With the (hopefully) true rumors that the SNES Classic will be coming out this Christmas. I felt an urge deep within my belly to compile a top 10 list of my dream games for the system. It’s hard narrowing it down to 10 but that’s what we’re going with. I’m not going to include Super Mario World, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, or Donkey Kong because let’s be serious, they’re gonna be on there no matter what. I’m picking 10 games I love, and hope that they get ported. Anyways lets get to it!
#10 – Chrono Trigger
You thought this was going to be #1 didn’t you? It pains me to put this in the 10th spot. Chrono Trigger is my absolute favorite game on the SNES, but it had to be done. It’s been re-released on the Playstation, Nintendo DS, and Wii store; there’s no shortage of love for this game. I definitely hope they include it on the console, and that’s why it’s on the list; but I felt it was my duty to give the top spotlight to some of the other games I love that don’t really get the attention they deserve. You know I love you Chrono Trigger…..please don’t be mad.
#9 – Super Castlevania IV
This was actually my first foray into the Belmont clan legacy. I had heard of the Castlevania series before but never gave it a chance. It was my first time going to Blockbuster (hop on my time machine if you will). The walls were filled to the brim with games, as a kid I didn’t know where to start. TMNT IV – Turtles in Time was completely rented out, so Dad told me to pick another one. This was the game I picked. I can remember spending hours fighting the minions of Dracula, trying to master everything it had to offer. I’m still a Castlevania fan to this day (love the side scrolling ones) I even made a little guide for the secret area locations (I know, you don’t have to tell me I’m cool).
#8 – The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
A game about Mickey Mouse making the list? Madness! In all seriousness though, this was a solid side scrolling platform game from Capcom, with some really great graphics for its time. You were given different outfits for different levels. You could be a Magician, Firefighter or Rock Climber. Each outfit had certain abilities, like the Magician had the ability to breath underwater or fly a magic carpet. It’s cute and gorgeous with some well executed gameplay. It would be a welcome addition.
#7 – Mega Man X
Mega Man X was the first time you actually got to upgrade your character. You went from the typical Blue Bomber, to full on, power armored bad ass. The 4 pieces of armor were hidden but once found they provided you with some much needed assistance. It was the typical Mega Man formula, with the boss levels and boss fights you’d come to expect; but the new armor and the introduction of your sidekick Zero helped make it something all its own.
#6 – Super Mario RPG
A Squaresoft game that’s based off the Mario universe? At first glance you’d think they were playing with fire. However, this ended up being one of the greats on the SNES. The turn based combat with timed button presses for stronger attacks worked well. The story was hilarious and gave you the chance to have Princess Peach and Bowser on your team. There’s even a cool hidden boss straight out of a Final Fantasy game (music included). It would be crazy for Nintendo to not include this one.
#5 – Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose!
As a kid, Tiny Toon Adventures was a classic show I’d watch after school. As a game, this was a great Konami side scroller. The graphics made you feel like you were playing the cartoon. You play as Buster, sprinting through levels, collecting stars. The game was actually pretty difficult, but you had passwords to save your progress. The football level is the most memorable to me, choosing to run or pass was nerve wracking in my youth. It’s pretty obscure so I’m not holding my breath that it will be added to the system, but one can hope.
#4 – Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana is a great action RPG and a solid co-op game. If we don’t end up getting the Seiken Densetsu Collection on the Nintendo Switch, it would be awesome to be able to play this on consoles again. There was a port on IOS which is fine, but I’m a purist. I’d love to be able to play couch co-op with a bud.
#3 – Final Fantasy 3
Yes, you can Suplex a Ghost Train. If that doesn’t make you want to play the game, I could mention it’s one of the best RPGs of all time. Released on the SNES as Final Fantasy 3 (it’s actually the 6th entry in the series). It has one of the most memorable villains of any game and a story that will give you a full range of emotions. It’s beautiful and deserves an HD remake. But for now, lets hope they include it on the SNES Classic. More people need to know that there were Final Fantasy games before 7. Yes, they do exist……. seriously.
#2 – Secret of Evermore
This one is a hidden gem from Squaresoft. It’s only ever seen a release on the SNES (Japan didn’t even get it for the Super Famicom). It follows the same combat system as Secret of Mana, with the ability to create spells based on materials you find laying around. The story takes place in a bunch of different worlds; Steampunk, Prehistoric, the whole gamut. Your dog even changes its breed based on which world you’re in, and helps you fight in battle. It’s a unique adventure that totally deserves a spot on the system.
# 1 – TMNT IV: Turtles In Time
The time I spent playing this game…. man, I can’t even begin to calculate it. I would spend all my quarters at the arcade playing the original arcade version and this one. The day I found out it was coming to the SNES, I flipped. I had to have it. When it launched, it was a game that my friends and I would always go back to. This is Konami at its best. Total side scrolling, beat ’em up perfection. It was only 2 player co-op on console but who cares, it’s so much fun. If you’re searching for a copy on Ebay, you’re typically looking at dropping a minimum $100 on it. If it’s available on the SNES Classic, it would just be a whole lot easier (and cheaper) for everyone to have a chance to play this great game.
So that’s it! Did any of your favorites make the list? If not, let me know in the comments below which ones you would love to see on the system. – NVJ