When Christmas day rolled around, I felt this huge urge to hook up the old Super Nintendo and spend the day playing some of my old favorites like Super Mario World, Duck Dogers, Street Fighter II, and more. Unfortunately I didn’t get to, but I did think back on some of my first memories of video games and shared them with the kids.
The very first memory would actually be about going to the Bristol Mall in Bristol TN and seeing the arcade there that was called The Gold Mine. However, on that fateful trip, I didn’t get to step inside and relish in all the goodness it had to offer. I simply got to walk by it and gaze in amazement at all the flashing lights and tingle with excitement from all the sounds coming from within.
So my actual first experiences with video games in any form would be when my cousin Tim first got his Nintendo. Somehow, I had missed out on all of the marketing and talk surrounding the Nintendo when it was launched. I had never seen nor heard of such a thing. One day while visiting the grandparents, my uncle Ernest mentioned that he had gotten Tim a Nintendo Entertainment System, and that I should come over and play Super Mario Brothers.
Getting my Super Nintendo for Christmas back in 1991 is still near the very top of my list of favorite Christmas gifts all time. My parents also got me the game Final Fight to go with it, so I spent the day wearing it out along with Super Mario World.
Man, that Coleco Football game took up a lot of hours of my youth, and I know I’ve eaten more than my fair share of Hostess Cakes through the years. This ad from 1982 combines both of these wonderful treats in a nostalgia overload! Seeing the old packaging for the Twinkies, Suzy Q’s, and Cup Cakes really takes me back. And even though you can find ways to replicate the Coleco games today, nothing beats having that old game in the palm of your hands. It makes me want to call up my cousin Tim and see if he wants to come over for an afternoon of football and Ho Ho’s.
I never knew that a Mario Brothers game appeared on Atari before Nintendo. Mind blown.
After the success of the NES Classic Edition, this Christmas season will see the release of a SUPER Nintento Classic Edition! Sadly, I missed out on the NES Classic, but if the rumors of an SNES Classic prove true, I will definitely pick one up if the game selection looks good. With that said, thoughts turn to what games may or may not be included on the system. I know there are a lot of licensing issues with some games that keep them from being included, but for the sake of this post, I’m going to ignore all of that and just focus on the games I WISH were included on it, whether it could ever happen or not. At the end, be sure to drop a line in the comments section about what games YOU want to see included.
Super Mario World
I don’t know how you could release a mini SNES classic and not include the flag-ship game of the original console. Mario IS Nintendo, and Super Mario World was not just the flagship title, but one of the best games on the system. It’s a shoe-in.
Super Mario Kart
Another Mario title, and the last one I’m including in this list. I know there are plenty more great Mario based games on the system, but I never really got into them. Mario Kart on the other hand is a classic with a quite a pedigree in the world of gaming, and is my personal favorite racing game on the system.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Zelda franchise is synonymous with the Nintendo brand, and this game has a reputation as being one of the better incarnations of the game. I played it a few times, and really hope it’s included in the mini version so I can finally get to sit down and play all the way through it.
Mega Man X
Another icon of the Nintendo era was Mega Man, and any system looking to capitalize on its history needs to include a Mega Man title. I never played this Mega Man for some reason, but I always loved the various Mega Man games on the NES, so I’d like to see this included to relieve those days.