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.
Super Castlevania IV
We’re still in the “icons” section of this list featuring legacy games, and not many games had more of a legacy on Nintendo consoles than the Castlevania series. I’ve talked before about how Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is my all time favorite game for the original NES, so I definitely want this title included on the SNES Classic.
Contra 3: The Alien Wars
The original Contra ruled the NES, and Contra 3 ruled the SNES. This was a title I played on a regular basis when the SNES first came out, and I feel like I would spend a great part of the first few days of owning an SNES Classic playing this.
Donkey Kong Country
I was skeptical when this title was first released for the SNES, but I rented it at a local video store and was instantly hooked. In addition, any system with the name Nintendo on it should have a Donkey Kong title.
Desert Strike was one of my favorite games for the SNES. A friend had let me borrow it, and I never returned it. In fact, I still have that copy of the game in my possession today. Put it on the new system so we can “Return to the Gulf” one more time.
One of the most talked about games in the history of the SNES, and deservedly so. It featured the Super FX chip and gave a game rendering unlike anything seen before. Add that to the fact that it was a flat-out awesome game to play, and Nintendo had a winner on their hands. Including this title could really help drive sales if they can figure out how to get it done.
Act Raiser was unique in the fact that it was both a RPG as well as an action game. It blended both really well and I lost many hours of my life playing this game, and am sure I would again if it were included.
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Now we start to get into the fighting games I want to see on the system, and at the top of the list is Street Fighter 2 Turbo. On Friday nights after the local football games, several friends and myself would pile up at someone’s house and take turns playing this until dawn. Please make it happen Nintendo.
While not as gory as the Sega Genesis release, the SNES version of this game was still pretty fun. I was always more of a Street Fighter 2 guy, but I want the opportunity to sit down and fight my way through the tournament on Mortal Kombat.
I’m including Final Fight more for sentimental reasons. When I got my Super Nintendo for Christmas, Final Fight was the game my parents had picked up to go along with it. That first day of owning a SNES was filled with battling through the streets on Final Fight. I’d like the chance to do that again.
There have been a lot of different WWF/WWE based wrestling games on home systems through the years, but this one was my favorite. It had a great cast of wrestlers to choose from, the graphics were nice, and the mechanics were overly complicated. Give me one more LOD vs Hogan and Savage match please.
Saturday Night Slammasters
Pro Wrestling for the original NES was my favorite all-time wrestling game, and Saturday Night Slammasters reminded me so much of it with its cast of characters, including Hagar from Final Fight!
Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge
This was a really fun super hero romp game that I picked up once upon a time for the SNES, and every system needs a few super hero games, so let’s through this one in.
Captain America and the Avengers
Here is another fun super hero title, and with the current popularity of the Avengers due to the Marvel movies, this one would make a great addition to the mini classic.
Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions
This may be the most underrated game that ever graced the SNES. Daffy Duck as his alter ego Duck Dogers with his vast array of fun and cool weapons made for a super fun game, and I really hoped it would be included.
Super Chase H.Q.
I always loved the arcade version of this game, mainly because it reminded me so much of Rad Racer for the NES, which was a favorite or mine in the early days of the NES. If I’m going to have this system, I need a game that reminds me of Rad Racer, and this is it.
I used to play the arcade version of this while my Mom did her shopping at the grocery store each week, but I never got to play it on the SNES. I was hoping against all hope that it was included just so I get a chance to kill some time with it.
Super Star Wars
Super Star Wars was my first foray into any Star Wars game, and it still sticks out in mind as one my favorites. Back in the day, the graphics blew me away. Come on Nintendo, we need some Star Wars love on this system!
NBA Jam Tournament Edition
For my money, there was no better way to kill time as a two-player game than this one. There were some fierce battles in my bedroom when this game was involved, and the best part was, you never needed another quarter to continue.
John Madden football games have always been the cream of the crop as far as video football games goes, and on the SNES, the ’95 version was the best. With the inclusion of the “high step” move, it upped the ante as far as trying to stop running backs went. If the system is going to have sports games on it, this needs to be one of them.
Add one more sports title to the lineup, and include NHL ’96. The game play was great, the controls fluid, and the franchise feature was pretty great as well. The graphics weren’t anything to write home about, but otherwise, this was a blast.
The Lord of the Rings
The final game on this list is the one that intrigues me the most. I once saw an ad for the game, but was never able to find it anywhere. This was in the days before Amazon or Game Stop, so finding rare games like this one wasn’t real easy in my neck of the woods. I’ve never seen the game, let alone played it. I’ve seen screen shots of it, and being a fan of the LOTR world, I have always wanted to see what it is all about. I This is the one game I hoped for above all others to be on the system.
Well that’s the list. Give me these 25 games and I won’t care what else is on the system, I would get my money’s worth many times over. But what about you? What did YOU want to see included?
These are the games I want to see on the SNES Classic, but Jason over at Rediscover the 80’s recently took a look at the games he’d like to see included if Sega ever released a mini Sega Master System. Check it out if you’re a retro gamer like ourselves.