SNES Hub Top 200 Super Nintendo Games

SNES Hub top 200 Super Nintendo games

 

Author: Masamune

Humans seem to have this knack for wanting to rank things, other people, and even themselves.  So it should be no surprise then that SNES Hub would want to rank what Super Nintendo games are best. Sure, lots of other sites have done a best-of list for the Super NES before, so what would make this one any different? Well as far as I know, no one else has attempted to rank the top 200 SNES games. Furthermore,  I guarantee the top 3 games won’t be the obligatory Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, and Chrono Trigger.

Though the title says top 200 games, please don’t take this as a definitive list. There are far too many fantastic games for the Super Nintendo/ Super Famicom to accurately pinpoint the best 200 of them. Even now I’m still finding out about superb titles I never knew existed. The Super NES is truly is an “endless ocean of quality” as one special person so elegantly put it. Instead, consider this ranking as a road map to finding games that may suit your preferences.

The idea for this sprang up a little over three years ago in our forum by one of the staff writers. Perhaps he was inspired by the 150 Must-Play SNES Experiences thread. Next a poll was created and people from SNES Hub, DigitalPress, NintendoAge, GameFaqs, Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook were invited to vote and then discuss the games in the forum. Poll participation was very good with 4,479 total votes and 238 individual voters. Consequently, 305 games were represented.

Now that we collected the games for contention, how on earth were we to rank them? I didn’t want the rankings to be a straight up popularity contest with the usual suspects at the top. Looking at the poll, I could see Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger and Donkey Kong Country were the top 4. Not only is that highly predictable, but are those really the very best games on the system? Therefore the poll would only be one component of the final score.

In total I created 4 weighted components to determine the rankings:

  • The Poll -Represents 50% of the final score. This ranking is about what us gamers with all our varied taste and experiences believe are the best games. It’s only right this portion represents the most weight.

 

  • SNES Hub Rating – Represents 15% of the final score. It’s called the SNES Hub top 200, so it’s fitting reviews for the site are put into the equation. The writers here are well versed on the system, so it’s almost like they are putting their gaming knowledge into the results when their reviews are taken in account. I also penalized any games in the poll that received a one star review.

 

  • My Top Games – Represents 15% of the final score. I ordered all the games I have played from the poll listing into my own top games list. These would be tabulated into the final score.

 

  • Japanese / European exclusive – Represents 20% of the final score. This is the trump card. A lot of the better games were either Japanese or European only, and might not make it very far in a ranking like this. Therefore I decided to give them a boost by adding this criteria to the equation. This also ensures some solid obscure titles gets some limelight.

Once the final scores were meted out, any games that were tied were decided by Gamefaqs ratings. If the titles were still tied after that, I used the SNES Hub reader rating to break the tie. And if games were still tied, then they remained tied.

So without further ado, drumroll please! ( You can click on the title for a gameplay video)

200. Final Fight 3
199. Pocky & Rocky 2
198. Super Empire Strikes Back
197. Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
196. Joe and Mac
195. NHL 94
194. Rock N’ Roll Racing
193. Mario Paint
192. Super Bomberman
191. The Lost Vikings
190. Earthworm Jim 2
189. Shadowrun
188. Pilotwings
187. E.V.O.: Search for Eden
186. Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals
185. NHLPA ’93
184. Secret of Evermore
183. Final Fight 2
182. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
181. Super Star Wars
180. Saturday Night Slam Masters
179. Final Fantasy II (IV in Japan)
178. NCAA Football
177. BioMetal
176. Super Valis IV
175. Indiana Jone’s Greatest Adventures
174. Cool Spot
173. Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow
172. Super Street Fighter II
171. Super Smash TV
170. Plok
169. Bust-A-Move
168. Super R-Type
167. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
166. Final Fight
165. Arkanoid: Doh it Again
164. Kirby’s Dream Course
163. FIFA International Soccer
162. NBA Hangtme
161. NCAA Basketball
160. Breath of Fire
159. Ms. Pacman
158. Top Gear 2
157. Firepower 2000
156. Mega Man 7
155. The Adventures of Batman and Robin
154. Super Turrican
153. Battletoads and Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team
152. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
151. King of Dragons
150. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
149. Top Gear
148. Out of This World
147. Tetris and Dr.Mario
146. Mega Man X3
145. Uniracers
144. Earthworm Jim
143. Mortal Kombat II
142. Goof Troop
141. Sparkster
140. Congo’s Caper
139. Batman Returns
138. Ardy Lightfoot
137. Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run
136. Samurai Shodown
135. Super Tennis
134. Demon’s Crest
133. Sunset Riders
132. Sid Meier’s Civilization
131. SkyBlazer
130. Gradius III
129. Tecmo Super Bowl
128. Castlevania: Dracula X
127. Tetris Attack
126. Harvest Moon
125. U.N. Squadron
124. Stunt Race FX
123. SimCity
122. Tiny Toon Adventures Present’s: Buster Busts Loose
121. Knights of the Round
120. Kirby’s Dream Land 3
119. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
118. DinoCity
117. Kendo Rage
116. The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
115. R-Type III: The Third Lightning
114. Wild Guns
113. The Lion King
112. Axelay
111. Breath of Fire II
110. Legend of the Mystical Ninja
109. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
108. Actraiser
107. Killer Instinct
106. F-Zero
105. Jelly Boy
104. (Tied) Psycho Dream
104. (Tied) Super Dropzone
102. Wrecking Crew ’98
101. Super Pinball II: Amazing Odyssey
100. Asterix and Obelix
99. Xandra’s Big Adventure  (Xandra no Daibōken: Valkyrie to no Deai)
98. Flying Hero
97. Cosmo Gang: The Video
96. Kirby’s Star Stacker
95. Super Variable Geo
94. Hebereke’s Popoitto
93. Go Go Ackman 3
92. Astro Go! Go!
91. Godzilla: Monster War
90. Go Go Ackman 2
89. (Tied) Go Go Ackman
89. (Tied) Radical Dreamers
89. (Tied) Sanrio World Smash Ball
86. (Tied) Iron Commando
86. (Tied) Twin Bee Rainbow Bell Adventure
84. Ghost Sweeper Mikami
83. Cotton 100%: Marchen Adventure
82. Kishin Douji Zenki: Rettou Raiden
81. Battle Mobile
80. Far East of Eden
79. Treasure Hunter G
78. Magical Drop 2
77. Famicom Detective Club Part 2
76. (Tied) Super Bomberman 4
76. (Tied) Super Bomberman 5
74. Der Langrisser
73. Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
72. Gunman’s Proof
71. Mickey’s Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland
70. Gokujou Parodius
69. Front Mission: Gun Hazard
68. Mega Man and Bass
67. Super Fire Pro Wresting X Premium
66. Super Bonk 2
65. Sutte Hakkun
64. Aladdin
63. Cho Aniki Bakuretsu Ranta Hen
62. The Violinist of Hameln
61. Wonder Project J
60. Tales of Phantasia
59. NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
58. Worms
57. R2: Rendering Ranger
56. Marvelous: Another Treasure Island
55. Mario Super Picross
54. Live A Live
53. King of Demons
52. Pocky & Rocky
51. Pop ‘N Twinbee
50. Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius
49. Doremi Fantasy
48. Bahamut Lagoon
47. Fire Emblem: Genalogy of the Holy War
46. Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie
45. Mega Man X2
44. Kirby Super Star
43. Umihara Kawase
42. Zombie Ate my Neighbors
41. Gundam Wing: Endless Duel
40. Front Mission
39. Star Ocean
38. Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
37. Spanky’s Quest
36. Super Castlevania IV
35. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
34. Secret of Mana
33. Earthbound
32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
31. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
30. Parodius Da!
29. SoulBlazer
28. Super Metroid
27. Final Fantasy V
26. Donkey Kong Country
25. Super Back to the Future II
24. Mario and Wario
23. Street Fighter II Turbo
22. Contra III: The Alien Wars
21. Jaki Crush
20. Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka (Kunio’s Jailbreak)
19. Illusion of Gaia
18. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
17. Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan)
16. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
15. Star Fox
14. Super Punch-Out!!
13. Super Puyo Puyo Tsuu Remix
12. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story
11. Chrono Trigger
10. Super Mario World
9. Super Mario All-Stars
8. Clock Tower
7. Mega Man X
6. Undercover Cops
5. Super Mario Kart
4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. The Firemen
2. Secret of Mana 2
1. Terranigma

And here are some honorable mentions:

Prehistorik Man

Ninja Warriors

The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

New Horizons: Uncharted Waters

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 4: Wall of Fire

Blackthorne

Prince of Persia

Sonic Blast Man 2

Return of Double Dragon

Brandish 2: The Planet Buster

Tae Kwon Do

So there you have it! Agree or disagree? Post your comment below or in the forum post! Youtube video coming soon!

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This website was born out of my passion for the old Super NES system. There's so many SNES games out there that no one knows about or have forgotten. In time, all of the games will come to light and this site will become a beacon for all SNES gamers out there. Stay tuned!

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