360 Sunday Games Top 10: S.N.E.S. Games
After a week off for Easter celebrations, 360blog.org returns with the top 10 Super Nintendo games of all time!
Two weeks ago we named the Super Nintendo the best game console of all time and we cited the awesome software lineup as the reason why it was the cream of the crop. Now with so many great games, your favorite might not have made the final list, and with the amount of games we considered, we could have easily done a top 30. So we had to make a decision, and the games that made this list must answer to the following criteria A) were great in the day B) haven’t aged a day, and even after this we still had some tough decisions to make.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 from Nintendo’s Super console.
10 – Super Mario All-Stars
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo EAD
- Year Released: 1993
- Genre: Platformer / Compilation
What’s the easiest way possible to make a great game? Well take four of the best games of the last generation, add some shine with brand spanking new 16-bit graphics, throw in some new music and character animations, and top it off by making the whole package available on one cartridge for one price. A later revision of the game even included Super Mario World. That’s 5 games for the price of one! You couldn’t find a better deal back then.
9 – Super Mario Kart
In our top 10 N.E.S. games countdown, we credited R.C. Pro-Am with basically inventing the kart racing sub-genre, well it only took 4 years for it to be perfected. Still regarded as the best in the series by many, Super Mario Kart is still a blast to play, with several gaming championships still using it in competitions. And with sequel after sequel we’ll probably be racing with Mario and friends for years to come.
8 – Donkey Kong Country
Nintendo was in trouble. The world had gotten its first taste of 32-bit gaming with the Sega-CD and 32X and with new consoles like the Playstation and Saturn just around the corner, the Super Nintendo was starting to look dated. But as if by fate, Nintendo’s original mascot returned to save the company a second time. Donkey Kong Country sported amazing 3D rendered graphics, stellar gameplay and one of the best soundtracks in the gaming industry. And thanks to the Wii’s Virtual Console, this game and it’s two sequels are available for download. Go get em!
7 – Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars
6 – Final Fantasy III (U.S.A.)
5 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
4 – Chrono Trigger
3 – Super Mario World
In 1991 the Super Nintendo made it’s debut, at launch it featured only 2 games and yet it still managed to be the must have console that year. Why is that? Because of Mario. Super Mario World quickly became a system seller (mostly due to the fact it was a pack in), people were buying the system for this one game. And why not? It was a huge improvement over the classic Mario formula, great level design, amazing controls and the debut of Mario’s green lizard pal Yoshi. Platforming at its finest.
2 – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
1 – Super Metroid
Zelda fans are a patient bunch. After two stellar adventures on the N.E.S. it took 4 years for the next installment in Link’s adventures to arrive. And boy was it worth the wait. A Link To The Past featured a return to the top down perspective from the original, the most dungeons of any Zelda game to date, a whole new arsenal for Link to use, a ton of side-quests and presented it all in a living breathing Hyrule, complete with a full population of NPC’s you could interact with. Truly a masterpiece.
1 – Super Metroid
Great music, atmosphere, gameplay, story, setting, replay value, still holds up today, perfect balance of challenge and skill. These things are Super Metroid. Samus’ third mission to combat the Space Pirates proved to be the best gaming experience you could get, not only on the Super Nintendo but on any console available at the time. At only 800 Wii points on the Virtual Console, this is a steal for the best 16-bit game of all time.
Tune in next week as we countdown the Super Nintendo’s arch rival, the Sega Genesis’ best games.