We should be happy with what we have, rather than pining for things we don’t. But after looking at the list of 30 titles coming to Nintendo’s mini, Classic NES later this year, I can’t help but feel like there are too many big omissions. I mean, no Contra? Blasphemy of the highest order!

Of course, there are dozens of titles we’d love to see on the mini NES, but, unfortunately, Nintendo has already said no other titles will be added after launch, which means you’re stuck with what the company gives you. On that note, Nintendo has said it has nothing to announce at this time regarding future mini-consoles, such as a mini SNES or mini N64.

Be that as it may, we wanted to explore some of the big games that are missing from Nintendo’s new console. Let us know which games you’d add in the comments below.

The Goonies II

We never got a sequel to the iconic movie from the 80s, but that didn’t stop Konami from creating one of the best platformers of the NES era. Its point-and-click elements were a little strange, but the adventure was so strong that any shortcomings were quickly forgotten. Plus, you can’t help but love the 8-bit rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s Goonies theme. [Images]

Blades of Steel

This game was fun, there’s no denying that. But what I loved most as a young kid was needlessly fighting against the other team. Screw trying to score goals, I just wanted to fight; it didn’t matter if I won or lost (Mostly I lost). The music was memorable, the mechanics were solid, and you just can’t beat the synchronized skating the players did when they first came out onto the ice. [Images]

Adventure Island II

Skateboards, stone-age weapons, and a grass skirt, Adventure Island II pretty much had it all. Players took control of a character named Master Higgins, a yachting bachelor who had a skill for taming giant lizards. I feel like the designers of this game said screw it and included every whacky idea they could think of. It’s a good thing they did because Adventure Island II still holds up. [Images]


I had such a love/hate relationships with Battletoads growing up. On the one hand, I loved the “punk” look of the toads—hilariously named Rash, Pimple, and Zits. On the other, the game was incredibly difficult, not to mention Battletoads was basically just a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rip-off. Even making it past the first level was a major accomplishment. I was eight, give me a break. [Images]


One of the defining games of the NES era, both because it had fun multiplayer and because it was hard as hell; as a kid, I don’t think I ever got past the third stage. Difficult or not, the game was a ton of fun and had a terrific 8-bit soundtrack. If you do find yourself playing the game this fall, just remember the legendary Konami Code. Don’t know what that is? Google it. [Images]

Duck Tales

Sure, you can play the remastered version of Duck Tales, which is available for pretty much every console and mobile device. But nothing beats the 1989 original, which proved Capcom’s platforming aspirations didn’t only extend to Mega Man. Who knew a game about a wealthy duck could be such fun? I was already a fan thanks to the TV show, and the game (and music!) was just as good. [Images]

Kung Fu

It was simple and very repetitive, but Kung Fu was nevertheless a blast to play. I think this was one of the few games I was able to beat back in the day, mostly because Kung Fu only consisted of a few levels. If you were a really skilled player (I wasn’t), you could get through the game in less than 10 minutes. Damn, I can still hear Mr. X’s maniacal laughter. [Images]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

As far as beat-em-ups were concerned, TMNT 2 was among the best ever; it was especially fun with a friend (so long as you guys didn’t want to choose the same character). I don’t think I was ever able to beat the game, but I sure as heck played it a lot when I was a kid. I still don’t understand why the Footclan guys explode once they’re defeated. Now, I’m craving pizza. [Images]


What I loved most about Rampage was that it was funny. Not that I think the destruction of major metropolitan areas is funny, but there was so much humor inherent in the premise that you couldn’t help but laugh. And even though it hurt the monsters, I always thought it was hilarious watching them fall from the top of a toppling building. Can you believe there’s going to be a Rampage movie? [Images]

Batman: The Video Game

One of the earliest examples of a game based on a movie that’s actually good. Developed by Sunsoft, Batman provided gamers with a surprisingly deep experience that was also incredibly challenging. Of course, it borrowed a lot of ideas from other successful titles at the time, but it was still worthwhile. And, come on, it’s Batman. [Images]