As if 2017 weren’t jam packed already with insane video game goodness, Nintendo decides to pile it on with the announcement of the SNES Classic, coming this fall.
I absolutely have an affinity for the 8-bit era games, but to me the 16-bit period hits me much harder in the nostalgia feels.
The SNES Classic doesn’t disappoint with an incredible lineup of games, some of which are still considered all-time bests. Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III (or VI for accuracy), and Secret of Mana are all must-play games for any gamer.
The 16-bit games really had that sweet spot between technical advancements but still limited enough to require the creators to find innovative solutions to craft the experiences they wanted to make.
The SNES editions of Mario, Zelda and Metroid are essentially re-dos of the originals, but more finely polished and thought-out.
All this is just to say that I REALLY want a SNES Classic. The original NES Classic was notoriously hard to find and everyone anticipates that Nintendo will continue their track record of horrible supply chains.
Honestly, I’d much rather have a Virtual Console on the Switch so that I won’t need yet another console, and I can take these games on the go. I managed to find a Switch and there are only a few games on it that I want to play. Metroid Prime 4 and Mario Odyssey are coming, but having some of these classic games would really make the Switch feel like a worthwhile purchase.
Here’s hoping that Nintendo figures logistics out on their end.