Nintendo should release a SNES Classic Edition

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 17, 2016
Updated • May 22, 2018

When it comes to classic video game consoles, the SNES is my favorite one. The Sega Mega Drive / Genesis comes a good second running my all-time favorite games Shining Force I and II of that generation.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was the console of its generation thanks to the iconic games that Nintendo and third-parties like Konami, Capcom and Square -- oh, what have you become -- have released for the console.

The success of the NES Classic Edition, it sold out in no time and demand is higher than Nintendo expected, should pave the way for a SNES Classic Edition.

I never really played on the NES, and while games are certainly popular to this day, I prefer the 16-bit era thanks to better graphics, sound, and arguably also gameplay.

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The classic NES collection sold well. Mostly probably to gamers from around the world who played the NES in their childhood, but probably also as gifts and of course to resell the consoles on eBay and other marketplaces for profit.

It is my firm believe that Nintendo would be able to sell more SNES consoles than NES. A classic SNES would certainly be more expensive than the NES. Considering that you still pay a hundred and more Dollars for a classic SNES console on eBay and a couple of games for it, and even hundreds of Dollars for rare games, it would still be a bargain if the console would ship with a good selection of games.

What I'd like to see? Glad you asked. Before I go over the games, I'd like to emphasize that the console should come with an option to connect a multitap for four player (five actually) support just like the original. This is more expensive and all, but if you have ever played a four player game of Mario Kart on a tiny screen, you know how enjoyable gaming can be.

The games

This is my personal selection. I lean heavy on the RPG side of things, and less so on action games. Nintendo would probably go the action route more than RPG, shoot'em up or fighting, but one can hope, right?

  • Actraiser
  • Bahamut Lagoon (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Castlevania IV
  • Cho Aniki (just for the laughs)
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Donkey Kong Country 1-3
  • Earthbound
  • F-Zero
  • Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
  • Final Fantasy II and III
  • Final Fight 1-3
  • Fire Emblem Genealogy of Holy War (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Fire Emblem Mystery of the Emblem (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Gradius III
  • Harvest Moon
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Ogre Battle
  • R-Type III: The third Lightning
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Secret of Mana
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Star Ocean (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Street Figher II Turbo
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Star Wars
  • Super Turrican 2
  • Tales of Phantasia (saw no release outside Japan)
  • Terranigma
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

If you had to buy the games and a SNEs console right now, you probably spend upwards of 1000 Dollars for all of it provided that you can find them all in first place.

Closing Words

I'd preorder a SNES Classic Edition even if only some of the games listed above would be included. I'd hope Nintendo would make it extensible, so that it can release cartridges with multiple games on it as add-ons.

Now You: What about you? Did you buy the NES Classic Edition or want to? Would you buy a SNES Classic Edition?

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  1. Alexander said on December 31, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Shadowrun (!)
    Super Metroid
    Earthbound (!)
    Earth Worm Jim 2

  2. Anonymous said on December 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    uhhh KIRBY (and Aladdin too actually… Tetris Attack?) Super Mario All-Stars while we’re at it

  3. Mystique said on December 20, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Seeing as this is all a fantasy I would like to say that it would be great if Nintendo added some sort of eshop functionality in the SNES as there are already a few SNES games available there furthermore the ability to play your own old carts also as I do still have a SNES and it would be great to have a new console even though mine is very well maintained and still in its original box.

    Killer Instinct is an absolute must add game.

    I have purchased the NES classic mini and have a few controllers too. I actually managed to purchase 3 consoles. I have been told by Nintendo that they may be making more available next year I just hope it does not interfere with the manufacturing of the Nintendo Switch.

  4. giles said on December 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Still have at home the originals NES and SNES ;-)

  5. G Ro said on December 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Okay list, but slightly heavy on the RPGs. Megaman X is a must, Starfox would be a unique add-in and and Kirby Super Star is a fine representation for Nintendo’s properties. Also, throw in “Legend of the Mystical Ninja” for some action-humor.

  6. DD-Indeed said on December 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I’m in! SNES was part of my childhood and I’ve never really cared about NES, since it’s very clunky and the gameplay isn’t interesting. SNES is till this day, the best gaming console ever made (I personally put PS1 as the second on the list, even thou that had even bigger impact in my childhood). SNES was so well refined and designed, it still looks beautiful, is extremely reliable (one of the last consoles without any issues), has great games (when you have Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World-bundle on it, that’s only thing you need. Other good games on it are just a bonus). It was the last peak moment for Nintendo, they delivered a really good product with that.

    If they release SNES Classic box, it should include that Mario-game I mentioned and some other great titles mentioned on the comments and what’s more important, a HDMI-output with proper upscaler build it. Heck, they could even put better hardware inside to kinda like ”amp up” the game graphically even more, because SNES games look great on emulators.

  7. hirobo said on December 18, 2016 at 4:43 am

    SNES Starfox (Starwing in Europe) was the best game Nintendo ever produced. The second best was Super Mario Bros. 3. The rest I care not about. Wouldn’t want Classic SNES just to replay these two games.

    1. Doc said on December 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Super Mario Bros 3 was NES, not SNES.

      1. DD-Indeed said on December 20, 2016 at 12:23 am

        SMB 3 was released on SNES, it was included in the Super Mario All-Stars, which contains remastered editions of the SMB 1-3 + Lost Levels.

  8. dwarf_t0sss said on December 18, 2016 at 12:58 am

    The SNES is the best gaming console of all time.

  9. neal said on December 17, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Greatest of great games list. They are all good, but I would include more unique games for more diversity. More genres so that everyone will find something they like. I love JRPGs, Final Fantasy 3 or 6 in Japan is my favorite game of all time beside being time sinks, but the SNES had all types of good games of other genres to highlight.

    Some changes:
    1. I would only include one final fight. Probably the first one. 2 was mediocre all around. 3 had better mechanics, but it doesn’t have as good level design as the first one.
    2. Cybernator from Konami. Pretty unique title and very different all other titles.
    3. NBA live 97 – Great title, simple mechanics still fun today
    4. Demon Crest – Overlooked title in the golden age of capcom platforms, probably the best of all of them. Expensive to buy today would allow new generation of players to appreciate the title.
    5. Axeley – Arguably the greatest SNES Shmump. Mode 7, 90’s game soundtrack, great gameplay
    6. Shadownrun – Best Western SNES RPG
    7. Lost Vikings – Greatest Blizzard game before they went almost all PC
    8. Megaman X. Arguably best 2D megaman
    9. Hagane- Obscure gem in the tradition of hard as nails action platforms.
    10. Wild Guns- Arcade action, probably the last of its kinds and arguably the best. Steampunk anime setting, fun even today.

  10. Yuliya said on December 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    + Killer Instinct, Flashback, Super Mario RPG :) Loved SNES and it had the best controller. I still haven’t finished Donkey Kong Country 3, but I do plan in doing so, some day.

  11. anonymous said on December 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Four player ports? That was for N64.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

      You are right. Two ports, but you could connect a super multitap to raise that to five.

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