The Japanese version of the SNES Classic Mini - the Super Famicom Mini - has recently launched in Japan, and it differs from the western version by offering Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja / Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki, Panel de Pon and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers in place of EarthBound, Kirby's Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting and Super Punch-Out!!.
However, despite tailoring the release to the whims of the region, it's inevitable that this revised line-up won't be to everyone's satisfaction. Famitsu magazine asked a whole bunch of respected Japanese game developers which title they'd like to have seen included on the console, and the results are quite interesting.
Platinum's Hideki Kamiya picks Cybernator - known in Japan as Assault Suit Valken - while Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino lists Another World / Out of this World / Outer World as his choice. ActRaiser, Pilotwings and (ironically) EarthBound also get votes, the latter being a title that made it onto the SNES Mini, but not the Super Famciom Mini. The Pokémon Company's Tsunekazu Ishihara selects the unreleased Sound Fantasy, while Spike Chunsoft's Kazutaka Kodaka and Yoshinori Terasawa were a bit cheeky and picked more than one game. Tut tut.
- Daisuke Ishiwatari (Arc System Works) - Otogiriso
- Toshimichi Mori (Arc System Works) - Xardion
- Katsura Hashino (Atlus) - R-Type III
- Kazuyuki Yamai (Atlus) - ActRaiser
- Shintaro Kojima (Capcom) - Umihara Kawase
- Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Capcom) - International Superstar Soccer
- Ryozo Tsujimoto (Capcom) - EarthBound
- Kaname Fujioka (Capcom) - EarthBound
- Kenichi Ogasawara (Tecmo Koei) - Tactics Ogre
- Keisuke Kikuchi (Tecmo Koei) - Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
- Tomokazu Takeda (Tecmo Koei) - Torneko no Daiboken: Fushigi no Dungeon
- Yosuke Hayashi (Tecmo Koei) - ActRaiser
- Hiroshi Matsuyama (CyberConnect2) - Chrono Trigger
- Ryutaro Ichimura (Square Enix) - Front Mission
- Yoshinori Kitase (Square Enix) - Sim City
- Yosuke Saito (Square Enix) - Wonder Project J: Kikai no Shonen Pino
- Naoki Yoshida (Square Enix) - Tactics Ogre
- Kotaro Uchikoshi (Spike Chunsoft) - Banshee’s Last Cry
- Kazutaka Kodaka (Spike Chunsoft) - Romancing SaGa 2, Marvel Super Heroes In War of the Gems, SOS
- Yoshinori Terasawa (Spike Chunsoft) - Super Fire Pro Wrestling, Pilot Wings, Sim City, and nine more games
- Yosuke Okunari (Sega) - Otogiriso
- Toshihiro Nagoshi (Sega) - Pilotwings
- Mizuki Hosoyamada (Sega) - Super Puyo Puyo
- Masahiro Sakurai (Sora) - Gradius III
- Yozo Sakagami (Namco Bandai) - Sim City
- Yusuke Tomizawa (Namco Bandai) - Cybernator
- Katsuhiro Harada (Namco Bandai) - Super Momotaro Dentetsu II
- Atsushi Inaba (Platinum Games) - Chrono Trigger
- Hideki Kamiya (Platinum Games) - Cybernator
- Masataka Matsuura (FuRyu) - Bounty Sword
- Tsunekazu Ishihara (The Pokémon Company) - Sound Fantasy (never released)
- Kenichiro Takaki (Marvelous) - ActRaiser
- Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Marvelous) - Space Megaforce
- Chiyomaru Shikura (MAGES) - Pilotwings
- Akihiro Hino (Level-5) - Out of This World
What do you make of this wish list? Are there any on there that you'd personally liked to have seen on the SNES Mini? Leave a comment and tell us.
...and still no "Hagane"! Well , at least Yoshinori Terasawa represented "Super Fire Pro Wrestling" (as expected).
Again, Super Play Top 100. Sorted.
I just still think it's ridiculous the rest of the Donkey Kong Country series isn't included. I can't think of a single valid point why it was excluded.
Super street fighter 2 should have been on the snes mini, bomberman 3 and pilotwings would have surely been better than the Kirby games and also iss deluxe
I never knew Shiren the Wanderer was originally released on the SNES. Anyone know how it compares to the DS version?
I saw a lot of votes for Pilotwings, Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound
If the SNES mini had every game we all wanted on it, how much do you reckon it would cost? 200 quid? I reckon it would suddenly become very niche.
@nab1 couldn't agree more.
ActRaiser without a doubt.
The only real problem was the omission of a good puzzle game. I really wanted tetris vs dr.mario or panel De pon to complete the package!
Chrono Trigger, Mystical Ninja, Pilotwings and DKC2 & 3.
@nab1 because they wanted to keep the list to a trim and manageable 20 games without duplication, and DKC2/3 would have meant excluding something else awesome under their strict self-imposed rule?
What games would you have lost in their place, to keep it to 20+1?
@gaga64 The NES Mini had 30 and it was as manageable, there's no reason for the SNES Mini to have just 20. If they wanted a nice number, they could have used 25+1, just needing to pick 3 more they have control over, like Pilotwings or Mario All Stars
@nab1 hence my comment about it being self-imposed, though I assume there are costs involved with testing each ROM included.
At the very least, they charge 60% more for SNES titles on the eshop/virtual console than for NES titles. So if they want a similar retail cost for the machine (which has been confirmed to include the same innards), it needs to include 37.5% less games...
30 NES Games = 15,000 Wii Points / £105
21 SNES Games = 16,800 Wii Points / £117.60
Including more games would mean a) increasing cost of the machine, or b) admitting the VC costs are questionable in the current market.
(Of course that’s assuming you agree with Nintendo’s own VC pricing structure, but that’s another issue.
I'm surprised at how many for ActRaiser. I certainly expected more to be for Chrono Trigger or Earthbound. I'm fully behind ActRaiser though! SMW, F-Zero and ActRaiser were amongst my first SNES games and it is hard to say which one I played the most.
I only have a few japanese snes imports, but omg, ASTRO! GO! GO! is the best F-Zero clone EVER! (anti-matter, you'd LOVE it btw lol). I highly recommend this game if you are a fan of F-Zero. The music, the colors, the characters... sooooo amazing
Yosuke Saito knows. 👍
It's criminal some of these were absent.
SimCity and Pilotwings should have been easy snags, Nintendo did them in-house. But ActRaiser and Chrono Trigger deserved spots for sure.
Out of This World (mind-blowing game i just discovered a few years ago)
Torneko no Daiboken: Fushigi no Dungeon --- only bought it to "complete" my SNES Dragon Quest, and it's actually CRAZY addictive.
100% agree on these 4.
@sleepinglion "Sim City" is unlikely now, because EA bought/owns the series now, and we all know how EA truly feels about Nintendo, and Nintendo-fans... (If Bob Summerwill's PS4-fanboy-like comments are anything to go by.)
They even made Nintendo take it off the Wii Shop Channel years back, and never allowed it on WiiU, or New3DS.
It's a shame, because ironically, Miyamoto is actually good friends with Sim City's original creator Wil Wright, ever sense he helped him make the SNES version.
Me too. Best puzzle game series there is.
@Beau_Skunk That's a shame. Good info, though, man, thanks! I loved the SNES SimCity... looking back, I spent more time with it and Mario Paint than most other titles. Years back there were a series of Orchestral Game Concerts put on CD in Japan and the SimCity score is amazing!
@sleepinglion that's cool, wish I could listen to it, SNES Sim City had a great soundtrack...
I'm kinda mad at EA honestly, for taking the game away.
@Beau_Skunk Are we allowed to post links? If you type in the following search term on YouTube, it should pop right up:
ORCHESTRAL GAME CONCERT 2 - THE BEST SELECTION -03) Sim City "Village"
As well as Sim City, I'd of liked to see Super Tennis, and Pilotwings also. Any puzzle game would've been cool too.
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