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Super Nintendo: The 33 Best Games to Score a Generation

The Super Nintendo is not just the console of a generation. It represents a fundamental part of the history of video games. Many of their games were the basis for the start of many established franchises. At the same time, they are unique classics that missed them who had the opportunity to play them.

To celebrate Super NES and all the wonderful titles produced for it, we have created a list of the 35 best console games. Let’s look back at the great masterpieces made by Nintendo, from the unforgettable Kirby Super Star to the huge number 1. Check it out!

33. Kirby Super Star

Kirby is one of Nintendo’s most popular characters. In Super NES received several titles in which it was protagonist. Kirby Super Star is one of the best because it brought 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, chief among them the enemies known as Helpers. In this game, the character earned custom hats, according to each copy ability he wore. These skills reached a number of 25.

32. 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. He re-featured Belmont, a major character in the series, in an epic battle with Count Dracula.

The game reaffirmed the known mechanics that have always worked in games made so far. The 16-bit 2D perspective using Mode 7 from Super NES 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 in the NES.

31. NBA Jam

NBA Jam was insane and completely nonstandard for a basketball game. It already begins that there were practically no rules. Players jumped superhuman, caught fire without burning, and could make baskets from anywhere on the court. The teams consisted of two players only, which made it 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 these was the one that allowed playing with then-US President Bill Clinton.

30. Harvest Moon

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

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

29. The Lion King

The game The Lion King was remarkable in Super Nintendo. He adapted the Disney design, which in the 90s was very popular with children. Although it was supposedly a more childish game , it was considered quite challenging. There were only 10 stages, 6 with the small Simba and the others with the adult Simba.

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

28. The Adventures of Batman & Robin

Many good Super Nintendo games were cartoon or movie adaptations. The Adventures of Batman & Robin , for example, adapted a very famous animation of the time. The quality of the game was marvelous, paying enormous respect to the hero. The difficulty, however, was quite high, which required a lot of patience.

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

27. Secret of Mana

Super Nintendo is home to many quality RPGs. Not only is Secret of Mana one of them, it represents an amplification of the meaning of Role Playing Game . First, because the battle system was more “free” compared to games like Final Fantasy . Secondly, there is a way to play completely cooperatively, which for the time was innovative.

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 the children to practice English.

26. Against III: The Alien Wars

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

The game is a very well-produced tribute to several action movies from the 1990s. It also served as inspiration for big hits such as Rambo.

25. Paperboy

Paperboy was a very specific game and was successful for just that. At the time of its launch, he was widely praised for the completely different theme: the goal was to deliver newspapers to the houses of a street. The player pedaled, threw the newspapers to the right or left. I had to work out the time to get it right in my mailboxes.

Doing so would be difficult if there were no obstacles in the way. There are a lot of interference in the way. You get extra points if you throw newspapers at annoying people, for example, or if you break the windows of homes that don’t subscribe to the newspaper. It was profit to reach the end of a level without dying and without losing your newspaper subscribers.

24. The Mask

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

This is precisely why The Mask needs to be on this list. While extremely challenging, it was fun to control Stanley / The Maskara through seven levels, all reminding scenes and iconic events of the movie starring Jim Carrey.

23. Pilotwings

Pilotwings are those games that were the basis for others to come in future generations. This specifically was almost a flight simulator, where we could control an airplane, a parachute, a hang glider and some kind of maneuvering jet pack . In special stages you could command a helicopter.

Each aerial “vehicle” featured a series of events and missions that needed to be successfully accomplished. Regardless of whether you failed or not, you were instructed by a flight teacher. As the player progressed through the missions, the harder they became.

22. Sonic Wings

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

Players could choose from four riders of different nationalities. At the beginning of each phase the planes did not have much artillery power. As they were eliminating enemy bases and vehicles they were getting automatic improvements.

21. 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, since its theme involved carrying out missions in the Gulf War. For this the player needed to control a helicopter, managing his time, his gasoline and, especially, his ammunition. Usually one of these things was over before it was successful.

20. Side Pocket

Side Pocket cheered up the early hours of many kids who thought of themselves as pool professionals. In this game, which could be played in multiplayer mode , it was necessary to achieve an “x” number of points per phase to advance to the next.

It was fun because besides being a competitive game, the setting was super Vegas. The players really felt in a casino, with all the soundtrack. Each phase took place in a different place in the world, suggesting that players had to travel from city to city.

19. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Another Super Nintendo game that has been 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 the drawings and the famous television series. No wonder most of its players were very passionate fans of the characters.

Anyway, it was a pretty fun, if repetitive game. You could choose which Power Ranger you wanted to be out of five, and the goal was to hit enemies from scene to scene.

18. Chrono Trigger

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

That alone was reason to make Chrono Trigger 100% almost impossible to zero . Not only that, within the game everything you did changed the fate of the game. Each path or action error was not really a mistake at all, but a new way forward in the title.

17. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2 is platform style, having 47 stages, set in 8 different environments. He used a 3D model with pre-rendered images. At the time 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 on gameplay. There were some additions, such as the presence of a lost world, new coins, and the introduction of a quiz on each of the worlds.

16. Super Bomberman

Bomberman is still part of the lives of many gamers today . At the time of the Super Nintendo, however, he was, with the pardon of the pun, even more bombastic. Playing solo was fun, but having a friend in cooperative mode made the whole experience even funnier.

The Super Bomberman , like every game in the franchise, was extremely entertaining, although simple. With each phase things got more complicated, increasing the challenge. It was perfect for spending the entire night with the neighbors sipping and playing.

15. Megaman X

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

Of course, we must not forget to mention that, if the right requirements are met, our blue hero can launch Hadouken, one of the most famous attacks in the gamer world .

14. Star Fox

Who could not lose could not play Star Fox . This was surely one of the most complicated games in Super Nintendo. The basic premise was to guide Fox McCloud’s ship in search of enemy ships, boosts and dodging obstacles. At the end of each phase there was a Big Boss.

One difference with Star Fox over similar games is that you could speed up or slow down the ship. This feature made it easier to dodge obstacles. Fox’s ship still has a protective shield, which deteriorates with each attack.

Another point that sets this aerial shooter apart from others is that the game needs to be reset three times, on three different levels, to complete 100%.

13. Disney’s Alladin

Like The Lion King , Disney’s Alladin adapts the cartoon to a game. The perspective in side-scrolling , 2D and platform style is maintained. Alladin uses no weapon, but jumps on enemies or throws apples at them to disorient them.

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

12. Super Mario RPG

Not everyone has ever played Super Mario RPG . It was a game whose Super Nintendo tape was not that simple to find. For the time when RPG was starting to gain more and more fans, having a mix of Role Playing with the world of plumber Mario was too much.

And that’s what we found in this game: various worlds, such as mushrooms, Yoshi, clouds and monsters. Those who had the opportunity to play this title certainly never forgot it, both for its amazing graphics and gameplay.

11. 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 Japan. Anyway, it has won the hearts of many players. It was one of the most narrative so far, focusing on creating more humane characters. Also, this was the last game in the 2D franchise.

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

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles In Time

The world’s most famous turtles 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 over who got Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael, and Donetello were constant.

The gameplay closely resembled Street Fighter- style arcade games . It was walking back and forth, jumping and pushing button sequences to attack enemies. Among the coolest things I could do was throw the opponents on the screen. For the 90s it was amazing!

9. Super Mario Kart

King of Super Nintendo racing games, Super Mario Kart was meant to end friendships and families. After all, winning the race was not enough: throwing tortoise shells on opponents, leaving bananas for cars to run were some of the dirtiest things you could do.

The formula was a success and still today are being updated updated versions of the title. It was always fun, and it brought many people around the television to laugh at the “dishonesty” of the corridors.

8. Top Gear 3000

Speaking of car game, one of the most insane. Top Gear 3000 was very successful in Brazil, as were the first two. He was known for the cool graphics and soundtrack, which every child who played still keeps in mind.

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

7. Killer Instinct

Originally an arcade game , Killer Instinct was in the hall of Super Nintendo’s best fighting games. It featured a combustion system similar to that of 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. Although not graphically as beautiful as in the arcade , it drew a lot of attention in the console version.

6. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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

Although the game has divided the opinion of the critics, it turned out to be the best franchise title on the console. He kept Shao Khan as Big Boss , and invested in making each character’s stories even more interesting. It was an indispensable game in every MK fan collection .

5. International Super Star Soccer Deluxe

One of the first football games to win gamers ‘ hearts . If today there is the epic dispute between PES and FIFA , then 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 national team in the game.

The game was super simple, without many visual effects, with a funny narration and with catchy gameplay. To play with the friends it yielded hours of match in a row. In a very arcade style , it has been the benchmark in football games for over a decade.

4. Street Fighter 2

Were Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct good? Yes. But Street Fighter 2 was wonderful. In Super Nintendo there was no one who faced him. Direct from the arcade to the console, added new scenarios, new characters and revamped visual effects.

In terms of gameplay it was the same as we were already used to in the arcade machines. It was to punch, kick and throw Hadouken whenever possible. Entire days were spent with pleasure in resetting solo mode with each of the fighters.

3. Super Metroid

It is unanimous among the most hardcore players in Super Nintendo that Super Metroid is a patience game. Although it was seen by many as impossible to play, it was a beautiful visual experience. It was the console’s first 24-bit game. For the time it was a graphic and sound revolution.

Complex gameplay with damage-resistant enemies has given up many players. The open world concept was applied in Super Metroid , and exploring Zebes’ fictional world allows the character Samus Aran to find various weapons, armor, and the like.

A game that, if you have the opportunity to play, is well worth it. Even though you will suffer …

2. Super Mario World

Super Mario World is that game that all the people who lived their childhood in the 90s played. In fact, most children had this classic ribbon in their little game box. It was a graphic evolution of Super Mario Bros. , where 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 still have some different powers to facilitate its process. The bonus stages were quite fun, which further increased the hours of gameplay . Not to mention that some of the most insane speedrun records are in Super Mario World .

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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

Link to the Past already brings those classic elements of the franchise, such as puzzle solving and the most “free” fighting, without the need for shifts. 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 offset by the soundtrack and the highly immersive narrative. Always outstanding features of the entire franchise since forever!

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