This is just my opinion. Don’t get me wrong. The idea is wonderful. A miniature retro console packed with the best games to be released on it, all in HD and for an affordable price? It is amazing!
But it really is only amazing for people who missed out on these consoles. People who already owned the NES and SNES aren’t really missing out on much. And many of you may think, “and that is exactly who it is marketed towards, people who missed it…” You are right, but I have a feeling it is even more so towards those who have nostalgic feelings towards the consoles, who want to relive their youths. And to that I say to Nintendo-Stop profiting off our childhoods!! We already gave you enough!!
Nonetheless…If they weren’t so rare, they would be something great that I would probably pick up whenever the price fell.
But everybody knows the NES Classic sold out immediately and if you want one, your likely going to pay 10 times the price.
But anyway, that is not what I want to talk about.
First off, let me talk about my feelings for the NES Classic. When they first announced it, I was really excited. I had to have one.
And then I realized something within a few seconds. 30 games for the NES! Oh wait, I probably already have most of them, and I really don’t like most games on NES anyways.
Turns out, this was accurate. They put every game worth having on NES on it, but I, and everyone else who has owned an NES or virtual console probably already has them. I owned all the games except 6 or 7 of them already, and some of them I had multiples of through various systems and re-releases and the like. The handful I was missing, I had no interest in ever playing, so I immediately stopped wanting one, and thank God for that, since they are impossible to get a hold of.
But what I am really trying to say here, is that, $60 for 30 quality games is amazing. The limited supply for a limited time approach…why? That’s a dumb move.
But I, like most people, were already wondering if they were going to make an SNES Classic, one of my favorite consoles of all time. I was even more excited when they confirmed it compared to the NES Classic, but again, immediately realized I already have everything on the system worth having…for the most part.
And now we come to the part where I describe why the SNES Classic is so disappointing.
IT IS 20 DOLLARS MORE EXPENSIVE AND HAS 9 GAMES LESS!
Like… what the hell? You can’t tell me that porting all these games onto this little system cost so much more. They are still 25 year old games and not really worth all that. Though, really, again, the price is still pretty fair. But not compared to it’s predecessor. They are not that much more advanced that they need cost so much more.
And price figures aside, why couldn’t they just make it an even 30 games? There are so many worthy titles on that system. What the heck? I bet you they are going to make some bull crap DLC to fill in the 9 missing spots for another $20.
But anyway, if you don’t know, here are the 21 games.
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret Of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out
- Yoshi’s Island
So there’s the line up, and it is an impressive one without a doubt. But some of these are ridiculous choices over some others, though I can see why they would want to vary up the selection a bit.
And again, I have all but 4, but I already have Street Fighter II in 2 or 3 other forms, used to own Secret of Mana, and Star Fox 2 has never been released. So really, Contra is the only one I missed and have no interest in playing.
So again, this is a wonderful, wonderful idea for any younger people who may have missed out on this glorious age of gaming.
But here’s what the other 9 should be, to really embrace the system. For starters, Super Mario World should be replaced with Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World.
22. Chrono Trigger
23. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
24. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble
25. Illusion Of Gaia
26. Mega Man X2
27. Mega Man X3
28. Mega Man 7
29. Final Fantasy II
30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time
There you go! A nice even 30! Though who knows? Licensing and copyrights and all that could prevent a lot of this, and they probably didn’t want to put entire series like Mega Man and Donkey Kong on it.
But this leads me to my next question. Do these mini consoles spell the end for Virtual Console? I feel like this is directly competing with it. Switch does not have it yet, so does this mean it is no longer? Is is just going to be that subscription they talked about where you can stream games? I hope not, personally.
But anyway, yeah, not happy with the decisions behind the SNES Classic overall. And there is evidence now of an N64 Classic coming next year. Those are much bigger games, so I expect that it will cost $100 for 15 games.
I’ll even predict them for you.
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Donkey Kong 64
- F-Zero X
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Mario Kart 64
- Mario Party 2
- Mario Tennis
- Paper Mario
- Pokemon Stadium
- Star Fox 64
- Super Mario 64
- Super Smash Bros
- Wave Race 64
If that is accurate, I have all but 4 again, and used to own one of those four…