40. Shadowrun (SNES)
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.
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.
38. F-Zero (SNES)
F-Zero was an incredible template on which its sublime successors were modelled, and for that we shall forever be thankful. That's not to say the original isn't a gem in its own right — it's a racing classic that feels fast and tight to this day — but its lack of multiplayer tends to put it behind its sequels, at least in our minds. Still, this remains a thrilling 16-bit ride, and as the only entry in the series currently available on Switch, we're more than happy to fire it up again whenever the notion takes us.
37. SimCity (SNES)
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.
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.
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.
34. NBA Jam (SNES)
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.
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.
32. ActRaiser (SNES)
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.
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.