Here's an awesome blast from the past: Karateka, the side-scrolling fighting game originally released in 1984, is getting a remake set to hit Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network this year. Karateka creator Jordan Mechner (who also produced the original Prince of Persia) is on board with development of the remake as creative director.
The original Karateka for Apple II
Mechner's involvement with Karateka marks his return to video game development since working on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in 2003. Mechner intends to "honor the original game with a compact, pick-up-and-play game that is fluid, atmospheric, and beautiful.” Sounds like the new Karateka will be something most gamers can enjoy.