Before anybody says it in the comments, it is not Friday and I am technically posting fanart, but these were too awesome to pass up. Mojang (Minecraft) art director Markus Toivonen (junkboy) released a few new "demakes," which he used to make for Swedish gaming magazine Level, where he takes a modern game and redoes it in pixel art--and often changes up the game's genre in the process.
Here's the two new ones, followed by a bunch more:
Halo: Combat Evolved as a classic Contra-style shooter
The appropriately-named "Gothic Ghoul Grappling" feels like Shadows of the Damned somewhat
SoulCalibur in glorious 2D, probably with breakable railings and animated blood
StarCraft from a time long before LAN parties
Brutal Legend, appropriately using the SCUMM adventure game engine--whoever makes this will get my money
My only concern: would a 2D Super Mario Galaxy still have the same great soundtrack?
Bayonetta as a ruthless, quarter-munching shmup
A version of Mario Kart that would probably have had a steering wheel built onto the cabinet
A Metroidvania version of Bioshock, which would probably make a great portable game
If it were released for the SNES, Other M might use the Super Scope 6
This version of Uncharted would probably have beautiful Prince of Persia or Flashback-style rotoscoping
Seriously, an arcade cabinet for Smash is just a license to print money
As I've said before, I'm a big proponent of 2D gaming and classic game design, so my opinion on these is pretty much a given. What about you? Would you give these "demakes" a shot?