Nintendo’s game console ‘NES Classic Edition (hereafter NES Mini)’ went on sale last November.
It is a replica of the 1983 original console that fits in the palm of your hand and has 30 popular titles loaded onto it. The nostalgic Nintendo fans embraced the product and it went on to become a big hit.
There was a continuous stock shortage and Nintendo announced that they would halt production of the NES Mini…! However, the word ‘temporarily’ was included in the press release.
Will the SNES Mini be announced!? What about the compilation titles?
Amidst the mournful voices at the sudden announcement, domestic and foreign media have predicted a successor. Considered to be the most promising is the next generation of the family computer, ’SNES’ the mini version (hereafter, SNES Mini).
For argument’s sake, let’s say that the information is true. Then the real question is: What games will the console have? Our friends at KAI-YOU, in collaboration with the game-loving writer Daisuke Sugiyama（@doku_sho) have put together a list of predicted titles!
Discovered from the NES Mini Trend! 30 Carefully Selected Titles
EarthBound (MOTHER 2)
Kirby’s Dream Course (Kirby Bowl)
Donkey Kong Country (Super Donkey Kong)
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Mario’s Super Picross
Kirby Super Star (Kirby’s Fun Pak/Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe)
Banshee’s Last Cry (Kamaitachi no Yoru)
Final Fantasy V
Live A Live
Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2)
Clock Tower (1995)
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Mega Man X (Rockman X)
Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts (Choumakaimura)
Castlevania (Akumajou Dracula)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (Contra Spirits)
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyushutsu Emaki)
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Sugiyama believes that these titles are the strongest contenders. From the standard Super Mario series to fighting games and shooting, you can see that the majority is made up of RPGs. SNES was one of the reasons that the Japanese RPGs are so popular in the west.
Now then, Mr. Sugiyama, what was the basis for your selection?
Daisuke Sugiyama: On the Nintendo game consoles Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U, there is a service called Virtual Console through which you can play software from older game consoles. This time, all the titles I chose are popular games that are currently being distributed through the virtual console.
In fact, all the games offered on the NES Mini are offered via virtual console. Simulating a game is a lot of hard work, and they also have to close resale deals for software from other companies, so I think it is fair to assume that they will chose games from the easy-to-organize virtual console games.
If I were to choose from non-virtual console games, I would say Dragon Quest V and Yoshi’s Island. These two works have a mobile hardware version so the contents are probably not too heavy.
The SNES Mini is predicted to be a hit even though it still hasn’t been announced. The writer of this article would like to play games developed by Quintet such as Illusion of Gaia (Illusion of Time/Gaia Gensouki) or Robotrek (Slapstick). (They most definitely won’t be included though…)
Which SNES game do you want to see in the mini console?