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Two SNES Classic Edition Game Collections We Would Like to See

Bonus: We also imagine a (good) Genesis Classic Edition.

List by Jeremy Parish, .

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This article was originally published in December 2016. With the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: SNES Classic Edition reportedly under development, we thought we'd revisit our original lists. In the meantime, here's everything we know so far about the rumored successor to the NES Classic.

Most people haven't even been able to find an NES Classic Edition console yet, but, well, you know us nerds: Always eager to spend our money on the next thing. Nintendo has dropped some pretty heavy clues that the NES Classic Edition is the first in a series of mini-consoles, so we thought we'd save them the hard work of figuring out which games to include by presenting a list of essential 16-bit titles to include prospective Super NES and Genesis Classic Editions. No need to thank us, Nintendo... just make these happen, stat.

Further speculation ahead!
PAGE TWO: SEGA Genesis Classic Edition
PAGE THREE: Super NES Classic RPG Edition

Super NES Classic Edition

The obvious next step in this series would be a Super NES collection — not only does it follow logically from the NES, it would also give us a way to own these classic 16-bit titles without going impossibly into debt. Have you seen prices on Super NES games lately!? Even bare carts of games that sold millions of units are going for nearly the price that a brand new copy cost complete 20 years ago. Madness. Let's hope Nintendo can bring sanity back to civilization…

Axelay
This classic Konami shooter remains a fun showcase of the visual feats the Super NES hardware could perform in capable hands.

Contra III: The Alien Wars
Konami's answer to Capcom's Strider, in a sense: A seemingly endless string of over-the-top, cinematic setpieces, each more ridiculous (and challenging) than the last.

Donkey Kong Country
Though not as cleverly crafted as its sequels, the sheer historic weight of this platformer — which gave the aging Super NES against fancy new 32-bit consoles — merits a spot on any best-of roster for the console.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
The best-loved of Rare's 16-bit Kong trilogy, Diddy's star outing featured more inventive level designs, greater differentiation between its protagonists, and some brutally difficult challenges.

Final Fight 3
The most interesting of Capcom's three Final Fights for Super NES, this one may not be as well-known but offers the best playable cast, the nicest graphics and music, and the most entertaining cooperative play.

Killer Instinct
Every retro mini-console needs at least one stinker, and Killer Instinct can fill that role. Yeah, it looked pretty cool 20 years ago, but its pre-rendered graphics and shallow fighting mechanics have aged with all the grace of bad cheese.

Kirby's Dreamland 3
Arguably the Super NES's swan song, this charming hand-drawn platformer returned Kirby to the more simplistic style of his Game Boy adventures while introducing a cast of lovable animal companions to team up with.

Kirby's Super Star
Ostensibly a minigame collection, Super Star may be the ultimate Kirby creation, including a little bit of everything — including a cool metroidvania platform adventure that could have stood on its own as a full game release.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
One of the most influential games of all time, Link's third adventure refined the raw concepts of the early Zelda adventures into a brilliantly structured puzzle box of an action RPG quest.

The Lost Vikings
Blizzard's clever multiplayer platform puzzler has been largely forgotten by history, but its complex labyrinths remain incredibly engrossing for both solo and cooperative play.

Mega Man 7
Bringing some influence from the Mega Man X games back into the classic series, this hastily completed game has some rough edges but nevertheless bursts with wonderful details and surprising interactions.

Mega Man X
Arguably the pinnacle of the Mega Man franchise, X gave the aging series a much-needed shot of creativity. Every inch of this game is sheer perfection, from the structure to the stage design to the music.

Mega Man X3
While not as revolutionary as the original X, X3 pushes the Super NES to its limits — and its late arrival, scarcity, and built-in enhancement chip make it practically unaffordable otherwise.

Pilotwings
While this could have been little more than a Mode 7 tech demo, Nintendo's love and craftsmanship shine through here to create a varied, entertaining flight sim with a great payoff.

Pocky & Rocky 2
This super-charming top-down cooperative shoot-em-up is insanely hard to find these days, which is why including it on a mini-console like this would constitute a kindly public service.

Run Saber
Pretty much a straight-up Strider rip-off, and we're OK with that. Run Saber may not live up to the high standards of its inspiration, but it looks great and features some wild, imaginative level designs.

SimCity
Possibly the most interesting adaptation of Will Wright's legendary simulation ever, programmed internally at Nintendo and retrofitted with distinctly Nintendo-esque gracenotes.

Skyblazer
A largely overlooked gem back in its day, Skyblazer feels like some sort of wild lost Capcom classic and deserves a little more love.

Sparkster
Konami's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog, a brilliant action game in which your marsupial hero often becomes his own projectile.

Star Fox
Yeah, it plays a little rough now with its incredibly choppy frame rate and low-poly ships, but Star Fox still manages to entertain with branching paths and blatantly Star Wars-inspired combat scenarios.

Street Fighter Alpha 2
There's no way the Super NES should have been able to pull off a game like Street Fighter Alpha 2... but it did, and aside from some long load times and a few dropped animation frames, it plays exactly like you'd hope.

Super Castlevania IV
The kookiest, quirkiest Castlevania game wasn't so much a reinvention of the series as a weird side excursion. A unique spin on a familiar franchise.

Super Mario All-Stars
Four NES classics reworked with 16-bit polish. Nintendo has been reticent about reissuing this on Virtual Console, but it would be a crime for them to omit it on a mini-console.

Super Mario Kart
The original mascot racer and, by some accounts, the best. Classic track designs and loads of innovation make for a multiplayer racer that still holds up nicely.

Super Mario World
A perfect complement to Super Mario All-Stars, this game may have been one of the first releases for the Super NES, but it's still one of the best.

Super Metroid
The ship that launched a thousand indie games, Super Metroid's somber atmosphere and extraordinary world design make it every bit as playable today as it was when it debuted.

Super Street Fighter II
Capcom put three different versions of Street Fighter II on Super NES, and this third and final take was by far the most substantial.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
The final chapter in the Turtles' arcade-style brawler odyssey, the Super NES version may have lacked four-player simultaneous action, but it's tough to take issue with its gorgeous visuals and fun time-traveling settings.

Wild Guns
This cult shooter recently got a new lease on life thanks to Natsume's modern overhaul, but the original still has plenty to offer.

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2
Enough of the Game Boy Advance remake, Nintendo! The kids demand the original FX2-enabled version of this quirky platformer masterpiece.

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  • Avatar for touchofkiel #1 touchofkiel 4 months ago
    Aha! On that first page I was totally ready to say, "what's wrong with you Parish?! No RPGs?!"

    You got me. Holy hell that would be a great little console.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #2 jeremy.parish 4 months ago
    @touchofkiel Can you even imagine?
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #3 riderkicker 4 months ago
    Kat, please do a sports edition.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #4 SargeSmash 4 months ago
    Where my Tecmo Secret of the Stars at? ;)
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #5 SuperShinobi 4 months ago
    On the SNES I'd add Super Ghouls & Ghosts, Actraiser, F-Zero, Parodius, Gradius 3 and UN Squadron.

    The Genesis list could use more sports & EA games like the classic versions of NHL and Madden, Desert Strike and Road Rash, and some more shooters like Thunderforce and Hellfire. I wouldn't include the cut-down Genesis version of Outrun.

    I'd instantly pick The Revenge of Shinobi as the best Shinobi game. Shadow Dancer wasn't well received at the time and has a soundtrack somewhat resembling cacophony, in contrast to the beautiful and intricate Yuzo Koshiro melodies in Revenge. The UK mag Mean Machines gave the following scores to the Genesis Shinobi games: Revenge of Shinobi 94%, Shinobi 3 88%, Shadow Dancer 64%.

    What I'd really like would be a classic edition of the Saturn, PC Engine CD and Neo Geo, as the game prices for those systems are ridiculously high these days.
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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #6 WiIIyTheAntelope 4 months ago
    Shinobi 3 over Shadow Dancer any day of the week.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #7 jeremy.parish 4 months ago
  • Avatar for kidgorilla #8 kidgorilla 4 months ago
    Page 2 has a noticeable lack of Techno Soft stuff. Really, we could probably put together a solid shmup Genesis console in answer to an SNES RPG one with Thunder Force IV as the crown jewel
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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #9 WiIIyTheAntelope 4 months ago
    @jeremy.parish You could ride a horse in while fighting evil ninjas in Shinobi 3, good luck riding a dog and fighting ninjas at the same time
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #10 SatelliteOfLove 4 months ago
    "An excellent spin-off of Compile's classic Aleste series, this top-down shooter featured as much intense action as the console's hardware could reasonably accommodate."

    "As much intense action" and FACE-CRUSHING FM METAL.

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  • Avatar for MetManMas #11 MetManMas 4 months ago
    An SNES Classic console filled with RPGs...That'll always be the dream. Right up there with official English localizations of old Super Famicom games available for something other than mobile phones.
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  • Avatar for I-m-not-Daredevil #12 I-m-not-Daredevil 4 months ago
    A Gameboy Classic just makes too much sence. The nostalgia for the Gameboy might even be more intense then the NES nostalgia out there (I owned a Sega Master System before I owned an NES, but Gameboy never really had a competitor). Make it chargeable (no more 4x AA batteries!), backlit (so we can actually see the games) and pack in Pokemon Blue/Red - simple!
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #13 jeremy.parish 4 months ago
    @kidgorilla If the Genesis page seems shooter-light, that's because I also put together a TG-16 and PC Engine/CD dream list (which I'll run next week) that's about 90% shooters by volume.
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  • Avatar for robertchesley19 #14 robertchesley19 4 months ago
    For SNES:

    NBA Jam Tournament Edition (if at ALL possible, this game should be on the system)
    Super Off Road
    Super Mario RPG OR Chrono Trigger OR FF 6. One or two of those three.
    Ken Griffey's Winning Run (probably the best baseball game ever.)
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  • Avatar for robertchesley19 #15 robertchesley19 4 months ago
    @robertchesley19 That's what I get for only reading page 1. . lol...

    As for Genny, if they could get that Mcdonalds Treasure game on there.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #16 LBD_Nytetrayn 4 months ago
    I could do with a good Master System Classic Edition.
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  • Avatar for himuradrew #17 himuradrew 4 months ago
    I would totally buy both versions of the 2 SNES Classic editions. Joy!!
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  • Avatar for docexe #18 docexe 4 months ago
    These line-ups for a SNES Classic Edition are the thing of my wet dreams… but considering how unlikely is that Nintendo will ever get the rights to reissue some of these games (TMNT Turtles in Time, for instance), I would be sated with a mix of both. Hopefully they will actually produce a mini-console like this one (and hopefully they will produce it in enough numbers this time ¬_¬).
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  • Avatar for Fallout2 #19 Fallout2 4 months ago
    I´d probably buy that SNES RPG edition despite lacking time to replay all these gems.

    My dream version would also include RPGs that never had an official localisation but have unofficial translations:

    Secret of Mana 3, Romancing Saga 3 (and 2 and the original for good measure), Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean (on SNES, yes!), Dark Law and of course Bahamut Lagoon!

    Great article all in all! Donkey Kong Country 3 came out rather late, but to me it's easily better than the original and rivals the sequel as well (I prefer 3 for what it's worth though both are great games).
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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #20 Tetragrammaton 4 days ago
    Topical! Even if it's four months old.

    Turtles in Time is an inspired choice, and I'll second a desire to see Actraiser on a SNES classic. Maybe Marvel Super Heroes/War for the Gems? Can never remember the name of the second game.
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  • Avatar for pdubb #21 pdubb 4 days ago
    Maybe nostalgia has me remember them as better than they were, but I would love to have

    Road Rash
    Exosquad
    Beyond Oasis
    Chase HQ

    on a mini Genesis.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #22 Godots17thCup 4 days ago
    I'd like to have Ranger X on a theoretical Genesis Mini, if only confirm to myself that I didn't hallucinate that game, since I don't think it's ever been officially ported to anything since then.
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  • Avatar for siamesegiant #23 siamesegiant 4 days ago
    Props for including Shadow Dancer over the other Shinobi games. That game has always been my favourite. The level design is much tighter, and I've always been a dog person...

    I believe Alien Soldier got a PAL release, so there's an English translation out there. Would love a go at Terranigma too.
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  • Avatar for jimgamer #24 jimgamer 4 days ago
    Solid lists. I would like to see more shooters. On SNES Cybernator, Super Aleste, R-Type 3. On Genesis you have to have Thunderforce 3/4, Gynoug, and Gaires. Super Shinobi/Shinobi 3 over Shadow Dancer, and no Streets of Rage 2?!
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  • Avatar for helpfulmole #25 helpfulmole 4 days ago
    Throw in Ultimate Mortal Kombat and we got a flawless victory.

    Okay not really just wanted to say that.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #26 brionfoulke91 4 days ago
    Great list! You mentioned a lot of things that I would mention. Especially great to see Shadowrun on there, a dark horse RPG that is one of my favorites.

    I have two SNES favorites that I would add:

    Equinox. My favorite isometric game of all time, it took a great game in Solstice and improved on it in every way. Amazing ambient soundtrack, beautiful graphics, and really tough and memorable puzzles.

    Umihara Kawase: My favorite platformer of all time. Technically a Japanese only title and it's also on Steam now, but give it as much exposure as possible! The grappling hook mechanics feel incredible once you get them down and there is so much nuance and depth. And I love the game's surreal atmosphere.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #27 link6616 4 days ago
    @touchofkiel The no RPG version of the SNES is called the EU release. (Which is a little bit of an exaggeration, but not as much of one as you'd hope)
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  • Avatar for unoclay #28 unoclay 3 days ago
    Great list of many games which I've never checked out, even though I've had an SNES my whole life.
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