My List for the 30 SNES Mini titles + a Wager

In case you haven’t heard by now, the rumor mill is going a little crazy after Eurogamer announced Nintendo might be in the works of releasing a SNES Mini Classic much like they did with their original entertainment system this past winter.

With such rumors run the media outlets to speculation of what the game line up would be and this gamer as well. But this time, rather than just throwing a list of games together and moving on, there shall be a fire fight! A small competition with fellow blogger, podcaster, and video game enthusiast Jared Waldo. Each of us would slap together a list of 30 possible titles that may or may not appear on the rumored SNES Mini and the person with the most correct answers wins. What do they win? We haven’t decided yet. On with the list!

The “Sure Bets”

  1. Super Mario World
  2. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Story
  3. Super Metroid
  4. Starfox
  5. F-Zero
  6. Pilotwings
  7. Super Punchout
  8. Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past, the
  9. Kirby Superstar
  10. Super Stunt FX
  11. Mario Kart

These are the games that are more than likely going to be staples on the console. Hard hitting, first party, extremely popular (well maybe not Super Stunt FX) titles that will be the reason people buy the console in the first place. Games that we remember from our childhoods that we still carry a warm place in our hearts for. I’m still on the fence with the Kirby title. I choose Superstar mainly due to the fact it’s one of my favorites. I feel Kirby will grace us with his presence it might just not be this particular title.

The “Good Possibilities”

12. Donkey Kong Country

13. Donkey Kong Country: Diddy’s Kong Quest

14. Super Castlevania 4

15. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

16. Final Fantasy VI

17. Contra 3: the Alien Wars

These titles are basically handed picked sequels of games that appeared on the NES mini so it would make sense that their followers would show on the next one. Plus these are great games. Who wouldn’t want to play them?! Again, I would have liked to see Final Fantasy IV on this list, but let’s face it, it appears to be only my favorite Square RPG.

The “2-Player Games”

18. Super Tecmo bowl

19. Final Fight

20. Joe & Mac

21. Uniracers

22. Yoshi’s Cookie

Who doesn’t like good couch competition? The one thing that the SNES can not really benefit is from those arcade ports that the NES saw in an abundance of. So games like Bubble Bobble, Gradius, Galaga, and Pac-Man enjoyed their life on the NES and didn’t really see the same sort of visual on the SNES. So many of these games will be ones that people have never heard of or some odd sports titles. I don’t expect to see the likes of NBA Jam because Nintendo would have to renegotiate those terms and for something that’ll only be in production for six months, who would go to those lengths?

The “Hidden Gems”

23. Pitfall: the Mayan Adventure

24. SimCity

25. Secret of Mana

26. Breath of Fire

27. Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Any of these titles on this list you may have heard of but you need to remember: Nintendo is pitching these consoles to the general population. No one has heard of/played Breath of Fire in the general public. If you have, then you probably already own it and the rest of these games on this list so why buy the SNES Mini anyway? Because you’re a collector, that’s why. And the ones you have heard of you probably never played on the SNES. Take for instance SimCity. This was the first title in the Sim series I’ve ever played and it’s still the one I go to when I want to build a virtual city. That’s right: mouse controls on a gamepad. Just like god intended.

The “Never Gonna Happens”

28. Mario RPG

29. Earthbound

Yes, we did get Earthbound on the Virtual Console for the Wii U but what else did we have to play on that console? Wind Waker? You gonna play Wind Waker again? Yes, you will. And Mario RPG? Never gonna happen. Because Nintendo hates us. That’s why. Which leaves my ace in the hole.

The “Golden Goose”

30. Mario Paint

Nintendo has deprived their fan base without a proper port/sequel of the beloved Paint series for far too long! That nod in Mario Maker is bullshit. I’m tired of it. And I know what you’re thinking: you can’t hook a Wiimote up to it. There’s no mouse peripheral. And you’re right. But I’m not here for the paint, I’m here for the music composer. The part of Mario Paint the took the majority of my play time. Having an app that allows you to easily create music struck a chord with me. As someone who never was that musically inclined allowed me to explore the different sights and sounds of the electronic sheet music to create life long songs that no one but myself will hear.

There you have it. 30 games I’d like to see on the rumored SNES Mini that may or may not see the light of day but probably will because why wouldn’t it? It’s an instant cash cow.

Let me know in the comments which games you’d like to see.