We are all under the assumption that the NES Classic Edition will fly off the shelves and that Nintendo will rake in the dollars. Common sense dictates that Nintendo will want to bank on the success of these mini consoles and follow up with the SNES Classic Edition. Nintendo will play it safe with a majority of the games on there—I’m sure Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and so on will be part of the thirty pre-loaded games, but what about the less mainstream games? These are five games Nintendo should add to the line-up since most gamers may have missed out on them; I know I did.
5) Final Fantasy III, AKA Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy has become a video game staple due to the amazing past entries, most of which I’ve never really sat down and devoted a good chunk of time to. I plan on sinking many hours into Final Fantasy on the NES Classic Edition, and I hope that Nintendo will stick another Final Fantasy on a different edition. This is the Final Fantasy that stepped away from the fantasy world and delivered a steampunk world instead, laying the groundwork for the seminal Final Fantasy VII. I would appreciate the chance to play this on my flat screen television with the original controller in my hand, not having to squint at a tiny GameBoy Advance screen. I could die a happy man if Nintendo were to make this a reality. I love my flat screen tv thus I spent on one of the best ceiling tv mounts for flat screens.
I have only ever heard amazing things about this title, a Blade Runner-esque role-playing game; it sounds like perfection to me, kind of like a 16-bit Mass Effect. Based on the tabletop role-playing game of the same name, the game uses the roll of a dice to predict certain outcomes to your actions. The game takes place in 2050 and you play as an amnesiac trying to figure out who attempted to kill you. Just thinking about this makes me want to somehow get my hands on an overpriced cartridge with a burnt-out battery. Hopefully Nintendo will deliver me from that fate and add it to their next mini console.
3) Zombies Ate My Neighbors
This is another couch co-op game that I didn’t learn of until my 30s. I found a cartridge of it for the SNES, but I think I’m playing it wrong seeing as I never got a password from the game upon completing a level. Now that my SNES is tucked away and my Wii is broken, I have no way to play this game. Hopefully Nintendo will resurrect this lost cult classic—I can see myself plopping on my couch with a friend and tearing through this game in one night. I remember from what little I played that there are huge horror references and pop culture references that made me giggle, which is of course part of the old LucasArts charm. The over-the-top view and great colors will look amazing on my flat screen. If they don’t give us this game on the hypothetical new console, I’m definitely going to have to get my Wii fixed.
2) TMNT IV: Turtles In Time
My parents tried their best when purchasing video games for me: they had no idea what to get, but knew what I was a fan of, so they got me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Sadly it was the worst Turtles game ever made for a home console. This was the game with the unpassable water level that was made for the NES. Needless to say, Turtles in Time was the Turtles game to have. This was the game that I would push quarter after quarter into at the arcade, alone or with buddies. I remember how excited I would get when my dad would plop a few quarters into my hands so he could watch my play as Michelangelo and take on the Foot Clan. If this title makes it to the SNES Classic Edition, I’m getting two controllers so Dad and I can play like it’s 1991.
1) Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana is an insanely difficult game to find right now—the physical cartridge is difficult to find and very expensive. I’m also leery about downloading it to my Wii seeing as it still needs a nice fixing. Adding this title to the SNES Classic would give the mini console an amazing game that can be enjoyed with a friend, and if they do it properly, two friends. This Square title is a nice mix between The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. Everyone who played this title loved it—the music, the popping colors, the real-time battles and the unique Ring Command system. This system allowed you to pause a battle and make quick changes that would afford you a better path to victory. Secret of Mana has the top-down perspective that we all know and love, and I’m sure it would look great on an HD television. Here’s to hoping that Square and Nintendo can come to an agreement on tossing this game on there.
What obscure games would you like to see on a SNES Classic? Let us know in the comments.