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10 Classic Games The iPad Needs



Apple’s new iPad is packed with a dual-core A5X processor that offers quad-core graphics which has made gaming on the tablet  much more powerful.

Games like Infinity Blade 2, Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto III, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 have all shown off how powerful gaming on a tablet can be.

It also seems to point to some more exciting releases down the road.

So, where to next?

Read: New iPad Review.

Well, after downloading X-Men: The Arcade Game for the iPad, a game that I wasted many quarters on as a kid, I started thinking about other games that I would love to see developed or ported to the iPad.

After some debate, I have come up with a wish list of 10 games that I really hope come to the iPad at some point down the road. I’ve tried to keep it within the realm of reason so you won’t find games like Halo 3 or Grand Theft Auto IV. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any gems in here though.

Pilotwings 64

Like many of you, I owned a Nintendo 64. And while I had many favorites, one of the all-time great games for the console was a game called Pilotwings 64. In fact, it launched alongside the N64 all the way back in 1996.

In a nutshell, the game is a flight simulator. It allows players to pick a character and then take that character through a variety of flying challenges including operating a hang glider, gyrocopter and skydiving.

Those were fun, but nothing was more fun then shooting my character out of a cannon in an effort to land within the bulls-eye of a target far away.

I would love to do that on my iPad.

Mario Kart

I don’t think I know a single person that hasn’t played some form of Mario Kart. While I never really got into the versions on the GameCube or the Wii, I have every level memorized in both the N64 and Super Nintendo versions.

I assume many of you do too. I also assume that many of you would love to race in Wario Stadium or travel down the Rainbow Road on your iPad.

I’d buy any version of this game in a heartbeat and take Toad to victory lane, just like I did in the good old days.

Road Rash

This one is a little more obscure but chances are, if you owned a Sega Genesis, you’ve heard of Road Rash. The premise of Road Rash is simple. Race a motorcycle to the finish line while using chains, crowbars and other weapons to ensure that your opponents do not.

Over time, new levels and new bikes became available ensuring many hours of gameplay, and many hairs lost at the expense of foes like Lawson and Public Enemy No. 1.


I can’t recall, but I think I may have smashed an SNES controller or two while playing F-Zero. The reason? Not only was it a pain trying to stay in-bounds while hitting all of the energy spots to keep my ship afloat, but you also had to achieve a better position on each lap unless you wanted to get disqualified.

It was maddeningly frustrating but also extremely fun and I’d love to see it come to the iPad.

Time Crisis

Waltz into any arcade on the planet and you’re probably going to run into a version of Time Crisis. This shooter, where you duck behind elements and then pop out to dispatch of enemies would be perfect for the iPad.

Hold the iPad down to take cover, bring it up to get out of cover and take down the enemy.

Seriously, just thinking about this game makes me want to find a local arcade. I’d rather be lazy and play it on my iPad though. Someone make it happen please.

General Chaos

Another fairly obscure Sega Genesis game, but a game that still has a place in my heart. General Chaos is a strategy game where the goal is to capture the other general’s capital city.

The premise is that you choose from different soldiers with unique abilities in an effort to defeat the enemy. It was always fun to take out my friends flamethrower guys with my bazooka guys. Or using my flamethrower guy to take out the guy with the eye patch throwing dynamite.

Any game that features a guy with an eyepatch throwing dynamite should be on the iPad, in my opinion.

No, but seriously, this game is extremely fun and time consuming and addicting and I’d love to be able to play it on my tablet.

The Simpsons Arcade Game

The Simpsons Arcade Game, a game that consumed countless of my parents quarters, is already out for the iPhone. So, hopefully, that means that we’ll see it arrive for the iPad sooner rather than later.

Super Mario 64

I think this is pretty self explanatory. Super Mario 64 is one of the best games of all time and if it were to arrive for the iPad, with Retina Display support no less, I’d scoop it up the second it came out.

I doubt that we’ll ever see as Nintendo has shown no signs of wanting to release its games on Apple’s devices but this, along with the next game, should be the first games that it releases.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

What can I say? I’ve played a lot of video games and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to this day remains one of my favorite games of all time.

If it came to the iPad, I’d be over the moon, as would millions and millions of others I’m sure.

GoldenEye 64

One of the best games ever made, I can’t even imagine how much time I would waste playing multiplayer if this were to ever come to the iPad.

The single player wasn’t bad either.

I realize that most, if not all of these – especially the Nintendo games, will probably never make it to the iPad. It’s a shame but thankfully,  I can deal with what’s on the App Store right now.

That being said, what games would you love to see come to the iPad?

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  1. Bob Huntington

    11/05/2014 at 4:22 pm

    I, too, would love to see Pilotwings 64 come to my mobile device, which is now a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I can’t believe that it hasn’t been ported over, or even cloned somehow! I have been searching for years, and no other games come close, in my opinion. I used to have a blast flying around Little America in my Rocket Belt, exploring.

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