The Best Super Nintendo Games, Part 2 of SNES Best Games

Today, video games offer enormous playable areas to explore. Some that are as big as real-life cities. They also have super-realistic graphics, orchestrated soundtracks, and convincing performances by talented actors.

And yet, millions of people still play 30-year-old Super Nintendo, games. Which offer none of these things. Why?

SNES ConsoleIf there’s one system that proves retro gaming can be better than modern gaming, it’s the Super Nintendo. In the early 1990s, it impressed gamers the same way that modern games do today.

SNES games had better graphics, motion effects, and sound quality. Then any home console system before it. Because of this, game programmers had the freedom to create new types of games.

Many of these games list below are some of the best Super Nintendo games, ever made. The Super Nintendo, selling tens of millions of copies in the system’s 13-year lifespan. You’ll find 5 of these classic gaming gems listed below. Read on to learn more.

1. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

From its title alone, you can tell that Super Mario RPG is a unique treat for all. For example, Super Mario fans get to enjoy this beloved franchise as an RPG. And it has all the humor and heart you’d expect from any game in the series.

At the same time, RPG fans get to enjoy their favorite genre as part of the Super Mario universe.Best SNES Games - Super Mario RPGThis game is also a good entry-level RPG for those who aren’t accustomed to the genre. The turn-based battle system, and other RPG elements. Are entertaining enough without being overly complicated.

Old Favorites, New Innovations

The main plot of the game is the familiar trope of Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach. From there, we’re introduced to a new villain and loads of other unique characters.

Another interesting quirk is the diagonal perspective through which we view the characters. Which gives the illusion of 3-dimensional graphics. Which sets the game apart from previous Mario games. The verdict: the game is as cool as it sounds.

2. Earthworm Jim

It’s not uncommon for video games to have a sense of humor. But, in all video game history, very few of them are laugh-out-loud funny. Earthworm Jim breaks through this glass ceiling. Delivering legendary comedy that’ll keep you chuckling for, well, decades.

Best Super Nintendo Games - Earthworm JimEvery minute detail included in this game is funny. The game is chock-full of random humor, running gags, and tongue-in-cheek references.

You play as Jim, a mutated earthworm in a humanoid, mechanized super-suit. The bosses you fight include goldfish, boogers, and a professor who has a monkey for a head.

The artwork is cartoony to the point where it resembles hand-drawn sketches. The animations are really smooth.

The difficulty and the levels are well-designed. Though, you’ll be enjoying yourself too much to care about such mundane details. Even better, the second Earthworm Jim game is twice as awesome as the first in every way.

3. Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Another hilarious SNES classic is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It’s a on-point parody for fans of classic horror movies.

You get to arm your characters with makeshift anti-zombie gear. Like weed whackers and holy  water squirt guns. Aside from zombies, there are aliens, and masked killers. That have chainsaws, and dozens of other cliche horror references.

Though, these campy villains aren’t downgraded to the wimpy enemies you’d find in most games.Best SNES Games The difficulty level in this game is very high—which is appropriate, when you think about it. Keeping your character alive is more like surviving a horror movie than playing a game.

But survival isn’t your only problem. (Remember the title of the game?) You also need to save your helpless neighbors. From being gruesomely slaughtered by monsters.

Twice as Nice

In summary, it’s gruesome, campy, quirky, nostalgic, very hard, and absolutely excellent. But we left out the best part.

You can invite a friend over for two, two, two times the fun! (That is, Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a two-player game.)

4. Top Gear 3000

Many classic gamers remember Top Gear as a series of so-so racing games. Which was featured on many gaming platforms. There’s one awesome exception that stands high above all other Top Gear games: Top Gear 3000.

While the other Top Gear games take place on present-day Earth. This one spans several alien galaxies in the distant future. While the level backgrounds aren’t super-detailed. It’s still fun to race through 47 unique, alien landscapes.

A password feature allows you to save your progress. It’s a good thing, too, because this game is actually quite long.

An Epic, Interplanetary Race

After each race, your car gets beamed aboard the mothership. Which then blasts off out of the atmosphere. You can skip this if you want, but it’s cool to watch.

The soundtrack is excellent and sets the tone for a futuristic space race. It’s certain to strike a nostalgic chord each time you revisit the game.

Your vehicle has a fuel meter and an armor/damage meter. Both the fuel & armor can get replenished when you drive over the red (fuel) or blue (armor) strips.

If you run out of gas, you can still coast for a while. But you’ll slow almost to a stop if you hit anything. Also, if your car takes heavy damage. Your armor can get depleted, which will hinder your acceleration.

How It Compares to Other 16-Bit Racers.

Top Gear 3000 combines the best features from the most popular racing games of the era. Then, it improves upon them.

For instance, the “futuristic space race” concept and the damage meter, are both borrowed from 1990’s F-Zero. By comparison, though, Top Gear 3000. Has better-sounding music (higher sound quality, at least)

The Best Super Nintendo GamesIt also features () better graphics, including hills and valleys. As opposed to the completely flat world of F-Zero. F-Zero is a single-player game, whereas Top Gear 3000 allows split-screen racing for up to 4 players.

Next, the game’s fuel gauge, speed boosts, and other useable items. Are reminiscent of earlier Top GearRoad Blasters. But instead of collecting power ups on the road, you collect money. You also earn money by winning races and obtaining “Secret Bonuses.”

Awesome Upgrades

After each race, you can spend your winnings. To upgrade your engine, gearbox, tires, speed boost, or armor. You can also get the optional Jump or Warp items.

Upgrading is by far the best feature of the game. You actually have to be very strategic with your purchases or else you’ll start losing races.

Then, you won’t be able to afford the upgrades you need to match the other vehicles. If you fall too far behind, you’ll have to start over from the beginning, or from an earlier password, at least.

Get These Unique SNES Games

We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the best SNES games. But, more than that, we hope you get the chance to enjoy the games themselves.  Read part 1 of our series here, and stop by and check out of store for more SNES goodness.

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