“Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.”
–Proverbs 27:20 [ESV]
…I’m so tired of spending money. But of course, if Nintendo were to ever release a Super Nintendo Classic Edition, I’d try so hard to preorder it. It’d sit pretty right next to my actual SNES. It’s a retrograming collector’s dream! Well, now it’s been reported that such a mini console is indeed coming later this year. Nintendo sure knows how to grab my attention.
fiasco failure catastrophe disaster debacle mess that was the NES Classic Edition launch, what with it being nearly impossible to find in stores or online, and what with it being price gouged as high as $1,000 (I kid you not), I hope that Nintendo has a much smoother roll out for the SNES Classic. Fingers crossed. Maybe they’ll even make hardware improvements like controllers with longer cords or the ability to connect online.
This is my favorite console in existence and one of the greatest ever made with some of the greatest games ever made. It had stellar first and third party software. It deserves all the care and attention Nintendo can give it like the legend that it is. Stop trying to be Apple, Nintendo! I mean, what do I need to do? Sell my last kidney?
Time for a listicle! Assuming that there will still be 30 preloaded games on the SNES mini, below are thirty of my predictions and wish list for games that ought to make the cut. I hope you share your own wish list for the miniature system with us, as well!
Obviously. This was the definitive SNES game, right from launch. If there’s no Super Mario World then Nintendo has lost their minds.
The only Zelda game on the SNES is the definitive title and the standard for the series in terms of structure and gameplay, especially for the 2D entries. Given the popularity of Breath of the Wild, and the Zelda franchise in general, this is a shoe-in for the SNES mini. And that’s good, because like many titles on this list it’s one of the best games ever.
#3. Super Metroid
Nintendo may be sitting on their hands on the Metroid franchise, but we don’t expect they’ll ever top Super Metroid anyway. It’s a frightening, moody, atmospheric game so unlike Nintendo that it emphasized variety that made the SNES awesome.
#4. Final Fantasy VI
Squaresoft was a big supporter of the SNES before breaking ties with Nintendo over the N64 and the PlayStation. At least they gave us the best Final Fantasy game in III/VI. I’ll never get tired of playing this game and it’s the most precious cart in my collection.
#5. Chrono Trigger
The best game of all time on the best system of all time is the greatest RPG of all time… there can be only one and it’s Chrono Trigger. Beyond beautiful, musically inspired by dreams, open-ended, traditional and innovative, uniquely storied, and memorable to the point of being haunting.
#6. Mega Man X
How do you reboot a franchise? Like Mega Man X.
#7. Earthworm Jim
Unforgettably weird, Earthworm Jim had its best version on the SNES and it’d be wonderful to see the intergalactic invertebrate back in action again.
This would be a wacky multiplayer game to feature on an SNES mini. Could we ask that the miniature console come bundled with two controllers? Too much?
#9. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Very much unlike a normal Super Mario game, except in terms of its characteristic magic, gameplay, platforming, and charm.
#10. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
As good as they are, there was more to the SNES than just platformers and RPGs. Turbo would be representative of 90’s Street Fighter games.
#11. Donkey Kong Country
The SNES had some perfect games from a variety of IPs. Many of them the system dusted off and quickened with new life. DKC remains one of the gold standards for platforming and one of the best DK games ever.
#12. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
The sequel to the first DKC is about as polished and refined a sequel as you could ever find.
#13. Super Mario Kart
Another obvious choice for an SNES Classic, Mario Kart would occupy the spot for racing games and provide more diversity on the mini system.
This dream team collab between Nintendo and Square is the Super Mario/Final Fantasy fusion the world needed and it’s a great introductory RPG for genre-newcomers. A delightful, innocent role-playing adventure.
#15. Secret of Mana
Man, Square made some epic games for the Super Nintendo. This multiplayer action-RPG is a legend for good reason.
Moar RPGs! Hahahahahaha! EarthBound would be a great traditional RPG to see on the SNES mini.
Highly coveted and pretty rare, Turtles in Time would be another great multiplayer game to include plus it’s a side-scrolling beat ’em up. Doesn’t get much more classic than that.
#18. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Ghosts ‘n Goblins was included on the NES Classic Edition so it only makes sense than an SNES mini would include its brutal sequel.
#19. Kirby Super Star
Super Star or Dream Land 3? We can’t be sure which Kirby game would be featured but at least Super Star is a collection of games of all kinds.
#20. Harvest Moon
The game that helped kick off the obsession with farming sims has got to make an appearance on the SNES Classic.
#21. Final Fantasy IV
This influential RPG is not one to be missed for historical purposes and it’s yet another powerful Square RPG that should appear on the mini console.
This is one I’m pretty confident we’ll see make the cut, considering its status as a launch title and its impressive use of the Super Nintendo’s Mode 7 graphics capabilities.
#23. Super Castlevania IV
We could have some back and forth on the SNES Castlevanias but the point is at heart that there must be some kind of Castlevania representative on an SNES Classic.
#24. Soul Blazer
With but one Zelda game on the SNES, Nintendo could go the “hidden gem” route and include Zelda-esque Soul Blazer to sate adventure game fans.
#25. Star Fox
Star Fox was mind-blowing back in the day with its 3D graphics and I’ve little doubt it’ll appear on the final list.
#26. The Lost Vikings
How about a puzzle game for more variety? Lost Vikings would be a welcome brain-teaser.
#27. Super Punch-Out!!
I think this cover art smells like sweat but considering there was an obligatory sports game in Tecmo Bowl for the NES Classic, this could occupy that category and actually be a sports game I’d look forward to playing.
#28. Killer Instinct
It was a toss up between this and Mortal Kombat, but I ended up going with Rare’s Killer Instinct over the inferior port and inaccurate Mortal Kombat for a hyper-violent tourney fighter for the SNES mini.
#29. Breath of Fire II
Okay so this is straight up self-indulgent of me but I love this RPG and I want to see a representative from Capcom’s franchise make an appearance. And it better not be the first Breath of Fire.
#30. Out of this World
And finally, the game that inspired Hideo Kojima and Fumito Ueda, the cinematic indie sci-fi Another World/Out of this World would be an obscure crown jewel to bring back to light.
Hopefully there’s more than 30 games because who wouldn’t want to see the likes of Contra III, E.V.O.: Search for Eden, Super Bomberman, Illusion of Gaia, Mortal Kombat, Knights of the Round, Super Earth Defense Force, Tiny Toon Adventures, Gradius III, Final Fight, The Lion King, Captain Commando, Dracula X, Aladdin, Pilotwings, Breath of Fire, Mega Man X2, Mystic Quest, Maximum Carnage, Rock n’ Roll Racing, Demon’s Crest, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Sunset Riders, or frickin’ Sim Ant?!
Just make sure consumers can actually FIND the product this time, Nintendo! Here’s an idea: maybe try sending out more than three or four units to a retailer every day. You’re sitting on a gold mine.
And what about you, dear readers? Does this news titillate or did the NES mini fiasco turn you off? What are some SNES titles you’d love to see in a Super Nintendo Classic Edition? Let me know in the comments below, my friends, and as always, thanks for reading!
-The Well-Red Mage