Total Nerd Video Game Series That Deserve A Comeback  

Nathan Gibson
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List Rules Vote up the video game franchises you want to see revived with a new sequel.

The video game industry is full of franchises that have been abandoned. After all, there are thousands of games released every year and it takes a special kind of franchise to be able to weather the test of time while releasing new titles. Only a few examples exist that have continued to remain successful, such as Mario, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda. These series represent some of the best video game franchises and have managed to evolve with the industry and adapt to the tastes of modern players.

However, that isn’t to say that all dormant video game franchises are failures. In fact, there are multiple series that were put aside due to unfortunate circumstances, such as suboptimal market times for a specific genre or a studio's desire to go in a different direction for a while. Regardless, there are certain series that deserve a remake or release for the latest gaming platforms. Check out the games below and vote up the dead video game series you would resurrect for an epic comeback. 

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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Video Game Series That Deserve A Comeback
Photo:  Square Enix

Despite the fact that only two games were ever released in the Chrono series, the franchise is arguably one of the greatest role-playing games of all time. Having launched on the SNES in 1995, Chrono Trigger received near universal critical acclaim and went on to sell millions of copies. In particular, praise centered on its evolution of the genre after the success of Final Fantasy and The Secret of Mana, improving graphics, battle systems, and the cast of characters. It also showcased an amazing open-world exploration, alternate endings, and an interesting skill/combo system. 

It was so successful that it spawned a PlayStation sequel in the form of Chrono Cross, which functioned as a terrible sequel, but was a great game regardless. Unfortunately, Square Enix has concentrated on its other properties in the intervening years, only releasing the original games on new platforms rather than developing any new entries.

Release: 1995

Developer: Square, Tose Co., Ltd.

Publisher: Square Enix, Square Electronic Arts, Square

Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, iPhone, + more

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EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Video Game Series That Deserve A Comeback
Photo:  HAL Laboratory

Known as Mother 2 in Japan, Earthbound was one of Nintendo’s first successful role-playing games that managed to bridge the gap between Japanese and American audiences. It contained experimental game mechanics that have become the norm in RPGs, plenty of satirical humor, and an emotional and interesting plot.

Since its arrival in 1994, Earthbound has gone on to become one of the most praised titles in history and it considered a pioneer in role-playing games. Unfortunately, neither the sequel or Earthbound’s predecessor ever saw official releases outside of Japan, effectively depriving fans from North American and Europe from being able to enjoy more of the series.

Release: 1994

Developer: Ape, Inc., HAL Laboratory

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance

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#19 on The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

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#74 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Video Game Series That Deserve A Comeback
Photo:  Valve

No list looking at gaming series that need to make a comeback would be complete without considering Half-Life 3. The third title in the franchise has become synonymous with vaporware as it has seemingly been in development since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007.

During that time, Valve has kept quiet about the possible sequel and it is not even known whether the company is actively working on the game. With no announcements to suggest otherwise, it looks like players will have to wait a lot longer to see the conclusion of Gordon Freeman’s story. 

Release: 1998

Developer: Valve Corporation, Gearbox Software

Publisher: Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts, Sierra Entertainment

Platform: GP32, PlayStation 2, DOS, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast, + more

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#39 on The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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F-Zero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Video Game Series That Deserve A Comeback
Photo:  Nintendo

Created by legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo, F-Zero is a racing game that originally released in 1990 for the SNES. It stood out from typical racers due to its fast-paced gameplay, challenging difficulty, and distinctive soundtrack.

Since the 2004 release of F-Zero: Climax, the Japanese publisher has not made any further announcements about bringing back the series, with Miyamoto saying that he hasn’t felt the need to revive it on modern consoles. 

Developer: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Microsoft Windows, Wii

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#42 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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