Please keep in mind that this ranking is dynamic and dependent on user ratings submitted for each game in the Nintendo Life games database. Consequently, it is fluctuating even today. Use the search feature just below to discover your favorite SNES game that isn’t listed if you haven’t rated any of the games below. If you haven’t rated any of the games below, simply press the star on the appropriate entry and give the game a rating out of 10. (yet). Enjoy!
In 30 years, a lot can occur. Fair enough, a lot may occur in a single year (2020 served as a sobering reminder of that), but twenty? The technology and design of video games have made amazing strides throughout that time, and there have been around five system generations, but the 16-bit era was unique.
Maybe it’s just nostalgia for our long-lost youth with rose-colored glasses. Perhaps the arguments on schoolyards and the console wars added a little extra tension to every game release. Or perhaps before polygons arrived and forced teams back to the drawing board to re-examine and experiment with the increased possibilities of home gaming, developers and eager platform holders really were at the top of their game—the zenith of their abilities.
For whatever reason, many of us consider the 16-bit Super Nintendo and SEGA’s Genesis / Mega Drive to be the pinnacle of gaming. 2020 marked the thirty-year anniversary of the Super Nintendo’s introduction in Japan (known there as the Super Famicom, of course). The best 50 Super NES games of all time, as ranked by Nintendo Life readers, are shown to you below. We invited users to submit user ratings for their favorite SNES games.
The sorted list below is determined by User Ratings for each game in the Nintendo Life game database, just like our past Top 50 lists for other Nintendo systems. The following ranking is therefore arbitrary and subject to change even after publishing. Not yet given your favorite SNES games a rating? Simply give each of the titles below a rating of 1 to 10 by clicking on the user-rated star next to each one. The score will be added to the total and reflected in the ranking right away.
Use the search function below to locate any games that aren’t in the top 50 and grade them by giving them a 10- point scale. Already given the SNES collection a rating? I’m grateful. Then just relax and get ready to peruse through the top 50 SNES games of all time.
The SNES port of arcade fighter Killer Instinct is a gorgeous game from genre-bending developer Rare and adds to the Twycross studio’s already impressive resume. It was astounding back then to bring the arcade experience into the home on 16-bit hardware, and the series would go on to become one of the few fighting games to feature in Nintendo’s following generation.
The March of the Black Queen in the Ogre Battle (SNES)
Despite being quite pricey and rare, the Super NES Ogre Battle cartridge is still one of the best 16-bit strategy games available today and is a must-have for lovers of the genre.
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Stupid Troop (SNES)
When playing Goof Troop in multiplayer, you and a friend will find it to be an outstanding gem. There’s no doubting it’s a tremendously pleasurable experience when both members of the Troop are on screen, despite the fact that it may be brief, the gameplay may be straightforward, and the puzzles may be simple. However, the single-player experience is quite different.
Because of the game’s simplicity and moderate difficulty, it is tiresome and you will eventually grow weary of solving puzzles that were obviously created for more than one person. You absolutely must play Goof Troop with a friend if you’re thinking of doing so since otherwise, you won’t even receive half of the intended enjoyment.
Mario Kart Super (SNES)
Super Mario Kart got so many things right from the start that it is still unexpectedly playable and accessible decades later. It may have created a new genre, but it dominates it to the point where you wonder why any other company would decide to create their own kart racer. Instead of selecting karts or wheels, you simply choose your character and start racing.
It’s a game that is definitely best enjoyed with a friend, and the split-screen arrangement (which is there even while racing solo) invites a second player to pick up the pad (or foe). The legendary power-slide technique still feels effortless and logical in the Battle mode, which has likewise withstood the test of time brilliantly.
Although this first installment’s controls, track layout, and item balance are barebones in contrast, they are nonetheless nearly flawless, and driving still feels satisfying. The mainline games that came after may have perfected the formula to the Nth degree. Super Mario Kart is pure pleasure, and if you’re searching for the perfect pick-up-and-play multiplayer challenge, its tight focus may actually prove to be advantageous.