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From Jumping Flash to Bushido Blade: The games that would get an E3 sequel in a just world

E3 still has the ability to surprise fans, despite the large number of leaks and rumors that have already filled the Internet.

We're not interested in what might happen for now though, these surprises will come soon enough. Today we're going to talk about things that won't happen, and why that's just not fair. We’ve canvassed the broken dreams of the Polygon staff to make a list of the games that have been left behind in the world of gaming, but would be great surprised during the week of E3.

This games won't be getting sequels this week, but for the love of Blitzball, they certainly deserve them.

PlayStation 4 Jumping Flash

The Jumping Flash games on the PlayStation were some of the earliest examples of just how powerful 3D graphics could be to give the player a sense of vertigo. You controlled a robotic rabbit named Robbit, and could triple jump far above the game’s candy-coated world of robotic animals and bright colors.

The camera panned down at the height of your jump, forcing you to control your fall to explore the game's world. The effect was both hard on weak stomachs and absolutely thrilling for anyone without a fear of heights.

A sequel would be nice, sure, but imagine this with Project Morpheus support.

Pokemon Snap Wii U

Pokemon Snap was a rail-based N64 game that asked you to look for the eponymous pocket monsters and take their picture. There is already an Oculus Rift version of the game, and fans of the series have spent the past decade or so trying to convince each other that the original was fun.

I'm not here to try to convince you the game is bad or anything, although it's not as great as the legends say, I'm here to say that a version of this game that uses the Gamepad from the Wii U allowing you to look around and take pictures would be an inventive way to use the technology of the Wii U.

Nintendo needs to find new ways to use its own hardware, and the Pokemon series remains a huge draw. This would be a slam dunk, which means it will never happen.

Def Jam: Fight For Apple's Cash

This series of fighting games, featuring hip hop stars of the past and present, sounds silly on paper but delivered some surprisingly brutal fighting across a number of style. Where else could Danny Trejo throw Snoop Dogg in front of a train?

The games took themselves a bit too seriously, and the scenes where women literally fought over you were a bit much, but the actual fighting and character design were top notch, and remain fun to this day.

With Dr. Dre apparently an executive at Apple, the door is open for a new epic series of battles over the billions that can be made in over-priced consumer electronics. The game writes itself, and could find a home on next-gen consoles that need fighting games that deliver a deeply silly but enjoyable way to beat the hell out of the most recognizable faces in hip hop.

Bushido Blade 3

We're going to forget that Kengo: Master of Bushido ever happened, using the same logic that demands acknowledgement of only two Hellraiser films. I wanted to set the rules of engagement before we move forward.

The two Bushido Blade games on the PlayStation allowed you to end a match in seconds if you were good, and it took a decent amount of practice before two players had matches that lasted more than a few moments. You could take your enemy's legs or arms out of commission, and the game showed you just how deadly a bladed weapon could be in a fight.

Combine this style of ultra-fast, ultra-skilled play with levels that included a bamboo field where the shoots became collateral damage and levels where having a height advantage were a large part of the strategy, and you had a game that was both quick and offered multiple levels of depth, including weapon selection.

It's a style of game that hasn't really been attempted before or since, and bringing the game play into the world of next-generation consoles would be amazing. The series doesn't have much name recognition these days, but those of us who played it fell in love and can't shut up about it. There's an alternate reality where this series has a yearly released, and seeing another game for current systems is the most beautiful of pipe dreams.

These are our picks, let's hear yours. Which games have been left behind that deserve a sequel?