Today we bring you our selection of the 50 best SNES games for nostalgic fans . In recent years, in the world of video games, many developers have used this sentiment to re-release great games that once marked a generation. But the truth is, there is nothing better than recovering a SNES directly and playing these great wonders.
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The 50 best SNES games (Super Nintendo)
We know that our list is long, but there are games for all tastes that you can surely recover. If you do not have the possibility to get a Super Nintendo, the company published the small version of the console in which you will find some of these games. Classic controller in hand, let’s remember old times.
50. Cybernator (1992)
We start the list with this title of platforms and shots . We will put on a great assault suit, armed to the teeth, to finish off the enemy’s ultimate weapon. Fast-paced action with excellent background music and an intense story.
49.Super Bomberman 2 (1994)
The ‘Dastardly Bombers’ villains want to take over the world with their powers. The player will embody Bomberman to prevent it and use all of his resources to save the world. The mechanics of the game remain the same as the saga: create bombs to kill your enemies and destroy blocks. It also has a mode for up to four players that makes it much more fun.
48. Mortal Kombat II (1993)
A great classic fighting game in solo mode or for 2 players. Its predecessor was already an absolute success and one of the best SNES games, but in this title they managed to improve the fluidity and playability. The inclusion of new auctions and characters that have become mythical was a turning point. Its extreme violence is a trademark of the house and, despite the multiple awards, it caused a lot of controversy. Spinning kicks are unforgettable.
47. Flashback (1992)
An action adventure with platforms that is sure to hook you . The protagonist is Conrad, who wakes up in an unknown prison. Set in the future, we must collect clues to discover Conrad’s identity, his past, and what is really happening in the universe.
46. The Lost Vikings (1992)
Great platform game that can be played individually or cooperatively . The protagonists are 3 Vikings abducted by an alien villain . The Nordics must use the individual abilities of each protagonist in order to achieve victory. The grace of the game is that the three protagonists must reach the end alive, so teamwork is essential.
45. NBA Jam (1993)
NBA Jam was a success thanks to its novel proposal and its great facility to entertain. It is a basketball video game in which the games are played two against two. Its mechanics is arcade and breaks with the usual rules of sport. There is no penalty for fouls or backfield and you can score by making spectacular jumpers, colossal dunks and big blocks. Its dynamism and spectacular nature make it very worthwhile.
44. International Superstar Soccer (1994)
This is the first soccer title that really stood out from all that were being done at the time, perhaps the best SNES game of its kind. Its graphic section was very different and was close to the retransmission of a matchfootball on television. It is very curious to see how the developers made an effort to make the footballers look like real ones, with the same height and image. The most curious thing is that despite the similarity, they could not use their real names.
43. Earthworm Jim (1994)
Far from the great Nintendo characters, Jim is presented, an earthworm with a cybernetic suit and a gun . His mission is similar to Mario’s: travel the universe to find a princess. Jim has various resources to eliminate the enemies of him. Various weapons or his head, which he can use as a whip. A fun and entertaining proposal.
42. Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996)
If you played some SNES, surely if you close your eyes you remember the characteristic sounds of the Street Fighter saga. This is a new installment of the fighting classic that has substantially improved its graphics and animations. It is true that it can be played individually, but its 2-player mode is much more fun.
41. Super Punch Out (1994)
Super Punch Out is a boxing game from the Puch Out saga that greatly surprised the players of the time. The skill and timing of the blows, as well as the good analysis of the opponent’s patterns, are key to your victory in the NCBA, the Nintendo Video Boxing Association.
40. Zombies At My Neighbors (1993)
Zeke and Julie are two brothers who will have to survive a great threat. Throughout the game , the brothers must go through various scenarios full of monsters of all kinds (from zombies to the evil doll Chucky). A large arsenal is at your disposal, but you can also share the adventure with a friend, which will make everything easier and more fun.
39. Final Fight (1989)
The first in the saga of these successful beat’em up . Mike Haggar must fight his way to rescue his daughter kidnapped by the Mad Gear gang. In the game, not only hands are used, there are also melee weapons and throwing weapons of all kinds.
38. Breath of Fire II (1994)
This is one of the most popular RPGs of its generation. The player will embody Ryu who, together with his friend Bow, must travel through a fantastic world to find his father and sister and solve the mystery that hides his past. The turn-based battles, but very impressive, and the story are key in this title.
37. Doom (1993)
The first of the legendary saga that has given us such good times. In Doom we embody a Marine Corps soldier transferred to a space station near Mars. There you will find a portal from which all kinds of creatures from another world appear. You and your weapon are the only thing that stands between Hell and Earth.
36. Top Gear (1992)
Considered one of the best SNES driving games, Top Gear marked an era and became a benchmark for the genre. It is a racing simulator that sought, as far as possible, to recreate a real race. Its multiple configuration options gave it a differentiating nuance. A game that can be for one or 2 players.
35. Aladdin (1993)
If you like Disney classics, this is your title. In Aladdin we will be able to live the most remembered moments of the movie . Travel by magic carpet, escape from the Sultan’s dungeon, take the Genie’s lamp and rescue Jasmine from the clutches of Jafar. An extraordinary platform and action adventure.
34. Parodius (1988)
This title is very particular, since it is a parody of the classic spaceship games, the ‘side-scrolling martamarcianos’. The player will go through several scenarios and will face a final boss in each location. Despite being a ship game, the enemies are characters that have nothing to do with the genre (penguins, bees, moais…).
33. UN Squadron (1989)
Put yourself in the shoes of an aviation pilot and face your enemies in this side-scrolling shooter. The player can choose between three different pilots and this choice will determine the abilities that he has. Between levels, you can also buy special weapons or add defense to your hunt.
32. Sunset Riders (1991)
Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 has made outlaws back in fashion, it’s time to play this gem: Sunset Riders.You are a bounty hunter who has to hunt down the evil outlaws who are outside the law. Choose your favorite character and shoot ’em up in the Wild West.
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31. Mega Man X (1993)
100 years after the story of the original Mega Man, the protagonist of this title is a robot that must face the threat of the Reploids . The mechanics are similar to all previous games in the saga, but in this case Mega Man will be able to sprint, climb walls and improve his abilities.
30. Demon’s Crest (1994)
The protagonist of this story, the demon Firebrand, gets all the crests of power that make him very powerful. However, as he is tired of the fights, Phalanx steals them and the protagonist is left alone in the face of danger. You and your demon must travel the world to regain power and overthrow Phalanx. A platform game with gameplay and music that seem from another world.
29. Axelay (1992)
An army of mysterious aliens has invaded the planet Corliss and is exhausting all the resources that exist. Only you and the prototype ship Axelay can save the planet. In this ship game we will go through various scenarios to defeat all the enemies and put an end to the threat.
28. Street Fighter II turbo (1992)
A new installment of the Street Fighter saga that could not be missing from this list. Maporros and special attacks everywhere . The big differences in this title were the increased speed of the game, the new special moves that left us speechless and the new color palette presented by the characters.
27. Ghouls ‘n Ghost (1991)
Side-scrolling platform game in which we embody Artur, a knight who must fight against darkness . Throughout the levels, we will find many enemies, but also armor, weapons and powers to be able to defeat the monsters that come our way.
26. Super Mario All Stars (1993)
A compilation that could not be missing from this list. Nintendo united Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros 2 and Super Mario Bros 3 on the same cartridge. A compilation with Mario’s greatest hits after a facelift. A perfect option for those who have not played it.
25. Earthbound (1994)
Ness, a 13-year-old boy, must face Gygas, the universal cosmic destroyer, in order to save his planet. A classic RPG where exploration and the weapons you find will be essential for your battle. Its soundtrack is one of the most legendary in the world of video games .
24. Donkey Kong 3 (1996)
The third installment of the Donkey Kong Country saga in which we control Dixie Kong and his cousin Kiddy Kong. In this title we will have to rescue Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who are kidnapped by the fearsome Baron K. Roolenstein. Following the mechanics of the saga, it gives us great moments and seeks to go a little further with its levels.
23. Killer Instinct (1994)
The first of the famous saga of fighting games andan excellent title for 2 players . It certainly earns a place on the list thanks to its ability to create a sense of three-dimensionality without leaving 2D. Despite having only 10 characters, its large number of movements and possibilities made it very deep.
22. Contra III (1992)
Throughout six levels, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean must lead the Contra team in the devastated city of Neo City. A large-scale alien attack endangers the Earth and you will be the only thing between life and death. A platform and shooting game that is well worth trying to understand how the genre has evolved.
21. Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995)
Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, his girlfriend, go to Crocodile Island to rescue Donkey Kong . This is the second installment of the saga, which meant an expansion of the Donkey Kong universe, something highly anticipated by his followers.
20. Dragon Ball Z Butoden 2 (1993)
We reached 20th place with a game that will revive the nostalgia of many. Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2 is a new installment of Akira Toriyama’s anime based fighting game . The split screen mechanics and a significant improvement in graphics and gameplay made it one of the best fighting games of the moment.
19. Star Wing (1993)
Surely everyone knows him for the Star Fox team, led by Nintendo’s most famous fox. Not only is it one of the great SNES games, it’s also one of the best spaceship shooting games around . Star Wing revolutionized the genre with its three-dimensional graphics.
18. Super Star Wars (1992)
The side-scrolling action video game of one of the most famous movie sagas. Throughout the game, we will be able to use Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca following the story of Episode IV. We can also put ourselves at the controls of a Lanspeeder or an X-Wing. An essential for fans of the work of George Lucas.
17. F-Zero (1990)
It is not a simple futuristic racing game,It is the forerunner of the genre that marked all the games that came. The vehicles are plasma-powered cars and they compete in an intergalactic tournament in which they must exceed 500 km/h in order to win. Each pilot has his vehicle and specific skills. The most famous pilot of the game and the saga is Captain Falcon.
16. Prince of Persia (1989)
Another title that is part of the history of video games. Prince of Persia marked a before and after in video game animation. A platform and trap adventure that redefined the genre and brought very fluid animations and control style.
15. Terranigma (1995)
One of the most loved action RPG by SNES players. Terranigma is a great role-playing video game that uses the classic concepts of the genre to reinterpret them and give them a personal touch. The exploration and action are exquisite.
14. Mega Man 7 (1995)
Although many analysts consider that Mega Man 7 is a simple rehash and does not contribute anything, it is very loved by fans of the saga. It is true that this title does not invent gunpowder, but at the time it was highly applauded by Super Nintendo players , since it was the only one in the saga that was published on the console.
13. Final Fantasy VI (1994)
The installment of the legendary turn-based combat role-playing saga could not be missing from the list of the best Super Nintendo games. In this title, the protagonists were The Replicants, a group that fights against the tyranny of the Empire. It was acclaimed around the world thanks to the options it provided in battles and the great cast of characters. Without a doubt, it marked the genre forever.
12. Secret of Mana (1993)
Randi, Primm and the little creature Popoi will fight to save the world of Mana from the threat of ancient demons. It may seem like an RPG to use, but the truth is that at the time it caused a sensation . Its battle system is in real time (in the same way as those of the Zelda saga), but it achieved a fluidity never seen before thanks to its menu. You could quickly switch between weapons, magic spells and many more functions.
11. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
If you are looking for the great forerunner of fighting games, this is your title. It is true that it is the second game in the Street Fighter saga, but it was really the first to gain worldwide fame. It was first released on arcade machines , but its success led to the Super Nintendo, something that magnified its popularity.
10. Illusion of time (1993)
We reached the top 10 in the hands of a classic Action RPGthat many players remember fondly. Will, Freedan and Shadow must save their magical world from the threat of a great comet that wants to destroy their planet. With their powers, they must discover the mystery that lies within the Tower of Babel and, incidentally, discover what is behind the disappearance of Will’s father. The soundtrack, art, and gameplay of this game give us goosebumps.
9. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)
The Mario franchise needed to reinvent itself after the success of Super Mario World and they more than succeeded. In this title, we controlled Yoshi, who had to take care of a defenseless baby Mario.throughout the entire adventure. The big change, apart from the character, was in the mechanics: Yoshi could swallow enemies and launch eggs as projectiles. His art and his gameplay have elevated him to one of the best games ever.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in time (1991)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are an icon of the ’80s and ’90s and, as such, they couldn’t be without their video game. However, it is not just a title to take advantage of the success of the television series, it is a great game for 2 players . It is true that it can be played individually, but it is in multiplayer that this beat ’em up grows. Each player can choose the turtle he wants to be to defeat the Shredder and retrieve the stolen Statue of Liberty.
7. Super Castlevania IV (1991)
The first game in the action-adventure saga that came to Super Nintendo managed to catch fans and critics. As had been seen in previous installments of Castelvania, the Belmont family faced Dracula again and this time he was accompanied by Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy or Medusa. The developers squeezed the Nintendo console and offered visually very amazing visual effects and scenarios. The soundtrack was also well above average for video games.
6. Super Metroid (1994)
Considered the best of the saga, Super Metroid introduced elements that have served as inspiration for thousands of video games. In this 2D action-adventure platformer, he introduced a new arsenal with a wide variety of gadgets that greatly enhance the gameplay. However, the big change was the introduction of a map so that Sam wouldn’t get lost in the whole adventure. We must bear in mind that, at the time, it was the biggest Super Nintendo game.
5. Chrono Trigger (1995)
Considered by some to be one of the best games evergiven to his revolutionary concepts. It is the first of the Chrono saga and it is a role-playing game in which a group of young people travel through time in order to save the planet. The introduction of multiple endings, plot-related side quests that developed character depth, its spectacular graphics and unique battle system put it in the top 5.
4. Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong team up to get their stash of bananas back.in a game that marked a before and after in the industry. Despite being a 2D game, it used pre-rendered 3D graphics to create a totally new experience. Over time, it has not aged as well as other graphics, but the truth is that at the time they started a trend and many followed with the same system of pre-rendered graphics.
3. Super Mario Kart (1992)
Surely one of the best games for 2 players in history. It is the first title of the Mario Kart saga and it left everyone with their mouths open. The introduction of the Mario franchise in a completely different game mode than the original was very surprising and paved the way for great successes like Mario Tennis. In the game you choose one of the 8 Mario characters (each with his abilities) and compete in various circuits set in the world of Mario. The innovation with the use of objects, graphics and how fun it was made it a resounding success. Today, the Mario Kart saga is still a guarantee of a great game.
2. Super Mario World (1990)
Without a doubt, the best Mario game for SNES. The platform game that started it all was reinvented with amazing levels, power-ups and items that completely changed the gameplay. In this case , Mario and Luigi had to save Dinosaur Land and rescue Princess Toadstool. Its graphic style, sound and replayability were the most applauded aspects. There is no doubt that Mario has left his mark on the video game industry and this title is one of the best.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the past (1991)
We made it to the top of the top 50 SNES games list with The Legend of Zelda: Link to the past.. A new action and role-playing adventure starring Link in which several elements that have endured throughout the saga were introduced. The Master Sword, the hook, the spin attack, the flute or the Pegasus boots began in this SNES title.
Another big change was the introduction of two parallel worlds, the one of light and the one of darkness. A highly recommended game for everyone, even if you don’t like the genre too much. Its history and the intelligence with which it uses all its resources make it a true work of art.
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