With a new report claiming Nintendo already has plans to release an SNES Classic edition, we thought we’d revisit this wishlist of games we’d want to see be a part of the 32-bit console’s revamp, first published in November 2016.
Nintendo has just launched the NES Classic Edition, a pint-sized update of its 1985 console that allows you to play 30 of the system’s best games. With its tiny form factor and and updates that make life easier—like save states and hardware updates that make playing on a modern HDTV seamless and easy on the eyes—it’s already proving to be a huge hit, selling out just about everywhere.
That got us thinking about how Nintendo might expand the Classic Edition lineup in the future, and there was one glaringly obvious opportunity: the Super Nintendo. Nintendo could quite easily pull the exact same stunt with the NES’s 1990 follow-up, putting out a miniaturized version of the console with updated controllers, TV support, and a selection of the best games packed in. We thought we’d offer Nintendo a list of suggestions for what games to include. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve limited it to 30, the same number offered on the NES Classic Edition, but there are so many great SNES games out there it was hard to narrow the list down.
If you’ve got games you’d like to see that didn’t make the cut for our list, feel free to add them in the comments below.
Without further ado, here are the 30 games we’d love to see on the SNES Classic Edition:
A strong focus on character development, side quests, and multiple endings put Chrono Trigger far ahead of its time in terms of storytelling in games and made it an all-time great.
Donkey Kong Country
One of the best all-around games of the era, Donkey Kong Country was a terrific platformer, had one of the best soundtracks on the SNES, and was one of the first games to use pre-rendered 3D graphics.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Arguably the best game in the series, A Link to the Past fleshed out the Zelda canon, had a dozen temples to explore, and both the Light and Dark World for you to travel between.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose
This addictive platformer combined all the humor from the kids cartoon with the difficulty of other games from the era to create a surprise classic.
EarthBound‘s extraordinary circumstances set in a rather ordinary world and offbeat humor would serve as the inspiration for many modern RPGs.
Super Mario World
The pack in game for the SNES was also one of its best. Super Mario World perfected the formula begun in Super Mario Bros. 3, and it introduced our dino pal Yoshi.
A slew of Marvel-licensed video games hit the SNES over its lifespan, but this recreation of the classic Spider-Man storyline was one of the most satisfying beat ’em ups of the era.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
This hilarious LucasArts game has you taking on aliens, werewolves, and—yes—zombies as you attempt to save your neighbors.
Using the Super FX chip to create the first accelerated 3D experience on a home console, Star Fox paved the way for polygon use in graphics, and had stellar on-rails action to boot.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
The final collaboration between Square and Nintendo before Square moved to the PS1, this RPG had cutting edge graphics and combat that has fans still clamoring for a proper sequel to this day.
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
A reimagining of the arcade game, taking on classic bad guys from the popular 80s cartoon alongside a friend defined many children’s memories with the SNES.
Completely different from the Sega version of the game, the SNES Aladdin was the superior of the two, focusing more on platforming and traversal than combat.
Super Star Wars
Recreating the best scenes of the movie via run and gun and platforming gameplay, your world changed forever for the better when you got the lightsaber.
Super Street Fighter II
Beginning Capcom’s long history of updating our favorite games repeatedly over a single console generation, this third version of the classic fighter introduced T. Hawk, Cammy, Fei Long, and Dee Jay.
Ported from the arcades, the highly entertaining 2-on-2 basketball action was easy to pick and play with friends and lent itself to instant rivalries in the living room.
Super Castlevania IV
In many ways this was a recreation of the original Castelvania, but more control over Simon Belmont and his whip made this an instant favorite.
Nothing makes an amazing racing game quite like hover-cars. F-Zero set the bar for high-speed racing, while delivering memorable racers like Captain Falcon.
Final Fantasy VI
One of the most amazing RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VI (released as Final Fantasy III in the United States) is a must-have game on any SNES list.
Building off of the NES classic, Super Punch-Out!! marks the return of Little Mac against a bevy of hilarious enemy boxers.
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
Take control of five of your favorite X-Men in this game, each with their own unique powers to help you take down the mighty Apocalypse.
Samus is the queen of action and platforming, and Super Metroid finds her at her finest. See what set the tone for an entire genre of games to come.
Mega Man X
A new Blue Bomber in an even more distant future must take down Sigma and his Maverick army. This game included new ways to explore, including dashing and wall-climbing, combined with classic Mega Man shooter action.
The Lost Vikings
Utilize the abilities of three adventurous vikings as you work your way through this puzzle-platformer from Blizzard Entertainment.
Beautiful level design complimented with crisp controls and a sense of humor make Earthworm Jim another game that you simply must play.
It’s time to get creative with this outside-the-box title. Not so much a game, Mario Paint has you make your own music, create your own art, and more.
Take back the streets and save your loved one in this classic beat-em-up. Don’t forget to pick up a pipe—it’s dangerous out there.
Rock n’ Roll Racing
This title has you not just trying to make it to the finish line, but also to survive! Spend your winnings on upgraded weapons to be the ultimate racer.
Secret of Mana
An early Square RPG, Secret of Mana features intense real-time battles contrasted by a gorgeous soundtrack.
Tend to the crops and maintain the farm in Harvest Moon. You’ll want to optimize every acre to get the best harvest!
Breath of Fire
Another amazing SNES RPG for the list, but in this one you can turn into an awesome, fire-breathing dragon!