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360 Sunday Games Top 10: S.N.E.S. Games

19 April 2009 by: Alex St-Amour 2 Comments

Top 10 S.N.E.S.  

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

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

Super Mario Kart

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Year Released: 1992
  • Genre: Racing
  •   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

    Donkey Kong Country

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Rare
  • Year Released: 1994
  • Genre: Platformer
  •   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

    Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Square
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Genre: R.P.G.
  •   
      In what was originally thought to be the odd couple of gaming, Mario and R.P.G.’s turned out to be a match made in heaven. Super Mario RPG proved Mario could do more then jump on turtles heads, he could in fact level up, expand his inventory and (gasp) team up with Bowser to take on a common foe. And while we (unfortunately) have never seen a sequel, the game in a way birthed the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series which continue the tradition of hilarious adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond.

    6 – Final Fantasy III (U.S.A.)

    Final Fantasy III (U.S.A.)

  • Publisher: Square
  • Developer: Square
  • Year Released: 1994
  • Genre: R.P.G.
  •   
      Ironic that this title finished at number 6 on our countdown isn’t it? That’s because what we called Final Fantasy III for so long was in fact Final Fantasy VI. See only 1 and 2 we’re previously released in North America while 1-2-3-4-5 all came out in Japan, so Squaresoft simple renamed 2 and 3 to 4 and 6 respectively. But whatever you call it there’s no denying this Fantasy, amazing music, gameplay, challenge, graphics and a moving storyline all make it one of the best R.P.G.’s to hit the Super Nintendo. The game was re-released for the Playstation a few years later and for the Game Boy Advance in 2007 so there’s no excuse to pass up this gem.

    5 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

     

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Genre: Platformer
  •  

      When Nintendo first revealed the art style it would adopt for the sequel to Super Mario World, right away people complained that the company was going in a ‘kiddy’ direction with it’s colorful and happy storybook look. How wrong they were. Yoshi’s Island gave players a great 2D platformer, with solid controls, tons of collectibles, extra levels and  catchy tunes. The only thing that’s holding Yoshi’s Island back is the ear splitting cries of Baby Mario.

    4 – Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger

     

  • Publisher: Squaresoft
  • Developer: Squaresoft
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Genre: R.P.G.
  •  

      During the mid-90’s Squaresoft was the master of the R.P.G. genre. Hit after hit cemented the company in the hearts of role playing gamers as the best developer of R.P.G.’s. Nowhere was this more true then with Chrono Trigger, still considered by some to be Square’s masterpiece of the 16-bit generation. An all new battle system, deep involving story with multiple endings and characters who you actually cared about are the reason why Chrono’s time travelling adventures are still among the best you can get on the Super Nintendo.

    3 – Super Mario World

    Super Mario World

     

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Year Released: 1991
  • Genre: Platformer
  •  

      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

    The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
    1 – Super Metroid

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Year Released: 1992
  • Genre: Action / Adventure
  •   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

    Super Metroid

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems / Nintendo R&D 1
  • Year Released: 1994
  • Genre: Action / Adventure
  •   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.

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    2 Comments »

    • dave said:

      NOPE! Metroid is a terrible game!!

      All of the Mario games are friggin amazing though! ESPECIALLY mariokart :):)

      Hey dude are you free this upcoming weekend? We should get together sometime!

      love the writting, keep it up boss

      im out-DAVE

    • 360 Blog Sunday Top 10 Games: Best Genesis Games | 360 BLOG said:

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