After some extensive research playing my Super Nintendo Classic with my girlfriend, I am finally ready to deliver my favorite games from the Super Nintendo era. This was a great time during some of my most formative years. I owned a Super Nintendo model American SNS-101, which was the first remodel for the American version of the system. It featured rounded corners and a smaller footprint than the original SNES, which I did not know existed until years later. The SNS-101 was first released in 1997, a full year after the N64 was released. Needless to say I was still about a full console generation behind, but that left me with a large catalog of games to play.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)
It is a tough call between Super Mario World or the sequel, but the sequel will always win in my heart. Because I received the console so late in it’s life cycle I never owned the original game. I only ever played Yoshi’s Island, but I still think it is a superior game and one of the most unique Mario platformers to date. I love riding around as Baby Mario on Yoshi’s back, in fact I always enjoy using Yoshi in Mario games and this game included a different color Yoshi for every level. The boss battles were truly imaginative and the use of eggs to solve puzzles elevates this game above some of the other classic 2D Mario platformers.
Mega Man X (1993)
Somewhere deep in my parents basement there lies a binder full of Mega Man X codes. I used to write down every level save code between playthroughs, but I never marked down what each code refers to so they are pretty much useless. Mega Man X remains one of my all time favorite games because of the soundtrack alone. The Mega Man series has a lot of great music, but the X series added a certain up tempo beat that really elevates the whole game. Using the SNES controller also allows for some improved handling for some of the past games’ clunkiness. The upgrade system encourages the player to explore each level to the fullest, and the growth from the beginning of the game until the end of the game makes the whole experience a joy to play. I often return to the first level, just to hear the opening music. Also Storm Eagle’s soundtrack is just pure joy.
Super Metroid (1994)
I never played Super Metroid on the original Super Nintendo. One of my friends from the neighborhood had a copy of the game and showed me the levels, but to the naked eye it can be difficult to grasp the complexity of the game. It was not until I played Metroid Fusion that I began to truly appreciate the Super Metroid legacy. I would later purchase the game from the Wii Virtual Console, the Wii U Virtual Console, and the 3DS Virtual Console and complete the game numerous times. Sometimes I try to go for 100%, other times I just try to complete a blind run, but I usually try to complete the game at least once a year. The upgrade system really speaks to me, and the gameplay loop of finding a locked door or blocked passage and then returning with a new ability or powerup in order to move past it really keeps my engaged. I truly enjoy the sense of exploration that this game offers, while supporting the world with fantastic movement mechanics that just make the game feel good to play. The controls have not aged gracefully, but once you play around with shooting, jumping, and running, the mechanics become second nature and you will be wall jumping your way into countless shortcuts.
Which games did I miss? What are your favorite SNES games? Check back tomorrow for a list of my favorite N64 games!
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks