The SNES, or Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a beloved console from what I consider to be the golden generation of gaming. The limited 8-bit era was over and the stage was set for more colours and better graphics. The two winners of the era were the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, and the Super Famicom, or Super Nintendo.
I was given a Megadrive for my birthday, which made me firmly team Sega – but as I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the amazing SNES. So without further ado, I give you my top 20 SNES games ever (my opinion!).
#20 – Mortal Kombat II is a classic fighting game that defined the genre in the 90s. With a roster of iconic characters and brutal finishing moves, it’s a must-play for fans of fighting games. Metacritic score 76%, expect to pay: $15-$90
#19 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Turtles in Time is a classic beat-’em-up with fast-paced action and memorable levels. With up to four player co-op, it’s a great game to play with friends. Metacritic score 87%, expect to pay: $45-$500
#18 – Kirby’s Dream Course is a unique and charming take on mini-golf, featuring the iconic pink character. With fun power-ups and challenging levels, it’s a must-play for fans of Kirby games. Metacritic score 79%, expect to pay: $30-$110
#17 – Star Fox (Star Wing) is a classic on-rails shooter with a memorable cast of characters and iconic levels. With smooth gameplay and a sense of speed, it’s a must-play for fans of the genre. Metacritic score 82%, expect to pay: $15-$50
#16 – F-Zero is a high-speed racing game with futuristic vehicles and challenging courses. With tight controls and a sense of speed, it’s a must-play for fans of the racing genre. Metacritic score 80%, expect to pay: $15-$55
#15 – Super Mario RPG- Legend of the Seven Stars is a classic RPG that combines the best elements of the Mario franchise with traditional RPG mechanics. With a memorable storyline and engaging combat, it’s a must-play for fans of both genres. Metacritic score 88%, expect to pay: $90-$500
#14 – Shadowrun is a classic RPG based on the popular tabletop game. With a deep story and complex character progression, it’s a must-play for fans of the genre and of the franchise. Metacritic score 84%, expect to pay: $60-$150
#13 – ActRaiser is a unique blend of city-building simulation and action platformer. With an epic storyline and memorable music, it’s a must-play for fans of both genres. Metacritic score 79%, expect to pay: $50-$230
#12 – Contra III- The Alien Wars is a fast-paced and challenging run-and-gun shooter. With cooperative multiplayer and memorable levels, it’s a classic that’s still fun to play today.Metacritic score 81%, expect to pay: $30-$225
#11 – Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is a challenging action platformer that’s known for its difficulty. With tight controls and beautifully designed levels, it’s a classic game that still holds up today. Metacritic score 78%, expect to pay: $20-$210
#10 – Mega Man X2 is a classic action platformer that builds upon the success of its predecessor. With fast-paced action and challenging levels, it’s a must-play for fans of the Mega Man franchise. Metacritic score 83%, expect to pay: $150-$500
#9 – Super Mario All-Stars is a collection of four classic Mario games, updated with improved graphics and sound. It’s a must-have for fans of the franchise and a great way to experience some classic Mario games on the SNES. Metacritic score 87%, expect to pay: $25-$80
#8 – Donkey Kong Country is a landmark platformer with fluid animations and tight controls. Its levels are challenging and well-designed, and its use of pre-rendered graphics was revolutionary at the time. Metacritic score 85%, expect to pay: $10-120
#7 – Super Castlevania IV is a beautifully designed platformer with tight controls and challenging levels. It’s a must-play for fans of the genre, and its stunning visuals still hold up today. Metacritic score 77%, expect to pay: $25-$150
#6 – Secret of Mana is a classic action RPG that features a memorable storyline and engaging combat. With up to three player co-op, it’s a great game to play with friends or family. Metacritic score 87%, expect to pay: $25-$150
#5 – Super Mario World 2- Yoshi’s Island is a charming platformer that puts players in control of Yoshi. The game’s graphics and sound design are distinctive and memorable, and it remains a fan-favorite to this day. Metacritic score 89%, expect to pay: $35-$150
#4 – Super Mario Kart is a classic kart racing game that is still popular today. With fun power-ups and a roster of beloved Mario characters, it’s a must-play for fans of the genre and of Mario games.Metacritic score 82%, expect to pay: $35-$175
#3 – Super Street Fighter II Turbo is a legendary fighting game that defined the genre in the 90s. With a roster of iconic characters and smooth gameplay, it’s a must-play for fans of fighting games. Metacritic score 83%, expect to pay: $20-$150
#2 – Final Fantasy IV is a classic RPG that was ahead of its time. It has a deep story and characters, and was a pioneer in the use of active time battles. It’s still enjoyable to play today. Metacritic score 83%, expect to pay: $50-$500
#1 – EarthBound is a quirky RPG with a unique storyline and humor. Players control a group of kids on a journey to save the world from aliens. It’s a classic and beloved game for fans of the genre. Metacritic score 90%, expect to pay: $400-$2000
So there you have it! Some classic games and great memories. Sadly the Super Nintendo game boxes were made of cardboard, unlike their Sega counterpart, so they are getting more valuable and getting hold of a nice version of these games is getting more and more expensive. If you are a collector and are looking for the best game box protector for your Super Nintendo games, then trust in RetroShell to give you the best Super Nintendo game box protection. Our SNES game protectors are made from 4mm hard acrylic and offer a sliding door for easy access.