At long last, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as the SNES, the Super NES, or the Super Nintendo) is getting some handheld love. Yes, at the most recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo made the announcement that SNES games will be making their way to the virtual console of the New Nintendo 3DS, some of them being released that very day. They’re even bringing EarthBound (and in Europe already have). Exciting, no?

So, here at Gamnesia, we’ve decided to drop a full break down of every single SNES game coming to New Nintendo 3DS across every region, along with their anticipated release dates.

And without further ado, here we go!

North America

  • March 3 — F-Zero (Available now)
  • March 3 — Pilotwings (Available now)
  • March 3 — Super Mario World (Available now)
  • March 24 — Donkey Kong Country
  • March 24 — EarthBound
  • March 24 — Super Mario Kart
  • April 14 — Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
  • April 14 — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • April 14 — Super Metroid

Europe and Australia (PAL)

  • March 3 — EarthBound (Available now)
  • March 3 — Super Mario World (Available now)
  • March 10 —
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • March 10 — Super Metroid
  • March 17 —
  • March 17 — Super Mario Kart
  • March 24 —
    Donkey Kong Country


  • March 4 — F-Zero
  • March 4 —
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • March 4 —
  • March 4 — Donkey Kong Country
  • March 4 — Super Mario World
  • ??? — Super Metroid
  • ??? — Super Mario Kart
  • ??? — Kirby’s Dream Course
  • ??? — Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • ??? — Fire Emblem: Genealogy of Holy War
  • ??? — Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
  • ??? — Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble
  • ??? — Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
  • ??? — Final Fight
  • ??? — Final Fight 2
  • ??? — Final Fight 3
  • ??? — Super Castlevania IV
  • ??? — Super Ghouls and Ghosts
  • ??? — Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • ??? — Street Fighter II’ Turbo
  • ??? — Super Street Fighter II
  • ??? — Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • ??? — Mega Man 7
  • ??? — Mega Man X
  • ??? — Mega Man X2
  • ??? — Mega Man X3

That’s quite a list and quite a Japanese slant, but who knows, the release dates on so many of the currently Japanese exclusive ones are up in the air that maybe we will end up getting a few of them here in the West.

No matter what though, there’s quite a bit to look forward to. Which SNES games are you most looking forward to playing on your New Nintendo 3DS?

Source: Nintendo Direct, Nintendo of Japan

Our Verdict

Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.


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