I absolutely goddamn despise Mega Man Maverick Hunter X on PSP
. It's somehow makes my third favourite game a displeasure to play to me. What I adore first and foremost about the original Mega Man X is how the game flows and teahces you without telling you, and how incredible it feels to control in the first place. It doesn't feel too bad to control in MHX, but the progression is out of whack because they hide the DASH in a different location - the dash being half of what gave MMX it's awesome controls. And yeah it's in a spot where a different thing used to be in the original so it shouldn't be too hard to get but still, it's not even a remix mode or anything, it's the base bloody game.
The game looks visually hideous because PSP 3D models are mostly fuzzy dogshit,
Here's Chill Penguin's stage in MMX. Look at the awesome sprite work done of the stalactites with the metal thingys in them, and the flooring. And notice how the background actually looks distanced from the foreground, like the level really has some unexplored depth to it.
Here's Chill Penguin's stage on MHX. Notice how...nothing stands out. It's too bland looking, and if someone told you it was the backdrop to a movie tie-in cash grab from Activision you'd probably believe it.
The dumb, campy personalities they gave the bosses, the horrendous voice acting, and the remixed music are collectively the tip of the iceberg made of frozen feces and dead flies. I know some MMX fans dig it as a remake and I don't begrudge anyone for it, but I hated every moment of this remake.
A remake I have to shout out is Dragon Quest III on SNES
(Japan-only but patches exist). I've not even played the original NES game but from the amount of differences I've read about it, it seems like I don't even have to. The SNES version is *gorgeous* in its animation fluidity. Every enemy has a couple different attack animations and they run so bloody smoothly it's a joy to watch yourself get beat to death. They also added a lot of features from DQ VI like medals, wells, spells to memorize NPC dialogue and find treasures on the ground, and they made it so whips attack whole rows of enemies instead of just a single one. One of the most fun times I've ever had with an RPG.
Not really a REMAKE remake, but Tetris DS
is awesome. Few different modes which are themed on Nintendo franchises like Zelda and Metroid. My favourite one is Puzzle mode, where you select from a specific group of Tetriminoes to fit into the placing, it's harder than it sounds later on. Touch mode is great as well (it's like a tower you have the break away by sliding the bottom), but there aren't that many levels for it.
That version of Rainbow Islands does look pretty shitty.