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Super Metroid - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: March 19, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Genre: Action

I can't really think of many games that I can point to and say, "This is close to perfection." Super Metroid is usually the first game to come to mind. Not only did it improve on the already great formula established in the original Metroid, it dang near perfected it resulting in one of the absolute best action-adventure games that you could ever play. When I talk about my favorite games of all-time, this one is always in my top three - and depending on my mood, sometimes sits at number one.
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Super Mario World - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: November 21, 1990 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer

Super Mario World introduced the world to a caped Mario that could fly longer distances than that lame raccoon Mario could. It also introduced the world to a loveable green dinosaur named Yoshi. The game also let players explore a beautifully designed world with many levels having multiple exits, allowing the player to branch away from the normal path to discover hidden levels and shortcuts. Everything was just so wonderfully done. I think that this may be as close to 2D platforming perfection that you can get.
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Chrono Trigger - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: March 11, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: SquareSoft
Developer: SquareSoft
Genre: RPG

When people discuss the greatest game of all time, Chrono Trigger is almost always brought up and thrown into the discussion. Back when I had my own website, Chrono Trigger actually found its way to number one on my second-annual "Top 500 Games of All-Time" list. While I prefer some other games over this one, including Chrono Cross (yes, I know that I'm in the minority), you can't deny the number of people that absolutely adore this game. It is one of the best RPGs ever created and one of the best games in any genre ever released. If you haven't played it yet, give it a try - you'll probably fall in love with it just like the rest of us who have played it already have.
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Street Fighter II Turbo - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: July 11, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Street Fighter II was a huge hit and proof that fighting games could be incredibly fun when done well. After the success of the original release, Capcom put out a port of the second Street Fighter II arcade machine - Street Fighter II Turbo, which allowed players to play as any of the four final bosses, play as the same character against others (like Ken vs. Ken), and the fighting was sped up to a near perfect speed, making the nearly flawless Street Fighter II that much closer to perfection in the process.
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People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (295 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario All-Stars - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: July 14, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Compilation

Super Mario Bros. Great. Super Mario Bros. 2. Great. Super Mario Bros. 3. Great. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Great. Four great games, one great cartridge. I don't think there ever had been or ever will be a compilation that can top this one in quality. Being able to re-play all of these games with 16-bit graphics, improved sound, and a save feature...I struggle to find a single flaw with this fantastic collection. In my opinion, this is the greatest compilation to ever be published...By far.
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Rock N Roll Racing - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: September 1993 (NA)
Publisher: Interplay
Developer: Silicon & Synapse
Genre: Racing

When it comes to racing games, there aren't many titles that I've put as many hours into as I have with this gem. I've beaten the game countless times, on all difficulty settings, and every time it has been an absolute joy. I went to play it a bit to nab some screenshots for this list, and found myself playing it for a few hours all over again. With the solid, enjoyable, isometric-style racing found in RC Pro-Am and a variety of weapons and power-ups to purchase and make the races a little more exciting, Rock N Roll Racing is a racing game that will likely appeal to the Mario Kart audience that doesn't want to play a realistic racing title. If you haven't played Rock N Roll Racing yet, do it...And thank me in the form of an envelope full of cash.
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Mega Man X - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 17, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Platformer

When I first played Mega Man X after getting it for Christmas as a wee lad, I wasn't sure if I liked it. This wasn't quite the Mega Man I was fond of. The more I played, however, the more I found myself absolutely hooked. This is like the original Mega Man formula on steroids....Larger levels, more abilities, secrets to find like hidden items and mini bosses...It was amazing. The only Mega Man game that I've ever played more than this one is Mega Man 2...And there's a reason I've played this so much - it's that good.
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EarthBound - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: August 27, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Ape Studios
Genre: RPG

What can you say about Earthbound? It's a great game with a fantastic sense of humor...that's what you can say. The graphics aren't bad, but they're not gonna wow anyone, and the RPG gameplay was a little bit behind the times, but the positives easily outweigh the negatives in this game by a large margin. It's worth the astronomical price that the game tends to sell for. But, if you're still doubting me, and you've got a Wii U, you can get it for $10 USD on the Virtual Console and experience the joys of the only game in the Mother series that Nintendo ported to North America.
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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: August 5, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer

Super Mario World introduced Yoshi and shortly afterward, the world fell in love with Mario's equestrian-like dinosaur sidekick. So, it was only natural that he'd star in a platformer of his own eventually...And five years after his debut, his game hit store shelves. Yoshi's Island has an amazing art direction with beautiful, unique-looking graphics, making it look like you're playing in a living, breathing storybook. But graphics aren't everything. Yoshi's Island boasts solid platforming action along with a bunch of new tricks and abilities to separate it from every other Mario game that had come before it. Unfortunately, since it came out at the end of the SNES life-cycle, many people missed out...But if you get an opportunity to play this game, do it. It's absolutely amazing.
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JWP: Pure Wrestle Queens - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 23, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Jaleco
Developer: Jaleco
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

JWP is, quite possibly, in my top 5 wrestling games of all-time. Only the later Fire Pro Wrestling games get in the way of me declaring this my favorite 2D wrestling game ever made. The game is very easy to pick up and play. The wrestling is also surprisingly deep for its time. It's not uncommon to see anywhere from one to five reversals on certain moves. I once went for a german suplex, which was reversed with a back flip, which I then reversed into a victory roll. For a wrestling nerd, such as I, this is a blast to play. Toss in a fun little Mario Party-like board game with wrestling matches instead of mini games, and you've got yourself one of the greatest wrestling games that I've personally ever played.
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Final Fantasy V - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 6, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Squaresoft
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: RPG

Final Fantasy V gets overlooked pretty often in debates of the best Final Fantasy games, but I always thought that it held its own rather well. An endearing cast of characters, a job class system, and some nifty vehicles like having not just an airship to explore the skies, but also a submarine to explore the ocean depths, and you've got yourself one of the better games in the Final Fantasy franchise that will hopefully get the recognition that it deserves one day.
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Saturday Night Slam Masters - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: March 30, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

I LOVE THIS GAME. Yes, I yelled that. I screamed it at the top of my lungs, standing outside Slam Masters' bedroom window while I hold a boombox over my head that's playing some sappy song by Michael Bolton or Anthrax or something. Saturday Night Slam Masters, in my opinion, is the perfect blend of fighting games and wrestling games, giving you great, fluid action that you'd expect from the Street Fighter series mixed with the mayhem you'd expect in a pro wrestling match like weapons and top-rope dives. The end result is a wrestling game that is extremely fun for both wrestling fans and non fans alike. This is easily the best 16-bit wrestling game released in North America, and in my opinion, one of the best wrestling games period.
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Super Castlevania IV - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: October 31, 1991 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Action

Super Castlevania IV is a beautiful game, especially for one that came out so early in the SNES life cycle. It also has some very nice and interesting level design to go along with the pretty graphics. Top it all off with some of the most solid gameplay in the series and fancier usage of the infamous whip, and you've got an extremely solid entry in this long-running franchise. If you're spoiled by the Symphony of the Night formula, you may not appreciate this game quite as much, but if you love action games, Super Castlevania IV is one of the absolute best that you'll find on the SNES.
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Tetris Attack - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: October 27, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Genre: Puzzle

Tetris Attack really has nothing in common with Tetris aside from the fact that it's a puzzle game. The Tetris name is basically used as a way to boost sales. That being said, the first time I played this game, I hated it. It was too slow-paced for me...But I went back to it a while later and began to appreciate it...And then started to really enjoy it...The next thing I knew I had just wasted multiple hours on this puzzle game in one sitting. Later games in this puzzle franchise have adopted the "Puzzle League" name (or "Panel de Pon" in Japan) and included various extra modes, and even the Pokemon license at one point, but the original still stands as a very solid puzzle game in its own right, very much deserving of any praise it gets.
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Final Fantasy II (IV) - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: October 29, 1991 (JP)
Publisher: Squaresoft
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: RPG

Final Fantasy II in North America was actually Final Fantasy IV over in Japan. This fourth entry in the Final Fantasy series is really the first one to deliver a captivating story to go along with the enjoyable gameplay. Watching Cecil's character develop as the story progresses is a fine example of excellent storytelling in video games. If you can't hunt down a copy for the Super NES, Square Enix has pimped this game out on a ton of platforms, so experiencing the story of this game shouldn't be too difficult if you make the effort. The effort will be well worth it.
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Street Fighter II - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: June 10, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

The fighting genre was around before Street Fighter II was released...But Street Fighter II opened everyone's eyes that fighting games could actually be fun when done right. And Street Fighter II was definitely done right - it's still just as fun to play today as it was back in 1992. The controls are still silky smooth and the graphics and music are still pretty nice to look at, too. It's a game that's easy to pick up and play, but it takes time to master, making it perfect for newcomers and veterans alike. To this day, Street Fighter II can hold its own against any other fighting game you throw at it.
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Breath of Fire - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: April 3, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Squaresoft
Developer: Capcom
Genre: RPG

Breath of Fire is an underrated RPG, in my opinion. I remember playing it for the first time in college and not expecting much, but once the story started to get going, I absolutely fell in love with it. The hunting and fishing mini games alone are aspects of the game that I have fond memories of. If you're in the mood for a SNES RPG that doesn't have "Final Fantasy" or "Dragon Quest" in the title, Breath of Fire is a great one to play.
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Release Date: November 21, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Rare
Genre: Platformer

Donkey Kong Country 2 saw big, ol' DK tossed out in favor of some girlish charm in the form of Dixie. The result was, quite possibly, the best game in the Donkey Kong Country series. The fantastic levels were both beautiful to look at and well-designed, often requiring teamwork between the Diddy and Dixie to obtain the secrets found in each stage. The music was just as good, maybe better than the music found in the first game, as well. Just about every aspect of the original DK Country was improved here in some fashion or another. Donkey Kong Country was a very good game, Diddy's Kong Quest was a great game.
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F-Zero - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: November 21, 1990 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Racing

Until Rock N Roll Racing came out, this was the racing game that stole much of my childhood. I have no idea how many times I've beaten this game, but it's got to be close to 50. With each of the four drivers handling differently from each other, it added some much-appreciated variety and a reason for people to continue playing the game after initially beating it with a different character. It's one of the best racing games of the 16-bit era, and I'd even argue that it can still hold its own today.
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Contra III: The Alien Wars - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: February 28, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

The original Contra on the NES was tough, but it was a cakewalk compared to this tough-as-nails, scrolling shooter. Contra III delivers more of what the first game in the series game us - more explosions, more aliens, more weapons, and as previously mentioned, more difficulty. In fact your only reward for surviving through the game on Normal difficulty is the game telling you to beat it on Hard if you want to see an ending or fight the game's true final boss. Despite its increased difficulty, Contra III is a superior game to the original in just about every way and is easily one of the best run-and-gun style games to ever be created.
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Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 22, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Club
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special is the fourth game in the series to hit the Super Famicom (but not the last by a long shot) and it was easily the best game in the series at its time of release. Everything looks and plays smoother, more moves and wrestlers have been added, and just simply booking a computer vs. computer match is a blast to watch with improved AI that often puts on an entertaining show when pitted against itself. I really wish that we had gotten games like this in North America during the Super NES days, as I'm totally convinced that 90% of my time playing video games would have involved this game in the system. It's fantastic.
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Killer Instinct - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: August 1995 (NA)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Rare
Genre: Fighting

Taking a break from their revival of the Donkey Kong franchise, Rare used the graphical technology from those games and applied it to a fighting game that I feel is a little underrated. Killer Instinct is a smooth-playing fighter that stole some ideas from other games (the most blatant being Mortal Kombat) but also innovated as well. The combo system that eventually became commonplace in fighting games first appeared in Killer Instinct. That's not the reason it's such a good game, though. The fighting itself is fun, and the combo system allows for unique-for-the-time combat that involved air juggles that were a blast to execute. It's not the best fighting game ever made, but for its time, it was one of the best around.
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ActRaiser - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 16, 1990 (JP)
Publisher: Enix
Developer: Quintet
Genre: Action

ActRaiser is a unique title that successfully blends together strategy-like gameplay on the overworld map along with hack 'n' slash action in the game's main levels. It can seem a tad difficult for newcomers, but the more you play, the more you master this game. It's also worth noting that to accompany you through this neat hybrid of a game is some of the best music that you'll find on the Super NES. If you haven't played it yet, do it. It's on the Wii's Virtual Console in all regions.
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NHLPA Hockey '93 - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 1992 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Park Place Productions
Genre: Sports - Hockey

I've always enjoyed hockey games, dating back to Hat Trick on the Commodore 64, but NHLPA Hockey '93 was different. Not only was it a fantastic game to play, but it kept track of statistics should you pursue to play a season. Oh, and you could fight, too. Nothing made this game seem more cool than when two hockey players hurled their gloves to the ice and engaged in fisticuffs while their teammates gathered 'round to cheer on in approval.
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Release Date: July 24, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Action - Brawler

Turtles in Time is a fun, interesting brawler with a unique take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe, having the heroes in a half-shell traverse various time periods in an effort to take down that Shredder fellow....Not too unique, I suppose given the movie with the similar theme, but still a little unique...It's still time travel with mutant reptiles that know martial arts, that's pretty unique, isn't it? Anyway, Turtles in Time is one of the better side-scrolling brawlers ever released and still fun to play today...Just don't play that horrible remake that Ubisoft put out a few years ago. Play this one instead.
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Super Fire Pro Wrestling III: Final Bout - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 28, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Club
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Super Fire Pro Wrestling III continued on with the in-game improvements and inched ever-so-closer to the kind of wrestling game that diehard wrestling fans would go out of their way to import in order to experience the deep wrestling engine. Final Bout also allows players to create their own grapplers to go toe-to-toe with the in-game legends like Antonio Inoki, Hulk Hogan, Stan Hansen, Mitsuharu Misawa, etc. Later games in the series overshadow this game, but Final Bout was amazing for its time.
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Super Fire Pro Wrestling III: Easy Type - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: February 4, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Club
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

I haven't put as much time into Easy Type as I have Final Bout...Mostly due to the title - I like a challenge. The only difference in Easy Type (aside from a lowered difficulty) that I can see is that the ability to create a wrestler seems to have disappeared and in its place are various legends like Dory Funk Jr., Tiger Mask, Terry Funk, and Rikidozan. I'm not ashamed to admit that I "marked out" while watching a simulated match between Dory Funk Jr. and Rikidozan in this game...It's a dream match that I would have loved to have seen, and one that this game gave me a visual simulation for.
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NHL '94 - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: October 1993 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Genre: Sports - Hockey

I probably played this game more than any sports game ever released. My friends owned it and I remember we'd make trades to borrow each other's games for extended periods of time, and this was usually my selection. Later games in the series refined a lot and added speed, but NHL '94 was still great for its time and still a blast to play today - there's a reason that NHL '14 has a mode called NHL '94 Mode, you know.
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Release Date: February 26, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Enix
Developer: Tomcat System
Genre: Board

Itadaki Street is a great Monopoly-style board game that has established itself for years in Japan, but has only just recently made its way State-side under the name Fortune Street on Nintendo's Wii and on mobile devices like Android and the iPhone. This is the second entry in the series and it's just as addicting and fun as the others. Basically, you wander around the board while playing against three other players and try to make everyone else bankrupt. What separates it from Monopoly is the ability to invest in properties - even properties that you don't own - potentially making it possible for someone that doesn't own any property in a game to still win in the end if they play the market correctly. That extra bit of strategy goes a long way, making this a great game to import if you get an opportunity to do so.
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Super Bomberman - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: April 28, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Hudson
Developer: Produce
Genre: Puzzle - Action

Super Bomberman is a pretty simple single-player experience that is okay, but not really anything great. Where Super Bomberman excels is the multiplayer, which is one of the best experiences that you can find on the Super NES. If you've got a group of friends to play this game with, you're pretty much guaranteed good times. Some later games in the Bomberman franchise perfected the multiplayer aspects, but Super Bomberman really laid the groundwork down and is still a blast (pun intended) to play today.
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Tetris Butou Gaiden - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 24, 1993 (JP)
Publisher: Bullet Proof Software
Developer: Bullet Proof Software
Genre: Puzzle

I'm not 100% sure why this game was never translated and shipped overseas to North America...But I have a suspicion that it has to do with difficulty. Tetris Butou Gaiden is like a combination of the Tetris we all know and love, and the battle-style of puzzle gameplay that the Puyo Pop franchise is known for. The end result is a game of Tetris where you and your opponent can use skills to load up your rival's screen. The difficulty lies in the fact that you could be doing great and then your opponent will sometimes instant-kill you with one of their skills. It can be frustrating against the computer, but against a friend, it's a hekuvalotta fun.
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Donkey Kong Country - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: November 24, 1994 (EU)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer

I remember my cousins coming over one New Year's Eve...they brought over this new Super NES game that had just come out called Donkey Kong Country. I remember popping it in and immediately being wowed by the graphics. I had never seen anything like it before. Then we began to play the game, and it was an absolute blast both when playing solo and when teaming up with someone else. Later games improved upon the formula found here, but the first DK Country is still a very solid platformer in its own right.
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E.V.O.: Search for Eden - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 21, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Enix
Developer: Almanic Corp.
Genre: Action

E.V.O. has always been a game that I absolutely loved the concept for, but I just wish it had been longer. For a game about evolution, I wanted a nice, long 50+ hour game...Unfortunately, Search for Eden take only a fraction of that time to complete. That said, it's still fun starting the game off as a fish and evolving into amphibeans, reptiles, mammals, and birds...And the best part? The details of your evolution are up to you. Do you want harder skin to lessen damage or some sharp horns to deal more damage to your foes or do you just want a light atop your head to attract fish to eat that otherwise flee when they see you? There are plenty of evolutionary options to explore as you play. I wish there were more games out there like this one...The evolution concept really makes for a very enjoyable and interesting gaming experience.
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NBA Jam - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: March 1994 (NA)
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Iguana Entertainment
Genre: Sports - Basketball

When I was younger, I didn't know anyone from basketball, aside from maybe Michael Jordan...But after plugging NBA Jam into my Super NES, I was hooked and I knew the names of this roster to go along with Mr. Jordan from playing this game so much...Which isn't much, but hey, it's a start, right? For me, every game always broke down into me hogging the ball so I could get myself on fire and constantly slam dunking the ball in hopes for getting that ever-so-splendid backboard shatter.
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Fighter's History - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: May 27, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Data East
Developer: Data East
Genre: Fighting

I thought I remembered playing Fighter's History and I thought I remembered it being bad...But it's not. In fact, Fighter's History plays a lot more smoothly than I expected. The only real knock I have on the game, and one that drops the rating down a little, is the difficulty. The game is very easy...Until you get to the final boss, Karnov, in which you've got a real fight on your hands. It's almost as if the game intentionally keeps the difficulty low so that newcomers are completely unprepared for when Karnov lights the player up with various fire attacks. But, it's still a good, solid game, and well worth playing if you're a fan of 2D fighters.
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Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 25, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Club
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

The Christmas of 1992 was a glorious Christmas day for the wrestling fans of Japan, for that was the day that Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 appeared on store shelves. An improvement on the first Super Fire Pro Wrestling game in nearly every way, SFPW 2 was a big step towards the Fire Pro franchise being the professional wrestling game juggernaut that it eventually became.
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Clock Tower - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: September 14, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Entertainment
Genre: Adventure - Point-and-Click - Horror

Clock Tower is a point-and-click horror game that is easily one of my favorite point-and-click titles that I've ever played. The game does an absolutely fantastic job of creating a creepy atmosphere...Like entering a steamy bathroom, opening the curtain, finding a hanging dead body in the shower...And the whole time, you can see the expressions in the face of Jennifer (the girl you control) change to worry and horror. If you're into horror games, this is a must-play title from the days before Resident Evil made horror games "cool."
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Release Date: November 23, 1996 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Rare
Genre: Platformer

The original Donkey Kong Country wowed a lot of folks. Donkey Kong Country 2 wowed even more folks. Donkey Kong Country 3 probably wowed some people, but the wow-factor had already started to wear off. Donkey Kong Country 3 is a solid platformer, but through most of the game, you can't help but feel like you've already played this before. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you absolutely loved the first two games in the series, but for folks looking for something different, they may walk away from this game a little disappointed.
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Earthworm Jim - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: October 1994 (NA)
Publisher: Playmates
Developer: Shiny Entertainment
Genre: Platformer

You play as an earthworm that launches cows into the air while shooting guns...And you battle an evil goldfish. That's pretty neat. There was never a game like Earthworm Jim before it. The controls may take a little getting used to for some, but once you've got them down, and if you love bizarre stuff, then you will absolutely fall in love with Earthworm Jim.
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Ms. Pac-Man - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: September 1996 (NA)
Publisher: Williams
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Genre: Action

Ms. Pac-Man is a puzzling release...It's not puzzling that it was released, as Ms. Pac-Man is one of the greatest games ever made...It's puzzling that it wasn't released until late in the SNES lifespan and after the next gen systems had already hit store shelves. That said, this is still the Ms. Pac-Man we all know and love, plus an option at the start of the game to make things easier or more difficult depending on your preferences. It's nothing new or special, but it doesn't have to be - it's Ms. Pac-Man, it's good.
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John Madden Football - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: November 1991 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Park Place Productions
Genre: Sports - Football

The first John Madden Football is pretty solid. I don't feel that it is quite as good as classics like Tecmo Bowl, but it's still solid. Legend has it that Madden wanted a more "realistic" interpretation of the sport with the correct number of players on the field at all times, as opposed to EA's other football game, Joe Montana Football, which was short a few folks. People liked it, and the end result was a phenomenon that ruled sports games for 25 years.
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Bust-A-Move - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: January 13, 1995 (JP)
Publisher: Taito
Developer: Taito
Genre: Puzzle

I'll just get it out there - I suck at Bust-A-Move. I love the game, but my aim is absolutely terrible. If I get a good shot in, it's due to luck, not skill. But anyway, for those not in the know, Bust-A-Move is like an inverted take on the classic match-three puzzle game formula. Since you're shooting the bubbles up at the ceiling, if you can match three of the same bubble on the roof, it'll bring everything else down with it, adding a little more strategy to the game aside from simply matching colors. The game has spawned a ton of sequels and very few of them offer a whole lot that's new...That's 'cause the original was so solid that there's not a whole lot that can be done to improve it.
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Battletoads In Battlemaniacs - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: June 1993 (NA)
Publisher: Tradewest
Developer: Rare
Genre: Action - Brawler

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs may have fancier graphics with beautiful-looking, large characters on the screen to both beat up and do beating up with...But it's still a small step down from the original Battletoads on the NES. It's still got a charming difficulty to it that will crush your spirits, yet still call you back for more. It also still has some memorable characters, good comedy spots, and a decent variety in the levels, which makes it a worthwhile brawler to play...But if you can only play one game in the series, the 8-bit original is definitely the better option.
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Natsume Championship Wrestling - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: June 1994 (NA)
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Natsume
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Natsume Championship Wrestling is basically a port of one of the All-Japan Pro Wrestling Super Famicom games over to the North American market with generic wrestlers replacing the AJPW roster. That said, if you're a button masher, you're probably going to hate this game. This is a wrestling title that is more about precise timing of your button presses than it is about how many times you can press that button in a span of five seconds. Its somewhat steep learning curve may turn some folks away, but if you stick with it, you'll find a much deeper wrestling experience than any of the WWF or WCW Super NES games have to offer.
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Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 18, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Platformer

Buster Busts Loose is a pretty good platformer based around the Tiny Toon Adventures universe. I adored this cartoon as a child, and I remember renting this game a few times and thinking it was the best game ever. I've gotten older and wiser over the years, and while I still love the cartoon, I know that a license doesn't make or break a game - the gameplay does. Luckily, Buster Busts Loose has that covered with some solid platforming action and mini-games for extra lives between the levels. Just about every character from the Tiny Toons universe pays a visit in this game, too, making it nostalgic for old-timers like me to play through and see memories of one of our favorite childhood television shows in the game. That all said, this isn't the best platformer on the system, but it's still a solid one and one worth playing when you've had your fill of Mario, Donkey Kong, and/or Mega Man.
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Pocky & Rocky - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 22, 1992 (JP)
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Natsume
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

With a name like Pocky & Rocky, and looking at the box art, one may assume that this would be a cute-looking 2D platformer...That assumtion would be wrong. Pocky & Rocky is a scrolling, third-person shooter...And don't let the cute characters fool you, this game is far from a cakewalk. The thing (aside from the cute character models) that separates Pocky & Rocky from the rest of the scrolling shooter pack is that the screen doesn't automatically scroll - you control the scrolling. It can feel a bit weird at first, but you'll eventually get the hang of it. If you're a fan of scrolling shooters, but want something a little different, Pocky & Rocky is an excellent choice.
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Joe & Mac - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 6, 1991 (JP)
Publisher: Data East
Developer: Data East
Genre: Platformer

Joe & Mac is a decent platformer set in prehistoric times that looks pretty nice, plays pretty good, and is a fun way to kill a few minutes when you need to. If you're into platformers, and are looking for something new, Joe & Mac may be right up your alley. It's not the best platformer on the system by far, but it's solid enough to provide you with a decent experience.
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Clay Fighter: Tournament Edition - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: May 1994 (NA)
Publisher: Interplay
Developer: Visual Concepts
Genre: Fighting

It only took Interplay about six months before re-releasing Clay Fighter on the Super NES as a "Tournament Edition." The tournament mode, as well as slightly-tweaked gameplay, help make this the definitive Clay Fighter game, if one must choose a game in the series to play. It's still not up to the standards of fighters like Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat II, but it's a nice, quirky little game that makes up for in personality that it may lack in game mechanics.
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Super Fire Pro Wrestling - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: December 20, 1991 (JP)
Publisher: Human Entertainment
Developer: Human Club
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Super Fire Pro Wrestling is the first of the Fire Pro games on the Super NES, and it's an okay entry in the best wrestling game franchise of all time. It lacks a lot of the polish that later games in the series would have, but when compared to other wrestling games of the time...Like the SNES version of Super Wrestlemania...It's much more enjoyable than just about any other wrestling game that was available on the SNES around that time. It's not without its flaws, but wrestling fans (especially those familiar with puroresu of this time period) will likely be able to look past them to enjoy the wrestling experience found here. Besides, I don't think any other game back then would allow you to have a match between Bad News Brown and Jushin Liger....That's gotta count for something, right?
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Stunt Race FX - Super famicom and SNES
Release Date: June 4, 1994 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Argonaut Games
Genre: Racing

The graphics look terrible today, but back when this game was released, my friends and I were in awe of the 3D models in this racer. It was more than just a pretty face, though, the racing itself was fairly solid and the tacks were all loaded with personality, making this an entertaining experience all the way through. And while it lacks a bunch of modes, it does use a battery save to record all times, allowing you and your friends to compete over who has the fastest laps. There are better racing games on the SNES, but Stunt Race FX is still a decent choice when looking for a racing title.
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I'll be doing lists like this for all systems eventually. As I play games for the system, I'll add them to the list. They're ranked by my own personal preference, so keep that in mind if you can't figure out why game A is ranked above game B.

For release date info, I took the first release date and included the region the date comes from. Here's the key for that: NA - North America, JP - Japan, EU - Europe, AU - Australia

This is a work-in-progress list, I'll likely be adding games here and there on-and-off as I feel like it. Basically, this will be updated on an irregular basis.

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Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 12 19:17
I know the game's likely to go down from #1 as this thing grows, but you just made my day with your write-up of Super Castlevania IV! It's got a pretty solid place at #1 on my overall list, for the same reasons as you give here.

Anyone who calls it a bad game can expect lots of pain-naise, with plenty of kick. =P

P.S. I didn't even know there were games like E.V.O.: Search for Eden on the SNES. I guess if it has Sim City it's not such a stretch.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Dec 11 1:49

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