SNES Games I want for Nintendo Switch Online
SNES games I want on the Nintendo Switch Online Platform
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In my last post, I wrote about the NES games I want to see on the Nintendo Switch Online platform. You can read it here.
Today I want to discuss the SNES (or Super Nintendo) games I'd like to see come to Nintendo Switch Online.
In my first post How I Became a Nintendo Dad, I mentioned how my family didn't have a Super Nintendo at the time of release. I didn't have a lot of experiences with the Super Nintendo, but over time friends have introduced me to some of the games. When I was in college, Nintendo had moved on the Nintendo 64, but my friends and I still enjoyed games like the original Mario Kart and some of the other games I will mention below.
Here are the SNES games I would like to have on the Nintendo Switch Online:
This is the first version of the popular PC game series to be released on a game console. It didn't take long for me to become addicted to the game, wanting to create the perfect city. My obsessive-compulsive nature would think for hours about the best way to arrange a city to be the best it could be. Just when you thought you had everything the way you wanted it, the game threw you a curveball with a tornado or Godzilla attack. Crisis management was important because one problem would often cause another.
Fun fact for classic NES fans; it is said if you reach megalopolis status, you receive a Mario statue as a reward.
TMNT: Turtles in Time
This is a classic "beat-em-up" game that I really enjoyed from the 16-bit era. The game is easy to get in to with its simple controls and recognizable characters. This is also a great game to play in co-op mode with another player and would be great to play online with a friend.
My kids are familiar with the Ninja Turtles characters through the recent incarnation of the animated series. This game would be great for kids to play both single-player and co-op together. It does contain mild animated violence but is generally acceptable for kids of all ages.
Super Star Wars, Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Video game adaptations of movies do not tend to turn out well (Superman 64, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Rambo: The Video Game). This wasn't the case for the Star Wars games on the SNES. Super Star Wars was awarded Best Action/Adventure Game of 1992 by Electronic Gaming Monthly, as well as Best Movie-to-Game.
I can't say I played these games at the time of release, but I went back to play them as an adult. The gameplay is great, and you can see a definite improvement from the NES versions. The games bring back a lot of nostalgia for those die-hard fans of the original trilogy of Star Wars films. It would be great to have a Star Wars game on the Switch that isn't Lego.
NBA Jam is just a fun game that appeals to everyone, even people who don't play sports games. The game is unique in its exaggerated nature of basketball. The players can jump high and the slam dunks defy the laws of physics. Fans of the game love elements like the aggressive defense and when a player is "on fire" after hitting three consecutive shots without being scored against. The game is a simplified 2-on-2 version of basketball, with limited rules so as to not slow the game down.
NBA Jam would be great on the Nintendo Switch online both single-player and playing against a friend.
I could talk about this game all day. This is the first real hockey game and the gameplay is awesome. Plus, ONE-TIMERS!
This is my favourite sports game of all time, and I know that I am not the only one who thinks so. It is the first hockey game to be endorsed by the NHLPA and the National Hockey League. TSN, (Canadian ESPN for American readers) ran a feature about the game recently and called it the GOAT (greatest of all time). You can see the Youtube video here. It tells the story of the history of the development of the game, and the impact it has had on the sports gaming landscape.
As mentioned in the video, NHL 94 has a cult following. The game has a built-in fan base playing the game online already. NHL94online.com has instructions and a community of players to play against on your PC. The site has partnered with Mario Lemieux and his cancer research foundation to host an online tournament in June. Each player that enters pays a registration fee that will go to support cancer research.
If Nintendo were to reach an agreement with the current NHL and NHLPA to release this game on the Nintendo Switch Online platform, I can almost guarantee a significant spike in sales of Nintendo Switch consoles and online subscriptions. I would buy a Switch Lite (I have a family Nintendo Switch Online subscription) and would probably lose a lot of sleep playing online against anyone who would play.
Nintendo, if you are reading this, if Mario Lemieux (for those who aren't familiar with the game, Mario Lemieux is featured in NHL 94) is on board, I think we can make this happen.
Those are my suggestions, I would love to hear yours as well. Send a message on Twitter to @NintendoDads or @chris_logel.
Some of the suggestions I received from the time of my last post are: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, EarthBound, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Tetris Attack, and Donkey Kong Country 2. Thank you so much for keeping the conversation going and your feedback and suggestions.
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