The SNES was the second system my parents bought new for us (the first being the NES). I still remember vividly the Christmas I opened it up and popped in Super Mario World for the first time. I didn’t want to open anything else I just wanted to play my game. Below are my ten favorite games for the system:
10. SimCity – First, let me say that this may be the worst port of SimCity that I’ve ever played. Playing it recently I noticed that the controls are clunky and the game itself is just not that easy to control. But, as a kid, I just flat out loved SimCity. My favorite thing to do was build up a great city and then set loose as many of the disasters as I could, at once, and watch the city be destroyed.
9. Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind – This game is just flat-out goofy. But, it’s also incredibly fun and I’ve always love that it’s a game that does not take itself too seriously. Some of the jokes are really rude and somewhat crude and were exactly the kind that were right up my alley in junior high and high school. Plus, it was actually one of the nicer looking games on the system.
8. Final Fantasy III – This is one of the few RPGs that kept my attention as a kid (along with Crystalis and Dragon Warrior). I never did actually beat it but have logged hundreds of hours on it over the years. I leant out my copy of it some time back and will probably have to purchase another one sometime soon as I’m getting the yearning to play it again.
7. NBA Jam Tournament Edition – As a single player game, the game was alright. However, it shined as a multi-player one. This is one of the few games that I originally owned with my SNES that allowed for more then two players. Every time my friends came over this was the one game that we would play. The word’s “He’s on fire” still make me want to play this game.
6. Street Fighter II: the World Warrior – I still maintain that this was a great port of the arcade game. My opinion may be colored by the fact that this is the first game that I ever bought with my own money, just a few days after I received my Super Nintendo for Christmas. To this day, though, Chun Li’s thighs scare me.
5. Super Mario Kart – I did actually own a copy of this till a few years ago but, once again, my cousin did. It was another game that we played for hours on end. It’s a little harder for me to play it now after the great job they’ve done with the later games in the series but I still swap it every once and awhile for nostalgia sake.
4. Super Bomberman – I never actually owned this game but one of my cousin’s did. Every time we saw them we would play this game for hours on end, into the wee hours of the night. I always had to be the black bomberman (no one seemed to mind).
3. Donkey Kong Country – The mine cart level still remains one of my favorite (if not my favorite) levels in any game, ever. The rest of the game was pretty great, too.
2. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Remains my second favorite Zelda game (after the original on the NES) and I pop it in every few years to play.
1. Super Mario World – Still the one game for the SNES that I can go back to and play at any time. The game never seems to get old and is still one of the best Mario games ever.
Honorable Mention: Earthbound, F-Zero, Kirby’s Dream Course, Mario Paint, Secret of Mana, Star Fox, Super Mario All-Stars, Super Metroid
NOTE: This is my personal list of favorite games to play, not what I believe to be the best games on the system.