When the NES Classic launched in the fall of 2016 it quickly sold out and had Nintendo scrambling to keep up with the supply (which it never did) and then sadly it was discontinued, leaving those wanting a system to head to third party resellers and pay astronomical markups. The speculation after the cancellation was that, Nintendo was getting ready to launch a SNES Classic and it turns out the rumors on ta SNES Classic coming to market were true.
On June 25, Nintendo announced that on September 29th of this year they will be releasing a SNES Classic with 21 retro games from the history of the system including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The full line up of games includes:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi’s Island
This is a pretty solid list of games and any SNES fan will be happy with the collection but there are a few questionable selections included on the list and a few that I feel are missing.
When I look over the list of games that will be included on the SNES Classic a wave of nostalgia washes over me, especially as we near the summer and thinking back to how many hours I spent playing the SNES over the summer breaks of my youth. I don’t even know how many hours were spent trying to master all the moves in Street Fighter II or trying to complete A Link To The Past or how many hours I spent playing Super Mario Kart alongside my brother. Those were all great games and games that I loved and games that now have a definite place of nostalgia and good memories associated with them.
There are a few games on the list though that I question both Kirby’s Dream Course and Kirby Super Star (never was a fan of the little pink blob) are games that I have little interest in and Mega Man X is one that I would knock off the list as well (as I was never a huge Mega Man fan to begin with). The rest of the lineup is hard to argue with and the fact we get to see Star Fox 2 for the first time is an added bonus. Now, if it were up to me, after axing those games I would add the following to the system:
One of my all time favorite games as it combines the speed of a racing game and the trick comboing fun of a Tony Hawk game. You race as a Unicycle along colorful, vibrant courses where you have to perform tricks and stunts to go faster and beat the competition. A really great multiplayer game as well.
Nothing beats Super Bomberman in terms of sheer multiplayer fun. I remember getting the 4 player adapter and having friends over and then playing hours upon hours of multiplayer, bomb chucking fun. It’s still funny to kick a bomb at your friend (or family members face) and eliminate them from the game while securing the win for yourself.
This was an odd game and even odder yet was the hero of the game, Jim an Earthworm with a super suit. The enemies were weird, the levels even weirder and overall it was just a good game and one that I doubt would get made today.
Extreme combos, cool characters, a wicked visual style all in a side scrolling fighting game like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat and you have yourself the classic and insane fighting game Killer Instinct. This is one game I desperately wish was included on the SNES Classic.
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
My first Star Wars gaming memory was playing Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and working feverishly to try and get my snow speeder to loop around the legs of an AT-AT to topple it as I had seen countless times done in the movies. It’s Star Wars at it’s best and it needs to be included.
Honourable Mentions: Mortal Kombat II, NHL ’94 and Pilot Wings
Hopefully we see Nintendo push out version 2 of both the NES Classic and SNES classic with a new selection of games that include some other nostalgic favorites. The Classic edition of their systems have been amazing sellers and with any luck the trend will continue.
What games do you wish were included on the SNES Classic? Sound off in the comments below.