40. Shadowrun (SNES)

Shadowrun (SNES)Shadowrun (SNES)
Publisher: Data East / Developer: Beam Software
Release Date: 1st Nov 1993 (USA) / 28th Jul 1994 (UK/EU)

There are some things about the controls that irritate and visually Shadowrun lacks polish but for the most part the game is challenging fun, with atmospheric music, interesting characters and a gripping narrative that makes each play through an absolute joy. Perhaps the only disappointing thing is that the ending mentions ‘Shadowrun II’ and whilst games based on the license appeared on the Mega Drive, Mega CD and Xbox 360, sadly none were the much-deserved sequel to this.

39. Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)

Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 30th Mar 2009 (USA) / 20th Mar 2009 (UK/EU)

It's Punch-Out!! with more colour, more character, 16-bit visuals and the same timing-based gameplay that's made every entry in this series a pleasure to revisit. The arcade original is also available on Switch as part of Hamster's Arcade Archives line, and Super Punch-Out!! comes as part of the Nintendo Switch Online collection, so it's easy to get your hands on these days. Which is nice, because it's up there with the finest games on the system.

38. NBA Jam (SNES)

Publisher: Acclaim / Developer: Midway
Release Date: 4th Apr 1994 (USA) / 10th Mar 1996 (UK/EU)

With fast-paced, addictive gameplay, a catchy musical score and graphics that are still easy on the eyes today, NBA Jam has certainly aged well and stands as the definitive basketball game of its generation. Although there were many sequels that tweaked the formula with extra bells and whistles, none exceeded the original in core gameplay quality.

37. The Lost Vikings (SNES)

The Lost Vikings (SNES)The Lost Vikings (SNES)
Publisher: Interplay / Developer: Silicon & Synapse
Release Date: 14th Aug 1992 (USA) / 28th Oct 1993 (UK/EU)

This puzzle-platformer has you taking control of three Vikings (Baleog, Erik and Olaf) was they try to change their status from lost to found. The Lost Vikings subsequently appeared on various systems, but it started out on SNES and it's a top quality production with great animation, tight controls and a good dose of humour.

36. Tetris Attack (SNES)

Tetris Attack (SNES)Tetris Attack (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: 1st Aug 1996 (USA) / 28th Nov 1996 (UK/EU)

The Tetris branding was a misnomer here; a pure marketing strategy to give this wonderful puzzler a leg up in the West. Panel de Pon is a cracking puzzle game that doesn't resemble Tetris in the slightest and if you've never played it before, you're in for a real treat. It's so incredibly addictive that Capcom's Shinji Mikami had to ban the game while his team was developing the original Resident Evil. As recommendations go, that's not a bad one.

If you've somehow misplaced your original cart (how very careless), you can check it out most easily on Switch, although you won't find Tetris Attack anywhere on the menu screen of your Nintendo Switch online Super NES app. It's listed under its Japanese title, almost certainly due to Nintendo not wanting to pay The Tetris Company in order to use the name again.

35. SimCity (SNES)

SimCity (SNES)SimCity (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 29th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

An incredibly charming port of a huge experience, SimCity is one of the best value-for-money propositions in the 16-bit console's library, potentially offering months and months of gameplay. If you're looking for something that offers long-term challenge and will tax your brain, then you really should track this down. Action fans are obviously going to be disappointed by the lack of instant gratification, but if you're after a title that will challenge your grey matter then this is it.

34. Harvest Moon (SNES)

Harvest Moon (SNES)Harvest Moon (SNES)
Publisher: Natsume / Developer: Natsume
Release Date: 11th Feb 2008 (USA) / 4th Jan 2008 (UK/EU)

Harvest Moon's brand of wholesome fun is uniquely appealing, and for the most part it's a well-constructed, addictive simulation with huge spadefuls of charm. The SNES edition is a superb starting point for Natsume's series, and it's still one of the stronger entries in the franchise even today.

33. Illusion of Gaia (SNES)

Illusion of Gaia (SNES)Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Quintet
Release Date: 1st Sep 1994 (USA) / 27th Apr 1995 (UK/EU)

Although not as close to perfection as its two brothers (Soul Blazer and the later Terranigma), it's not hard to see why Nintendo themselves published Illusion of Gaia (or 'Time' in Europe) outside Japan. It still manages to be one of the most entertaining action RPGs available on the SNES, and a fitting second game in the trilogy.

32. ActRaiser (SNES)

ActRaiser (SNES)ActRaiser (SNES)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Quintet
Release Date: 28th May 2007 (USA) / 13th Apr 2007 (UK/EU)

Combining an overhead 'god' mode with some side-on, sword-swinging, platforming goodness, ActRaiser wraps put two distinct styles of gameplay with an incredible score by Yuzo Koshiro (you may have noticed that we're quite partial to his tunes around these parts). In isolation, the component gameplay parts perhaps don't hold up as well as they might have, but taken as a whole with its brilliant soundtrack, Quintet's game is unmissable.

31. Super Bomberman (SNES)

Super Bomberman (SNES)Super Bomberman (SNES)
Publisher: Hudson Soft / Developer: Hudson Soft
Release Date: 10th May 1993 (USA)

One of Hudson's many Bomberman series, 1993's Super Bomberman was a hoot with up to three friends and a Super Multitap. There's an argument that says the more, the merrier when it comes to Bomberman multiplayer, but this first effort on the SNES (the first of five, of which we saw three in the West) nails the basics beautifully.