Ten of the Best SNES Games

Published: January 1, 2015

Super Nintendo Entertainment System or "SNES" is a game console created by Nintendo and released in North America in 1991. The SNES is Nintendo's second gaming console, a predecessor to the Nintendo Entertainment System or "NES". Although the SNES had a late start getting to the fierce competitive market, it was a global success and became the best-selling console of the era.
Although there have been many new advanced gaming consoles, the SNES always holds a special place in us "retro gamer" hearts! You get a nice nostalgic feel as you blow into the cartridges and spark up that SNES system like old times. That is why I am going to outline my personal favorite, or "best" SNES games that I used to play.

  1. Kirby's Dream Land 3 - $64.99+

    Pretty much everyone knows who Kirby is, and that's a homage to how well the game really is. The game is based on Kirby, Gooey and allies trying to collect all of the Heart-Stars to create the "Love-Love Stick" to defeat the Dark Matter and his leader. Like with the previous Kirby games, Kirby has the ability to duck, jump, slide, fly (by inflating himself) and yes, he can inhale enemies! Kirby can decide to either spit out his enemy when he inhales him, or swallow him. Not all enemies have an effect on Kirby when swallowed, but some of them give Kirby the power to copy the abilities of the enemy. I.e. if Kirby swallows  a fire-based enemy, Kirby is granted the ability to be a fireball! If that's not cool, I don't know what is!

  2. Mortal Kombat 3 - $13+

    This 2D fighting game is another infamous game that everyone has at least heard of. Mortal Kombat started out as a arcade game and gained enough popularity to make it as a game for SNES. The game is based around fighting, or combat. Each player has similar moves aside from their own unique special moves. A run meter was introduced in MK3 which is drained by the character running and performing combos, this eliminated the previous advantage to the defending player. A feature I loved that was introduced in MK3 was the "Chain combos", which are button sequences that cannot be interrupted once a hit connects. I would have to say I was a pro at getting the chain combos down, giving my opponent no hope of winning! Mortal Kombat 3 also allowed characters to uppercut each other through the ceiling where the battle would continue in a different stage. Also, as in Mortal Combat II, the different styles of finishing moves were retained; however, Animality, where the character transforms into an animal in order to kill their opponent was added.

  3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - $35+

    I'm a little ashamed to say that I didn't discover this game until I started re-buying my SNES game collection. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is the prequel of the Mario Bro. series giving you the back story of how the bros. and Yoshi came to be. The platform from the predecessor was kept, along with adding some puzzle-solving, which made the game easier to transition to. During the game Baby Mario rides around on his buddy Yoshi's back. You control Yoshi through the entire game and try to not lose your precious baby friend Mario. Yoshi can lick up enemies and "pop" them into eggs, which he carries around behind him to dart at an unwitting enemy or a super-high bonus. Beware, if you are happened to be struck by an enemy, baby Mario will be whisked away only giving you up to 30 seconds (depending on how many stars you have) to retrieve him. The artwork and challenge in this game makes it so much more than just the average game. My point can be proved in the Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy level! You have to check this game out for yourself!

  4. Donkey Kong Country 2 - $22

    Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy is an adventure platforming video game. The main characters of the game are both Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong. The game follows Dixie & Diddy as they try to rescue Donkey Kong in eight unique environments. This game was renounced as being one of the most popular games of its age, the second best selling game of 1995 and the sixth best-selling game on the platform overall. Although some of the original bonuses were disregarded, there are many more bonus stages with collectible tokens.

  5. Donkie Kong Country - $22

    Donkie Kong Country received high critical praise and ended up making it to the second-best-selling SNES game. DKC is a platform game where you must complete forty different side-scrolling levels to recover the Kongs' banana hoard which had been stolen. The player has the option to choose either Donkey Kong or his nephew Diddy when playing the game and can switch between characters if both of them are present. There are also many crates in the game designated with an animal emblem on them - if you smash one of these crates you can ride on the animal and have them assist you. The animal helpers include a Rhino, Ostrich, Swordfish, Frog and Parrot.

  6. Super Mario Kart - $35

    Super Mario Kart is a go-kart racing video game. This game went on to be the third best selling SNES game of all time. In this game the player(s) chooses one of eight Mario Series characters to control. Each character has differing capabilities. You can either play against your friend and the remaining characters, or chose one player mode to play strictly against the computer over three difficulty levels. Guinness World Records has named Super Mario Kart the top console game ever. It has also been credited for other companies creating kart-racing sub genres of their video games to try to obtain the same success.

  7. Sim City - $5

    SimCity is a city-building simulation video game. Initially SimCity's future in gaming looked bleak. After pitching the game to a bunch of major game publishers the game was completely turned down because they didn't think they could market it. Eventually the maker of SimCity did gain a supporter and so SimCity was born. The main objective of this game is to design a city based on your liking, or if you use the scenarios, you would construct or modify the land based on those scenario needs. You can make land as commercial, industrial, or residential, add buildings, change the tax rate, build a power grid or transportation system, and various other things to keep your city running smoothly. One the sim people begin moving into your area, they will start constructing or upgrading houses, apartment blocks, commercial buildings, hospitals, churches, etc. As an added twist to the game, you can also face "natural" disasters like flooding, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes or even attacks by monsters!

  8. Super Mario World - $22

    Super Mario World is a platform video game that was originally developed as a pack-in launch title for the Super Nintendo System. This is the fifth game in the Super Mario series. SMW focuses on the quest of Mario and Luigi to save Dinosaur Land from Bowser. The brothers must travel across seven worlds to defeat Bowser and restore order. This is also the first appearance of Yoshi, a dinosaur sidekick that Mario uses as a riding mount. SMW was an overwhelming success and is considered to be one of the best games ever made.

  9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - $42

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo and it is the third installment in The Legend of Zelda series. The story focuses on Link as he travels to save Hyrule, defeat Ganon and rescue the seven descendants of the Sages. The 3/4 top-down perspective, the concept of an alternate or parallel world, the master sword and other new weapons and items introduced in this game are still commonplace today. There is a ton of land to cover in this game and the puzzles add to the suspense of the game. This game will take you a while to finish, but you will love it for that fact!

  10. Super Game Boy - $9

    Now, I know this is not a game, but the possibilities it opened up for Super Nintendo was immense. This cartridge is an add-on to the SNES console which allowed for the Super Game boy games to be played through t.v. I remember the first thing I did when I purchased this was play Pokemon on my t.v. It was nice to play Pokemon on the big screen, despite being black and white! If you do not have one of these, you're missing out!

In conclusion, you don't need an

expensive gaming system to play some quality good games! One thing to consider though: Super Nintendo is becoming a collectable and the prises are only rising, especially for the good games. Happy Gaming!