411 Games Top 5 2.22.14: Top 5 SNES Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 02.22.2014
From Super Mario World and Chrono Trigger to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and more, the 411 staff counts down the top 5 SNES games of all-time!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. I hope you enjoyed playing games on one of the best consoles in the history of the world, as much as we did.
We did a NES Top 5 a few weeks ago, so now it is time to keep it going with the Top 5 SNES Games
Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
5.The Death and Return of Superman - In my opinion, this is as close to a Superman game done right as we've ever gotten. As someone who didn't have easy access to comic books as a kid, this was my first introduction to the death of Superman story.
4.King of The Monsters - I know this is technically a port of a NEO GEO title, but if you thought paying $400-$500 for a console now was bad, can you imagine having to do that in the mid-nineties? Anyway, giant monsters always get my vote. Giant monsters in a city that is essentially a wrestling ring? sign me up.
3.Mortal Kombat II - The best home version of MK we got at the time. If you ever wanted a game to show just how superior the SNES hardware was to the Genesis, try out both versions of this game. The SNES version of MKII was fantastic. Plus Nintendo finally did away with their "no blood" rule.
2.Super Mario World - Probably the last version of a Mario game I played all the way through. Super Mario World was a wonderful successor to Super Mario 3. It introduced new toys for Mario to play with, and really showed off what the SNES could do.
1.Donkey Kong Country - Ah yes... Back when Rare made games that people loved to play. Donkey Kong Country II might actually be the superior game of the two, but the first one will always be top dog to me. Many a sleepless weekends were attributed to this game when I was a teen.
John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
5. F-Zero: Dat mode-7! I remember all the commercials of "Sega does what Nintendon't" and I would look at Sonic and then F-Zero and think "What are they even talking about?" I think F-Zero ruined me on racing games that didn't have gimmicks to them, because before I was totally in to car racing games, but this was just a whole other level beyond those games. It was great spending hours trying to top my friends' times on each track.
4. Mega Max X: While I've never actually finished Mega Man X (got through all the masters and called it a night), I have played enough to know why it's still one of the best Mega Man games ever released. The music was fantastic, the new 16-bit style was great, and all but a few of the levels were interesting enough to be worth playing over and over again. It was great finding out about the hidden upgrade pieces too.
3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: I was actually introduced to this game via Let's Play that a friend of mine did. I had heard about it growing up but I didn't own a SNES until I was in high school, and the game was still hard to come by then (eBay was just starting up and the used game market wasn't as vast and bloated as it is today.) I can definitely understand all the hype it got after having played it. To my knowledge its the first time Mario and Bowser ever teamed up, which if I had known that as I kid that would have blown my mind probably. Maybe while Nintendo is making SNES sequels for the 3DS *cough* A Link Between Worlds *cough* maybe they could find it in their hearts to patch things up with SquareEnix and gives us SMRPG2.
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past: The first Zelda game I ever played, and I'm pretty sure the only one I've ever been interested in long enough to complete. Which if that doesn't speak to how amazing this game is, I don't know what will, because I have a pretty bad attention span when it comes to games. There was just something in the way that it was so simple to learn how to play, and yet had pretty complex things to do. I think being able to wander through most of the map in the beginning moments of the game helped add to its mystique as well. I don't know what else I can add that hasn't already been said about one of the most heralded games of all-time.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time: I don't care if it's an arcade port; it's a game that was released on the SNES, so I'm including it. If it weren't for the X-Men and Simpsons beat'em up games, I would say with full confidence that Turtles in Time is the best beat'em up of all time. The action was great, they captured the feel of the comics/show perfectly, and THE MUSIC. Don't get me started on the music. "Sewer Surfin'" will be in my head until I die, and I would not be surprised if they play it as you enter the gates of Valhalla. An all-around classic game that was thankfully brought back for the current generation to enjoy.
Francisco Ramirez (411mania.com Contributor)
HM: Mega Man X series, Super Punchout, Super Mario Allstars, Super Mario World, Secret of Mana.
5. Breath of Fire II - This game takes me back. I'm fond of the SNES for two reasons, JRPG's and 2D Fighting games. I'm not as fond of the original BOF, good thing the sequel blew the first game away. What is there not to love? Good turn based fighting, dragon transformations, and the Shaman system, giving you the ability to fuse your characters with other Shamans, transforming them into a completely overhauled character. Giving you the only reason to have Jean in your party. The story was good, not great, yet it gave enough of a reason to keep playing. Add multiple endings and you have yourself a reason to replay this. With a game this good, you don't really need a reason though.
4. Final Fantasy III - The best Final Fantasy game, perhaps not my personal favorite though. Regardless of how I feel, this 16-bit masterpiece was the RPG to play, until my number 1 pick came out. It still holds up today, and is still incredibly fun to play. The fact that this game is still considered number one or two on the hierarchy of Final Fantasy games shows just how special this game is, considering all the technical and graphical improvements.
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Ask the Zelda fans which game is the best, I guarantee it will be a close race with Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past in the lead. With good reason that is. After Zelda II, Link was brought back to an over the top action RPG perspective. The game was damn good, although it felt familiar, it was just so damn fun. Future Legend of Zelda games brought about even more changes, yet this simplistic iteration has been hard to top.
2. Super Metroid - Fun on so many levels! I remember buying this on a freaking whim, seeing as I wasn't too fond of the NES original. Well, my mind was blown. A perfect blend of exploration and action, Super Metroid was as addicting as games get. It's been almost twenty years since I first played this game, and I can say I still don't finish this game at one hundred percent.
1. Chrono Trigger - My vote for number one, I think that's twice in the span of three weeks. Once again, a dream team in the creative process, one of the best soundtracks ever, and it still holds up today. Great turn based battles, multiple endings, and fantastic characters. My choice for the best game in the SNES roster, and one that still holds up today. Now, how about that sequel Square-Enix?
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast, WWE Roundtable Organizer)
5. Donkey Kong Country: I remember loving this game a lot growing up, but I also remember this game making me want to throw my controller at a wall with how hard some of the platforming was too. Best part had to be using the animals and playing as Diddy Kong because he was much faster than Donkey Kong. I always fondly remember my time with this game, if for nothing else those damn mine cart levels.
4. Super Metroid: To me, along with my number 3 pick, were cases where Nintendo took what made the NES games great and made them even better. Super Metroid to me, still stands as the best Metroid game out there. It is truly a classic and one of the best video games ever made, not just on the Super Nintendo.
3. Super Mario World: This was the only game I had for a long time for the Super Nintendo and my sister and I played the heck out of this. My sister always had to go through every level riding Yoshi, while I had to make sure I had the Super Mario flying cape. There was just such variety in the levels and worlds in this game you were always excited about what would come next. Super Mario 3 was great, but I feel like Nintendo took everything it learned on the NES and put it into this game. This made Super Mario World for me the best Mario game of the early generation systems.
2. Final Fantasy III/VI: Two weeks in a row I have this on my list. This was truly a spectacle of a game from the story, the characters, the music, it is still a terrific RPG that I would suggest anyone go play today if you haven't. It is a landmark for the SNES, the Final Fantasy series, and the entire RPG genre.
1. Chrono Trigger: My favorite game of all-time had to be number one if we are talking about Super Nintendo games. I just love this game and have probably played and beaten it more than any other game I've ever played. This is the only RPG I've ever played where I wish I didn't have to pick a party because I just want to have all of the characters around all the time. Each character has their own unique story that you don't want to miss what they might say when you travel somewhere else. I've never gotten all 13 endings, but of the ones I have managed to obtain I could see the point of each of them. I just wish this super team of creators could get together to give us a real true sequel, but even if we never get one it won't stop this game from being one of the stand out achievements in all of gaming history.
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