Alexis is a lifelong gamer. She enjoys a wide variety of video games, especially Role-playing games.
When the SNES was released, with it came 21 games, many of which are AAA titles, are pre-programmed into the SNES Classic. Some even still hold spots on many "best games of all time" lists. As gamers look over the list and play through the games, there are some notable games that didn’t make the cut and were not included in the 21 games. What games didn’t make the cut that should’ve? Keep reading to see eight games that should’ve been included, but weren’t.
1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 2 follows the story of Diddy Kong and his girlfriend Dixie Kong who are on a quest to save Donkey Kong who has been captured by King K. Rool. Players will travel through eight different worlds totaling 52 levels. Along the way, you’ll find a slew of complex enemies, but you'll have the help of several trusty animal sidekicks.
The first Donkey Kong County game is one of the 21 games on the SNES Classic. Therefore it’s understandable that the following two sequels were not included. However, the first sequel to Donkey Kong Country has a special place in this gamer's heart and in the hearts of many. It fixed some of the issues of the original game and held up all the standards of the first, almost perfect, game.
2. Earthworm Jim 2
Just like the original game, Jim is on a mission to save Princess What's-Her-Name. Players will fight through a variety of levels using different tactics and of course, you’ll be armed with your blaster gun from the original game. This is also the last game in the series.
The first game in the series was stellar, but the second game? Even better. Sometimes the sequel really is better than the first game. Wait, didn’t we just discuss that? Earthworm Jim is a fun adventure that is complimented by great controls, catchy beats, and notable graphics.
Also, how many games are there out there with superhero worms? Ok . . . maybe there are a few, but Earthworm Jim stands out among the crowd!
3. Harvest Moon
Released in 1996, this the first game in the long-running Harvest Moon (er, Story of Seasons) series. The player is given the role of playing a young man who takes over the family farm in place of his absent father. As a farmer, the player must tend to animals, forage, harvest crops, and woo a local.
I have to be honest here, I grew up on a farm and disliked it. Yet, I discovered the Harvest Moon games as an early teen and loved them. There’s something oddly addictive about the way Harvest Moon presents harvesting crops, taking care of animals, foraging, cooking, etc. There’s a lot of things going on in Harvest Moon’s gameplay and it’s almost impossible to run out of things to do. If you’ve never played any of the Harvest Moon games, give them a try, especially the SNES version.
4. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Players take control of Zeke and Julie who are trying to save their neighbors from monsters. They have multiple weapons at their disposal and have to transverse 48 different stages, including bonus levels. Once all neighbors have been saved, players are able to move onto the next level.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is regarded as a fantastic two-player game and many gamers consider it best played with another player (rather than the computer). It’s a shame that this fantastic game wasn’t included as it’s full of fun and addictive gameplay.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
TMNT: Turtles in Time is an arcade port. The game begins with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles watching TV while eating pizza when April O’Neil comes on the screen. She is doing her normal broadcast when Krang flies in and steals the Statue of Liberty. To rouse the turtles, Shredder laughed at the turtles by hijacking the airwaves. Naturally, the turtles jump into action and thus begins the game.
This is a stellar beat ‘em up title, and one of the best on the SNES. Players battle their way through multiple levels and come face to face with a multitude of enemies. The controls? Fantastic the gameplay? Phenomenal. The music? Stellar. It’s a title that can do little wrong and it’s a shame that players can’t re-visit this title on the SNES Classic.
6. Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario All-Stars encompasses four games; Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 (which is actually Doki Doki Panic), Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mario: Lost Levels (the actual Super Mario Bros. 2). Did you know the reason for the mix-up when released state-side was because the Japanese thought it’d be too hard for American players?
This is an essential game in any games library. Yet, it didn’t make an appearance on the SNES Classic. Many of us are still scratching our heads about that one since, well, it’s Mario and it has Super Mario Bros. 3 of all games! They made a game (and justifiably so) just to advertise that movie called The Wizard. Maybe that’s a stretch, but it's a great theory!
7. Chrono Trigger
Chrono is at the millennium festival with his friend Luca, who is demonstrating a time travel machine. As fate would have it, a girl named Marle meets up with them and the trio is accidentally plunged into the past. Fate has intervened and the trio is about to embark on an adventure into the past and future in order to stop the evil Lavos from destroying the world as they know it.
Widely regarded as one of the best role-playing games, Chrono Trigger more than deserves that title. The only substantial reason that can be argued as to why it wasn’t included in the SNES Classic library is that it’s a Square-Enix title and there’s already two others on the system.
Terranigma is an RPG released late into the life of the Super Nintendo. Terranigma tells the story of Ark, a mischievous boy living in the only village in the underworld, Crysta. Ark finds a forbidden door and opens it. Inside he discovered a mysterious box and everyone, save an Elder, is frozen in the underworld. Thus begins Ark’s quest.
Terranigma was never localized in the United States and it’s a shame. It was, however, localized in Europe and Australia. It’s an RPG with a fantastic story, good music, and excellent gameplay. One of these days, maybe we’ll see an official release stateside. If not, some gamers have taken matters into their own hand . . .
No list would be incomplete without a few honorable mentions!
- Wario’s Woods
- Legend of the Mystical Ninja
- EVO: Search of Eden
- Pocky and Rocky
While these are my personal choices for eight games that should’ve been included in the SNES Classic, there are dozens of other titles that should’ve been included. Keep in mind too that those are just the titles localized in the United States. Japan had a slew of fantastic titles that never made into the US, Europe, Australia, or other states where the SNES was available.
© 2017 Alexis
Alexis (author) on February 10, 2018:
I agree with you on the third game being underrated. I think it got lost in the transition many made between the SNES and N64.
Wario Woods is a fun title, albeit frustrating and seemingly impossible once you get to the last 20 levels.
Ian Rideout from Alberta, Canada on February 09, 2018:
Good selections. I totally agree with Donkey Kong Country 2. I get that the first game is more iconic, but the sequel really went above and beyond. I have some great memories with that game. I also think they should've included the third game; I've always thought it was kind of underrated.
I also agree with Wario's Woods. I never played the original NES version, but I had a lot of fun with the SNES one as a kid.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 08, 2017:
There's some good games there, especially the Donkey Kong one.