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25 Games That Belong on the SNES Mini

Judging by the success of the NES Classic, the SNES Mini can’t be too far away, but the question is: what games belong on the SNES Mini? While there are only rumours floating around the internet at the moment, this shouldn’t stop fans from imagining what they might see on the highly anticipated release. We’ve decided to revisit our roots and dig deep into our memories, to pull out some SNES titles we absolutely believe belong on the SNES Mini.


Known as Mother 2 in Japan, Earthbound has players take the role of Ness as he uncovers the secrets of a crashed meteorite. Earthbound was miraculous for its time as it had a seamless world, where players could move from one location to the next without needing to use an overworld map.

Secret of Mana

Another classic role-playing game, but this time up to three players could take control of the three main characters. This would be perfect as a couch-coop!

Final Fantasy II and III (or IV and VI in Japan)

The SNES Mini’s game library definitely needs at least one Final Fantasy title, if not two! These two titles rank among the top RPGs of all time.

Secret of Evermore

Rather similar to Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore is one of those RPGs that players can really sink their teeth into and spend days exploring.

Killer Instinct

Nothing says classic fighting game like Killer Instinct, one of Rare’s earliest successes. And the iconic announcer really added to the game’s unique personality. ULTRAAAA COMBOOOOOO!!!!

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

Battletoads isn’t just a joke game people ask for, it’s actually an extremely challenging game created by the talented developer, Rare. It’s also got that one level you love to hate. You know which one we’re talking about.

Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 and 3

We couldn’t pick one of Rare’s iconic Donkey Kong Country games to include on this list, so we’ve got to go with all three and include them in one slot.

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Anyone who’s played a Contra game know how incredibly challenging they are, and Contra III: The Alien Wars is no different. Thankfully, it’s another coop game that is perfect for long nights of gaming.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja

After the difficulty of Contra, we need a light-hearted action-adventure game, and Legend of the Mystical Ninja delivers that in spades.

Chrono Trigger

The SNES certainly had a lot of RPG titles, but we’d feel terrible if we didn’t include one of the most iconic titles, Chrono Trigger. Square Enix has gone on to create many other iterations of this title, but to experience the original on a HD television would be amazing.

Turtles in Time!

The child in all of us would jump with joy at the chance to play another TMNT game. Turtles in Time is the perfect beat ‘em up game to play with a friend.

Mortal Kombat 2

We could have gone with the first Mortal Kombat, but the sequel, with its refined gameplay, wins out. However, if we could have both, we’d definitely go for that!

Street Fighter 2 and SFII Turbo – Hyper Fighting

We couldn’t land on which one we’d prefer, so we’re going to have to say, both of them please! Street Fighter will always be one of the most memorable fighting games in history.

Super Castlevania IV

Any gamer who wasn’t able to play a SNES back in the day and loves Dark Souls these days, will feel right at home playing Super Castelvania IV.

Super Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Playing as the knight, Arthur, players must make their way through this action-platforming game while killing demons and other hideous beasts.


After all these RPGS and fighters, it’s only fair that a racing game gets thrown into the mix and what better than the furiously fast F-Zero.


Flying through the skies and just enjoying the serenity is what’s needed after all the intense action. This classic title deserves a spot on the SNES Mini.

Super Punch-Out!!

Everyone and their dog know about the Punch-Out series, but the version on the SNES is full of color and has refined controls. An absolute must-have for the SNES Mini.


With the recent success of the Doom relaunch, gamers everywhere will be chomping at the bit to get back into the armor and slay more demons.

Super Metroid

Samus is an icon for Nintendo, and what better way to celebrate this kickass lady than to include Super Metroid on the SNES Mini.

Tetris Attack

Though the original Tetris didn’t make it to the SNES, the Mini wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t have at least one version of the classic puzzle game.

Earthworm Jim

We love ourselves a good side-scrolling platformer, and the humor in Earthworm Jim deserve to grace our screens once more.

Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is here, so what better time to celebrate its roots than to include it on an updated SNES console!

The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past

This list would not be complete without the incredible title from the Zelda series, Link to the Past. For a lot of gamers, this is the best Zelda game ever made, so playing it again (or for the first time!) would be an absolute treasure.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has managed to capture the love of hundreds of thousands of gamers, with players all around the world slipping back into the green tunic of Link with ease. Now’s the time to revisit Link’s past and see where he came from.

Super Mario World

Without a shadow of a doubt, the SNES Mini requires a Super Mario title and what better than Super Mario World? This addition to the Super Mario universe brings with it extremely bold colors and the pick-up-and-play qualities of all previous Mario titles.

Whether you’re a long-time Nintendo fan that grew up with a SNES or a gamer who never got to experience the magic of the Super Nintendo, we think the above games would be the perfect collection to bring into the modern lounge room. Only time will tell what games will be appearing on the SNES Mini, but whatever they are, we’re certain the SNES Mini will be yet another resounding success!