Question of the month – September 2017 (SNES Classic Edition)


We are inching closer to the release of the SNES Classic with everyday that passes, merely a couple weeks away. With that in mind, I asked the people of TVGB…

Which game in the SNES Classic are you looking forward to playing the most?

This can be for a number of reasons. Maybe the person played this back in the day and those nostalgic memories are pulling them back. Maybe there is a game they completely missed out on and just want to give it a try. (Also want to point out it is completely by coincidence that almost everyone chose a different answer, but that is kind of the magic of the SNES. There was something for everyone).

With all that said, here are the responses.

(As always, let us know your answers in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!)

Derek Danielewski, Author

Gotta be Super Mario Kart.  Spent hours and hours playing this as a kid! Loved it.  So addictive – you just wanna keep playing.

Albert Eres, Senior Author

I am excited about Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. This game is a legend during the SNES-console era. It meshes two of my favorite games growing up: Super Mario and Final Fantasy.

Cody Shults, Editor

Growing up, I upgraded to a Sega Genesis after the NES. I was a sucker for Sonic because the commercials at the time sold the idea of the blue hedgehog being cooler than the Italian plumber. So I skipped the SNES altogether. I ended up going back and playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Donkey Kong Country on the virtual Wii console. One game that I ended up emulating (for research purposes) and falling in love with was Super Mario RPG. That game would have single handedly got me into RPGs. If I were to get an SNES Classic, that would be the first game I would boot up.

Jake Sapir, Editor

Super Castlevania 4. I have most of these games already, but the SNES Classic gives me new incentive to play them. Super Castlevania 4 is one of my boyfriend’s favorite games, so I know that if I’m able to get my hands on the SNES Classic, that’s something he and I will be able to play together. We did the same thing with Zelda on the NES Classic.

Monique Sheldrake, Senior Author

According to Wikipedia, the original SNES was released in my country a few months after I was born, and by the time I was five I was given my first Playstation and never really got to experience Nintendo as a kid at all. However, based on the list of SNES Classics that will be made available, I think I’d be most interested in EarthBound. Everyone raves about it, and it does sound like a hell of a lot of fun!

Alyssa Vaughn, Author

Super Mario World, oh my god. I remember marathon sessions at my cousins’ house, trading the controller back and forth in “multiplayer”, seven or eight of us crowded around the screen. I am so nostalgic for that game- especially because my older cousins always got longer turns than I did!

John Hansen, Author

If I get lucky enough to get an SNES Classic, the first game I would play is Yoshi’s Island. Super Mario World, in my opinion, is the best game on here, but I have played through that and beaten it multiple times both on the old-school SNES and a 3DS. I never owned Yoshi’s Island so I never got a chance to beat it. A chance to play through this and other classics on the SNES I missed would be an opportunity I would gladly take.

Alex Southgate, Author

The game I’m probably most looking forward to seeing is Megaman X. The reason for this is, (to my shame,) that although I absolutely love the Blue Bomber I’m notoriously bad at the games. I’ve just picked up a copy of the legacy edition to try and redeem myself. As of yet I’m failing more than I did when they came out the first time. So with this being said why on earth would I be choosing that game over the others in the library? Well … Mega Man X was a game that I got when it was first released and miraculously the first, and only Mega Man game that I’ve completed. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed doing it as well. For the sheer reason that this proved that it’s just a matter of practice and I don’t suck as hard as I thought I did it’s definitely my pick of the lot.

Noe Ponce, Editor

This is a hard one for me. As a lover of all things RPG, I’m torn between Secret of Mana and Earthbound. Both are games of unbelievable acclaim and came out before I even knew what a role playing game was. That being said, I have never played either series and both have been on my “to-play” list for quite some time. If I had to pick one however, I would have to go with Secret of Mana as it looks (and likely plays) very similar to classic Final Fantasy games, a series I am extremely familiar with.

Joel Campos, Author

I’m excited for both Star Fox and the official release of Star Fox 2. Having only played the amazing iteration of the game on the Nintendo 64 for countless hours as a kid, it should be fun to see the origins of the franchise. It will be nice to fully complete Star Fox and go right into Star Fox 2. I’m sure there are many games that will open up a whole new world for me as the SNES classic was just before my gaming career began.

Brian Corliss, Author

A bright-eyed boy with a bowl haircut and four missing front teeth, opened his first video game console on Christmas Eve 1997. That console was the N64, the successor to one of the most successful critically and financially gaming consoles of all time, as well as possibly the most revered consoles in the hearts and minds of vast swaths of the gaming population. What that means, is that I never got the true experience of having a Super Nintendo console, though in the years since I have played a majority of these games either through Virtual Console or emulation (I was poor in college!).

With that, my earnest answer to this question is a HUGE f***ing cop out because it is all of the games–all 21 of them on that little console I never owned with those little controllers I never got to play with. Most of my SNES games were played on my keyboard, having that little purple-y buttoned controller connected to that little box is genuinely the most exciting aspect of this whole retro-fiasco for me. This comes with the added thought that almost all of these games have spurred either remakes, reissues, or sequels and series that have made these versions of the games and game-play near obsolete. The SNES Classic is complete Nintendo vanity, fetishistic indulgence into our own sentimentality for the “good-ole” days of gaming: three lives, and pass-codes, and disconnect from internet updates.

Okay fine, I give. It’s Final Fantasy III because I never played it and have been dying for a classic JRPG.

Garrett Mefford, Author

Out of all of the games on the SNES Classic, Super Mario RPG calls to me the most. I’ve been a fan of the Mario & Luigi RPG style games since I played Superstar Saga on GBA, but I’ve never gotten around to Super Mario RPG despite the overwhelming praise I hear for it. Now I just face the issue of trying to get my hands on a SNES Classic!

Arthur Damian, Executive Editor

This is a really tough question for me, because I am excited for almost EVERY SINGLE GAME, but I’m going to go with Final Fantasy III (which is really Final Fantasy VI, so I’m just going to call it that for the remainder of my answer). FFVI is a game I was fascinated with as a child. I used to rent it from my neighborhood video store (those used to be a thing) constantly, trying to get as far as I could and praying the next person to rent it wouldn’t delete my file so it’d still be there when I’d eventually rent it again. The intro scene with the Magitech Armors in the snow with the gorgeous main theme immediately drew me into FFVI‘s world, and I’ve been hooked ever since. There are so many memorable scenes in the title, ranging from suplexing ghost trains to the tragedy of what happens to Cyan’s family to the famous opera house scene, that I can safely say FFVI is my favorite FF title.

I eventually bought the game for my SNES, but I have never completed it. I’ve only made it halfway through, so I’m eager to actually play the whole game in its entirety when the SNES Classic releases. Here’s hoping my Amazon pre-order doesn’t get canceled!