Nintendo’s NES Classic mini remains one of the hottest items on gamers’ lists this holiday season, and for good reason. The small box pays tributes to a bygone era of gaming by packing 30 beloved titles into one plug-and-play machine. The NES Classic sold out in stores and online almost instantly, boding well for the Nintendo’s profit at the end of 2016.
Of course, the success of the mini NES has sparked talks of other classic consoles. The SNES just celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and we can’t wait to see if Nintendo decides to give it the Classic treatment. Below you’ll find a list of some games we hope to see if the SNES Classic mini every becomes a reality.
1) A Link To The Past
This 2D adventure built on the success of the original Legend of Zelda
, with improved graphics and a more detailed overworld. The core idea of the gameplay remained the same, with dungeons to explore and useful items to collect, but introduced the idea of alternate worlds to travel between. The expansion of the original Zelda
’s ideas makes A Link To The Past
one of the strongest entries in the series, and one of the greatest games of all time.
2) Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country
realized the great ape in a new light, with lifelike graphics (for the time) and stellar platforming action. Rare took over development duties and spawned a trilogy of memorable games with an outstanding soundtrack and creative puzzles.
Though technically a sequel to Mother
and released only in Japan, Earthbound
arrived in 1995 as a complex RPG full of personality and charm. The game shipped to a mediocre reception from North American audiences, but grew to become a fan-favorite among dedicated fans of the genre for its humor and heart.
4) Mega Man X
Released in 1993, this game ushered in a new era of the Mega Man
series. Along with the transition to more advanced 16-bit hardware, Mega Man X
introduced a new story and different technology for players to make use of. Environments were more detailed and complex, adding a different layer of difficulty to this take on Mega Man
5) Final Fantasy VI
One of the most beloved entires in the iconic JRPG series, Final Fantasy VI
tells the story of a band of rebels in a world full of fascinating machines and magic. It was originally released as Final Fantasy III
in North America, but legacy has made this turn-based RPG one of the most iconic games in the genre.
6) Super Mario World
As a launch title for the console, Super Mario World
added a great deal of new factors into Mario gameplay that became standard conventions moving forward. New power-ups, Yoshi, and character abilities make this one of the strongest platformers ever made, and it's a must-play for gamers of any age.
7) Super Metroid
The mysterious atmosphere and tight controls of Super Metroid
have spawned an entire generation of indie games trying to recreate the greatness of this 1994 title. Players control Samus Aran with a wide array of power-ups exploring a hostile alien world, solving platforming puzzles and taking down giant boss creatures.
8) Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II
was a huge hit at arcades, and when it came to home consoles with a SNES port, it established a new place for the competitive fighting genre. With a solid cast of unique characters and rewarding controls, this remains a perfect example of why so many gamers love the fighting genre.
9) Yoshi’s Island
remains one of the most distinct games in the Mario franchise. The colorful, storybook art style and soundtrack contribute to a warm and friendly adventure that puts Mario’s dinosaur buddy in the spotlight. The original direction taken with this game’s design has earned it renown as one the best 2D platforms of all time.
10) Star Fox
While Star Fox 64
is remembered as the high-point of the spaceship heavy action series, the SNES version of the game laid the foundation, and it deserves to be revisited. The on-rails shooter lets players pilot their ship in a 3D environment, and at the time made use of groundbreaking powered graphics technology.
11) Super Mario Kart
The best-selling SNES game of all time, Super Mario Kart
introduced the cartoony cast of kart racers and spawned one of the most successful franchises in gaming. Many split-screen multiplayer modes were offered, including battles, time trials, and direct head-to-head contests.
12) Final Fight
This beat-em-up style game began development as part of the Street Fighter
series, but quickly took on a life of its own. Final Fight
offered co-op, letting players tackle the story mode with a friend and execute combo moves to save the city from local gangs.
13) Super Mario RPG
Mario is the most iconic character in video games, but he's typically remembered with the platforming games that established his name. The mustachioed plumber has made forays into several other genres, however, including this wonderfully realized role-playing adventure. Legend of the Seven Stars
isn’t just a cash-grab or a spin-off, but a full-fledged experience with excellent mechanics and an interesting story.
This simulation game relied more on its engaging gameplay than the narrative of players entering the Flight Club as amateur pilots hoping to earn their license. The realism in the controls earned Pilotwings
high praise upon launch and even spawned a few sequels.
15) Secret of Mana
Square released this JRPG as a follow-up to Final Fantasy Adventure
in North America, but it is set in an original high fantasy universe. While the sequel was recently released on the PS Vita, it would be nice to see this often overlooked series given some attention for the platform it originally launched on.