Look I’m not saying the Nintendo SNES is absolutely going to happen. I’m saying it should happen.
It should happen because it’s greatest console of all time, and the market for something like this clearly exists.
It should happen because I think about the games Nintendo could put on a device like this and I literally get giddy inside.
So I decided to make a list.
So here, for your consumption, is my list. Nod your head in agreement, get furiously angry and tweet me the games I missed. But mostly remember how incredible the SNES was and what an incredible time it was to play video games.
No particular order, but my favourite games are sorta at the top!
1. Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
It’s probably my favourite game ever made, so yeah. Should be on the list! It’s seamlessly designed, effortlessly charming, beautiful and (most importantly) utterly timeless.
2. Super Mario World
Still my favourite 2D Mario game. There’s something unique about it. The movement, the jumps, the level design. It feels more unhinged and inventive than other 2D Mario games. I love it.
3. Street Fighter II
Completely changed my life. Made me obsessed with video games. Most important fighting game ever made.
4. Super Metroid
I mean Jesus Christ Super Metroid is amazing. In terms of pure design it’s flawless. I’ll never tire of being in that universe.
5. Yoshi’s Island
The scale and ambition of the level design is just otherworldly. I dunno if any game has matched it since.
6. Donkey Kong Country
Perhaps not as good as the sequel (in hindsight) but at the time… this was the game.
7. Secret of Mana
The ending, the flying, the world. I doubt it has aged well (haven’t played in decades) but for pure nostalgia reasons this game makes my list.
8. Final Fantasy VI
It’s still the best Final Fantasy ever made, right?
9. Chrono Trigger
And this is probably still the best JRPG ever made. I replayed it on the DS a while back and was astonished at how well everything held up.
Also: that soundtrack.
10. Super Mario Kart
Still the best Mario Kart game ever made.
11. Mega Man X
Probably the best Mega Man game ever made.
I’m seeing a pattern here.
12. Zombies Ate My Neighbours
People tend to forget about this game, but it was one of the all-time best on the SNES. Incredibly inventive, funny and well put together.
13. Super Bomberman
With four players this remains masterful.
Or Uniracers, or whatever it was called in your region. I love this game. I know there’s weird legal issues surrounding this one, I wish they’d get fixed so a sequel can get made.
Was it Starwing or Starfox in Australia? Either way this game has not aged well, but it was such an important game at the time. Would feel weird if it didn’t make the list.
This was a launch title if I remember correctly? This game — and this series — still resonates. It’s been too long since we’ve had a sequel.
17. Super Tennis
Most people wouldn’t add this to their list, I suspect. But I have, because Super Tennis was awesome. The end.
18. Super Mario RPG
I always forget this game existed. It was very good.
If it wasn’t for Way of the Exploding Fist, I’d argue that Shadowrun is the best game ever made in Australia.
20. International Superstar Soccer
It was the greatest football game ever made up until that point.
21. Super Ghouls N’ Ghosts
Dark Souls is a walk in the park compared to this shit. Jesus wept.
22. Contra III
Another minor classic people tend to forget about. I’d love to replay this again.
23. Super Mario All-Stars
I dithered about adding this, mainly because it meant putting Super Mario World in the list twice, but seriously… this package was incredible.
24. Super Castlevania IV
It’s Castlevania. One of the good ones. Probably not the best one, but it belongs on the list regardless.
26. Rock n’ Roll Racing
Hey, remember when Blizzard made a goddamn racing game for the SNES.
An acquired taste, but I always loved Pilotwings.
28. Mortal Kombat II
The original Mortal Kombat was a bit weird on the SNES and this series was always more of a Mega Drive thing, but still. This was an instant classic.
29. Donkey Kong Country II: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Probably the best of the early Donkey Kong Country games,
30. NBA Jam
Come ahn, indulge me on this one. NBA Jam was immense.
I’m aware you probably have opinions on this. Please shove them down my throat in the comments below!