Top 110 BEST SNES Games of All Time

The Super Nintendo is one of the best and most loved gaming platforms of all time. Today we are going to take a look at 110 Best SNES games. These titles are what made the system legendary.

The Super Nintendo, more commonly known as the SNES, is undoubtedly one of the greatest videogame consoles in history. It has a massive library of games, and we have picked the 110 Best SNES Games for our list.

The impact that SNES had on the gaming industry cannot be understated. It is the console that existed before every other. Most of the long-running franchises you know and love originated on the SNES.

In addition, most of Nintendo’s best titles were released on the platform. Naturally, there are many third-party games here as well, and all of them on our list are incredible. You will see titles from well-known and respected developers such as Capcom and Square on our list.

Our criteria for these games are based on their impact on the industry and the fun factor. What is extra charming about these games is the fact that outside of the visuals, they have quite literally not aged. You can get into these titles today and have a blast.

Moreover, some of these games are wildly replayable. They can be played again and again and never get boring. Others have stellar storytelling. We made sure to feature all kinds of games.

Now let us begin our list. Whether you are a veteran SNES user or a newcomer, we hope you have fun reading through it. If you are looking for some hidden SNES gems, then hopefully, by the end of the list, you will have found them.

Here are some of the revolutionary titles and the best Super Nintendo games. While many of the games released on the system were unique, some titles could sometimes be frustrating. Still, they are fun games and worth checking out if you have the time.

Needless to say, the list is based on our opinion. So if your favorite SNES games didn’t make it, do let us know in the comments section below. Even though we have numbered our ranking all of these games are great so you can jump into any one of these you find appealing.

110. Clocktower 

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The Artistic Cover Photo of Clocktower
  • Developer: Human Entertainment and Kage
  • Publisher: Human Entertainment, Sunsoft
  • Release Date: September 14, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

We are starting off very strong. Clocktower is one of the original survival horror titles. It has a great atmosphere that keeps the player on edge all the time and awesome enemies that are terrifying no matter when they appear. 

As far as gameplay is concerned Clocktower is a point & click game. That is very different from most games survival horror games which is what makes it stand out. 

The game was a success and ended up getting many sequels but the first one is still considered the best one by many. If you love survival horror games then do play Clocktower it is one of the most essential titles in the genre’s history.

If you love survival horror then consider playing the recently released Resident Evil Village. It is the eighth installment in the legendary Resident Evil franchise and is quite enjoyable. But before you jump in consider checking out the following guides. 

109. The Adventures of Batman & Robin

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Batman and Robin on the cover photo surrounded by their villains
  • Developer: Appaloosa Interactive and Konami
  • Publisher: Konami, Sega
  • Release Date: November 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

There are plenty of Batman games on the system. The Adventures of Batman & Robin is, however, the most fun one by far. As the title suggests, the game lets you play as both Batman and Robin. 

Most of the characters’ movesets are similar, but they are animated very differently, and their weapons look different, just like in the source material. It is the type of game that is mainly a lot of fun when you just play it to kill some time.

Its graphics made The Adventures of Batman & Robin stand out to gamers. The sprites are beautiful, and they look very similar to Batman: The Animated Series. It is absolutely one of the best-looking and most popular SNES games.

108. Tiny Toons Adventures Buster Busts Loose

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Bugs and Lola on the cover of Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: December 18, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

We all loved Tiny Toons growing up. Some people got to know Tiny Toons due to games or other media besides cartoons. Tiny Toons Adventures Buster Busts Loose is one game people remember playing on the SNES as a child.

All the levels in the game are diverse. They are filled with the charm of the source material. You will undoubtedly have a blast if you love the cartoon. 

Furthermore, the only bad thing about the game is that the platforming can sometimes get frustrating. Besides that, the sprites look beautiful, and it is one of the best-looking SNES games.

107. Street Fighter Alpha 2

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Ryu and Akuma on the cover of Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: February 27, 1996
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Street Fighter Alpha 2 is one of the greatest fighting games of all time and one of the best games in general. It is easily one of the best-looking SNES games, but the visuals did impact the game’s performance on the console.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 has an excellent roster. All the characters play very differently and are all very fun to use. The game does, however, run very poorly on the system. Now with any other type of game, that would be no problem, but fighting games need to run perfectly.

106. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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The legendary classic game Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
  • Developer: Midway Games
  • Publisher: Midway Games
  • Release Date: October 6, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Here we have one of the greatest fighting games of all time. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is the superior and more refined version of Mortal Kombat 3. The game added a bunch of new characters and made some changes to the original.

The port of the game on SNES is a bit off, though. The other versions of the game are way superior, but that doesn’t mean that the Super Nintendo version isn’t worth checking out. This is a decent port if you don’t have access to other versions.

What sucks about the SNES version the most is the fact that they removed gore. Nintendo didn’t want such a violent game on their system. It is still one of the best SNES games, but other versions are certainly more extraordinary.

105. Super Double Dragon

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The beautifully painted cover of Super Double Dragon
  • Developer: Technos Japan
  • Publisher: Technos Japan
  • Release Date: October 8, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Back in the day, during the SNES era, people loved playing beat ’em ups. Capcom kicked off the trend with their excellent Final Fight game. Super Double Dragon is another great addition to the genre that was released before Final Fight. 

What made us put the game on our list is mainly the fact that it feels great to play even now. The gameplay is smooth, and aside from the visuals, it is enjoyable, just like almost every other game on our best SNES games list.

If you love, beat ‘em ups, then continue reading. We will have much more of them on our list. It was a genre that shined significantly brightly in the SNES era.

104. Top Gear 2

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Awesome looking cover photo of Top Gear 2 even promoting the 2 player mode
  • Developer: Gremlin Interactive
  • Publisher: Kemco
  • Release Date: August 8, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Our staff at eXputer still loves playing retro racing games. There is something so charming about the visuals and everything else present in them. Top Gear 2 is one of these games. Also, it is one of the most popular SNES games.

The visuals look good, and the driving feels smooth! We recommend you give Top Gear 2 a shot. It is one of the most excellent 16-bit racing games. If you love pixelated visuals, then you will love Top Gear 2.

If you want to play a charming fast game, then there is no reason why you should skip Top Gear 2. It is one of the unique SNES games.

103. Super Turrican

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The Shiny cover of Super Turrican
  • Developer: Factor 5
  • Publisher: Factor 5
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here we have one of the oldest run and gun shooting games. Super Turrican is pretty similar to the Metal Slug franchise as far as the gameplay is concerned. The shooting feels great thanks to great sound design and satisfying visual feedback. 

It is a fun time every single run. Be aware though the game can get frustrating really fast. It is similar to Contra in that regard. Both games are enjoyable, but the difficulty can put some people off.

102. Super Turrican 2 

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Cover photo of Super Turrican 2
  • Developer: Factor 5
  • Publisher: Factor 5
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The sequel to the first Turrican improves on everything just like a great sequel should. What is extra awesome about Super Turrican 2 is the fact that it does not make the previous game terrible or unplayable. 

In addition, it adds a lot of stuff to the formula and makes sure its predecessor doesn’t suffer because of it. Both games are great, but Super Turrican 2 is slightly better in our opinion because it has some excellent vehicle levels that are just super fun.

Super Turrican 1 and 2 are very similar games. We recommend you play both of them, but if you had to pick one, go for the sequel.

101. Uniracers

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The weird and funky cover of Uniracers
  • Developer: DMA Design and Nintendo 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Some of you reading the list might be so young that you don’t even know about unicycles. A unicycle is a wheel with paddles on it. Uniracers is a game based on that. Even after so many decades of gaming, Uniracers is probably the only game that is based on unicycles.

It is a fun game that one should play to kill some time. What makes Uniracers stand out is that it is pretty much a one-of-a-kind videogame. The game is still fun while being unique, which is why it has earned a spot on our best SNES games list.

100. Final Fight

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Final Fantasy cover photo
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: November 25, 1989
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Capcom started the beat ‘em up trend back in the day with Final Fight. It was an evolutionary game with beautiful graphics and smooth gameplay. It introduced many of the genre’s core mechanics and is still incredibly fun to this day.

Final Fight had multiple playable characters, and all of them played very differently from one another. The SNES version is inferior because Guy, a ninja fighter who has made appearances in Street Fighter alongside his buddy Cody was removed from the game.

The removal of even a single character in Final Fight kills a lot of its replayability and variety. All of the playable characters are completely different and suit different playstyles. That is why the SNES version of Final Fight is very inferior when compared to the other ones.

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99. Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

The aesthetically pleasing cover of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release Date: June 1, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Based on one of the most revolutionary movies of all time. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is the second game based on the second Star Wars film(according to the release order). There is plenty to love in the beautiful pixelated recreation of the film.

The game plays like a normal side-scroller. You play as Luke Skywalker and fight off hordes of different enemies. As a cool and appreciated touch, you can ride around on top of some of the species in the Star Wars universe.

It is a charming recreation that is fun to play through from start to finish. If you are a Star Wars fan, we recommend you check the game out. It is one of the best-looking SNES games.

98. Star Wars A New Hope

Luke, Han, Darth Vader, & Leia on the cover of Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The prequel to the previous entry on our list is another great Star Wars game. LucasArts was a great developer, and they cared deeply about their properties. That is clearly visible in these old SNES Star Wars games of theirs. 

If you are going to play Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, you should definitely play Star Wars: A New Hope. Both games are similar, yet they offer very different gaming experiences. Also, it is the first game in the series so start with it if you plan to play the whole trilogy.

97. Sunset Riders

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The classic arcade game Sunset Riders
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

If you love Contra and beat ‘em ups like the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, then Sunset Riders will be your jam. It is a stellar game that is fun from start to finish. It also visually stands out because of its “Western” setting.

The similarities to Contra are because Konami developed both games. Nowadays, Konami has fallen low, but back in the day and through the entirety of the 2000s, they were one of the best developers in the industry, if not the very best.

Sunset Riders is another example of the censorship Nintendo enforced on violent games. Which, in our opinion, was reasonable since the Nintendo brand always has been family-friendly. 

96. Stunt Racer FX

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The cover of Stunt Racer FX
  • Developer: Argonaut Software and Nintendo 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: May 27, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here we have one of the first SNES games that were insanely ahead in the visuals department. When it was released back in the day, it blew the minds of gamers to see a fully 3D vehicle in a racing game on a Super Nintendo.

Aside from the graphics, the game also had entertaining gameplay. The racing was fun, and the vehicles looked great. The sound design and visuals were the main things that sold the experience.

Impressive graphics don’t seem like much of a giant leap nowadays. Back then, when a game made a jump in the visuals department, it was very clearly visible.

95. Super Tennis 

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Generic looking cover of Super Tennis
  • Developer: Tokyo Shoseki and Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Nintendo has always had great sports games. Super Tennis is one of the first sports games that were added to a Nintendo system. There are, of course, far better alternatives. Nintendo has made a lot of splendid sports games over the years.

Super Tennis is worth playing if you want to see how far sports games have come. Super Tennis is decent by today’s standards, but it was quite a blast when it came out.

94. Sparkster

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Konami’s Sparkster
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: September 15, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Konami gave Nintendo a fantastic humanoid animal protagonist game back in the day with Sparkster. It was something that would feel like Sonic on a Nintendo system. Sparkster is a classic. The game had its own identity and still has a lot of fans in the current day and age.

It is a fast-paced action platforming game where the player character uses a jetpack to get around fast. Sparkster is also the name of the protagonist, who, in our opinion, is an underrated cute character. 

Sparkster has aged remarkably. We highly recommend you check it out. The game is undoubtedly a classic. Konami really knew what they were doing back then.

93. Spider-Man & Venom Maximum Carnage

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The awesome looking cover of the game
  • Developer: Software Creations
  • Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
  • Release Date: September 16, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Marvel fans became familiar with the symbiote Carnage with the recent Venom 2 film. Back in the day, the comics fans saw all their favorite Spidey characters in a videogame on the Super Nintendo.

Spider-Man & Venom Maximum Carnage doesn’t have much of a story. It makes up for it, though, with its simple but captivating gameplay. It is a great brawler that has aged better than expected. Give it a shot; it is certainly one of the most unique SNES games.

92. Blackthorne 

Badass cover of Blizzard’s Blackthorne
  • Developer: Blizzard
  • Publisher: Blizzard
  • Release Date: September 23, 1994 
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Blizzard is arguably the best PC game developer alongside Id Software and Valve. They are known for their incredible games on PC like Diablo, Starcraft, Overwatch, etc. Blackthorne is a forgotten gem of theirs that they made for the SNES.

The game is basically a modern futuristic version of the classic Prince of Persia game. The story is like some superhero film. You play as an alien commando who was raised by humans and is fighting to get back to his home planet.

In addition, the story is complex, considering that it is a SNES game. Most games on the system had a straightforward plot, and some had no plot whatsoever. Give Blackthorne a shot; it is undoubtedly one of the best SNES games.

91. Killer Instinct

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Fulgore on the cover photo of Killer Instinct
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Midway Games
  • Release Date: October 24, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Over the years, many fighting games have tried to give Mortal Kombat a run for its money. Killer Instinct is the only one that was a proper rival to Mortal Kombat. Both games had similar visuals and similar finishing moves.

For Killer Instinct, developer Rare used the same tech for graphics they did for Donkey Kong Country. It turned out to be an excellent decision as Killer Instinct looked stellar for its time.

The game had excellent and engaging gameplay too. Nowadays, the Killer Instinct franchise is sadly forgotten, while their rival Mortal Kombat is just as successful as it was back then. Here is to hoping that we see a new Killer Instinct game soon.

90. Pilotwings

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Flying around in a helicopter in Pilotwings
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: December 21, 1990
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Pilotwings was originally a launch title for the Super Nintendo. With Pilotwings, Nintendo wanted to show off the power of their brand new 16-bit system. Pilotwings is a fun flight game. It is also one of the first 3D games.

Nintendo used some tricks to make the visuals look even better than they originally were. These tricks are now quite easily recognizable, but back in the day, they weren’t, so people were extra impressed with the visuals of Pilotwings.

By today’s standard, the game will indeed feel bland and empty. Play it just to see how far we have come regarding videogame graphics. 

89. The Death and Return of Superman 

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Great looking cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Publisher: Sunsoft
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

It is still pretty unbelievable that Superman, who is, of course of the greatest and most well-known superheroes out there, hasn’t gotten any modern-day triple-A game. When SNES was a thing, many famous superheroes got games. Superman was one of them. 

You play as Clark Kent for most of the game. Then, as the title suggests, he does die, and when he is gone, you play as other characters whose identities we won’t spoil. 

The Death and Return of Superman is a great Superman game. It delivered well and gave us a great-looking, fun-to-play fun staring the Man of Steel.  

88. ActRaiser

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Lightning on the cover of ActRaiser
  • Developer: Quintet
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Release Date: December 16, 1990
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

ActRaiser took the players on an epic journey. The main goal was to rid the world of demons and to make it whole again. It is a unique game and was a success due to its uniqueness. The gameplay is like your average side-scroller. 

What made ActRaiser different from other side-scrollers was the fact that it had city-building mechanics. When we said that you need to make the world whole again, we meant that literally. The game has aged well and is worth giving a shot today.

There is a lot of stuff that the game does which seems unreal for a SNES game. It is undoubtedly one of the best SNES games of all time.

87. Soul Blazer 

Anime style aesthetically pleasing cover photo of Soul Blazer
  • Developer: Quintet
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Release Date: January 31, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Soul Blazer shares the same developers as ActRaiser. It also shares a very similar premise. You play as a warrior sent from Heaven to rid the world of evil. The rebuilding aspect is also here again. The player is tasked with restoring the world.

The gameplay was widely different, though. Now the game uses a top-down perspective instead of the side-scrolling one that ActRaiser has. 

Soul Blazer is a game that we recommend as much as ActRaiser. It is a game that will be extra appealing to the fans of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise. The game is mainly similar to The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.

86. ActRaiser 2

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The cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Quintet
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Release Date: October 29, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The game does serve as a sequel to the origins ActRaiser, but the story isn’t directly connected. Most of the other elements are similar, but there are certainly some changes. These changes will please some fans while pissing off others.

The world-building aspects of the original ActRaiser are missing here. Now the game is just a platformer, and the building aspect is completely gone. It still offers up plenty of new things to justify a playthrough, and if you want more ActRaiser, this won’t disappoint.

85. Mortal Kombat 2

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Midway Games’ Mortal Kombat 2
  • Developer: Midway Games
  • Publisher: Midway Games
  • Release Date: June 25, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Mortal Kombat 2 served as a great sequel to the original title. It was as incredible and mind-blowing as Street Fighter 2, but it did the job. There were plenty of new characters in the game who have now all become fan favorites. 

The game has many new characters and improves on the already present ones. Legendary genre characters like Mileena and Kung Lao appeared for the first time in Mortal Kombat 2. They have now become easily recognizable even outside of the FGC.

Now, unlike almost every violent game back on the SNES Mortal Kombat 2 wasn’t censored. It is a nearly flawless port and is easily one of the best SNES games of all time.

84. Flashback The Quest For Identity

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The awesome and artistic cover photo for the game
  • Developer: Delphine Software
  • Publisher: Delphine Software
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The original Prince of Persia started a trend back in the day. The trend is what made “cinematic” platformers so famous. These games had the basic mechanics of a platformer, but they made them in a cinematic movie-like fashion. 

The main focus of these types of games is to make the game look extra beautiful and appealing; gameplay takes a second seat there. Flashback: The Quest For Identity is one of the best games of that kind.

Moreover, the game’s story follows a brainwashed agent who is trying to uncover the identities of some aliens disguised as human beings. The game is a blast from start to finish. The platforming and the cinematic aspect both go well together.

83. Mortal Kombat 

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The Legendary original Mortal Kombat
  • Developer: Midway Games
  • Publisher: Midway Games
  • Release Date: June 25, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

The original Mortal Kombat is what started it all. The most successful fighting game franchise and one of the most successful videogame franchises in general. When Mortal Kombat was released back in the day, it took the world by storm.

The game literally invented the mature rating warnings we see on adult games nowadays. Street Fighter 2 had taken over the entire gaming world, and Mortal Kombat is the only game that rivaled its success. 

Of course, like the previous Mortal Kombat games on our best SNES games list, Mortal Kombat 1 is also censored. It is still worth visiting the glorious original Mortal Kombat today.

82. Shadowrun

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Badass cover photo for Shadowrun
  • Developer: Beam Software
  • Publisher: Beam Software
  • Release Date: May 1, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

People have always loved the cyberpunk aesthetic. Even today, it is widely liked; Cyberpunk 2077 is proof of that. Shadowrun is an RPG released back then, and it is one of the best-looking SNES games. 

The game was groundbreaking on many fronts. People loved everything about it. Some had issues with the game’s stupidly unrealistic opening sequence, but everybody liked the stuff that followed. 

It is absolutely still worth checking out today. It is one of the best Super Nintendo games of all time. Comparing Shadowrun to modern-day RPGs after playing it is a wild experience. 

If you love to play games with the cyberpunk aesthetic or just a retro-futuristic setting then we recommend Cyberpunk 2077. Now before you jump into Cyberpunk 2077 we recommend the following guides. 

81. Xmen Mutant Apocalypse

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All the heroes in their sprite filled glory
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: November 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Before Marvel vs. Capcom, we had Xmen Mutant Apocalypse and Xmen vs. Street Fighter. Capcom did an incredible job with the game. There are a lot of characters in the game and they were picked based on their popularity.

The visuals of the game look great. It is a delight controlling your favorite comic book character and doing crazy stuff with it. Capcom really knew how to nail beat ‘em up brawlers at the time. Xmen Mutant Apocalypse is great and you should definitely give it a shot.

80. Illusion of Gaia

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The Illusion of Gaia
  • Developer: Quintet
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Release Date: November 27, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Developed by the same people who made ActRaiser and Soul Blazer. Illusion of Gaia was meant to be a spiritual successor to Soul Blazer. The game did a great job at being similar while also building an identity for itself.

The player takes the role of Will who has the powers to morph into different individuals. That is what the gameplay revolves around. You will be switching between different forms throughout the game.

Nintendo liked the game a lot. They themselves promoted it as a Zelda-like title. It is truly one of the best SNES games due to its uniqueness.

79. Pocky & Rocky

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Cute cover photo of the original Pocky & Rocky
  • Developer: Natsume
  • Publisher: Natsume 
  • Release Date: September 18, 1986
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here we have another run-and-gun shooter. Pocky & Rocky is a great game, it is fun and has some of the most charming visuals making it one of the best-looking SNES games. The game also offers a good amount of content.

What makes Pocky & Rocky stand out from other shooters in the genre are its characters. The game doesn’t have any super-human individual leads instead the player plays with cute characters and the entire game is child friendly.

78. Rock n’ Roll Racing

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The vibrant cover of Rock ‘n Roll Racing
  • Developer: Silicon and Synapse
  • Publisher: Interplay Productions
  • Release Date: June 4, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Blizzard always has been one of the most creative developers. Rock n’ Roll Racing is another one of their gems from the Super Nintendo era. It is a one-of-a-kind game where you race and brawl with other competitors. 

The gameplay revolves around racing and trying your best to hinder the progression of your opponents. It feels very much like Road Rash. You do all that while listening to some badass music. The game stood out to many young teenagers due to these aspects.

77. Populous 

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The weird and wacky cover of Populous
  • Developer: Bullfrog Productions
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release Date: June 5, 1989
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer  

Before SIMS we had Populous. The game gave the player so much freedom to whatever they wanted to do in their virtual world. You could change the terrain, cause natural disasters, build stuff, etc all of that in a SNES game. 

The game was truly revolutionary as a lot of games on the Super Nintendo are. There is so much you can do. How much fun you have here all depends on how creative you can get. Populous was one of the first sandbox games.

Knowing how ahead of his time the creator of Populous Peter Molyneux is the new Fable game is certainly in good hands! 

76. Pocky & Rocky 2

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The awesome looking cover of Pocky & Rocky 2
  • Developer: Natsume
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: July 17, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Pocky & Rocky 2 is a great sequel. It improves on everything and adds a lot to the already great Pocky & Rocky. The franchise originally started in Japan on arcades but then made its way overseas through the SNES versions.

If you enjoyed the first game then you will surely love Pocky & Rocky 2. There are much more characters and variety that make this game even more replayable than the original. The gameplay is great and it doesn’t feel repetitive at all due to the enemy variety.

75. Out of this World

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The protagonist of the game
  • Developer: Eric Chahi
  • Publisher: Delphine Software
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here is a game we are nostalgic for. Some of us at eXputer grew up playing Out of this World. The game is very atmospheric and that is the main highlight of the game. It is such a beautifully crafted cinematic platformer that is almost unbelievable how it is running on a SNES.

We mentioned Flashback: The Quest For Identity a while back. It is one of the best cinematic platformers on the Super Nintendo but Out of this World is the best one period.

If you just want to play one cinematic platformer then you should go for Out of this World. It is an excellent game from start to finish and the atmosphere has a great horror vibe.

74. The Lion King

From the opening sequence of the game
  • Developer: Westwood Studios
  • Publisher: Virgin Interactive
  • Release Date: December 8, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Nowadays we don’t get any proper games based on Disney films. The Lion King is a great platformer game where you play as Simba. The animations are fluid and beautiful. The character controls well too.

The main problem with the game is its enemies and annoying level design. Some enemies feel overpowered. The levels, while faithful and beautiful, can get repetitive and boring at times. The game is still some of the best-looking Super Nintendo games

If you are a fan of Disney The Lion King is an excellent retro game that you should consider checking out. We have fond memories of playing the game and having fun just because we were controlling a character in a Disney world.

73. Super Bomberman 

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Artistic cover of Super Bomberman
  • Developer: Produce and Hudson Soft
  • Publisher: Produce and Hudson Soft
  • Release Date: April 28, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Super Bomberman has always been a one-of-a-kind franchise just like Pacman. What they have done is unique to their franchise. The campaigns are fun, they have very varied bosses, enemies, and areas. You can feel the passion they poured into the game while playing.

The real fun of the game comes when you play with friends. It is extremely fun and exciting blasting through everything and then facing off with your buddy. The gameplay gets really good and that is where the insane replayability of this game comes from. 

Trust us and give Super Bomberman a shot. It is effortlessly one of the best SNES games. Grab your friends and we promise you that you will have a blast.

72. Kirby’s Avalanche 

Great Kirby game
Kirby’s Avalanche game
  • Developer: Hal Laboratory
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: February 1, 1995 
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Here we have a Tetris clone but Kirby’s Avalanche does a lot of things really well. The game has plenty of uniqueness which is why it stands out as its own game. 

Kirby’s Avalanche can be played with two players. The screen will be split vertically and both players will be on the sides. If you love Tetris and are looking for something more then consider giving Kirby’s Avalanche a shot.

71. International Superstar Soccer

ISS Football game
Konami’s International Superstar Soccer
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: November 11, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Football or Soccer is extremely popular nowadays. People love to watch the sport and there have been multiple games based on it. The most popular of course is Electronic Art’s FIFA. Back in the SNES era though we had International Superstar Soccer. 

It is a pretty simple sports game. It came out in the day in age when most people played fighting games or platformers. So it did get overshadowed but it is still a fun time. The gameplay is good enough and the game looks decent for its time. 

70. Super Bomberman 2

SNES BOMBERMAN 2
Cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Produce and Hudson Soft
  • Publisher: Produce and Hudson Soft
  • Release Date: April 28, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

The sequel to the original Super Bomberman is excellent. It is how a sequel should be; it improves everything and adds much more stuff to the known formula so that it doesn’t get stale. What makes Super Bomberman stand out is its expanded multiplayer co-op. 

Now way more players could play the game due to it coming with an extension that increases the regular two controller ports for the Super Nintendo. Super Bomberman 2 also has a much more memorable campaign which is why we believe it is better than its predecessor. 

The Super Bomberman games are some of the best SNES games of all time in our opinion. It is all due to how addictive, replayable, and fun they are.

69. R-Type III The Third Lightning

RT III
Great action game R-Type III
  • Developer: Irem
  • Publisher: Irem
  • Release Date: December 10, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

All the previous entries of the franchise never made it into any Nintendo system. R-Type III: The Third Lightning somehow not only made it onto the Super Nintendo but it was released as an exclusive. Meaning that you couldn’t play it on any other systems.

It is one of the best side-scrolling shooters of all time. The visuals are great and all the explosions and destruction carry impact as they should with any good game. The game is very replayable too. It is certainly one of the most fun games on the platform.

68. Fatal Fury

FF 1 SNK
Incredibly cool-looking cover of Fatal Fury
  • Developer: SNK
  • Publisher: SNK
  • Release Date: November 25, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Terry Bogard made his way into Smash Bros. Ultimate recently. He is one of the most well-recognized characters in Fatal Fury. That is right Terry originated from Fatal Fury; which was a very popular franchise back in the day.

Fatal Fury is a fantastic fighting game filled with loads of charming characters and stages. It is a 2D fighter like Street Fighter. All the characters in the game are very different from one another and they all play faithfully according to their story and character development.

Fatal Fury is one of those games that haven’t aged aside from its graphics. It is easily one of the best-looking Super Nintendo games. Give it a shot it’s a timeless classic.

67. Kirby’s Dream Land 3

KDL 3
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Developer: Hal Laboratory 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 27, 1997
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Kirby has been another one of Nintendo’s old characters who is still going strong. The little dude has gotten many games throughout the years. Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is in our opinion one of the more unique and better ones out of them all.

The game teams Kirby up with a bunch of other animals. One of these animals even becomes sort of a sidekick to our adorable little pink guy. There is a lot of charm in the game and the visuals are beautiful too. Give it a shot if you want more Kirby.

66. Fatal Fury 2

Fatal Fury 2 SNK
Cover photo of the sequel to Fatal Fury
  • Developer: SNK
  • Publisher: SNK
  • Release Date: December 10, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

The sequel to the original Fatal Fury is great. It changed the gameplay enough so that it felt like a different game but with the familiar vibe intact. There were plenty of new characters introduced in Fatal Fury 2. Some of these new characters were bosses who became regular characters in future games.

Mai Shiranui and Kim are probably the most popular characters Fatal Fury 2 introduced. The former is one of the most popular female characters in the history of gaming. Mai Shiranui was the only female character who gave Chun Li some competition.

SNK nowadays doesn’t do that much. We hope they recover and start making even more awesome games soon. Back in the day, they were objectively one of the best videogame developers out there and they even rivaled industry giants like Capcom. 

65. Mega Man X3 

MM X3
Mega Man X3 featuring playable Zero
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: December 1, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

As the name suggests Mega Man X3 is the third entry in the Mega Man X series. It is an even more futuristic version of the original Mega Man. Throughout the years Capcom has made several different versions of Mega Man and the Mega Man X series is one of these.

Mega Man X3 is considered by many to be the best entry in the Mega Man X series. It is mainly because it introduced Zero as a playable character. He was very fun to play and widely different from X.

Moreover, other reasons for its popularity are the great exploration it offers alongside the variety and smooth fast-paced movement. Check it out it’s one of the best SNES games of all time.

64. Aladdin

Aladdin SNES game
Capcom’s Aladdin Platformer
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: November 11, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Capcom has always been the best when it comes to handling games based on films or comics. Aladdin is another proof of that. It is an excellent 2D platformer that came out way back in the day and was widely loved by fans of the film.

The gameplay was your standard platformer gameplay but it was filled with the charm of the film. Capcom used things from the films for platforms and other stuff to be extra faithful. Aladdin is a hidden gem in the SNES era in our opinion. 

The thing that has aged extra well about Aladdin is its graphics. The game looks very beautiful. Capcom did such a phenomenal job with them and gave us the best videogame adaptation of a film at that time. It is certainly one of the best-looking SNES games.

63. Joe & Mac 2 Lost in the Tropics 

Joe and Mac 2 game co-op multiplayer
Joe & Mac 2 cover photo
  • Developer: Data East
  • Publisher: Data East
  • Release Date: February 18, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Here we have another one of the games that are rarely present on the Super Nintendo. Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics is a game that got popular mainly due to the fact that it had a couch co-op.

It is a great game filled with diverse levels. The co-op is still fun in our time it has aged that well.  Do give it a shot its one of the best Super Nintendo games out there. 

Now we all love couch co-op or just co-op games. They allow us to have fun with our friends or family mostly in a non-competitive PvE mode. We recommend the following recently released co-op games if you are looking for more.

62. Earthworm Jim

 

Earthworm Jim weird SNES platformer game
In-game screenshot of Earthworm Jim 
  • Developer: Shiny Entertainment
  • Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
  • Release Date: August 5, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Earthworms are fragile slugs. They can be crushed easily and live under the ground. Earthworm Jim made them exact opposites of what they are. Earthworm Jim is an earthworm in a muscular powerful suit.

The game is of course tilted after his name. Earthworm Jim is one of the best SNES games. A lot of people have very fond memories of it. 

What made the game stand out is how weird and unique it was. No other game had a strong worm in a super suit as a protagonist. It’s one of the classics that are still great to this day. The controls can get frustrating but once you get used to them the game is great.

61. NHL ‘94

NHL 94 hockey game
Beautiful looking pixel graphics of NHL ’94
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Publisher: EA Sports
  • Release Date: March 15, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

As we mentioned before sports games were a big deal back in the day. There were so many of these on the Super Nintendo. NHL ‘94 is one of these titles. Most of the games were based on football but NHL ‘94 was a hockey sports videogame. 

The main appeal of the game was its 4 player multiplayer. Now you could play with more than one of your friends. Pick any team you like and have a blast. In real life, the strongest hockey teams are Pakistan and Germany. 

60. Donkey Kong Country 3 Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble

DKC 3
Promotional image for Donkey Kong Country 3
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 22, 1996
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Donkey Kong has been one of the most iconic characters in gaming ever since he was introduced. He first appeared as a villain but now he has turned into a good guy and protects his friends, turf, and especially the bananas.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble is the third game in the Donkey Kong series. Most people missed out on it and if you are one of those then give it a shot. It is a perfect conclusion to the series in our opinion.

Rare did a great job with it. The game runs great while looking extra beautiful. We wholeheartedly recommend the game. It’s one of the best SNES games.

59. Puzzle Bobble

Puzzle Bobble multiplayer 2 player game
The charming original Puzzle Bobble
  • Developer: Taito
  • Publisher: Taito
  • Release Date: June 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Puzzle Bobble is also known as Bust-a-Move. The franchise was originally called Bubble Bobble and it played very differently. With Puzzle Bobble they completely abandoned the old style in favor of the new satisfying puzzle-bopping gameplay.

The game can be played solo or you can also play with a friend. It puts you against many different creatures as you adventure through the land to fulfill your goal. The sprites are beautiful and everything is animated very well. All the characters are really cute too.

It is one of the most memorable games of the era. Puzzle Bobble is easily one of the best SNES games in our opinion. It has great replayability and gameplay variety. Things can get tense when you least expect them to.

58. Alien 3

Alien 3 game snes
Simple but effective cover for Alien 3
  • Developer: Acclaim Studios and Bit Studios
  • Publisher: Arena Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 22, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

The Alien franchise has always been one of the most iconic film franchises. The first two films are considered some of the best films period. Over the years the franchise has become very stale and disappointing but there have been plenty of good games.

Furthermore, Alien 3 is one of these games. It has a dark atmosphere and the whole art direction is horror focused. The game does a great job at being fun while also being faithful to the source material. It is great, do check it out.

57. Axelay

Awesome Axeley wallpaper old classic game
Konami’s Axeley
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: September 11, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Axelay is one of the coolest and most fun flight games on the SNES. What makes it stand out is the fact that it plays out in two completely different styles. It feels like you are playing two completely separate games.

The first half of the game is experienced in a view where the player is fighting the enemies at a vertical angle. Once you completed half of the game it shifts the view completely. Now the action has shifted to the side and the game plays out horizontally. 

Konami did a phenomenal job with Axelay. It gives you the best of both worlds. You can experience the vertical and horizontal arcade-like flight shooters in a single game now. It is one of the best-looking SNES games.

56. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

Ghouls n Ghosts sequel to Ghosts n Goblins
Extremely good-looking cover photo of Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: October 4, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Capcom has always been one of the best and most competent videogame creators ever. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is another proof of that. Back in the SNES days, Capcom released the game it served as a sequel to the NES games Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

The sequel was great, the original game was insanely hard and frustrating. It is regarded by many to be one of the hardest games of all time. Capcom didn’t turn down the difficulty for the second game and we are very thankful for that.

You will still be throwing stuff around in frustration when you suddenly get killed out of nowhere. The main improvement in the game was with the visuals. Give it a shot it is one of the best Super Nintendo games.

55. Breath of Fire II

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Capcom’s RPG Breath of Fire 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: December 2, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

So many incredible RPGs released in the SNES era and Breath of Fire II is one of them. Capcom made awesome RPGs back then and what we have here is one of their best works. Square and Capcom carried the genre.

Breath of Fire II puts the player in the shoes of a young blue-haired boy named Ryu. Capcom has plenty of Ryus so don’t confuse him with Ryu from Street Fighter, Ryunosuke, or Ryuichi from Ace Attorney

The story is filled with many charming and unique characters. You go on an epic adventure where you will also discover Ryu’s dragon-born ancestry. Breath of Fire II is easily one of the most underrated videogames ever made.

54. Yoshi’s Cookie

Yoshi eating a cookie on the cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Tose
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 21, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Now we are going to take a look at one of Nintendo’s original party games. Yoshi’s Cookie was a wholesome fun game you could enjoy with your friends or family. Mario also made an appearance in the game and it is very fitting that he did.

The gameplay is similar to Tetris but still has its own identity. It is a fun little game that is fairly replayable too. Yoshi’s Cookie also looks adorable. All the puzzle objects are cute little bakery treats and Yoshi and Mario are also animated well.

53. Zombies Ate My Neighbors 

Zombies ate my neighbors game arcade like
Weird and Effective cover of the game
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: July 19, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here is another title from LucasArts that was very pretty and stood out. Zombies Ate My Neighbors has beautiful gore-filled sprite work. It looks beautiful in a gross way. There are many special animations that add extra charm to the visuals.

You can play as one of two characters. A girl and a boy. Both of these characters were designed in a way to appeal to young audiences of that time. We would say it succeeded as both of them had charming animations and personalities thanks to their beautiful sprite work.

Through the game, you go through various locations. All of these are grounded in reality, you are pretty much going through the locations in your neighborhood. There are multiple zombie types that the player will encounter and the shooting feels impactful and satisfying.

52. Kirby Superstar

Kirby Superstar
The brilliant Kirby Superstar collection
  • Developer: Hal Laboratory 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: March 21, 1996
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Kirby Superstar was a buffet of games for fans of the little pink guy. It isn’t a single game instead it is a compilation/collection of multiple Kirby games in a single package. There is a lot of variety here and they added many of the best Kirby games here.

What is extra cool was that they also had a remake here. Spring Breeze is a remake of Kirby’s Dream Land. Gourmet Race is another game on the collection it is a racing platformer. There are many other games present in Kirby Superstar and it is definitely worth your buck.

51. Demon’s Crest

Demons Crest game Ghosts n Goblins spinoff
Firebrand on the cover of the game
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: October 21, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

What we have here is a charming spin-off title to Capcom’s Ghost ‘n Goblins franchise. The series is based on Firebrand who is one of the most memorable enemies of the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins. 

Firebrand is a cool-looking demon that veterans of the franchise love and hate simultaneously. Capcom never gave up on him. He got plenty of other games later on too. Out of all the crazy and weird foes that Arthur faces Firebrand stands out greatly. 

For whatever reason Demon’s Crest was not a success in the sales department. The game is good but it did not sell well. Maybe the cover art threw parents off. Who knows but we are glad that Capcom didn’t give up on Firebrand.

50. Gradius III

Gradius III action game konami badass
Awesome action game Gradius III
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: December 11, 1989
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Konami was the best shooter videogame developer when in the 8-bit era in our opinion. Gradius III is another proof of that. They made so many spectacularly and unique shooters back then. All of these were fun and challenging. 

Konami released Gradius III when the SNES came out. It was a success in every way. The awesome graphics and scope of the game really set it apart from other SNES titles. 

Nowadays completing hard games is considered a big achievement for hardcore gamers. Dark Souls is a standout example of this. Back then completely Gradius III was also a huge achievement for SNES gamers.

49. Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon Farming games one of the best in the farming genre
Screenshot of Harvest Moon
  • Developer: Amccus 
  • Publisher: Amccus
  • Release Date: August 9, 1996
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singeplayer

Farming games are something that started trending a lot in the 2000s. Harvest Moon is one of the coolest farming games from the SNES era. It is proof that people loved farming games from the start. They are very relaxing and beautiful experiences. 

They don’t sound like they would be fun but they are very fun and addicting. Harvest Moon is very similar visually to the awesome indie game Stardew Valley. You wake up early and then go take care of your farm. You plant crops or trees, harvest your crops, and then go back to bed.

Harvest Moon is one of the very first enjoyable farming games. People loved it and it was such a success that it spawned a franchise. It is easily one of the best-looking SNES games.

48. Evo Search For Eden

Evo game evolve into animations and get creative
The cover photo for the game
  • Developer: Almanac Corporation
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Release Date: December 21, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singeplayer

Gaming feels pretty stale these days. There are almost no new ideas and pretty much every developer keeps doing similar things. SNES era was a time when crazy and very unique ideas were given a proper chance. One of these ideas resulted in Evo: Search For Search.

The game drops you as the lowest life form and you can then turn into anything. By that we mean anything, you can be a fish with bat wings attached to you the combinations are almost limited.

Even 20 years after its release Evo: Search For Eden remains one of the most original games ever made. Give it a shot it is one of the best SNES games simply because it is one of a kind.

47. Kirby’s Dream Course

Kirby's Dream Course game
Kirby’s Dream Course promotional image
  • Developer: Hal Laboratory and Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo 
  • Release Date: September 21, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Kirby has appeared on our list a lot. That is because in the SNES era he was Nintendo’s most used mascot; he appeared in most games. What we have here is another crazy Kirby game that Nintendo came up with to keep the fans entertained.

Kirby’s Dream Course is a hard-to-master golf game. Yep, you heard that right it’s a golf game with Kirby himself as the ball. It is fitting if you ask us. The little pink guy always did look like a ball and now he gets to be a part of a very fun and challenging golf game.

46. UN Squadron 

UN Squadron Capcom jet figher game customization and variety
Simple and cool cover photo of U.N. Squadron
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: August 1989 
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The only competition that Konami got back in the day for shooters was from Capcom. UN Squadron is an awesome jet fighter side-scroller game. Unlike most similar games UN Squadron uses real-life jets and all of them are still fun to play.

The game allows players to customize things to a very good extent. You can buy jets with money or simply upgrade them. All of that adds a lot to the game’s replayability. 

Capcom did something unheard of when they ported UN Squadron to the SNES. They added more cool content while in most cases content is removed because of the memory shortage. It is another reason why UN Squadron is one of the best SNES games.

45. Earthworm Jim 2

Earthworm Jim 2 featuing advance platfomring and Snott
The cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Doug TenNepal, David Perry, and Shiny Entertainment
  • Publisher: Playmates Interactive
  • Release Date: November 15, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The sequel to the original Earthworm Jim is just as good if not better. It looked better due to the upgraded 16-bit visuals. Earthworm Jim 2 also had new levels that felt similar but played very differently. 

The biggest addition to the sequel was Snott. Who was the sidekick of Earthworm Jim and as the name suggests he was indeed just a booger. It turns into a parachute when the player jumps from heights and also sticks to services and swings from others. 

While we agree that all of it sounds gross the little fella added a lot to the formula. It made the game better-paced and more fun than the original in our opinion.

44. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtles in Time 

TMNT Turtles in Time Beat Em Up
The artistic cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Konami and Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Konami and Ubisoft
  • Release Date: March 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

What we have here is one of the most awesome and ambitious brawlers/beat ‘em ups of all time. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time was a fantastic game filled with content. All of the 4 brothers were playable in the game and they all played very differently from each other. 

In addition, similar to how they all have different weapons, styles, and, techniques they also did in the game. Donatello has great range, Ralph has the best damage, Michelangelo has the speed, and Leonardo who is the leader of the bunch is a perfect mix of all of them.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time takes you through an epic journey. You will be going to different time periods and it is all very fun. It is undoubtedly one of the best SNES games of all time.

43. Sim City

Sim City city building game
Very creative and appealing cover of Sim City
  • Developer: Will Wright
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: February 2, 1989
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Sim City is the first game that launched the simulation genre into mainstream gaming. It is an insanely successful title and it sold extremely well when it came out. Sim City is also what made Will Wright a household name back in the day.

The game of course has great city-building mechanics. That is what the genre is made up of. There is also some wholesome Nintendo charm present. Bowser can come and wreak havoc in your city and you can place a statue of Mario anywhere you want.

If you are a fan of the genre then give Sim City a shot. It is truly one of the best SNES games of all time mainly due to how influential it was.

42. Breath of Fire

BoF2 Capcom RPG
Capcom’s Breath of Fire 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Breath of Fire gave birth to Capcom’s most well-known RPG franchise back in the day. It is an excellent title through and through. When it came out it easily stood out against the competition. There were so many awesome RPGs back then continue reading to find out about all of them.

Breath of Fire was such a successful game that it resulted in 4 sequels. We talked about one of these earlier. As to which one of these is better than that depends on you as the player.

There are so many similarities between the first two titles but they still feel like completely different experiences. Give Breath of Fire a shot and witness Capcom’s RPG making history.

41. NBA Jam

NBA Jam classic gem
The cool-looking cover photo for the game
  • Developer: Midway Games
  • Publisher: Midway Games, Aklaim
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

We rarely see any NBA games these days. In the SNES era, there were plenty of them and we have picked one of the best for our list. NBA Jam is one of the coolest and most fun NBA games to this day.

The visuals are great. The court is designed beautifully, you really appreciate the small details that they put in once you start playing. Sprite models in the game also look very charming and they are designed in a way that they don’t feel small or off.

40. Metal Warriors

Metal Warriors game Konami LucasArts collab
Simple and effective cover photo of Metal Warriors
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: April 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here we have another one of LucasArts’ games. They always encouraged creativity and that is why so many of their games look very different from one another. Metal Warriors is something you would expect a Japanese developer to create because of how unique and wacky it is.

Aside from the goofy stuff with Metal Warriors LucasArts took a break from their regular story-based interactive games. They did an excellent job as Metal Warriors is a very fun action platformer title.

Gundams were a very appealing thing to people back then. So Metal Warriors was released just at the right time and due to that, it garnered a lot of success.

39. Wario’s Woods 

Wario game protagonist Nintendo main character game villain
The cover photo of the game featuring Wario
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems and Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: February 19, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Waluigi is somebody who gets a lot of love and attention these days. He has become the somewhat niche Mario character that people want to see more of. Before Waluigi people really wanted to see more of Wario. The gameplay is similar to Tetris but it stands out because of the Wario theme. 

They got their wishes fulfilled when Wario was given a huge role in a game called Wario’s Woods. It is a puzzle game with multiple modes. The variety keeps it fresh and replayable. Here’s to hoping we see more of our favorite chubby yellow guy.

38. Mega Man X2 

Megaman X2 Capcom classic game
The colorful cover photo of Mega Man X2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: December 16, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Capcom’s iconic blue robot returns with Mega Man X2. The original Mega Man X was a great success. People loved the new spin on Mega Man so Capcom continued the franchise and fans were very grateful.

Following up on the amazing debut of the franchise was a challenging task. Capcom is an incredible developer and they doubled down and created an awesome sequel. X’s best friend Zero was also brought back because he instantly became a fan favorite. 

There is so much new content here. All of the enemies X faces are creative and unique. The first three games truly were an incredible trilogy.

37. Lufia II Rise of the Sinistrals 

Lufia II the great sequel cult classic
The cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Neverland
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: February 24, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Similar to Red Dead Redemption 2 despite the title Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a prequel to the first game. It sets up the original very nicely and is an excellent game. It is set about 100 years before the events of the first game take place.

As the title suggests the story follows the rise of the sinistral. It is an epic tale through and through and tells the backstory of the original game masterfully. When the game was first released it didn’t get the praise or sales it deserved. It was fairly unpopular

In addition, it is a hidden gem. If you want to play a more modern version then there is a remake of the game on the Nintendo DS titled “Lufia: Curse of the Sinitrals”. Give it a shot it’s one of the best-looking SNES games.

36. Donkey Kong Country

DKC Original cover Nintendo classic game
The vibrant and beautiful cover of the original Donkey Kong Country
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Donkey Kong Country is another one of the many games starring everyone’s favorite big monkey. It is an incredible game from start to finish. Donkey Kong Country is considered by many to be one of the best Donkey Kong games if not the very best.

There is a lot of variety in its levels. They are all varied and diverse. Some levels can even be completed by taking different paths. There is just so much content on offer here and all of it is fun. The game can get difficult at times but overall it is a very balanced and fast-paced one.

Donkey Kong Country was masterfully remastered for the Nintendo 3DS. So if you want you can play that version instead both are stellar. Donkey Kong Country is for sure one of the best SNES games of all time.

35. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Konami games localized Legend of Mystical Ninja
Konami’s hidden gem
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: July 19, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Sadly The Legend of the Mystical Ninja is one of the very few games from the franchise that were released outside of Japan. It provides a very bizarre adventure story for gamers to enjoy. Kids loved the game due to its lighthearted characters and theme. 

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja takes place in a wacky version of Feudal Japan. You fight enemies that are suitable for the time period and they are designed with the bizarreness of the game in mind.

It is another one of the games on our list that hasn’t aged much. It is still really fun to play due to its beat ‘em up like gameplay and there is plenty of replayability.

34. The Lost Vikings 

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Blizzard’s The Lost Vikings
  • Developer: Blizzard
  • Publisher: Blizzard
  • Release Date: April 29, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Vikings are arguably more popular now than they ever have been. That is thanks to shows like The Vikings and films like The Northman. The Lost Vikings is a more lighthearted take on the brutal and proud warriors. 

Created by Blizzard. You can see some of the charm here that they put in their Warcraft games. The game revolves around a trio of Vikings namely,  Erik, Olaf, and Baleog. These are brave warriors who have been kidnapped by aliens and now must find their way back home. 

It is a puzzle game and an excellent one at that. Each of the puzzles requires critical thinking and focus. The game is weird and unique which is why it is on our best SNES games list.

33. Tetris & Doctor Mario

The awesome Tetris and Doctor Mario bundle
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: December 30, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Doctor Mario is a game developed by Nintendo that was heavily inspired by Tetris. As for Tetris, we all know what that is. It is one of the most popular forms of entertainment ever. Tetris & Doctor Mario is a collection of sorts that merged these games into a single package.

The collection is a great deal for people who love puzzle games. Both of these while using similar designs are fairly different games. 

What makes the bundle unique is that it allows players to play both titles simultaneously. That means you can complete a level in Tetris and then switch to Dr. Mario. 

32. Star Wars Return of the Jedi

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The final game in the trilogy
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release Date: November 1, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The final Star Wars game released for the SNES is called Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Just like the film it concludes the story of the trilogy. In our opinion, it is easily the best game out of the trio, there is just so much it does phenomenally. 

To start it off first of all you have multiple playable characters. All of these have their own charming sprites that you can tell were made passionately with how much accurate detail is on them.

In addition, these playable characters are Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, and an Ewok named Wicket who wields a bow. It is a very playable title and an extremely memorable one too that is why it is, in our opinion, one of the best SNES games of all time.

31. Mario Paint

Promotional image for Mario Paint
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems and Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: July 14, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

The SNES mouse wasn’t of much use unless you had Mario Paint. It was a great Mario spin-off that allowed fans to draw landscapes from different Mario games. There are a lot of options available to the player so that they can be as creative as they want. 

Mario Paint is remembered fondly by many SNES games mainly thanks to its awesome music inclusion. It is weird how it hasn’t gotten a sequel yet fans have been asking Nintendo for it relentlessly. Here’s to hoping we get that in the near future.

30. Boogerman

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Boogerman cover photo
  • Developer: Interplay Entertainment
  • Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
  • Release Date: November 18, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Now this game might not be for everyone. It is a disgusting mess but in the best way possible. You play as a dude who calls himself the Boogerman. That is because his superpowers include him using boogers to fight off monsters.

It is as gross as it sounds. You even swing using that similar to Earthworm Jim 2. There is booger everywhere. The thing is it is one of the best-looking SNES games. No matter how disgusting it looks the pixels are highly detailed and charming in their own way.

The gameplay is fun. Once you learn it and get an understanding of where to go the game is pretty much on its own. It is one of those good weird wacky SNES titles.

29. Super Mario All-Stars

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The awesome Super Mario collection
  • Developer: Nintendo 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: July 14, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

There is nothing much to see about Super Mario All-Stars. It is a collection of some of the best ports of Mario games for the SNES. Nintendo did not create that many Mario games for the platform but they did port a lot of them.

The best thing about Super Mario All-Stars is the upgrade to visuals. The SNES boosted the graphics of all the games and most of them look significantly better. If you love Mario then there is no reason not to play the collection.

28. Super Castlevania IV

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Simon Belmont on the awesome-looking cover photo for the game
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: October 31, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here we have one of the best entries in the legendary Castlevania franchise. Super Castlevania IV is arguably the best old-school Castlevania title. It has everything that one can ask as a fan of the franchise. 

Super Castlevania IV added so much to the old formula. These include multiple new levels and significant refinements to the gameplay.

The story puts you in the shoes of Simon Belmont, the legendary vampire hunter. He also recently appeared in Super Smash Brothers. He and his iconic whip are ready to put an end to Dracula’s scheme once again.

27. Tetris Attack

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The gameplay of Tetris Attack
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: October 27, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Tetris Attack is one of the best Tetris games. It was localized by adding Yoshi to the game and then was later remade for the Nintendo 64 by adding a Pokemon-inspired setting. It is a very addicting game that players loved. 

The genius panel-switching mechanic is what really makes the game. It is what puts its multiplayer mode apart from other titles. You can do some awesome stuff and then it will add extra blocks to your opponent’s side which was very rage infuriating for the opposition.

26. F-Zero

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Simple but artistic and effective cover photo of F-Zero
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 21, 1990
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

F-Zero is one of the most influential racing games of all time. Back when it came out the racing game genre was still pretty much in its very early stages. F-Zero set a lot of the groundwork for the genre that so many titles after its release followed. 

What also set F-Zero apart was its futuristic setting. It felt really cool driving a cyberpunk car. The gameplay is smooth and the game visually looks stellar. It is one of the best-looking SNES games.

There are many stages to pick from. All of these look beautiful and are memorable in their own ways. Captain Falcon was also first introduced in F-Zero. Nowadays he is very well known due to his appearance in Smash Bros. games.

25. Super Punch-Out

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One of the many awesome and unique characters of Super Punch-out
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: October 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Super Punch-Out is a charming boxing game. You can even fight Mike Tyson in it. There are so many other awesome-looking characters in the game too that you will be engaging. These characters and their facial animations are what sold Super Punch-Out.

All matches feel different due to the precision that is required from the player. What adds to the gameplay is the instant K.O mechanic. All the fighters have an instant K.O area and when you hit that you win. Super Punch-Out is still a blast so many years later.

24. Star Fox

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The characters of Star Fox
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: Spring 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Star Fox is an awesome space flight game. It is a fast-paced action-filled adventure and also introduced us to some characters who we now treat like Nintendo legends. Space travel games were very rare back then which made Star Fox feel even more fresh and unique. There is a lot to enjoy in this old gem.

Fox McCloud is the face of the franchise. He gained massive popularity thanks to Smash Bros. as he was one of the strongest characters in Smash Bros. Melee which many consider being the best game of the series.

23. Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars

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Square’s awesome Mario RPG
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: March 9, 1996
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Back in the day, Nintendo teamed up with Square who were easily the best RPG developers, and created Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. It is literally something that is one of a kind. You won’t find a game like it anywhere back then.

The game’s excellent RPG mechanics and how they are all mashed with the Mario gameplay intelligently is what makes the game. What also took fans off-guard was how the game allowed Mario to work alongside Bowser.  

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars also introduced some great new things to the JRPG formulae. It is regarded by many to be one of the best SNES games of all time.

22. Final Fantasy IV

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The combat of Final Fantasy IV
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square
  • Release Date: July 19, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

What might be surprising to some people was that Final Fantasy IV on the SNES had little resemblance to its predecessor if any at all. What makes the game shine isn’t the RPG gameplay it is the brilliant character development that it does.

It does not focus on the RPG gameplay and instead focuses on the role-playing part. You will feel very immersed throughout the story. All of the companions feel extra connected to you due to their backstories being fleshed out.

Final Fantasy games have always been known for their awesome story and adventure. All of that started with Final Fantasy IV. It is one of the best Super Nintendo games because of its influence.

21. Goof Troop

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Screenshot of Goof Troop
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: July 11, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

You would never guess who made Goof Troop. Industry legend Shinji Mikami is the one who made Goof Troop for Disney. Yes, you heard that right the creator of Resident Evil was making Goof Troop at Capcom when he first arrived there.

Now jokes aside Goof Troop is a very good game. It is a puzzle game that you can play with your friends or family. All the puzzles are very creative and require thinking. Grab somebody and give Goof Troop a shot you won’t regret it.

20. Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy Kong’s Quest

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The cover photo of the game showing Diddie Kong and Dixie
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 21, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

The sequel to the original Donkey Kong is just as awesome as the original. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest you play as Diddy Kong. On your journey, you will encounter a lot of cool stuff that you can do which also includes riding animals.

In the story, Donkey Kong has been kidnapped, and now it is up to Diddy Kong and a new character called Dixie Kong to rescue him by traversing through the beautiful and diverse jungles of the game. 

It is an excellent sequel and we cannot recommend it enough. Play Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest as soon as you can. It is one of the best SNES games of all time.

19. Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers

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The brilliant artistic cover of the game
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: September 10, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

What we have here is the fourth arcade version of Street Fighter II ported to the Super Nintendo. The game changed a bunch of stuff but the most appealing thing it did was that it added new characters to the already incredible roster.

Four new characters were added to the game. Cammy White was the one who instantly became a fan favorite. She is now considered one of the best female videogame characters. People like her a lot and she was the most popular female character only behind Chun Li. 

If you loved the previous versions of Street Fighter II or if you like any other Street Fighter games then you will have fun here.

18. Terranigma

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Terranigma in-game screenshot
  • Developer: Quintet
  • Publisher: Quintet
  • Release Date: October 20, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Terranigma is another action RPG. Back then almost every RPG that came out was incredible. The game follows the story of Ark who is just a mischievous kid who gets transported to an evil world due to unforeseen consequences. 

The game has a top-down perspective which was the norm for most RPGs of the SNES era. Terranigma is another classic game where the combat is fun and the epic adventure you go on is the highlight of the game. You will experience so many awesome things by the end of Terranigma.

17. Secret of Evermore

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The horrifying cover of the game
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square
  • Release Date: October 1, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Here is the spiritual successor of the Secret of Mana series. Secret of Evermore has a lot of resemblance with the other series but it is a completely different game. The entire theme and setting are a lot different and feel grimmer.

The story puts you in the shoes of a boy who alongside his dog gets transported to the world of Evermore. Through your adventure, you will visit many visually pleasing areas and encounter many charming creatures. 

Secret of Evermore is a great game that a lot of people have missed out on. We recommend you check it out. If you loved Secret of Mana then this game will be your jam.

16. Street Fighter II The World Warrior

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The incredible cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: February 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a direct port of the arcade version which was a masterpiece, one of the most important games in history. Street Fighter II did so much to the franchise that it is insane. 

The original Street Fighter was very barebones and mediocre. It didn’t even have any characters that stood out. Street Fighter II changed all of that with its brilliant gameplay and roster.

Some of the characters that were introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior have now become gaming legends. Chun Li became the most iconic fighting game female character period. The game truly is an unforgettable experience.

15. Final Fantasy III

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The third Final Fantasy game
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square
  • Release Date: April 27, 1990
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

While not as iconic as its forerunners Final Fantasy III is still a great game. The gameplay is very fun and that is what carries the game. You can also see a hint of the storytelling focus that the series will completely adapt from Final Fantasy IV onward.

The game features many fully fledged characters who serve as your party members or people you will encounter during your adventures. If you love the previous final fantasy games then you will surely love Final Fantasy III. It is very intriguing to see how far the franchise has come after playing these old titles.

14. Contra III The Alien Wars

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The badass cover of Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: February 28, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

Konami utilized the Super Nintendo to its full potential while making Contra III: The Alien Wars. It is an incredible action game that is very hard and rewarding. Just like the previous Contra games it also has a great replayability. 

Contra III: The Alien Wars feels like a mashup of Rambo and the Alien films. Those two were also what Konami took inspiration from while developing the game. There is just so much Hollywood action film charm here. 

The game is a blast and we wholeheartedly recommend it. The action never lets up and the graphics are just stunning. It was the most “violent” game on the SNES when it came out.

13. Ogre Battle The March of The Black Queen

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Screenshot of the gameplay
  • Developer: Quest Corporation
  • Publisher: Quest Corporation and Enix America
  • Release Date: March 12, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Now we are going to take a look at one of the best strategy games ever made. Ogre Battle: The March of The Black Queen is a game filled with so much depth. The character combinations that you will be taking into battle are almost limitless.

It even features a sort of tarot card system that many games use these days which can literally change the tide of the battle just like every other thing in the game. Ogre Battle: The March of The Black Queen is a proper hardcore strategy game if you love to strategize and think about your approach then you will have blast.

12. Secret of Mana

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The aesthetically pleasing cover of Secret of Mana
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square
  • Release Date: August 6, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

What we have here is one of the most fun and enjoyable RPGs on the Super Nintendo. Secret of Mana became very popular due to its engaging storytelling and dedication to character development. 

Visually it feels very similar to RPGs that were made by Square. It’s aesthetic looks very similar to some Final Fantasy titles and mainly to Chrono Trigger. Speaking of Chrono Trigger the protagonist of Secret of Mana looks like he is the twin of Crono. 

Secret of Mana stands out as its own game despite all the similarities. If you are looking for an epic adventure then look no further and play the game now.

11. Super Mario World

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Cover photo of the game
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo 
  • Release Date: November 21, 1990
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Surpassing Super Mario Bros. 3 was going to be hard but Nintendo did it with flying colors. There was so much that Super Mario World needed to do. The expectation was very high and the hype was through the roof. 

Nintendo delivered in every front. Super Mario World is a lot of gamers’ favorite Mario game of all time. That is why it is so highly placed on our list. It is one of the best Super Nintendo games of all time. 

Everyone loves games made by Nintendo and their partners. They are some of the very best stuff in the gaming industry.

10. The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse

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The cover photo of Capcom’s awesome Mickey Mouse game
  • Developer: Capcom 
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: November 20, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Back in the SNES era, Capcom made some of the best action-adventure games. They even gave Nintendo a run for their money with some titles and The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse is one of these.

The game is also proof that nobody does Disney or Marvel games better than Capcom. So many years have passed and nothing matches what they did for Disney and the glorious Marvel vs. Capcom series. 

The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse has beautiful animations and it masterfully mixes platforming with action. Many people including us consider the game to be one of the best SNES games of all time.

9. Mega Man X

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In-game screenshot of Mega Man X
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: December 17, 1993
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Back when people started getting a bit bored of the original Mega Man formula Capcom gave them Mega Man X. We have discussed its sequels earlier on our list but we do think Mega Max X deserves a special spot because of how awesome and influential it was.

It changed almost everything about the original. New fast-paced action gameplay was introduced and the game heavily encouraged exploration. The new protagonist X was also very likable. To top it all off the game had some of the best bosses in platformer history.

Mega Man X is an excellent through and through. The moment you boot it up you are captivated by everything. Play it as soon as you can it is one of the best SNES games of all time.

8. Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island cover
  • Developer: Nintendo 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: August 5, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer 

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island came out very late in the SNES era. That is why it is one of the best-looking SNES games. The pixels are vibrant and stunning and the stages look extremely good as well. 

The gameplay is the normal Mario platforming stuff but significantly improved. In the game, Mario is a kid and he is riding on the back of Yoshi so the play controls Yoshi and you transverse some great levels with great pacing.  

The game is very memorable and it pushed the SNES to its limits. It has aged gracefully so you can jump right in and have blast.

7. Super Mario Kart

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All the playable characters in the game
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: August 27, 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both 

Mario has been part of many genres. Nintendo was to try out their mascot in multiple other weird settings. Some of these worked and some didn’t. Super Mario Kart is a game that almost everybody loved. Even if you weren’t a racing game fan it was still super appealing.

The game has a spectacular multiplayer mode that gamers have spent countless hours in. There is just so much to love about Super Mario Kart. From its roster to its great level-design, replayability, and intensity of every race.

We are glad to see that after so many years the Mario Kart franchise is going strong. Super Mario Kart started it all and turned everyone into fans. It is one of the best SNES games of all time according to many gamers.

6. Earthbound

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Riding a bicycle in the game
  • Developer: Ape Inc. and Hal Laboratory 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: August 27, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Earthbound is the only entry in its franchise that saw a worldwide release. Sadly it did not sell well when it first came out. Nowadays so many people fondly remember how hilarious and charming the game was. 

The story follows a boy named Ness. If his name sound familiar then that may be because you saw him in Super Smash Bros. Now an alien bee who is called Buzz Buzz changes his life and sets off on an awesome adventure. 

It sounds weird and unique because it is that in the best way possible. Many who have experienced it call it THE best Super Nintendo game it is that memorable and awesome.

5. Street Fighter II Turbo

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E. Honda and Sagat on the cover of the game
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: December 1992
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Both

When Capcom released Street Fighter II back in the day it took the world by storm. Street Fighter II Turbo is the first home console release for the genre-defining masterpiece. At the time it was easily the best fighting game you can get for a home console. 

The game has a brilliant roster. Fan favorites like Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li are of course present. There is just so much to love about Street Fighter II Turbo. It is a brilliant game and deserves all the praise and it’s undoubtedly one of the best SNES games of all time.

4. Super Metroid

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Samus fighting off monsters in Super Metroid
  • Developer: Nintendo 
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: March 19, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Metroid is another one of Nintendo’s iconic franchises. These games have great exploration alongside good platforming and enjoyable combat. The protagonist of the series, Samus is also very memorable because she was the first female protagonist to be featured in a game like it.

Super Metroid is by far the best in the series as far as we are concerned. It has an incredible atmosphere bundled with great action and some of the best level-design the industry has ever seen. 

The game offers too much to explore. It is a perfect Metroid game through and through. If you love the series and have somehow missed out on Super Metroid then give it a shot. It is easily one of the best SNES games of all time.

3. Final Fantasy VI

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Artistic cover of Final Fantasy VI
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square 
  • Release Date: April 2, 1994
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

When it came out Final Fantasy VI destroyed the competition. It was irrefutably the best RPG at the time. The game even left its legendary predecessors in the dust. It revolutionized the genre in every way. 

The gameplay is great, the item customization was enjoyable and the combat is always fun. Where Final Fantasy VI shines though is in its masterful storytelling. The game is extremely memorable due to its awesome characters and the adventure that they go on.

Final Fantasy VI also has one of the best protagonists in the series. What made the characters more likable was how relatable they were. Final Fantasy VI is undoubtedly one of the best Super Nintendo games of all time. The game had a great port on Steam that you can also get if you want to play the game on modern hardware.

2. The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past

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Promotional artwork for the game
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: November 21, 1991
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Most of the things that The Legend of Zelda franchise has been following forever were first introduced in The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. It was the first The Legend of Zelda title released for the SNES and Nintendo gave it their all.

There is so much to love about the game. It has a spectacular soundtrack, memorable bosses, and great combat. Even the swinging of your sword feels extra satisfying. The player is set loose the moment you get into the game; it doesn’t waste your time.

If you became a fan of The Legend of Zelda franchise because of any recent games then give The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past a shot. It is some of the best the franchise has to offer and it is easily one of the best SNES games of all time.

1. Chrono Trigger

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All the awesome main characters of Chrono Trigger
  • Developer: Square
  • Publisher: Square
  • Release Date: March 11, 1995
  • Singleplayer or Multiplayer: Singleplayer

Chrono Trigger was a dream game. Three legends of the entertainment industry worked on it together. Akira Toriyama is known for the legendary Dragon Ball series, Hironobu Sakaguchi who made Final Fantasy, and lastly Dragon Quest’s Yuji Horii.  

The hype was through the roof due to three legends working on it and Chrono Trigger delivered. The game is a masterpiece. It is a time travel story and it is so masterfully told with excellent world-building. 

You can see Akira Toriyama’s charming and legendary art style all over the title alongside Yuji Horii’s world-building and Hironobu Sakaguchi’s excellent storytelling. These three created the best SNES game of all time. You can play this legendary game on any platform nowadays still, we recommend the Chrono Trigger Steam version

Verdict

That brings our list to an end. Super Nintendo is absolutely one of the most influential and greatest consoles in gaming history. So many of the franchises we love originated here. Aside from the visuals, which some people still love as they find the pixels appealing, these spectacular games have aged gracefully. 

All of these games are awesome, creative, and unique. We hope your favorite title made it to the list. So what do you feel about the SNES? Did you grow up with it or are you now getting into these games? What is your personal favorite SNES game? Let us know all about it in the comments section below.

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Usama Qaiser


He is eccentric about Action games like Yakuza as well as his favorite JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Persona. Nowadays you can find him focusing his mana on writing guides at eXputer.