Don’t even get me started on the tone deaf decision that it was to discontinue the NES classic, a machine that reminded me of a simpler time and arguably a better time to be a “gamer”. I can still remember when the NES classic was announced and it blew the internet wide open, at first I had my doubts, I can remember asking myself “What trash are they gonna put on here?” and then I saw the list and instantly wanted one, however it became clear that the machine was criminally under produced and nobody could find one. I’m still a little bit bitter I had to cancel my pre-order.
But when the rumour came out yesterday that a SNES classic was in the works and the reason the NES Classic was halted was to make way for this… Whatever, just seems laziness and journalistic conjecture will only go so far. I do feel we’re owed an explanation though, maybe they’re redesigning it? Maybe they’re bringing a different version with more/different games who knows? Or maybe the most likely scenario is that the profit margin wasn’t worth making the amount that was in demand and with the licensing fees with a few of these games it was probably easier to pull the plug, to the rejoice of the dickhead scalpers on eBay. (Seriously, fuck you guys.)
So, in preparation of the potential SNES Classic here are the games that should be on it (in alphabetical order), assuming Nintendo can get licenses and we’re sticking to a 30-game selection:
A criminally underplayed game and might thrive given a new chance in the spotlight. It’s a side scrolling/god game, sounds weird on paper but when it’s in action the side scrolling plays like a dream and the god game parts are satisfying. A must play.
Not only one of the best game on the SNES, but also one of the best games ever made. Leaps and bounds ahead of most things released even now and way ahead of its time.
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong’s time to shine, some of the nicest visuals on the system and a really good paltformer to boot. The full package.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Better than the first one in every way. If it comes to a choice as to which one is on the SNES Classic, it’s this one. But Nintendo will probably opt for the first one.
Still to this day a classic, but probably won’t make it because of its PC heritage.
One of two games (the other being Fire Emblem) that has gained popularity because of the Super Smash Bros. series. Earthbound is awesome and a joy to play but also at the same time quite unsettling.
Can’t believe this guy hasn’t made a comeback yet, you imagine it’s only a matter of time. This platformer rules, although on a system with Mario probably didn’t sell as well as it should have.
If you know me you know I’ve been waiting patiently for a new F-Zero game for about 14 years now. One of the best anti-gravity racers ever made and you can bet your house it will make the cut.
Final Fantasy IV
The first game in the Final Fantasy series to be considered a great game, a colourful cast and engaging story make this a must for the system.
Final Fantasy VI
My favourite game of all-time. Of course this gets on.
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
I used to love pissing about in Mario Paint, you could just mess about and see what you came up with or you could get creative and cover popular songs.
Mega Man X
An awesome kind of reboot for the blue bomber but not really, a re-imagining of Mega Man still with awesome soundtrack and level design and Mega Man X controls like a dream, although it suffers like a lot of games from the 16-bit era where the sprites are too big. Still fuckin awesome though.
Mega Man X2
Similar to X, X2 is pretty much the same.. And that’s not a bad thing is it?
Ms. Pac Man
A stone cold classic, although like Doom it may not make the cut because the definitive version is in the arcades.
Secret of Mana
Another classic RPG from the Squaresoft golden era.
I remember playing this for the first time and being blown away by the visuals, they aren’t much now but back in the day this was unbelievable. The game’s not bad either…
One of the best multiplayer experiences on the console, a great party game with a good single player mode to keep the ball rolling.
Super Castlevania IV
A remake of the first Castlevania game using the SNES’ power. A fine game with new features such as being able to whip in eight directions and swinging the whip round like a lasso. The first track in the game as it’s starting is fucking awesome.
Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts
Similar to the one on the NES, hard as fuck and a joy to play.
Super Mario Kart
I’m telling you. If this thing is real then this game is on it. Awesome multiplayer game which ended more than a few friendships.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
ANOTHER Squaresoft RPG featuring everyone’s favourite Italian plumber. I seem to remember this being a breath of fresh air when it came out and it still holds up today, Mario’s first RPG and one of his best.
Super Mario World
One of the best platformers of all-time. Like Super Mario Kart this game is on this system and you can take that to the bank.
Super Mario World 2
Not as much of a shoe-in as the original, but a shout nonetheless. Everyone was crying when this first came out because it was not as good and you were Baby Mario and everything else. I quite liked it though.
Samus Aran’s best adventure (Just beats Prime for me). This one absolutely nailed the exploration Metroidvania formula. With great bosses and a fantastic soundtrack this will be right at home on the SNES classic.
Super Star Wars
Hard side scroller? What a shock for this era. This one is awesome, before it was released on PSN I would of said Nintendo may have struggled to get the licenses but now maybe they may be able to work something out. A sick game and even better if you’re a Star Wars fan and let’s face it, most of us are.
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
There were about 50 Street Fighter II games for the SNES and Megadrive and this is the best version (I think), it has all the characters and everybody loves a bit of Street Fighter.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
A Streets of Rage style TMNT game was where it was at in 1992. The fourth and probably best game in the series gets the nod from me, even though yes, it did start life in the arcades, I’m hoping this is here when the system launches.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat III
Inferior to Street Fighter II in every way, still a blast and everyone loves pulling off those special FATALITIES!!
Not the first FPS game ever made, but often credited as the game that put the genre on the map, the Super Mario Bros of the FPS genre if you will. This one is a long shot though cause you know what Nintendo are like.
I’ll be totally honest with you, I could do this list every day until the SNES Classic potentially releases and pretty much every day it will be a different list, there are some definite games on here like Final Fantasy VI and Super Mario World but I’d have a hard time sticking to the same 30 games assuming that’s the amount of games we’re getting.
Do I think Nintendo will drop 3rd party gems for their third party garbage such as Pilotwings? Of course I do, they’re Nintendo and have a history of making wrong decisions.
Anyway, I fucking love the SNES and there is no way on God’s green Earth I’m cancelling my pre-order this time, assuming I’d get it if I kept it.
Please don’t fuck this up, Nintendo.
PS. I’m aware I could go onto numerous emulator sites and sort myself out but these Classic consoles are shaping up to be a hot item and the consumer monster inside me won’t quit until it has one.