The 50 Best Super Nintendo Games (SNES)!

The Super Nintendo is the console of a generation and represents a fundamental part of the history of video games. Check out our list of the 50 best SNES games, either to kill your nostalgia or to know which were some of the most outstanding titles on this platform!

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Not everyone remembers this Zelda. Before Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past was history. This title served as a great foundation for the sequels to Link’s adventures, as well as providing a good foundation for the genre itself.

Link to the Past already brings those classic elements of the franchise, such as puzzle-solving and more “free” combat, without the need for turns. Link can explore an “open world” and is able to interact with various items, characters, and the setting.

The graphic part is not the most interesting, which is compensated by the soundtrack and the highly immersive narrative. Always outstanding features of the entire franchise ever!

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Super Mario World

Super Mario World is that game that everyone who lived their childhood in the 90s played. In fact, most children had this classic ribbon on their play box. It was a graphic evolution of Super Mario Bros., in which the player-controlled the most famous and current version of Mario.

In this game there are dozens of stages, you could control Yoshi and could even have some different powers to facilitate your process. Bonus stages were a lot of fun, which added to the hours of gameplay even more. Not to mention that some of the most insane speedrun records are in Super Mario World.

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Super Metroid

It is unanimous among the hardcore gamers of Super Nintendo that Super Metroid is a game to take your patience. Even though it was seen by many as unplayable, it was a beautiful visual experience. It was the first 24-bit game on the console. For the time it was a graphic and sound revolution.

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Street Fighter 2

Were Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct good? Yes. But Street Fighter 2 was wonderful. At Super Nintendo, there was no one to stand up to him. Straight from the arcade to the console, it added new scenarios, new characters and revamped the visual effects.

In terms of gameplay, it was the same as we were used to in arcade machines. It was punching, kicking, and throwing Hadouken whenever possible. Whole days were spent happily resetting the solo mode with each of the fighters.

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International Super Star Soccer Deluxe

One of the first football games to win the hearts of gamers. If today there is an epic dispute between PES and FIFA, at the time there was no competition for International Super Star Soccer Deluxe. It was in this game that the most famous virtual footballer in the world was known: Alejo, the great Brazilian ace and hero of the country’s national team in the game.

The game was super simple, without a lot of visual effects, with a funny narration and catchy gameplay. To play with friends yielded hours at end of matches. In a very arcade style, it was for more than a decade the reference in football games.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

The Ultimate in the name suggests that this version was the most complete of all. And it was: on Super Nintendo, it was Mortal Kombat with the most fighters of all. Graphically it was well designed. New moves were added to some characters, and certain moves were modified in the way they were executed.

Although the game divided critics’ opinions, it ultimately ended up being the best title in the franchise on the console. He kept Shao Khan as Big Boss, in addition to investing in making each character’s stories even more interesting. It was an indispensable game in every MK fan’s collection.

Killer Instinct

Originally an arcade game, Killer Instinct was in the hall of Super Nintendo’s best fighting games. It featured a combo system similar to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. There were only 11 playable characters, one of which needed to be unlocked.

The fighters were created using a motion capture technique. Despite not being graphically as beautiful as in the arcade, it drew a lot of attention in the console version.

Top Gear 3000

Speaking of car games, one of the most insane. Top Gear 3000 was very successful in Brazil, as well as the first two. It was known for its cool graphics and soundtrack, which every child who played it still remembers.

You could run on several planets beyond Earth, under different weather conditions. The game was very dynamic and contained 47 different tracks. Anyone who wanted could play with up to four friends, as long as they had a Multitap. Along with Super Mario Kart, he was one of the big names in racing games.

King of Super Nintendo racing games, Super Mario Kart was meant to end friendships and families. After all, it wasn’t enough just to win the race: throwing turtle shells at opponents, leaving bananas for the cars to run were some of the most lewd things you could do.

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The formula was a success and even today updated versions of the title continue to be released. It was always fun and brought many people together around the television to laugh at the “dishonesty” of the hallways.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles In Time

The most famous turtles in the world destroyed everything on Super Nintendo with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles In Time. Those who followed the drawings in the 1990s went crazy not knowing who to choose to control. Mainly because the game could be played in cooperative mode. The fights to see who took Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael, and Donatello were constant.

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI has only one controversy: outside Japan, it’s known as FFIII, as the original III and V were never released outside of Japan. However, it won the hearts of many players. It was one of the most narratives so far, focusing on creating more human characters. Also, this was the last game in the 2D franchise.

In terms of gameplay, nothing very different from previous titles. There were four scenarios, being battles, dungeons, cities, and maps. The map was where the characters walked to their destinations. In terms of battle, we have turned again, with the options menu to take the necessary actions to win.

Super Mario RPG

Not everyone got to play Super Mario RPG. It was a game whose Super Nintendo tape was not that easy to find. For the time, when the RPG began to gain more and more fans, having a mixture of Role-Playing with the world of the plumber Mario was too much.

And that’s exactly what we found in this game: several worlds, like the mushrooms, Yoshi, clouds, and monsters. Whoever had the opportunity to play this title certainly never forgot about it, both for the amazing graphics and for the gameplay.

Disney’s Alladin

Like The Lion King, Disney’s Alladin adapts the cartoon for a game. The side-scrolling, 2D, and platform-style perspective remains. Alladin does not use a weapon, but jumps on top of enemies or throws an apple at them, to disorient them.

In this game, we still have the classic collection of items to gain extra life points. In all stages, it was possible to capture a special scarab, which gave access to special bonus stages. You could find the Genie and you could also play sitting on the famous magic carpet.

Star Fox

Those who didn’t know how to lose couldn’t play Star Fox. This was surely one of the most complicated games on the Super Nintendo. The basic premise was to drive Fox McCloud’s ship in search of facing enemy ships, get boosts and dodge obstacles. At the end of each phase, there was a Boss.

Megaman X

Every Megaman is great. Icon of Super Nintendo, the most beloved robot in video games saw himself reinvent himself in Megaman X. The series has improved a lot in terms of gameplay with this title, taking a step towards a more hardcore path. It offered a more serious take, starting with the harder soundtrack and having more complicated gameplay than previous games.

Super Bomberman

Bomberman is still part of life for many gamers today. In the days of Super Nintendo, however, it was, pardon the pun, even more bombastic. Playing solo was fun enough, but having the company of a friend in co-op made the whole experience even funnier.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2 is platform style, having 47 levels, set in 8 different environments. He used a 3D model with pre-rendered images. At the time, he was highly praised for the graphics and the fun provided. In this game, it was possible to control Diddy or Dixie Kong.

Overall, Donkey Kong Country 2 followed its predecessor’s premise in terms of gameplay. There were some additions, such as the presence of a lost world, new coins, and the introduction of a quiz in each of the worlds.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is a jumble of several elements that worked. After all, it was created by a Dream Team. The characters were designed by Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, but the group had names from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. With so many creative minds, it could only come out what came out: a game with 13 different endings.

This in itself was reason to make it almost impossible to reset Chrono Trigger 100%. Not only that, within the game everything you did changed the game’s destiny. Each error in path or action was actually not so much a mistake, but a new way of progressing in the title.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Another Super Nintendo game was described by critics and gamers as very difficult. But it still attracted a lot of attention at the time because it looked very similar to cartoons and famous television series. It’s no wonder that most of its players were very ardent fans of the characters.

Side Pocket

Side Pocket livened up the dawns of many children who imagined themselves as snooker professionals. In this game, which could be played in multiplayer mode, it was necessary to reach an “x” number of points per phase to advance to the next ones.

It was fun because, in addition to being a competitive game, the setting was super Vegas. Players felt like they were in a casino, with every part of the soundtrack. Each stage was set in a different place in the world, suggesting that players had to travel from city to city.

Desert Strike: Return to the Golf

Desert Strike: Return to the Golf has become a Super Nintendo classic. We can consider it a war game, as its theme involved carrying out missions in the Gulf War. For that, the player needed to control a helicopter, managing its time, its gasoline, and, mainly, its ammunition. Usually one of these things was over before you were successful.

Sonic Wings

Also known on Super Nintendo as Aero Fighters, Sonic Wings was played in vertical scroll. Enemies were appearing on the screen and you needed to eliminate them all without being eliminated by them. It was a relatively simple game and easy to play, containing only 8 stages.

The Mask

No exaggeration: we’re talking about one of the most difficult games in history. So much so that the game did not have a very long success, as even at the easiest level players complained that it was impossible to play. There are very few records of people who reset the game without cheating.

Pilotwings

Pilotwings is one of those games that served as the basis for others that would come in future generations. This species was almost a flight simulator, in which we could control a plane, a parachute, a hang glider, and a kind of jet pack to do maneuvers. In special stages, you could command a helicopter.

Paperboy

Paperboy was a very specific game and it was successful for that very reason. At the time of its launch, it was highly praised for its completely different theme: the objective was to deliver newspapers to houses on a street. The player pedaled, tossed the newspapers to the right or to the left. I had to calculate well the time to get the mailboxes right.

Contra III: The Alien Wars

In terms of difficulty, Contra III: The Alien Wars was known as one of Konami’s most hardcore. Many players spent hours or entire days resetting the game, and many failed to do so. The Bosses were giants, and the moving scenarios made all battles even more complicated.

Secret of Mana

Super Nintendo is home to many quality RPGs. The secret of Mana is not only one of them, it represents an extension of the meaning of Role-Playing games. First, because the battle system was more “free” compared to games like Final Fantasy. Secondly, there is how to play in a completely cooperative way, which for the time was innovative.

The secret of Mana allowed you to equip various armor and clothing, as well as weapons. It was a very strategic game that required good logical thinking on the part of the players. Besides, the good amount of dialogue used to explain the story encouraged children to practice English.

The Adventures of Batman & Robin

Many good Super Nintendo games were adaptations of cartoons or movies. The Adventures of Batman & Robin, for example, adopted a very famous animation of the time. The quality of the game was wonderful, paying huge respect to the hero. The difficulty, however, was quite high, which required a lot of patience.

Most of the 8 stages were built to mimic moments from the animated series. The game has been criticized for leaving Robin in a very minor role but hailed for putting Batman’s main villains as stage bosses. For a long time, this was the Dark Knight’s best game.

The Lion King

The Lion King game was outstanding on Super Nintendo. He adapted the Disney cartoon, which in the 90s was very popular with children. Even though it was supposedly a more childish game, it was considered quite challenging. There were only 10 phases, 6 with the little Simba and the others with the adult Simba.

Each type of Simba has specific abilities, which help you to overcome opponents in combat or solve puzzles. Collecting insects helps to restore life and in other matters. Special phases allow you to play with Timon or Pumba. It was a constant Hakuna Matata to play this game.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is one of the first games to simulate farm life. Despite the seemingly unfun proposal, it was very successful in the 1990s. Basically, the character woke up early, planted, harvested, and did all the daily tasks until he fell exhausted into bed at the end of the day.

The game was so successful that it spawned several other titles and created a very respected franchise in the digital gaming world. No wonder we have titles like Farm Simulator today.

NBA Jam

NBA Jam was insane and completely out of the ordinary for a basketball game. It starts that there were practically no rules. Players performed superhuman jumps, caught fire without burning, and could make baskets from anywhere on the court. The teams were made up of just two players, which made everything very dynamic.

Another very interesting point of NBA Jam was the easter eggs. The easter eggs could be activated or activating discovered codes. Perhaps the most famous of them was the one that allowed him to play with the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Super Castlevania IV

No list of the best Super Nintendo games is serious without a Castlevania franchise title. We chose Super Castlevania IV because it represented a good advance over previous games at the time. Re-introduced Belmont, an important character in the series, in epic combat with Count Dracula.

The game reaffirmed the known mechanics that have always worked in games made so far. The 2D, 16-bit perspective using Super NES Model 7 was well received. The characteristic soundtrack is another highlight. The combat system, with primary and secondary weapons, has remained one of the most positive points of Castlevania games on the NES.

Kirby Super Star

Kirby is one of Nintendo’s most popular characters. On the Super NES, he received several titles in which he was the protagonist. Kirby Super Star is one of the best because it put together eight games in one, focusing on minigames. In this game, we have a strong multiplayer component, both cooperative and competitive.

Super Star introduced new elements to the franchise, the main one being the enemies known as Helpers. In this game, the character won custom hats, according to each copy skill he used. Abilities, these, that numbered 25.

Doom

A flood of demons awaits the players of Doom. The mission is to go through all of them to find the exit of each level, which, believe me, seems easier than it seems.

It has a lot of blood on the screen, a very varied arsenal of firearms, and a good amount of secret rooms with power-ups and upgrades.

F-Zero

Some say that F-Zero laid the foundation for what would be a good racing game in the future. The graphics were TOP, the number of tracks was way above average compared to any car game at the time.

Super Ghouls’n Ghosts

When Dark Souls didn’t even dream of being born Super Ghouls’n Ghosts already caused anger in players. The game was VERY difficult and it certainly made many gamers break the control.

But the medieval theme and the beautiful graphics kept a loyal audience with a lot of headaches.

Super Mario All-Stars

All-Stars brings together 3 of the best Nintendo games, which in this case were the first 3 Super Mario Bros. This compilation gave a good graphic upgrades to the games, which, at the time, justified buying the ribbon.

Earthbound

An RPG that was not very successful in the US precisely because it criticized the United States. It had political themes hidden in the narrative in the dialogues of cute characters, such as an alien bee named Buzz Buzz.

Super Punch-Out!!

A little boxing game without a lot of frills. Good graphics, little hits, and the option to defend yourself. What was fun was trying to KO your opponents first, which, after a while, became pretty easy.

Breath of Fire II

Ryu was the Dragonborn of the SNES, a knight with dragon ancestors and who could transform into one. Thematic was the highlight of the game, as well as being able to support a huge variety of fighters for your party.

Mario Paint


Who remembers the mouse created by Nintendo? This peripheral was not successful, but the accompanying game, Mario Paint, did. A complete drawing studio inspired by the universe of the Italian plumber, with puzzles and riddles to solve.

Trials of Mana

The third game in the Mana series, this RPG had 3 different narrative lines, 6 characters to start the game, each with its own story.

The wide variety of classes gave good customization options for the heroes, which allowed for varied combat styles.

Shadowrun

In Shadowrun, you must recover the identity and memory of Jake Armitage, who wakes up in a cyberpunk world. It’s a very classic RPG from the 90s, focused on firearms, with a good cinematic feel.

ActRaiser

In ActRaiser you are a god who descends from your divine palace to save the world. It is an RPG, which resembles, in gameplay, Castlevania.

Final Fight

Final Fight is the legitimate beat n up of arcades, which went down very well on the SNES. The game was basically walking around and attacking enemies until you reached the end of each level. Basic yet fun!

​​Super Star Wars

Star Wars fans who owned a Super Nintendo were treated to one of the best film adaptations for consoles. The re-creation of the narrative and epic battles of the first movie released is perfect.

The only drawback is the game’s super high difficulty level…

Sunset Riders

The Red Dead Redemption of the 90s, Sunset Riders blended Contra and Turtles in Time to build a unique shoot n’ up experience in the Wild West.

Those who had access to the uncut version could see bar dancers with little and had the opportunity to shoot American Indians.

Super Tennis

In terms of tennis games, none beat Super Tennis. It was an addictive game because the commands were simple and precise, bringing an atmosphere very similar to a real game at the time.

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

It wasn’t so much an adaptation of the comic book as it was of the popular TV cartoon in the 90s. The game resembled Mega Man, as the X-Men raced through the 2D scene, platform-style.

Yes City

Sim City needs no introduction. It was one of the first Super Nintendo simulators and was very successful. Mainly because it featured sporadic and very funny appearances by Nintendo characters like Bowser.

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