The SNES mini is upon us, and comes packed with 21 classics.

21.  Super Ghouls’n Ghosts

Capcom’s Super Ghouls’n Ghosts was famous for its dazzling graphics and incredibly challenging gameplay. In 2017, the graphics aren’t quite so dazzling anymore, but the game is still incredibly challenging. Just not in a good way.

20.  Super Punch-Out!!

It’s worthwhile enough to play, but the opponent’s patterns are too easy to memorize. And the game seriously lacks Mike Tyson.

19.  Mega-Man X

It was the genius of marketing that may have almost placed Mega Man in the same pantheon as Mario and Link. But the truth of the matter is the games were simply not as much fun. One theory: his jump lacked the buoyancy and satisfying hang of Mario’s.

18.  F-Zero

A good racing game in its time, it is simply made redundant here by the inclusion of the superior Super Mario Kart.

17.  Star Fox 2

This is actually the first release of the game, as it was shelved in 1996. While the graphics of Star Fox were ground-breaking, by ’96 Nintendo had to compete with Sony PlayStation, and this game couldn’t hold up. Worth checking out for historical reasons.

16.  Super Castlevania IV

Critically acclaimed it is day and may still have sentimental value for some, but the game play mechanics don’t hold up as well as when you were a good. But if you want to use a whip in a 2D platformer, this is the game for you.  At least until Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure gets a reboot.

15. Kirby’s Dream Course

While not as well-known as some of these other games, it’s still a pretty cool game – its appeal lies in how different it is. It expands on golf game mechanics with Kirby as the golf ball.  A playable golf ball that can parachute or transform into other objects to complete the course.  It should hold up nicely with the kids.


14.  Street Fighter II

It was beloved by a generation, and still has sentimental value. But while the game was a transformational fighter game in its time, its since been surpassed by other transformational fighter games.  I’m holding out for Smash Brother on the N64 relaunch.

13.  Star Fox

Who didn’t love Star Fox? While its comical now to think of how revered the graphics were, it’s still fun as hell.

12.  Kirby Super Star

It fell under my radar originally because it was released late in SNES’s life cycle, but it is a fun collection of 7 minigames that are fun enough and worth checking out.  And if you’re like me, it’s all new to you.

11.  Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country was awesome, is still awesome and will always be, if not for the mine cart levels alone. The music in the underwater levels deserves praise too.

10.  Contra III

Contra III might not have been as popular as the original NES version, but it’s still pretty freakin’ awesome. The game play holds up nicely, and the only criticism might be that it’s too short. But while short, the diversity of gameplay in each level makes it still quite the experience.

9.  Secret of Mana

Probably included to stoke excitement for the upcoming relaunch, but it’s still worth it. Huge world of characters and exciting combat make this worth checking out.

8.  Super Mario RPG

Another great game that might have suffered from being released late in SNES’s life cycle. This Mario RPG is more than just a novelty, it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

7.  Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

While not as hailed as its predecessor Super Mario World, it’s still right up there. The look and feel of the game made it its own thing. The only criticism might be that it was too easy.

6.  Super Metroid

The game was cool in that it rewarded exploration, in fact it was the heart of the game, and you need to find hidden power-ups to advance in the game. The game is still a blast today.

5.  Super Mario Kart

What’s there to say about Super Mario Kart that hasn’t been side? You remember, I remember, we all remember it and love it.

4.  Earthbound

An absolutely gripping story, a large map to explore, and lost of interested characters and enemies. It was an RPG based out of suburbia, and it worked. This game might have had more success as a ROM in the years after its release (at least outside of Japan), but if you haven’t played it yet, you need to give it a try.

3.  Super Mario World

Now the hours of joy you had with this game can be passed on to your kids. And if you never made it to Star World when you played it as a kid, now you can. There’s this thing called the internet that can provide walk-throughs, you don’t need to rely the one kids in your class with a Nintendo Power subscription.

2.  Final Fantasy III

If you liked any of the Final Fantasy games, just know that this is considered by many to be the best installment.  The gameplay is as addictive as ever, but it’s the storyline and character depth that make it compelling enough to come back to.

1.  Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

One of the best games from one of the best games series, the 10 dungeons and huge map still hold up.