SBox Quickie: Predicting the SNES Classic’s Games

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Last week we were all shocked, confused and filled with rage following the premature cancellation of the NES Classic Edition. It was a move so uncalled for, and fans were not silent about how the already rare novelty microconsole will be made even more rare despite the demand still being sky high. However, in the mist of this news came one fascinating rumor about what could succeed the NES Classic. A supposed SNES Classic is rumored to be released this Holiday season in the same vain as the NES Classic.

Of course, as it is a rumor, little is actually known about this system which may or may not exist. We don’t know if it will cost the same as the NES Classic, whether supply will be better, or, more importantly, what games will be included. Considering how good the library of the NES Classic is, we can assume the supposed SNES Classic wouldn’t be a slouch either. It’s fun to think about which games Nintendo will choose, which is why I thought I’d make my list of predictions while we wait for it to be confirmed.

For this list, I’m operating under the assumption that, like the NES Classic before it, there will be 30 games in the collection, both first and third party. The following games I chose based on popularity and practicality, using the NES Classic’s list as a base for third party possibilities. I’ll also be assuming that games which used the FX chip aren’t out of the question as some may think. It is an emulation machine after all, which means anything is possible.

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
  • Earthbound
  • Earthworm Jim
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fight
  • Harvest Moon
  • Kirby Super Star
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • NBA Jam
  • Pilotwings
  • The Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Super Bomberman
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • Tetris II
  • Wario’s Woods

A lot of my choices shouldn’t come as a surprise to most people. Certain games like Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and F-Zero are near guarentees for such a console. And assuming there’s some parity between this library and its NES counterpart, this list more or less inherits the same variety as its predecessor: a handful of arcade games, a beat em up, a sports game, a run-and-gun shooter, the ocassional racing game, and a heavy emphasis on 2D sidescrollers. It’s definitely not a one-to-one match, but that’s to be expected when you consider the two console libraries and how different they were.

You’ll notice how I’m a bit generous when it comes to RPGs. This list has 6 RPGs whereas the NES Classic only had 1. That’s very likely to not be case as almost all of them require the permission of Square-Enix, and there’s a chance they may only be so generous. Than again, they also could not be. Though, in the case that we have to whittle the number down a bit, then Final Fantasy II and Secret of Mana may be the first to go. That would mean Square-Enix would provide 3 games to this console, which isn’t as tall an order. As for Earthbound, Nintendo would be fools not to include it. Outside of it being easy and cheap, it would make people go nuts.

I only put one fighting game on this list, Super Street Fighter II, which may surprise some people. That’s because Killer Instict is currently with Rare, which is owned by Microsoft, which disqualifies it immediately. As for Mortal Kombat, not only is the SNES version considered inferior to the Genesis port, but its violent nature may also disqualify that series. It’s still likely, but I’m not putting money on it.

I also excluded Donkey Kong Country 3 from the list despite putting the other two on, only because you have to make cuts somewhere. The fact that Donkey Kong 3 was also omitted from the NES Classic in favor of Donkey Kong Jr makes my decision pretty firm.

Some may also question my inclusion of Tetris II and Ms. Pac-Man. True, these aren’t the most popular or beloved choices from the SNES library, but they do pad out the list with arcade titles similar to the NES Classic. Don’t get me wrong, though. If bigger games cross Nintendo’s mind, these two will be the first to go, but this is just a guess.

As far as games I didn’t add that I’d love to see, I’d love to see in the SNES Classic, Mortal Kombat definitely comes to mind as does Mega Man 7 and the additional Mega Man X games. I think Mickey Mania would be a great choice, but that’s definitely out of the question for the same reason Turtles in Time isn’t here. Oh, and of course Doom, which is unfortunately unlikely.

Let’s also give a huge shoutout to everyone’s favorite SNES game: Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Third Kind. Sorry guys, but it just missed the cut.

Let me know what games you want to see on the supposed SNES Classic/Mini in the comments below. Do you like my choices? Did I leave something huge off the list? Have you accepted Bubsy as you’re lord and savior? These are things I very much want to know.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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