It came as no surprise last week when Nintendo started taking pre-orders for its SNES Classic Edition console. The system, similar to the incredibly popular NES Classic Edition, includes 21 classic 16-bit games, one of which has never seen the light of day before. Judging by the speed at which the pre-orders sold out, it looks as though the SNES Mini will be even more popular than its elusive older sibling.
Yet the libraries of the NES and SNES only just scratch the surface of Nintendo’s vast library of games, with other now-retro consoles holding the keys to some of the most critically and commercially successful games of all time. It seems unlikely, but if Nintendo does continue to emulate its games into a mini-console form, next in line is, of course, the adored N64 – the console millenials would have grown up with. Here’s to hoping, though: these are the 18 games we’d love to see on the N64 Mini.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Where else could we begin other than on arguably the greatest and most important game of all time. The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, and A Link to the Past have had the mini treatment, so it seems more likely than not that Nintendo will offer up the series’ first venture into 3D.
It’s easy to see how much of an inspiration A Link to the Past was to Ocarina of Time, but the N64 game took the series, and the video game industry as a whole, to new heights. Hyrule was huge for the time, the story is epic, and there’s something to do or find in nearly every corner of the land. Unlike other N64 games, Ocarina of time still looks good, and its ground-breaking control system still feels right. Like Link’s story, this game is timeless.