My Top 10 Favorite SNES Games

James / August 18th, 2012

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

2. Super Metroid

3. Super Castlevania 4

4. Final Fantasy 3

5. Chrono Trigger

6. Donkey Kong Country

7. Super Mario World

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

9. F-Zero

10. Star Fox

Honorable Mention: Mario Paint
(In some ways, it would make the #1 spot, because it gave me a creative outlet as a kid, but it’s not really a game.)

Comments

  • Jason P

    August 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Agreed

  • August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Another very nice Top 10, James. : )

  • benjigoenitz

    August 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Agreed!, i think the best zelda game ever made is A Link to the Past.

  • DavidARice

    August 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

    10. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
    9. Mario Kart
    8. Lion King
    7. Batman Returns
    6. Yoshi’s Island
    5. Legend of Zelda link to the past
    4. Aladdin
    3. Donkey Kong County 2
    2. Donkey Kong Country
    1. Super Mario World

  • dritna

    August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Illusion of Gaia and Breath of fire 3 for honorable mentions

  • August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    As a matter of fact…I think Illusion Of Time is a very underrated game. It’s a game that definetly hits top 5 for me…but everyone has his or her own favourits of course…

    yeah Mario Kart is also in my top 10! It was one of the first family sports games I accually liked!

  • Jimbp

    August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i have a Q about the cheetah men game. if they dont reach there goal do i get screwed out of that bad a$$ limited edition 60 dollar cart?

  • Jimbp

    August 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    and is the cart good for the environment, i.e.. recyclable?

  • adam.russo11

    August 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    1. Zelda: Link to the Past

    2. Super Mario World

    3. Donkey Kong Country

    4. Super Metriod

    5. Super Mario RPG

    6. Chrono Trigger

    7. Donkey Kong Country 3

    8. Mario Kart

    9. Donkey Kong Country 2

    10. Super Mario All Stars

  • JayRam

    August 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Grew up in the ’90s playing the Super Nintendo. It was a big part of my childhood, and one of the best consoles made. Remember getting up very early just so that I could play Super Mario World before heading off to school.

  • Lothar of the Hillpeople

    August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

    It’s a great list, but it got me wondering. I wonder if James has ever played Earthbound. Knowing the types of games that he likes, it would be hard to imagine him not loving EB. It’s all about charm and playing on your memories of being a child. Yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen him mention the game.

    My SNES list: 1. Chrono Trigger, 2. Super Metroid, 3. Earthbound, 4. Zelda: LTTP, 5. Donkey Kong Country 2, 6. Super Mario Kart, 7. Final Fantasy 2, 8. Secret of Mana, 9. Mega Man X, 10. Castlevania 4

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    1. Super Mario World
    2. Donkey Kong Country 2
    3. Turtles IV
    4. Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    5. Final Fantasy 3(6)
    6. Mortal Kombat 2
    7. Super Mario RPG
    8. Ken Griffey Jr. Present Major League Baseball
    9. Alladin
    10. Pilotwings

  • Talladega Knight

    August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Again, in no particular order:

    1. Zelda: A Link to the Past

    2. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

    3. Super Mario RPG

    4. Super Mario Kart

    5. Chrono Trigger

    6. SimCity

    7. Super Mario World

    8. NHL ’94

    9. Pilotwings

    10. DKC Series

  • Mark Shinoda

    August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    No Street Fighter, no Final Fight, no Mega Man, no Mortal Kombat, no Earthbound, no Mario Kart? Wow, I’m quite surprised :o

  • weathermangarver

    August 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    that is a nice list james i agree with it completely

  • BorisCarloff

    August 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Great list, i don’t have anything to say, because i had Genesis, not SNES, but I really glad that you didn’t miss FF 3 (or 6, or whatever) and Chrono Trigger, i played them by the DARK FORCES of emulation and they’re awesome.

  • thompsonq

    August 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    All awesome games. I am quite surprised however nobody has Secret of Mana in their top ten lists. Then again we could all probably make a top 50 list easily for snes.

  • Nestalgia

    August 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    the fact that Chrono Trigger is in this list makes me very, very happy.

  • Bigdaddyclean

    August 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    CHRONO TRIGGER IS THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL TIME!
    uhh… yeah big fan blah blah mario kart blah blah. insert random compliment

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    August 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Remember the Chrono Trigger VS..FINAL FANTASY III??

    That was a great debate back in the day.
    That would make a cool video!

  • moogic

    August 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Now this is the console I grew up on (this and Game Boy). I only really played games I owned, though, and I never owned a crazy amount of games.

    1) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    2) Donkey Kong Country 2
    3) Super Mario Kart
    4) Super Mario World
    5) Final Fantasy II
    6) Super Mario All-Stars
    7) Donkey Kong Country
    8) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    9) Donkey Kong Country 3
    10) Monopoly
    11) Kirby’s Avalanche

  • BMT

    August 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I signed up to say how sad I am with the lack of love for Secret of Mana, one of the greatest games ever made on any platform. I’d also argue that Donkey Kong Country 3 is better than the original, it was so damn satisfying to play, on par with Super Mario World.

  • robb0226

    August 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    This is a near perfect list, except I would have to include both Secret of Mana and Earthbound (two of my personal favorites ever).

  • drk421

    August 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    1. Link to the Past
    2. Super Metroid
    3. Super Mario World
    4. Donkey Kong Country
    5. Star Fox
    6. Super Punch Out
    7. Yoshi’s Island
    8. F-Zero
    9. Final Fantasy 4 (2 US)
    10. Final Fantasy 6 (3 US)

  • August 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My list is very similar to James (in no particular order), except I’d bump off Mario World and TMNT in favor of FF 2 (4), and Secret of Mana. Mario World would be in my top 20, but I just didn’t go nuts over it like everyone else did.

  • dmaradona10

    August 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    The Star Wars Trilogy on SNES was bad ass as you pointed out in one of your AVGN videos a while back.

  • WinterDeathPeach

    August 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I didn’t play that many SNES games as a kid but my top 5 would have to be
    1. Donkey Kong Country 2
    2. Super Mario RPG
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. Mario All Stars with Super Mario World(yeah I know that’s kinda cheating)
    5. A Link to the Past (it’s this low because I was stupid as a kid and never got up to the Dark World, I’m not joking I got stuck on Death Mountain)
    Now that I think about it I think I only played about 15 SNES games as a kid.

  • Billy Blanks

    August 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    1- Donkey Kong Country 2
    2- The legend of Zelda: Link to the past
    3-SUper Castlevania 4
    4- Super Mario World
    5- Actraiser
    6- SIm CIty
    7- Secret Of Mana
    8- TMNT :Turtels in time
    9- Super Mario RPG
    10- Super Mario Kart ( Tied with F-zero)

    Note: SOme games did not make my top 10, as i did not have them as a kid. This is a list of what were my favorites, that i had as a kid.
    These games include:
    FF3 (6)
    Chrono Trigger
    Seiken Denetsu 3 ( secret of mana 2, only in Japan)

    Super Metroid ( shame i never had this as a kid)

    Also games that i loved, but didnt make my top ten:

    Super star wars (trilogy)
    Super Adventure Island
    Mario Paint.
    Star Fox

  • DarioXX

    August 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    1 Castlevania 4
    2 TMNT: turtles in time
    3 Super mario rpg
    4 Zelda link to the past
    5 Donkey kong country 2
    5 Super mario all-stars
    6 Super mario world
    7 Mortal kombat 2
    8 Donkey kong country
    9 Return of the jedi
    10 yoshi island

  • Elyjaah

    August 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    No Earthbound? :c

  • Chrono

    August 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    1. Chrono Trigger
    2. Donkey Kong Country
    3. FF3
    4. International Super Star Soccer Deluxe (c’mon people!)
    5. Mario kart
    6. Top gear 2 (or 3000 maybe)
    7. Ultimate MK 3
    8. NBA JAM Tournament edition
    9. Sunset riders
    10. Super Soccer (it was great for it’s time, but then came ISSS deluxe which was so much better).

    i see my list is notoriously different than everyone else’s, i feel proud \o/
    Many multiplayer games too :)

  • Chaser Neos

    August 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve played the SNES a long time ago and I can recall four games that I played a lot: Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter II Turbo Hyper Edition and The Great Circus Mystery staring Mickey and Minnie, which was actually better than it sounds.

  • Aaron1375

    August 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Ten SNES games I enjoyed in no particular order:

    Final Fantasy II
    Final Fantasy III
    Secret of Mana
    Super Castlevania IV
    Breath of Fire II
    Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Super Metroid
    Chrono Trigger
    Street Fighter II
    Lufia and the fortress of Doom

    Suffice to say, my love affair of RPGs started with the SNES.

  • Sarabeam

    August 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This is a hard list for me, I loved super nintendo, I am slowly rebuilding my library on Wii Virtual Console out of what’s available… I wish I still had my SNES.

    1 Secret of Mana

    2 Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    3 Final Fantasy III

    4 Super Mario Kart. I used to play it my dad a lot lol, so many memories

    5 Super Metroid

    6 Chrono Trigger Discovered late sadly, missed out on it when it was new.

    7 Super Mario World

    8 Illusion of Gaia

    9 Yoshi’s Island

    10 Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars

    Putting them in order is hard let alone choosing only 10. Putting secret of mana for me at the top is kind of wierd I guess it was not as flawless in design as chrono trigger or link to the past, but it’s charm left an impression that influenced me my whole life as an artist.

  • oscuro

    August 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Good list but I would change a few of them. Its hard to get only 10 since snes had so many top games. I do agree with your top 6.

    1. Zelda: A Link to the Past

    2. Super Metroid

    3. Super Castlevania 4

    4. Final Fantasy 3

    5. Chrono Trigger

    6. Donkey Kong Country/2/3

    7. Super Mario World / all mario games – all stars

    8. ogre battle – changed

    9. mega man x – changed

    10. Star Fox

  • oscuro

    August 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Any top 10 without final fantasy 3, super metroid, or chrono trigger in it is basically just invalid and wrong. These are easily some of the best games ever made even to this day. I think super ghouls and ghosts is also a top game and there are lots of others I always liked lost vikings it had great music and humor.

  • Zihq

    August 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome list, although my list would contain a lot more RPGs. Lufia 2 and Final Fantasy 4 at least, and also Seiken densetsu 3 (secret of mana 2, only fan translation available I think..?). Star Fox would be nowhere, and Mega Man X (all of them) would make an appearance.

    Still, good choices by James. Link to the Past a very predictable number 1, but well deserved. I could’ve guessed most of the games on this list just by having watched all your videos, and that’s just good.

  • culwin

    August 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    My list:
    All the RPGs

    I never understood the love for DKC.

  • August 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    As a youngin’, I’ve never played a single SNES game in my life, so I can’t make a list :(

    But I personally would love to hear your thoughts on FF3 (FF6) since it’s a common fan favorite among the hard core FF fans, and the protagonist and antagonist are fairly interesting characters (There are games with a good main character (ex. Yuri from Tales of Vesperia, and there are games with a good villain (ex. Bioshock), but there’s rarely a game that has both a good main character AND a good villain. FF3 appears to meet those expectations in the fans’ eyes).

    Do you think maybe you could make a video where you go into detail on why you like certain games on your list? (Like, maybe the ones that aren’t that predictable, or are interesting choices like FF3 or Chrono Trigger)

  • Corcky

    August 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    James, if you haven’t played Seiken Densetsu 3 yet you reallyyyy should. It is my favorite snes game and definitely one of my top 5 games of all time.

    Your list does look similar to mine. Good taste in gaming! One Question though… what would the Angry Video Game Nerds top 10 be? :)

  • Nintendomaniac

    August 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid are not only the 2 best games on the SNES, but I believe them to be 2 of the best video games ever made. They are both flawless games in my opinion. That is why the SNES is my favorite system, as many of the games on it are my favorite games of all time.

    This is my personal top 10 list. Pretty similar to yours:

    1. Super Metroid
    2. Chrono Trigger
    3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    4. Secret of Mana
    5. Super Castlevania IV
    6. Final Fantasy III
    7. Donkey Kong Country 2
    8. TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
    9. Super Mario RPG
    10. Mega Man X

  • binaryfruit

    August 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    @Zihq:
    I thought I was the only one that knew Seiken Densetsu 3 existed. It’s probably got my #1, and Star Ocean, another awesome rpg that never made it out of Japan, would be #2. Then we have most of the other games already mentioned.

  • megavolt67

    August 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    1. Super Metroid (the best sidescroller of all time)
    2. Final Fantasy VI (still the greatest RPG ever made)
    3. Ogre Battle
    4. Donkey Kong Country 2
    5. Earthbound
    6. Chrono Trigger
    7. Shin Megami Tensei 2
    8. Breath of Fire 2
    9. Mystic Ark
    10. Super Mario RPG

    I know, it’s RPG-heavy. Can’t be helped. Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2 are two of the most well-designed games ever made. It takes that level of quality to put them in the mix with the SNESs ridiculously good RPG library. Zelda doesn’t quite make my top ten, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone who ranks it higher than I do. The game doesn’t have any real flaws. It’s just very difficult to limit this to ten.

  • DarthVidar

    August 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

    1. The Legend Of Zelda.
    2. Super Metroid
    3. Secret Of Mana
    4. Final Fantasy VI
    5. Super Mario World
    6. Mario Kart
    7. Super Castlevania IV
    8. Yoshi’s Island
    9. Plok!
    10. Chrono Trigger

  • RadGravity

    August 19, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Great list, but I would have to add The Legend of the Mystical Ninja by Konami in there.

  • weird al

    August 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

    1. Earthbound
    2. Final Fantasy VI
    3. Super Mario World
    4. Super Mario RPG
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2
    6. Super Metroid
    7. Super Mario World 2:Yoshi’s Island
    8. Chrono Trigger
    9. Tetris Attack
    10. Donkey Kong Country

  • culwin

    August 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Where is Atari 5200 games!

  • BlueBomber

    August 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    To everyone asking why EarthBound isn’t on there; if you go the AVGN tab and click “Game Collection”, you will find out that James doesn’t own EB.

  • clashkid83

    August 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Super Castlevania 4
    Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    Final Fight
    Act Raiser
    Sunset Riders
    Contra 3 Alien Wars
    Super Turrican
    A Link to the Past
    Turtles In Time
    Super mario Bros. Allstars/ Super Mario World

  • s1y1n1

    August 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Isn’t it redundant to say “My Top 10 Favorite”? Why not simply say “My Top 10″?

  • CaptainHeel

    August 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    1-Lufia II Rise of the Sinistrals
    2-Live-a-Live
    3-Final Fantasy V
    4-Terranigma
    5-Soul Blazer
    6-Final Fantasy IV
    7-Chrono Trigger
    8-Breath of Fire II
    9-Zelda A Link to the Past
    10-Megaman X2

    After number 2 it changes everyday so… But as you can see, I’m more a RPG guy…

  • 19Szabolcs91

    August 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Mine would be much less varied, but here it is.

    1: Final Fantasy 6
    2: Final Fantasy 5
    3: Final Fantasy 4
    4: Zelda: A Link to the Past
    5: Super Mario World
    6: Yoshi’s Island
    7: Super Castlevania 4
    8: Donkey Kong Country 2
    9: Super metroid
    10: Donkey Kong Country 3

  • s3e2gxa

    August 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    f-zero kinda sux.

  • MisterE

    August 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    good list, i agree with lots of it, including the order. the only things i disagree with-
    it kind of blows my mind that super mario kart isn’t on there. probably the best 2 player game on the system, even over street fighter 2 (which should also be on the list at least before f-zero), because mario kart had a more basic appeal and lots of people just weren’t good at or didn’t like fighting games. so if you had friends like that, you could probably at least get them to play mario kart.
    also, i think i would put star fox higher up myself, because for me, it actually gave me more challenge than ANY of those games on that list. more white knuckle adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment than any of the others BY FAR. if you actually manage to play all through that game without the black hole/warp, on the 3rd, most difficult path, and beat it…
    you are basically a JEDI.
    i did it at least once, if not a few times, but couldn’t ever do it consistently and i played the crap out of that game. but when you get to andross on that path, and beat him the first time, then he turns into the demon, and you busted ass to get that far and that happens and you already beat the game before and didn’t see him do that, and he does it and you’re like ‘OH SHIT’.
    that was so… just unspeakably incredible and badass. you seriously had to be in THE ZONE to even get to experience that.

  • MisterE

    August 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    yeah but i agree with the guy who commented before my last one, f-zero really kind of sucks. no 2 player battle mode, and single player just never seemed fun to me. it seriously really literally boggles my mind how someone could put f-zero above mario kart. the mario kart series only went downhill from that first entry, but the snes mario kart was probably one of the best 2player games ever. the fun you could have screwing over your buddy in that game was just tops, and there was nothing like an epic comeback in battle mode when you lose 2 ballons without taking one of theirs, then come back to get all 3 and win. fzero had none of that.

  • Krister

    August 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    1. Donkey Kong Country 2
    2. Kirby’s Dream Course
    3. Mega Man X
    4. Super Metroid
    5. Yoshi’s Island
    6. Castlevania: Dracula X (I haven’t played Super Castlevania 4..)
    7. Super Mario Allstar

    … These are the games I loved and still play. I loved Super Mario world back in the days, but I haven’t felt like playing the game since them.. for some reason, and that’s why I can’t put it on my list. Peace!

  • viJilance

    August 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    NO MEGAMAN X? WHAT THE SHIT?

    1.) Mega Man X2
    2.) Final Fantasy 6
    3.) Breath of Fire 2
    4.) Chrono Trigger
    5.) Final Fantasy 4
    6.) Super Metroid
    7.) Mario RPG
    8.) Mario world 2: Yoshi’s island
    9.) Link to the Past
    10.) Lost Vikings

  • OldBlackModel

    August 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    roseanne pogs > snes

  • Sencilia

    August 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    My fave SNES game of all time is Secret of Mana, followed by Secret of Evermore.

  • ForeverbladeB18

    August 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    1. Zelda: a Link to the past

    2.Super Mario World

    3.Super Punch-Out

    4.Donkey Kong Country

    5.Donkey Kong Country 2

    6.Donkey Kong Country 3

    7.Super Mario RPG

    8.Super Mario Kart

    9.Spider-man:The Animated Series

    10.Zombies ate my Neighbors

  • dragontamer272

    August 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Oh man, this one is too easy for me since I grew up with this console.

    #1: Mega Man X
    #2: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    #3: Super Castlevania IV
    #4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
    #5: Contra III: The Alien Wars
    #6: U.N. Squadron
    #7: Super Mario All-Stars (I know it’s only the first 4 NES titles that have been 16-Bit enhanced, but I can’t pass this one up)
    #8: Demon’s Crest
    #9: Super Star Wars
    #10: Gradius III

  • swampdragon

    August 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. Super Metroid
    3. Mega Man X
    4. Super Mario World
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
    6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    7. Chrono Trigger
    8. Super Punch Out
    9. Donkey Kong Country
    10. Super Mario RPG

  • August 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

    James James James you got it wrong! This is the Ultimate list:
    1. Chrono Trigger (best game EVER, period)
    2. Final Fantasy III
    3. Zelda Link to the Past
    4. Super Mario World
    5. Wild Guns
    6. Star Fox
    7. Super Metroid
    8. Megaman X2
    9. Super Punch Out
    10. Sunset Riders
    11. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    I agree with whoever said F-Zero ‘kinda sucks’. I just never understood why everyone liked it so much although it was cool sorta for the time.

  • iressivor

    August 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    1. Breath of Fire II

    2. Final Fantasy III

    3. Final Fight

    4. Super Castlevania IV

    5. Saturday Night Slam Masters

    6. Mega Man X

    7. King of Dragons

    8. Turtles in Time

    9. A Link to the Past

    10. ActRaiser

  • Bilge Rat

    August 21, 2012 at 1:13 am

    1) Super Mario Kart
    2) Final Fantasy ii
    2) Final Fantasy iii
    4) A link to the Past
    5) Street Fighter ii Turbo
    6) Super Mario World
    7) King of Dragons
    8) Killer Instinct
    9) Turtles IV
    10) Super Metroid

  • August 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

    A top ten is very difficult for me. I’m sure there are games out there that I never got a chance to play, it was quite rare I got to buy new games but I’ll list what I think is a good list for my favorite SNES games.

    1. TLOZ: LTTP
    2. FFIV (Son is named Cain after this game)
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Super Mario RPG
    5. FFVI
    6. Super Mario World
    7. Secret of Evermore
    8. Secret of Mana
    9. Breath of Fire II
    10. Yoshi’s Island

  • Darth Godzilla

    August 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

    We used to play Mortal Kombat 2 for money good times.

  • dazzsheil

    August 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hmmmm,

    1- Final Fantasy VI
    2- A Link to the Past
    3- Super Probotector (Contra III)
    4- Super Castlevania IV
    5- Super Metroid
    6- Super Mario All-Stars plus Super Mario World
    7- DKC
    8- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
    9- Super Street Fighter II
    10-F-Zero/Starwing/Final Fantasy IV

  • thecorduroysuit

    August 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    My Personal Top 10

    1). Earthbound
    2). Secret of Mana
    3). Link to the Past
    4). Shadowrun
    5). Super Mario RPG
    6). Smash TV
    7). Super Star Wars Trilogy
    8). Chrono Trigger
    9). Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    10). Terranigma

  • August 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Super Mario World
    Donkey Kong Country
    Super Mario Kart
    F-Zero
    Super Metroid
    Contra III: The Alien Wars
    Super Castlevania IV
    Gradius III
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    Batman Returns
    Super Double Dragon
    Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
    Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter
    Super Star Wars Trilogy
    Indiana Jones: Greatest Adventures
    Wild Guns

  • Retro-Boy

    August 22, 2012 at 3:08 am

    My top 20 SNES games would have to be…

    1. Chrono Trigger
    2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    3. Final Fantasy VI
    4. Super Metroid
    5. Super Mario World
    6. EarthBound
    7. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
    8. Street Fighter II
    9. Super Mario Kart
    10. Final Fantasy IV

    Games that got close to my top 10 are Super Castlevania IV, Turtles in Time, Secret of Mana, Star Fox and Final Fantasy V. The SNES is easily the greatest video game console of all time.

  • panbacca

    August 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    It’s not a definitive list (regarding order), but it’s pretty close. More or less my 10 favorite games in no particular order except #1.

    1. Final Fantasy II (IV)
    2. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    3. Shadowrun
    4. Secret of Mana
    5. Final Fantasy III (VI)
    6. Super Metroid
    7. Super Castlevania IV
    8. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
    9. Rock ‘n Roll Racing
    10. Act Raiser

    There are dozens of others that I held in high regard, but these are mostly my favorites.

    As a testament to how much I absolutely love FInal Fantasy II, I have played it every single year for the past 20 years. Each year, I must play it all the way through. I have been faithful to this for two decades, and each time I enjoy it more and more.

  • Vulcan Assassin

    August 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I am very surprised to not see much mention of EarthBound here. I would just list that game on all 10 spots.

  • CuttingEdge3078

    August 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Hey James could u do your top 10 favorite PS1,N64,Saturn,Gameboy,GBA,Gamecube,Wii,PS2,etc?

  • Xhanoth

    August 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve always been curious what your favorite games were, thanks for sharing them James! Mine differ slightly, but your list is full of stellar games.

    1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. Tales of Phantasia
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Final Fantasy 3 (vi)
    5. Super Metroid
    6. Super Mario RPG
    7. Mega Man X
    8. Secret of Mana
    9. Super Mario World
    10. Donkey Kong Country 2

    It’s interesting to note how it is rare to have a game on someone’s top ten list that doesn’t have an outstanding musical score. I think it’s both because a game where more effort was put into the music will, likely, also have more effort put into the game in general, but also because we form positive memories of the game they are attached to, and later drawn draw greater nostalgia from them.

    Honorable Mention: Tetris Attack

  • JinZanmato

    August 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

    1. Donkey Kong Country 2

    2. Yoshi’s Island

    3. Super Castlevania IV

    4. Killer Instinct

    5. Donkey Kong Country

    6. Mortal Kombat II

    7. Turtles In Time

    8. Rock ‘n Roll Racing

    9. Super Double Dragon

    10. Super Star Wars Trilogy

  • Ultima_Ness

    August 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    1.The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past
    2.Super Bomberman 5
    3.Rock N Roll Racing
    4.Pocky And Rocky 2
    5.Gokujou Parodius
    6.Final Fantasy V
    7.King Of Monsters 2
    8.Super Castlevania IV
    9.Biker Mice From Mars
    10.Metal Warriors

  • Veritas Fighter

    August 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    an SNES list with no Secret of Mana is poop. A top video games of all time list without Secret of Mana would be poop. This is not my subjective opinion but an objective truth

  • prequarius

    August 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I agree with veritas fighter, the secret of mana game was wonderful and entertaining. It was a combination of a Zelda game and an RPG, include multiplayer, and you’ve got a great game on hand. Possibly one of my all time favorite games. The sequels never came close. They did look pretty, but played horribly.

  • Mr. Saturn

    August 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

    1. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. EarthBound
    3. Super Metroid
    4. Super Mario World
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
    6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    7. Mega Man X2
    8. Chrono Trigger
    9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
    10. Mortal Kombat II

  • August 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

    1. WWF Raw (Yes, an LJN game is my fav SNES game of all time!)
    2. Super Castlevania IV
    3. Donkey Kong Country
    4. Killer Instinct
    5. Contra III: The Alien Wars
    6. TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
    7. Super Metroid
    8. F-Zero
    9. Super Punch-Out!
    10. Final Fight 2

    Runner-Ups: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Mortal Kombat II, Super Mario World/All-Stars Cartrdige

  • pro

    August 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    go here to get all the SNES games for free….. http://progameroms.com/supernintendo/SuperNintendo.html

  • EK123

    August 26, 2012 at 3:59 am

    1. Earthbound
    2. Super Mario World
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Zelda Link to the Past
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2
    6. Donkey Kong Country
    7. Super Metroid
    8. Super Castlevania
    9. Yoshi’s Island
    10. Donkey Kong Country 3

  • thetaboosun

    August 27, 2012 at 2:08 am

    For me its:

    1) Final Fantasy 3 (6, whatever)
    2) Metal Combat: Falcon’s Revenge
    3) Chrono Trigger
    4) Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    5) Megaman X2
    6) Megaman X
    7) The Secret of Mana
    8) Super Mario World
    9) Super Metroid
    10) Contra III: The Alien Wars

  • bottler0cket

    August 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Nice list, but you forgot FFIV :(

    1. Final Fantasy IV
    2. Final Fantasy VI
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Super Metroid
    5. Zelda 3
    6. Mario RPG
    7. Donkey Kong Country 2
    8. Donkey Kong Country
    9. Secret of Mana
    10. Earthbound

    If I could count the Japanese only games, I’d have to make room for Seiken Densetsu 3, Final Fantasy V, Dragon Quest V and VI, Fire Emblem 3, 4, and 5, and Treasure of the Rudras.

  • Ash

    August 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

    What IS it about the Super Nintendo? I don’t think I’m alone in saying nostalgia has NOTHING to do with my love for this console. Its not something from my childhood that I’ve rediscovered. Since I got one, aged 10 (back in 1994) it has always been hooked up in my home and played regularly. Even today. Especially today!

    Picking my top 10 games is like Sophie’s Choice:

    1. Yoshi’s Island

    2. Donkey Kong Country 2

    3. Street Fighter Alpha 2

    4. Tetris Attack

    5. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    6. Super Mario World

    7. Final Fantasy 6

    8. Chrono Trigger

    9. Donkey Kong Country 3

    10. Super Metroid

  • Low on Health

    August 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Is an N64 list on its way?

    1. Earthbound

    2. A Link to the Past

    3. Super Metroid

    4. Yoshi’s Island

    5. Star Fox

    6. Donkey Kong Country

    7. F-Zero

    8. Super Mario World

    9. Lester the Unlikely

    10. Super Mario RPG

  • Crust

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    1. Link to the Past
    2. Final Fantasy 2
    3. Super Metroid
    4. Star Fox
    5. Street Fighter 2
    6. Super Castlevania 4
    7. Actraiser
    8. Super Star Wars
    9. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    10. Chrono Trigger

  • August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

    1.Megaman X3
    2.Chrono Trigger
    3.Star Ocean (translated rom)((sue me))
    4.Secret of Mana
    5.Super Metroid
    6.Super Castlevania IV
    7.Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
    8.Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
    9.Harvest Moon
    10.Final Fantasy III

    Runner ups: Ninja Gaiden Trilogy, Mario RPG, Breath of Fire series, I could go on all day on good snes games :)

  • gabriot

    August 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    1 and 2 Tie (both 10 out of 10s): Zelda and Chrono Trigger
    3. Super Mario RPG
    4. Mega Man X
    5. Street Fighter 2
    6. Sunset Riders
    7. FF6
    8. Ogre Battle
    9. TMNT Tournament Fighter
    10. Sim City

  • gabriot

    September 1, 2012 at 3:35 am

    honorable mention: Tecmo Basketball

  • lesiid

    September 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite Snes games :

    1- Zelda : A link to the past
    2- Super metroid
    3- Donkey kong country 2
    4- Supert mario world 2 : yoshi island
    5- Illusion of Gaïa
    6- TNNT : Turtles in time
    7- Super Mario World
    8- Donkey Kong country
    9 – Aladdin
    10- Sim City

  • September 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I never had a SNES growing up, so I missed out on a lot of good SNES games… I’ve had one for probably 3 or 4 years now, and I’ll make a list I suppose:

    1. Super Metroid
    2. Mega Man X
    3. Earthbound
    4. Final Fantasy 3
    5. Super Mario World
    6. Super Mario Kart
    7. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    8. Mega Man 7
    9. Chrono Trigger
    10. Super Mario All-Stars
    10.
    7.

  • mikemonmouth

    September 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    1 super mario world

    2 street fighter 2

    3 tmnt turtles in time

    4 a link to the past

    5 donkey kong country

    6 super metroid

    7 super castlevania 4

    8 zombies ate my neighbors

    9 megaman x

    10 aladdin

  • Alex-

    September 6, 2012 at 2:13 am

    1. F1 Pole Position
    2. Out Of This World
    3. E.V.O.
    4. Super Mario Kart
    5. Sim City
    6. Super Mario World
    7. Link To The Past
    8. Donkey Kong Country
    9. Mario Paint
    10. Megaman X

  • Newblood77

    September 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    1. Terranigma
    2. Harvest Moon
    3. Mortal Kombat II
    4. Final Fantasy V
    5. Chrono Trigger
    6. Donkey Kong country 3
    7. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    8. Super Mario Kart
    9. Super Mario World
    10. Super Mario Allstars

  • Gaia666

    September 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    1. Illusion of Gaia (Illusion of Time).
    2. Chrono Trigger.
    3. Knights of The Round.
    4. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
    5. Killer Instinct.
    6. Secret of Mana.
    7. The Legend of The Mystical Ninja.
    8. Super R-Type.
    9. Sunset Riders.
    10. Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle.

  • loinis

    September 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    1. Final Fantasy 3
    2. Final Fantasy 2
    3. Secret of Mana
    4. Chrono Trigger
    5. Link to the Past
    6. Super Metroid
    7. Mario World
    8. Mario Kart
    9. Mega Man X
    10. Sim City

  • TheFartking90

    September 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    1. Super Metroid
    2. Super Castlevania IV
    3. Zelda A Link To The Past
    4. Mega Man X
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2
    6. Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
    7. ActRaiser
    8. Street Fighter II
    9. Starwing (Starfox in North America)
    10. Terranigma

  • September 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    1. Wayne’s World
    2. Revolution X
    3. Home Improvement
    4. Batman Forever
    5. BallZ 3D
    6. Pitfighter
    7. Madden series
    8. The tick
    9. Scooby doo mysteries
    10. American gladiators

  • Early Gamer

    September 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    My Top 10 SNES:
    1. Donkey Kong Country

    2. Super Mario World

    3. Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World

    4. F-Zero

    5. Super Mario Kart

    6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest

    7. Super Castlevania IV

    8. Super Metroid

    9. Mega Man X

    10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  • MegaManMan1987

    September 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Too many to name..
    1. Mega Man X
    2. Mega Man X3
    3. Street Fighter 2
    4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    5. Super Metroid
    6. Super Mario World
    7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    8. Donkey Kong Country
    9. Bubsy
    10. Yoshi’s Island

  • distaulod

    September 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

    1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World
    3. Super Punch Out
    4. F-Zero
    5. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
    6. Gradius III, STG, UN Squadron take your pick
    7. Street Fighter II Hyper Edition
    8. Yoshi’s Island
    9. Bomberman (Although Genesis version was better, forgot it on my list)
    10. Super Contra

  • 8BitSoul

    September 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    1. Super Metroid
    2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    3. Donkey Kong Country
    4. Super Mario World
    5. Mega Man X
    6. Final Fantasy VI
    7. Yoshi’s Island
    8. Super Castlevania IV
    9. TMNT: Turtles in Time
    10. Killer Instinct

  • frankfartmouth

    September 13, 2012 at 3:43 am

    1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. Final Fantasy II
    3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    4. Super Metroid
    5. Chrono Trigger
    6. Donkey Kong Country
    7. Earthbound
    8. Super Mario World
    9. Mortal Kombat 3
    10. Super Castlevania IV

  • Batmat01

    September 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    1.Batman Returns
    2.Super Mario All Stars
    3.The Adventures of Batman and Robin
    4.Alien VS Predator
    5.The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
    6.Donkey Kong Country
    7.Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
    8.Super Mario World
    9.Judge Dredd
    10.Mortal Kombat

  • zgamer007

    September 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    My Top 10 SNES games would be:

    1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    2. Super Mario World
    3. Super Castlevania IV
    4. NBA Jam T.E.
    5. Secret of Evermore
    6. B.O.B.
    7. Legend of the Mystical Ninja
    8. Contra III: The Alien Wars
    9. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
    10. Zombies Ate My Neighbors

  • September 25, 2012 at 1:04 am

    1. Demon’s Crest
    2. Mega Man X
    3. Super Metroid
    4. Secret of Mana
    5. TLOZ: A Link to the Past
    6. The Adventures of Batman & Robin
    7. Sunsetriders (Best SNES Port ever)
    8. Super Punch-Out!!
    9. Street Fighter II Turbo
    10. International Superstar Soccer

  • September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    My Top 10 SNES Games:

    1. Super Mario World
    2. Donkey Kong Country
    3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time
    4. Super Matroid
    5. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
    6. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
    7. Aero Fighters
    8. Goof Troop
    9. Sunset Riders
    10. Mortal Kombat II

  • elirox904

    October 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Well, here’s my list.
    Rules:
    1 per series
    Japan-exclusive games count

    1. Chrono Trigger (Greatest game evar made; plain and simple, end of story.)
    2. Final Fantasy 6
    3. Megaman X
    4. Clock Tower (Very underrated Japan-exclusive masterpiece)
    5. Earthbound
    6. Killer Instinct (I’m ashamed I put it this high, but it holds a great deal of nostalgia for me)
    7. Dragon Quest 5 (The DS version isn’t Japan-exclusive, but sadly this version is. Also, it’s the best DQ game.)
    8. Super Metroid
    9. Link to the Past
    10. Breath of Fire 2

  • Kurosawa

    October 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

    So little mention for Secret of Mana ?

  • November 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    1: Megaman X
    2: Sunset Riders port
    3: DKC2
    4: FF3/6
    5: Super Mario World 2 (Yoshi’s Island)
    6: TMNT 4
    7: Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (Yes,it counts.)
    8: Mega Man 7 (AVGN should review it. =D)
    9: Super Return of the Jedi
    10: Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers
    None of these are ordered,except for MMX and Sunset Riders.

  • Rabbit Bodyguard

    December 7, 2012 at 2:01 am

    1. Super Castlevania IV
    2. Super Metroid
    3. Mega Man X
    4. Mega Man 7
    5. TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
    6. Final Fantasy V
    7. Super Mario All Stars: Plus World
    8. Super Bomberman 5
    9. Demon’s Crest
    10. Legend of Mystical Ninja

  • CardiacNutsack

    March 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    It’s my not-so-humble opinion that Link To the Past should be on everybody’s list.

  • July 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    1.Batman Returns
    2.Super Mario All Stars
    3.Super Mario World
    4.The Adventures of Batman and Robin
    5.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles in Time
    6.Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
    7.Donkey Kong Country
    8.Mortal Kombat
    9.Judge Dredd
    10.The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  • October 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

    No Super Mario RPG??

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