SNES games that need to be added to Nintendo Online yesterday
Nintendo has finally added SNES games to its Nintendo Online games on demand service. While we got some amazing titles, the current list is a little sparse. I’ll certainly play Super Metroid again and again, but I’m not entirely sure how often I’ll load up Super Soccer or Brawl Brothers. While Nintendo is certainly off to a good start with some of their best Mario and Zelda titles added to the mix, I think they have to reach deeper into their third party catalogue to really provide value here.
So let’s jog there memory shall we? Here’s a non-comprehensive list of SNES games that we think Nintendo should roll out on their online service. We’ve included the best of the best, and some personal picks as well.
Actraiser was an amazing combination of city simulation and platformer that quite frankly hasn’t even been attempted since its debut on the SNES. This was one of the SNES’s first unique third party titles, making multiple appearances in Nintendo Power and officially licensed strategy guides. It would be great to see a younger generation get to try this neat little genre mish mash.
Breath of Fire II
Yes, we will give you Breath of Fire is better than Breath of Fire II and it’s already on the service. But BOFII had some major charm. It had an interesting character fusion system, and hilariously bad translation, and some really neat dragon mechanics. It probably deserves a space on the list just as much as its older brother does.
Chrono Trigger is, simply put, one of the best RPGs of all time. The fact that it’s not on Nintendo’s service is a travesty. What are we going to do, pick up the borked Steam version? Just let us play the original!
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Contra was such a huge part of the NES and SNES’s existence, and yet there isn’t a single Contra game on their online service. Contra: Rogue Corps just came out and it… wasn’t very good? So its times like these when we need classics like Contra III to go back to, in order to remember the franchise’s glory days.
E.V.O. The Search for Eden
This was such a neat premise for a game. You play as a creature that evolves from a small fish to, well pretty much anything. Maybe you want to be a dinosaur, or a human, or a giant flying dragon of death. It’s up to you to mix and match your parts in this RPG platformer that details the strange and wonderful life of life on Gaia.
Another one of the best RPGs of all time, and this time it’s a first party title. Earthbound has inspired so many imitators in the indie sphere, from well-known juggernauts like Undertale, to lesser appreciated gems like Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass. As one of the prime inspirations for the indie sphere today, it’s a crime that there’s no easy way to play it on the Switch. It’s even a Nintendo first party title, so they have no excuse.
The SNES was a great console for shoot-em-ups and yet we have none in the catalogue right now, unless you count Pilotwings. Gradius is one of the most well-known shoot-em-ups of the old pixel era, so it would be a fantastic addiction to the library as a representative of the genre.
Everyone is going nuts over Stardew Valley and other farming simulators these days, but it was Harvest Moon that started it all. Once again, this would be a great way to introduce a new generation to the original farm sim. Call it a lesson in gaming history… and agriculture while we are at it!
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is a fantastic game but… come on. This is the most iconic Kirby game of the SNES era. It had a ton of games to play, a ton of powers to use, tons of mini-games. It was pretty much what defined Kirby on the console.
“How will we end up playing Mario Paint?” you might be saying? Two words: motion controls. Many games already use motion controls and the IR sensor of the JoyCon as a pointer. Nintendo could repurpose that control scheme for Mario Paint and soon we will have a million Mario Paint remixes of… we don’t know… the new Post Malone song or something.
Boom Shakalaka! The SNES version of NBA Jam is still one of the most fondly remembered sports games of all time. Nothing says basketball like dunking from half-court so hard the backboard shatters.
Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen
The SNES was a great console for mashing up genres. This was a combination RTS/RPG, another mash up we have rarely seen since. Fans of the series remember attempting to get units to die in just the right way to become liches or vampires or werewolves, and the incredibly interesting tarot system that determined so many different starting parameters. It’s just a great story with a branching narrative and a ton of flexibility in unit creation.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
Other than Gradius, R-Type was the other big shoot-em-up representative. Its major mechanic was being able to attach and detach a small helper ship to the front or back of your spaceship. This allowed you to configure your weapons in many different styles, and it also allowed the designers to cause enemies to come up from behind at surprising times. It’s neat and innovative and worth a play if you like the genre.
While the arcade version of Sunset Riders was definitely better than the SNES version, it’s certainly still worth playing. Imagine a 2D run-n-gun game like Contra mixed with a beat-em-up like Final Fight, all done with a sort of neon wild west aesthetic. That’s Sunset Riders in a nutshell, an arcade classic and a fantastic SNES game to boot.
Super Castlevania IV
This is probably the most well-known Castlevania game on the SNES, and while Dracula X is probably a more important game in the series due to its connection with Symphony of the Night, everyone is now aware that there is a better version, Rondo of Blood, on the Turbograffix 16. Thus, Nintendo should probably include this remake of Simon Belmont’s original quest in their online lineup.
Super Mario All-Stars
Yes, we know a lot of the games in this remake are already on the NES lineup, but there is just something very enjoyable about playing original Mario games in 16-bit glory. In a way, this is the first “HD Remake” of video game history, or at least the first popularized one. That is something that deserves to be celebrated.
Super Mario RPG
Look, we don’t know what the status is over this game and its rights. We do know, however, that it’s one of the best RPGs on the SNES, and probably still one of the best Mario RPGs out there, contending with The Thousand Year Door for the top slot in popularity. We also know that Nintendo cut some sort of deal with Square to get a Geno costume in Smash, so they can probably cut a deal to get an RPG featuring their actual mascot, Mario, on Nintendo Switch Online.
Super Punch Out!!
This one is simple. Punch Out!! is in the NES library, Super Punch Out!! should be in the SNES library. Both are fantastic games and both are first party Nintendo IPs. Make it happen.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Beat-em-ups were also really big in the SNES era, and TMNT: Turtles in Time might have been the most popular. Of course, that might have been because the turtles themselves were really popular at the time, but we still think this deserves to be in the library.
There is a little known series of RPGs called the Qintent series, so named after their developer. It’s the same series of games that includes Illusion of Gaia, which is actually the most well-known of Quintet games. However, the “best” Quintet game is, in our opinion, Terranigma, an action RPG that never came out in America. It did come out in Europe, however, which means translation is already done. All Nintendo has to do is finally bring it to the states by putting it in their catalogue.
Tetris Attack/Panel De Pon
There are a lot of puzzle games to choose from in the SNES library, and Nintendo seemed to go with Puyo Puyo for their SNES library rollout. However, if you were to ask us what the best puzzle game on the SNES was, it’s got to be Tetris Attack or Panel De Pon in territories outside the U.S. This puzzle game was a simple match three affair, except you could only swap blocks horizontally. It’s up to you to create ludicrous chains and cascades to bury your opponent in blocks. In fact, this game is so beloved it still see competitive play to this very day.
The Bomberman Series
Our last five entries on this list are franchises that have multiple games on the SNES and we would be happy to see any of them. The Bomberman series is some of the best multiplayer party game fun you’ll have on the console. Connect up four controllers and watch the room explode when someone runs into an explosion after fifteen minutes of artful dodging.
The Donkey Kong Countries
These platformers are some of the best platforming experiences the SNES has to offer, and they pretty much created modern day Donkey Kong canon. Our personal favorite is Diddy’s Kong Quest but really you could put any of these in the library and we would be happy.
The Final Fantasy Series
Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI are often times the pick for many gamers’ “best RPG of all time.” Final Fantasy V was… OK, but really we want to see Cecil or Terra make the SNES library.
The Mega Man X Series
Finally we have Mega Man X, the sequel to the original Mega Man series that is arguably better than the original in a lot of ways. Actually, there is a strange lack of Mega Man on the NES and SNES online collections, even though plenty of other Capcom games have made the list. Maybe Capcom wants to save these titles for their own anniversary collections? Or maybe Nintendo is just waiting to roll them out for later.
What SNES games do you want to see hit Nintendo’s online library? Let us know in the comments.