The Best Super Nintendo Games, Part 1 of SNES Best Games

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What kinds of Super Nintendo games do you like most? Undoubtedly, you already have a few 16-bit game genres in mind.

Of course, there aren’t really many genres to choose from. There are racing, fighting, shooting, puzzle-solving, and adventure games, plus RPGs. That’s pretty much it.

Due to its limited capabilities, the SNES could only handle a small list of game genres, right? Well, actually, a lot of game creators have put that theory to the test, creating some of the best Super Nintendo games, ever made. Make sure to read part 2 of the series here.

We’ve listed some of our favorites in this guide. Read on to learn all about them.

1. Star Fox

Today, hearing that the latest Star Fox game uses 3D polygon graphics is not impressive. But in 1993, it was mind-blowing.

In those days, there were no 3D polygonal console games—not one, ever—until Star Fox cameThe Best Super Nintendo Gamesout. We had played 3D games in the arcade, like Star Wars. But now, we could play 3D games at home.

Naturally, being one-of-a-kind, the gameplay is also unlike anything we were used to at the time. Surprisingly, the gameplay worked very well with the SNES D-pad controller as opposed to an arcade joystick. Not to mention, the game’s engaging, very addictive, and an absolute blast to play.

2. Pac Man 2: The New Adventures

Unlike Star Fox, Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures isn’t just unique for a SNES game. It’s unique, period.

Most notably, it’s nothing like the original maze game we all know and love. Instead, it’s basically a point-and-click adventure.

But rather than pointing and clicking, you’re firing a slingshot at various objects/characters to manipulate the course of events. Advancing in the game requires both puzzle-solving skills and good aim.

Indirect Control

Even more bizarre, the game depends heavily on Pac-Man’s actions, despite the fact that you have no direct control of him whatsoever. Instead, Pac-Man wanders around on his own, doing/going whatever he decides to until you intervene.

So, it’s not enough to figure out the puzzles yourself. You must make Pac-Man solve them in order to advance.

Also, Pac-Man is very emotionally reactive. Sometimes, he won’t discover the puzzle’s solution unless he’s happy, mad, sad, etc.

As for whether the game is enjoyable, we’ll say this. Using a slingshot as an emotional cattle prod is just as frustrating/sadistically satisfying as it sounds.

3. Uniracers

Simply put, Uniracers is a game about sentient unicycles performing stunts while racing through side-scrolling levels. There’s also a rockin’ heavy metal soundtrack.

If that sounds like the most ridiculous game concept you’ve ever heard, you’re totally right. Yet, somehow, it works.

And why shouldn’t it? The company that created Uniracers later became Rock star North, the developers of the extremely successful Grand Theft Auto series.

Frankly, it’s the side-scrolling, stunt-performing, gravity-defying elements that make this game so uniquely entertaining. Due to the side-scrolling view (as opposed to top-down or behind the car), it’s very different from most racing games. Gameplay-wise, it’s like racing Sonic the Hedgehog in a world with no enemies and no stopping.

However, winning the race depends largely on your ability to perform stunts while airborne. Each stunt you perform gives your Uniracer a boost of speed. You’ll need these boosts to outrun your opponent.

4. Jurassic Park

In August 1993, the Sega Genesis released a Jurassic Park game that was exactly what we expected. Namely, it was a bland, forgettable, side-scrolling adventure (with dinosaurs) that took 30 minutes to complete.

Conversely, the SNES version of Jurassic Park is something that no one would expect, ever. It’s an overhead-view adventure/survival horror/first-person shooter game.

To clarify, most of the game takes place in huge, open areas with maze-like pathways. There are no levels, only areas and objectives. You have to do a lot of exploring to advance because the game offers very scant guidance as to what your objectives are.

Additionally, there are buildings you can enter and explore. When you enter a building, the game switches to a very Doom-like first-person shooter mode.

Dangerous Dinos

JurassicParkSNESWherever you go, you must avoid deadly dinosaurs. Some you can kill, others you can only outrun. If you do kill a dinosaur, they stay dead and never respawn.

Obviously, your main objective is to escape the dino-infested island. But, besides this, you must also stop the clever raptors from commandeering a ship to the mainland—seriously.

Altogether, it’s fun and fascinating. If you want to play it, though, be prepared for the long haul. The game takes multiple hours to beat, and there are no continues, passwords, or save features.

5. Kirby Super Star

Frankly, almost every game in the Kirby series pushes the boundaries of originality. The pink puffball himself has been an iconic game mascot from the beginning. And, in each new entry, he gains awesome new abilities.

This game, however, takes what’s best about Kirby and multiplies it by 8. You see, there are a total of 8 games included in Kirby Super Star (plus 1 unlockable bonus game). That offers plenty of challenges to keep you hundred-percenters busy.

Short But Sweet

To be fair, the games are pretty short, especially the multiplayer minigames. For example, a “long” round of “Samurai Kirby” or “Megaton Punch” lasts less than 5 minutes.

On the other hand, these competitive minigames are excellent for retro gaming parties. Besides, the full list of games offers something for every gamer.

The Games

There are 4 traditional, side-scrolling platformers, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. Each has a sufficient storyline of its own, expressed in beautiful, action-packed cutscenes. (At least, according to 16-bit standards, the scenes are top-notch.)

These mini-platformers also include plenty of (optional) hidden secrets to find. Even better, they feature one of the best two-player co-op modes we’ve ever seen.

Furthermore, if finding hidden secrets is your favorite part, there's a game for that, too. “The Great Mine Offensive” is a search for 60 hidden treasure chests.

Each treasure is a delight for retro gaming geeks. Most are references to other Nintendo games or Japanese folklore.

Additionally, there’s a one-player side-scrolling race game, “Gourmet Race.” Outrun King Dedede, then compete against your best lap times. The final game is a “Battle Arena” wherein you must defeat every boss in the game with only one life and limited health powerups.

The Best SNES Games: Try Them Yourself

This is hardly a complete list of the best SNES games we’ve played. As such, we’ll share some more examples very soon. Watch for them on our blog.

While you’re waiting, you really should try these games for yourself. Browse our selection of Super NES games we have for sale, so you can add these titles to your classic game collection.

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