The Super Nintendo is easily the best console to ever exist and my personal favorite. It brought all of your favorite franchises into the 16-bit era with flying colors. So just for you, I have listed out my personal Top 10 Super Nintendo games.
10. Super Tennis
As one of the launch window games on the SNES, Super Tennis brings you back to the day when sports games were fun and without trying to simulate every aspect of the sport.
…fun and without trying to simulate every aspect of the sport.
Super Tennis offers total control over the playing field by being able to hit top spins, curve wicked slices, and sky high lobs on the fly to give the game great depth. On top of ball control, the terrain you choose plays a big role as well. By selecting a grass court the ball will have a slower bounce and picking the hard surface court makes the ball bounce much faster. If you are playing against an opponent with moderate skill level, volleys can last over a couple of minutes. Responsive controls, fast-paced action, and a world circuit mode make this one of the best sports games on the console.
9. Battletoads & Double Dragon
Battletoads & Double Dragon combines what made both games great making it a match made in beat ‘em up heaven.
If your someone who is up for a challenge then this game is for you.
You are able to select a Battletoad or Double Dragon. Choosing either character from their respectable game gives them slightly different mechanics. For example, the Lee brothers bring their spin kicking martial arts prowess. The Battletoads offer up their own brand of brutal punishment with their gigantic growing fists and enormous boots. Each of the seven stages offer elements from either Battletoads or Double Dragon. Bosses like Abobo and Big Blag from previous titles make appearances and are bigger than ever. If your someone who is up for a challenge then this game is for you.
8. Donkey Kong Country
Anyone seeing Donkey Kong Country for the first time during this era couldn’t believe their eyes.
…it was so groundbreaking.
The graphics couldn’t even be matched by any SNES game produced at the time. However, Donkey Kong Country wasn’t a one trick pony. It had expertly crafted levels bursting with hidden goodies galore, wacky outrageous animals to ride, and silky smooth control. Certain tunes in the game (especially the bonus stage music) will get stuck in your head for hours on end. Donkey Kong Country spawned two additional sequels both of which are quite good, but I chose to pick the original since it was so groundbreaking.
7. Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II was the progenitor of the fighting game revolution in the 1990s.
…practice [at home] until your thumbs started to bleed, then show off your new skills at the arcade.
Street Fighter II provided eight different pugilists to choose from. These fighters ranged from disciplined martial artists to wild jungle beast man. Street Fighter II gave us brightly colored stages, large scrolling arenas with interactive objects in the background, and one-on-one fighting to see who was the best. Now you could fire up Street Fighter II at home, practice until your thumbs started to bleed, then show off your new skills at the arcade. I remember having multiple people over and running my own tournaments. Things got so out of control I had people bring other TVs and systems so we could just play more Street Fighter II with less controller passing. If you’re looking for a fighting game on the SNES look no further then Street Fighter II.
6. Super Castlevania IV
Another early launch window SNES game, Super Castlevania IV captured what made the older NES Castlevanias great and brought it into the 16-bit generation.
…a graphical powerhouse showing off just what Mode 7 could do.
You no longer had to worry about the stiff jumping physics and single direction whip to control. Now you can make those platform jumps with ease. Another life saving addition is the ability to use the whip in eight different directions. Super Castlevania IV was a graphical powerhouse showing off just what Mode 7 could do. For instance, there is this stage that is rotating while the background is spinning. It could really disorient you if you weren’t paying attention. You knew when you were playing Super Castlevania IV the next generation was here.
5. Super Mario World
Back when consoles came with pack-in games Super Mario World was included with your purchase of a SNES.
Many consider this to be the best Mario game ever made.
Many consider this to be the best Mario game ever made. Super Mario World was massive. It contained over 96 different levels to find with tons of secrets to explore, characters with personality, and added the new character Yoshi that Mario could hitch a ride on. Super Mario World would slowly introduce mechanics to the player and then build on them gradually making levels more difficult. One could easily go through the game multiple times and miss out on certain areas. In two words I can describe why Super Mario World is one of the best Mario games ever made, cape physics.
4. Super Metroid
I remember to this day booting up Super Metroid and hearing the bone chilling somber tune as the title screen faded in.
…one of the best platforming masterpieces to ever exist.
That music created an atmosphere even before pressing the start button. Finally, when I mustered up the courage to press the start button and venture into the world, I was met with one of the best platforming masterpieces to ever exist. Super Metroid provided a vast planet with plenty of secrets to explore, gigantic bosses that spanned multiple screens, an ordnance of weapons and power ups to find, and an unforgettable atmosphere that no game at the time could provide.
3. Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger, simply put, is the greatest Japanese RPG ever made.
[an] unforgettable tale that many people still talk about to this day.
Released late in the SNES’s life cycle, Chrono Trigger got rid of the standard random battle system found in most RPGs at the time. Instead you are able to see your enemies and avoid a battle if you wish. Chrono Trigger let you explore the world during different periods in time. This allotted you to interact with certain characters or events in the past and change the future. Most notably giving you a chance to obtain the villain Magus in your party. Chrono Trigger was a collaborative project with key people dubbed the “Dream Team.” The “Dream Team” consisted of Hironobu Sakaguchi the creator of Final Fantasy, Yuji Horii the originator of Dragon Quest, Akira Toriyama the manga artist behind Dragon Ball, and Nobuo Uematsu famed Final Fantasy composer. On top of all that Chrono Trigger was one of the first games to offer a New Game Plus mode allowing you to start a new game with all of your previous items. Chrono Trigger’s expertly woven plot and multiple endings is surely and unforgettable tale that many people still talk about to this day.
2. Mega Man X
Mega Man X was everything you wanted when you thought of Mega Man going into the 16-bit era.
Mega Man grew up from super fighting robot boy into…a Maverick hunting man.
Capcom essentially rebooted and created a new series of Mega Man games when they released Mega Man X. Gameplay got a much needed tune up, it allowed X to move faster and perform a wall jump giving the game a much faster pace. Levels were packed to the brim with hidden secrets. These secrets included heart tanks to increase your overall health and hidden armor pieces that gave X additional abilities. With these new armor abilities X could dash or charge up his mega buster even further. Bosses were given a complete overhaul, they were much bigger and tougher than Mega Man and were renamed Mavericks. The man suffixes of the Robot Maters was dropped in favor of names like Flame Mammoth, Storm Eagle, and Spark Mandrill. Mega Man grew up from super fighting robot boy into Mega Man X a Maverick hunting man.
1. A Link to the Past
Not only is A Link to the Past the best Super Nintendo game of all time, it is also one of the best games of all time. A Link to the Past is absolutely perfect in the design department.
…absolutely perfect in the design department.
A Link to the Past had an expansive world with over ten dungeons to explore. Link is able to choose from over twenty different tools ranging from the traditional boomerang to a lantern that would light up surrounding area. The game also introduced a dark world that completely changed how you interacted with the game world. Finally, colossal bosses that acted like puzzles to test your mind and dexterity. A Link to the Past has set the framework for all of the Zelda games after it. Even Metroid has taken inspiration from the light and dark world mechanic. If there is only one game you get to play on the SNES you should make it A Link to the Past.
I wanted to add this section for games that just missed the cut. I recommend that you give these games a try as well.
Secret of Mana and Secret of Mana 2
The Secret of Mana series had a real-time combat system that most RPGs didn’t have at the time. If you had a Multitap the 3-player cooperative mode was awesome!
Gundam Wing Endless Duel
Gundam Wing Endless Duel is a fast-paced fighting game that was only released in Japan. Check this game out if you really enjoy the Capcom Vs. series of games.
Rockman & Forte
Rockman & Forte was released in 1998, making it one of the last Super Nintendo games ever released. You were able to select either Rockman or Forte, both characters had vastly different gameplay and each character had access to different parts of a stage. If you are a Mega Man fan I highly suggest you check this one out.
Did we miss an obvious entry? Let us know below!