The SNES Is Back
and Here’re the Games
That Missed You
By Matthew Arcilla
The Nintendo Classic Mini, a mini-console that emulates the thirty plus year old Nintendo Entertainment System, was the device that everyone didn’t know they wanted. Everyone except Nintendo, of course. The NES Classic, as it came to be known, sold like hotcakes and the scarcity of units to demand drove fans of old school videogames were reduced to screaming, crying children.
Now here we are again with the Super NES Classic Mini, which brings the beloved 16-bit console forward into the present day by about twenty seven years. It’s a beloved console and rightfully so, with an expansive and diverse library that’s filled with classics that propelled the medium forward and created unforgettable memories.
And I say that as one of those heathen gamers who grew up mostly by the PC. The fact remains is that more likely than not, if you’re a gamer you have some fond memories of at least one or two SNES games. Well, here’re eight SNES games that missed you, and they’ll all be available withj the SNES Classic Mini when it releases on September 29 this year.
8. Secret of Mana
Back when I was in grade school, Secret of Mana was the JRPG that made me jealous it wasn’t on the PC. It was a bloody crown jewel, a game that let you hack and slash and explore a beautiful world with a friend or two, thanks to the co-op that supported up to two additonal players. It set itself apart from other JRPGs of its time with a real-time combat system and replaced streamlined menus with intuitive menu rings.
7. Star Fox
The first installment in the Star Fox series introduces to Fox McCloud and a team of zoo animals engaged in a space war against the forces of Andross. It’s like video game candy for those who loved Swat Kats and Bucky O’Hare. It’s also one of those special games that utilized the Super FX chip to create true 3D battles, making for some intense face-melting dogfighting action.
Probably the most bizarre curio to ship with the SNES Classic, this RPG received a less than great reception during its original release. Disastrous marketing and a cutesy look made for a misled public. Its unusual setting of a north American styled down featuring fairly ordinary kids trying to save the world has made it a cult classic, and its insane boss and ending melted most gamers’ brains. This is about as cult classic legend as it gets for the Super Nintendo.
5. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Street Fighter II is the legend that started the fighting game craze. Oh sure, other fighting games existed before, but it’s what made spinning kicks and flying fireballs part of the playground lexicon. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting is the definitive edition of the original game, with access to Vega, M. Bison, Balrog and Sagat for the first time. It was superseded a year later by Super Street Figher II with four new characters but Turbo is the game that will arrive with the SNES Classic.