The SNES Classic Mini should be on its way, and we say 'should' because it's not officially announced or anything. Given the huge demand for the NES Classic Mini, though, it doesn't take a genius to figure that Nintendo could make even more money if they brought back their 16-bit console too. And who turns down money? Maybe we'll see a SNES Classic Mini in 2018, as Nintendo are fully focused on Switch for the time being.
If our assumption is correct, Nintendo would be faced with the tough job of picking a selection of games to include with the console, as the SNES library is packed full of classics. While several titles for the NES today feel a bit dated, many more SNES titles have remained surprisingly fresh when it comes to playability, graphical style, and overall quality. Furthermore, this was an era when several major franchises were established or found a modern form, so the line up would be more recognisable to today's audience. It's difficult to imagine Final Fantasy without its heritage from the SNES era, not to mention games like Super Mario World and Super Metroid.
Based on the fact that the NES Classic Mini came with 30 games, we've assembled a list of 30 titles we'd like to see come included with the SNES Classic Mini, even if we wouldn't mind if Nintendo were more generous than that. As a disclaimer, perhaps there's a slight over-representation of JRPG titles, but they really were a huge part of the 16-bit generation and many have aged really well.
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
This should be indisputable. Still considered among the best in the Zelda series, a franchise that's not lacking in terms of quality, A Link to the Past is a comprehensive and detailed adventure game that raised the Zelda series up to the level we expect from it today, and it's still very enjoyable to play.
2. Super Mario World
Another entry that can't be disputed. It's an incredible 2D platformer, even if you consider the very best user-developed levels in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. Exceptional music, tremendous variation, and perfectly balanced when it comes to challenge, Super Mario World also introduced us to Yoshi for the first time as well. And speaking of Yoshi ...
3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
A charming game with impressive graphics for its time, Yoshi's Island pushes the creature into the spotlight in a platformer that's not as easy as you first might think. The use of the Super FX2 chip in the game did present some of the most impressive 16-bit animations back in the day, effects that still impress when you consider the limited hardware developers had to deal with.
4. Super Metroid
Nintendo hasn't gotten around to creating a game to remedy the damage done by Metroid: Other M, so we might as well entertain ourselves with one of the best games in the series instead. Super Metroid is mysterious, challenging, and fun from start to finish - a timeless classic.
Speaking of timeless classics, Earthbound is an odd game that's still able to impress in terms of charm, design, and its unique feel, and that's why a SNES Classic Mini must have this charmer of a JRPG. Moreover, this was an important project for the deceased Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata, and is part of the legacy that shows how good the man was at programming (Iwata spent one month solving programming problems that the developers had struggled with for four years).
6. Donkey Kong Country
If you owned a Nintendo 64, you most likely have a close relationship with Rare's titles, but their legacy was established well before that with the Donkey Kong Country games. Sporting great music, detailed background animations, and a graphic style you simply weren't used to seeing on Super Nintendo, this game was an instant classic. The gorilla's eternal pursuit of getting his bananas back are always worth another visit.
7. Final Fantasy IV
For fans of Japanese role-playing games, Super Nintendo was a goldmine, as new franchises were established here, and old ones had their formula polished. The Final Fantasy series belongs to the latter category, and Final Fantasy IV is a role-playing game one can enjoy today. The Active Time Battle system was introduced here too, and it would come to characterise the series for years and decades afterwards. As if all that wasn't enough, the game also provided memorable heroes and villains.
8. Final Fantasy VI
If Final Fantasy IV improved the old Final Fantasy formula, Final Fantasy VI perfected it. Here we find one of the series' (and industry's) best soundtracks, a dramatic story, one of the few interactive opera sequences in gaming history and also the best Final Fantasy villain of them all, Kefka Palazzo, sharing unsettling similarities with Heath Ledger's interpretation of the Joker. Sephiroth has nothing on him (not to speak of a certain villain in Final Fantasy XV).
9. Chrono Trigger
Perhaps the only RPG from the Super Nintendo era that can exceed Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger was the result of a collaboration between studios Squaresoft and Enix, which today is one and the same company (Square Enix). With an iconic design, a well-balanced and incredibly varied combat system, and an exceptional soundtrack, this is perhaps the best time travelling game ever made. We never got a Super Nintendo release of the game in Europe, so that mistake needs to be undone.
10. Super Castlevania IV
Since Super Metroid is on the list, we must also add the second game that really established Metroidvania as a genre. Super Castlevania IV may seem a bit slow at times, but the music and the vast areas to explore are a good enough reason to fight Dracula once again. Moreover, we'll need something to play with until we get Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in 2018.
11. Mega Man X
The blue bomber Mega Man was one of Capcom's most iconic heroes on NES, but it was with Mega Man X that the action game series really became cool (at least in the 90s standard for what was cool). With a far more serious expression, harsher design, and a darker story set 100 years after the first Mega Man games, Mega Man X is a juicy combo of elegant level design, cool style and badass music that only a 16-bit game can deliver, making it a must for this sort of collection. Forget Beck and Mighty No. 9, the coolest robot is called X.
12. Mega Man X2
The game is perhaps a bit forgettable compared to the other two in the series on the Super Nintendo, but don't be fooled - it's still a quality game. In it we get a deeper insight into the setting and get the chance to play through some very cool levels. Additionally, one can never get enough of Mega Man X games from this era, so more of the same is always a good thing.
13. Mega Man X3
Yes, we're slightly obsessed with Mega Man X, but it's with good reason, as they're some of the best action games going on the SNES. The opening sequence for X3 in particular is one of the coolest we ever saw on the Super Nintendo, and for the first time we got to play as Zero. Enough said.
14. Star Fox
Star Fox Zero wasn't quite what we had hoped for, but it could certainly be fun to relive the game that Nintendo has tried to recreate again and again in ever new creations. Star Fox might not be the game that looks the best in terms of visuals any more, but if nothing else the game should be included because of its heritage and the technical feat the game represents. Moreover, it stills entertains, if you can see past its primitive graphics.
Fans have waited and waited, but a new game in F-Zero series remains a dream, this despite the fact that Nintendo only made the longing bigger with two courses based on the series in Mario Kart 8. To understand what the fuss is all about, F-Zero is a very good place to start. Taking part in futuristic races with hovering vehicles accompanied by cool music while dressed in a costume that showcases the full might of Mode 7 makes this is a true classic.