These days, you can't go one week without someone, somewhere remastering or remaking a classic game.
Granted, the closer you get to the end of a console generation, the more likely big name publishers will cash-in on a quick re-release just to keep investors happy. But just like Hollywood and their obsession with the past, more and more studios are out to bottle classic experiences and ship them out with a shiny new wrapper.
Not every re-release hits a home run, yet as technology continually improves, many past ideas and stories have been reborn to even better critical acclaim than their original endeavours. This year alone we've returned to Midgar, rekindled our hatred for Nemesis and seen the revival of some names that haven't graced our presence in many years, with care and attention to detail of paramount importance to their success.
With the next generation of consoles ahead of us, even more classic titles will get the remastered treatment or be completely rebuilt with a modern sensibility. They'd do well to follow in the footsteps of the following games on this list, if they want to avoid the dangerous fate of being left in the bargain bin.
Born in Ireland and raised in Australia, Mark still wishes his Tetris and Mario Kart skills could translate to the real world more than just writing about games for nearly 20 years. Still, can't complain.