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I don’t have a SNES, but I’ve been interested in the system for a long time. If I were to get one, what games would you recommend? Any favorites? Hidden Gems?

(Yes; I copied this from my NES thread. In truth I’m just trying to get these forums started.)

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My favorite game on the system is Super Aleste (Space Megaforce outside Japan) but the SFC version is way cheaper and works with NA SNES (my console has the tabs broken off).

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My top five are (alphabetically):

Super Castlevania IV
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past

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ActRaiser

Contra III

Demon's Crest

Donkey Kong Country

Final Fantasy IV/V/VI

Gradius III

Hagane

Link to the Past

Mega Man X

Secret of Mana

Skyblazer

Sonic Wings

Soul Blazer/Illusion of Gaia/Terranigma

Super Aleste (Space Megaforce)

Super Castlevania IV

Super Mario World

Super Metroid

Turtles in Time

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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I go back and forward between what I consider my favorite games let alone system console wise and the NES and SNES often is left undecided.  In more recent years, I think it's the indie influence, it's the SNES because a lot of them seem to parrot more of the color and audio limits of the 16bit era and SNES in particular, but also a lot of those old classics have slowly eeked back out between GBA re-releases and then game makers reissuing those titles on mobile formats.  The SNES hit this unique level of quality in the early half of the 90s no one on a dedicated console matched and was so ahead of its competition the quality still doesn't feel aged out.

 

Over the last decade, more so the first half I increased a base of SNES games from what I had into a huge larger pool of stuff, but in time it hit me I'd rather just stick mostly with what I know and what I had to begin with anyway and kept that.  I keep a game list, and it'll pig things out a bit here, but I'm going to paste it, all 55 titles.  I can strongly recommend almost every last one of these, perhaps not Ultraman, it's nostalgic cheese because I liked the rubber monster series it was based on and playing as such and not like SF2 does make it fun. :)

 

As it's a person list I'm not going to edit anything like CI, CB, or CIB means I have more than the cart, ignore it.

- Act Raiser (CI)
- Castlevania: Dracula X (CI)
- Chrono Trigger
- Contra III The Alien Wars
- Disney's Aladdin
- Donkey Kong Country (CI)
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (CB)
- Doom
- EarthBound w/Guide

- Final Fantasy II (CI+Map)
- Final Fantasy III (CI+Map)

- Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (CI+Map)
- Final Fight
- Final Fight 2
- Final Fight 3

- F-Zero (CI)
- Gradius III (CI)
- Indiana Jones Greatest Adventures (CI)
- Joe & Mac
- Killer Instinct
- The King of Dragons
- Kirby Super Star

- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Legend of the Mystical Ninja
(CI)

- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (CI+Maps)
- The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
- Mario Paint (Complete, No styrofoam tray)
- Mega Man X (CI)
- Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
- Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

- Pilotwings (CI)
- Secret of Mana (CI+Map)

- Sim City (CI)
- Soul Blazer (CI+Map)
- Space Megaforce

- Star Fox (CI)
- Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Bridge Simulator (CI)
- Street Fighter II (CI)
- Street Fighter Alpha 2 (CI)
- Sunset Riders
Super Castlevania IV (CI)
- Super Gameboy ('Big Box' CIB w/Super Gameboy Guide)

- Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts (CI)
- Super Mario All-Stars (CI)
- Super Mario Kart (CI)
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (CI)
- Super Mario World (CI)
- Super Metroid III (CI)
- Super Punch-Out!! (CI)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (CI)
- Ultraman

- U.N. Squadron
- Ys III: Wanderer's From Ys

- Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2

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I agree with everyone!   I mean there's just so many...

 

I'd get an SD2SNES Everdrive, and I Fully recommend Analogue's Super NT (Hi-Def SNES)...

 

Then, to mention some that haven't been mentioned,   Breath of Fire is a fun RPG, but if you don't like grinding and wandering, you might not like it as much as I do...(I haven't played part 2 but assume it is fun also,  I just still want to finish Part 1 first).

 

And while hardly favorite, I liked Dragon's Lair because it was a Dragon's Lair themed playable platformer, not an unplayable mess with Amazing Graphics (like the original), so you might want to check it out.

 

Another that I nostalgically like is Cool World (Remember the movie?).  I recommend it mainly for graphics (atmospheric backgrounds and strangeness, I guess)  and music, some of which I consider very inventive and unique...Even if gameplay is strange.  It falls into that category of not being like everything else, and unlike most people when I think of music on the SNES, I think of Cool World.

 

Another RPG (Dungeon Crawler) that I never hear mentioned is Arcana.

 

Then there's Equinox (sequel to Solstice)...

 

And a hidden gem I tell everyone about.  The Super Famicom had a sequel to none other than Alien Crush and Devil's Crush (Evil Pinball games) and it was called Jaki Crush.  I can't recommend it enough!

 

 

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@GoldLeader I never knew about Jaki Crush! I have the PC Engine games, they're great and some of the few pinball games I own, but now I'll have to track down this, too!

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On 12/27/2020 at 2:56 PM, DragonGrafx-16 said:

oop

 

Wasn't it called ZOOP?

 

Haha...yeah I crack myself up! 

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While not on SNES, it's PC actually, Demon's Tilt came out I think about a year ago and it's a spiritual sequel to Alien and Devil Crush/Crash on the PCE/TG which would also make it to Jaki Crush as well, the author as much said so was the intent on developing the game.  I think it's on a 1/2 off special right now if it hasn't expired (on steam.)

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I have heard that Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is excellent and extremely difficult, so I will get around to playing that eventually. It's also relatively rare and expensive, as it was distributed through Nintendo Power flash carts before getting an extremely small print run of normal cartridges. There's also Super R-Type and R-Type III, both of which can be had on their official reprint compilation cart from Retro-Bit. I have the US version, which obviously will not fit in my SFC, but it works in the Super Nt and it's a very nice cart overall. Both games run super slowly, but they are still good games. Tales of Phantasia is also an interesting game, even if it's made basically irrelevant due to its own remakes, but it's the largest SFC game ever made, I believe, and it is still fun to play if you don't mind that it has a more restrictive battle system than almost everything that came after.

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On 12/31/2020 at 3:55 AM, Rhomaios said:

@GoldLeader I never knew about Jaki Crush! I have the PC Engine games, they're great and some of the few pinball games I own, but now I'll have to track down this, too!

 

Me neither and Dragons Fury on the Megadrive is one of my favourite games of all time!  Thank you @GoldLeader, I'm going to look out the SNES image now.

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Yeah you really can't go wrong with the SNES as it's harder to find bad games over all the awesome software released. Just to mention a few that no one has yet because we all know about the must buys.

 

Secret of Evermore - Action RPG i just love it and played through so many times.

Sim City 2000 - Different from the first however really good once used to it.

NHL 97 - 97 is my personally favorite although some like others. Either way these are really fun even if you're not into sports.

NBA JAM TE - Well who doesn't like NBA JAM.

Mortal Kombat 2 - Possibly the best home console port (especially at the time)

Mortal Kombat 3 - You either love it or hate it as a MK fan although without question one the best ports.

Top Gear 2 - Really good 16bit racer where you can upgrade your engines.

Nigel Mansells F1 - If you don't mind F1 games this is a blast and must have

Lamborghini - Very fun 16bit racer where you can call bet against opponents - upgrades - rivals and much more

Test Drive The Duel - Yep im going to mention this one - Personally i think it's great but it's very hard and takes alot of practice.

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