21 titles that should have been included on the SNES Mini
Which other classic Super Nintendo games should have made the cut?
Nintendo's announcement of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System has many classic games fans excited, myself included. To give this some context, I personally own 16 of the 21 included titles, and I still want one, and not just because the asking price is cheaper than I could feasibly pick up the remaining four titles, not including Starfox 2.
Still, the SNES library is immense and rich with many classic titles that could have been included. No doubt Nintendo engaged in some very serious meetings in closed little white rooms somewhere in Japan sorting out which games would be included from both their own first party library, as well as from external parties. Several large wodges of Yen later, deals would have been struck, and we got the 21 titles that will make up the SNES Mini's official library, at least until someone cracks it open and works out loading ROMs onto it. Then again, maybe Nintendo will have hardened up its security following that being done to the NES Mini and it won't be easily possible.
Nintendo hasn't committed to producing the SNES Mini beyond the end of the year, which means that there will only be a 3 month period of availability, and probably no future SNES Mini 2. Still, if there were, or if Nintendo's keeping quiet about expansion possibilities on the existing unit there's any number of classic games that should make the cut.
In some cases, it's clear to see that rights issues would stymie their appearance, although that's often just a matter of money. With the SNES Mini likely to sell out in record time and the Switch doing well, Nintendo's got plenty of money. Here's what we'd love to see on a second SNES Mini:
It's rather baffling that one of Nintendo's launch titles and a superb Mode 7 showcase didn't make the SNES Mini cut.
It's the classic Sim City experience, superbly built for the SNES, and you can unleash Bowser on your city if you get bored. What's not to like?
Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium
In the west we got crappy LJN WWF games, but Japan had the sublime Human series of Fire Pro games. We missed out majorly on one of the SNES' best combat games.
Zombies Ate My Neighbours
One part shoot-em-up, one part hilarious homage to B-Movie culture, and a can't miss prospect, but unlikely as Disney would now own the rights to this Lucasarts classic.
Super Bomberman 5
OK, this would be tricky without a multitap peripheral, but it would be sweet to see one of the Bomberman titles reappear. Japan was the only market that saw Super Bomberman 5, so spreading its message of competitive play and explosives seems fitting.
Super Smash TV
Produced locally in Australia by Beam Software, the SNES port of Midway's intense arcade shooter is one of its best ports.
Super Ghouls N Ghosts is in the proper SNES Mini, so why not tell the other side of the story via the story of Firebrand/Red Arremer?
Rock N Roll Racing
A thumping soundtrack (for its time) and frantic top-down racing that rivals that of Super Mario Kart.
One part God sim, one part platformer, and quite unique, even now.
Super Star Wars
Again, Disney's rights means that this will never happen, but if you like tough challenges and Star Wars, this is heavenly.
This is what DMA design did between Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, and again unlikely due to Pixar's dislike of the red tricycle in the game. Which means that once again, Disney stands in the way. We're sensing a theme here.
Super Prince Of Persia
There have been many ports of Jordan Mechner's classic game, but the SNES version simply does it better with improved visuals, a stirring score and a lot more dungeon to make your way out of.
You can never have too many frantic arcade shooters, and U.N. Squadron is one of the best.
TMNT IV: Turtles In Time
Again, it'd be a rights nightmare, but any child of the 90s would have fond memories of this scrolling beat-em-up classic.
There are many RPGs that could make the cut. There's only one Chrono Trigger though, and all Nintendo would have to do is hand over the Yen to Square Enix. Surely that can't be that hard?
Donkey Kong Country II
You do get the first game in the series, but for many gamers, the sequel is where Rare perfected its ape-leaping formula.
He's such a groovy guy, and this is still a charming, offbeat platform game.
The SNES wasn't a sports powerhouse, but the simple and addictive Super Tennis stands out for its engaging multiplayer play.
Puzzle games don't come any better than this Bubble Bobble inspired match-3 game. It's been endlessly recycled and imitated since its inception, and it'd be seriously welcome.
Pocky & Rocky 2
A tale of a girl, a racoon, and bullet hell vengeance. No, really.
Bonus game: BS Zelda no Densetsu
If Nintendo can revive StarFox 2, then why not dip further into the old code banks and revive a game it only ever delivered on a time-limited basis to Japanese Satellaview gamers?
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