When Nintendo announced the NES Classic in the summer of 2016, along with the awesome lineup of games that would come along with it, we couldn’t help ourselves. Almost immediately, we started fantasizing about what games would show up on the SNES Classic. A year later, the mini-console has been announced, and we have its official lineup in hand.

So now, it’s time to find out – how did we do? We knew some of these choices were sure things, and some were fantasies (but maybe not Final ones). We guessed Nintendo would go with 30 again, instead of the much shorter 21 they ended up with, so our list is a lot longer.

Of the 21 games Nintendo picked out, we managed to get a full 19 of them correct:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!! 
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Yoshi’s Island

We’d guessed that Super Mario World would be accompanied by Super Mario All-Stars, but Nintendo decided that they wanted a different compilation – Kirby Super Stars.

Nintendo surprised us a few times, with the first of these being the biggest by far, considering it never saw official release on the original Super Nintendo:

  • Star Fox 2
  • Kirby Super Stars
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts

So what about the games we hoped we’d see, but didn’t? Here they are:

  • ActRaiser
  • Axelay
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Harvest Moon
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Mega Man 7
  • Rock N’ Roll Racing
  • SimCity
  • The Lost Vikings
  • UN Squadron
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Gaming editor Ron Duwell had his hopes up, but correctly assumed that a few of these cult classics – ActRaiser, Demon’s Crest, Rock N’ Roll Racing, and UN Squadron – wouldn’t make it onto the system. Some of them were quite unlikely, and we knew it at the time. I’m pretty surprised Zombies Ate My Neighbors didn’t make the cut.

With that said, I’m pretty happy with how we did. 19 out of 21 isn’t bad at all, and one of the ones we missed we could’ve never guessed.

This is an amazing list of games, though, and we can’t wait to get this beast hooked up with it releases on September 29.