12 dead characters that deserve new life


It’s like Babe Ruth’s ghost told that kid in The Sandlot: heroes live forever, legends never die, and no video game character can disappear forever. Okay, okay. That’s not the exact quote but the maxim holds true. Great characters, like legends, never truly fade away. They stick in our hearts and memories, elevating even mediocre games long after you’ve played them due to how expertly they were designed, how they moved, how they helped us imagine an impossible place. When we bring them back, we can make all new games with them rather than sequels. Donkey Kong disappears for nearly 15 years without getting his own game and then, boom, we get Donkey Kong Country. These characters, long absent and underserved, are perfectly suited for resurrection.