Nerd Wars! What is Your Favorite SNES Game?

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The Super Nintendo built one of the strongest libraries in history with its impressive seven year run and for this week’s round of Nerd Wars!, we want to know which game on this legendary system is your all-time favorite. 

Nintendo dominated the late 80’s and early 90’s with the NES and SNES home gaming consoles. In an era where expensive arcades were the norm, many people found these game consoles to be a much more affordable option and they quickly became household names. With early releases like Super Mario World and A Link to the Past, it’s no surprise that the SNES became the fast selling home console of its time.

The SNES was the first game console I ever owned and I still vividly remember opening the Super Mario World bundle on Christmas morning many years ago. I quickly fell in love with the machine and my library rapidly began growing.

Choosing one game to represent my favorite title for the console is incredibly difficult, but here are my ten favorite Super Nintendo games:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  2. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
  3. Mega Man X
  4. Super Mario World
  5. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  6. Super Mario RPG
  7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
  8. Super Ghouls n Ghosts
  9. Out of This World
  10. Super Castlevania IV

Hopefully my list gets you thinking about some of you favorite SNES games and helps guide your selection for your favorite. I often miss the good ol days of gaming on a 19″ CRT TV in the living room and I’d love to reminisce with you folks about some of the amazing games on my favorite system.

Also, if you’re looking to re-experience the magic of your favorite NES or SNES games, you need to check out NESbox. This amazing site is a browser based emulator that has a catalog containing thousands of games and it even supports online multiplayer. This is an incredible website and any retro fan owes it to themselves to at least check it out. After you register and get started, feel free to send me a message if you want to get down on some nostalgic bro-op.

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i mileson iMiles Dompier is the mad commander of TEAM XBRO. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a video game journalist. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow him on his personal Facebook page or the official What’s Your Tag? Twitter page – @whatsyourtag

63 comments

  1. To this day it is still Super Mario World. But there are so many other great ones. I still have a place in my heart for Nickelodeon G.U.T.S. and American Gladiators.

    1. Right now I own 3 copies of Super Mario World on SNES, one of Gameboy Advance, and I also own virtual consoles versions on the Wii and Wii U. It’s easily my favorite Mario game.

      Nickelodeon had some really radical games on the SNES. Did you ever play the Ahhh! Real Monsters game?

      1. I know this isn’t technically SNES but I loved the Mario All Stars cartridge with the lost levels and updated 16-bit graphics.

      2. Ooooooh! That was really good. Those updated graphics made those games look so good. That’s where I first played Super Mario Bros 2 and 3.

      3. Yeah I remember hearing that Super Mario Bros 2 almost had different skins for characters and was almost launched as a different franchise to appeal to more Japanese audiences.

      4. What we got as the Super Mario Bros 2 in the US was essentially a popular Japanese game with different sprites. Apparently the lost levels were “too hard” for the US.

      5. What’s funny is that it felt like I was way better at that game when I was a little kid. I remember flying though it like it was nothing, but I played it recently and it was definitely much harder haha

      6. It’s so true.. games just keep getting easier and easier, especially in the platformer genre. I’ll blast through the New Super Mario Bros games and finish with like 150 lives. We had to cheat back in the day by glitching turtle shells to make that happen!

      7. That was super tricky to pull off and funny enough, my dad actually showed me how to do it. He got some serious cool points for that.

    1. As a kid who only had a Genesis and played most SNES games well after the system was in the spotlight, Star Fox is probably my pick simply because there is absolutely nothing comparable to it on Genesis.

      1. Star Fox had insane graphics for its day! I remember playing it and a friends house and being shocked by how “3D” it was.

  2. Man, 90s video game commercials were soo intense.

    For me, nothing gets better on Super Nintendo than Kirby Super Star and TMNT: Turtles In Time. I think both are really solid games that have held up to even today’s standards.

    1. Turtles in Time is one of the best co op games ever made. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve played through that game!

      Oh Kirby’s Super Star was amazing. I was a huge fan of the third Kirby as well because it also had really fun co op.

  3. I’m a NES child, but when the 16-bit era came I remember my friend was getting a Genesis and I wanted.. a Turbografx 16 for Bonk’s Adventure. Thank God my parents didn’t listen, because I ended up with a SNES the following year and loved every minute of it.

    My list would look something like..

    1. A Link to the Past
    2. Super Metroid
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Super Mario World
    5. Final Fantasy III
    6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    7. Donkey Kong Country
    8. Earthbound
    9. Final Fantasy II
    10. Killer Instinct

    1. I still have a copy of Super Bonk lying around somewhere. It’s such a ridiculous game, but I remember loving it when a buddy brought it over like 2 years ago.

      1. I actually did end up buying my own Turbografx 16 during a Toys R’ Us clearance sale in the late 90’s for maybe $20? I had a friend who was poor and really wanted a gaming console, so I just gave it to him instead.

      2. I never got a chance to play the Turbografx. Ive been thinking about tracking one down online and adding it to the collection.

      1. I finally got to world 2 in Tropical Freeze. Cranky’s bounce is awesome! I honestly had no idea what to expect when I heard he was a playable character.

      2. I’m liking it a lot. It’s absolutely beautiful. I need to get used to the controls, but I’m loving the throwbacks to the classic.

  4. For me it will always be Final Fantasy VI. A close second was Chrono Trigger. Than the legend of Zelda and Super Mario World. I never was any good at Super Metroid but I used to watch my brothers play. I also like the music in super metroid.

    1. There were so many fantastic RPG’s on the SNES. I didn’t end up playing Chrono Trigger until I was much older, so it didn’t have that same place in my heart, but Final Fantasy VI and Secret of Mana were two of my favorites.

      Metroid music was really good. I love watching the metal covers on YouTube.

      1. I think I was around 12 when I first played Chrono Trigger. It was the first game I beat. I’ve always preferred RPGs because I love the storylines. Now I play MMORPGs, but not so much at the moment. Right now I’m distracted by Kdramas. I was playing Final Fantasy XIV – A Realm Reborn. FF has always been my favourite and I have SNES to thank for that.

      2. I haven’t tried FF XIV, but I’ve been very tempted since the overhaul. MMO’s are harder for more to get into now mainly because they are such a commitment, but I think I’m going to give Elder Scrolls Online a try.

      3. I haven’t played the Elder Scrolls but I know some people who really like it. I do also play League of Legends sometimes, so I guess there are some other type of games I like too. When the last of us came out I tried playing it, but I was horrible so I stopped playing. I’ve never been good at first or third person shooter games. I watched my bf play the whole thing though. I was so wrapped up in the story. I seriously cried. It was awesome. Such a good story.

      4. The Last of Us was definitely one of the most emotional games I’ve ever played. I absolutely loved the characters and the story. It was super intense.

  5. Starfox, Super Metroid and Super Mario World were my earliest favorites. It’s just the replayability feel in most cases I guess. I miss my SNES 😦

  6. This post is making me want to dust off the ol’ SNES!

    Here’s my top 10:

    1. TMNT: Turtles in Time
    2. Earthbound
    3. Super Mario World
    4. Contra 3
    5. Super Street Fighter 2
    6. Super Mario World
    7. Super Mario All-Stars
    8. Mortal Kombat 3
    9. NBA Jam
    10. Superman

    This was a hard list to make… a lot of others just missed the cut.

    1. There are so many classic on SNES. It’s hard to pick just ten… I added and removed a few of my games several times before finalizing the list.

  7. I never actually had an SNES, but Super Mario World and Chrono Trigger are definitely my favorites that I have played ports of. I really wish I still had my GBA version of Super Mario World.

    1. Two absolute classics. I’m glad I still have my GBA copy of Super Mario World floating around so I can take it on the go, but I’ve been seriously considering a SupaBoy.

  8. Alright, I’ll bite too. (So many great lists here! And so many SNES memories…)

    1. Super Metroid
    2. Super Mario World
    3. Super Street Fighter II
    4. Donkey Kong Country 2
    5. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    6. Earthworm Jim
    7. Super Castlevania 4
    8. Mega Man X
    9. Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    10. Donkey Kong Country

    1. Dang! Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo definitely should have been on my list. I remember blowing through the hardest difficulty with E. Honda just by spamming the same move over and over. Things were so much simpler then.

    1. Well it sounds like you have great taste! Those are all incredible games, especially Diddy Kong’s Quest. Those ghost train levels use to scare the hell out of me when I was a wee lad.

  9. What kind of torturous question is this?! Haha! SNES was amazing. My family, consisting of my parents and older brother, already had a NES when I was born, so it was technically my first system. I mashed buttons mindlessly probably when the controller wasn’t even plugged in! The SNES was the first system I could actually *play* as I had gotten a little older.

    For me, my favorite SNES games were: Super Mario World, Mega Man X, and Donkey Kong Country.

    Zelda: A Link to the Past is also a favorite, but I would put it in my top due to the fact that my brother (older, mind you) wouldn’t really let me play it. 😛 Oh the joys of being the second born.

    Cheers!
    – Britney

    1. That is an amazing list! Those are all easily in my top ten! SNES is still probably my favorite console to this day. So many classic games and the selection was huge! I was the mean older brother who wouldn’t let the younger ones play A Link to the Past in my house, though, haha

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