Welcome back to the third edition of The Weekly Wizard, the weekly segment of Miketendo64 brought to you by Wizard Dojo, where I talk about current goings-on with Nintendo, or take a look at their past.
For this installment, I’ll take a look back at the greatest Nintendo system that ever was. But which one is that?
That’s actually not too hard of a question. It’s the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
I know, some may have a soft spot for the NES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, or one of Nintendo’s many stellar handhelds. But in the end, I’ve always felt the Super Nintendo is not only Nintendo’s best, but the greatest video game console of all time.
Some might argue that the NES was the system that made home video game consoles what they are today, and they’d be right. Others might point to how the Nintendo 64 revolutionized 3D, polygonal gaming, and they’d be right. Others still might point out the unparalleled success story and innovation that was the Wii, and they’d be right.
The Super Nintendo trumps them all for one, very simple reason, however: the games.
The NES is classic, of course. But because it was so early in the home console market, it also saw a large number of pretty bad games as well. The Nintendo 64 was revolutionary, but once again, it was entering new territory (3D), and because of that, many of its game’s were experimental and haven’t aged well. Few N64 games are as fun today as they were in yesteryear. The Wii was a better console than a lot of gamers give it credit for, but no doubt its popularity lead to a number of developers releasing shovelware onto the system to make an easy buck.
The Super Nintendo, however, is timeless. Sure, it had its share of bad games as well (Lester the Unlikely *shudders*), but not nearly enough to soil all the greatness it brought to the table. The Super Nintendo saw Nintendo at its creative best, and also benefitted from the best third-party support a Nintendo home console ever saw.
Many of the franchises introduced on the NES were made better than ever. Mario has arguably never been better than he was when he was given his own world. A Link to the Past was so great that just about every Zelda that was to follow used the blueprint it laid down. Metroid rightfully earned the title of being “Super.” And Donkey Kong was given a whole new life when he was king of his own country.
The Super Nintendo saw genres reach unprecedented heights, some of which have yet to reach that same level of excellence: The platformer, for example, had Super Mario World, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Yoshi’s Island, the first three Mega Man X titles, and two Kirby classics. RPGs, meanwhile, have never been better than they were on Nintendo’s 16-bit machine. Square was at their very best with the likes of Final Fantasy VI, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and my favorite, Super Mario RPG. On top of that, Nintendo also released EarthBound to go along with them.
Simply put, the Super Nintendo pulled out all the stops. But the best part about it is how timeless all these games are. While the NES is obviously retro, and N64 games that don’t have the names Mario, Zelda or Banjo in the title tend to have aged poorly, the Super Nintendo classics feel as fresh, fun and terrific today as they did in the early 90s. It’s the one video game console that just doesn’t age.
Even today, as the Wii U and PS4 have dominated my current gaming life, the SNES sits right besides them and gets just as much love. And when the Switch finally rolls around, the situation will stay the same. The Super Nintendo will always be at my gaming side.
There are many great video game consoles. But only one Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
That’s all for this issue #3 of TWW. What do you think? Do you agree with my stance of the SNES being Nintendo’s best? Or am I evil for saying N64 games have aged?
Check back next week when I discuss the worst Nintendo console in history. And if you want to read more of my ramblings, including reviews for video games and animated movies, head over to my site at WizardDojo.com.
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