What Games Should An SNES Classic Include?

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For all of its awesomeness, the NES Classic went out on a sour note, as several months of scarcity were capped by a brief statement declaring that its production run had been ended. The sudden, unceremonious end of the Classic led to a lot of speculation as to why Nintendo would pull the plug on what appeared to be a hot item, almost at hot as its current Switch console.

Now, however, Eurogamer is reporting that the end of the NES Classic was inevitable, as Nintendo is planning to release an SNES Classic this holiday season and required the NES Classic’s production resources for its newest Classic release.

Speculation over what games the SNES Classic might include has been going on ever since its predecessor was released, but it’s still exciting to think about the possibilities given the incredible library of games released for the system. Here are my suggestions for the roster:

The No-Brainers:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo

No surprises here: You want to move systems, you bring out the big franchises. SMW, Mario Kart, DKC, DKC 2, and Zelda are five of the six best-selling SNES games of all time (and the sixth in an earlier version of Street Fighter). DKC 3 could perhaps be debated (do we really need three DKC games?), but the entire trilogy was pretty strong, so I added it here for completeness.

The Would-Be-Nicers:

  • Star Fox
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
  • Mega Man X
  • Mega Man X2
  • Mega Man X3
  • Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run
  • NBA Jam Tournamanet Edition
  • The Lost Vikings
  • The Lost Vikings II
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Super Punch-Out!!

Star Fox was the start of one of Nintendo’s great franchises, and fans that are fed up with Star Fox Zero‘s motion controls deserve a little gift here. Super Mario All-Stars already came out (mostly) for the NES Classic, but given how few people were able to obtain that system, it makes sense for the expanded, remastered version to appear here. Kirby 3 and MK 3 are included as the best representative from their respective franchises, and at least two of the Mega Man X series deserve to be included here. Ken Griffey Jr. and NBA Jam were some of the best sports titles available for the system (and given the paucity of sports titles coming to the Switch, it would be nice to throw sports gamers a bone here). Finally, The Lost Vikings series was an underrated puzzle adventure series (probably one of the two is enough here, though), and Mortal Kombat and Super Punch-Out team up with Street Fighter to ensure the fighting genre is well-represented on a pre-Smash Bros. console.

The Forgotten Franchises:

  • Super Metroid
  • F-Zero
  • Pilotwings

It’s time to remind modern gamers that Samus Aran and Captain Falcom were more than just Smash Bros. fighters once upon a time. Pilotwings is a small-but-successful flight simulator franchise that deserves to be remembered.

The RPGs:

  • Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Secret Of Mana
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Dragon Quest VI
  • Breath Of Fire
  • Breath Of Fire II
  • Lufia & The Fortress Of Doom
  • Lufia II: Rise Of The Sinistrals

The Super Nintendo held the title of “greatest RPG console” long before the 3DS did, and Mario RPG, FF, Secret Of Mana, Chromo Trigger, and Dragon Quest are just as beloved today as they were back then. The Breath of Fire and Lufia series have mostly faded into obscurity, but they were fun games that deserve a little recognition.

The Longshots:

  • Mario Paint
  • Mario Is Missing!
  • Mario’s Time Machine
  • Super Game Boy?

Mario Paint would be an awesome game to include, but it would require either a) a special mouse peripheral to be included, or b) a PS2 or USB port for a standard PC mouse to be included in the hardware, so Mario Maker is probably as close to a comeback as it’s going to make. Mario is Missing and Mario’s Time Machine were novelty educational games that really only deserve to be remembered for how weird they were. A “Super Game Boy Classic” with some pre-loaded Game Boy games would be an interesting inclusion, but the SNES library is strong enough on its own and Nintendo will probably want to release a separate Game Boy Classic separately in the future.

The Hardware:

  • A slot for SNES cartridges!
  • A Virtual-Console-esque connection!

Adding a slot for people who still have their old games would solve some of the ‘what games to include?’ problem (You want to play your old copy of Pitfall or NHL ’96? Just plug them in!), and a VC connection to allow for some DLC updates (i.e., more games!) in the near future.

A mini SNES is guaranteed to be a huge hit, regardless of what games are included. Let’s just hope Nintendo makes enough of them to meet demand this time.