Top 10 favorite SNES games of all time
“Dude, your only playing with regular power? You gotta get the SUPER power!!!” Sega may have uppercutted Nintendo back to the ropes with their Genesis, but they rallied back with a flurry of haymakers when they introduced the Super Nintendo. In many ways rightfully considered the grand peak of the 16-bit generation, the Super Nintendo was a radical newer version of the regular Nintendo that I was lucky enough to get as a Christmas present during its launch period. Even though I had been jealous of my next door neighbor’s kick ass Genesis, the tables had been turned as now he was relegated to second-fiddle under the relentless surge of this awesome new super power.
Certain genres seemed to work better on the Super Nintendo to me (especially rpg’s and fighting games) which I found very interesting at the time. Also, this was the first example I would remember having of comparing cross-platform games of similar strength to see which ones were better. I mean, it made sense for 16-bit Genesis games to look and sound superior than the 8-bit NES ones but how did it fair to Nintendo’s newest creation of equal bit strength? It was as if the SNES was a witness to the bullying that its little brother had gone through and stepped in promptly to remind Sega to pick on someone its own size. The 16-bit wars had begun!
After tearing through the wrapping paper that adorned the giant box with my name on it (best Christmas present… EVER!!! ), I was beyond excited to hook this hot rod up and dive into a brand new world of gaming goodness. Awesome titles like Mario Kart and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts had me in love with my new super-powered console right away and more than eager to rub it in the face of Genesis Boy next door! Suddenly, the tides had turned back to Nintendo’s favor and I felt extremely fortunate to be standing at the precipice during this amazing 16-bit gaming revolution that had manifested itself during the ‘tude era. This spirit of competition drove both companies to zenith’s during this generation, sparking a new “golden age” of gaming and higher quality titles across the board in every genre.
The biggest beneficiaries to this “iron sharpening iron” period were us ‘tude babies and the Super Nintendo spearheaded this forward as much (or more) as any other gaming console during this time with excellent titles that had people comparing video games to pieces of art. Role playing games, for example, blew UP on the SNES and catapulted deep storytelling and beautiful aesthetics to new plateaus that had never been achieved before which showcased the maximum power of the Super Nintendo. With grand adventures like Chrono Trigger , EarthBound and Breath of Fire II loaded up in their barrels, the SNES fought back valiantly against Sega’s advances and met their charge head-on with with the best kind of high-quality products that you could expect out of Nintendo.
Other genres looked and played amazing on the system as well most notably fighters. Fighting games felt more tailored to the Super Nintendo right away thanks to the 6-button controller that came standard with the system out of the box. I swear playing Street Fighter II with the original 3-button Genesis controller just feels criminal in comparison (you have to press start to switch buttons from punches to kicks… yuck) and is a good example alone of the excellent foresight of Nintendo’s 16-bit brainstorming sessions. Mortal Kombat looked and played great also and furthered the SNES status as the system for fighters though they did get in hot water from fans (…and ME) for wussin’ out and replacing the blood with “sweat”. No worries though, even Nintendo caught a ride on the ‘tude train after awhile and brought mature material to later editions of Mortal Kombat as well as other titles like Killer Instinct just to ensure the masses that they knew how to push the envelope in this department in addition to all their other great work.
Yeah I love the Super Nintendo and feel extremely fortunate to have grown up with Nintendo’s 16-bit powerhouse! Playing through the multitudes of high-quality titles found here over the years has been nothing short of pure joy and I feel I owe the SNES the justice of my best efforts towards selecting my personal favorite games that this wonderful system had to offer. Thanks to Sega and their all-out assault launched against Nintendo during the 80’s & 90’s, the Super Nintendo pushed itself to pure greatness and rooted the companies feet in the ground with the firmest stance ever seen in video games. One things for sure, regardless of the final outcome of the console wars during this generation, I feel like we’re all winners. Now you’re playing with SUPER power ‘tuders!
The following is a list of The ‘Tude Dude’s 10 favorite SNES games of all time (as well as some honorable mentions).
-Chrono Trigger, Final Fight series, Contra III: The Alien Wars, The Lion King, Madden NFL series, Breath of Fire 1 & 2, Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Bomberman 1 & 2, NBA Jam & NBA Jam T.E., Secret of Mana, Tetris Attack, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Killer Instinct, Super Star Wars series, Pilotwings, ActRaiser 1 & 2, Star Fox, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, R-Type III: The Third Lightning, FIFA Soccer series, Maximum Carnage, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Demon’s Crest, Mortal Kombat series, NHL series, E.V.O.: Search For Eden, Bust-A-Move, Wild Guns, Dirt Trax FX, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Pebble Beach Golf Links, EarthBound, ESPN Baseball Tonight, Donkey Kong Country 2 & 3, Smash TV, Joe & Mac 1 & 2, NBA Give N’ Go, Prince of Persia, Fatal Fury Special, Sim City, Rock n’ Roll Racing, Super Double Dragon, Ken Griffey Jr’s Winning Run, Shadowrun, Mega Man X2 and X3, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Tetris & Dr. Mario, NHL Stanley Cup, Pocky and Rocky 1 & 2, The Lost Vikings, The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse, The Combatribes, Out of this World, UN Squadron, Disney’s Aladdin, NBA Live series, The Adventures of Batman & Robin, Mario Paint, Super Mario All-Stars, Mario Kart, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and the generically named but awesomely executed Metal Warriors.
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