Video game demakes are a delight, be it playable projects or animated videos that simply represent a game in the style of a classic console. Seeing a popular game in pixels is nostalgic and charming: the game’s fearsome enemies have shrunk, but are no less intimidating.
A new project from the popular demake YouTuber 64 Bits Imagines Elden Ring for the Super NES. It opens with an expansive view of the Erdtree, before the player – on Torrent of course – explores the world map. The YouTube video reinterprets it as a classic Legend of Zelda-style overworld map, where the physical overflow takes a player to a new region level.
The best part of the demake is the way it shows some of Elden Ring‘s most famous characters in pixel art. There’s the Stormgate troll, one of the first trolls players will encounter, plus Radahn atop his perfect horse, Leonard. More beloved characters also appear, such as Ranni, a Pot Boy, and most most importantly, the pope tortoise. Here’s the best part: When a player approaches the turtle, they’re given response options (based on a popular meme) to the “Praise the dog” message. The answer is a definite “good”.
There’s a charming cognitive dissonance with demaking Elden Ring. The world of the game is huge and filled with secret regions, spread over several levels. Hidden caves and castles are on the map. It’s hard to imagine the game on previous generations of consoles, but it’s fun to think about what that might look like. And countless fans have done just that, making demakes for both the Game Boy and the original PlayStation.
64 Bits has become known for its demake videos – like Mass effect for Game Boy Advance and god of war for Playstation. These videos capture the nostalgia of the time, thanks to their attention to detail, from game menus and loading screens to the sound design of text pinging on the screen. They also show what a paper version of the game would have looked like if it had been released in that era, e.g. 64 Bits’ god of war demake video shows off an illustrated cover on a CD-ROM cover.