I love re-releases of old video games that maintain the core ethos of the original while making it more accessible for new audiences. In particular, I’ve been drooling over Nintendo’s forthcoming Metroid: Samus Returns, a newly imagined take on Metroid II for the 3DS. As someone who fell in love with the series through another re-release in Metroid Zero Mission (alongside my personal favorite, Metroid Fusion), I’m thrilled at the opportunity to experience the story of Metroid II without severely outdated graphics and lack of functionality that made it impossible for me to digest.
The refitting of past trends into new experiences obviously extends outside the realm of video games and into other art forms like music, so Muneshine and DARCYS have opted to let the two intersect on PWNDTIAC’s remix of “Full Throttle”. Featuring retro-soaked artwork, Nintendo-referencing logo and all, it features unmistakably ’80s synthesizers that take an exhilarating turn during the flip’s halfway point. Much like the upcoming Metroid, though, it’s part of a genuinely modern vision as it shifts into infectious house territory with an edgy groove. I can’t confirm whether Samus Returns is a success just yet, but I can say for certain that PWNDTIAC’s “Full Throttle” flip is one.
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