Wishful Thinking: A Closer Look at the Examiner’s Top Five Retro Wishlist

The Examiner has posted an interesting article regarding the recent successful port of classic fantasy chess game Archon for the iPhone. In the article, author Daniel Nations suggest five other classic titles he would like to see make an appearance on the App Store. We’ve looked into which of these games might actually make it.

The five games Nations mentions are:

Master of Magic – A fantasy themed turned-based strategy game created by Simtex and published by Microprose, released in 1994 for the PC.

Super Mario Bros. – The quintessential platforming classic from celebrated game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, published by Nintendo for the NES in 1985.

Twisted Metal – Designed by David Jaffe (known more recently for his God of War series) Twisted Metal is considered the father of modern car combat. It was released for the Playstation 1 in 1995 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

Elite – An influential space trading game by Acornsoft in 1984 for the PC and Mac, with an eventual port for the NES.

Magic Carpet – An early first person shooter by Bullfrog designed by Peter Molyneux (now head honcho of Lionhead Studios and Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios, Europe) released in 1994 for multiple platforms.

Although titles such as these are cherished by gamers, Nations also notes some of these games, such as Super Mario Bros, will probably never see the light of day due to licensing issues. With the Nintendo DS in competition with the iPhone, it’s doubtful Nintendo would allow any Mario-related title to make an appearance on Apple’s platform. Additionally, Twisted Metal is owned by Sony, who have recently established their PSP as a direct competitor to the iPhone in terms of portable gaming and media functionality.

The other games, however, seem like more reasonable candidates. In 1995, EA acquired Bullfrog, the makers of Magic Carpet. EA is also an avid iPhone developer, so a Magic Carpet port is not entirely out of the question.

For others, it seems these games could be ported with minimal development effort. Elite was made freely available by its creators around 2000 and can be downloaded directly from their website. Also, Master of Magic is receiving a spiritual successor via game-development house Stardock, called Elemental: War of Magic, which is still under development. Although Stardock has yet to enter the iPhone market, it stands to reason this sequel may spur new demand and a potential iPhone port for the original Master of Magic game.

Do you agree that these five titles are must-have classic ports for the iPhone? Sound off in our comments about what you’d like to see make its way onto the platform.

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