Introducing the Do-It-Yourself Super NES Classic

September 7, 2017
by Christopher Gates
  • Super NES Classic Games

So, you didn’t manage to find a Super NES Classic. Yeah, neither did we.

But instead of whining about it—okay, in addition to whining about it—we’ve decided to do the next best thing. Nintendo doesn’t want us to play classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System Titles? Fine. We’ll play something else.

And so: the “DIY Super NES Collection”, a list of 20 different indie games—one for each title on the Super NES Classic (except for Star Fox 2, which still haven’t played)—that should roughly approximate the selection on Nintendo’s impossible-to-find mini-console.

Some of the games are better than their 16-bit counterparts. Many aren’t. Some look and play exactly like the Super NES games that inspired them. Others share more of a thematic connection.

The goal wasn’t to find copies or imitations. It was to find games that, somehow, captured the feeling of playing the original Super NES titles—or at least part of it. You should be able to find something on the list to help you forget your sorrows—and, unlike the Super NES Classic, you can actually buy these games. As far as we’re concerned, that’s a win.

So, without further ado, the DIY Super NES Collection (updated throughout September):

#01: Contra III / Broforce
#02: Donkey Kong Country / Mekazoo
#03: EarthBound / Why Am I Dead at Sea
#04: Final Fantasy VI (III) / Cosmic Star Heroine
#05: F-Zero / Redout
#06: Kirby Super Star / Owlboy
#07: Kirby’s Dream Course / Behold the Kickmen
#08: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past / Anodyne
#09: Mega Man X / 20XX
#10: Secret of Mana / Secrets of Grindea
#11: Star Fox / Sky Rogue
#12: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting / Skullgirls
#13: Super Castlevania IV / Rogue Legacy
#14: Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts / Maldita Castilla
#15: Super Mario Kart / Super Indie Karts
#16: Super Mario RPG / Child of Light
#17: Super Mario World / Shovel Knight
#18: Super Metroid / Axiom Verge
#19: Super Punch-Out!! / Beast Boxing Turbo
#20: Yoshi’s Island / Tembo the Badass Elephant

Happy playing!

About

Christopher Gates lives in Los Angeles, CA. He writes about video games, comic books, and pop culture for sites like Looper, Maxim, Playboy, The Star Wars Insider, and others. In his spare time, he reads too many comics, watches too much baseball, and drinks too much beer.