Nintendo has done it again, the “classic” brand lives on with the second installment of the nostalgia-fueled mini-console rerelease. The SNES Classic will be released on September 29th at $79.99, and will include 2 controllers, HDMI connection, and 21 of the system’s best games built-in.
The All Star Line Up of SNES Games
This time, the games are 16-bit, iconic, and perfectly curated. Nintendo has no shortage of iconic IP, so selecting the top 21 for a particular system is quite a feat.
The company delivers with these staples of the system:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars – Everything you loved about the Contra series with upgraded sound, graphics, and controls.
- Donkey Kong Country – The definitive experience of the SNES, developed by Rare, this game is the basis of so many subsequent titles.
- EarthBound – The most American of Japanese RPGs. Enjoy a bizarre quest with a boy and his friends. A must play especially for fans of Undertale.
- Final Fantasy III – The most Japanese of Japanese RPGs. Square’s sprite based turn based RPG. Good Luck.
- F-ZERO – Easily the most visually impressive racing game on the SNES. One of the first uses of Mode 7 followed by Mario Kart.
- Kirby Super Star – Classic Action-Adventure game with the lovable pink globe with a deadly hoover like inhale.
- Kirby’s Dream Course – Make Kirby a golf ball and make players clear a puzzle-filled course of enemies before the goal opens. Underrated fun.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – The Legend that set the formula for many games that followed. There is no game more aptly named.
- Mega Man X – The pinnacle of the Mega Man series. This game is a master class in good game design. Have fun with this addicting side-scroller.
- Secret of Mana – It is no Chrono Trigger, but it is another highlight of Squares RPGs of the system. Proof that Westerns can handle the Japanese RPG sequels.
- Star Fox – THE ORIGINAL STAR FOX. This game did to 3D graphics what Wii did to motion controls. Get ready for some fun-filled polygonal destruction.
- Star Fox 2 – Need a whole section for this one. Blown away. This is my Holy Grail.
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – Insane title, better game play. Haydukken … I mean HADOUKEN. oops.
- Super Castlevania IV– There is a Netflix series coming out about this. Get into it. 1/2 of the Metriodvania game genre.
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts – This is a remake of a NES game. Not just any NES game but the MOST DIFFICULT NES game.
- Super Mario Kart – The great-great-great-great- great grandfather of Mario Kart 8. This is the only way to get in a kart as Donkey Kong Jr.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Before Mario x Rabbids, Square had a shot at programming the worlds most famous plumber in this turn based RPG. You have a lot of RPGs to play.
- Super Mario World – Crown Jewel of Nintendo IPs. You will play it and love it even today. Pick up the slack Luigi.
- Super Metroid – The other half of the Metriodvania game genre. Another must play, intense fast paced shooter/platform.
- Super Punch-Out!! – Great fighting game, though the stereotypes have not aged well.
- Yoshi’s Island – I take it back: THIS is the definitive SNES game. (Sorry Donkey Kong Country) It’s Mario’s origin story, starring everyones favorite green Dino.
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Get ready for a blast of nostalgia as well as getting back to the core of some of Nintendo’s most popular IPs. Also be prepared to never look at current games the same, as many games, especially the new 2D platformers, borrow from this era. If these games are among your first gaming experiences, you will enjoy the depth of the selection of these games. If you have completed every game on this list the first time around, don’t worry, there is a whole new experience waiting for you!
Star Fox 2?! Yes, Please.
Nintendo/Star Fox/ Video Game fans will also be able to play a game that had not been officially released for the system, Star Fox 2. This game has been unofficially leaked in a playable beta form thanks to the Robin Hoods of the internet, but now we will have a completed experience.
The official release of this game from Nintendo comes as a complete surprise and makes the SNES classic worth the purchase. This game, at least in beta form, has a free roam element and transforming Arwing ship to a ground mech. It is unclear what elements will be in the completed game, but it will be a great experience to play. This game pushed the SNES to it’s limits, and though still looks polygonal in nature. The reason the game was cancelled was to focus on Star Fox 64.
Get Your Ship Together Nintendo
The good news is that you may be able to actually get a hold of an SNES Classic unlike it’s predecessor. In a comment on a Kotaku article a Rep from Nintendo said:
“We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.
Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content.”
This comment does not bode well for additional shipments beyond the first run. Likely, this console will also be discontinued like the NES Classic. Here is hoping that Nintendo has learned from the NES classic and we can all get our hands on one this fall. The Switch could also be a great home for these games and would be an welcomed addition.
What do you think? Is nostalgia enough to get this system off the shelf? What games did Nintendo miss? (Chrono Trigger, I mean come on.) Let us know in the comments below or on your social media of choice.
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