A trend I have repeatedly observed over the years is people asking for ports of an old game to a similarly old console. I don't get it. Is it really just people vastly underestimating the time investment? I am no stranger to the emulation vs hardware vs accuracy vs developer intentions debates but I can't even see something from arguments and mindsets I commonly experience in such debates*.
"Can you port this old 8-16 bit era game to PC"? Probably not going to be me what does it but "Fantastic, may I one day see it on https://osgameclones.com/
"Can you port this old game to [device supported by vaguely modern programming setup, think https://devkitpro.org/
]?" Again probably not me being the one doing it but assuming it is vaguely plausible then please share the news when it happens.
"Can you boost this device to work on new mapper or newer but seriously closely related device like GB to GBC? (think http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/3784/
)". My particular hacking specialities are the GBA and DS so no real options there for me to do much (nobody counts the DSi) but more power to you.
Similarly why anybody would want to juice the usually cut down versions of things we see on places like https://osgameclones.com/
(at time of writing I am seeing people put in a fair bit of work for wolfenstein 3d on the SNES) I am not entirely sure but still feel far more positive about than premise of this thread. For something like Doom 64 where it was a fairly radical departure then say no more. Also if at the time it happens to be the best or otherwise really viable choice for something (doom GBA holds little appeal but at the time you were not going to get a better handheld version, or if you were then it would have been some really obscure device) then that also plays.
At least when someone asks me to translate a 200 hour mega epic RPG you would end up with a 200 hour mega epic RPG if I did it. My porting a SNES game to the megadrive might demonstrate some artistry in coding but what does it really gain? I could maybe understand "demakes" if I leave my opinion on fan games aside (you gain essentially a new game at the end of it) but a straight "port" I don't get.
*if I squinted and bashed my head on the wall a few times then maybe I could buy "hardware, any hardware" being "more legit".