Update: Now includes Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!, The Ignition Factor, Super Valis IV and Tuff E Nuff which will be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers in the West from 18th December 2020.
Remember, this list evolves as users rate the games within, so head to the game profiles and rate them out of 10 if you'd like to see the rankings below alter.
The library of SNES games available on Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service currently stands at 39 titles. While it may have a way to go to match the 56 NES games on the service, there are still plenty of SNES gems to enjoy on Switch.
But which of the SNES offerings are the best? Well, we asked Nintendo Life readers to rate the available SNES games on Switch, too, using our User Rating system. The time has come to reveal the results!
The following list is compiled using the ratings (out of 10) given to each game in our database. It should be noted, however, that this list is not set in stone and will automatically change over time, reflecting the changing ratings (and new additions to the NSO library). If you look below and see a game you think deserves to be higher up, click on the 'Profile' button and score it yourself - your personal rating could boost its placement in the overall ranking.
So, sit back and enjoy the best SNES games available on Nintendo Switch Online...
Despite having all the right ingredients, Jaleco's Brawl Brothers fails to serve up a tasty slice of beat 'em up action. It's not the worst game in the world at all, it just underwhelms in practically every area. With unsatisfying controls and bland design, it's a tough recommendation for anyone except, perhaps, genre completionists.
A port of Human's Super Formation Soccer, Super Soccer puts the camera behind the goal and follows you up and down the pitch, showing off the console's fancy sprite-scaling Mode 7 effects in the process. It's not a bad game, but running towards the screen feels a little awkward and there are better 16-bit soccer titles out there.
In multiplayer, Natsume Championship Wrestling is a passably diverting game, but in the pantheon of wrestling titles, it's not one of the all-time greats. Wrestling fans may find something to like, but you'd do well to avoid playing this one alone - CPU opponents are boringly predictable and things get dull fast.
Also known as Operation Logic Bomb: The Ultimate Search & Destroy, Jaleco's sequel to the Fortified Zone titles on the Game Boy is a decent top-down romp that sees you gunning down enemies with a variety of futuristic weaponry. It's pretty short and certainly not complex, but if you're in the market for a solid blast of Smash TV-style 16-bit gameplay, you could do a lot worse. With expectations set sufficiently low, this could be provide a surprisingly fun hour or two.
Mediocre. Is there a more damning adjective in the English language? It's the perfect word to describe Super E.D.F., though. This Jaleco shooter doesn't do wrong enough to elicit strong negative emotions, but its uninspiring presentation and mechanics do almost nothing to get your adrenaline pumping, either. Much like Brawl Brothers, it's not offensive, just unimaginative. Very... mediocre.
Smash Tennis and Super Tennis have us split here at Nintendo Life, with our favourite 16-bit SNES tennis game switching sides like a ball across a court. Prior to its inclusion in the Nintendo Switch Online lineup, this wasn't available in North America, so many players won't have nostalgia for it, but in many ways it gives the Nintendo-published game a run for its money. We'd recommend giving both a go on centre court and seeing which one work best for you.
Jaleco's The Peace Keepers is the final entry in the Rushing Beat trilogy which includes Rival Turf! and Brawl Brothers. This unspectacular beat 'em up takes place in the grim, distant, corporation-run future of 2015 and sees you taking to the mean streets and generally dealing out pain to deserving goons.
It's not as action-packed as the minor cult classic The Firemen, but The Ignition Factor relishes in being one of very few fairly realistic firefighting games. It might have a bit of an unorthodox gameplay style, but you'll be sucked in before you know it trying to clear each of the game's standard eight stages and trying to unlock the bonus level.
A surprisingly solid fighter in the Street Fighter II mould, perhaps Tuff E Nuff's biggest issue is that it's not Street Fighter II. Then again, perhaps its biggest issue is an awful western name (it's known as Dead Dance in Japan), or its ghastly North American box art. We think — we think — this game might have been made in the early '90s.
Known as Joe & Mac 3: Lost in the Tropics in Europe, this is a good-looking 2D (and 2-player) platformer that's worth investigating if you've never encountered Joe and/or Mac in your video gaming travels. You won't be missing much if you never get around to it, but there's certainly an afternoon's worth of action platforming fun to be had from it.
A powerful serving of 16-bit 2-player net sport, Super Tennis lives up to its name; it is super. As with the best sports games, it's simple enough to pick up and play, but there's plenty of depth to uncover, and a satisfying campaign mode to enjoy if you don't have a partner to play with.
While you might find the framerate hard to stomach these days, the solid design beneath the ageing facade makes this ambitious 3D racer a fun vehicle to take for a spin. What Stunt Race FX lacks in looks and performance it makes up for with personality, and there's plenty of fun to be had in nailing those corners and shaving seconds off your lap times. It's well worth revisiting, or sampling if you've never had the pleasure.