That's right. Remember the NES Classic Edition, the miniature NES emulator that was so popular that Nintendo literally discontinued it? Well, turns out Nintendo is planning on making an SNES version, too.
A report from Ben Kuchera at Polygon reveals the SNES Classic Edition will be out sometime around Christmas 2017. Eurogamer also has reported that the device's development has already begun, with the site suggesting that the NES Classic Edition was pulled from production to make way for the SNES Classic Edition.
That's a big deal for many reasons. Keep in mind, the NES Classic Edition came with 30 games, pre-installed right into the system, with exclusive titles between the Japanese, North American, and PAL regions. Which means, yes, the SNES Classic Edition will most likely have over two dozen games from the start. That's pretty awesome.
What games could arrive on the upcoming SNES Classic Edition? It's anyone's guess, but there are a few games that seem like prime territory for the system.
1. Super Metroid
- Release Date: April 18th, 1994
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Review Quote: "What really distinguishes this game is its storytelling — Super Metroid is cinematic in its approach, using a combination of textual, audio, and visual cues to tell its story." — Kevin Wong, Kotaku, 2014
Super Metroid continues to be one of the most iconic releases in the Metroid series, and remains popular today with both series fans and SNES owners alike. The game stars bounty hunter Samus Aran as she fights Ridley, a Space Pirate who has stolen a Metroid larva for his own nefarious reasons.
Like the original game, Samus explores through an open-world full of enemies and challenges, becoming more powerful along the way as the player grabs power-ups. However, the mixture of refined gameplay, atmospheric exploration, and immersive storytelling capabilities has made Super Metroid one of the best games on the SNES. Definitely bring it to the Classic Edition, Nintendo.
2. Donkey Kong Country
- Release Date: November 21st, 1994
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Original Review Quote: "Donkey Kong Country is simply the best game out there. No other game comes close in terms of graphics, playability, and sound." — EGM, 1994
Developed by Rare, Donkey Kong Country took DK and Diddy Kong through Donkey Kong Island, fighting back against King K. Rool in a world made from 3D-stylized sprites. Players quickly fell in love with the game, which combined side-scrolling platforming with hidden collectibles found throughout levels.
The game's graphics were a major selling point at the time, featuring 3D-esque sprites that later became standard. And Donkey Kong Country's gameplay not just put Rare on the map, it also demonstrated the clever and colorful capabilities of the developer in creating games that were fun for all-ages, but held plenty of depth for older players.
- Release Date: June 5, 1995
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Original Review Quote: "I must say, this game has a great story-line, lots of humor, and is highly addicting. While I still maintain it will appeal most to younger players, I recommend Earthbound to anyone who enjoys an RPG for content over visual stimulation." — Skid, Die Hard Game Fan, August 1995
Ahh, EarthBound. Released in the US in 1995, EarthBound features a quirky sense of humor mixed with satirical RPG gameplay that takes an age-old Japanese role-playing format and turns it on its head. The game's humor and gameplay didn't win over many fans in the US at the time, and despite the Mother series's popularity in Japan, EarthBound only served as a cult classic for years. That changed by the early 2000s, with EarthBound slowly becoming one of the most iconic games on the SNES to date.
It's been a bumpy ride convincing Nintendo to release the Mother series in the West. With EarthBound out on the Virtual Console, alongside EarthBound Beginnings, releasing the games with the SNES Classic Edition would send a strong message to Nintendo: Mother fans in the US want to continue supporting the franchise (and want to see Mother 3 release in the US, please!).
4. Chrono Trigger
- Release Date: August 11th, 1995
- Publisher: Square
- Review Quote: "Chrono Trigger is, and will always be, one of the most unforgettable RPG experiences ever to grace a video game console. Even the first time you play it, you'll immediately know that you're experiencing something special that you're not likely to forget." — Corbie Dillard, Nintendo Life, 2011
Now this is one iconic video game. Chrono Trigger was developed by the "Dream Team" of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Dragon Quest's Yuji Horii, and Dragon Ball manga artist Akira Toriyama, and it's still considered one of the best role-playing games of all time.
Chrono Trigger throws the player into an RPG fantasy world, doing battle with enemies in a story drawing together characters from across time. Time travel features heavily throughout the story, for that matter, as the player ventures everywhere from the Middle Ages to the far-off future to 1999. Between the game's story, exploration, combat, and characters, Chrono Trigger felt like a mature RPG that demonstrated the genre's capabilities, and it still continues to do so today. For sure, the game would be very welcome on the SNES Classic Edition.
5. Super Mario World
- Release Date: August 13th, 1991
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Original Review Quote: "You've never been anywhere like Super Mario World! It's the setting for the latest, greatest adventures of the Koopa-crushing champ, Mario, and it's all new for the Super NES!" — Nintendo Power, October 1991
If you don't remember the original Super Mario World then, well, you just didn't own the SNES correctly. The game came with many copies of the SNES and was part of the system's original launch.
Super Mario World brought Mario to the Dinosaur Land. Joined with his friend Yoshi, Mario explores the island, attempting to save Princess Toadstool against the evil Bowser. The addition of Yoshi along with the added gameplay improvements, sick graphics, and catchy soundtrack made this one of the most iconic games in the Super Mario franchise, with Flash makers around the world borrowing its sprites for years during the 2000s.
Seriously, Super Mario World needs to be on the SNES Classic Edition, and it's pretty much a given that it will.
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