SNES Classic Edition, the logical step up from the NES Classic Edition, is hopefully underway. As we have talked about before, Nintendo released a plug n’ play console in China called the iQue. It was an N64 with games built in, most of which are amazing. It’s not unreasonable to expect the next few generations of system to get the mini treatment. Recently, a patent was discovered that hinted at the possibility. Patents and rumors don’t amount to much, as fun as they are to speculate on, so instead of reporting rumor as fact, let’s simply talk about what we would like to see on the system.
Battle of the systems
The Super Nintendo, or Super Famicom as it’s known in Japan, came out in 1990. It sold a little over 49 million units, as opposed to the NES’ almost 62 million. This data is on physical units though, so data collected from the Wii Virtual Console up until now may show a shift in popularity. The Super Nintendo was a big step up in quality from the NES, but at the time parents weren’t used to the idea of a console generation and didn’t like the idea of having to buy a new system every couple of years. On top of that, the Sega Genesis had come out two years earlier and had a head start on it. Genesis already had a strong lineup of great games, and made a strong push towards sports fans by winning over Electronic Arts. EA strongly disagreed with Nintendo’s requirements for making games on their systems, such as how much of a cut they took, and so forth. They were more than happy to make a big break into console gaming, and even more so to be rivals with Nintendo. Not only that, but they knew Sega wanted their games, so they basically got to call the shots.
Sega’s own mini Genesis console
While the Genesis sold just under 31 million units, it was a big success. You might have heard that Sega brought out their own competition to the NES Classic Edition, but you would be misinformed. AtGames had already brought out several iterations of the Genesis before the mini NES. It has packed in games, and even has a cartridge slot. Something that the NES Classic could really use, but doesn’t have. Oddly enough, they advertise on the box that it has X amount of games, but only about half of them are actual games for the Genesis. All of the others are strange shovelware games that were never out on the system.
What games would you like to see on the mini SNES?
Here are my 30 personal suggestions/predictions. Most of these games are at least million sellers on the system, save for a few like Eartbound. Earthbound’s popularity is more of a cult following. Nintendo is aware of it, as they have brought out Earthbound Zero for the NES Virtual Console, and included Ness and Lucas in Smash Bros. While some of the games on this list are incredibly rare or expensive for a physical copy, most of these are available for a very affordable download in some form or another, so nothing on this list is totally outrageous.
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, and 3
Street Fighter II, Turbo, and Super Street Fighter II
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Mario Kart
Secret of Mana
Final Fantasy II and III
Super Mario RPG
Megaman 7, X, X2, X3
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Final Fight Guy, 2, and 3