Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) is a console made by Nintendo to compete with Sega Genesis.
Sold more than 49 million units worldwide, SNES is a legendary 16-bit Nintendo console.
For SNES owners, the list below can be a reference in the decision to buy the best SNES games.
Super Mario Kart
It must be admitted that Super Mario Kart deserves to be called one of the best racing games of all time. Back to the graphic side, this game certainly can’t compete with today’s games. However, its presence is significant and can change the racing genre into a not exciting genre but also fun.
Not just racing, Super Mario Kart offers fun elements from the use of weapons, power slides, green and red shells to battle modes. These elements are the pioneers of today’s racing games, such as Crash Team Racing, Road Rash, or Mario Kart 8.
In his era, Star Fox became one of the most sophisticated graphics of its time. This space shooter genre game uses a special graphics chip called Super FX inserted into all released Star Fox cartridge copies. This chip itself allows Star Fox to produce three-dimensional polygonal graphics with high frame rates.
As a result, almost all gamers were curious and hypnotized by this game. They were amazed by the quality of the graphics produced. Of course, what’s interesting is not only that. The gameplay itself is recognized as one of the most exciting space war games ever made.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
This game didn’t have the chance to feel its glory because it was released towards the end of the SNES heyday. Even so, that doesn’t mean this game is inappropriate to play. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island presents the excitement of Super Mario’s adventures from another perspective that makes this game feel different but still fun. That’s why you have to play this game if you have the chance to have SNES.
Just like Star Fox, this game was once the most sophisticated of its time thanks to the Super FX 2 graphics technology. This chip allows impressive sprite manipulation effects that are visible throughout the game.
Donkey Kong Country
Like the previous games, Donkey Kong Country has a big influence on SNES’s glory thanks to the sophistication of graphics technology. This game, which was released in 1994, uses technology that can change the 3-D visualization of Donkey Kong characters into 2-D animated graphics displayed on SNES. Uniquely, this 2-D graphic looks fine and detailed, like a 3-D image stuck to the paper.
This game’s beauty is from the graphics and the gameplay, which is fun and not boring. Donkey Kong Country proved to be a success and saw Nintendo soar far above its toughest competitor, Sega, who at that time also owned the Genesis console.
Many SNES owners say that Chrono Trigger is Final Fantasy’s toughest competitor as the best RPG game in the 1990s. The Chrono Trigger that was released for SNES was able to prove that. This game itself is praised for its many cool things.
The storyline made is recognized as the best. The ending also has various versions so that it keeps you curious about watching this game many times. Not to mention the memorable soundtrack. The battle co-op system that is used is also considered not to be able to compete. Among the many cool things in this game, the characters are considered the best of the best.
Street Fighter II Turbo
This game is an improvement over the previously released Street Fighter II. Unlike the original version, the Turbo version allows you to play all 12 characters, including boss characters like Vega and M. Bison.
Of course, you don’t need to worry anymore about how nice and fun Street Fighter gameplay is. To add to the gameplay’s excitement, the Turbo version adds a game speed selection feature. You can set the game speed to be faster so that the game becomes more challenging.
Super Mario World
This game is arguably the perfect reason why you should try playing SNES once in a lifetime. This game itself presents a wider adventure than previous Mario games. You can choose the level and the various secrets in it that you can find. You can save the game the last time you died.
Not only in terms of gameplay, but this game is also considered the best for one thing. Super Mario World is where Yoshi’s character is introduced. Until now, Yoshi has become one of the most iconic Super Mario characters in the eyes of his fans.
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy III competes with Chrono Trigger as the best RPG game of its time. Just like its competitors, this game has all the elements an RPG game must-have. Starting in terms of the superstar story, characters that inspire emotions, memorable soundtracks, and the gameplay make you forget the time.
Of these, the storyline and characterizations stand out the most. In his day, RPG games were often criticized for not being able to interact with the players. Final Fantasy III has also become a pioneer for RPG games in the future so that they must touch the emotions of players through storylines and characterizations.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out for Switch, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was considered the Zelda’s best franchise. This game has all the elements that are the right size for Zelda games.
You can find many exciting things in this game. It starts from the super-wide world that allows you to explore and find many things to fight enemies with an exciting battle system. You can see the excitement of the battle system when you fight the boss. You have to fight; you also have to solve the various puzzles that exist to beat them.
The “present era” generation is not fortunate enough to live in the 1990s, which became SNES’s golden era. The thing is, they couldn’t feel how perfect the Super Metroid game was when it was first released. Gamers around the world also recognize this game as the perfect SNES game of all time.
You won’t find flaws in this game in terms of gameplay. The further you go, you will find many new things you can use, such as new weapons or abilities. The character development is not enough only in the Samus Aran character that you play. The boss or enemy character can also get stronger and less predictable as the levels get higher. A dark-themed story is also one of the best elements of this game. So, if you have SNES, this game is a must for you to play!
Harvest Moon, which is a farming simulation game. This game does not promise adrenaline-filled fighting, racing, and shooting action. Even so, Harvest Moon is still so fun to play that you forget about the time. This game will take you to a village in a quiet interior to become a farmer.
Like most farmers, in this game, you can also plant various kinds of plants, water them regularly, and then harvest them when the time comes. You can also raise various types of livestock and build a dream house.
Illusion Of Gaia
Illusion Of Gaia is an RPG game made by Quintet, released on September 1, 1994. Maybe you are not familiar with this game but believe me; this is not a mock RPG game.
In Europe, this game is better known as Illusion Of Time. This game has a series of exciting stories plus graphics satisfying for the class of RPG games on SNES. You in this game will play Will, an explorer. It was told that Will met a strange creature named Gaia in a mysterious place. Gaia tells Will to leave his home and start saving the world from an upcoming comet. What’s unique about this game is that you will find several places that exist in the real world, such as the Inca Ruins, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids.
Batman is one of the most famous superhero characters and is liked by many people, from children to adults. So, when the Michael Keaton movie “Batman Returns” was booming in 1992, Konami immediately adapted it into a beat ’em up game for SNES in 1993.
The graphics and gameplay of the Batman Returns game are very similar to Final Fight. Even though the gameplay is main, this game is quite successful because of adapting a famous superhero character. At the fifth level, you will use the batmobile in a chase with gangsters.
Alien Vs Predator
Alien Vs Predator was created by developer Jorudan and published by Activision in September 1993.
Maybe there is nothing special about this game’s graphics and gameplay, but somehow I like this game. One item in this game makes me wonder whether the item is beneficial or detrimental to us? If we take this item, the character we play will become invisible alias invisible.
On the other hand, it is advantageous because the opponent cannot see us, but on the other hand, it is also detrimental because we also cannot see the characters we play. Not infrequently, I lose my HP (health point) because of this item. Unfortunately, if our character accidentally hits the opponent, the opponent will know where we are and immediately attack.
This game, which was released in July 1995, is a shooting gallery genre. To my knowledge, this is the only game in SNES that is a shooting gallery genre.
Apart from the unique and exciting gameplay, the enemies presented in this game are also anti-mainstream. There are bandits to giant robots, and it’s crazy that we only use characters who are armed with guns. One thing that makes me like this game is that, in some moments, this game will pump our adrenaline, one of which is when the enemy has appeared a lot and makes us overwhelmed.
Super Punch-Out !!
Quite a lot of boxing games that I met on SNES but only Super Punch-Out !! which I like. This sports genre game was released on September 14, 1994.
What makes me like this game is not because of the graphics or the gameplay but because of the madness and silliness. In this game, you will use a boxer named Little Mac. You will fight crazy characters with moves that are no less crazy.
Donald In Maui Mallard
In North America, this game is better known as Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow. Released on November 28, 1996, this game turns the main character Donald Duck into a ninja.
This is one of the arcade games on SNES with a very low difficulty level, maybe because the HP provided is quite a lot. The enemies don’t make it difficult for us to complete each level.
That was the list of the best Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games according to my assessment. Maybe you have other game recommendations that deserve to be included in this list. Please write the name of the game in the comments column so that you can add references to readers who are looking for the best SNES games.