Last Christmas, the juggernaut company that is Nintendo released a “30 games in one plug in and play” miniature version of their very first home console: The Nintendo Entertainment System. A mix of nostalgia and intrigue saw the diddly console sell bucket loads. Unfortunately, due to a combination of incredible interest and a lack of product, a backlog of post-release pre-orders went unfulfilled, and the vast majority of people who wanted one were faced with the option of going without, or paying up to 4x as much from an online snake.
Those who got one, however, were so incredibly pleased. 30 games! Not all classics, granted, but enough to keep your interest over the holiday season and beyond. Zeldas, Marios, Techmo Bowl, there were a tonne of great times to be had with the little box. It’s just a shame not many managed to enjoy its flavours.
A year on, however, and Nintendo are doubling down on their storied history. While the Nintendo Switch struggles to keep up with the demand, Nintendo hope a second product will be enough to tide people over as they toil away at their newest creation.
Yes! The SNES has it’s own miniature on the horizon. The outrageously named “Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Nintendo Classic Mini” will arrive this September, this time with 2 controllers, and 21 games, 9 less than the NES Mini. Worth taking into account that there were about his many worthwhile games on the NES Mini, and the SNES titles were often longer and more in depth than the somewhat throwaway nature of the 8-bit games.
And there are some huge games to be played here. Final Fantasy 3 (6), A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country…Star Fox 2 is getting its first ever official release on the thing. Incredible.
I must say, however, there are some notable omissions from this particular list. And so, to capitalise on the internet traffic of the day, here are 5 SNES games that really ought to have been on the SNES Mini.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
This is a bit of a big one: for those that have read my incredible “about” section, you will know that the first game I ever played was Donkey Kong Country. DKC2, however, was the first game I ever truly loved. It’s a minor thing, but I always prefered controlling Diddy Kong over Donkey Kong. So when I found out there was a game that didn’t just have Diddy Kong, but had ANOTHER Kong, one that could fly using her ponytail, I just had to have it.
The original Donkey Kong Country is on the SNES Mini, and I will play it. But part 2 had this lovely pirate aesthetic, a really cool theme-park world, and the lumbering Donkey was nowhere to be seen. Wonderful game.
One of the big daddies of the Square Soft RPG arsenal, Chrono Trigger is a genuine shock omission. Both Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Secret of Mana, as well as Super Mario RPG, have made their way onto the microconsole, so it is a wonder why one of the most influential RPG titles of all time has been omitted.
I must say now that I haven’t personally played Chrono Trigger. I wasn’t too interested in RPG type games when I was first overseeing the SNES, and even managed to miss its DS and Wii re-releases. I understand it is available on iOS and Android, so that may be an option, however, for now, I will have to wait and see whether it drops on the eventual Switch Virtual Console.
With the recent success of indie darling “Stardew Valley”, I honestly assumed that Nintendo would look to capitalise on the latest wave of farming simulation fever. Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Harvest Moon, one of the most beloved cult series in gaming, misses out on an SNES Mini release.
I didn’t actually play Harvest Moon on the SNES, however I was all over A Wonderful Life on the Gamecube. I do plan on picking up Stardew Valley on the Switch, so I imagine that’ll scratch the virtual farm/business/life simulation itch I’ve been having of late. It is a shame, however, that the original Harvest Moon isn’t going to see a new audience.
Now this is a stunner. In recent years Nintendo have brought the Pilotwings franchise back from obscurity and into the limelight, somewhat. Be it the piloting mini-game on Wii Sports Resort, or the Nintendo 3DS launch title (Pilotwings Resort), the series has seen something of a revival after laying dormant for so long.
One would have assumed Nintendo would be keen to reintroduce their audience to the flight simulation series, however that doesn’t appear to be the case. Though I imagine Nintendo thought 2 (Star Fox and Star Fox 2) piloting games would be more than enough, Pilotwings holds a special place in the hearts of many, and I have to say I’m surprised it’s not on the list.
Techmo Super Bowl III: Final Edition
Probably more of a personal disappointment, this but I really hoped a Techmo Super Bowl game might make its way onto the SNES Mini after the original snuck on the NES counterpart.
Before the days of licensing exclusivity, or even Madden/2K in general, the undisputed king of the gridiron was Techmo Bowl. An easy to pick up arcade style American Football experience, Techmo Bowl was great. And I know it was great: I played it on the NES Mini. Those days are gone, and, most likely due to EA holding the licensing and likeness of the NFl, Techmo Super Bowl will not be making an appearance on the SNES Mini. Which is a shame, because having 2 controllers come with the console would have made for a great game to have come Super Bowl party time.
So there you have it, my top 5 titles missing from the SNES Mini. Would you agree? Let me know in the little comment thing below what you would have on the upcoming Microconsole. Who knows; maybe Nintendo will release extra titles for download?