It seems inevitable now that Nintendo will release a Mini Classic version of the Super Nintendo for this holiday season, just like they did with the NES last year. And while some of us are still bitter that we won't be able to score an NES Mini, we're still excited (hopeful, even) for the SNES version. The SNES, after all, was even more central to this kid's childhood than its predecessor.
But which games should come pre-loaded on the device? Assuming that a SNES Mini will have about 30 games on it, which Super Nintendo games should be included? Here's our list of the top 30 games we're hoping to see on the SNES Mini Classic.
First and foremost, it goes without saying that the SNES Mini must have the following classics: Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Starfox, Super Mario Kart, and F-Zero. These first-party Nintendo titles are so distinctly SNES, so universally beloved, that their inclusion is simply obligatory, no question. Yoshi's Island, Pilotwings, and Mario Paint should ideally also be included, but they're perhaps not quite as essential as that first group.
On the third party side, there is a ridiculously long list of games we'd like to see, but here are some essentials: TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, Super Castlevania 4, NBA Jam: T.E., Mega Man X...and of course, there absolutely must be some version of Street Fighter 2! Our money's on Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting. Speaking of fighting games, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat 2 certainly deserve spots as well.
When it comes to RPGs, the Super Nintendo was an unparalleled powerhouse! Seriously, Nintendo could probably release a version of the SNES Mini with RPGs only. (Not that I should give them any ideas at this point.) The must-have titles include Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan), and Secret of Mana, not to mention Nintendo's own masterpieces, Super Mario RPG and Earthbound.
One thing we're still skeptical about is whether compilation games will be included. If so, Super Mario All-Stars absolutely must be on that thing! It's arguably the single greatest game cartridge of all time, so it can't be ignored. The charming combo of Tetris & Dr. Mario would also be nice touch.
Here's our full 30-game list in alphabetical order:
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country II: Diddy's Kong Quest
Final Fantasy II (actually IV)
Final Fantasy III (actually VI)
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Mortal Kombat 2
NBA Jam: T.E.
Prince of Persia
Secret of Mana
Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania 4
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario World
Tetris & Dr. Mario
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
Yoshi's Island: SMW 2
What do think of our list? Did we miss one of your personal favorites? Leave a comment and let us know. And hopefully we'll all get the chance to snag one of these come November. Then we'll be playing with power...Super Power!