
    Is this worth it? What will make me buy it?
    The price… it’s a bit much to pay for an old game. (as it said in the article.)

    In conclusion, I’d rather that Nintendo didn’t do this. However I would like to play Mario 64 in HD.

    • Lunatic

      They did do one to test the water. It was called Wind Waker HD and it’s selling like mad.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Actually 2, Wind Waker HD and Ocarina of Time 3D.

        • Gregg

          Both huge system selling hits.

    • Gregg

      Remember: Reused and unoriginal to YOU. But not to millions of younger, or NEW gamers, who have never played them.

      AND…. most important: Your last sentence, validates the value of this, because, it can be applied to other people, in reference to one or more, of the other games… =)

      • Doctors Tardis

        Yeah, my daughter is a little over 5 years old, and I would LOVE for her to be able to play this great classic games in HD. She had a blast with Ocarina of Time 3D, and loves Wind Waker. It may have taken her a year to beat Ocarina but she never gave up!

        • Blake Wigert

          She got through the water Temple? Child prodigy there

  • John Andalora

    No. This is the LAST thing I want.
    Look, these games are great. They’re awesome.
    But I don’t think the best use of their resources would be to remake them over an over.
    They were so good because they were something new and innovative. Not because it was the same thing you’ve already played improved graphically. We need more risky ventures, not just making it all look prettier.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      I hear you. They should have been released on Virtual Console as they are :)

    • Jump’nShootMan

      I obviously can’t speak to the other 6 games, but Mario 64 was a great game because it was a great game. One of my all-time favorites, no matter what. Given that it only took them 6 months to remake Windwaker (and look what it’s doing for WiiU sales), I think this is a great business move, and will be awesome for fans of the originals. Would I prefer they be cheaper? Yeah. But I’ll still gladly pay the extra $20 (over a likely $10 VC pricetag), especially if there’s new content. Also, it’d be great if they gave a discount to people who already bought the games on Wii VC.

      • John Andalora

        Why was that game so memorable and inspiring to so many? Because it was brand new. It was something unique and imaginative that no one had seen before.
        Why do so many people like Nintendo? Because their ability to make so many unique and groundbreaking games inspired so many of the new ones. They didn’t just take the low road and keep remaking games over and over to try and fill in the time between each release, they made each release truly count where it mattered.

        Sure, making a remake will get people who never played it to try it (and even fans of the game,) but is it really worth it just to keep playing these same games rather than having Nintendo innovate and improve to recapture that special feeling from past games? Should we support just remaking old games and constant sequels rather than something that could capture our hearts as a truly unique and exciting experience?

        I know it’s supposed to hold off for other games, but I’d rather Nintendo spend their money on going in different directions rather than wasting it on remakes.

        • Guest

          I understand your point, but I also think that this isn’t TOTALLY a bad idea. I am with you wanting new and innovative games. I just feel like this would help sell the console (which is what they are trying to do since they know that these games are already loved and well known).
          Have you played any of these games on the N64 on an HDTV? They look terrible and are almost not playable (even switching the screen to 4:3 from 16:9). Making them in HD would be amazing. I can see both sides of the argument. You make some valid points that I agree with.

        • Jump’nShootMan

          Maybe I’m just nostalgic, but I love that game for what it is, and I’m going to jump at the chance to play through it again with new visuals and new content. I agree with you to a point that Nintendo should concentrate on making new games/ experiences. But I don’t see why they can’t do that AND remake classics. Like I said before; it doesn’t divert too many resources and there’s a huge business payoff (which means Nintendo thrives and can make more new, great games). Get a small team to work on these while everyone else keeps on innovating. Win-Win.

          • Ace

            I whole heartedly agree!

          • rp17

            It’s like everyone reads over where it says small team. These would be made in a short amount of time and/or made with a small team. They wouldn’t significantly inhibit innovating in new games.

          • John Andalora

            The concern is that any resource that is used for making HD games of yester-year could be used for making new and innovative games. It’s not just something where Nintendo asks a company to do it for free. It requires them to either pay a small developing group to do it or take developers and programmers off their other games to make them.

            Even then, buying those games only shows Nintendo that you’ll pay $300 for a new console and $30 for each game when you could’ve just payed $50 for the original console on eBay or Amazon and $30 on the game with it. If they get the idea that it’s extremely lucrative, then they’ll just keep doing it.

            And to me, that sucks all the fun and originality out of the old games. It robs them of that original excitement and adventure that made them extremely enjoyable to begin with. It’s just the same kind of rehashing that people insult Sony and Microsoft for, and it’s not what Nintendo should be all about. And I don’t want Nintendo to be given the same insults people give to Persona 4 Golden or Halo Golden Edition.

        • Ace

          I understand your point, but I also think that this isn’t TOTALLY a bad idea. I am with you wanting new and innovative games. I just feel like this would help sell the console (which is what they are trying to do since they know that these games are already loved and well known).
          Have you played any of these games on the N64 on an HDTV? They look terrible and are almost not playable (even switching the screen to 4:3 from 16:9). Making them in HD would be amazing. I can see both sides of the argument. You make some valid points that I agree with.

          • John Andalora

            Let’s take a look at the PS Vita:
            Here’s a list of games that is on it that came from past consoles.
            Metal Gear Solid
            Jak and Daxter
            Persona 4 Golden
            PsOne and PSP games galore…

            There sales aren’t doing so great, huh?

            See, This isn’t something they could boost sales with. This is something that would keep people who have a console from selling it. These old games are not going to have a release like Wind Waker. They aren’t getting boxed sets and things added to the gamepad. They’d just be slight upgrades.

            And to me, it’s not something I care for.

            I understand wanting them in HD, but I want more what made them great to begin with: That excitement of playing something and beating it for the first time.

  • Erik

    Please let this be true!!!! Mario Party 3 with online capabilities!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    Thankfully this is just a rumor. If there was any merit to it, however, stop gap titles are not what the Wii U needs right now. There are more important items that should be prioritized over these “reUmagined” efforts.

    • Zuxs13

      If they are doing this I don’t it effects their ability at all. They will either hire a 3rd party to do the convergence or allocate lower studios to handle it. So why not have your cake and eat it too.

      • C4

        Bingo. What they don’t want to do is to give their IPs into non-Nintendo-internal devs hands, I mean new games like StarFox for example. But for remakes, probably not an issue :)

      • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

        Would you rather have old cake or new cake? Most people would rather have the new, fresher cake, not the same cake with different colored frosting. Ocarina of Time 3D is a good example of this. While new visuals was a plus to some, it wasn’t enough to others, and I feel that the majority of these games, should they happen, are going to do just that. The core concept is still the same, there isn’t much they can do to change, and what changes you do add in can dampen the experience.

        With all the leaps and bounds that are occurring in technology, video games are aging fast, and it would be more beneficial for Nintendo to keep up with that with new and original projects, rather than revisit games that really don’t need revisiting (aside from perhaps better HDTV screen support).

    • ItzameyaToad

      Im sure there not going to be putting there big teams/all there efforts on re-makes haha come on lets put on our thinking caps…

      • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

        Not sure why you assumed that, since I said nothing of the sort…

        • ItzameyaToad

          Your comment implied that you think Nintendo would be putting alot of resources/effort towards doing remakes.

          “There are more important items that should be prioritized over these “reUmagined” efforts.”

  • ronaldco91

    Though I really would like to play SM64 in HD, I also see that they really need to work on other things rather than the reUmagined titles.

  • RaYoshi

    The only things I’d really love is for Bomberman 64, Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, and Goemon’s Great Adventure. :cryforever:

  • SonicLucario

    Majoras Mask HD

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    They don’t need to fill the gap, but shorten the gap if possible, in my opinion. Even if a HD remake doesn’t need a lot of people to work on it as it’s said in this rumor, I guess it’s still fewer people working on the real Wii U titles that we are all waiting for. I already feel like they have to much to do with the Wii U when they say things like “we are late because working in HD is more difficult than we thought”, and games being delayed.

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  • sdmac200600

    I would believe it more if the source article didn’t say online co-op. Nintendo seems to be very reluctant in making anything online that isn’t smash, pokemon, or Mario kart sadly

  • Heath Wilson

    Top Gear Rally
    Quest 64
    Mace: The Dark Ages
    Star Fox 64
    Mega Man 64
    Bomberman 64
    Mischief Makers

    • vamos_cactuar

      I’d pay $30 a piece for Bomberman 64 & Mischief Makers.

    • Leo

      Quest 64 i pass… lol

    • Fred

      I’d buy Star Fox 64 and Bomberman 64 from your list, but I’m not familiar with the other ones.

    • Michael Hancock

      I’m still waiting for Quest 64 2.

  • Lil J Moore

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Lil J Moore

      How do you post gifs on here? It doesn’t work for me.

    • C4

      No, it’s “Wii U”, not Woo :D

  • ThomasTruong

    Sounds great, but I’d like to have the option to get physical copies of these remakes.

  • Truthteller

    This is why the Wii U is going no where. No Wii U games, only bad ports, remakes and games from older systems. Who would buy a system like this? If anything, have them remake these games (with added populations in them of course) and prepare them for Nintendo’s next system – but not as THE top titles to get.

  • Jared Garcia

    If Mario 64 got the HD treatment, I’d like to see 60 frames as well. I often wondered what it’d play like with super smooth animation. I’d love an HD Paper Mario as well.

  • Nathan Ostroski

    3 generations old: Wii, GameCube, THEN N64

  • ElCharlo

    I don´t think its really an option, gamecube and wiiu games are another story. Just increase the texture size and increase the prim count with subdivisions for a more soft look.

    I think Windwaker is a special case because it isn´t that old and the toonshade hides the old lowpoly models. But the amount of work to upgrade the policount, animations and textures to today´s standards it´s almost the same of making a game from scratch.

    Models back then on the N64 time where limited to around 10 to 15 poligons per model, and the riggings had much less articulations. Its not something you solve with subd, all the artwork must be redone.

    You can forgive some dated visuals of this kind of upgrades on the 3ds, but i don´t think its acceptable on the WiiU.

    • C4

      True, those N64 enhanced remakes fit perfectly on DS (Mario 64) or 3DS (Ocarina of Time)

      I can imagine StarFox 64 looking good due to its view, Mario due to its artstyle and maybe reuse of Mario 3D World or other existing assets, but basically all games of that era look _very_ rough and need (and deserve if they are remaked) much more then the “Wind Waker treatment”.

  • Martholomew

    To a kid who is 7 years old, N64 titles in HD will be just as new and enjoyable as an original WiiU game. To a parent, paying $30 instead of $60 will be even better.

    If it helps sell some WiiUs then it’s a win. I don’t see much downside to it.

    • Leo

      I agree. I’ve seen children asking for Wind Waker regardless of being a remake or not, and this is a Gamecube game! N64 games are even more obscure for them! Every kid born in the 00s have never played anything of the N64 days, so all of those games are brand new for this young generation.

      • Mario

        True! So true!

      • UltimateKai453

        Well, SOME kids born in the 00s has played N64 games. My little brother’s first game was an N64 Game and he was born in 2002.

    • AlienFanatic

      When you are paying $5.00 for every ancient NES title, including Golf and Pinball, do you REALLY think Nintendo will re-release HD versions of N64 titles for $30? I’m betting they’ll go higher and they’ll use them to make up for the wasteland that is 3rd party support.

      I can’t help but feel that turning to and farming the back catalog as much as Nintendo seems to be doing is going to be good for the company’s long-term success. And with Nintendo’s snail’s pace for releasing VC titles, we should expect any N64 remasters in, oh, 2016 or so.

      • Gregg

        I pay $5 for a Quarter Pounder meal….. Big whoop. Bring it on Nintendo.

        • blindtiger

          seriously its called inflation… $5 is nothing. $5 is 1 beer or half a movie ticket. if you play it for 1 hour you got your moneys worth. free to play is KILLING gaming!

      • Andrew W Garttmeyer

        I absolutely agree. I also do not understand the writer’s opinion here. She can’t imagine NES releasing these games at 30 because they are two generations old…uh, Wind Waker anyone? der.

        I am sorry, but Wii U is starting to anger me.

        • Cubester_64

          WiiUDaily or the game console?

          • Andrew W Garttmeyer

            The game console.

      • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

        Jesus! Get a job mate, and then maybe you might not be such a tight ass!

    • Mr. J

      Plz plz plz remake Majoras Mask……………. I’m begging u

      • Josiah Parsons

        Knowing it’s popularity, they probably will.

      • Justagamer

        I never played it

        • Mr. J

          Me neither

      • DragonSilths

        Its going to be a 3DS remake. Nintendo already said that long ago.

        • Mr. J

          Well that’s unfortunate

          • DragonSilths

            Not really.

          • Mr. J

            I just think that since they have OoT on 3ds they should remake Majoras Mask on the Wii U.

          • Jake D Reiter

            they never said mm would be remade for 3ds im guessin this dragon dose not read the full articles nintendo is leaning more towards a wii u remake.

          • Fernando

            That’s not really true. Most of the fans want a Wii U remake (myself included) but Nintendo’s abstained itself from ANY kind of news on Majora’s Mask HD/3D. Actually, at Comic Con, when a fan asked him if a Majora’s Mask remake was a possibility, he responded with “If you play through A Link Between Worlds, you might find an answer to your question.” Although nobody has any idea what that means, because Aonuma is an evil, evil man, it might have something to do with how Majora’s Mask was found in Ravio’s shop (see image). This was previously thought to be an easter egg. But if all he meant was that ALBW’s story would involve stuff from MM, and maybe even take place in the same world (Lorule=Termina?), that’s not really news on a remake, right? Nevertheless, whatever he meant, I think that the remake would be on the 3DS. Depressing as that sounds for a game as remarkable as Majora’s Mask, it would only take Nintendo about two months of development and would sell like crazy. They already have the character models and whatnot from OoT 3D.

          • Jake D Reiter

            if nintendo was smart though they would remake it for wii u

          • Fernando

            one can only dream. that would be awesome. remember that fan-made trailer we saw a few years ago? now THAT would be incredible. I hope nintendo sees how well MM HD would sell

          • Jake D Reiter

            right even though it was fan made it got me excited

      • Daniel Brown

        I’m actually hoping for an eventual Silicon Valley remake.

        • Michael Hancock

          That game was…amazing…just amazing. Remember the robotic fish? Bizarre.

          • Daniel Brown

            I never got to finish it because it was so glitchy. But it was so amazing. I still play what I can of it every once in awhile.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Remake Zelda II.

    • Edward

      Paper Mario would be nice too.

      • Madmagican

        But Paper Mario’s art style was designed to make it last… well I guess they did it with Wind Waker

    • Justin Clark

      Ya I don’t see a problem at all paying $30 dollars for one of the greatest games of all time. Especially if said game is receiving the same sort of HD treatment that Wind Waker was given. It’s not like Nintendo would simply be putting a high resolution filter over the game, but instead building all new models, textures and lighting systems.

    • Levi Johansen

      I agree completely.

      If they could give us Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Rayman 2, Banjo-Kazooie, Resident Evil 2 and all the TUROK games – all in HD.

      That would be soo awesome!

      few things have changed since N64, just the graphics and the controls in certain games, but it’s mosty the same.

      If they don’t do this, they must atleast release them on VC.
      Good games are never to old to play!

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Banjo Kazooi and Dk64 is highly unlikely because of RARE-Microsoft. Resident Evil could happen, but not to plausible because of Capcoms situation today. Super Mario 64 is to expect. After Christmas maybe?

        • Justagamer

          It could happen because microsoft can’t release it due to being a nintendo game

          • Magnus Eriksson

            And it seems like Nintendo cannot either :/

          • Nathan Verbois

            Actually, Nintendo could remake Donkey Kong 64 as well as Diddy Kong Racing without Rare or Microsoft’s consent as they own the IP. Only original Rare IP like Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct, Blast Corps, Jet Force Gemini, Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day would require an agreement with Microsoft (not Rare) to release those titles as they (MS) own the IP. So, if this wonderful rumor actually was true, there is nothing stopping Nintendo from releasing DK64 or DKR. The only exception for either party would be Goldeneye.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            And you are 100% sure or mere guessing on this one? This depends on the contract between RARE and Nintendo, not on who owns the IP. If the Storyline and models belong to RARE, then Ninty cannot use them even though they own the IP. Of course RARE cannot do it either. This is more common in this industry than you might believe. Its blocking competitors from using their own products.

          • Nathaniel Lopez

            I don’t think Nintendo would give that much creative freedom to the point where it would be that big of a problem that they can’t re-release it, or do whatever they want with it, on their own with their bigger IPs.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            It was a different era back then…

          • Nathaniel Lopez

            I suppose that’s true.

          • Thomas Stevenson

            if this were true nintendo would not be able to make anymore Donkey Kong countries…rare made that too, and Mario kart 64

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I didnt mean that they own Donkey Kong. Everyone knows that he belongs to Nintendo.

          • Nathan Verbois

            I can’t be 100% sure as I do not work for those companies and am not party to their legal contracts, but I do work in the gaming industry and am familiar with IP rights especially within the context of the gaming industry. When Rare created the first Donkey Kong Country game they were considered a third party developer working with Nintendo on a Nintendo frachise. Unless Nintendo agreed to allow Rare to retain the rights to their additional inventions (anything Rare came up with that was not already present in some form or manner in the IP previously, like Cranky Kong and the other Kong family members) it wouldn’t matter what they created, it all belongs to Nintendo.

            In the case of original IP, Nintendo owned the rights to Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark and all other Rare games during the Nintendo 64 era as Rare was a first-party and everything they made for Nintendo was the property of Nintendo. However, when Nintendo sold Rare to Microsoft they also sold the rights to all of the IP which Rare had created that did not fall into any previous Nintendo franchise (which Nintendo didn’t have to do, but this is most definitely why they were able to sell their controlling stake in the company at such a high price). This is why Rare stopped production on Donkey Kong Racing and why you’ll never see a Dinosaur Planet game without Starfox as once Starfox was attached to Dinosaur Planet, it was now considered a part of Nintendo’s classic IP.

            To use another example, Insomniac Games has never been a first-party of Sony, but the Ratchet & Clank games are owned by Sony. You will never see a Ratchet & Clank game on Xbox One unless Insomniac buys the rights to the IP from Sony.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Everything you say makes perfect sense. And never disagreed on the IP part. But why are the DK games made by RARE removed then? My guess that there is something in the contract making it difficult to rerelease, and make changes too.

          • The Clockwork Being

            Funny you say that. When Rare was still owned by Mircosoft in 2006 they remade Diddy Kong Racing for Nintendo. I dont know why.

          • Nathan Verbois

            They also made some Gameboy Advance games, one of which was a Banjo-Kazooie game. In all of the instances where Rare continued to make games for Nintendo after being purchased by Microsoft, it was specifically handheld games. They made Viva Pinata for the DS along with remaking the Donkey Kong Country games. These were probably easy decisions to make for Microsoft, as they had no comparable piece of hardware in the market, so there was no conflict of interest. The smaller teams and smaller budgets would also more likely turn a profit (and did). This was before smartphones became really popular gaming devices. Since Windows Phone hit the market and included XBLA on it, there have not been any new Rare games for handheld devices.

          • The Clockwork Being

            I see. That makes perfect sense. Aiding the enemy while still aiding yourself.

        • DragonSilths

          DK64 may have been made by Rareware, but DK is Nintendo. Therefore it could easily be done.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            DK is Nintendos, but some of the rights in DK64 may belong to MS juridically. It sucks and is a bad part of the industry, but thats th way they often do it…

          • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

            Nintendo only have to remove any traces of Rareware and their golden.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They cannot just do that. Its not how it works.

      • Lunatic

        Banjo Kazooie is already on Xbox Live Arcade in HD. :P

      • Nintengoth

        OMG Turok!!! I am a huge Turok fan and would love for them to be done up and released id buy em all again! loved Rage Wars ;P

      • Ken Seymour

        Maybe this is why we haven’t seen any n64 titles on the VC…

      • Ken Seymour

        I will take Killer Instinct Gold!!!

      • Kevin Wickham

        i hoping for pokemon stadium 1 and 2 remake instead of the turok games

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Super Mario 64 looks great but damn I want a Majora Mask Remake or even better Donkey Kong 64.

      • Makakilo_Man

        DK64 had the best final boss.

  • Bob Smith

    diddy kong racing hd would be cool and online multiplayer would make it worth it theres the ds version I wish it would of waited till 3ds but hd on a big tv and mario 64 HD I wana see what thatd look like.

    • Leo

      Diddy Kong Racing HD Online and i’m officially sold. Sadly there is Rare on their way to refrain most of those classics to ever be remade. Sigh..

  • Jack5221

    I’d be okay if they just made Mario 64 in HD.

  • john

    PLEASE be true!! This would be so awesome!!!

  • Yen

    $30 for an updated version of a 3 generation old game is better than $60 for a port of a 1 generation old game imo…

    • Gillian

      *$50

      • Arthur Jarret

        60 euro here… that’s like… 90 USD or something. (exaggeration warning)

        • Merrfn

          Try 120 NZD, equal to 100 USD. LITERALLY!

          • Rinslowe

            Yeah I bought my Wii U there last Dec while on holiday, couldn’t wait…
            I paid 119.99 for Black Ops 2 iirc, down from 129.99…

          • Merrfn

            I assume you live in New Zealand, so I also assume that you are familiar with the store “the warehouse”?

            Anyways, I went in my local store and they had a pricing error for Wii U games. Most games were $20. I got scribblenaughts, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders II ($30), Tank Tank Tank, Batman, Epic Mickey, Just Dance 4 and Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed. Then I saw Black Ops 2 for $50 after purchasing the week before for $130. I was so happy, yet so annoyed at my missed opportunity.

          • Rinslowe

            Haven’t lived in NZ for more than ten years… But yeah, a kiwi through and through.
            I bought my Wii U in downtown Auckland warehouse, the guy there actually said to wait for a few more weeks and there would be a few things going, but I was leaving again the next day so…
            I’ve been downloading everything since, lol.
            Still if I need to can just order from Australia.

            You still got some good deals there, man.

    • Lunatic

      If N64 is 3 generations away, then Wind Waker is 2 generations away (Wii (1), Gamecube (2), N64 (3)).

      • Jump’nShootMan

        I assumed Gillian may have been referring to Deus Ex?

  • steve

    the game pornhub should hold me over the wii u games arrive.

    • steve

      but in all seriousness this shouldnt affect the development of the wii u originals so i feel its an awesome move.

  • Nintedward

    Cool idea but it would be better if it were all the Gamecube classics. N64 games would require quite a bit of restoration.

    • Leo

      IMO most of the Gamecube classics don’t need to be remade. WW was an exception. Most of the Gamecube library still looks great.

      On the other hand, N64 have aged badly and nowadays those classic games can only be enjoyed by an open mind without thinking about graphics.

      If you compare those consoles, it seems more logical that Nintendo would remake N64 games instead of Gamecube games.

      • Nintedward

        There’s tons of games on the Gamecube that could benefit from Windwaker style remakes, tons and tons of them.
        I agree certain N64 games have aged badly and would benefit from a makeover. I’d love to play so many gamecube games in with Windwaker style remakes though.

        Mario Sunshine, F-zero GX to name a couple.

  • Leo

    Let it be true and the Wii U will be officially the best console ever. Could this be the real reason behind the rumored Majora’s Mask remake?

  • Captinn2

    Why pay $30? The WHOLE COLLECTION SHOULD BE $30!!!!! But Super Mario 64 was a great game.

    • Zuxs13

      The whole collection? They would never make any money off from that deal for an HD remake of 7 titles. They sell VC versions for around $10 each with no upgrades.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Pst! Super Mario Allstar

      • Captinn2

        I guess you’re right :P. But all the games should be at least 20 bucks each.

  • MetroidZero

    I’d play Super Mario 64 HD anyday over Galaxy 1 & 2.

  • http://www.PaulGaleNetwork.com/ Paul Gale Network

    Thank you for sharing this story and for accurately reporting it as a rumor, for that’s what I labeled it as. If I do receive more concrete information, I will definitely share it…and that goes for both it being proven true or false.

    I personally hope it is the real deal, because it’d be a smart move for Nintendo to make in my opinion. If smaller teams could focus on several month long titles to pump out that are awesome, in between the more grand 2-4 year development games for Wii U, then why not?

    We’ll see how this paves out and hope for the best in the time being.

    – Paul Gale Network

  • Hulkamania

    DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Why are people so against this? Stuff like this would be a perfect way to fill in the gaps between major new releases. 30 dollars doesn’t seem like much of a rip off really and these would not require a whole lot of resources or time to make.

  • BIG Franky

    I think this would be a waste of time. just bring some of these titles “as is” to Wii-U virtual console please…. with games like SMB3DW coming out, do we need a “reumagined” Mario 64? no thanks… just release it as is, we don’t need it HD, it was awesome the first time around, its still awesome. my kid would love it.
    if you ask me, any virtual console work should be spent on bringing Gamecube titles to the Wii-U… how can Zelda Four Swords Adventures (w/ online multi-player capability) not be available? that is an epic FAIL in my book…

    • Fred

      Zelda 4 swords adventures would be a day 1 purchase for me. My wife and I loved playing that game together on gamecube

    • C4

      Yes, actually it should be the best from N64, GC and Wii era. It makes little sense to just focus on N64 titles. Maybe the rumor is true (I hoepe so) and they just missed the part about the other consoles.

      Weren’t there also rumors of the 3DS Luigi game Wii U Port? Nintendo should really pick the best one from the last 17 years and not “just” N64 IMHO and maybe even 2D games remakes in the style of Ducktales HD.

  • Andy Johnson

    I think that this could a good thing for Nintendo.
    After all look how well Wind Waker did. I know I would buy an upgraded version of Mario 64, however, not for $30, more like $15-$20.

  • devmiles

    i think nintendo should have communicated this already as HD re-releases are quite common in this era. The downside is that we as gamers are not really waiting to pay 55 euro’s per HD remake game. Prices should be fair. For instance look at Ducktales HD remake or Devil May Cry (3 games on 1 disc HD) Metal Gear Solids (3 games on 1 disc) Zelda windwaker is very expensive considering a HD remake. I love the game but it has slowdowns in framerate at sea, the lighting is a bit too heavy sometimes and here and there some strange effects that i’m not sure of. Given the Wii-u hardware (2 times a ps3 at least) you would expect more. So i hope if nintendo does it, it does it will do to the fullest in every aspect of the wii-u.

  • Ace J

    i hope this isn’t true. just what we need, more remakes

  • Justin Clark

    I would love to see this. Look I have owned the original Star Wars trilogy (and many other classic movies) in multiple forms throughout the years. Why shouldn’t classic games be given the same treatment?

    • Gregg

      Agreed. I paid to see Jurassic Park again, in IMAX 3D, and it was worth every penny. MORE THAN THIS GAME, btw, for me and my girls…. and it’s less than 2 hours….

      • Justin Clark

        Ya man a great piece of entertainment shouldn’t be confined to the era it is released. I love watching old movies like Casablanca on bluray. And since these games are already made Nintendo could contract out the majority of the work to other studios, like they did with the 3D OOT.

  • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

    I think this would be great.

  • Zuxs13

    $30 wouldn’t surprise me, it would need a significant amount of added content though and even then they wouldn’t sell well. $15-20 would be the price point for them, and a package deal for all of them or something would be great.

    This would be cool if they were to release Mario Kart 64 HD and Mario Kart U as a package deal, for like $70

    It has a lot of potential for adding some re-playability for past generation games that were fantastic.
    I would guess they would be
    Mario 64
    Star Fox
    Mario Kart 64
    Zelda OoT and MM
    SSB
    wave race 64 (excite bike 64, or 1080)

    • Fred

      I’m surprised nobody has said Pokemon Snap

      • Zuxs13

        Not my cup of tea but it did sell almost 4 million globally so it would have high potential. I just think a new version of the game would sell better.

        • Fred

          Yes, but didn’t they make it clear that they won’t be making a new version? So take the old one, add Gamepad and Miiverse support, improve the game, make a lot of people happy. Have piles of kids begging their parents for a Wii U. Done

    • Jump’nShootMan

      I’d like the $15-20 price point and think that would be great. Maybe even a discount for people who own these on the Wii/WiiU VC? I think Mario 64, Start Fox 64, OoT/MM and WaveRace 64 would all be awesome. Not sure about Mario Kart though since each iteration expands on the last so the older titles feel a little watered down to me after playing the newer ones. (Plus a number of the N64 tracks were updated in the Wii version–I wonder if MK8 will put some of these in HD?). SSB might suffer from the same issue–the GC edition was so much better than N64’s that it feels watered down. Otherwise, I like the list.

  • gamerinexile

    Give me an hd star fox and an hd f zero, and I’d probably drop $30 on each of them. I wouldn’t mind dk64 in hd, either.

    • Fred

      I wouldn’t buy f zero, but I would buy the other 2

  • Maddoggwolfenden

    Lets be Honest if Zelda Majora’s Mask, F-Zero, Waveracer, 1080 Snowboarding, Yoshis Story, Jet Force Gemini, Mysitical Ninja, Blast Corps, Sin & Punishment, Excite Bike64, Smash Bros (in the build up to Smash Bros Wii U) or if by some miracle Goldeneye do you think there will be anyone upset by this?

    • Fred

      Wow how did I not think of Goldeneye?

      • Maddoggwolfenden

        well cos Sony own James Bond, Microsoft own Rare and Nintendo own the game (if I’m correct with the issues)

        • Fred

          Oh wow. I didn’t know that. Couldn’t all 3 just agree that it can release on all 3 systems and make all 3 companys and all the fans happy?

    • Maddoggwolfenden

      I also forgot the 4 Starwars Games :- Shadows of the Empire, Rouge Squadren, Battle of Naboo and Pod Racer. All would be awesome

      • Fred

        I hated Pod Racer, but I’d be excited about the other 3!

    • Fred

      No, I’d buy half of those.

    • Fred

      What about Battle Tanx Global Assault? i’d buy that we loved playing that one.

      • Starfoxguy

        I loved that game too but the company that made it shut down years ago.

        • Fred

          So Nintendo would have to figure out who owns the rights and tell them they’d be willing to do the work and pay them a percentage of the money made who would turn down a royalty when you’re not asked to do any work?

    • Gregg

      WAVERACE is among the finest games ever created. And, did you say BLAST CORPS?!?! YES PLEASE!!

    • Lusunup

      You forgot Pokemon Staduim 2! >_<

    • sharlo galmo

      Killer Instinct Gold, also nice game.

  • Zuxs13

    These are the rumored Mario 64 HD upgrades:

    Super Mario 64 reUmagined info:

    – The classic Super Mario 64 in its entirety is being repainted and brought into HD.

    – Two players can control Mario and Luigi, simultaneously.

    – Option A gives player one, GamePad control and player two, any other
    controller option. The camera will follow the brothers as they move
    throughout the stage, but should they split apart too far, the GamePad
    user’s Lakitu (camera operator) will only follow that user on the
    controller’s screen, while the second player’s Lakitu will follow that
    character on the TV.

    – Option B allows two GamePads to be used at once. If the brothers are
    nearby, the camera will remain the same on both GamePads and TV. If the
    brothers separate, each player will have his or her own unique camera
    view on their GamePad, until coming back together. While apart, however,
    the TV screen can be switched to be mimicking either player one or
    player two or be a top down perspective, map.

    – Online cooperative/counter-cooperative gameplay is present.

    – Race to Star, Coin Collector, and other similar modes have been added in to enhance re-playability.

    Some cool ideas.

    • Fred

      I’d pay $50 for that!!!

      • Maddoggwolfenden

        I agree that would be an improved Mario 64

      • Mr. J

        I’d pay 60!

        • Fred

          We probably shouldn’t tell Nintendo that because I’d obviously rather pay $30, but I really would pay $50 or $60 if that’s what it costs.

    • Lunatic

      …Where the hell did you get all this? Do you have a source or did you just make this all up?

      • Zuxs13

        The source is in the article above. Ashley linked it in there, i just clicked on it.

        • Lunatic

          Oh. There we go. The control style seems incredibly convoluted. Not like what I’d expect from Nintendo. Also, 2-Gamepad control is something that Nintendo really doesn’t seem to want to push, since right now their priority is getting a SINGLE Gamepad into homes. I feel that the level of specificity in this “rumor” does more to hurt than help its validity.

    • DOLBYdigital

      I am incredibly skeptical about this list of improvements however I would be very very happy if this were true!! The co-op and use of cameras sounds perfect!!

      • Zuxs13

        It would be a great way to introduce dual gamepad play, because a game like this wouldn’t tax the Wii U and it would easily be able to stream two separate images.

        But this would be a significant upgrade to make. So i agree I am skeptical.

      • abe

        I really want an Mario Bros game, the brothers working together

        Like the world of illusion coop

    • Gregg

      Holy hell that is super awesome. I would be onboard for that in a heartbeat.

    • Squid

      YES

    • Morits Lian

      Too bad the online debunked the whole rumor.

  • Leo

    1080 Snowboarding and Wave Race for me.

    We can only dream for some good old Rare games, can we?

    • Maddoggwolfenden

      The Banjo and Conker games have no chance. Nintendo licenced Games like Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Knog 64 there maybe be a slim chance. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark less so a. Perfect Dark is a Rare game Goldeneye was a Rare game made for Nintendo so while that leaves a glimmer the next issues arives and that is Sony own James Bond

      • Fred

        I don’t understand how those companies can’t just come to terms that will be good for everybody

        • Leo

          It’s called Micro$oft……

          • Fred

            Yea but if all 3 just said everyone wants these games so let’s release them on all the systems Put Golden Eye on all 3 and all 3 companies will make money plus all the fan that want them can get them

  • Kenshin0011

    I don’t think this is true, or at least fully true.

    Windwaker didn’t take major development because it was modern enough to look very beautiful just by upressing and texture improvements.

    But Super Mario 64 would still look polygonal and outdated when given the same treatment. They’d need to make all new models for everything for it to look good.

    • Jump’nShootMan

      I wonder if they can use a lot of the models from 3D World to cut down dev time? This obviously doesn’t help for the other titles, but….

  • Hulkamania

    Few thing that I would like to see from this…
    -Improved Textures (as mentioned in the article)
    -New visual effects (is possible)
    -New touch screen functions
    -New additional online multiplayer mode (would be great)

    What games would I love to see reUmagined?
    -Bomberman 64 (Published by Nintendo)
    -Super Smash Brothers
    -Killer insticted HD
    -1080 Snowboarding
    -pokemon stadium
    -Ridge Racer 64 (published by Nintendo)
    -Yoshi Story

    I would also love to see SEGA join the reUmagined project and introduce HD remakes of their games as well.
    -Streets of Rage
    -Panzer Dragoon
    -Fighter Megamix
    -House of the Dead
    -Virtua Cop
    -Golden Axe
    ect…

    These could be sold on the Wii U Shop channel the same way Nintendo sells the 3D remakes for 3DS… it makes sense.

    • Truthteller

      Yeah – Streets of Rage with modern, non-80’s looking characters and people who actually look like they are from the streets – with a modern twist.

    • Leo

      That Yarn Yoshi that disappeared from the face of the earth looked a lot like Yoshi Story……

    • Starfoxguy

      I love your ideas but there is only one flaw. Killer Instinct belongs to Rare who was bought by Microsoft. So if you want to see Killer Instinct in HD you would have to buy the Xbox One version.

      • Arthur Jarret

        Yup, and you have to buy it over and over and over again if you want all the characters they’ll drip feed you (like nintendo does with VC).

        I’m going to wait for the inevitable disc-release of the complete edition, though… it’s looking great, but I haven’t bought a console for a single game since the N64. Luckily there are lots of things to spend my money on this November!

    • babulibaba

      I want nintendo to go ahead with the previous goldeneye deal with Microsoft. I think they backed out before because they saw that Microsoft had an advantage because of hd, but now we can all get hd

    • Gregg

      You had me at Golden Axe

  • Fred

    I would buy Battle Tanx Global Assault

  • ZeldaFanzzzz

    Majoras Mask!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Fred

      I never played that one so I’d probably bite

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    Goldeneye HD!!!

    • Agent721

      With online …oh man,its time to round up the college buddies!!!

  • Luffy

    30$ for one of the best game ever made with enhance visual and (hopefully) better camera angles? Not that expansive really! Still a much better game then 90% of the newer game coming out. Wind Waker is the perfect example. The remake for Wii U is so much more then the original, I didn’t think twice about dropping the money for it. And it was well worth it! It is actually even better then the original!
    And what about all the people who never played the original?

  • Elitepwnsface

    So maybe we will see Majora’s Mask in there someplace

  • http://www.gamesobscura.com/ themizarkshow

    The “reUmagined” moniker reads like “reUnimagined” when I first saw it.

    Which seems a lot more fitting for this project if true.

  • WIIU305

    SKIES OF ARCADIA!!!!!!!!!!!! and plus some SNES games brought up HD

    • Agent721

      What a great game…played it twice,once on the Dreamcast & once on the cube.

      • WIIU305

        Never owned the Dreamcast, but I played it on my first deployment overseas and I loved it then and would love either a part 2 or a remake would still be awesome.

    • Aaron Barton

      I got it and Grandia II back on Dreamcast. I liked both, but the one I still remember is Grandia.

  • Starfoxguy

    Please let this be true. I would love to relive my childhood in HD. I can still remember me, my brother, and my cousins playing pokemon stadium every morning.

  • DOLBYdigital

    As long as they keep the major development teams working on new IPs and new games, I think this is a great idea. Keep in mind that many new gamers have never played any of the amazing N64 games. I would pay $30 for classics if they had new features added to them along with usual graphics/sound improvements. Imagine online capabilities added to some of those classics!!

    However I do think they need to really work on the VC for WiiU as well. They need to start getting more good games released on there at a faster rate.

  • Wayne Beck

    Stop gap or not Stop gap, I do not care. I would pay $30 for HD remakes of N64 titles if they came with new content as suggested. That is a totally reasonable prices for what is being described in this article.

  • Joey

    That’s reasonable to me $30 for Super Mario 64, I will buy it on day one, heh i have not even finished the game yet LOL. It was a fun game.

  • jreed3842

    Honestly… I wouldn’t mind an HD remake of something like Majora’s Mask… but they already have Super Mario 64 DS… I mean, that game has already seen a remake. Maybe if there’s something incredibly new and exciting with A Mario 64 remake, then maybe I’ll consider investing in it.

    I think the “Reumagined” idea is cool… but, I’d like it more if they remade games that didn’t already have a remake.

    • ItzameyaToad

      Super Mario 64 DS isn’t really an “HD remake”. I get what your saying though, I would like to see a few other games get an HD remake than Mario 64 but either way im excited for an HD remake of some kind regardless of the game.

    • C4

      “Maybe if there’s something incredibly new and exciting with A Mario 64 remake, then maybe I’ll consider investing in it.”

      New levels would be awesome. M64 DS had 2 or 3 new areas but they were mediocre IMHO. 2 or 3 new levels with the same quality would make it worth another buy (already bought it twice on N64 and DS – I guess there ‘s also a VC version)

  • Alienfish

    I really hope they do a little more than just redo the textures. If it isn’t a graphical overhaul using better character models then they would be better off just selling the same product with a cranked up resolution for 10 to 15 bucks.

  • Justagamer

    Sounds cool since i never played the 64 i was into Ps1 at the time so i missed out on the 64 so this will give me a chance to play those games i never got to play except for OOT i played that on the 3ds and it was awesome

    • Agent721

      Man, im almost jealous…they would be totally new to you.

      • Justagamer

        I know and i want to get to know these games and when i heard they might be brought to the Wii U i was ready but hearing that this might happen is awesome

  • babulibaba

    Every lie has a grain of truth
    I think this is all true but the details on the Mario 64 hd asuch as 2 gamepads and 2 player levels

  • Agent721

    I’d pay $30 for an HD Mario 64. Pricing is not about how old it is, but what the market win bear. $30 is NOT a lot of money. You’ll spend the same going out to eat, with one other person, in one sitting at any ordinary restaurant. This reminds me of those who complained about NES games being $5. At some point, maybe it’s your income that’s a problem & not the products price. Thats not meant to be offensive, but simply dead honest.

  • Adam Fox

    Hey, i’m all for this…there was some awesome N64 games……Super Mario 64 would be a GREAT start…back then the graphics were amazing and the game is still pretty awesome, but with updated graphics……it would be like a whole new game!

  • Tom Greene

    My body is ready Reggie! !

    • rp17

      ^^^

  • Fred

    I’d love co-op added to Star Fox 64

  • link2nintendo

    This would be an amazing, and very intelligent thing for Nintendo to do if, in fact, it would allow them to work on new games while training their developers to work with HD, all while filling the space between the new titles. They’d be effectively targeting the casual audience, whom I see as younger people or adults who don’t really know these games, but just know that it’s Nintendo, and therefore fun and family friendly, and to them NEW; as well as the nostalgia of the “hardcore” gamer, who likely grew up with these titles and won’t be able to resist. I know I won’t, N64 had the best games ever in my opinion.

  • Gregg

    Super Mario 64, and many of Nintendos back catalog, are among the greatest games of all time. Kids today, have never even played them! Scary (for us older folk)… but true.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Not sure what to think of this. On one hand its great to see classics bought back with new features in HD like WW (and I’m seeing some love for Diddy Kong Racing online) But then again shouldn’t Nintendo be focusing on new stuff (new IPs, new ideas, new games) I’m not against this but I’d rather Nintendo put all its effort into new games which already having troubled development periods. If the new features really do make a difference then great but if its just up-scaling them into HD then no thanks. I’d also rather they sold them as a collection rather than individual games or distributed them via download codes packed in with upcoming Wii U games (“Buy 3D World, get 64 HD free” sounds good) And also, hurry the hell up and get N64 & GC stuff on VC!

  • Gregg

    Goes to sleep… dreams…. Wait for it…. WWF NO MERCY!!! (never happen…. sadly)

  • only god can judge me

    I honestly feel that while windwaker was a great high definition remake I just wish nintendo would just focus on releasing future games that revolves around only the wii u.

    • Squid

      “Apparently, these releases are supposed to fill the gaps between larger Wii U releases over the coming months.” – In the article.

  • Squid

    I’ll make a prediction: Majora’s Mask, Kirby 64, Pilotwings 64/Waveracer, Mario 64, Yoshi’s Story, DK 64, and if the rights are brought back from Rare, Banjo Kazooie, or maybe even Diddy Kong racing.

  • greengecko007

    If Nintendo improves the graphics more than just going to 1080p resolution and actually integrates the gamepad in useful ways, than I will gladly pay $60 for full fledged remakes of classic Nintendo games.

    What I won’t do is pay $50 for a game that looks and plays the same way, but in 1080p.

    Make it work Nintendo.

  • jhell

    take my money

  • Mr. Berzerk

    N64 games are 3 generations old not 2……………..A little Wii/Wii U confusion there?

  • bizzy gie

    Super Mario 64 is worth $30.

  • TheBrainJemin

    The N64 game I want to see the most re-released in HD is a game that we probably won’t be seeing: Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      They redid that for the 360.

      • Leo

        And it was crap…..

      • TheBrainJemin

        no, that was for the original xbox, and it wasn’t as good as the original 64 version.

  • Merrfn

    I don’t know..

    Right now we have $5 for an NES game that takes forever to port- I cant see this happening.

  • blindtiger

    $30 seems like a lot but it all depends on how much they improve… i was more than willing to shell out $50 for wind waker

  • TrueWiiMaster

    $30 seems a bit high, but considering the quality of the games and Nintendo’s value philosophy, I wouldn’t be surprised if that ended up being the price. Either way, it won’t stop me from buying if they remake the right games. Here’s hoping that this rumor turns out true, and that among those 7 games are Majora’s Mask and DK64.

    • Fred

      Are you kidding me $30 seems high? Really?

  • Sergio Díaz

    Just imagine an Ocarina of Time remake… oh boy, I’d do 100$ for that one ^^

  • Is_Mort

    $30 for a digital game from 1990s. Nintendo can suck my dick.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      sigh….

  • Aaron Barton

    Wind Waker is a generation ahead of Mario 64 and they charge $50. In truth, I don’t have a problem paying a premium price for Nintendo games, so long as they give them premium treatment. I was happy to pay $30 for New Super Mario Bros. DX on GBC because they went crazy with new modes, content and multiplayer options. Mario Advance, which was Mario 2 with obese shy guys, didn’t excite me at $30. It was a big drop in quality.

    Put REAL WORK into StarFox64 and give me an updated version with HD graphics, bonus levels, refined gameplay, new modes and better multiplayer options and I’d pay $60. When they don’t do the work and just want an easy cash grab (usually), well, I can’t believe people love Nintendo so much they’re still buying all that crap.

    Wind Waker is a good example. This game is just plain old now, and the original game lacked dungeons that weren’t completed in time. This was a golden opportunity to finish the game properly, but as usual, that’s too much work for Nintendo. I know, it took some work to modernize the game in HD. Big deal. It’s gracious of customers to pay full price for an old game that has been fixed and updated to begin with. Now they want full price, and they’re not even going to bother with improvements beyond the HD presentation. Should be $30.

    Nintendo has tons of software I want to play, for example, WWHD I’m sure is better than WW on GCN. But to pay $50 for that? Please. I love the N64 classics and wish they had HD remasters, so long as the price matches the work. On WW it doesn’t, maybe these N64 games will fare better.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      Well said

  • WideAwake

    Personally, I don’t think there’s a need to do this with N64 games (besides games that are hard to get like Banjo kazooie, and DK64) since they are on the VC and very playable. A lot of the games have also seen updates on the handheld systems. I hope they instead work with GameCube games with this treatment (especially since they just did it with Wind Waker), but I’ll always welcome anything from Nintendo.

    • Jared Garcia

      Maybe those pesky Expansion Pak games that played like ass like as mentioned DK64. A Beefed up F Zero would be great as well.
      On a side note, why not Rogue Leader or Metroid Prime?

      • Justin Clark

        Prime would be awesome. Unfortunately with Rogue Leader, as much as I would love it, I think EA owns the rights to the whole Star Wars franchise. And any F-Zero would be welcomed at this point ;).

  • WiiU4life

    I will pay 100.00 for Golden Eye reUmagined let alone 30.00.

    • Justin Clark

      If its has online I’m sold!

      • Leo

        A guy can only dream right lol

  • Adrian

    Mario 64 HD would get my purchase if it were on disc!

  • WiiU4life

    I believe this rumor and will attempt to nail all seven titles. Here we go!
    1. Mario 64
    2. Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask
    3. F-Zero X
    4. Pilot Wings 64
    5. Wave Race 64
    6. Perfect Dark
    7. Harvest Moon

    These are not the titles I want, but they make sense from a business perspective for the Big N.

    • Justin Clark

      Perfect Dark is owned by Rare and Microsoft now. I wish it wasn’t. And I think Harvest Moon is Natsume. I agree with your other titles though.

  • Justin Clark

    If I were to guess:
    1. Mario 64
    2. Pokemon Snap (gamepad camera)
    3. F-Zero X
    4. Paper Mario ( would look great)
    5. Excitebike 64
    6.Donkey Kong 64
    7. Pilot Wings 64

    I would like to see Majora’s Mask, but I think that is more likely to see a 3DS update as OOT did.

  • Ryan House

    Mario Kart 64 is still my all time favorite. Haven’t liked any Mario Kart since.
    I liked getting the powerside boost and the boost off the start. I can’t get the timing right for the boost off the start in Mario Kart DD or Wii

  • Madmagican

    FUCK YEAH, BRING ON MAJORA’S MASK HD!!!

  • Madmagican

    Also, this may be a great way for gamers to find those N64 essentials they never got around to; I’m okay with a $30 price point – especially since a lot of kids will be playing these games for the first time and for the longtime fans it’s simply a fresh coat of paint on their nostalgia

  • Kirbyomega

    You guys ready for OoT remake 5?

  • starwars360

    Yeah!!!! If true then big thanks to Nintendo.

    I really want:

    Mario Kart 64
    Super Mario 64
    GoldenEye 007
    2 The Legend of Zelda series on N64
    Harvest Moon
    F-Zero X
    Super Smash Bros.
    Paper Mario
    Excitebike 64
    Donkey Kong 64
    Mario Tennis
    Pilot Wings 64
    Wave Race 64
    Star Wars Rogue Squadron
    Ridge Racer 64
    Turok 1 and 2

    All those and RARE games for N64 is amazing games. But we all knew RARE moved on with Microsoft from 2002. So I will love see those games in list I mention and should treatment for HD version in Wii U.

  • Hipster Victor

    Doubt it, but there were some pretty damn awesome games on the 64. But i think it’ll be better on the VC. The game that Really need a HD redo is the ones in the Gamecube Era (Eternal Darkness anyone?)

  • Nicolas Eddowes

    I expect to hear about this in a Nintendo Direct soon

  • Nicolas Eddowes

    Considering that Rare remade Diddy Kong Racing on DS even being from Microsoft, I would be more than excited if they co-work with Nintendo for a Donkey Kong 64 remake on Wii U

    • TheAquacharger

      they were allowed to do that because MS doesn’t have a handheld system and can’t use the IP without Nintendo’s consent.

  • Justagamer

    Wii U is about to get even more awesome…Bring the games on!

  • pbd2

    30 dollars is far too much for such old games. Around about 10 dollars would be fair.
    Small kids wont want to play these and for adults who have already played them its too much. They need to get people impulse buying them!

  • Rinslowe

    Why is it people come up with these awesome rumours? Darn it!

    I would literally live on the e-shop VC section for 64 games in HD. (Back when I was gaming on the N64, could I have imagined a Wii U level expansion pack beefing things up… Mind explodes).

    Super Mario 64

    Star Fox 64

    Star Wars Rogue Squadron

    *Banjo Kazooie & Tooie

    Perfect Dark

    Golden Eye

    Wave race

    Pilot Wings

    Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask….

    (would have mentioned OoT, but giving the 3DS version some respect)

    WW HD has shown Nintendo can deliver more than just visual upgrades.

  • opikal

    I could see them doing this, they love us to re buy the same stuff over and over :)

    • Rinslowe

      Live a little…
      ;)

  • pacheco90

    Majoras Mask!!!

  • MYCO

    WITCH GAMES ARE THEY?

  • A SNES Day Off

    Supposing that this rumour did turn out to be true (and I do have my doubts; it sounds more like something from an analyst), I think it makes perfect sense across a whole range of past Nintendo platforms. It would also explain the delay in N64 titles on the VC.

    But ‘reUmagining’ titles has to be done for a specific reason, and I suspect that it is because simply porting an older 3D game into HD is not as straightforward – or indeed flattering – as most people would assume it to be.

    When you look at existing NES and SNES games on the Wii U VC, the one single reason that they look incredible is because the artwork has a definitive style. Side-scrollers with limited colour palettes and resolution have a look that is, arguably, fashionable because it is so distinctive. In this respect, although games like Super Mario World are approaching 25 years of age, they never look ‘old’.

    This is quite the opposite to the 64-bit era and beyond. By the time the N64 had released, 3D gaming had come of age and, with it, the limitations in creating artwork became all the more complex. Developers had to use tricks with the N64 hardware to create the desired effects, because to do otherwise would result in images that had no ambition. Textures were also required, and the limited memory of the N64 meant that these had to be stretched to quite ugly lengths in many games.

    So when you take Super Mario 64 out of its original SD environment (the one that you remember yourself) and put it in a HD one, those 3D graphics become more primitive than what they originally were, and that’s not a good thing. People love N64 games because of the actual gameplay, and I’m pretty sure that if you were to place the likes of SM46 next to an updated version that actually took advantage of the Wii U hardware (and thus justify the cost of purchasing it), then the latter would open up a whole new chapter in that particular experience. As people have said of Wind Waker HD, it’s like playing it for the first time all over.

    Cost wise, £14.99 would be the most I’d willingly pay. Although these would “only” be graphical updates, there’s still a lot of work to be done and I can appreciate that. Plus, I have so many great memories of the likes of SM64 that I would literally die to hear the Jolly Rodger Bay theme in a modern graphical environment.

    Oh, now I so hope this rumour this true…. *sobs*

    • I am Error.

      Weird question but… do you know why NES and SNES VC titles look better on the GamePad screen when booted up in Wii mode as opposed to the same title on the Wii U? It seems way sharper and cleaner in Wii mode on the little screen.

  • I am Error.

    I really like this idea but would prefer VC titles just get an HD boost from the N64 era on up. I’d be willing to go to 15, maybe 20 for such a release, but 30 seems a bit crazy. Booting up the N64 VC titles in Wii mode looks pretty spiffy on the Wii U’s Wii channel, but there is a demand for N64 and GC titles to hit the eShop. In that sense I hope Nintendo can deliver. Windwaker looks amazing.

  • Leo

    Resident Evil 2 remake and the world implodes.

    • A SNES Day Off

      Be careful! You were almost a Jill Sandwich.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I don’t think it’ll be Nintendo exclusive, however. Especially since Revelations had poor sales on the 3DS and even other platforms.

  • WJaredH

    It says the ReUmagined titles will have added content guys? You wouldnt pay $30 for another world in Mario 64? More Masks/Dungeons in Majora’s Mask? These games also go for A LOT more just because they have the box…

  • Michael Ocampo

    PLEASE GOD PLEASE GOD PLEASE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leo

    Nintendo really could use this ‘reUmagining’ idea as a way of training their staff on HD games before let them they take responsibility for a proper new title. It could be like a school for developers.

  • I am Error.

    Hmmmm…
    Maybe they could release the original in conjunction with a spiffy upgrade.
    Something like 10 dollars for an N64 title (like on the Wii VC) with an optional, purchasable at any time, HD upgrade for another 5 or so.
    If they can give classics the same level of attention they gave Windwaker, I’d be sold at 30, but mainly to play Super Mario 64, StarFox 64 and Ocarina of Time in HD. I’d be thrilled to see Rogue Squadron and GoldenEye make an appearance but realize rights issues are tricky little buggers.

  • Clairvius

    It would be awesome if Nintendo would release some classic controllers wireless to the Wii U for the HD remakes how great would it be to get your hands on 007 and be able to play it in HD with the 64 controller on your Wii U if they would bundle like the 64 style controller with a code for a 64 retro game download id be more than happy to grab one.

  • CCM

    So NES games are $4.99, SNES are $7.99 and N64 are $9.99 on Virtual Console, yet you can’t imagine them charging $30 for HD remakes of N64 games?

    I can.

  • Makakilo_Man

    I know it’s unlikely, but how sick would a HD remake of Super Mario RPG be?

  • BrandonIsAGod

    If it’s e-shop only I’ll be really bummed out. I rather physical copies. I waited to get New Super Luigi U and Wind Waker HD because I wanted physical copies of them.. :/

  • vGameOn

    I’d complain about the $30 remakes for 2 generational old games a lot more, if the words, “Super Mario 64″ weren’t in it. One of the greatest games of all time. I would hope some of the DS features would be included too from the remake.

  • GuardiansFan

    i couldnt care less about Nintendo 64 remakes…its actually the only nintendo console i havent purchased (other than the virtual boy) since the original NES. Now NES or SNES HD remakes bring those on

  • Steve

    I’d like some originals please! Come on, it’s been good until this consideration surfaced!

  • lonewolf88

    mother 3 anyone?

  • Alvaro Castañeda

    Sounds good cause I love n64 games, but if there are people working on these games, shouldnt that delay the other great titles at wii U, I mean, even though they need few people to re make them, they should concentrate on the big titles, Nintendo needs to start publishing the good titles, then it would be nice to have those games, just my opinion.
    Besides, why havent anyone mention Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time!!! That and Super Mario 64 are a MUST!!!

  • Joel

    If this happens, I just want a Donkey Kong 64 HD, that was an incredible game.

    • Quicksilver88

      I know I was really hoping retros DK game was going to be a 3D successor to DK 64….still got be green translucent DK N64.

      • Joel

        OMG, same here!

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Sounds like they’re getting into the trend of redoing their older games into HD. Can’t say I’m surprised by this. While I did love N64 games, I don’t think it’s necessary to upgrade them to HD. Classics are fine the way they are.

    • Quicksilver88

      I have to agree……I would rather they just bring them out on VC with gamepad play and RTS……then give GC classics some love as I really want GC games on WiiU gamepad more than anything….lastly get those damned Wii classic pro controller to gamepad so we can play xenoblade and 007 offTV without a separate controller!

  • The_Last_Metroid

    If they remake Mario 64, they should use the DS version.

  • Oblivion

    Sadly the best games on the N64 wouldn’t be able to be remade by Nintendo. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, The Turok Series etc etc.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    Shadowgate 64, Starfox 64, Conker and Rogue Squadron anyone?

  • boogers

    Give me disc versions.

  • Earthworm Jim

    Too bad they can’t remake Blast Corps. That game was my life for several months. Damn you RARE

  • Earthworm Jim

    Recreate and finish Earthbound 64. It was meant to be released for the N64 disk drive, let us download to our WiiU’s attached harddrive!

    • Earthworm Jim

      Also, I’m definitely on the Turok bandwagon!

    • Vile-Okami

      I thought most of Earthbound 64 was turned into Mother 3.

  • Justin Clark

    They could piss off all of Sony and pay Square to do this for FFVII-IX. God I love FFIX….

  • Matski

    there may have been a day I would have been highly cynical of this, but in all honesty I would absolutely love it if they did this! after seeing games like Starfox 64 on the 3DS with improved graphics, and Ocarina of Time. I think its a great idea and I would definitely be buying the likes of Mario 64! Unfortunately I imagine we wouldn’t see remakes of any Rare games :-(

  • William Short

    MAJORA’S MASK HD!!!! AT LONG LAST WE WILL BE FINALLY TOGETHER!!!!

  • TMorg

    It would be good, for sure! However, no disc copy means they don’t get my money! In a nonselfish way, I like to be able to hold my money’s worth of what I’m buying whether it be 30 dollars or 60 in my hands! Release a physical copy and I’m down! I wasn’t going to buy New Super Luigi U until they announced the physical release! Do it, Nintendo!

    • Wesily

      Holy fucking shit It’s a dinosaur! XD

      • TMorg

        And you’re probably older than me! I just think that downloading is stupid and it’s unfortunate that gaming is headed in that direction! I don’t mind getting my ass off the couch and actually going to the store to buy a game that I want – which might I remind you is the way it’s always been! But it’s okay, all of you lazy ass downloaders can cry your little baby tears when your Wii U external hard drives corrupt for some unknown and unexpected reason and all of your little downloaded games will be long gone – just like an xbox 360 RROD!

    • 00EpicGamer00

      I agree with you. This article sounded good, until the digital only part :P. I hate digital copies. I like to be able to hold what I purchased in my hands. So, even if N64 games do get remade, if it’s only digital, I’m not buying. Besides, my N64 still work, so, this would serve no purpose for me. But….if they were to remake DK 64, I’d have a hard time staying away.

  • Fuzunga

    1. I would buy a Mario 64 remake like that for a full $60.

    2. I just read an article today about how Nintendo wants to focus on new games and not remakes. http://bit.ly/HehPq1

    3. HOWEVER, this does not rule out a 3rd party working on games like these.

  • Cory Malcolm

    HD resident evil 2 with game pad features… Take my money…

  • http://www.Idontownawebsite.com/ Govnah ShinySkiddo

    i really think $30 is fine since development of games is alot of money now since 90s and nintendo has to make a profit

  • Maxime Lemieux

    3 generation game (or only 1 if you count the DS remake) as for 7 HD 64 classics… ?

    – Super mario 64
    – Majora’s Mask
    – Donkey kong 64 (would be awesome !)
    – Pokemon Snap (oh yeah)
    – Pokemon stadium (with new gen pokemon)
    – Star fox 64
    – Mario party collection ? Hey you pikachu ? Some 3rd party classic ? F zero X ? I don’t see a mario kart, sports mario or smash bros being ported in HD…

    And 30$ is really fine for my budget, that was the price of mario 64 ds and It was totally worth the price tag

    • Maxime Lemieux

      Paper mario & kirby 64 ! Totally forgot about those !!!

      • Pikachief

        Paper Mario still looks great for an N64 game.

  • Razo_E

    $30 isn’t bad for a new game. Ocarina of time 3D was way more than that, and technically it’s a “remake” with only a few extra things thrown in to benefit from the 3DS’s power. I snatched that one up, and may do so depending on what N64 games are released.

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    So no boxed versions? Damn…

  • Macabre

    I’d love to see even older games redone in HD, like Super Contra and Mario 3!

    • Pikachief

      3 words. Hand drawn sprites.

      • Macabre

        Oh hell yeah!

  • Christopher Acuna

    I can imagine nintendo charging $30 for an HD Treated Mario 64….I can also imagine myself happily paying that $30 because I do not have my 64 anymore and I love me some Mario 64!!!

  • Daniel

    If Nintendo want to boost the Wii U catalogue, they may as well HD 3DS games to Wii U seen as though it already has the second screen integrated into the gameplay.

  • Daniel

    I’m getting sick of people asking for Majora’s Mask. Great game, but Zelda games get enough attention. I’d like to see any of the following games get the HD treatment:

    – Star Fox 64
    – Waverace
    – Super Mario 64
    – Pilot Wings 64
    – F-Zero X

    • Pikachief

      If the rumor is true and there is 7, you can still fit OoT and MM in there lol

      • Daniel

        It’s only a rumour. If you look at Nintendo’s track record with re-releases, they generally test the market with no more than two/three games. Take the 3DS: Starfox & Ocarina of time, and Wii upgraded gamecube games: Mario Power Tennis, Pikmin & Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. They had planned to upgrade Mario Sunshine with Wii-mote controls and improved camera but the sales of the Wii-mastered titles didn’t sell well enough. I highly doubt Nintendo would be working on 7 HD upgrades, and if they are they will do minimal changes to them. I hope they give these games the Wind Waker treatment and I hope they include online.

        • Pikachief

          Also Metroid Prime 1 and 2.

          I was just joking anyways, I don’t think they’d do Starfox or OoT sadly because they had remakes on 3DS not too long ago. Majora’s Mask seems obvious if they are to do this, since its the most asked for re-make. Mario 64 is also a must. Smash Bros and Mario Kart 64 would also be really awesome. Especially if they have online play.

  • Ducked

    Super Mario 64 HD
    Majoras Mask HD
    Ocarina of Time HD
    Mario Kart 64 HD
    Star Fox 64 HD
    Golden Eye 007 HD
    Ok I’m done

  • Potemkin

    Too expensive.

  • Scott Loper

    They should just remake the rare games for n64, I would buy a wiiu for the a jet force gemini and an actual conkers bad fur day remake. Not shitty rehashed/reimagined copies.

  • TheMoeses

    we need RARE games… like… JetForce Gemini… Banjoo-Kazooie… GoldenEye 007..
    Pokemon Snap… or Stadium… will be great too..

    • Fred

      I agree Rare was literally half the N64 experience

  • Anthony Tavarez

    Well since Rare games are out of the question I’d go with these:

    1. Mario 64
    2. Majoras Mask (Dont think they’ll do OoT since it was remade for 3DS)
    3. DK 64
    4. F-Zero X
    5. Turok
    6. 1080 Snowboarding
    7. Wave Race 64
    8. Diddy Kong Racing
    9. Pilot Wings

    I could see any of these making the cut especially if they want variety.

    • Fred

      Wasn’t DK 64 a Rare game?
      Of those, I’d buy Mario, Majoras Mask, DK, and 1080 so they’d make money off me

      • 00EpicGamer00

        DK 64 is a Nintendo game. Rare just helped make the game. Look at Donkey Kong Country. If DKC was a rare game, we wouldn’t be getting Tropical Freeze. I believe all they’d have to do to remake DK 64 is take out anything Rare contributed to. Cause, like I said, DK 64 is a Nintendo made game, Nintendo rightfully owns that game. But, since Rare helped make the game, that’s what makes it difficult to remake. They’d have to take out the Jetpack game, for example. And all the Rareware logos. And anything else Rare contributed to.

        • Fred

          I didn’t know that Nintendo did most of the work on it. I just know that Nintendo took Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, & 3 off the Virtual Console on the Wii and they never put DK64 on it so I assumed it was they same.
          I knew Nintendo owned the Trademarks for Donkey Kong (although I wasn’t sure until DK Country Returns came out I started to doubt when it was Jungle Beat on the GameCube). I hope you’re right about DK 64 cause I never got a chance to play that one so I’d like to try it.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Yeah, it’s a REALLY good game. I think it’s one of the best games on the N64. Maybe even the best game of all time. And, just so you know, there’s many ways that you can play it. Just go on ebay, buy a N64 and the game (I’m not sure how much they both are.) Or, play it on a ROM (remember this is just a suggestion. I recommend you don’t do it this way, but the option is still there. It’s your choice.)

          • Fred

            I really don’t want to buy an N64, however if they bring it to the VC or do an HD remake like this article is talking about I’ll take your recommendation seriously and just may buy it.
            Thanks

  • Pikachief

    I’m so glad others are saying Turok. Turok 2 is my all time favorite FPS. The levels and weapons were just all so awesome and still are. Cerebral Bore and the Shredder are some of my favorites!

  • blindtiger

    mario and both zeldas please

  • Ultra Wii U Gold

    Nintendo 64 games we should have in HD Killer instinct Gold, Wave race 64, 1080 Snowboarding, Goldeneye, Prefect Dark, Mario Kart 64, Jet Force Gemini and make them online playable or even better updated wii u versions!

    • oontz

      1080 Snowboarding!!!

  • Mads

    30$ for Super Mario 64 HD or 60$ for “New” Super Mario “3d” World
    Hmm tough choice.

  • Ryan Jordan

    its not a nintendo game but would love to see Atari remake rush 2049 with STUNT MODE! for wii u take a sec to imagine that game in hd drool

  • PatcherStation

    I wouldn’t say no to Wave Race 64 in HD with extras, but not at £40. But the Wii U needs new games, not HD remakes. A new Wave Race, Pilotwings and Stunt Race, I wouldn’t say no to.

  • Christopher Westcott

    Whatever happened to Geist. Wasn’t that worthy of a remake?

  • C.S. Bailey

    $19 and I might have believed it. Then again, look at DS game prices……

  • like2nap

    I hope it’s not just HD textures and character models. I would much rather an HD remake with bigger levels. I always wanted a new Star Fox games with wiimote controls like Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces. Excellent flight simulator. Now make it HD and make it Star Fox. …..I just drooled on the keyboard.

  • John Madsen

    i see a major downside to this.

    i can purchase n64 games for 9.99 why spend 30 if i want to play in hd i will just go online and download a emulator and get a hd graphics card done 30.00 to much money