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NES DEV’STOP 20 SNES GAMES
Imagine. Twenty years ago, we found Yoshi. Twenty years ago, we built a city. Twenty years ago, we buckled up and started racing. Twenty years ago, the Super Nintendo was released. With an impressive lifespan of eight years (thanks satellaview!) and over 1,000 titles.
So it was very, very hard to pick twenty titles to call the best. Every game in the top five was number one at one point in time. But after tons of playing (a shout out to Gamemaster 600VG for letting me play his huge SNES collection) and some gray areas (hey, I had to play Earthbound, okay?) here you go – NES Dev’s Top 20 SNES Games!
20: Killer Instinct. Most of you know it as the over-hyped Ultra64 game that had CCCCombo breaker. But this game is much, much more. It has some amazing graphics and very good use of the SNES’s Controls, Plus some great combo drive gameplay.
19: Mario Paint. The SNES mouse Civilization was one of the saddest little peripherals ever. There were some good games on it like Arkanoid and and bad ones like Doom, but in the end, it had amazing games like Mario Paint. You could make songs, animations and paintings. It was really advanced for its time and it is still a very popular title today, with tons of people still making remix’s of popular songs using the built in music maker.
18: Axelay: Axelay just might be one of the best shooters ever. Its mastery of Mode 7 a year before Startfox came out led to some impressive bosses, like the Lava Monster on level 5. It variety of weapons also gives it a leg up from most SNES shooter’s.
17: Zombies Ate My Neighbors: ZAMN is probably the best multi-player game on the SNES due its overhead view, zombie apocalypse theme, fast-paced shooting action and most importantly, mult-player that worked. Don’t forget its plentiful Easter eggs and expansive levels. ZAMN would be ranked higher but it is too difficult for its own good.
16: Super Double Dragon: This title, built from the successful Double Dragon template had co-op, a variety of sweet locations and weapons, and more. One of the all-time great Beat-um-ups.
15: Pilot Wings: This title gets a lot of flak, but it is a great title. With beautiful Mode 7 and fun mini-games like Sky Diving, Pilot Wings was the closest people could get to flying a plane for a long time. It also layed down the path for it immensely popular brother, Pliotwings 64.
14: The Firemen: The Firemen, a PAL only title was Burning Rangers before Burning Rangers. This isometric game casts you in the role of Pete, a young rookie fire fighter tasked with putting out fires. The game is action packed and a must-own, even if you have to pay the outrageous $50 for a PAL copy.
13, 12, 11 The Street Fighter II’s: The World Warrior was the first Street Fighter game on the SNES with great controls and good graphics, making it the definitive port. Next came Hyper Fighting which had enhanced speed and playable bosses. The New Challengers, the Third and final SF II title on the SNES added four new characters, Fei-Long, Dee Jay, T. Hawk and Cammy.
10. Kirby’s Avalanche: KA, better known as Puyo Puyo, was an SNES puzzle game starring Kirby and friends. It’s addictive game play and cutesy graphics make it a must-have.
9. Tetris and Dr. Mario: Two of the world’s greatest games in 1. ‘Nuff said.
8. Harvest Moon: Despite this being late in the SNES life cycle, this game lets you make and grow a farm, get married, build a family and more. It is one of the best simulation games on the SNES.
7. Earthbound: Earthbound, the quirky cult classic featuring a twisted version of America was so good that it garnered huge internet fame, and for good reason. With its funny sense of humor and whimsical sound track, it is easy to see why this game was so popular. It is one of the best SNES RPGs.
6. Super Punch Out!!: The second game in the three game series, you once again put on Mac’s laced-up boots, fighting new rivals and introducing star punches. This title gives the top five a run for its money.
5. Super Mario Kart: SMK not only invented the kart racing genre, it also was an amazingly fun 3-D racer with Mario and his pals breaking the platforming barrier to have some fun. It also was the only MK that let you race as a Koopa.
4. Super Mario World: What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said? With its sweet music, secret paths, new items, bonus stages, Yoshi and more! One of the all-time great platformers.
3. Super Mario Excite Bike: What? A Satellaview game on this list? Yes. Super Mario Excite Bike (full name Super Mario Bun Bun Battle Stadium) is basically Excite Bike with enhanced graphics, a better stage creator, coins, and Mario characters. Sadly, the title is only playable through emulation or buying a SFH memory card in hopes SNES will be on.
2. Super Mario All-Stars: A 16-bit remake of the first four Mario games plus Super Mario World and updated sound and graphics, is an amazingly fun title that everyone should own.
1. Sim City: An SNES launch title I regard as one of the best games ever. Sim City’s upbeat sound and graphics, paired with its super-duper fun game play and Nintendo feel to it makes hours go by like minutes. The best SNES game. Period.