Somewhat Random – SNES Collection

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I’ve been wanting to do this for a bit, and people on Twitter did show interest in such an article, so I decided to go ahead and talk about my gaming collection. First up will be my Super Nintendo Entertainment System collection. Come back each Saturday to see stuff from the rest of my collection.

I’ll be completely honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve collected anything for my SNES collection. In fact, most of this stuff is actually from my childhood. Now that I think about it, I left one game out, oh well. That game is Super Star Wars by the way. Regardless, let’s have a look at the games and accessories that I have.

Super Mario World was the first SNES game that I ever owned. It came bundled with my SNES way back in the day and has seen plenty of play. Notice the corner of the label is actually starting to come off. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is actually my brother’s cart, but for now it rests in my collection.

Donkey Kong Country 2 was a birthday gift, but I actually couldn’t even play it that day. I remember having a ridiculously high fever when I received the game and had to watch my siblings play the game. I did manage to play a few levels, one of which was Hot-Head Hop, but was too drowsy (thanks liquid Gravol) to continue. I remember listening to the song in Hot-Head Hop and feeling nauseous and warm, the constant lava bubbling didn’t help my stomach one bit. Come to think of it, the awful tasting Gravol shit didn’t help much either.

Donkey Kong Country 3 given to me, but I can’t remember why. Isn’t really as good as DKC2, or evoke as much emotion.

Aww, Super Game Boy and Mario Paint. How many hours did I spend with you two? Funny thing is, I didn’t even own a Game Boy, but bought games to play on my SNES. The game that I bought it for is quite embarrassing, I’ll reveal that next weekend, but I did buy Pokemon Red to play on my SGB! As for Mario Paint, you may notice that I don’t have the mouse pad. Sadly, that cracked many years ago and was trashed. Both the game and mouse still work were used to create crappy art and animations. I do remember the fly swatting game getting the most play here though. I do believe Mario Paint was a Christmas gift in the year 1992.

Super Adventure Island was another great birthday gift. It’s not as good as the NES games (Adventure Island 2/3 specifically), but a solid entry nonetheless. Mega Man X2 is a game that I actually traded my Battletoads in Battlemaniacs for a couple years back. Great cart, but I miss my Battletoads cart. Blackthorne was one of two gifts that me and my brother received from our uncle that owned a video game rental store. I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but I’ve grown to love the game and have actually even reached the final level. Still haven’t beat the game yet though. Definitely an underrated SNES gem.

Both of these games I actually saved up for and bought myself. Two of the first video game purchases I ever made. I played Sim City at a cousin’s house and absolutely fell for the game. It’s definitely my favourite Sim City game for many reasons. Two of which are its soundtrack and King Koopa’s appearance. Arkanoid: Doh It Again was a purchase made based on playing DX-Ball 2 at friend’s house. Though, the game didn’t quite catch me like the former did.

A trio of games based on mascots. Let me get the most heartbreaking out of the way. Virtual Bart, you suck, big time. Thought it would be even better than Bart’s Nightmare, WRONG. Ten times worst than that game. There are some OK games in the package, but definitely could be passed over. Eek! The Cat, you suck as well. You are the bane of my existence, I hate you. Though, not all is bad, because I actually think Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions is pretty good. It is difficult, but the gameplay is fun when you get the controls down.

Finally, three absolute gems from my humble SNES collection. Breath of Fire was the other game my uncle gave to me and my brother. This was supposed to be my brother’s cart, but has become mine over the years. Great RPG, maybe a little underrated. Secret of Mana is the newest game in my collection and was actually my friend’s game. He never bought a SNES console, so just told me to keep it. Haven’t played it all the way through, but definitely a fun game. Illusion of Gaia is a game that I received as a gift for doing well in school. This is one of my all time favourites. I’ll never forget riding the raft with Kara, or the first time I got to play as Freedan. Its soundtrack is also unforgettable, including a song that will haunt me forever.

That’s everything I own for the SNES. I’m missing my Super Star Wars cart at the moment, but have a good idea of where it is hiding. When I find it, I’ll post a pic just to be complete.

Share your SNES collection with me! I’d love to see/read about what carts you have!

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  • Rick Trujillo

    No Link to the Past?

    • Mini Fortress

      Sadly, no. These are mostly childhood carts, A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart were all hard to come by in this small town. I should add them though, would make the collection better.

      • Michael Vincent

        I remembered a time in my childhood when I have to go to my cousin’s house just to play the SNES. There was also this time when her dad refused to let us play because my cousin did something to upset him. And me, and my younger brother were there patiently waiting for them to boot the SNES up. Ah childhood. That’s the time when I made it a point to buy a video game console when I’m able. And buy one (or two, heck, three) whenever the time comes that I got a family of my own.

        Yeah, this is off topic. But this post reminded me of that time. :)

        • Mini Fortress

          Reading your comment really brings me back to those days as well. I had a similar experience at a cousin’s place. I have always been an early riser and they used to sleep in on the weekends. I had to wait for hours each time I stayed over there to play their awesome NES collection. It wasn’t all bad though as I did manage to read their entire Archie collection in the times that I waited.

          • Robert

            You missed your prime time for gaming without them getting in the way! Then again, perhaps they wouldn’t want you messing with their games without them involved.

            I have quite a few good memories of gaming, though generally didn’t get up early unless it was to get in some gaming before school. These days I find myself looking at all kinds of different games that I may not have before when thinking about the kids playing them when they get old enough. So far NSMB2 and Mario Kart Wii hasn’t quite caught on with my oldest, but we’ll get there after more practice.

            That’s the great thing about the 3DS, Wii and Wii U, they keep these classics alive in a very convenient and consolidated format.

          • Mini Fortress

            You’re right. It’s nice to see Nintendo take the initiative in doing this. You see Sony bringing a lot of their PS1 classics out now, and a few Arcade games have shown up on X-Box Live. The more retro the better I say!

            Keep trying with your oldest, eventually they may come around.

        • Mini Fortress

          I meant to thank you for the comment as well! so, Thank you for the comment and the memories!

  • Matt S

    You’re missing King Arthur’s World – one of the best SNES unknown games ever! :D

    • Mini Fortress

      I’m missing a ton of games. Killer Instinct, Super Metroid, name it, I’m probably missing it.

  • Robert

    erg.. post was eaten by disqus or chrome..

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your collection, was a great little nostalgia trip. My first thought was the same as Rick, “no link to the past”? That was quickly followed by the irony of seeing the Secret of Mana. :) Will have to look into some of those others that I don’t recognize as well.

    I finally had a chance to fire up my Wii yesterday and test it out after being stored for 10 months. I was glad to see that it worked and I’m itching to add some Virtual Console titles again. Am definitely getting LTTP and looking at Super Metroid, Super Bonk, Mega Man X along with some other NES and TG16 titles. (maybe some adventure island for the TG16)

    Sadly I never had a SNES or any games, only played friends and they would play my TurboGrafx16.

    • Mini Fortress

      I enjoyed sharing my SNES games and will share more of my stuff next weekend. Next will be my Game Boy stuff.

      Those are all great titles to get on the VC and actually, I have A Link to the Past and Super Metroid on the VC. Both would make amazing additions to my cart collection though.

      TurboGrafx16 is a console I need to play more of. I have Bonk’s Adventure on the VC, but I need the other titles as well. I want to play the Neutopia games and some shoot ‘em ups that I haven’t as of yet.

      • Robert

        Looking forward to next weekend too.

        Just added LTTP to my Wii last night and played about 20 minutes. In some ways I think I spoiled a bit of it for myself from all the hours of footage and let’s play I’ve watched on youtube. :(

        There’s also Bonk’s Revenge and Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure as well which I plan to get along with some schmups. Though I think a few of them (maybe some flavors of gradius?) fell off VC a year back for some reason.

        • Mini Fortress

          Yeah, those are the other two Bonk games that I’d like to get. I wasn’t aware that some TG16 games fell off the service. Doesn’t surprise me though, tons of other games have been taken off the VC now, so what’s a few more?

  • dkanddiddy

    I happen to have Daffy Duck: Marvin Missions too. Everything you said about it mimicked what I thought about it. Some of those levels and bosses are hard.

    • Mini Fortress

      I agree 100%, some of those boss fights are just down right mean. I usually collect a bunch of ammo for all the different guns and just start spamming the boss. The final boss was too easy though.

      I love using the gun to propel Daffy faster and further. Neat little technique that definitely comes in handy to navigate some of the tougher areas, and to find some much needed secrets.