Hey guys! So a huge birthday is coming up this summer–the BIG 25 for my favorite console ever. The 16 bit master piece. I mean the Super Nintendo. Oh, how I spent many a night sitting in my room playing some of my favorite classics until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. But enough of my boring life for now! Let’s take a look at my Top 10 SNES games.
10. Super Castlevania IV
Starting out our top 10 is my favorite installment in the Castlevania series. This game is a steroid-fueled retelling of the classic 1986 Castlevania for the NES. Not only is the gameplay extended with different levels, but the soundtrack is mega awesome, second only to Castlevania Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation classic. As a tradition, I play this game every Halloween, fighting against some of my favorite mythical monsters such as Medusa, Frankenstein, Death, and Dracula. This game can make any horror fan excited to make it to the top of Dracula’s castle for the final showdown. The replay value is really good and, for me, it is well worth battling through some pretty difficult levels for the nostalgia of vampire hunting 90s style.
#9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Growing up in the 90s, who didn’t love TMNT? While there were 3 games on the NES (one being known pretty well for is water level difficulty) Turtles in Time for the Super Nintendo set the standards for beat ’em ups, with righteous graphics and a most excellent list of bosses, as seen in the TV show. Now, this is a game you could stay up late with your sibs and play as your favorite turtle. One of the first real arcade ports I remember playing, I really love this home console port that stays pretty darn true to the arcade cabinet. The replay for this title is very high for me as the game. It’s held up over time and has even had a remake for some newer consoles.
#8. Mega Man X
Speaking of siblings, if there was ever a game my brother knew like the back of his hand this would be one of the two that he is amazing at, right behind Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. As a much needed facelift for the Mega Man franchise, MMX has a cyberpunk feel, a favorite genre of mine. This didn’t have an FX chip like MMX2 and MMX3 did, but that didn’t stop it from having a great soundtrack and most excellent graphics. I personally love the armor upgrades you get throughout the game, including the secret Hadouken for Street Fighter fans. This installment with 2 and 3 really helped me fall back in love with the Blue Bomber, as I really enjoy Sigma being the final boss, which makes the final battle challenging and well worth the time you’ve put in.
#7. Kirby Superstar
Do you like 8 games in 1? I’m not sure about you, but I sure do and that is what you get with Kirby Superstar, as you take our pink hero through tons of gameplay swapping power and finding treasure. This is a game my brother and I used to argue who was going to be player 2 so we could be the helper character. My favorite was always Gim, the yo-yo power. Some of the bosses you see are Dyna Blade the giant cyborg bird, the gluttonous King Dedede, the very evil Meta Knight, and the nightmarish Marx. I absolutely love the Great Cave Offensive and how you get to go through the game searching for treasures from other franchises. Milky Way Wishes is also great as you travel from planet to planet searching for power ups and fighting some amazingly fun boss battles.
#6. Super Metroid
A classic remembered by many. And it has my favorite female protagonist, Samus Aran. Super Metroid is one of the best adventure games in the SNES catalog. With a huge open end world map and, just like Mega Man X, there are a ton of suit upgrades that make the hunt for the treasures a must. Like most people, the fight with Ridley is the most anticipated and exciting battle in the game, with quite a high level of difficulty to defeat the dragon. One of the best parts about this game is the strong female lead. As most heroes in games at this time were male, many were very surprised in the first entry to find Samus was a girl. Metroid hasn’t seen as many releases as most on this top 10, but it still holds up today and is still very much playable.
#5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest
The second entry in the DKC series has to be my favorite of the 3 as you take control of Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong in an adventure to rescue Donkey Kong from the evil King K. Rool. I find the team of Diddy and Dixie to be perfect with 2 light weight characters and one who can slow down her landing. I also enjoyed pirate aspect of the series especially in this game as you find yourself on a pirate ship many a times and battle some bosses on the ships as well. My absolute favorite levels in the entire game are the Krazy Kremland levels, though it is like the mine cart levels I really enjoy the roller coasters with a bit of difficulty added to them as well as a race to get a DK coin at the end. This is a game really worth adding to your collection as I replay this at least once a year.
Now this is a cult classic that most everyone who has played it fell in love with. Its characters still show up regularly in the Super Smash Bros series. This is such a favorite of my brother’s that he’s has even created Let’s Play videos on his channel (shameless plug). The story follows your character setting out on a mission to save the world, making friends along the way. I love that it is almost treated like real life as you stay in contact with your parents to save the game and heal your homesickness. You also make withdrawals from ATMs to get items you need to prepare for your next big battle. The Happy Happy Village is a weird but a likable level as you deal with a cult, and the Magicant level is so awesome and trippy I just enjoyed walking around and talking to all of the people there. The build up to the Giygas battle is pretty epic—you risk your life to stop this evil being from taking over the world. This is a pricey game to get a hold of as a hard copy, but well worth downloading on the Virtual Console. Hold onto this treasure if you have it.
#3. Super Mario RPG
This is a game that really got me into RPGs. I still love its gameplay to this day, and can pop in a copy any time I’m looking to feel the nostalgia. I remember going to my friend’s house in elementary school and we would sit up all night playing this game. We even read the strategy guide every day at school during recess. This was the first game that Bowser was a good guy and would help your team along the way. New characters were introduced, like Mallow, and my favorite team member, Geno. I loved the play through of Booster’s Tower, climbing the tower to save the Princess and playing a hide and seek game with Booster in the process. The battle with the Axem Rangers was pretty righteous as well, while it was fun taking on their take on the Power Rangers. And we can’t forget the battle with the Final Fantasy-like character, Culex, one fight known for its extreme difficulty. The battle sequences were fantastic, as you saw your character actually attack an opponent with the ability to time your attacks and do much more damage. This one stands apart from your average Mario game, and it’s well worth adding to any collection.
#2. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
This was the first SNES game I played that had such a huge open world style map, and it’s one of my favorite Legend of Zelda games, right behind the original on NES. It’s got an amazing story, and I had never before experienced a mirror world in video games before, so this was a pretty eye-opening for me back in the day. Especially having to travel between both worlds to complete some of the quests. I really loved the creativity of all of the bosses—well, everyone besides the annoying Moldorm. No one likes him. Enjoying what is now a staple in the franchise, you start out with 3 simple labyrinths before taking on 7 challenging temples to rescue the seven maidens using the weapons you find in each. In a word, the game is imaginative. This game has been so well received it has been remade for the GBA, virtual console for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. also garnering a sequel for the 3DS, A Link Between Worlds.
Legend of Mystical Ninja
Donkey Kong Country
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Yoshi’s Island 2 (Scott’s choice)
Spiderman: Maximum Carnage (Greg’s choice)
#1. Super Mario World
What SNES list would be complete without the game that came with the system itself? Super Mario World is considered one of the best Super Mario games EVER. First off, this game introduced the option to ride Yoshi in a level, something that had never been seen and is continued to this day. Yoshi is a great help, especially if you need a sacrifice to get to higher ground. Next to the hammer bros suit in Super Mario Bros 3, one of my favorite add on weapons is the super cape, which can do some serious damage to enemies and get you to certain areas you can’t get to just by jumping. I really love the teleporting through Star Road to get extra levels and reach different places on the map, and the hidden way to get through levels to reach hidden levels on the map as you can see in Forest of Illusion. Speaking of Star Road, you can open up some of the toughest levels I have ever played in a classic game in Special World, including Tubular, which caused me a lot of sweaty palms.