This was one of the first games for the great Super Nintendo. Actraiser is a very good game, very original. It's so well made that in some aspects it still competes with later SNES games. You're a god and your job is to rid the land from evil and spread life across the land. There are two modes: simulation mode and action mode. In action mode you run around as a knight, slashing away minions and fight a boss as you would in any regular platformer. You even gain a few nifty attack magic spells. In simulation mode you guide an angel to help your people develop the land and defend against monsters. Each simulation has an interesting story that slowly develops. Actraiser is one of those games you must play if you're a fan of SNES.
Thanks to the wonderful people over at AGTP, you can play a retranslated version of Actraiser. Like most US-released SNES games, Actraiser's story was heavily censored and the game's challenge was toned down. In this retranslated version, everything is 100% uncut and the original true challenge is restored.
Wow... it's just... wow. It's 100% loyal to animated Batman cartoon series. The soundtrack is awesome. The challenge is well balanced. It pushes the SNES to its limit! Aside from Yoshi's Island, I've never seen such heavy use of mode 7 special effects; it's incredible. My favorite song and favorite stage is the one with Catwoman. The way they have it really makes it seem like you're running across the rooftops of Gotham City's buildings. I love how they drew the backgrounds in all the stages. I highly recommend this game!
This game may give the impression that it's just one of those cutesy, kiddy platformers, but it's actually a pretty good cutesy, kiddy platformer. It has great graphics and animation. The way the game is put together makes it feel like you're playing a cartoon. Ardy's moves include using his magical tail as a spring to jump higher and tossing a blue creature. He can also use his magical tail to knock out enemies when he bounces on them. Some songs are catchy, too. This is one of those games you should play when you've already played all the good games and you want to try something that's a good representation of an SNES platformer.
AXELAYS KICKS ASS!! Seriously. Just look at those graphics! It has two types of levels: the typical side-scrolling style and a vertical imitation 3D style. Before you begin each level there are 3 categories you can select various weapons from: pod, side and bay. The beginning has a limited selection of weapons, but you eventually have more choices as you progress through the game. During a level you can switch between these three different types of weapons. What's interesting is that you don't die in one hit. Instead you lose the weapon you were using. So since you have three weapons - it's 3 strikes you're out. The music is pretty cool, too. If you're a fan of shooters then Axlely will likely become a favorite.
This seems more like a remake of the NES title rather than a sequel. But there is some new stuff to make it more interesting. Get ready for a challenge because this game is HARD. I remember the glory days of Battletoads when the NES title came out. Its amazing graphics and fun gameplay blew everyone away. However, this SNES version didn't seem to make too much of an impact during its release. The graphics of some stages are quite impressive! That checkerboard stage looks 3D!! The snake stage looks cool with those drop shadows. For the life of me, I can't beat that tube coaster stage! -_-;
This game is surprisingly addicting! And those Taito dragons are oh so cute! The point of Bust-A-Move is to get rid of all the bubbles on the screen, and you do that by joining together 3 or more bubbles of the same color. Some levels have special bubbles that help you get rid of bubbles faster like the fire bubble or the lightning bubble. There are two types of games you can play: puzzle mode and versus mod. In puzzle mode you just try get rid of all the bubbles before the roof falls on you. In versus mode where you "battle" against the computer or a second player. Actually, soon after I discovered this game, I discovered the Bust-A-Move arcade games, which are much better and even more irresistibly cute.
Eh, this game's okay. It's a remake of the Dracula X that came out for the PC-Engine Super CD 2 (the TurboGrafx16 with the CD-ROM add-on). This SNES version is a completely new game. At first glance it looks impressive with the nice graphics, but once getting into it you realize it just doesn't compare. It's missing all the awesome things that made the PCE-CD version a fantastic game. I don't understand why Konami did that. This SNES version is very much watered down. From the perspective of SNES platformers, this is a good game that I do recommend. However it's peanuts compared to the original. I have it covered in the TG16 section if you want to see screen shots from it.
Clock Tower was only released in Japan, but it's available in English thanks to fan translators. This game is actually suspenseful! Really! Can you believe an SNES game can freak you out? Clock Tower can! It's like a gory horror movie made into an SNES game. It's actually very similar to Phenomena (1985) with Jennifer Connelly. The premise is that you're one of several orphans who have been adopted by some guy who has a huge mansion. Something happens and you end up wandering around the spooky house all by yourself. You need to explore it and collect clues and various objects to progress deeper. Along the way you encounter scissor man at various points. You can't kill him; the only thing you can do is avoid him. It's scary when you encounter him. YES, it is scary! Clock Tower was very well made to be able to freak you out like that. You should play it in the dark with the speakers loud! I made the mistake of listening to it with earphones. See the screen shot with the bloody hands? It displays along with a loud scream! It made me jump and scream like a teenage girl at a boy band concert. Some parts of the mansion are haunted so expect to face more than just scissor man. The only thing I don't like about Clock Tower is that it's very short. You can beat it in less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, there are 6 different endings to give you some interesting replay value. What you do and what you see is crucial to be able to get a certain ending. The walkthroughs at GameFAQs will be able to help you there. But keep in mind, USING WALKTHROUGHS SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT. THEY WILL TOTALLY RUIN THE GAME FOR YOU. Oh and on more thing, don't forget to press “B” repeatedly whenever the girl's face flashes (that's “panic mode”).
Contra games are so great! This one is particularly amazing. Not only are the graphics awesome, it takes good advantage of the SNES's mode 7 graphics. The levels and monsters are so eerie-looking yet so awesome. You gain various weapons like homing missiles, flame throwers, machine guns, and more! You also have a couple bombs that blow up everything on the screen. It's entertaining from beginning to end--non-stop alien blastin action!
Cybernator is a mecha game, and an awesome one at that! The soundtrack and atmosphere makes it feel like a movie. You go on various missions to end a war against people who want the moon and what's left of Earth's oil. This game would've been cooler if you could use more than just one weapon. However, I still think Metal Warriors (the other SNES mecha game) is way better. I still recommend this game, though.
Yep, thanks to the wonderful people over at AGTP you can play a retranslated version of this game. It's got at least twice as much (if not more!) text to it, more characters, facial portraits for the speaking characters, and a scene that was completely deleted from the US version of the game. The video I have linked here compares this retranslation with the NA release. Oh, and “Assault Suits Valken” is the correctly translated name of Cybernator.
This is just another typical shooter. The graphics aren't as impressive as other SNES shooters. But despite that, it's still a pretty cool shooter and worth playing. As you can see in my screen shots, all the bosses and sub-bosses resemble fish. Yes, fish. That's just a thing of the Darius series. This game gets really fun when you upgrade your weapons to their highest level. Then you fight really big fish. Bigger fish, indeed.
Demon's Crest is, easily, my most favorite non-RPG EVER. Yes. Everything about it is awesome: graphics, animation, music, fun factor--all awesome to the extreme. You play as Capcom's famous gargoyle, Firebrand, and explore six fun-filled stages. Firebrand can gain up to four other different demon forms: stone demon, air demon, aqua demon, and super demon. There's also a 5th demon form who has the abilities of every demon, but it can only be gained by using a special password. Demon's Crest is sort of like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, but not as complex. Each stage is packed full of secret items and an alternate stage. These alternate stages are equipped with their own boss at the end, so this game really has 12 Stages! Some of the special items include scrolls and bottles. Firebrand can buy spells for the scrolls and healing potions for the bottles. This game is just too cool! I highly recommend it.
A great classic! It's a masterpiece! It rivals Yoshi's Island for the crown of 'best SNES platformer'. The graphics are crisp and gorgeous. Nintendo did a great job incorporating all the pre-rendered 3D. The music is phenomenal. The challenge is intense and well balanced. I highly recommend it!
Unlike part 2 where they poured an entire bottle of 'cuteness'; rather, they went to a wholesale store and bought a deluxe 12-bottle pack of cuteness and poured all that into this game. Plus they lowered the challenge even further. I think this game is awful. I only have it here for the sake of completion.
Doom wasn't the first FPS (first person shooter) to be entirely in 3D, but it was definitely the first popular one. And the fact that it was so violent and gory made it even more popular. As an early 3D game it was the first 3D game for many. Doom was ported over to many systems. The SNES on its own couldn't handle the rich 3D environments of Doom. This SNES port was made possible by a specially modified Super FX chip, called the Super FX(2). Your objective in Doom is to reach the exit. To do so you need to collect colored cards to open locked doors. Along the way you're picking up devastating weapons and blasting away at demons. Doom is a very fun game. The cool part is that it's the only 3D game on the SNES that gives you a sense of exploration. I also have the 32X version of Doom covered, which is visually the best port of Doom on a cart based system. Believe it or not, although the SNES version is the most watered down Doom of them all, it's actually the most complete port of Doom on a cart based system. It has the most enemies and the most stages.
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Earthworm Jim is a visually stunning cartoon style platformer starring a gun slinging earthworm. Although the atmosphere is cartoony, it's actually pretty dark and violent. It's refreshing since cartoony SNES games are usually bright and campy. Earthworm Jim was so popular that there was even a Saturday morning cartoon based off of it. The game's only drawback is that it's hard. Some of the stages are just impossible for the average gamer. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheats you can use.
The Super Nintendo's first street fighting game! I think its graphics are animation are pretty good for an early game. Some of its tunes are catchy, too. What makes Final Fight a really fun street fighting series is that you actually have more than just the typical punch and jump kick attack. You can choose between two playable characters: Cody and Haggar. Cody is a cool looking tough guy who can throw people. Haggar is the big guy who can do a kick ass pile driver.
The sequel to Final Fight! This has better graphics, better animation, and two new playable characters to choose from. One of those new characters is a foxy lady! Also, Chun Li from Street Fighter 2 makes a cameo appearance in the background of stage 1.
This third segment of Final Fight series will blow you away! The graphics and animation are top notch here. The soundtrack is awesome. The game is incredibly fun and the attacks are so cool! The new playable characters include a half-naked girl and a guy with hair that looks like ant antennas. That new guy, Dean, is really cool; he has some electricity based attacks.
Gon is definitely one of the most original games for the SNES. You guide a heavily animated midget t-rex who seeks revenge on animals & dinosaurs who bother him. It's hilarious how Gon gets so pissed and enters fits. Play around with the controls because Gon has a bunch of moves. There's no life meter so try to avoid too many hits. When his life is nearing game over, the music starts to get wild and Gon gets pissed. There is no dialogue and you follow the game through pictures, so the fact that it's a Japanese game isn't a issue and won't burden gameplay. Also, you should know that Gon is based on a comic mini series. It can be purchased from eBay. It also has an anime series.
This is definitely one of the best shooters for the SNES! It's the 3rd segment of Konami's famous shooter series. Gradius 1 & 2 was released for 8-bit consoles and classic computers. Gradius games have quite a unique weapon system. You collect power-ups like any other shooter, but you get to choose the weapons you want. The bottom of the screen shows you all the weapons and weapon upgrades you can power up to. As you upgrade your weapons you obtain up to four glowing orbs that follow you around, shooting with the same weapons and missiles as you are.
Gideon Zhi, the most active rom hacker/translator, blesses the classic gaming community with yet another quality translation: Gunman's Proof. It's an SNES game with Zelda 3's graphics & gameplay along with Earthbound's comedy. The theme is mainly Western but its also mixed with science fiction. You control a kid with a pistol who goes off to challenge a bunch of troublesome aliens who are wreaking havoc across the land. This game is really good!! The music ain't too shabby either. The graphics may look simplistic, but there's a lot of animation to go with them. If you love Zelda 3 and overhead platform games then Gunman's Proof is for you! You can snag the English patch from Gideon Zhi's website.
Hagane is practically an imitation of the mega popular Shinobi series, but a good imitation at that! Most particularly, it copied a lot from Shinobi 3 on the Genesis, mixed with the swordplay of Strider and Ninja Spirit on the TurboGrafx16. The graphics are gorgeous!! I love the art style of merging Japan's classic culture with futuristic machinery. In Hagane you're equipped with four different weapons that you can change at any time - a sword, shurikens, bombs, and a chain. You also have a screen clearing magical spell to help during the hairier moments. You can use the L and R shoulder buttons to do cool somersaults in either direction, to execute a whole number of cool attacks, including charge attacks, flying jump kicks, and a cool maneuver where you punch the ground and make flames fly out. It's an exciting game. There are tons of bosses and mini-bosses. Hagane is a really awesome game. I recommend it!
This is a really cool platformer! At first glance it might seem like one of those repetitive platformers, but this game isn't the case since each stage looks completely different from the previous one. Your arsenal of weapons includes Indy's trusty whip, a hand gun and a (limited) grenade (which blasts away all the enemies on the screen). At times you need to use the whip for swinging across pits. The soundtrack is made up of remakes of the movies' songs. One of the coolest parts of this game are the screen captures from the actual Indiana Jones movies that they show in-between stages. They're the best quality real life photos I've seen on the SNES! Some stages make use of the SNES's glorious mode 7 effects. For example, when you're being chased by the boulder, sliding down the mountain on the raft, riding the rail car through the lava cave and flying through the air in a biplane. Overall, I think this is a neat game to play if you're in the mood for a platformer based on a movie or just a good SNES platformer. Its detailed graphics, soundtrack and movie shots make me so in the mood to watch the movies.
• There's a part of the game I need to tell you about because it's easy to get stuck there. It's the palace in Temple of Doom. You need to walk into the statues to enter a different room. At some points you need grab a pot to jump over a statue because walking into it from the other side takes you into another room.
This is Rare's attempt to step away from the cutesy-ness of Donkey Kong Country to make a serious violent fighter. Play as 10 exciting pre-rendered 3D characters! If you're a fan of Street Fighter then you'll feel right at home with the controls/battle system. You can do combos, and your opponent can break your combos with a combo breaker. Rare did a great job developing this game! It's a high quality fighter.
This game is what you get when you combine fantasy war strategy with Lemmings. In King Arthur's World you guide various army units to help Arthur conquer the enemy. There are barrel men (they blow up stuff), engineers (they build helpful stuff), knights, archers, soldiers, white mages and wizards. Once you get used to the whole 'battle system', this game can get really addicting! It's really fun! If you're a fan of strategy games and Lemmings, I highly recommend King Arthur's World. Castle Storm for PC is very similar to it.
Gideon Zhi just keeps on doing it! In this game, you play the role of some guy who wants to save his daughter from a demon in Hell. He has a familiar hovering around him (like in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night). It's a fairie-like form of the soul of this guy's deceased wife. She aids you in battle and revives you if you die, but she disappears after the revive. You can regain her somewhere in the middle of each stage. Each time you beat a stage, you're given the option to change into a demon by touching a crystal. Each crystal color represents a different demon. Each demon has their own unique attack, a double-jump and can release a kick ass powerful attack when you hold down the attack button. Several parts of this game have awesome graphics! I don't like the soundtrack much though. Anyway, you can snatch the English patch from Gideon Zhi's website. To be able to find the Jap R0M at R0M sites, you need to search for “Majyuuou.”
Pro-Top: In this area of the lava stage, you have two exits: the lower exit and the upper exit. What you're supposed to do is use the upper exit to snag a key so you can get past the locked door in the lower exit. If you use the lower exit then turn back, another health power-up will be there for you. Repeat to completely restore your health. ^_~ You can only do this the first time you arrive here.
Kirby's Dream Land 1 and 2 came out for Game Boy. With part 3 they took the Kirby series to the SNES. Kirby games are typically fun, easy, and full of cute little characters. Kirby has the ability to fly around and swallow enemies and spit them out. With part 2 they added two new features: Kirby can use the attack of the enemy he swallows and Kirby can ride friendly animals. They took it a step further that Kirby can execute different attacks depending on the animal he's riding. For example, if Kirby swallows the electric shock enemy and he's riding the owl, he then can execute an attack that shoots down a single bolt of lightning. Nintendo didn't innovate much with this game. It's exactly like part 2, just with a couple more friendly creatures and a few more new enemy abilities. I recommend Kirby 3 if you want to play something cute and easy. And I have Kirby's Dream Land 1 and 2 in the Game Boy section if you want to check them out.
Lemmings! The great and incredibly addicting 'puzzle/survival' game that has was so good that it was ported to most of the classic systems (it was originally a PC game). In Lemmings your job is to guide a group of tiny walking creatures to a door. You do so by giving jobs to whichever lemming you want. They climb, dig downward/diagonally/horizontally, build stairs, block other lemmings from going a certain direction, and blow up.
This shooter is so cute! You control a kawai witch on a broom. It's an interesting change from the usual spaceship shooter. Although the game is Japanese, it's a shooter so there isn't much reading to do. The sequences between stages are visual enough to understand what's going on. My only complaint about this game is that with its limited palette and watered down sound effects, it feels like a Genesis game. I wish they would've taken more advantage of the SNES's capabilities. I'm a fan of the Cotton series because I really love TG16-CD version. I have it covered in the TG16 section if you want to check it out.
Wow, Mario Paint. Back in the day I used this all the time. Computers in 1992-1994 were still pretty expensive. Mario Paint was a much cheaper alternative. I think it went for around $80-$100 US. Mario Paint is like a basic paint program. It also allows you to make your own animations and music. It came packed with the official SNES mouse. With ZSNES, you can use your own mouse by going to Input > Add-Ons > SNES Mouse at Port #1. You'll love the pictures I've drawn so far. :P
The first sexy 16-bit Mega Man title that gave every devoted Mega Man fan an instant orgasm from the overwhelment of the kick ass graphics, animation, and music! The X series of the Mega Man saga introduces a wider range of abilities Mega Man can obtain. If you stumble upon certain hidden areas in levels, Mega Man can gain such abilities like a super dash, a higher jump, a stronger helmet for breaking blocks, and more! You need some special abilities to be able to reach other special abilities or special power-ups (a la Metroid). Your energy starts out really low. That's because you need to pick up a special power-up shaped like a heart to increase it. In conclusion, Mega Man enthusiasts highly recommend the entire Mega Man X series.
This is the official sequel to NES Mega Man 6. Interesting move by Capcom, eh? They had us thinking the SNES will only have Mega Man X titles. Unlike the style of the Mega Man X series, this version is more like a cartoon. The animation is fluid and the music will blow you away!
Mega Man fans rave about this game! It has even better cartoon-like graphics and animation than Mega Man 7. You have the option to play as Mega Man or Bass. Bass kicks so much ass! This game was only released in Japan, but an English translation is available. You can grab the English patch from Gideon Zhi's website, or download the game pre-patched here.
This game kicks major ass! If you love anime with giant robots then this game is for you. The “main” robot suite that you use is the one slashing his sword in the sprite section. You can equip different suites as you progress into the game; they're just lying around stages. Some of the different robot suites fly, some have more powerful weapons or cool-looking shields, and some do strange things that make you wonder about the sanity of this game's programmers. The main robot suite is my favorite. You can aim that rifle in any direction, cast a temporary shield, has built-in jet packs for flying, and bust out a kick ass laser sword. At any time you can pop out from your robot suite and fly around as a tiny human with a jet pack. At some points you have to get out so you can open up doors blocking your path. The music has a cheesy disco beat, but it's unusually catchy. The most impressive aspect of this game are the between-battle sequences. Just look at those screen shots! I've never seen such beautiful scenes in a SNES game. This is all the work of LucasArts.
The third segment of the Mickey Mouse SNES series. This game is quite fun, has great graphics and the music ain't too shabby. Curiously, this game is a Japan-only release. Isn't it strange that an SNES Disney title only came out in Japan? Disney must be really popular over there! By the way, RPGOne Translations released a complete English translation for this game. It's even better when you can actually understand the details of the story.
Mickey Mania is a beautiful game that reimagined 6 classic Disney cartoons as side-scrolling platformers. The first level begins with one of the earliest Mickey cartoons, Steamboat Willie, and proceeds in chronological order covering the other five. They include The Mad Doctor, Moose Hunters, Lonesome Ghosts, Mickey and the Beanstalk, and The Prince and the Pauper. The graphics and animation are absolutely gorgeous! The soundtrack is average. Mickey attacks by stomping on enemies or throwing orbs. Mickey Mania was released on the SNES, Genesis, Sega CD, and PlayStation 1. You would think this SNES version is the superior version, but actually the Genesis version is. The film effect at the start of Steamboat Willie and various minor sprite content was removed. There are even loading times!! Although the aesthetics of Mickey Mania are beautiful to look at, game itself is average.
Heh, does this need an introduction? Mortal Kombat is the famous series that set a new standard for quality in fighting games. It offered amazing graphics due to the characters being photographs of real actors. It caused controversy with the violence, blood and gore. The most notable feature are the fatalities; a cool animation of your character killing off your enemy in a gruesome manner. The Genesis version of Mortal Kombat 1 is better because it allows you to enable blood with a special code.
This is an UNRELEASED SNES game. I remember seeing preview screen shots in Nintendo Power and thinking “Wow, what awesome graphics!!”. Then to my disappoint the game was never released. Somehow a (finished?) version of the game was leaked out on the net. As I anticipated, the game is indeed awesome! You're a magical leprechaun fighting against evil. The game plays similarly to Contra, and it reminds me of NeoGeo's Spin Masters. You hurl magic cards (like Gambit from X-Men) that can be upgraded with power-ups, you have a dash attack that is executed after holding down a button for a while, and you have a limited amount of ultimate attacks (bombs) that hit all enemies. But Nightmare Busters' best feature is the gorgeous artwork! It's a unique art style. Overall it's a fun game and I recommend it. Also, Nightmare Busters was officially released in a real SNES cart (legally) by the Super Fighter Team in early 2013 for $60 US.
THIS IS GREATEST SHOOTER EVAR. Parodius is a spoof based on the Gradius series. Hence its name is a combo of "parody" and "Gradius." Various stages, enemies, and bosses are silly renditions of the originals from the Gradius games. It carries the same weapon upgrade system as the Gradius series. You gain power ups that upgrade your weapons, shields, and missiles. Of course, all the weapons, shields, and missiles are something silly and bizarre. The music is a silly mix of classical music and Gradius remixes. As expected from Konami, everything about Parodius is top notch quality. It's a refreshing change from the usual spaceship shooter.
This one is even better than the original Parodius. There are new characters to join the original bundle. Some of the effects in this game are quite impressive. The game has virtually no dialogue so despite being a Japanese ROM it's totally playable.
There are more characters to choose from. Some guy in the background yells out various phrases during gameplay. There are certainly more gigantic graphics and more background detail than the previous Parodius games. The ROM is almost 4 MB zipped! That's twice as big as the usual size. The game has virtually no dialogue so despite being a Japanese ROM it's totally playable.
The sequel has better graphics and more intricate neighborhoods than part 1. This time the street shifts to the opposite side when you reach the mid point. Houses are more creative; you'll come across haunted houses with ghosts and castles with firing canons. Your goal is to toss newspapers to try to make it into peoples' mailboxes, all the while avoiding a barrage of neighborhood obstacles.
This game is so cute! It's kind of like a shooter. You control either a kawai girl who throws cards or a walking racoon who throws leaves. You gain power-ups and stronger attacks, much like a shooter. The backgrounds and animation are very nicely done. This is one of those cult classic SNES games because I often hear about it.
The sequel is cool! There are multiple characters you can choose from to fight along side of you. You can temporarily fight as your secondary character anytime you wish during gameplay. As a 'super attack' you can hurl your secondary character at enemies (which kills them). They're not invincible either - after one hit they're dead. But they revive and come back to you after a few moments. Some of the bosses in the game can be pretty hard. All in all, it's a good game and very much a loyal sequel.
Konami sure loves to make these Twinbee games! Almost every classic gaming system has their own bundle of Twinbee titles. Konami started the trend of silly shooters with their Twinbee series. It's like an overhead-view version of Parodius, but the graphics are more cartoony in a childish sort of way. I like this game; it's so well made that it almost feels like an arcade shooter.
A lot of people easily turn their back on Populous 1 & 2. Either from the screen shots they think it looks dumb or from the first five minutes playing it they think it's too complicated. Dammit. It's good! I swear. I urge you to give it a chance--for more than five minutes. It's really not complicated at all. The concept is very simple, your goal is to overpopulate and conquer the enemy. You'll be spending most of your time spreading out land for your followers to build on. The larger your population and structures, the more powers you can practice. Your "power meter" is the arrow towards the upper right. You can use those powers indicated on the icons once the arrow goes past it. You can do stuff like make deadly marshes and make a huge mountain in the middle of enemy territory. My favorite power is the one that turns your leader into a knight! Knights are your most effective power because they defeat enemies and destroy structures until everything is destroyed (or until their HP goes to zero =P ). The fastest way to spread out land for your followers is to raise it really high and then bring it down halfway. This also makes it easier to clear out land that is infested with deadly swamps or other stuff. The only thing I don't like about Populous is the simple fact that many of the landscapes have a somewhat childish theme. You'll see what I mean in the screen shots. Populous 2, however, improves on this.
Populous 2 is much better than the original. It breaks the childish barrier by sticking with the serious Greek-style atmosphere. And it has one thing that Populous 1 never had--SNES mouse support!! SNES emulators have the option to switch to your mouse when a game has mouse support. Each scenario gives you a different combo of Godly powers. Populous 2 has a whopping 30 powers! Populous 1 just had like 5 powers. You can burn away the enemy with a wall of flame or a fireball shower, you can blow the enemy away with a giant tornado, you can cause an earthquake that opens up holes to swallow anyone who goes near it, you can smother enemy-infested areas with quicksand, you can put "inverse pools" in enemy territory which turn enemies to good guys when they fall in, you can send forth a tidal wave to eat away enemy land, and much more! Oh btw, these powers can also damage your own people if any just so happen to walk by. Populous 2 also improved with the power which turns your leader into a knight by adding several more of them. You can turn your leaders into warriors, super strong like Hercules, "Helen of Troy" (charms the enemy into drowning themselves) and more! Moving around the map can be annoying, but you can also click on the thumbnail map to instantly bring you to a certain spot.
I loved the cartoon for Rocko's Modern Life! Usually licensed games are pretty bad, but I think this one is actually pretty good. Your job is to guide Spunky through the stage as he innocently walks through. You need to fend off enemies and maneuver him through obstacles at every moment.
I loooooooove SimCity! This was my first Super Nintendo game! It's so good! It's so good that it can still be enjoyable to newbies if only they would give this game a chance. This is the great classic SimCity that started it all. And this was also one of the first games to come out for the Super Nintendo. The title screen still makes some devoted gaming fans piss in their pants since it brings back so many joyous 16-bit memories of the great SNES. SimCity is a city simulation game that gives you the chance to build your very own city. There are several problems you need to prevent and solve like pollution, traffic, fires, crime, and more! SimCity has lots of replay value because there's all sorts of things you can do to tackle problems and it's fun to try to get as much high land value areas as possible. Browse My Quick Guide for a quick overview of SimCity. If you feel like cheating then click the "Money Cheat" movie for directions with the $999,999 money code. Save state hacking is another way to give yourself $999,999. My Save State Hacking Guide shows you how to do it. Not necessarily with SimCity, but what I teach there is universal knowledge.
*The last 3 pictures in the screen shot gallery are full cities I made in this game :)
This actually isn't too bad of a port. It retains mostly everything from the PC version. The interface is clunky at first, but I think you can get used to it if you give it a chance. I think if you can get past the lack of detail from the 16-bit graphics conversion and lack of support for the SNES mouse, then you'd love SNES SimCity 2000!
*The last picture in the screen shot gallery is a full city I made in this game :)
This game kicks ass! The graphics and animation are awesome! The stages are so unique and innovative! The enemies and bosses are drawn so well. The only drawback is that this game is too short! There's tons of stages but the fun factor makes them seem so short. It makes me feel complicated.
I think this game is pretty cool. I can't say the same for the arcade game, which is not a beat-em-up. Anyway, with only 5 stages this game is short, but still worth the play. Fiddle with the controls because this guy has a couple different punching attacks. His (limited) super attack is one big powerful punch that knocks out everyone on the screen.
Part 2 is a definite improvement! There are two more characters to choose from! Each character has tons of awesome attacks! This time you have something like MP which is consumed when you use special attacks. You have two fighting buttons, one to execute regular punches and another to execute special attacks. There are 3 types of special attacks: (1) Just by pressing the special attack button, you execute a strong attack which takes up little attack points; you can use this button in different ways to do different types of attacks. (2) Press the "charge" button (which is "L") and then press the regular punch button to execute a powerful attack which can knock down half the enemies on the screen; this consumes a moderate amount of attack points. (3) Press the "charge" button and then press the special attack button to execute the most powerful attack a character has, which clears the whole screen; this consumes a lot of your attack points. The girl, Sonia, rules!! Her attacks are the coolest!! There's only one thing that bothers me about this game... it's shorter than Sonic Blastman part 1! Ugh. There's only like 4 stages, but you do fight with more bosses than part 1.
This game is cool! It's like Titanic: The Video Game. You're in a cruise ship in the late 1800's. It gets hit by a huge wave, everything turns upside down and most of the people die. Some survivors are willing to come with you while others already gave up and awaiting their death. You have about an hour to escape the sinking cruise ship. There are some people that you must rescue because you need their help to escape. The sinking ship periodically rotates to different angles; a rumble warns you of the rotate. Careful! Make sure you're in a safe spot when the ship rotates because if it rotates to a drastic 90 degree angle then the fall could be deadly. Some parts of the ship can only be reached when it's rotated at a certain angle. Three things can hurt you: high falls, falling objects, and fire. You have unlimited health, but each hit takes away 5 minutes of your precious time. When the time is close to ending, areas of the ship begin to fill with water. Oh, and drowning can kill you. The main song is pretty cool. Play this game if you're interested in something unique. I'm sure you'll need a walkthrough & map because finding out what to do isn't easy.
Ah, Space Megaforce! This shooter has an awesome weapon system! As you can see in my screens, those rotating spheres are my favorite. The graphics are okay, but they sure did make good use of mode 7 effects! One stage has a huge spaceship which constantly rotates and zooms in/out. Oh and get ready because this game is LONG; which can get annoying since everything gets somewhat repetitive.
Spanky's Quest is about a monkey named Spanky, who bounces balls on his head that turn into various sports equipment when he pops them. Yes, you heard me. Isn't that great?! It's actually a very fun game! Really! And, no, I don't take drugs. The story behind Spanky's Quest isn't too clear but from my understanding, a witch invades Spanky's forest and builds her castle there. Spanky gets pissed and goes off to get revenge, so begins the adventure of Spanky's Quest. Each time Spanky bounces his ball from his head it grows bigger and changes color. If you pop it while it's blue then all you get is a tiny baseball. If you pop it while it's green then you get a bunch of soccer balls lined up in single file. If you pop it while it's yellow then you get a volleyball that on impact with the enemy, a couple more volleyballs circle around it for a short moment. If you pop it while it's red then you get four giant basketballs that cover a majority of the screen. Spanky's enemies are made up of various nutritious walking fruits and vegetables. You'll battle against feisty apples, angry lemons, dancing apples, short-tempered potatoes, and more!
Sparkster first gained its popularity on the Sega Genesis as “Rocket Knight Adventures”. This is actually the sequel, even though it's not called Rocket Knight Adventures 2. Sparkster carries everything that made the Genesis version great. The graphics and animation are gorgeous - playing this game is like playing a cartoon. The game is littered with cute little sequences that illustrate the story and progression of the adventure. The rocket makes gameplay incredibly fun! With it your opossum character can blast in any direction or execute funky attacks.
Also released on the Genesis, Maximum Carnage immerses you into the world of Spider-Man with comic book inspired cut scenes and tons of characters from the comics. Spider-Man has an assortment of punch and kick attacks. He can do his famous web slinging and pull enemies to him with a web stream. The coolest feature is the ability to summon supportive characters to hit all enemies on the screen. Characters such as Shadow Cat, Firestar, Cloak, Dagger, Ironfist, Captain America, and more! You can choose to play as Venom at some parts of the game. The music was by a band called Green Jelly, and it's pretty awesome. The game's drawback is the difficulty. Towards the end the game gets really brutal with its boss battles. There are cheats to help with that. Plus the game can get repetitive. Maximum Carnage was good enough to gain a sequel: Separation Anxiety, also released on the SNES. It was terrible.
Oh yes! Starfox was the first real 3D game for the Super Nintendo! When it came out in 1993, it amazing graphics made devote gamers piss in their pants. You play as Fox McCloud and your job is to defeat an evil that threatens the universe by voyaging across 3D worlds and space defeating hordes of evil that stand in your path. You get to choose 1 of three paths to the last stage, Venom (show in the screen shot down there). The upper path is the easiest, the upper right path is harder, and the path to the right is the hardest. Each path has their own set of stages, enemies, and bosses. The bosses are the most impressive thing in Starfox. It was so hard getting good screen shots from this game! Starfox's kick ass 3D graphics can best be experienced only when you see their movements in the game because in these screen shots, objects just look like blobs of rectangular color. My favorite level is the Space Armada! It's so cool watching all those battleships go by and then you fly right through one of them.
Starfox 2 is a big mystery! Someone somehow obtained the beta and dumped it onto the internet. Although the game is a beta, it seems very much like a complete game. It's just short (you can beat it in less than an hour). The game is quite the memorable experience if you're a Starfox fan. The gameplay has changed to something a little more on the side of war strategy. You still do battles like in Starfox 1, but now you have the option to choose who you want to fight. But choose wisely! All the enemy forces are going to attack your base if you don't act quickly and strategically. Nintendo did a GREAT job with the 3D! The quality of the 3D is the finest I've ever seen on the SNES! In some stages you even get to explore a small 3D environment. Note that if you choose a higher difficulty setting, more stages and bosses will open up to you. Although the game is short, it is DEFINITELY worth playing - I HIGHLY recommend it! It's a shame that Nintendo never finished it and released it here. It's thanks to the almighty Gideon Zhi that we can experience this game in English
Now this is most definitely the coolest fighting game for the SNES! This is one of the handful of SNES games that came equipped with a special graphics chip to produce better graphics than what the SNES could produce on its own. For a long time this game wasn't compatible with any SNES emulator. Sometime during the early 2000's, DeJap Translations saved the day by making a special graphics pack to make this game compatible with SNES emulators. In '05 ZSNES and SNES9X finally made it so that you don't have to install the graphics pack to make the game work.
This game brings back memories. Back in the day, it was THE most popular SNES game. Everyone who had an SNES had a copy of either Street Fighter 2 and/or Street Fighter 2 Turbo. This "Turbo version" adds a bunch of new features to the original. You can control the speed of battles, the last four bosses are now playable characters, Chun Li has her own imitation haduken, and a couple more things.
This game is so fun! Super FX games are so cool! It has 3 cars to choose and 12 fun-filled race tracks to experience. The tracks are grouped by 4's and separated into 3 levels of difficulty. The Free Trax has a 4th car you can choose; a motorcycle type of vehicle. The bonus stage involves you driving a huge truck. I'm not a fan of racing games but the cartoony atmosphere and kick ass graphics make this game so entertaining. My favorite car is the Coupe (the yellow Beetle-like car). The truck is too slow and that race car is way too fast. The Coupe is just right for my non-sexual racing needs of joyous pleasure. It's so hard controlling that truck in the bonus stage. I remember that I rented this game when it first came out. I didn't like it much - but I do now! Stunt Race FX is one of those games that are great to play when you're in the mood to play video games, but not devotingly or for a long time; when you just want "a quickie".
Bomberman 2 introduces more abstract stages and assisting objects scattered around stages. Objects such as dynamite that increase your bomb's power, magnets that attract your bombs, and nuclear floors that give your bombs max power.
Bomberman 4 brings a few interesting twists. You need to rescue your pals; and when you do they aid you in battle. You can ride enemies that you defeat. Upon riding an enemy, your bombs gain special attributes related to the enemy. For example, riding the triceratops gives your bombs spikes. If you pick up the eggs of defeated enemies then they trail behind you (like eggs following Yoshi in Yoshi's Island); if you get hit then the egg takes the damage and disappears.
Ha! So the famous spokes-character of the TurboGrafx16 succumbed to the overwhelming popularity of the SNES. Super Bonk is a typical sequel to the Bonk series. It took advantage of the SNES for more detailed graphics and better quality animation. Several bosses and some parts of the stages take advantage of the SNES's glorious mode 7 effects. Overall, this game is neat; they perfected Bonk.
Super Castlevania 4 is godly. It's my second most favorite Castlevania title (Symphony of the Night being most favorite). It's so good! It was part of the starting lineup of SNES games, yet its innovation rivals even SNES games released towards the end of the SNES's era. It displayed the awesome power of the SNES's mode 7 capabilities. The soundtrack is excellent. Like any other Castlevania title, you guide a descendant of the Belmont family through Dracula's monster-infested domain. You can use the usual special weapons: knife, holy water, axe and crucifix. I love about the intricate detail of the stages. Look at the screen shots to see what I mean. This is one of those games that I keep on coming back to. I highly recommend it.
I like this game. It's a remake of the arcade version. The music and atmosphere blends together so well. The graphics were made with an interesting cartoony style. Your goal is to guide a knight through various monster-infested areas. You can pick up various weapons which attack in various ways. Some weapons have a super attack if you hold down the attack button. And if you can survive long enough, those weapons eventually get upgraded into super weapons.
Now this is a jewel! Growing up I never head of this game until I got into emulation. This is a compilation of Super Mario Bros 1-3 with revamped graphics. It's really nice! I recommend it. As a bonus it includes "Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels", which was never released here. Lost Levels was actually the real Super Mario Bros 2. However, it was too similar to part 1 so Nintendo decided not to release it here.
Mode 7 race tracks galore! Super Mario Kart started the rage of silly kart racing games. Super Mario Kart is quite an addictive game. Ah, the mode 7 tracks make me feel so nostalgic of SNES. The Mario Kart sequels for N64 and later are even better!
The game that started it all! The first game for the great Super Nintendo, and the first Mario game in the wonder of 16-bit. To look back at this game now as opposed to when it was released in 1991, the graphics seem so simple and plain. But in 1991 these graphics made everyone piss in their pants! Super Mario World was a shining example of what everyone could expect from the SNES. It displayed the awesome capabilities of the SNES. For a 90s kid like me, it was the dawn of an exciting new era of 16-bit gaming. Super Mario World also gave birth to Yoshi! And we love Yoshi.
Nintendo just keeps on doing it! Just when everyone thought they knew what the Super Nintendo was capable of, Nintendo releases yet another game that blew everyone away, bringing the Mario series (and the capabilities of the SNES) to a whole new level. It's like a cartoon that came alive! The backgrounds look like pastel sketches and the animation is so smooth. I love the “egg system” which allows Yoshi to turn enemies into eggs when he eats them and then use those eggs as weapons by throwing them in any direction. Some are the songs are kinda catchy too. Cool games like this are usually so short but this one is actually quite long; it'll take you a while to beat it.
Super Metroid rules!! Many classic gaming fans consider this to be the best SNES game. Super Metroid takes place after Metroid 2 for Game Boy. Like every other Metroid game, you explore the underground maze of an alien planet, picking up stronger weapons and useful abilities along the way. You'll confront a mass of hostile exotic alien life forms and large bosses. Get ready to experience plenty of surprises and glorious 16-bit wonders & excitement! Finding all the items can be tough. If you get stuck there are plenty of guides at GameFAQs. And a search on Google Images brings up tons of maps.
Remember the Justin Bailey code for NES Metroid? It was the famous password that allowed you to play as Samus without her armor suit in Metroid, a reward normally reserved for those who can finish the game in under three hours. To the disappointment of many, there was no armorless Samus in Super Metroid. But someone took the time to hack Super Metroid to restore this feature. Yes sir - each sprite and every graphic of Samus has been redrawn by hand to make armorless Samus playable once again!
R-Type is very fun! Every fan of vertical shooters knows about R-Type. You have an invincible shield orb following you wherever you go. You can have it in front of you or in back of you. It gives you stronger/cooler weapons while it's hooked up to you. If there's a dangerous area that you don't want to take the risk of entering, then send out your invincible shield orb to do your dirty work! The R-Type series is definitely a worthy member of the classic shooter family. Also check out this game's sequel: R-Type 3.
There were several Tetris games released for the SNES. Tetris 3 being the last one offers the best Tetris experience the SNES has to offer. It has kick ass music and sound effects! It feels almost like an arcade game! And to top it off, it has TWO completely new Tetris-style games! One is called Magicaliss and the other is Sparkliss. The goal of Magicaliss is to try to get matching colored blocks. The goal of Sparkliss is to destroy the blocks by activating “spark cubes”. Sparkliss is my favorite.
This is a port of the TurboGrafx16-CD version. Even though the SNES is a more powerful system, they watered down this port for it. They took out the animated sequences between stages. They also took out the two other playable characters; now you just play as Rena (the main character). It's not a bad game, though. The weapon system is fun. Rena is basically a mystical swordsman. You pick up 'magical' weapon upgrades as enemies drop them.
Surely, this is one of the more popular games for the SNES. This is the first TMNT game to be released on the SNES (note: parts 1-3 were released for NES). The game begins rather predictable with the turtles going after Shredder. Upon Shredder's defeat in the Technodrone, he banishes the turtles through time, forcing them to “conquer” different eras to return back to the present. The battles are fun, the music is snazzy, the graphics are rich. Overall, it's a great game. Adding to the gameplay are a couple special moves that can be executed on a foot soldier when you've grabbed it. The coolest move throws the foot soldier right at the screen!
Well, there isn't really much to say about this game. It's literally Tetris and Dr. Mario. The version of Tetris in this release is 'bleh'. I'm featuring this game for Dr. Mario! Because Dr. Mario is awesome. My only complaint is that they could've made the gameplay smoother. Puzzle pieces move a bit clunky, as if the game engine was ported over from the NES releases.
Wow, this game's addicting! Seriously. Although I consider Tetris 3 the best puzzle on the SNES, overall it's not that popular. Tetris Attack definitely takes the prize as the best and most popular puzzle on the SNES. Similar to Columns on the Genesis, in Tetris Attack you combine 3 common symbols to make them disappear. The symbols follow the law of gravity and fall down accordingly. New symbols come up from the bottom. The further you progress into the stage, the faster the new symbols surface. Sometimes you run dry on new symbols; in case that you can press a button to temporarily speed up the surfacing of new symbols. If you combine more than 3 symbols you win extra points. In vs mode, combining more than 3 symbols can sabotage the second player and throw extra symbols onto them. It's very fun! I highly recommend this game. It's especially a GREAT 2-player game.
*Oh also, as an interesting fun fact: Tetris Attack is an Americanized version of a different game! In Japan, this game was originally called Panel De Pon and was NOT themed to Yoshi. It was themed to cute chibi 'goddess' girls. I suppose Nintendo thought the game would make more money if it wasn't so incredibly pink and girly.
Once upon a time, Nintendo held a 2-week Zelda contest live on TV. It had a bunch of people play timed games in Zelda. The winner was the person who accomplished the most in the shortest amount of time. What made this contest quite interesting is the particular version of Zelda 1 which these people played. It was the same Zelda 1 that we all remember, but the graphics have been remade as if it was an SNES release. Fortunately, this game somehow made its way onto the Internet. If you're a fan of Zelda 1 then this version is right up your alley! Also, someone told me that there are several ProAction Replay codes that you must use in order to be able to beat the game. Click “Cheats” for 'em.
Someone hacked Link to the Past and made it into a completely new game! It's called “Legend of Zelda: Parallel Worlds”. There are also brand new items, improved item screen (you can actually see what you're carrying in those bottles at a glance!), improved difficulty, and more!! Learn more at it's homepage. I offer two versions of this game: Normal and Easy. Why did they do this? Well, the normal version of this hack is actually very, very hard; to the point that the game is nearly impossible to beat. People complained, so we have the Easy version now! It promises: “backtracking was reduced almost to zero, algorithm problems were replaced, various semi bosses were reduced, special stunts like bomb jumping etc were removed, dark rooms are now lit etc.” If you're a fan of Zelda 3 then I highly recommend this hack! Zelda 3 was awesome as it is, to play a whole new game like this is a real treat.
Yes, this game kick ass. Really! Don't let its cutesy wholesome Disney appearance fool you. This exciting action-packed game involves an interesting system in which Mickey gains three special costumes that grant him special abilities. These costumes include a wizard outfit, it gives Mickey the ability to shoot damaging magic and breath underwater; a fireman outfit, it gives Mickey the ability to blast out gallons of water out of nowhere; and a sexy rock-climbing outfit, it gives Mickey the same ability that NES Bionic Commando has, which is to hurl out a grappling hook.
Yet another favorite of mine. Bart's Nightmare is a bunch of mini-games in one. Join Bart as he blows up germs, destroys a city as Bart-zilla, crushes Itchy & Scratchy, jumps across pillars as Indiana Jones, flies as Bartman, and more! The graphics and animation and pretty awesome for the most part. Although, at first, the game can be frustrating because each mini-game has somewhat of a learning curve. Overall, it's a very fun game!
This game has some of the best cartoony graphics/animation that I've ever seen on the SNES! Playing this game is almost like watching an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures. I used to watch this show back in middle school when I religiously watched afternoon cartoons after school. You guide Buster through various cartoony stages such as Acme University, a haunted mansion, a Western scene, a sky scene, a football game, and an imitation Star Wars spaceship.
This is a very cool, high quality game! The graphics are absolutely gorgeous!! It's one of those first person shooters like Duck Hunt, Terminator 2 Arcade, and Battle Clash. What's different about this game is that your character is on the screen and you can move them around the stage. Like in a traditional shooter, you can pick up a variety of different weapons. Your character has a jump dodge move; a move which you'll be using heavily to dodge enemy bullets. So yeah, this game is awesome! I recommend it.
This game is all about destroying monsters with squirt guns, explosive soda cans, fire extinguishers, lawn mowers, and rocket launchers. There are zombies, mummies, vampires, aliens, killer dolls, giant bugs, and chainsaw men. The goal of each stage is to search for and rescue the helpless humans. You can distract monsters with blow-up clowns. There are 55 levels! That's pretty long. They heavily recycle graphics so the game tends to get repetitive after a while. It's a fun game, though. And it's multi-player!