Super Nintendo was a great system and in my opinion the best 16-bit system that was released. Here is the list for my top ten games for the Super Nintendo.
10. Mega Man X – What do you do when your protagonist has already beaten every type of noun-man robots? Why give him a remake and add a next gen X to him! This was the revitalization the series needed. It took everything that Megaman great and then added an X! This changed Megaman forever, a series of Megaman X’s came out while the original series continued. He was the first character to have two series that were near identical in most aspects. That alone gives this game a top ten birth.
9. Secret of Mana – A great rpg from Squaresoft. It has great characters, a story that keeps you intrigued. It didn’t remake the wheel or anything, but it did give was a very memorable game for me and something I have replayed several times. So blame this one on personal bias.
8. F-Zero – Part of the release titles, F-Zero revolutionized video games. It pushed the racing game to the forefront again. With beautiful race tracks and an early attempt at pushing 3D looking graphics, it showed what the 16-bit system could do. Did I mention it was additively fun too?
7. Street Fighter II – Before Tekken, Mortal Kombat, and Dead or Alive, there was Street Fighter. And before Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Awesome Fun Dance Show of Doom (or it’s many derivatives) there was just this title. This game proved that arcade fighting games could transfer to the console and be worth a damn. It was everything you loved about the arcade but at home! This game set the stage for the hugeness that was Mortal Kombat and the many many fighting games that have been released since.
6. Star Fox – Space shooters are quite rare now a days, at the time of release, 3D was attempted a few times but never successfully, Star Fox changed it all. The game took the early 3D mechanics and not only delivered graphically, but also was a very fun game. Star Fox was one of the biggest characters created during the reign of the Super Nintendo. His first appearance is very much worth remembering.
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – It is hard to beat the original concept. Mega Man, Metroid, and Mario all returned to the system as revamped versions of the classics, and so did Zelda. This game was pretty much the original with better graphics and more of everything that made it a classic. The only reason this isn’t higher is that it’s a remake, and not something completely original.
4. Super Mario Kart – While F-Zero pushed racing games to the forefront, Super Mario Kart showed how much fun they could be for everyone. I don’t know why this wasn’t thought of earlier. Take popular characters, put them in an easy to learn yet challenging game, and let go. Add in great multi player options and this game did everything right for a fun game. This formula pretty much encapsulates Nintendo’s ideology that continues on today with the Wii.
3. Final Fantasy III – Also known as Final Fantasy 6 (in Japan it was the sixth and the third released in the US). This is the first huge epic game of the system. With 14 playable characters that all have their own storyline, and a huge story split in two large portions each big enough to make a single game. Besides all this, sentemantaly this was the first non Zelda RPG I ever played and it hooked me to the genre ever since.
2. Chrono Trigger – Near the end of a system’s life, many games are made that take the whole thing to it’s limits. For the Super Nintendo, that game was Chrono Trigger. The system had become renown for it’s role playing games, mostly thanks to Squaresoft, and Chrono Trigger is one of the best RPGs ever. With several hours of game play, wonderful characters, and a time traveling mechanic that actually CHANGES the world around you, there are no flaws in this game. To give it even more replay value, you can use the new game plus option and use the characters you beat the game with to run it all over again and earn one of the many alternate endings (thirteen in total). I still own my original cartridge with characters that have beaten the game over 15 times, it’s still a blast.
1. Super Mario World – The game that started it all. While Super Mario 3 for the NES is hands down the best of the series, Super Mario World did the impossible, live up to the expectations that Mario 3 created for it. It took every essential aspect of the series and brought it to the next generation of systems. It is also responsible for giving us Yoshi, who has become a great addition to the Mario universe. Without Super Mario World being such a great game, the Super Nintendo may have bombed, so it has to be at the top of the list.