With all the hubbub surrounding the release of the Resident Evil 4 Remake, we thought it was a good time to remind people of this incredible demake by Twitter account @GameboyDemakes.
The artist also uploaded a few shots of the sprites in isolation and boy are they a treat. The chainsaw villager is particularly menacing with that Scarecrow-like visage ripped into the head sack. And you have to appreciate the attention paid to the carpets in Castle Salazar. Heck, the demake even manages to make the famously frustrating job of escorting Ashley look bearable.
For those unaware, a demake is essentially the opposite of a remake. Where remakes bring older games to newer generations of gaming hardware, demakes go back in time, imagining what a game might look if it was made with the hardware limitations of the consoles of yore.
This one in particular has us salivating because the Resident Evil series never came to the Game Boy. (No, we're not counting Resident Evil Gaiden, a game Capcom was ashamed enough about to retcon to oblivion.) This is just concept art, so we don't know how it would look in action. Based off the ammo counter and health bars, though, the designer was going for a side-scrolling action shooter vibe, which would fit perfectly with Resident Evil 4's more action-focused direction.
Sadly, it doesn't look like @GameboyDemakes has any plans to take this project any further. There are other cool Resident Evil 4 demakes in the works, though, including this super-early prototype of a Resident Evil 4 Remake Demake for the Game Boy Advance and this playable demo of a demake for the original PlayStation.