Posted by: seanmalstrom | September 1, 2014

What would the SNES look like if it only had Nintendo games?

In our alternate universe, only Nintendo publishes games exist on the SNES. What would the SNES look like?

  Battle Clash  Donkey Kong Country  Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest  Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!  EarthBound Box.jpg  F-Zero.jpg  Illusion of Gaia Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball Ken Griffey, Jr.'s Winning Run  Kirby Super Star Coverart.png  Cover art for the North American version  Kirbydreamcourse.jpg  Kdl3.png  The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past SNES Game Cover.jpg  Mario paint box.jpg Donald in Maui Mallard / Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Front cover of Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge package. NHL Stanley Cup The image shows a cursive title "Pilotwings" in front of a cumulus cloud-covered sky and a ring made of green orbs visible on the bottom right. The artwork has a black border with various labels on it.   Star Fox  Stunt Race FX SMAS.jpg Supermariokart box.JPG SuperMarioRPGSNESCoverArtUS.jpg A black box with an image of a cartoon man known as Mario with blue overalls, a yellow cape, red hat and red shirt riding a green cartoon dinosaur Yisland box.jpg Smetroidbox.jpg Super Pinball: Behind the Mask Super Play Action Football Super Punch-Out!! Super Soccer Super Tennis Terranigma   Tetris Attack box art.png Tin Star Uniracers Vegas Stakes Winter Gold  Yoshi's Safari

Is this console worth buying? Would the SNES be as popular WITHOUT these games?

There are some strong titles in this library. You have Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, and the Donkey Kong Country games. What is really interesting is how it compares to the NES list. It is nearly a direct copy for the most point. Nintendo ported over the Mario games, Wario’s Woods, Tetris 2, Tetris, and Dr. Mario. However, those weren’t NEW games so should we really consider them? At least with the arcade ports on the NES, that was the first time to get really good arcade ports for most of those games except Donkey Kong and maybe Mario Brothers. In a way, Nintendo was really safe with their SNES line-up and made mostly the same games they made for the NES! The Quintlet RPGs that Nintendo published are truly interesting. Earthbound is the most overrated game ever. There is a reason why it bombed in the market, and it wasn’t due to the marketing. I don’t remember the SNES sports games Nintendo published to be remarkable.

This library has more of an ‘echo’ feel to it with much less originality. I tuned out in the middle of the 16-bit generation. There aren’t many new Nintendo IPs. Aside from Donkey Kong country which Rare made, there are no new IPs at all!

So I’d have to say NO, the SNES is not worth getting if it only had Nintendo published games.


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