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Slowdive

I thought it might be a good idea to create a Super NES-dedicated thread, since there isn't any at the time of writing this message body.

Let us talk about everything related to the glorious Super NES. This console is ranked very high in my all-time favorites.

What are/were your favorite games?
Did you like the sample-based sound compared to the synth one in the Genesis/Mega Drive?
What are you memories related to the Super NES?
When did you first play a Super NES game?
Did you like me, play a lot of games in stores?
Did you let the boxart influence your purchasing decision?
Did you, like me, drool over magazines with articles about Japanese games (that never made it to the West, most of the time lol)?
Did you get a Super NES Classic Edition/Mini?

Request to moderators: Please make this a "sticky thread" like the other threads dedicated to classic Nintendo hardware.

Edited on by Slowdive

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TheFrenchiestFry

SNES is definitely among the top 3 best consoles of all time. I'd put it at a solid S tier next to the first two PlayStations.

Personal favorite games from that platform are Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Super Metroid and Super Castlevania IV.

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Shadowthrone

The SNES was my glory days of gaming when I was a kid. I was 10 when it came out. I had an NES before that, but the SNES was the machine for me. I was reading previews for it in Nintendo Power all the way up to its launch, at which time I couldn't get one (I had started saving the little bit of birthday money, chore money and such but wasn't ready at launch). I did rent one for a weekend and that only made it worse that i didn't own one. It wasn't long before I did have enough and I bought it shortly before Xmas. I couldn't afford any games for it though, but when Xmas hit I was given Zelda. That game was so amazing to 10 year old me. And it just grew from there. I eventually amassed a large collection over the years, everything from Zelda to Contra to Actraiser to Star Fox and so on...

For the most part, I preferred the sound on the SNES to the Genesis. There were a few games that the synth sound worked better, but the SNES was better in most. Like I don't think some of the music in Sonic (especially Sonic 3+K) would have sounded as good on the SNES. I wasn't too caught up in the console war, though I remember it vividly. A friend of mine had a Genesis and we would swap systems for a weekend every now and again, so we'd both get the best of both worlds.

A lot of my best memories are playing with friends. It was such a couch play system. Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat II (I had every move for every character memorized), Mario Kart, Turtles in Time, Bomberman, Contra 3, NBA Jam and even stuff like Smash TV. It rivals the n64 for my memories of couch play with friends.

I have a lot of memories of single player games too, which is also my part of favourites list. Super Metroid is the end all, be all game for that system to me. An absolute masterpiece. I loved (and still do) that game. Another one I'll single out here is Mega Man X. I played Mega Man a lot on the NES. He was cartoony and fun. The SNES got Mega Man X and it felt at the time that he grew up, as I was growing up. This new, bigger more badass Mega Man. I just remember that for some reason seeing him for the first time in Nintendo Power.
Anyway, besides the multiplayer, games I played repeatedly solo were Super Metroid, Mario World, Zelda, Mega Man X, Actraiser, Final Fantasy 2 and 3 (4 and 6 to those not from that era), DKC 1&2, Star Fox, Contra 3, Castlevania IV, Mario All Stars, Mario Paint. I mean, the list could go on and on. I was young, too young to work, not old enough for an abundance of school work or girlfriend, so I spent a lot of time playing these awesome games (though, I must say, during the next gen, the school work suffered due in part to games and the job I got in high school only served to fund n64 games and the girlfriend didn't really hinder the game time too much lol).

Boxart never influenced me. And it's a good thing or I never would have played Mega Man lol. The screenshots in Nintendo Power and EGM sure did, though.

I never did get an SNES mini. Wasn't much point. I still have my old SNES I bought myself at 10 years old and the games I had. Plus there's quite a few available either on the Switch or Wii U/3DS.
The SNES was a significant part of my childhood and I still hold it in high esteem as one of the best consoles that not only Nintendo put out, but of all time.

Shadowthrone

Snatcher

@Shadowthrone Omg I'm not reading all that but I can see you love nintendo vary much.

Snatcher

Xyphon22

I grew up with the NES and have owned every Nintendo home console, and the SNES is easily my least favorite. Every major series (Mario, Zelda, Metroid) the SNES game is either near the bottom or my absolute least favorite in the series. That said, Chrono Trigger is my second favorite game ever, after the original Zelda, so there is at least one redeeming quality. I did get the SNES Mini in order to play the games I never did as a kid because I don't think I really played too much on it (never played Super Metroid until the Wii VC, for example).

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MarioLover92

The SNES was the first console I ever played, plus my dad had one by the time I was born. We had games like Super Mario World, F-Zero, Super Mario All-Stars, Yoshi's Island, and the Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Oh, and a few sports games since my dad was especially huge into baseball and hockey back in the 90s, lol. So it's no wonder that I have a ton of nostalgia for it. I did get an SNES Classic, as well.

All the games I've mentioned already (well, except for the sports games since I was trash at them and I never was into sports to begin with) were some of my favorites back then, and I still enjoy them today. My other favorites include Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Tetris Attack (aka Panel de Pon). There were even some games that I didn't get to play until much later, like Mega Man X, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Contra III, and Wild Guns. (By the way, Wild Guns is AWESOME - definitely one of the most underrated SNES classics.) Seriously...this is a treasure trove of excellent games, so I would consider the SNES to be my favorite console ever.

I think I was around 4 or 5 when I first played it - Super Mario All-Stars was likely the first game I ever played. I also remember finishing SMB3 for the first time way later, when I was 12 - that was via SMAS. That was pretty exciting, especially since SMB3 can get pretty tough at points!

As for the sound, yeah I'd say I like the SNES's sound more in most cases. There's a ton of music on the SNES that I really like, like the OSTs from F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, the DKC trilogy, etc. But if done right, the Genesis can have some really awesome tunes. Not just in the Sonic games, but also in games like the Streets of Rage series, Revenge of Shinobi, Thunder Force IV, and Gunstar Heroes. So there's a lot of Genesis games that have amazing music, as well.

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Slowdive

When the Super NES was released I wasn't even that interested in it to be honest. Was still deep into NES (and Game Boy) territory at the time, and was still flabbergasted after the completion of the greatness called Super Mario Bros. 3.

Didn't like Super Mario World when I first saw it in stores. It looked like a little child's game compared to Super Mario Bros. 3. In retrospect, it was very short-sighted. Anyway, it wasn't until the second half of 1992 that the Super NES became an appealing platform for me with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II, Super R-Type, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Probotector: Alien Rebels making their way on it. It was a golden era for a lot of Japanese developers, that's for sure.

It was the first platform I imported games for, and renting US and Japanese games introduced me to franchises and titles I'm fan of to this day. Probably will create and post a list of the games I used to own and regret I didn't get my hands on.

You can take me out of the '90s, but not the '90s out of me.

1UP_MARIO

I love Mario world but the best thing about the Super Nintendo was street fighter 2.

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Azuris

I absolutly love my Super Nintendo.
Have about 70 Games for it
I also can recommend the SD2SNES or FX Pack or how its called now, to experience some Games with new CD quality Music is really great or to be able to play ROM Hacks or even the Satallaview Games.

  • Love the look of the Console (Pal/Jp) and the Controller.
  • The Sound and Music
  • Well crafted Plattformer and RPGs
  • Games that feel more like actually Games to play at Home and not Arcade Games that try to get your Money
  • Super Gameboy

I've bought a Megadrive two Years ago, Phantasy Star IV, Streets of Rage 1-3, Light Crusader, Rolling Thunder 2... are so great Games, but there are to many "pure" Arcade Ports for my Taste.
Also many Games used that awful Sound/Music Libary that was around.
The 3-Button Controller is also better imo that the smaller 6 Button.
The wireless 6 Button from 8Bitdo is awsome.

My first Experiences with Games where on the Commodore 64 and you can really tell that the Quality of Games in Design and Controls where so much better on Super Nintendo.
Even as a Kid you know what ***** Games are, even if you don't know any other System and can't name whats wrong.
I've tried so many Times to like Ninja Turtles on the C64, but it was crap.
And than came Turtles in Time
So i'm getting the Curve now to my Favourites (letting Nintendo Titles out):
Turtles in Time
Parodius
Mystical Ninja
Terranigma
Street Fighter 2

The most awful Games i have:
Lion King
Hulk
Smurfs

I'm sure i am forgetting enough Stuff and Games

Azuris

sdelfin

SNES is actually much lower on my list of mainstream consoles. It's not that I think it's a bad machine. It's not. I've experienced more disappointment from what are typically considered the top games on the system. On other systems, I can usually trust the recommendations of the best games, but on the SNES, they either don't suit my tastes or they have what I consider to be deal-breaking flaws. For example, I really like the side-scrolling portions of Contra 3, but I can't stand the overhead sections of it. The same thing happened with Axelay, as I don't like the vertical portions. Castlevania 4 was very boring for me, while I loved Rondo of Blood on PC Engine, and Bloodlines on Genesis/Mega Drive.

With that said, I do like the SNES, but I had to look deeper for games I thoroughly enjoy. Some of my favorites include: Ninja Warriors Again, Pocky & Rocky 1 and 2, Macross Scrambled Valkyrie, and Mazinger Z. I also had great experiences with Super Fire Pro Wrestling X, which was amazing, but has been surpassed by later entries, but that remains a great memory and my first import game. Regarding the sound, I prefer the Sega Genesis. I've always loved good FM sound. Sample-based sound can be excellent, but I think the cartridge sizes of the time, especially during the early days of the SNES, really limited what the SNES could do as there are many games with low-quality, muffled and over-processed samples. The SNES also had a tiny amount of audio RAM for samples, because memory was still expensive in those days. It's an approach that worked better in theory than in practice in the context of its time. If it wasn't for memory restrictions, it could have done so much more, as we can see now.

sdelfin

Tendo64

Super Nintendo was my first home console so it holds special memories for me.

Received it as a birthday gift from my parents when I was a kid... the Super Mario All-Stars pack (remember the box with the awesome artwork?) with the console and the All-Stars game, along with the Batman Returns game which they'd obviously bought separately.

All-Stars is All-Stars and is a staple classic, but Batman Returns remains one of my favourite ever video games across any of the consoles. A classic beat-em-up and I still get joy from playing it all these years later. That same day when I saw my grandparents for my birthday, they gave me Super Star Wars which was brilliant. I really was one very lucky kid, that day at least.

Birthdays and Christmases would roll around and I'd often receive a new game. I remember getting Super Mario Kart one Xmas which was pretty special, or for example, UN Squadron for another birthday from my mother which I loved, and I built up quite a collection over time through the Super Nintendo's run, which I still have today.

I'd also save up any little money I had as a kid to get the next game as well, and it was always a thrill heading to get a new game. But the let down was huge if you bought something that really sucked - like when I bought the Batman Forever game.

Also used to rent them pretty regularly on weekends, where a lot of discovering was done. Plenty of hits and misses in both buying or renting in those days with no internet to look a game up or view gameplay on YouTube, and most of the choosing was done by the box art. But we learnt that appealing box art to a child does not always equal a good game... that time I rented 'Mario is Missing' a case in point here, or 'Dracula', or The Blues Brothers, for example. But we rented plenty of classics along the way, and I'd end up owning most of them.

Favourite games? Where do I begin? Aside from those already mentioned, there are just so many - Super Metroid, DK Country series, Super Mario World, Super Punch-Out, F-Zero, ClayFighter, Aguri Suzuki's F1 Super Driving, just such a wide library to choose from.

Some of the worst in my collection apart from those already mentioned... Joe and Mac was total crap I thought, as was Casper.

As mentioned, I rented some really terrible ones along the way, but outside of that, I also played some terrible ones at times as well... not sure how it was where everyone else grew up, but back in the day a few of the family-friendly pub bistros here would have children's playgrounds but also Super Nintendos set up in the room, all in a line to play. The controllers were always greasy as all hell (how gross), and it was secured down for obvious reasons, with just enough room to get your hands around it to play, but it still made it difficult nonetheless.

What stood out the most however was the craptacular games they'd always have running each time you visited...it was basically either Toy Story or The Lion King, occasionally I'd come across Aladdin. All totally rubbish, and I often thanked my lucky stars for the good games I could later go home to.

In terms of jealousy of overseas releases? We never got Super Mario RPG here. I did however play it once I bought the SNES mini back in 2017.

So many memories.

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Zeldafan79

Super Nintendo still is my favorite game system of all time! So many awesome platformers like super mario world, the DKC games, Yoshi's Island etc! Let's not forget the huge variety of classic RPG's like Secret of mana, Mario RPG, Chrono trigger, FFVI and so on! The Nes was cool but Snes was on a whole different level of awesome! It's a system that no matter how old it gets i never really stopped playing it. Now i have a modded snes classic mini with basically every game i ever loved and some i never played before on it and it's glorious! The 16-bit generation is the one i will always cherish more than any other. Back then developers put everything they had into making the most wonderful games! It was a gaming renaissance!

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Azuris

@Zeldafan79
It is possible to say, they had the Ressources and Experience to make what on the NES was good on the SNES a Master Piece

Azuris

Zeldafan79

@Azuris
What i meant was games back then were made by people who weren't just trying to get their paycheck. They had commitment, despite the lack of technology we have today they wanted to make the best games possible. Now it's all half ass releases that later have to be patched or a bunch of overpriced DLC and microtransactions. there's no heart.

Zeldafan79

Azuris

@Zeldafan79
Yep, indeed, you are right with that
Many Games went out without Optimization, just because there are Ressources.
Back than they used every possible way to optimize Stuff to get our the best Result.

But there are exceptions, Doom Eternal for Example has insane Loading Times, because they optimized the Way it is comprimised and loading all the Stuff

Azuris

kerr9000

Zeldafan79 wrote:

@Azuris
What i meant was games back then were made by people who weren't just trying to get their paycheck.

I have written 150 SNES Reviews and turned a lot of them In to YouTube Videos and although the machine has some games clearly made with a lot of love I can think of a few stinkers I have reviewed that were clearly pushout just for paychecks there's no other way they could be that bad.

kerr9000

Azuris

@kerr9000
I know what you mean
I've made a List with all my Games and tried to rate'em.

The lowest Score got:
Batman Forever
Lion King
Hulk
Smurfs
Jurassic Park
Gods
Simpsons - Barts Nightmare
We're back - A Dinosaur Story

Most of them suffer from bad Game Design, but i would say some of them are intented to have that bad Design (Smurfs, Lion King).
Batman forever, Simpsons Barts Nightmare and Hulk seem like they had no Idea how to manage it to the Point that it brings Joy.

Azuris

Zuljaras

On my SNES mini I have put ALL of those games. I consider them the best and probably I do not need any others for the system

LONG LIST WARNING!!!

Alien vs. Predator
Contra III - The Alien Wars
Final Fight
Final Fight 2
Final Fight 3
Killer Instinct
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat 3
Super Bomberman
Super Bomberman 2
Super Bomberman 3
Super Double Dragon
Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers
The King of Dragons
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Eye of the Beholder
Another World
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire II
Chrono Trigger
Civilization
Final Fantasy - Mystic Quest
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Gods
Might and Magic II - Gates to Another World
Might and Magic III - Isles of Terra
Skyblazer
Super Metroid
The 7th Saga
Ys III - Wanderers from Ys
Aladdin
The Addams Family
The Addams Family - Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt
The Flintstones - The Treasure of Sierra Madrock
Tiny Toon Adventures - Buster Busts Loose!
Batman Returns
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Spider-Man
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge
Spider-Man & Venom - Maximum Carnage
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles IV - Turtles in Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Tournament Fighters
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
ActRaiser
ActRaiser 2
Alien 3
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Castlevania - Dracula X
Demon's Crest
Doom
Super Castlevania IV
Super Ghouls'n Ghosts
Warlock
Wolfenstein 3D
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island
Super Mario World
Mega Man VII
Mega Man X
Mega Man X 2
Mega Man X 3

Zuljaras

Anti-Matter

Tiny Toons Wacky Sports Challenge was my childhood SNES game, back when i played with my cousins.
And it made by KONAMI.

The things i LOVE :
1. Dance Dance Revolution
2. Eurobeat songs
3. Japan
4. Six pack dudes
5. Cute Chibi looking
6. Boxing & Kickboxing
7. Girly games
8. Life simulation games
9. White & Blue colors
10. Anthro animals

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kerr9000

Azuris wrote:

@kerr9000
I know what you mean
I've made a List with all my Games and tried to rate'em.

The lowest Score got:
Batman Forever
Lion King
Hulk
Smurfs
Jurassic Park
Gods
Simpsons - Barts Nightmare
We're back - A Dinosaur Story

Most of them suffer from bad Game Design, but i would say some of them are intented to have that bad Design (Smurfs, Lion King).
Batman forever, Simpsons Barts Nightmare and Hulk seem like they had no Idea how to manage it to the Point that it brings Joy.

I have a bit of a soft spot for Barts Nightmare, I like the flying bit being bartman and the bartzilla bit I think the real issue with the game is the hub dream world and the fact its just super boring and everything centres around that... I have often wished someone would make a hack which just takes the hub world out so you go from level to level with no hub.

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