Official announcement finally came out yesterday that after months of speculation there would actually be a SNES Classic coming out this year. After the success of the NES Classic last year, there were immediate hopes that an SNES version would also be on the horizon. The system will be released on September 29th of this year and is priced at $80. The list of 21 games is listed here.
Pretty solid list of games there. You are never going to make everyone happy with the game selection if you are only choice 20 titles but it's hard to complain too much with what is included on the SNES Classic. My one complaint though would be the lack of sports games included. Basically none, unless you count Super Punch Out. Not having NBA Jam on there is a little tough to swallow. Or even an NBA Live if you want a basketball game. For a baseball version, Ken Griffey Jr baseball would have been the easy way to go. And with the modern day success of the Madden franchise, a throwback Madden game on the SNES would have been a lot of fun.
So while everyone has their childhood favorite games they'd want to see added, my biggest complaint for the SNES Classic would be the lack of sports games. But that's not enough to be too discouraged about this version. Looks like a solid lineup that I will be trying to acquire some way when it comes out....assuming of course it's availability is better than the NES version.
And for the record, my Top 5 non-sports games that I would have liked to see added to the SNES games lineup: Turtles in Time, WWE Arcade, Clue, Michael Jordan Chaos in the Windy City, and Tiny Tunes Adventures.
As mentioned in a previous Three Count, I'm looking at some events to compete in during the 2017 Summer Iowa Games. Looks like I'm either going to do a 5K or a duathlon the week prior the main Iowa Games weekend but I still need an event for the main weekend. I had some preliminary negotiations with Drew Stonewall to team-up for some Pickleball but before talks got too far we realized Pickleball is played the week after Iowa Games for some reason and I could not make that date work. So my next option I started looking at, 3-on-3 basketball.
Here's the Dream Team I was trying to put together recently: Matt Fjelland, Tosh Dillinger, Alex Bollmeyer, and Rusty Hicks. Four guys is the perfect number for 3-on-3 basketball as it gives you a sub every once and a while and it also gives you a safety net in case one of our old asses pulls something. But it's also not too many guys that you have to worry about playing time and not getting subbed in enough. The only problem though....these guy are dragging their feet about playing. Just look at what type of team we could bring to Ames in a couple weeks:
We got Matt Fjelland running the point. A sure fire first ballot 1997 IAHSAA Middle School Basketball Hall of Famer if such a Hall of Fame existed. And he's still got the handles to this day. A 4 or 5 year member of Ballard's MVP basketball team. Sure he'd have to adjust from shooting a women's ball to a men's ball but that shouldn't be an issue for Matt. And he's been training for something on Twitter for the past month or so. No one knows what it actually is he's training for, but regardless it should have him in great shape for the Iowa Games.
Then we got Tosh Dillinger anchoring the post. Tosh was basically Mr. Central College Basketball. You go look at any of their important basketball records to this day and Tosh is going to be heavily feature on those lists. Tosh was basically the original Stretch Four. An inside presence with an outside shot. I still remember playing the Iowa Games 5-on-5 with him about a decade ago and the ref of our game called him The Microwave....because when he entered the game he started heating it up immediately. You know that stroke is still there waiting for another opportunity.
Then you have me just being a #NaturalAthlete and doing whatever the team needed. Need rebounds? I got em. Need points? I'll get em. Need some defense? I mean let's not get too greedy here but whatever the team needs, I'd go get. I'd basically be the LeBron James of the Iowa Games. The James Harden of guarding and the Steph Curry of putting points up in a hurry.
Finally, I'm sure we'd find some minutes on the court for Rusty Hicks but his major contributions would probably come from the sidelines. Can you imagine having a basketball mind like Rusty Hicks as your player-coach yelling at you from the sidelines telling you everything you are doing wrong? "Ball can't stick! Reverse the ball!" and "Why are we playing no help D more than one pass away!?!?!?!" and "We gotta run that split action. It's too hard to guard." There's no way any other team at the Iowa Games is getting those type of in-game adjustments. If he can knock down a jump shot or two as well, then that's even better.
I don't see how that team isn't at least reaching the finals. I just need to get these guys on-board. If you want to help, tweet at these guys and tell them you want to see them bring home some Iowa Games medals this year. @rustyhicks15 @TShed4041 and @MFjelland. We need to be registered by Wednesday night, so get on those tweets quick!
Put out a new episode of Cooking at The 808 yesterday. This would be episode 4 of 10. In case you missed it, here it is: Buffalo Chicken Penne.