Top 10 Lazy Ideas from Video Game Developers that Turned Out to Be Amazing Games

The Top Ten

1 Let's take Zelda and turn it into a shameless Skyrim and Witcher 3 clone - Breath Of The Wild
2 Let's take Mario and make it more of a running game as opposed to a jumping game - Sonic The Hedgehog
3 Let's take Mario, Devil May Cry and Panel De Pon, throw them together into a blender and see what sticks - Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
4 Let's take Super Mario 64 and add a squirt gun into it - Super Mario Sunshine
5 Let's blatantly rip off Mario but also add a few 3D Sonic elements into it - Crash Bandicoot
6 Let's outright steal the Joker straight from Batman and make him the main antagonist of our game - Final Fantasy VI
7 Since we're not doing anything with F-Zero, let's "borrow" the anti-gravity gimmick from X and GX - Mario Kart 8
8 Let's take Parappa The Rapper and make it about a crazy, sexy, redheaded stoner guitarist girl with a severe case of shy/badass split personalities instead - Um Jammer Lammy
9 Let's take Prince of Persia and turn it into a try-hard God Of War wannabe - Warrior Within
10 Let's take Tomb Raider and make the main protagonist male - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

As an Uncharted Fan...this is so true. Good games nonetheless. - cjWriter1997

The Contenders

11 Let's make Mario...hmm...oh, I know, A DOCTOR - Dr. Mario
12 Let's take soccer and add cars - Rocket League

Let's steal that idea from The Simpsons.

13 Let's Take Super Mario 64... and Push It Into Space - Super Mario Galaxy
14 Let's Take Portal and Add an Obnoxious British-Stereotype Character with an Incredibly Clichéd Betrayal Plot Twist Into It - Portal 2
15 Let's take Psychonauts and imbue it with the POWER OF ROCK - Brütal Legend
16 Let's make a Pokémon game where you walk around snapping photos of Pokémon instead of actually catching them - Pokémon Snap
17 Let's take Rayman and Ren & Stimpy and toss them together into a blender - Rayman Origins
18 Let's take Yoshi's Story and Kirby's Epic Yarn and toss them together into a blender - Yoshi's Woolly World
19 Let's make Rock Band but with the entire soundtrack made up of exclusively Beatles songs - Beatles Rock Band
20 Let's make Guitar Hero but with the soundtrack made up of exclusively Metallica songs - Guitar Hero Metallica
21 Let's take Super Mario 3D Land and port it onto the Wii U with yet another incredibly misleading title - Super Mario 3D World
22 Let's take Diablo and turn it into a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter - Borderlands
23 Let's take Kid Icarus and turn it into yet another God Of War clone - Kid Icarus: Uprising
24 Let's make a party game that manipulates Nintendo fans into believing that it's an actual hardcore fighting game - Super Smash Bros.
25 Let's take Super Metroid and turn it into one of the most forcedly linear games ever made - Metroid Fusion
26 Let's take Sonic and make it yet ANOTHER God Of War clone for about half of the game - Sonic Unleashed
27 Let's take Super Mario RPG and make it paper - Paper Mario
28 Let's take Castlevania and turn it into yet another god-damned God Of War clone - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
29 Let's make an entire game that's basically about closing doors - Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
30 Let's take Metroid Prime and turn it into another one of those generic "light/dark world" type games - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
31 Let's take Metroid Prime, fill it to the brim with Wii gimmicks and strip nearly all of the actual puzzle-solving elements from it - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
32 Let's take Um Jammer Lammy...AND PUSH IT INTO SPACE - Gitaroo Man
33 Let's take Guitar Hero and add more instruments into it, most of which are completely unnecessary anyway - Rock Band
34 Let's take Dance Dance Revolution...AND MAKE IT MARIO, KA-CHING - DDR Mario Mix
35 Let's take Sonic the Hedgehog and make it DARK and EDGY and BADASS - Shadow The Hedgehog
36 Let's take Star Fox and make it a Zelda-esque adventure game - Star Fox Adventures
37 Let's take Star Fox and give it different characters to play with and multiple endings - Star Fox Command
38 Let's take Super Metroid and apply the Castlevania coat of paint to it - Symphony Of The Night
39 Let's make Nintendo characters toys - Super Smash Bros
40 Let's Take Super Smash Bros and Add an Autistic Boy to It - Super Smash Bros 4
41 Let's Take Street Fighter and Make Nintendo Characters Toys in the Process - Super Smash Bros
42 Let's make a game where a race of anthropomorphic monkeys depend on your drawings instead of fighting for themselves - Drawn to Life

That's the whole point.

43 Let’s make a joke about buggy video games, but then make it very, very serious - Hollow Knight
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