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Top SNES games for the retro gamer

Updated on March 14, 2013

The classic "must have" top SNES games

Are you looking for top SNES games for a retro gamer? Perhaps you are looking to play top SNES games yourself? Retro gaming is cool and one of the best original Nintendo console is the Super Nintendo Entertainment system ("SNES") and there are plenty of top SNES games for this original Nintendo console.

The SNES was Nintendo's 16bit video games console that replaces the NES original Nintendo console. The SNES was released in 1991 (1990 in Japan; and 1992 in Europe) and soon became the best selling video games console of all time. The SNES original Nintendo console is a classic and is the original Nintendo console of choice. If you are in to retro gaming and want an original Nintendo console the SNES is the gaming console of choice.

Over the years Nintendo released top SNES games that were great fun back in the day but not so any more, and a handful of top SNES games that are as much fun to play today as they were when first released. It is amazing that despite the advancement in video games technology there are still some top SNES games that will keep my son as entertained as his Xbox.

So if you want to know what the top SNES games are or want to know how you can play top SNES games without having to buy an original Nintendo console please do carry on reading.

Top SNES games - Mario Kart

Mario Kart is number one of the top SNES games in the racing genre. Forget about Zero 1, one of the top SNES games many retro gamers claim is the best racing game of all time, Mario Kart is the only racing game to own.

In Mario Kart you choose one of the popular Nintendo characters (such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong or Toad to name just a few) and race the others around a series of courses in a bid to win the mushroom cup. In order to win the mushroom cup you have to be prepared to "fight dirty" and be prepared to blast you opponents of the circuit in your bid to the checkered flag.

Like all the top SNES games Mario Kart is easy to pick p and learn but extremely difficult to put down. The characters are awesome, the race courses are varied and include many different stages, and the game play is fast n furious.

Like all of the top SNES games Mario Kart provides hours and hours of entertainment and is one of the top SNES games all family members can enjoy, which makes it perfect for parties, dinners and family gatherings.

Mario Kart top SNES games demo

Mario Kart available to order from Amazon

Mario Kart is one of the top SNES games you just have to own. Whilst it may not be a realistic car racing game it is one of the best racing games ever released for the SNES, and once you play it I guarantee you will be hooked.

If you want to buy Mario Kart for the SNES I suggest heading over to Amazon, where there are always plenty of options available. For the current deals on Mario Kart take a look at the items below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search box and you will find other Mario Kart game cartridges.

Mario Kart for the Wii

If you want to introduce your children to top SNES games but don’t want to buy a SNES original Nintendo console or one of the modern day replicas you can buy Mario Kart for the Wii.

Top SNES games - Donkey Kong Country

Some evil Croc, known as King K Krool, has pinched Donkey Kong's secret stash of bananas and spread them all over DK Island. As you'd expect, Donkey Kong is a bot annoyed about this therefore he has made it his mission to go and collect his bananas, with the help of his side kick Diddy Kong. Retrieving the bananas is a bit more difficult than you'd think especially when you have to defeat a load of Kremlings at every turn.

Donkey Kong Country is a typical original Nintendo console platform game with bright and vivid graphics along with simple but addictive gameplay, which makes it another one of the top SNES games you simply have to own.

Donkey Kong Country top SNES games demo

Donkey Kong Country available to order from Amazon

Donkey Kong Country is well up on my list of the top SNES games and it should be on yours as well. If you want to experience Donkey Kong Country I recommend having a look on Amazon, where there are always loads of deals to be had. For the current deals on Donkey Kong Country see the products below, or you may wish to use the Amazon search box instead.

Top SNES games - Street Fighter II Turbo

Street Fighter is the arcade classic that was released for the SNES and it has become one of the top SNES games of all time. This version of Street Fighter II is the closest version to the original arcade version and it became a cult game amongst fighting and beat em up gamers.

Everything about Street Fighter II Turbo is first class. All characters are excellently rendered and look lifelike, the fighting and signatures moves are great and the game play is fast n furious. If you have some pent up aggression and need a release for it Street Fighter II is the perfect video game.

Street Fighter II isn't a video game to play by yourself but once you get a load of mates over and crack open a few bottles it soon becomes easy to see why Street Fighter II is one of the top SNES games.

Street Fighter II Turbo top SNES games demo

Street Fighter II available to order from Amazon

If you want the classic arcade replica Street Fighter II for your SNES, and you have to believe me when I say it is one of the top SNES games of all time, head on over to Amazon. For the current range of Street Fighter II SNES games available on Amazon take a look at the products below. Alternatively, you may wish to use the Amazon search box for alternatives.

Top SNES Games - Earthworm Jim

Earth Worm Jim is a strange game (but don’t let that put you off) that involves a worm in a robotic suit whose mission is to go and save the princess, who has been kidnapped by an evil queen. One of the first thing you will notice about Earthworm Jim is the awesome cartoon style graphics, and it is these graphics why many consider this game as one of the top SNES games of all time.

Despite the strange storyline Earthworm Jim is a quality game and good fun to play. This run and gun platformer is an easy game to pick up play, so it is suitable for gamers of all ages. The game play isn’t fast and furious like other top SNES games, but it will keep you interested and provide hours of entertainment.

Overall, Earthworm Jim is one of the top SNES games all retro gamers should own, last not for the awesome cartoon style graphics.

Earthworm Jim Game Play

Earthworm Jim is an excellent SNES game and the cartoon style graphics are simply awesome. Don't believe me? Take a look at the following footage, courtesy of Youtube and you will soon see just how good the graphics are. any retro gamers consider Earthworm Jin on of the top SNES games of all time, and I have to say I am inclined to agree.

Earthworm Jim available to order from Amazon

If the Youtube footage has tempted you to buy a copy of Earthworm Jim (and I highly recommend it) I suggest you take a look at Amazon where there are loads of deals to be had. For the current Earthworm Jim game cartridges available take a look at the products below, or you can use the Amazon search box where you will find others as well.

Top SNES games - T2: The Arcade Game

I have to admit that I am a fan of first person shooting games and, fortunately, there are some top SNES games in this genre. One of the best first person shooter games for the SNES is T2: The Arcade Game.

This version of the top SNES games loosely follows the awesome Terminator 2 movie, and you (the gamer) must travel back in time to save John Connor from the T1000 machine. In order for you to save John Connor you are given a machine gun, with an infinite amount of ammo, which you must use to destroy the machines.

T2: The arcade game is, in my opinion, one of the top SNES games of all time. The graphics are great, the sound effects are great and it fully uses the super scope (or any other compatible light gun) which adds to the gaming experience. T2: The arcade game isn't an easy game to play and is very fast n furious, so there is a lot of replay value in it.

If you want the best first person shooter for the SNES I highly recommend T2: The arcade game, a game that deserves to be in the list of the top SNES games of all time.

T2: The Arcade Game game play

If you want to see actual footage of T2: The Arcade Game check out this clip, courtesy of Youtube. As you will soon see, this is an awesome game that is best played with the light gun to get the most out of it.

T2: The Arcade Game available to order form Amazon

If you want to experience T2: The Arcade game for the SNES I recommend going over to Amazon, where there are always plenty of top SNES games available. For the T2: The Arcade Game cartridges currently available check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search box and you will find others.

More Top SNES games available to order from Amazon

Nintendo have released loads of video games for the Super Nintendo over the years. It doesn't matter if your preference is racing games, beat em ups, first person shooters, side scrolling platforms or any other type of video game, you will find the perfect video game for your Super Nintendo, or modern equivalent.

I have bought top SNES games from many different retailers over the years, however there is only one site I use nowadays and that is Amazon. The range of top SNES games available from Amazon is huge and there is always a good selection available. What's more, is the top SNES games on Amazon are always well priced and there are loads of deals to be had. So, for all the top SNES gaes you'll ever need

Retro-Bit Duo Twin Video Games System

If you want to play top SNES games and don't have a SNES original Nintendo console or want to buy a pre-owned SNES original Nintendo console fear not. The Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin video games system is a modern day video games console that allows you to play the entire collection of top SNES games of yesteryear. The Retro Duo also allows you to play NES original Nintendo consoles as well.

The Retro-Bit Retro Duo system may look a bit funky but it is well made, easy to set up and very easy to use, and it doesn't cost a fortune either. The Retro-Bit games console is a great way to play those top SNES games. It isn't as authentic or retro as using a SNES original Nintendo console but it does come close. This is a truly awesome product.

FC-16 Go Portable SNES System

One of the biggest drawbacks of the SNES original Nintendo console was the fact that it was a home entertainment system only. With the FC-16 Go Portable SNES system you can now play top SNES games out and about and on the go.

This awesome little games console will accept all top SNES games cartridges. It is easy to set up, easy to use and so much fun to play. The FC-16 is supplied with two retro style controllers which means you can also challenge your mates

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    • tigerbait profile image


      5 years ago

      Love all these Games Great Lens Thumbs Up

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      5 years ago

      I had or at least played all these games. What a nice trip down memory lane. No Mortal Kombat? LOL

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      5 years ago

      nice games

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      5 years ago

      nice games

    • inkymama profile image


      5 years ago

      My favorite was Clay Fighter....great game.


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