While many people have heard of the Jaguar's Tempest 2000 and Alien Vs. Predator, there are very few other games from Atari's post-1984 console output that have been hailed in the hallowed halls of video game history. This is shame because not only were there some very good games, but there are a good number of titles that could have made solid franchise brands for Atari. The next owner of Atari can leverage this history by considering some of these titles to remake (if the I.P. is available). Below is a list of some of the best games that Atari Corp. ever produced that I believe could be successfully remade in the 21st century.
7800 - Scrapyard Dog : This was the Atari 7800's answer to Super Mario Brothers. Released in 1990, there is a good chance that no one you know, or anyone they know has ever seen it much less played it. That's too bad, because it was a very unique title for the time. Even though the game was very hard and a bit difficult to play with the 7800 controllers, it was still encouraging to see an actual Nintendo Quality title pulled-off on the 7800. It was not that the 7800 did not have the power to make games like this, it's just that the system was designed to solve a different problem than the NES. While the NES had great sprite engine and could create tiled, moving backgrounds with ease, the 7800's main strength was moving many small sprites around a single screen at the same time. With Scrapyard Dog, Atari Corp. was able to create a game that rivaled the NES in complexity, if not in nuanced game play. Further iterations on more powerful hardware should have taken the basic concept all the way to 3D worlds in the style of Crash Bandicoot and beyond.
7800 - Alien Brigade : Alien Brigade was light-gun shooter in the vein of Operation Wolf. The game contained all that was necessary for an entry in this genre: 6 levels, multiple weapon types, and zombie-like alien hordes. There is no reason why this could not have been Atari's House Of The Dead or Virtua Cop with every console generation seeing the release of and more sophisticated rail-shooter entry based on this franchise.
7800 - Midnight Mutants: This was the only real "action adventure" game for the 7800, and as it stands, the only game even close to The Legend Of Zelda that Atari Corp. ever produced. In the game you play the grandson of Grandpa Munster (yes, you read that right!), fighting the zombie hordes of Dr. Evil on a non-linear quest. This one has been hailed as the best game ever made for the 7800.
Lynx - Blue Lightning : This modern jet combat game with scaling 3D graphics was one of the Epyx designed launch titles for the Lynx. The game displayed the Lynx's ability to created fast moving, scaled graphics with neat explosions. At the time it was released, many Lynx fans considered this a classic title. However, since it was from Atari, games like Sega's inferior, but similar Afterburner as remembered instead. It was also one of the best games ever made for the system. Atari made a more advanced version for the Jaguar that never lived-up to the potential of this game.
Lynx - Chips Challenge :