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Screenshot Saturday: The games we want on the inevitable SNES Classic

by Eric Frederiksen | July 23, 2016July 23, 2016 2:00 pm PST

Just last week, Nintendo announced the NES Classic, a microconsole with 30 built-in games ready to play. While you can’t add games to it, it’s packed with classics and looks like it’s going to be more than worth the $60 price tag.

We’ve already talked about the games we wish were on the NES Classic, but we got started thinking – a SNES Classic has to be coming along, too, right? It seems like a no-brainer, and we’d be there on day one.

There are some must-haves on there. Nintendo classics. The ones we’ll still be talking about a hundred years from now when we’re all jarbrains. Games like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid.

But it’s also important to get some cult classics and genre-defining games in there, too. Earthbound might not have as many fans as Mario games, but I promise you every one of us is hardcore. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo was a big moment for arcade ports of games, and Star Fox looked like nothing else out there. Final Fantasy III (or VI if you prefer) offered one of the system’s great stories. That game and F-Zero

Here’s our list of the 30 games we think belong on the SNES Classic.

  • Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario Kart
  • F-Zero
  • Star Fox
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Earthbound
  • Mega Man X
  • Mega Man 7
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Secret of Mana
  • ActRaiser
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • The Lost Vikings
  • Axelay
  • UN Squadron
  • Rock N’ Roll Racing
  • Harvest Moon
  • SimCity
  • Super Punch Out
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Making the list was a lot harder than it looks. The Super Nintendo was a console loaded with certified classics and cult-favorites alike, and finding a balance to it all is no easy task. Nobody wants a console overloaded with unknown JRPGs, nor do publishers want to sell such a marvelous product for $60 either.

And yes, not every classic on the Super Nintendo came from Japan either, with Rare and Blizzard making a few beloved classics on the console.

Trust me, we are loaded with personal favorites that didn’t make the cut, and we are sure you are too. Let us know below what you would like to see if Nintendo ever gets around to releasing this dream machine.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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