ByMatthew Davidson, writer at Creators.co
A Nintendo/PC Gamer-Twitter: @sonofdavid777 Facebook: @mdavidsongames
Matthew Davidson

One of the biggest boons for owning a New 3DS is access to Super Nintendo games via Nintendo's Virtual Console. And since being announced last February, the 3DS has built an impressive library of games. Some of the best games for the system are available for it on Virtual Console, but there are a few gaps that still need to be filled in.

Here are seven games that could make the library for 3DS even better.

In no particular order:

1. Secret Of Mana

Secret Of Mana
Secret Of Mana
  • Release Date: August 6, 1993 (JP), October 3, 1993 (NA), November 24, 1994 (PAL)
  • Genre: RPG

Square was churning out classic after classic on the Super Nintendo in the ‘90s and Secret Of Mana was right at the top of that list. The sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure for , Secret Of Mana is a hybrid of Square's traditional Final Fantasy games and The Legend Of Zelda.

What's Great: It features a real-time battle system, coupled with fantastic music and sprite graphics. have only re-released one time, which was on the 's Virtual Console, but this a game perfect for 3DS. My fingers are crossed that they will bless us with a pixel-perfect port of this classic.

2. Super Mario RPG: The Legend Of The Seven Stars

Super Mario RPG: The Legend Of The Seven Stars
Super Mario RPG: The Legend Of The Seven Stars
  • Release Date: March 9, 1996 (JP), May 13, 1996 (NA)
  • Genre: RPG

Before Paper Mario or the Mario & Luigi series, there was Super Mario RPG: The Legend Of The Seven Stars for Super Nintendo: the original Mario RPG. Developed by Square, this was another late Super Nintendo release that is today revered by the Nintendo faithful. An RPG set in the Mushroom Kingdom was a brand new idea in 1995, and gamers couldn’t wait to get their hands on this one.

What's Great: To this day, after multiple Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi sequels, many tout as being the pinnacle of the series. It featured new characters Mallow and Geno, who we haven't seen in a Mario game since. Super Mario RPG did see a release on , so I am cautiously optimistic we'll see it on 3DS as well.

3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Release Date: August 5, 1995 (JP), October 4, 1995 (NA), October 6, 1995 (EU)
  • Genre: Platformer

This is not a Mario game, but a Yoshi game, and an important game in history. It was the last 2D platformer made before they released Super Mario 64, and you can see Yoshi’s Island’s influence in Super Mario 64 if you go back and play it today. The non-linear level design and the red coins being an example.

What's Great: Its whimsical, hand-drawn art style was the predecessor to games like Okami and : The Wind Waker. Yoshi’s Island was overshadowed by the Donkey Kong Country games when it first released, but has stood the test of time, and is today regarded as one of the best 2D platformers ever crafted.

4. Super Star Wars Trilogy

Super Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi
Super Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi
  • Release Dates: Super Star Wars: November 1, 1992 (NA), December 18, 1992 (JP), April 2, 1992 (EU)
  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: June 1, 1993 (NA), December 17, 1993 (JP), February 24, 1994 (EU)
  • Super Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi: June 22, 1994 (NA), March 30, 1995 (EU), June 23, 1995 (JP)
  • Genre: Action

One of the universal constants about video games and movies is that if you see a movie based on a video game, or play a video game based on a movie, chances are you’re going to be disappointed. However, Star Wars games have been a consistent exception to this rule over the years.

What's Great: The Super Star Wars games on Super Nintendo were impressive accomplishments in the early/mid ‘90s and were must-have games if you were a fan of the original movie trilogy. Granted, they didn’t follow the movies exactly, but they looked, played, and sounded terrific, and were three of the best games ever made for their era.

Star Wars games have come a long way in 20 years, but the Super Star Wars games have stood the test of time and are worth going back to.

5. Gradius III

Gradius III
Gradius III
  • Release Date: December 21, 1990 (JP), August 23, 1991 (NA)
  • Genre: Shooter

Since Konami has already put Gradius and Life Force on Virtual Console, it makes sense to release Gradius III as well, which was a launch title for Super Nintendo. did release it for Virtual Console on Wii.

What's Great: The 'shoot 'em up' genre is perfect for handhelds and Gradius III was up there as one of the best in spite of its slowdown and notorious difficulty.

6. Star Fox

Star Fox
Star Fox
  • Release Date: February 21, 1993 (JP), March 26, 1993 (NA), June 3, 1993 (EU)
  • Genre: Shooter

Given how quickly we got the rest of Nintendo's staple franchises, I'm a little surprised this game is not already available. Nintendo did a full remake of Star Fox 64 for 3DS, but the original Star Fox was one of the first games to feature polygon graphics on Super Nintendo using the system's Super FX chip.

What's Great: Yes, it looks dated by today's standards, but the gameplay is still rock solid and totally iconic. Plus, who wouldn't want to experience the genesis of Team ? Slippy needs your help!

7. ActRaiser

ActRaiser
ActRaiser
  • Release Date: December 16, 1990 (JP), November 1, 1991 (NA), March 18, 1993 (EU)
  • Genre: Platformer, City Building, Sim

A hack 'n' slash platformer with sim elements? That is what Enix attempted, and mostly succeeded, with one of the most overlooked games on Super Nintendo in ActRaiser.

What's Great: Beautiful sprite graphics that still look good complimented this God-sim meets action-platformer--two genres you don't typically seen thrown together. Square-Enix hasn't shown support for putting their games on 3DS Virtual Console yet, but ActRaiser is one that many would love to see available.

What About The Rest?

What? No games? No Chrono Trigger? I know, those are classics as well, but are available on many other systems. In fact, the Nintendo DS version of can be played on 3DS. With the exception of Yoshi's Island to Game Boy Advance, the games listed above have never been made available for a Nintendo handheld. It's time that changed.

I hope Nintendo remains consistent in their output for 3DS Virtual Console, and even expands it to Game Boy Advance in the last years of Nintendo's handheld 3D juggernaut.

What Super Nintendo games would you like to see on Virtual Console? Should Game Boy Advance be next? Let us know in the comments!

And, of course, there always is the new NES Classic - if you can get your hands on one.

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