The 25 Top Super Nintendo Games Part 2: The Best of the Best

The Best Super Nintendo Games Continued

The SNES had some fabulous games, and this hub is dedicated to reviewing the best Super Nintendo games out there. If you missed the first part of this, feel free to check out Part One.

We've covered 25-11, and now we're on the home stretch. These are the ten best Super Nintendo games of all time.

Donkey Kong Country

#10 Donkey Kong Country

The Donkey Kong Country series is one that's proved it has legs.  There were three separate Donkey Kong Country games for the SNES, and recently a new addition has been made in the Wii's Donkey Kong Country Returns.

But it all started with Donkey Kong Country, a game which definitely deserves to be termed one of the best Super Nintendo games.  When Donkey Kong Country came out, its graphics were absolutely stunning.  The characters were beautifully rendered, and the backgrounds were equally gorgeous.

The gameplay was fun and involving, and it made players really enjoy helping Donkey Kong and his cousin Diddy to find their hoard of lost bananas.  Donkey Kong Country re-envisioned the Donkey Kong games for NES, and it revitalized them.  It stands as one of the best series updates in the history of Nintendo.

UN Squadron

#9 UN Squadron

UN Squadron was a game that was a ton of fun.  This side-scrolling shooter let players take to the skies and take down plenty of bad guys.  The game pitted the character against a veritable army of evil doers, and it did it to a snappy soundtrack.

Throughout the game, the player could upgrade his or her main weapon, buy special weapons, and even buy completely different planes.  This game already is one of the best Super Nintendo games out there.  About the only thing that could make it better is if it had a two player mode, like the arcade version.

E.V.O.: The Search for Eden

#8 E.V.O.: The Search for Eden

E.V.O. is another relative unknown game which is fabulously awesome. In this action RPG by Enix, you begin as a fish who has to earn E.V.O. points by eating other smaller animals. These points give you the ability to evolve new features, such as better jaws, faster fins, and tougher skin.

As the game progresses, you can become an amphibian, a dinosaur, a bird, a mammal, and even a human. The game takes you through a number of different ancient periods, and although there is certainly a large amount of artistic liberty taken, there is a basis in science for much of the game. Back in the days before the Internet, I still remember calling a library and asking one of the librarians about one of the species mentioned in the game.

This game was innovative, interesting, and even (gasp) educational, and it did it all while keeping it darn fun to play. All of these help to make E.V.O. one of the best Super Nintendo games ever.

Secret of Evermore

#7 Secret of Evermore

Secret of Evermore is relatively unique among Square games in that it was actually developed in North America. This game was designed as a sort of spiritual sequel to Secret of Mana. Although the games take place in different worlds, the gameplay is fairly similar.

However, the graphics and music of the game reflect that this game was produced later, and they demonstrate a better grasp of SNES hardware. This RPG follows a boy and his dog as they are mysteriously transported to another world where they wander through areas filled with prehistoric cave people, Egyptian pyramids, Roman Coliseums, and more.

Although the gameplay ends up getting somewhat uneven by the end, this game is still extremely enjoyable, and it's definitely one of the best Super Nintendo games out there.

Super Metroid

#6 Super Metroid

The Metroid serise has been hugely popular.  There has been one or more Metroid games published on almost every platform Nintendo has ever put out.  Super Metroid is the SNES entry for the series, and it is routinely listed as one of the best Super Nintendo games of all time.

Super Metroid follows the intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran as she explores the planet Zebes in search of a missing Metroid.  The world of Super Metroid is large and open-ended, and players spend a lot of time searching through its many rooms and corridors.  The music of the game helps to heighten the drama, and it fits perfectly with the overall experience.  Even now, many years later, there are still a lot of people who feel that Super Metroid is the best 2D action/platform game ever created.


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

#5 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Back when Mario RPG first came out, a lot of people were skeptical.  An RPG about Mario the plumber?  Mario and turn-based RPG action seemed as unmixable as water and oil.  Yet the game actually worked amazingly well.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the world-famous creator of the Mario games, produced the game, which was created in a partnership between Nintendo and Squaresoft.  The game begins in typical Mario fashion, with the princess being kidnapped by Bowser.  However, the game soon takes an unexpected twist when a new and powerful enemy enters the scene.  As the game goes on, Mario and Bowser must join forces to face this greater threat.

The game is full of great action and quirky humor, and it manages to blend the RPG and platform game genres into one unusual but addictive SNES game. 

Mega Man X

#4 Mega Man X

Mega Man X isn't just one of the best Super Nintendo games, it's one of the best games of all time.  A number of different Mega Man games had been put out by the time Mega Man X came out, and from my opinion, the franchise was starting to get just a little bit tired.

Mega Man X came along and it changed all that.  It managed to take everything that was good and fun about Mega Man and take it to a new level.  There were new bosses, new levels and abilities, and a truly rocking soundtrack.  I loved this game so much when I was a kid, it's not even funny.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

#3 Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In my opinion, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the best the Zelda series has ever been.  A Link to the Past followed Link through a long and complicated journey through the Light and Dark worlds, all to save the Princess Zelda.  It managed to expand and improve on the NES titles, but while still feeling very much like a Zelda game.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the last great 2D Zelda games.  While the new 3D Zelda games may be fun, they just have a very different feeling than the earlier games.  Legend of Zelda: A Link to the past is the supreme example of this earlier generation of Zelda game, and that earns it the number three spot on our list of the best Super Nintendo Games.

Super Mario World

#2 Super Mario World

Super Mario World is one of the first games released for the SNES, and it is also one of the best Super Nintendo games ever made.  The game continued the classic tradition of Mario Bros. platform action that had begun on the NES and that would continue all the way up through New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Super Mario World took the player through a variety of interesting and unique worlds, starting on Yoshi's Island and going all the way up to Bowser's Castle . Like most Mario Bros. games, Super Mario World included new abilities and power ups for Mario, including the cape and fan-favorite, Yoshi.

Chrono Trigger

#1 Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is my choice for the number one best Super Nintendo game of all time. Actually, in my opinion, this game still stands as the most perfectly put-together video game of all time. Chrono Trigger is a truly amazing RPG. It has one of the best storylines I've ever seen in a game. The plot is complex, but it is also very organic and natural feeling, so it isn't too hard to follow.

The music by Yasunori Mitsuda is must absolutely stellar, and it enhances the mood at every point in the story. The game also has an excellent sense of character, and it manages to keep each of its playable characters distinct and likable. Unlike in many RPGs, this attention to character doesn't fade as the game goes on. Throughout the entire game, the player learns more about the characters' histories, motivations, and personalities.

In short, nothing in Chrono Trigger feels out of place, but everything works together to make an engaging and organic whole. And that is why it has earned the title of best Super Nintendo game of all time.

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If You Loved Any of These Games, or if I Missed Your Favorite, Let Me Know Below! 9 comments

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brentbrown98 5 years ago from Indiana, United States, Earth

Very nice list, Christian. I would have put Super Mario World #1, but that's just me. :) Chrono Trigger definitely deserves a spot on the list, regardless of where you place it. Great job and a great read!


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Christian H. 5 years ago from College Station, Texas Author

@brentbrown98

Hey thanks, Brent! I appreciate that!


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Drejification 5 years ago

Great list, nice to see so many RPGs and Shoot em Ups up there! Man, I was always jealous of SNES owners and all the RPGs they got...(I only had a Genesis back then)


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Christian H. 5 years ago from College Station, Texas Author

Yeah, the SNES was kind of a golden age of RPGs. Man, there were some good ones!


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DavitosanX 5 years ago

Chrono Trigger is a great choice for #1. Personally, I would've put either Zelda or FF3 there.


mtsi1098 5 years ago

Yep Zelda and Super Mario were too many hours to even track...I love the lists though...thanks


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Matthew Gibson 3 years ago from Anderson, AL

The list is...how can I put this? Suh-Weet!


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Souther29 3 years ago from London, UK

Nice list mate. Glad I never sold my SNES. Chrono Trigger really was a fantastic game and I spent a lot of time with Mario Kart growing up. Great memories!


Reyna 2 years ago

I have a jammer strip santa cruz creuisr and I ride on OJ Hot Juice 78a Skateboard Wheels 60mm which are great wheels and give a good ride the only problem is they tear really easily. All I do is cruise I don't do tricks or anything so I don't know why they break so fast I try not to ride over rough surface either. What would be a better urethane for cruising?

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