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10 Best Super Nintendo Games Ever, According To Ranker

Capcom’s Mega Man franchise is a beloved series that’s also seen better days. The last major game was Mega Man 11 in 2018, and while the game was well-received, it’s been mostly quiet ever since. Nonetheless, the series has amassed its fair share of classics.

The Super Nintendo’s Mega Man X is still often cited as one of the best in the franchise, with the game revitalizing the action-platformer from prior 8-bit entries. Mega Man X was widely well-received for refreshing its control scheme, graphics, and level design, effectively marking the first major “reinvention” of the Mega Man games.

9 Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)

While it’s certainly not as recognizable as other Nintendo IPs featured on Ranker’s list, Zombies Ate My Neighbors garnered a level of affection and praise in its own right. Normally known for Star Wars games, LucasArts (now Lucasfilm Games) made Zombies Ate My Neighbors as an entertaining and bombastic run-and-gun game.

The game was well-received for its surprisingly layered arsenal of weapons, as well as the clever humor one would expect out of a game this inherently satirical. And though clearly not to the extent of EarthBoundZombies Ate My Neighbors was a sleeper hit that’s since enjoyed cult-classic status.

8 EarthBound (1994)

Though it underwhelmed commercially upon its international release, EarthBound (known as Mother in Japan) has since become an acclaimed cult-classic JRPG. The game starred Ness alongside a colorful supporting cast of characters as they travel to defeat Giygas, a cosmic threat aiming to destroy the universe.

In the decades since its original release, EarthBound has been critically acclaimed for its originality and brand of charm. EarthBound features subversive elements that poke fun at the wider JRPG subgenre through its cartoonish humor, using that surface-level childlike whimsy as a gateway for surprising dark meta-commentary on things like political corruption and rampant Western consumerist culture.

7 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)

After making his debut in Super Mario World, the fan-favorite green dinosaur Yoshi headlined his own game alongside the baby version of Mario. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is still regarded as one of the best sidescrolling platformers that the Super Nintendo had to offer, making meaningful strides based on what its direct predecessor accomplished.

Yoshi’s Island was acclaimed for its distinct new art direction — while still fitting with the wider franchise’s aesthetic and tone — the tight and addictive platforming gameplay, and the inventive level design. Like many Mario games, Yoshi’s Island has made itself a timeless entry.

6 Super Mario All-Stars (1993)

Even older Mario games got a second wind on the Super Nintendo. Super Mario All-Stars served as a collection of remakes for Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsSuper Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.

The original versions of these games were some of the best Mario games in their respective times, but this collection was praised for breathing new life into them. High marks stemmed from the fresh new coat of paint when it came to the graphics, music, and quality-of-life features (like finally being able to save the game) to refresh these experiences.

5 Final Fantasy VI (1994)

The discussion of which mainline Final Fantasy game is the best in the franchise is one that’ll be endlessly debated. Final Fantasy has enjoyed almost 35 years of being one of the pillars of gaming and the JRPG subgenre, with several cemented as all-time classics. For many, Final Fantasy VI takes the top spot for several reasons.

It’s one of the most approachable Final Fantasy games for newcomers, as well as having one of the most emotionally fulfilling stories and characters. Impressively, the game accomplishes this while having 14 party characters. Final Fantasy VI tastefully blends high fantasy with steampunk aesthetics, following Terra and co. as they join to resist and topple a tyrannical dictatorship.

4 Super Mario World (1990)

It’s unsurprising to see the Mario franchise take up as many spots on Ranker’s list as it has, as the famous Italian plumber is still one of Nintendo’s most enduring staples. Before Super Mario 64 revolutionized how people looked at video games, Super Mario World was another major milestone for the series.

The game was acclaimed at the time for its stunning new visual presentation over the previous 8-bit era and, more importantly, evolving the sidescrolling platformer genre. Platforming gameplay was more polished than ever, with more precise controls, plenty of levels, and well as hidden ones to discover.

3 Super Metroid (1994)

It’s great for longtime series fans to see the Metroid franchise be so affectionately embraced in the wider mainstream space after the Nintendo Switch’s Metroid Dread. The series has long been regarded as a gaming classic, but it has seen some neglect in more recent years.

Super Metroid is the third entry in the main series, taking place after the events of the Game Boy game Metroid II: Samus Returns. It elevated the series to new heights, bringing more refined action-platforming gameplay and an even more atmospheric presentation. Super Metroid was lauded for its ominous Alien-like ambiance, as well as ushering in the famed “Metroidvania” subgenre — alongside Castlevania.

2 Chrono Trigger (1995)

Like others in Ranker’s list of SNES games, Chrono Trigger was another landmark game for its home console, genre, and the gaming industry as a whole. To this date, Chrono Trigger is often regarded as one of the JRPG subgenre’s crowning achievements. Complemented by Dragon Ball and Dragon Quest artist Akira Toriyama’s iconic work, the story follows Crono on a globetrotting fantasy epic spanning prehistory, the middle ages, and a dystopian future as his friends hop time to try and prevent a world-ending threat.

The game was met with swift critical acclaim, being lauded for its narrative, substantive side quests, multiple endings, and streamlined gameplay. The vintage JRPG brand of turn-based combat was praised for being a healthy balance of simple, yet consistently engaging.

1 The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (1991)

Even over 30 years after its original release, A Link to the Past still stands as one of the best games The Legend of Zelda franchise has to offer. It takes place many years after the previous two games, with Link fighting to defeat the infamous Demon King Ganon and rescue the descendants of the Seven Sages, all while hopping between the parallel Light and Dark Worlds.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was emphatically acclaimed for its technical leap over its predecessors. Critics, in particular, praised the now-timeless pixel art, polished gameplay, puzzle-solving mechanics, and the ingenious use of hopping between dimensions as a gameplay feature that also serves the plot.


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10 Best Super Nintendo Games Ever, According To Ranker

Capcom’s Mega Man franchise is a beloved series that’s also seen better days. The last major game was Mega Man 11 in 2018, and while the game was well-received, it’s been mostly quiet ever since. Nonetheless, the series has amassed its fair share of classics.
The Super Nintendo’s Mega Man X is still often cited as one of the best in the franchise, with the game revitalizing the action-platformer from prior 8-bit entries. Mega Man X was widely well-received for refreshing its control scheme, graphics, and level design, effectively marking the first major “reinvention” of the Mega Man games.

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9 Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)

While it’s certainly not as recognizable as other Nintendo IPs featured on Ranker’s list, Zombies Ate My Neighbors garnered a level of affection and praise in its own right. Normally known for Star Wars games, LucasArts (now Lucasfilm Games) made Zombies Ate My Neighbors as an entertaining and bombastic run-and-gun game.
The game was well-received for its surprisingly layered arsenal of weapons, as well as the clever humor one would expect out of a game this inherently satirical. And though clearly not to the extent of EarthBound, Zombies Ate My Neighbors was a sleeper hit that’s since enjoyed cult-classic status.
8 EarthBound (1994)

Though it underwhelmed commercially upon its international release, EarthBound (known as Mother in Japan) has since become an acclaimed cult-classic JRPG. The game starred Ness alongside a colorful supporting cast of characters as they travel to defeat Giygas, a cosmic threat aiming to destroy the universe.
In the decades since its original release, EarthBound has been critically acclaimed for its originality and brand of charm. EarthBound features subversive elements that poke fun at the wider JRPG subgenre through its cartoonish humor, using that surface-level childlike whimsy as a gateway for surprising dark meta-commentary on things like political corruption and rampant Western consumerist culture.

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7 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)

After making his debut in Super Mario World, the fan-favorite green dinosaur Yoshi headlined his own game alongside the baby version of Mario. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is still regarded as one of the best sidescrolling platformers that the Super Nintendo had to offer, making meaningful strides based on what its direct predecessor accomplished.
Yoshi’s Island was acclaimed for its distinct new art direction — while still fitting with the wider franchise’s aesthetic and tone — the tight and addictive platforming gameplay, and the inventive level design. Like many Mario games, Yoshi’s Island has made itself a timeless entry.
6 Super Mario All-Stars (1993)

Even older Mario games got a second wind on the Super Nintendo. Super Mario All-Stars served as a collection of remakes for Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
The original versions of these games were some of the best Mario games in their respective times, but this collection was praised for breathing new life into them. High marks stemmed from the fresh new coat of paint when it came to the graphics, music, and quality-of-life features (like finally being able to save the game) to refresh these experiences.

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5 Final Fantasy VI (1994)

The discussion of which mainline Final Fantasy game is the best in the franchise is one that’ll be endlessly debated. Final Fantasy has enjoyed almost 35 years of being one of the pillars of gaming and the JRPG subgenre, with several cemented as all-time classics. For many, Final Fantasy VI takes the top spot for several reasons.
It’s one of the most approachable Final Fantasy games for newcomers, as well as having one of the most emotionally fulfilling stories and characters. Impressively, the game accomplishes this while having 14 party characters. Final Fantasy VI tastefully blends high fantasy with steampunk aesthetics, following Terra and co. as they join to resist and topple a tyrannical dictatorship.
4 Super Mario World (1990)

It’s unsurprising to see the Mario franchise take up as many spots on Ranker’s list as it has, as the famous Italian plumber is still one of Nintendo’s most enduring staples. Before Super Mario 64 revolutionized how people looked at video games, Super Mario World was another major milestone for the series.
The game was acclaimed at the time for its stunning new visual presentation over the previous 8-bit era and, more importantly, evolving the sidescrolling platformer genre. Platforming gameplay was more polished than ever, with more precise controls, plenty of levels, and well as hidden ones to discover.

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3 Super Metroid (1994)

It’s great for longtime series fans to see the Metroid franchise be so affectionately embraced in the wider mainstream space after the Nintendo Switch’s Metroid Dread. The series has long been regarded as a gaming classic, but it has seen some neglect in more recent years.
Super Metroid is the third entry in the main series, taking place after the events of the Game Boy game Metroid II: Samus Returns. It elevated the series to new heights, bringing more refined action-platforming gameplay and an even more atmospheric presentation. Super Metroid was lauded for its ominous Alien-like ambiance, as well as ushering in the famed “Metroidvania” subgenre — alongside Castlevania.
2 Chrono Trigger (1995)

Like others in Ranker’s list of SNES games, Chrono Trigger was another landmark game for its home console, genre, and the gaming industry as a whole. To this date, Chrono Trigger is often regarded as one of the JRPG subgenre’s crowning achievements. Complemented by Dragon Ball and Dragon Quest artist Akira Toriyama’s iconic work, the story follows Crono on a globetrotting fantasy epic spanning prehistory, the middle ages, and a dystopian future as his friends hop time to try and prevent a world-ending threat.
The game was met with swift critical acclaim, being lauded for its narrative, substantive side quests, multiple endings, and streamlined gameplay. The vintage JRPG brand of turn-based combat was praised for being a healthy balance of simple, yet consistently engaging.

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1 The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (1991)

Even over 30 years after its original release, A Link to the Past still stands as one of the best games The Legend of Zelda franchise has to offer. It takes place many years after the previous two games, with Link fighting to defeat the infamous Demon King Ganon and rescue the descendants of the Seven Sages, all while hopping between the parallel Light and Dark Worlds.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was emphatically acclaimed for its technical leap over its predecessors. Critics, in particular, praised the now-timeless pixel art, polished gameplay, puzzle-solving mechanics, and the ingenious use of hopping between dimensions as a gameplay feature that also serves the plot.
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