Best Super Nintendo Games


The Top Ten

1 Super Mario World

The fact that a system with 16-bit graphics still to this day totes some of the best games in many of Nintendo's most popular series is amazing. Although I didn't play super metroid or A link to the past until years later, I played my fair share of the SNES's greatest hits like Donkey Kong Country 2, megaman X, Final Fantasy II (really IV), Super Castlevania IV, and Street fighter all back when I was growing up. But none of these games left the same impression that Super Mario World did. To be a launch title that not only remained one of the best titles on it's system throughout it's lifetime, but that also topped its predecessor which was considered one of the best video games at the time (Mario Bros 3) not even a year later since it's release was unprecedented. Take into account that this game is still to this day considered by many to be one of the best in the series as well as one of the best games of all, and you have a game with feats the few other games can ever compare to. The ...more

Next to Super Mario Bros. 3, this is my definition of a video game: its color, its cheerful music, its limitless imagination and replay ability. It's truly a game I can recommend for everyone because of its PERFECT controls and EASY TO PICK UP gameplay.

Picking any other game is pointless. This is one of my favorite games of all time. It is a simply amazing game. - themetalfan666

My mom loves this game.we play it on the Wii.not the WiiU.

V 31 Comments
2 Super Metroid

Definitely deserves a top 5. Metroid defined the exploration-platfomer genre and Super Metroid perfected it. AWESOME boss battles, spectacular music, and a memorable adventure.

I love this game! It has good gameplay and a lot of secrets. It took me 2 years to find the spring ball. I loved fighting mother brain but It killed the big metroid that also appeared in Metroid 2 return of samus (If that's what it's called). This is my favorite SNES game of all time! I even accidentally skipped the plasma beam and tried to fight Ridley :P. I couldn't defeat him and I got pissed off. I started playing it all over again

Well, this games is a masterpiece. The exploration, the gameplay, the soundtrack and the controls are all perfect. Huge detailed bosses, high variety of enemies and... lot of secrets! The difficulty is just right. Not so hard, not too easy, every one can play it who is a little bit experience with platformers. Great game, fun to play and explore, for me, it's the best SNES game closely before A Link to the Past.


V 17 Comments
3 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

How is this not #1? While Super Mario World and Super Metroid are absolutely brilliant games, and some of the best in their franchises, they're simply second to Link To The Past. The dungeons are great, especially Skull Woods. The bosses are fantastic, the music is superb, it all feels right. - TheFrodo

Best rated SNES game, best 2D Zelda game! This game had many other items to make the game much easier and it's a HUGE improvement over the first two NES Zelda games!

Simply fantastic: this is the game I've played though the most times and it never gets dull. They just got everything right with this one. - JesusCommando

How is this not #1?

V 11 Comments
4 Chrono Trigger

This is arguably the best RPG ever, with a great story, lovely graphics, beautiful music, good pacing, innovative gameplay, and a dozen possible endings. This is the game that all other RPGs try to be. - Salnax

Chrono Trigger is an amazing rpg with duo person tech, time travel and a great story line. Its also based on the bible witch is really cool! And it has more than 10 endings to it and that adds so much re playability to it and if you have never witnessed this masterpiece I would highly recommend it to any player. Fan of RPGs or not try it a true masterpiece. Also EARTHBOUND is a true masterpiece but this barely beats it by a bit

A masterpiece with an amazing story, characters with real personality, and great gameplay mechanics, along with a good helping of time travel. In short, absolutely brilliant.

The person that said this was overrated obviously doesn't understand the complex story.

V 7 Comments
5 Earthbound

My absolute favorite game of all time. It doesn't have the prettiest graphics, the most original story, or the best battle system, but it is one of the most unique and charming games of all time. There is nothing that even compares to it. A truly fantastic (and at times, trippy) experience that cannot be described in words. One must simply play Earthbound. Not to mention the soundtrack alone is an absolute MASTERPIECE!

Being the only classic JRPG set in America in the 1990's, Earthbound has the kind of charm that very few, if any, games before or since have managed to create. This parody of American life is all the more endearing due to fantastic, well fleshed-out characters and writing that was heart felt and hilarious. You can tell that the developers had an absolute blast while making this game and that fun translates over to the player. There's a reason that an original copy of the cart will set you back $200+ on eBay or Amazon, Earthbound is the most lovable game ever created.

This list make me remember the past...
Good times playing SNES with my friends...
Earthbound is by far the best game of SNES, No, It's the best game I've ever played
Mother 3 is a great game too.

IF Earthbound wasn't here, I would vote one of the Donkey Kong Country Serie. Maybe the Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble.

I don't know why people care so much about graphics and reality in the games, I'd like the new games was the way they were in the past.

This is an outright zany masterpiece.
10/10 will play again... and again... and again.

V 22 Comments
6 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Absolutely love this cute game. The levels often get me thinking and the emphasis it has on finding collectibles keeps me coming back - it's such a sad feeling to find there's nothing more to do in a game after finishing the final level, but I never have to worry about that with Yoshi's Island! There's even tough bonus stages to unlock as well if you're up for a challenge. - Entranced98

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is a Classic Master peace with awesome music and interesting graphics. And the Boss battle are epic and lets not forget the good amount of Super Mario bros 2 (american version) references such as the Shy guys, The slot machine bonus game etc. Pick this Game up if you can find it for your SNES/GBA!

Did you enjoy seeing a little Italian man with a red hat ride a green dinosaur...

I love the music to this masterpiece

V 6 Comments
7 Donkey Kong Country

an absolutely brilliant platformer. the best video game music of all time combined with diverse levels and exceptional graphics.

It's fun, but I haven't played it in a while. - RdrTech

The graphics were phenomenal for the time. - thunderstar1124

Dkc1 and dkc3 is better than dkc2

V 3 Comments
8 Super Mario RPG

Not the most complex RPG game, but definitely one of the most fun, it's a great idea to take Mario characters and put them into an RPG.

It's quite the classic, with all sorts of things to do, it brings back so many fun memories, until I beat the game.

This should be at least top 5.

I'm surprised that Mallow & Geno weren't major characters after this game.

Geno. enough said

But seriously, great game.

V 1 Comment
9 Super Mario Kart

All racing games pay omage to Super Mario Kart!

Like gran turismo or need for speed? Without Mario kart they probably wouldn't exist

10 Kirby Super Star

Why the heck this game isn't on the top ten? This game is amazing. Probrably the best Kirby game during the 90's. The Helper system is awesome, although the Helper can do some stupid mistakes sometimes. My favorite helper is Wheelie Bike because you can ride him. :D This game deserves to be on Top 10.

The Contenders

11 Super Castlevania IV

How is this not top ten? More importantly, why are there two super Mario world games in the top ten? The atmosphere in this game far surpasses anything super Mario world could ever accomplish.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying super Mario world is a bad game or anything like that, matter of fact it's a great game, excellent control, memorable worlds, great level design. But come on people super castlevania 4 definitely deserves top ten. The graphics, the music, whipping in 8 directions, memorable levels, genius enemy/weapon placement, super tight responsive control, walking while crouching, right down to moonwalking not to mention the challenge this game provided was out of this world.

I guess bottom line, this is an opinionated site, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All I can say is if you haven't played this castlevania, definitely give it a try. And don't be so quick to vote Mario just cause it's Mario, it's great and everything but play Mario then ...more

Gotta love Dracula, Death, Frankenstein, Mummies and friends

The best SNES game, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger and Earthbound are all overrated.

Everything about this game rules.

V 6 Comments
12 Mega Man X

Easily the best game in the franchise. Megaman 2 comes close, but this game takes everything good about that one (the controls, the level design, the soundtrack), and supercharges it. - Zach808

Number 1 for me. Yes it is easy to zip through the first 8 bosses if you played before but this is the still the ideal epic platformer game for all ages and a hero we can all cheer for. They can make a movie out of this guy.

The best x game in the x series.

What an amazing game!

13 Final Fantasy III

Originally called 3 in the States, it's now known as 6. Best SNES game ever; gripping story, amazing villain. Graphics and music better than what people thought the system could do.

It was tought deceiding which was the best RPG because Chrono Trigger comes really close, it's a toss up, but in the end Final Fantasy 3 is a better game in our opinion.

Super Mario World is my favorite but this needs to be second! - HeavyDonkeyKong

Only enjoyable the first time (quite enjoyable at that). After the first time it bores me inmensely. Why FFV doesn't bore me, unlike this one? Because I love freedom and solo runs. Sadly, neither is possible in FFVI.

14 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

This game shiny in every area. Amazing gameplay with a beautiful setting. Soundtrack is amazing, also. There isn't a drawback. 10/10

More action than donkey kong but was it better

Best video game music ever.

Of course mario world won, this is by far the superior platformer (mario world is still amazing though)

V 3 Comments
15 Final Fantasy VI
16 Super Mario All-Stars

Heres the deal, Super Mario Bros. 1 was great, SMB 2 was great, SMB3 was great, Super Mario World Was great, so what happens when you have a game that combines all those amazing games into 1... Damn near perfect, plus "The Lost Levels" is a nice little bonus.

The best snes game ever it had 5 games

This is a good old game, but I'm very surprised that Princess Peach was in this game instead of Princess Daisy.

17 Star Fox

Man, I voted for this just to tell sagat2010 that it's called Star Fox in the U.S.

This should be higher. It was reveloutionary. Besides, super Mario world is good but insanely overrated. Vote star fox.

Great game although it's a little unplayable because as you get closer to Andross, things go crazy, the game gets harder and harder, even Level 1. Is a killer, if it ain't for Space Armanda being so hard, still great game, I hope I'll make it to Andross one day...

V 1 Comment
18 Street Fighter 2

helped shaped fighting games forever

Among all fighting games the SNES had, Street Fighter is the only one I hated with passion. Killer Instinct and Samurai Showdown are so much better.

19 Mortal Kombat II

How is this masterpiece not in the top 3? MK2 is one of the most iconic games of the 90's - Abel123

20 Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top 10 Must Play Super Nintendo Games Best Super Nintendo Games With ''Super'' In the Title Super Nintendo Games With the Best Graphics Top 10 Most Unique Super Nintendo Entertainment System Games That Revolutionized Gaming Top 10 Most Overrated Super Nintendo Games of All Time

List Stats

1,000 votes
153 listings
9 years, 341 days old

Top Remixes (40)

1. Super Castlevania IV
2. Super Mario RPG
3. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
1. Mortal Kombat II
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
1. Mortal Kombat II
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Alien 3

View All 40


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.