In a recent Iwata asks, developer Takao Nakano recently stated that Nintendo is having a little more trouble porting titles to make them into 3D classics. So far the only game we’ve been able to play in its remastered 3D glory is Excite Bike 3D, while Japan is lucky enough to have Xevious 3D. Don’t get me wrong, Excite Bike is fun and all, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve played it to death. At least now we know why its taking Nintendo a little bit longer to get these remakes out into the wild. I was actually hoping they’d have a few more 3D classics out by now, but I can see why this isn’t the case, and I’m not exactly losing sleep over the issue. Here’s what Takao had to say.
We based the 3D version [of Namco Bandai shooter Xevious] on the arcade game…With a 2D screen, players had to use their imagination for Solvalou flying above the ground, but on the Nintendo 3DS system, we thought we might be able to recreate it using stereoscopic graphics so it looked like it was really floating…In the original version, the game unfolds on a flat surface. The moment we made Solvalou float in midair, all sorts of discrepancies arose…For example, when an enemy on the ground fired at Solvalou in the original, everything was on the same plane, so it didn’t seem unusual if the bomb appeared at the same altitude as Solvalou the moment it was fired and then hit Solvalou right away… There were all kinds of discrepancies like that. It was a big challenge making something that would satisfy fans of the original and provide a fresh surprise on the Nintendo 3DS system.
Yeah, that does sound like a huge pain in the ass to work with. However, giving the talent and dedication of Nintendo’s developers, I don’t think its something that’s going to prevent more 3D classics from coming out in the near future. It’ll be pretty nice to see what other classics Nintendo is going to remaster.
Alright, children, what games would you guys like to see remade in 3D? How are you guys liking Excite Bike 3D? Let us know with a nifty little comment!