Few would argue with the assertion that Nintendo's Super Nintendo (SNES) system is one of the greatest platforms in the history of the industry. Between launching dozens of franchises and hosting some incredible first and third party content, the SNES might still be Nintendo's crowning achievement – even 27 years after its debut. That's why we've assembled our picks for the Top 100 SNES games of all time.
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Our criteria were simple – quality upon release, originality, replayability, and impact upon the industry. After fighting with each other over a span of weeks and many, many hours, we managed to dig through our childhood memories – and modern Virtual Console experiences – to arrange our ranking. No doubt you'll have some disagreements. That's why we have comments. Be sure to leave your thoughts! Kicking off our countdown is a Capcom classic, a game that came to the SNES by way of the late '80s arcade scene — Final Fight. It was an evolutionary brawler in its original coin-op form, taking the beat-'em-up structure of earlier titles like Double Dragon to the next level.
Then, on the SNES, it helped define what 16-bit home console brawlers would be — and inspired two SNES-exclusive sequels. Well, kind of three. 'Final Fight Guy' came out a few years later to bring ninja fighter Guy back as a playable option — he'd been cut from this first version, leaving only Cody and Mayor Mike Haggar to beat the Mad Gear gang out of Metro City. They were tiny. They were toony. (And they were all a little looney.) Just as Nintendo's 8-bit NES had lived alongside some of the best pop culture brands of the '80s, the SNES enjoyed its peak of popularity at the same time as some of the greatest '90s cartoons – like Steven Spielberg's classic Looney Tunes spin-off, Tiny Toons.
Buster Busts Loose adapted the animated hijinks of that Saturday morning staple into an impressively varied hop-and-bop platformer, each level of which had a different theme featuring characters and settings from several of the show's episodes – including spoofs of Back to the Future and Star Wars (starring Plucky Duck as Duck Vader). Did you know that Nintendo was once sued by Pixar?
It's true – before Toy Story ever put them on the map, the young film studio took offense to this game's use of computer-generated unicycles, sued the Big N and won. That bit of legal trouble kept Uniracers from having the larger print run it deserved, which means there's a good chance you never got to experience its inventive design that combined high-speed racing on wild, looping courses with a unique stunt system.
So just remember that, the next time you're enjoying a Pixar flick. There's bad blood between Mario and Buzz Lightyear. One of the SNES' last releases before the Nintendo 64 stepped into the spotlight, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 effectively summed up the era that preceded it – offering a definitive, jam-packed, nothing-held-back edition of one of the two franchises that most defined the early '90s fighting craze. Nintendo famously wimped out with the first Mortal Kombat, forcing Midway to censor its violence while Genesis players enjoyed all the blood and gore intact.
By the time Ultimate MK3 came around, though, the Big N let the carnage unfold unchecked. And now the other franchise that most defined the '90s fighting genre. Street Fighter Alpha 2 was released even later than Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and was the kind of late-to-the-party release that seemed just a little nonsensical – but, when you played it, it felt like a real labor of love.
Capcom had crafted some truly excellent Street Fighter titles for the SNES in earlier years, and this port of Alpha 2 felt like a fond farewell to an old friend. It pushed the 16-bit system to its limits, and actually a bit too far beyond – it had to make some significant compromises to run on the aging console. But it's hard to fault the effort, and that's why it deserves this rank and recognition. The first racing game to make the cut for our countdown, Kemco's Top Gear 2 represented a step up from what racing games had been in the previous generation – but not too drastic a step.
Top Gear 2 looks, feels and plays a lot like NES titles like Rad Racer did years before, with the boost of 16-bit processing power giving the whole experience a fresh coat of paint. A selection of courses set around the world, a vehicle upgrade system and new weather effects kept Top Gear making progress toward what more traditional racing titles would eventually offer in the future, but in the end the SNES was more defined by its all-new takes on racing (like F-Zero's futuristic hovercrafts and Super Mario Kart's item-shooting go-karts).
I am vengeance. I am the night. Bruce Timm's bold and bar-setting Batman: The Animated Series was unquestionably the best cartoon to come out of the '90s, and its license thankfully wasn't passed over for adaptation into a game. Even more thankfully, the resulting game was a great one. Konami, who'd previously proved their worth at handling Warner Bros. Toon properties with Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose, capably crafted a Batman platformer that captured the dark, iconic style of the animated series. The level design, like Tiny Toons, took its cues from the show's most memorable episodes.
Batman's been a character who's had as many misses as hits in video games over the years, but this SNES effort was one of his best. Nintendo fans who were around for the company's N64 and GameCube eras all know the name Factor 5, as the studio's technical mastery of both of those consoles became household knowledge after the release of several incredible Star Wars: Rogue Squadron games.
In the generation that preceded those, though, they were cutting their teeth on Turrican. Super Turrican 2 was Factor 5's SNES side-scrolling shooter sequel, a follow-up to their first Super Turrican. Both games were packed with inventive ideas and impressive action, but 2 beat out 1 for our countdown thanks to its memorable vehicle sequences – i.
Gaming Sanctuary System FAQ: SNESFAQ3.1 Well, I've done it. I've revised this topic (which was long overdue, but I'm very busy), and I've sectioned info into different categories. I've compiled all the information (that was relevant) from the previous topic, did slight text modifications, and gave it a style sheet of sorts, for more conformity. This is SNES FAQ 3.1, and while people give me all the thanks, remember that most members of the SNES General board have contributed to this. I know some things, but this wouldn't be possible without you guys!
Most things should be in order, so with that being said, take a gander! TABLE OF CONTENTS (Click topics in the table to jump to them! Hit backspace to return!) Yup, it's that time again. This is a more updated list of games that I've put together based on many users opinions. While this section is for good titles, I don't want to be held responsible if any of the games listed maim your pride.
Most of these games will satisfy people though. Q: 'What are some RPGs you would recommend to play?'
A: 'Here's a list of generally recommended SNES RPGs': Turn Based Or Traditional: - Breath of Fire - Breath of Fire II - Chrono Trigger - Earthbound - Final Fantasy 2/4 - Final Fantasy 3/6 - Lufia & the Fortress of Doom - Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - Paladin's Quest - Robotrek - Super Mario RPG Action/RPG: - Dragon View - EVO: The Search for Eden - Illusion of Gaia - Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Secret of Evermore - Secret of Mana - Seiken Densetsu 3 (Japanese) - Shadowrun - Soul Blazer - Super Ninja Boy - Terranigma (Released only in Europe, Australia, and Japan ver. Is called Tenchi Souzou) - Twisted Tales of Spike McFang - YS 3: Wanderers From YS Strategy/Sim: - Der Langrisser (Japanese) - Fire Emblem (All of them. They are all Japanese) - Metal Marines - Ogre Battle - Pilot Wings (Not too sure where to put this. Sim) - Sim City (Simulation Strategy) - Uncharted Waters: New Horizons Never released in NA: - Bahamut Lagoon (Strategy RPG) - Dragon Quest 5 - Dragon Quest 6 - Dual Orb 2 - FEDA: Emblem of Justice (Strategy RPG) - Final Fantasy 5 - Front Mission (Strategy RPG) - Live - A - Live - Rapurasu No Ma (Typically called Laplace No Ma/ Demon of Laplace) - Romancing SaGa - Romancing SaGa 2 - Romancing SaGa 3 - Rudra No Hihou - Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2. Action/RPG) - Star Ocean - Super Robot Taisen 4 (Strategy/RPG) - Super Robot Taisen Gaiden (Side story.
Strategy/RPG) - Tales of Phantasia - Treasure Hunter G - Wonder Project J (RPG/Sim. More Sim though.
Can use SNES Mouse) - Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (Action/RPG) Less Appreciated: - 7th Saga - Drakkhen - Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy (fan translated, VERY short. Japanese) - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - Secret of the Stars (Tecmo) Q: 'What are some good shoot 'em up games for SNES?'
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A: 'The SNES has several great shooters (contrary to popular belief) that will make most shmup fans happy.' Run 'N Gun type games: - Contra III (a.k.a Super Probotector in PAL) - Cybernator (a.k.a Assault Suits Valken in Japan) - Metal Warriors - Rendering Ranger (Japanese) - Super Turrican Horizontally (side) scrolling: - Biometal - Darius Twin - Gokujou Parodius (Japanese import only) - Gradius III - Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (Japanese import only) - Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie (Japanese import only) - Marchen Adventure: Cotton 100% (Japanese import only) - Parodius Da! (Japanese and PAL import only) - Phalanx - R-Type III - Super Earth Defense Force - Super Nova - U.N. Squadron (aka Area88 in Japan) Vertically (up-down) scrolling: - Aero Fighters (aka Sonic Wings in Japan) - Dezaemon (Japanese. Create your own shooter) - Fire Power 2000 (Super SWIV in Japan and Europe) - Hyperzone (Mode 7) - Imperium - Pop 'N Twinbee (Japanese and PAL import only) - Space Megaforce (aka Super Aleste in Japan) - Star Fox - Strike Gunner S.T.G Both vertically and horizontally scrolling: - Axelay - Caravan Shooting Collection (Japanese) Q: 'What are some good 2 player games?'