The "Remake" of a Video game from a previous console generation has had some good titles such as Double Dragon for the GBA, the Game and Watch series and of course Super Mario All-Stars and more. Here are my top 5 choices of best remakes ever when it comes to Video Games in no particular order...
Dragon Warrior 3 (Game Boy Color)
Ah yes before this came in, Dragon Warrior 4 was my favorite in the series. Sure Dragon Warrior 4 (or should I say Quest 4) is still a very good game. But not only is this a strong improvement over the above average original for the NES in just about every way its a genuinely well made RPG. Its not only one of the best RPG games on a Handheld system its one of my favorite RPG games ever.
Pokemon Fire Red (Game Boy Advance, and Pokemon LeafGreen for the same system)
Whether you played all the GB Pokemon games that came after the original Red and Blue, or haven't been able to play all that many GB Pokemon games after Red/Blue. (I'll admit that I apply on the latter, I have reasons why but thats for another article.) But still while this keeps the classic feel of 1998 title in this adds some of the aspects of the more current Pokemon games. While not as strong of an improvement of a previous game as the aforementioned title above. Pokemon Fire Red is an interesting and more impressively polished update of Pokemon Red.
Metal Gear Solid the Twin Snakes (Gamecube)
Ah yes the sole MGS game for the Gamecube is a remake of the original Metal Gear Solid. While Konami went with this title due to how Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance didn't sell well on the X-Box. (Even though that game didn't do much better on the PS2.) Its been said that the original Metal Gear Solid was one of those games that was originally made for the Nintendo 64 until the N64 became Cartridge-based and Konami had to make it for the PS1. This was basically Metal Gear Solid getting a 2nd chance on a Nintendo console. However it was also advertised as a nice mixture of Metal Gear Solid 1 Setting and Storyline with Metal Gear Solid 2 Graphics and Gameplay, in which it by all means worked. Heck IMO the only thing that the original Metal Gear Solid had over Twin Snakes was that it had the Virtual Missions in which were unfortunately absent in Twin Snakes.
MGS TTS was a rather well done remake that improves upon the original in just about every way. (Heck even the voice acting is better in Twin Snakes, I mean the overly thick accents got a bit toned down and Rob Paulsen was easily the better VA for the Ninja IMO.) But alas even though its more of a "remake" it still suffered the same fate as the MGS reversions namely MGS 2 Substance (both X-Box and PS2) and MGS 3 Subsistence by never being able to sell as well as their original versions. Sad shame really...
Sword of Mana (Game Boy Advance)
Final Fantasy Adventure was never one of the best FF games about but it was a very interesting change of pace in the series namely being an Action RPG instead of a Turn-based one. But it was a rather well made Action RPG nevertheless. Granted things have considerably changed over the years and its not hard to tell that this more than just a port with spiffy GBA graphics. But whether if your a fan of the Legend of Mana series or a more casual player with fond memories of playing Final Fantasy Adventure this can leave both sides well entertained.
Resident Evil (Gamecube)
It may not be the best game in the series (like Resident Evil 4) but it is a pretty strong improvement over the original in plenty of ways. Granted the gameplay in this title is indeed something to get used to. But it gets a stylish new look and does an overall better job in setting the mood and sense of horror in. (Not too mention that the Voice Acting and script is substantially better. I mean this version is better in using a low profile VA cast than the original.) Resident Evil Deadly Silence for the Nintendo DS was a fairly interesting take on the original Resident Evil but to me this Gamecube title is still the best version of the Original Resident Evil.
Well there you have it folks, here are my Top 5 picks for best remakes of older games out there. While straight-forward ports of older games can be by all means very good a good remake can be a very interesting take on a classic older title. And games like this are why I look forward to playing more remakes of classic older games in the future.