This morning, Nintendo once again zigged when everybody expected them to zag, announcing the new NES Classic Edition, an adorable mini replica of the NES that comes with 30 8-bit classics pre-installed. It’s a surprising move, since these kind of all-in-one machines are usually the domain of sketchy kiosks in the mall, but it does look like a solid way for casual gamers to get their classic gaming fix. Expect the NES Classic Edition to be a popular stocking stuffer this Christmas.
It helps that the machine’s lineup of games is pretty solid – Mario, Zelda, Mega Man and Castlevania are all accounted for (you can check out the full list here). That said, there are also a few curious oversights. Here are 10 more classics Nintendo really ought to add to the NES Classic Edition’s lineup.
Note: This list doesn’t include any NES sports games, since they were already covered thoroughly here.
Oddly, the NES Classic includes Super C, but not the original Contra. Super C has its charms, but Contra is definitely the true classic, and all-round better game. I mean, how can you leave out the game that popularized the Konami code?
The NES game that kicked off the cult-classic Earthbound series went unreleased in the West for a quarter century until Nintendo unexpectedly released a fully-translated version on the Wii U last year. Unlike most of the games on this list, Earthbound Beginnings would be a totally fresh experience for most people picking up the NES Classic, and serve as a great introduction to an underappreciated series.
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
So, the NES Classic includes both Castlevania and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, which is a somewhat questionable choice. Castlevania II breaks with 8-bit Castlevania tradition and is considered a bit of a black sheep, while the Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is a much more traditional (and entertaining) adventure. If Castlevania II makes the cut, then Castlevania III should, too.
Come on, what’s an NES collection without Battletoads? We have to teach today’s kids what Nintendo Hard was all about! Of course, Battletoads is now owned by Microsoft, but they’ve been willing to work with Nintendo in the past, and raising Battletoads‘ profile only benefits them.