These Games Would Make the SNES Classic Worth Buying

Days ago, the pre-orders began for Nintendo’s release of the Mini SNES Classic console and like many other nerds out there, I flocked to whatever website I could find that was selling the console. While I was searching for a site that wasn’t sold out, I came across the included games list, and at that moment my excitement dwindled. Here’s the official list:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

21 games in all. Upon looking at the list, there are some great titles in there. Mario, Star Fox, Kirby, Zelda and Mega Man are represented in some way or another, and there are other good titles to shore up the list. The problem I have, though, is that there are other titles that are more popular that were not included. Let’s assume that 21 is a fixed number based on the fact that the console can only store/hold so much data. So if that is the case, then on my dream list some of these games would have to go to make room for others that I think are more worthy. Which would I cut from the list? Just 3.

  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

I know, I know. Some people are going to have a problem with this, but honestly… in order to make room for new additions we have to remove what I would consider… “dead weight.”

So, what would I put in their place?

1. Chrono Trigger


A lot of people consider this to be the greatest RPG of all time, which is why I’m stunned this title was not included with this console.  It is even #2 on IGN’s Top 100 SNES Games list. The music, replay-ability, and the story make this a must have for any collector. So why would Nintendo neglect to include this?

2. NBA Jam


Over-the-top commentating, flying through the air for an amazing dunk, and taking those sweet 3-point shots from downtown. NBA Jam was one of the most popular sports games from the 90s. Yet, if you look at the lineup, Super Punch Out is the only title that represents the sports genre. NBA Jam could have been another great addition to round out the list but alas Nintendo dropped the ball on that one.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time


TMNT was huge in the 90s and this title was a great game to expand the franchise. If you look at the list, there is a lack of games with that “arcade-style” feel to them. Even though it has been decades since release, the gameplay still holds up after all this time.


Everyone is going to have their own “list” that they would rather see, but unfortunately… we are stuck with what we got. The reasons why the list was compiled the way it was is a secret locked behind many closed doors. Unfortunately, that decision-making is what kept me from ordering one of these machines. For $80 dollars, I expect to see a more well-rounded list with games from my childhood that helped shape me as a gamer today.







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