My list of Top 10 Super Nintendo Entertainment System games

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES in short, is an incredibly difficult system to make a top 10 list for. Especially when it comes to replay value!

But stubborn as I am I will take that challenge just to show you my favourites and to maybe give you inspirations on games to play.

Please remember that I haven’t played many of the usual Top 10 games on the SNES or any other system either to begin with.

Now let’s get started with Number 10…

#10:  The Lost Vikings

This game is centered around three vikings of the past who have the fortunate luck to be abducted by aliens. This game contains many a level of awesome viking, cruel alien and intense probing. Your role is to control Erik, Baelog and Olaf (basically a tiny guy, a buff guy and a fat guy) in their quest to find back home. They have each their weaknesses, strengths and personalities and this game packs a alot of humour.

I’ll have to confess that I played the PC version of the game first before trying it out on the SNES.

Graphics: 10/10

This game looks awesome to say the least. The sprites are well drawn and animated and the colors aren’t the same all the time (as they may be in some games that are stubborn enough to predominantly use different shades of brown, black or grey throughout the whole game). The levels and the NPC’s (non-player characters) are well drawn as well. This game really droops with personality.

Sounds & Music: 9/10

Rockin’ music which is evident as soon as you reach the title screen and decent sound effects. And the bass in the music is not too shabby either and shows how much badass these vikings are. But they’re regular vikings, mind you, making the whole viking breed a group guilty of immense badassery.

Gameplay: 9/10

You can control each of the three characters but only one at a time, and that’s great! This actually works out very well since this game is a platform puzzle game. You’ll have to keep an eye on all of them all the time so that they won’t get killed while you’re busy controlling the others. You can easily switch between the vikings with the push of a button and each of them has an unique but limited skill:

Erik runs fast, can jump and headbutt walls, Baelog can kill with his sword and bow and Olaf can block attacks, push things with his giant shield and hang-glide with it. This makes for a great and stimulating game where you’ll have to use your mind to make the best of each level.

Replay value: 8/10

As with all puzzle games (unless they suck) this game is replayable with a decent amount of challenge. The only problem might be that the levels get too repetitive for some, or maybe too long even. For me they don’t unless I have to replay the same level over and over again and that’s a drag.

Trivia:

From Giantbomb.com:

The Hyperion‘s bar in Starcraft II has an arcade machine named “The Lost Viking”. It’s a shoot’em up where players take control of a lost spaceship (named ‘Viking’ after the SC2 Terran unit) trying to get home.

#09:  Super Bomberman 3

I chose this game mainly due to it’s multiplayer properties. You control Bomberman once again and you have to blast yourself through a set of levels and kill a lot of bosses in cold blood to reach your goal. It’s pretty much your standard, ordinary, run-of-the-mill Bomberman game with some new features as is warranted by a sequel.

Graphics: 8/10

The game doesn’t really press the system to perform its best but still manages to look colorful and cute (as any Bomberman game should) with a pixelated cartoony look.

Sounds & Music: 9/10 

The music sticks in your head and is catchy and the sound effects are great. The game even has cute little Bomber-voices in it!

Gameplay: 10/10

As with any Bomberman game this one offers addictive puzzle and action gameplay but that’s not where the game shines. No- this game shines during its multiplayer mode in which friends can get together and laugh heartily when blasting each other up. The addition of the Kangaroo eggs in this installment makes this game even better. The brown kangaroo makes “Line Bombs” (puts all bombs you have in a straight line at once), the yellow one kicks obstacles to trap or stop your opponents in their tracks, the blue one kicks bombs over obstacles (much like the glove but even farther) and the green one runs super fast. I like the brown one and the green one the most. If you have the bad luck of getting a kangaroo that you don’t prefer to use then don’t fret: these cute kangaroos also serve as your own personal shield and will give your Bomberman an extra hit.

Replay value: 10/10

This game never grows old, neither in single player mode nor in multiplayer mode as it’s a  well balanced and addictingly fun puzzle/action game.

Trivia:

RoboWarrior (or Bomber King) for the NES is a game which was supposed to take Bomberman to a more mature and awesome level. And it did so with it’s awesome soundtrack and gameplay. Too bad it’s so frikkin’ hard! Damn that quickly diminishing battery level!!

#08:  Dragonball Z: Hyper Dimension

It’s basically Street Fighter just prettier, more fun and contains badass Dragonball Z characters with a design that makes you drool.

Graphics: 10/10

The game looks great and the graphics and designs do catch the essence of each of the characters and environments as portrayed in the manga and the anime. It doesn’t really looks cartoonish, oddly enough, but has this bizzare but very likeable design that is somewhere between reality and cartoon. The game looks like 32 bit actually!

Sounds & Music: 10/10

The game not only sports great music and sound effects but also Japanese voices for each character. That’s mondo cool. Like Vegeta saying “kuraee-ha!” when he fires his Final Flash. The attack sounds and music also convey the action and fighting feel of the Dragonball Z series well.

Gameplay: 10/10

The game is well balanced (except for Fat Buu who sucks balls daily) and is even to this day very fun to play and stands as No 1 among the 2D Dragonball Z fighting games and well in the top of all of the fighting games overall in my opinion.

You don’t have combos in the same way as one has today but it’s still a blast to burn someone up with a well timed Kamehameha. I also like how charging up Ki also increases your HP. I don’t understand why that feature wasn’t transferred to other subsequent games as I think it adds very much to the gameplay in a positive way.

The Story Mode doesn’t really follow the story of the manga and anime that well because of the limited character roster but does manage to give a rough outline while being very enjoyable still. This mode was omitted from the French version of the game (probably due to an unfinished translating process).

Replay value: 9/10

It’s a fighting game. Do I need to say more? Maybe I do. Just play the game darn it, it feels great! Better than Street Fighter 2!

Trivia:

The game wasn’t released in English. If you want to play it you’ll have to do with Japanese or French if I recall correctly.

#07:  Disney’s Magical Quest 2: Starring Mickey and Minnie

I can remember going to the local theme park and always end up in their Mickey Mouse museum. But I wasn’t there for the museum stuff, I was there for the SNES with “Disney’s Magical Quest 2: Starring Mickey and Minnie” in it. And boy did my brother and I play that game a lot.

Graphics: 10/10

The game almost looks like a cartoon and sports sexy graphics because it was made by Capcom.

Sounds & Music: 7/10

The game has decent sound and music and it’s not here you’ll find the reasons to play the game. Granted, they’re enjoyable and don’t give you ear hemorrhage, but they don’t really “stick out” either.

Gameplay: 10/10

You control either Mickey or Minnie (Mickey in single player and Mickey and Minnie in the 2 player co-op mode, which is the better of them by the way) in their quest to find out why Pete the asshole attacked the local circus. You can acquire a small set of costumes to aid you on your way: a sweeper, which sucks enemies in and turns them into coins (barbaric), a miner suit which enables the character to  climb walls and swing from hook to hook and a cowboy suit that shoots corks and makes you bounce around.

Replay value: 9/10

This game is very replayable whether you’re alone or playing it with a friend. But it’s the latter that gives the game it’s 9 points in this compartment.

Trivia:

Mickey is a mouse. But have you ever seen him eat cheese?

#06:  Super Mario All Stars and World

This game contains 5 games all in all: Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3 and the Lost Levels with graphical, sound and music upgrades and Super Mario World.

Graphics: 9-10/10

The games are very pretty with the remakes having a 9 in that compartment and the new one having a 10.

Sounds & Music: 10/10

It’s Mario! “Tunes that will hook themselves to the inner parts of your brain, sounds that will tickle your neurons…sound effects that will make you go insane with a story that’s completely inane until you get to boil Bowser and his minions in cauldrons…” – The Martian Oddity

Gameplay: 10/10

The game is very variable but yet the same. It’s kind of comfortable to play. And very fun at it! You’ve got 5 games to choose between (though I don’t like Super Mario Bros. 2 that much due to it’s music which makes me feel nauseated).

Replay value: 10/10

5 frikkin games! F-I-V-E FRIGGIN GAMES!

Trivia:

This game sold well.

#05:  Super Metroid

If you want a game which feels great, looks great, sounds great and that makes you feel terrified and isolated at the same time then this game is for you.

Graphics: 10/10

This game looks sooooo good. I mean this one is sooo preeettyyy (in a scary and crampy way). It’s kind of tech-noire-ish in some kind of way in its design. Everything just looks so creepy and cramped. And pretty.

Sounds & Music: 10/10

This game has a great soundtrack which really mirrors the environments very well. If the producers want you to feel stressed at a certain point in the game then you will feel stressed. If they wanted you to fear fear you will feel fear. If they want you to feel anxious and isolated you will feel it. You’re completely putting yourself in their hands when playing this game.

Gameplay: 10/10 

The controls are very good to the point of you being the sole person to blame for mistakes you make. I know it’s tempting to run fast through the the crampy corridors but is that a good idea when everything and their mother (literally) attacks you?

The game is very challenging, for a first-time player, and has a huge underground map which can become very confusing (even though the developers tried to make the levelling more straightforward) and navigating through the corridors to find key items, upgrades and to simply progress can be very frustrating at times. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable, it very much is, but it’s more in a masochistic way in my case as I can’t play this game for long. I’m too wimpy for it. Either it makes my blood freeze or my heart pump like mad.

Replay value: 9/10

The game can be replayed over and over again without growing stale. If you’ve got the heart for it, that is.

Trivia:

According to Wikipedia: Super Metroid was developed by Nintendo R&D1 with a staff of 15 people managed by Gunpei Yokoi. Only 15 people, geez!

#04:  Super Punch Out!!

This is a very enjoyable game which is more closely modeled after the original arcade game than was its predecessor on the NES. Yet again you control Little Mac and once again you’re challenging the world of boxing to reach the top. This time, however, you’re matched against the greatest of stereotypes in video game history.

Graphics: 10/10

Being a cartoony and humorous game this game looks very good with detailed sprites, a great design and pretty fluent animations. Little Mac is transparent, bar his green gloves, and looks nothing like Little Mac from the other two games. He sports a 90’s- ish hairstyle and has managed to buff up a lot more this time around. Anabola, perhaps?

Sounds & Music: 10/10

The scarce soundtrack is awesome as are the sound effects and the state-of-the-art voices that are present in this game.

Gameplay: 10/10

This time you really can feel the punches that you deal but on the other hand the punches that you recieve feel much harder as well. This game is very enjoyable and similar in many ways to its predecessor. This time, however, your “star punch” consists of a barrage of hits instead. The opponents are also more varied in their movesets and are often challenging to defeat. Sadly many of the previous opponents don’t make a comeback. You’ll only have the honor to put your eyes on the ugly faces on Bald Bullshit Bull, Mr. Sandman and Super Macho Man. I can also add that Nick Bruiser somehow manages to be uglier than Rick Bruiser. Anyways:

The controls are easy to learn and it’s vital to memorize the moveset and warning signs of the opponents to beat them. The challenge is also at a decent level: it gets harder later on but it’s not unbeatable in any way.

Replay value: 10/10

The satisfaction of flooring the opponents in this game, most notably Bald Bullshit Bull, is immense and will drag your back to play it again. Also it’s a plus that the game is easy to pick up and play.

Trivia:

There’s an arcade game named “Super Punch Out!!” too which resembles its arcade predecessor a lot more. Some of the characters in its SNES counterpart originated from this one. The design of Little Mac is identical to the arcade version “Punch Out!!”: here he has green hair and a cleft chin.

#03:  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

You’re controlling Link in his quest to once again save Princess Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganon and this time you’ll have to get through the Dark World, made by Ganon himself through his dark intentions, to defeat him. The Dark World is basically his own private, dark and twisted kingdom. Sitting on his throne on his fat ass he threatens to kidnap the seven descendants of the Sages (one of them being Zelda) and use them to open the gate to your Light World.

Graphics: 10/10

Colorful, pretty, greatly animated, a true gem in the SNES library of games. You really feel like an adventurer in a mythical world.

Sounds & Music: 10/10

The music in this game is so great! Hyrule Castle, Dark World, the classic overworld theme. It’s a dimension of the Zelda universe music never heard of before the advent of this game.

Gameplay: 10/10

Just as in other Zelda games this one begins easy and proceeds to be, at times, a bit difficult and frustrating. But it’s still very fun to play as the controls and challenge are very good and you never really feel overwhelmed. Well, one should never say never, as I found the boss Moldorm to be a steep increase in difficulty and I still feel stomach ache out of stress whenever I’m to face him in each game. If you’re pushed by him to the edge you’ll fall off the screen and that’s very much probable as he squirms all over the screen all the time in a random pattern- and if you fall off you’ll have to start all over again even though you just had one hit left to kill him! Aargh!

There’s more action and adventure than puzzle in this game which to some ( such as people like me) is a welcome feature. The new items make the game much more varied than the previous games in the series. There’s a good reason why this game is considered by many to be the best in the series. Personally I like Minish Cap more though (but you already know that, don’t you?).

The only real gripe I have with it, not counting Motherhugging Moldorm, is the Magic Meter, the Lantern and the Fire magic as the magic runs out too fast. This is most evident in the frustrating Turtle Rock dungeon.

Replay value: 8/10

Although the game is great you’ll have to wait a while before playing it again for the optimal experience since it’s a HUGE one.

Trivia:

The game was ported to the Gameboy Advance in 2003 and had some minor additions such as the “Ocarina of Time- voice” of Link. Some consider the voice thing to be a bad thing and some consider it a good thing. I didn’t care too much myself as I really liked being able to play the game on the move and didn’t care all too much about the small things that often make people upset too easily.

This game is supposed to be a prequel to the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES. Can you believe that?

#02:  Mega Man X

I remember the first time I saw this game. I was at a friends’ with my brother and he showed it to us and we were awed by the coolness that is Mega Man X. This was the game that introduced us to the Mega Man fandom!

Graphics: 10/10

The game is not only well designed but also great looking in every way. You get the feel of playing a game that takes place in our world, only several years in the future, and it’s simply beautiful and has fluent animations with many frames to add to the action.

Sounds & Music: 10/10

The music is eternally great and Spark Mandrill’s stage is my favourite among the many tracks one is priviledged to hear in the game. The rock-style soundtrack of the game complements the action and setting of the game very well and the sound effects add greatly to the speedy action feel of the game.

Gameplay: 10/10

This game is not only easy to learn to play but, conversely, also harder to master. As in the other Mega Man games you have to defeat the 8 robot masters (or in this case the 8 A- Class ex-Maverick Hunters) who represent the best of the best among your previous colleagues. The game actually does have a story that’s conveyed through dialogues between Mega Man and other characters such as his mentor Zero or his enemies (most notably Vile and Sigma). Also you can use the weapons of the other robot masters to defeat their friends more easily.

The game has great controls making you the sole person responsible for hurting or killing Mega Man. You can, as in the two latest installations of the original Mega Man series, charge your weapon to release a stronger beam. But now you can not only charge your X-Buster but also the weapons you get from the enemy bosses. You can also get upgrades of which only 1 out of 4 is mandatory to progress (the Dash Boots) but all of them makes the game much easier and enjoyable to finish.

Replay value: 10/10

The game is so fun that it is very much worth replaying a lot of times. The game is easy to get into again after a long break and the solid gameplay and great story will leave you longing for more.

Trivia:

Zero’s design was meant for Mega Man, but since the developers wanted people to be able to relate this Mega Man to the old one they gave him his current look. I think they didn’t make a mistake in taking that decision.

#01:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

This game is the game for TMNT fans. It contains all the classic cartoon villains, some from the comics and even some from the 2nd TMNT movie “The Secret of the Ooze”.

Graphics: 10/10

This is the closest you can come to cartoon-like graphics on the SNES. The game looks vivid and has fluent animations who look beautiful. Each turtle has his own attack animations when using his weapon but they do share a lot of animations such as when they get hit, hold their feet when having stepped on sharp objects (my toe! my toe!) and in other situations. There are a lot of well designed sprites and all enemies have several kinds of attacks animated (they don’t just punch but have other means of attacking the turtles too).

Sounds & Music: 10/10

The sound effects give a satisfactory feel when you hit the enemies and a punishing feel when you get hit or lose a life. They also add a lot to the experience when you’re fighting off the Foot Clan to advance. The TMNT cartoon theme isn’t in the game but a lot of other tracks that are made in the same style or even sound like remixes of the theme.

Gameplay: 10/10

The game, when played alone, is great. But when it’s played with a friend it gets even greater. It’s your typical beat-em-up just much better and perfected in every way with action, humor and plenty of beat-em-up pleasure mixed together in one great package. I can’t say anymore: one has to play it to feel the difference between this and other beat-em-ups from the same time.

Replay value: 10/10

Turtles in Time never grows old and is a great party game to pick up when friends are over. And since it’s a beat-em-up it’s easy to remember how to play the game and one can never grow tired of it.

Trivia:

This might be one of the best ports of an arcade game to a home console.  Another game that borrowed a lot from these two games was released for the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive II as some may know it as) and was called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist and also managed to be a great game. There’s a remake called “TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled” for the X-Box 360 which didn’t get great reviews. When looking at videos I can’t say that I think that it’s a good game either but a few people seem to like it. Well, to each his own.

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