Back when it first became clear that the NES Classic Edition would become a major hit for Nintendo, we almost immediately began to think of the possibilities for the future. At the time, we made a list of eight games that should be on the SNES Classic, should one ever see the light of day. Now, with the NES Classic dead and new rumors pointing to the existence of a mini SNES console, it’s time to revisit that idea. Here are 8 more games that we’d like to see on the SNES Classic Edition.
We can file this one under “games that time forgot.” ActRaiser was originally released way back in 1990 and quickly became one of the more popular games on the Super Nintendo. One part side-scrolling action game and another part city builder, ActRaiser certainly attracted its fair share of fans back in the day. The music was absolutely superb, too.
Even though ActRaiser had a lot going for it and managed to spawn a sequel three years later, we haven’t really seen anything from the series in more than 20 years. The chances of getting a new ActRaiser game at this point are slim, which makes its inclusion on the SNES Classic Edition even more critical.
2. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Super Mario World (otherwise known as the best 2D Mario game) made an appearance on our original list, so it’s only appropriate that Yoshi’s Island features on the second one. Charming from start to finish, Yoshi’s Island didn’t actually feature Mario in any playable capacity. Instead, you played as Yoshi and were tasked with protecting a baby Mario as you progressed through the game. With a beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic, wonderful music, and top-notch gameplay, Yoshi’s Island is a must for the SNES Classic.
3. Mortal Kombat II
I debated whether to put Mortal Kombat II or Street Fighter II on this list, but in the end, Mortal Kombat II won out just because it’s the game I played more as a kid. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the best Mortal Kombat entries, either. Sadly, if Nintendo went so far as to demand a version without blood for the original SNES release, I have a feeling we won’t see this on the SNES Classic. A man can dream though, can’t he?
4. Super Metroid
The fact that Super Metroid wasn’t on the original list says nothing about the game and everything about the sheer number of quality titles available on the Super NES. Many people will tell you that Super Metroid is the pinnacle when it comes to 2D action-adventure games, and they would be right. Leaving it out of the lineup would be tantamount to a crime.
5. Secret of Mana
Looking back on the SNES, one thing that’s clear is that it had a ton of amazing RPGs. Games like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger set the bar for RPGs in the 1990s, and though Secret of Mana doesn’t get brought up as often as those two, it’s still one of the essential SNES RPGs. A must-have for the SNES Classic in every sense, there are a lot of people who would love to see Secret of Mana along for the ride.
6. Kirby Super Star
For whatever reason, whenever I think of the SNES, I think of Kirby Super Star. I spent so many hours of my childhood playing this game that it wouldn’t be a collection of SNES greatest hits without it. With the main game split into seven different modes, Kirby Super Star offers a lot of gameplay, and is still considered to be one of the best Kirby games ever made.
7. Demon’s Crest
If you’ve played Demon’s Crest, then you know why it’s on here. Perhaps lesser known compared to some other games on this list and the last, Demon’s Crest is a Capcom-made game that has the main character, Firebrand, transforming into six different gargoyles to complete the challenges of each stage. It may not be what you’d expect from Capcom, but that’s part of what makes it so great.
8. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
When it comes to comparing the three SNES Donkey Kong games, Diddy Kong’s Quest is probably the best of the bunch. That’s up for debate, of course, but it’s clear that the SNES Classic needs at least one of the Donkey Kong Country games on there. If Nintendo is just going to go with one, we’ll likely get the original Donkey Kong Country, but it would be great to see Diddy Kong’s Quest right there alongside it.
If I had to name the greatest console of all time, it would probably be the Super NES (despite my beloved Genesis). That makes picking the games for these list difficult, not because there are too few good games, but rather too many. We could work our way through three more of these lists and still not cover the best that the SNES has to offer, so Nintendo certainly has its work cut for it when it comes to picking games for the SNES Classic Edition. What would you like to see? Head down to the comments section and let us know!