The good:: Some old games look really good on your iPad’s Retina display and many even feature upgraded visuals, better lighting, and a whole new and improved look. The WiiWare game The Conduit, for instance, was completely revamped when it was ported and re-released on Android. Others like Final Fantasy VI keep their traditional look, but include a few modified textures to give you a fresh taste of an old favorite. Visuals aren’t everything, but if it’s done right, who’s to argue?
The bad:: Sometimes old games don’t look better on mobile devices. In fact, as it’s true with news anchors, weather girls, and game show hosts, HD displays are more than likely to reveal a game’s age. Some of the older 8-bit and 16-bit games that get ported to mobile also just look strange next to their sleek menus and buttons. And if you happen to play a game that overcrowds your screen with enemies or things to shoot, your smartphone’s small screen may frustrate you too.