Levelled Out: The First 20 SNES Online Games Ranked.

Nintendo have finally released SNES games on the Nintendo Switch, as part of the benefits offered when you sign up for the Switch online membership. As with the NES library available on that service, the SNES games are available in their own separate app, as an on-demand library, and more games will be added each month. It’s kind of like a retro games Netflix but with no Stranger Things or Friends (thank god.)

Let’s go through the first 20 games launched from best to worst.

20 – Brawl Brothers

Brawl Brothers is a side-scrolling beat-em-up developed by Jaleco. It’s slow, clunky and to me, plays like a worse version of Final Fight.

19 – Super Tennis

Super Tennis is, as you’d expect, a Tennis game developed by Tose / Tonkin House. Unfortunately it is not very super, and feels slow, clunky and difficult to control.

18 – Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force

Super E.D.F. is a side scrolling shooter developed by Jaleco. It’s really fun in short bursts, but can get really repetitive really quickly.

17 – Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics

Joe & Mac 2, developed by Data East, is actually the third game in the series of platformers. It’s a fun prehistoric platformer with a 2 player co-op mode.

16 – Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire is an RPG developed by Capcom, and is the first in a long-running series. It’s fairly long for a SNES game, and could take around 30 hours to fully complete it.

15 – Demon’s Crest

Demon’s Crest is a platformer in which you play as Firebrand, an enemy from Ghosts ‘n Goblins. It focuses on collecting crests, which Firebrand wants in order to gain access to incredible power. There is some Metroid-style backtracking involved to previous areas once you have these crests. It’s fun to play as a villain, and the gameplay is very solid.

14 –Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts

Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is the third game in the Ghosts n’ Goblins series, and it is very, very difficult. It’s worth the stress though, as this is a great, iconic platformer.

13 – Super Puyo Puyo 2

Puyo Puyo is one of the best puzzle games ever made, and this is a great version of it, even despite this being an entirely Japanese game, it should be fairly easy to understand once you get through the menus.

12 – Super Soccer

Super Soccer is a football game developed by Human Entertainment, and it’s a lot of fun. Of course, it’s no FIFA, but once you get the hang of its now novelty retro look and control scheme, this is one of the best 2 player games on the lineup.

11 – Stunt Race FX

Using the then revolutionary Super FX Chip, Nintendo developed this cute, unique racer for the SNES with full 3D visuals. This is the first time it has ever been officially re-released since it’s original launch, and it’s real fun once you get used to the controls.

10 – Kirby’s Dream Land 3

Kirby games are usually really solid platformers, with great, happy visuals and extremely catchy music. Dream Land 3 continues this tradition. You can ride on the back of a hamster.

9 – Kirby’s Dream Course

Kirby’s Dream Course is a weird golf game, with Kirby as the ball. On each course you have a variety of enemies to hit before the hole appears. It’s really fun, and takes some real skill to get good scores on each course.

8 – Super Mario Kart

This is the first ever Mario Kart game! It still holds up really well, with most of the iconic trademarks of the series being present here, and despite the most recent games having a much wider roster of characters and features, this is still a great game.

7 – Star Fox

Another game that makes use of the Super FX Chip, Star Fox is the first game in it’s series and despite its now almost primitive looking graphics, it still plays really well, and it isn’t hard to see why this is considered a classic.

6 – Super Mario World

The Mario game that first introduced Yoshi, Super Mario World is an amazing, creative platformer that set a lot of standards for future games.

5 – Pilotwings

Pilotwings has you using a variety of airborne vehicles including a plane, a rocket belt and a hang glider to complete a variety of missions around a series of different areas. It’s really difficult, especially landing the plane, but it’s really rewarding when you finally get it right.

4 – F-Zero

Utilising the same method as Pilotwings to mimic a 3D environment, F-Zero is a really impressive, fast paced futuristic racer that can be really challenging. It also sees the debut of Smash Bros. Favourite Captain Falcon.

3 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Yoshi’s Island was a big risk at the time for Nintendo, as not many people thought that the extremely cartoony, child-like graphical style would go down well with the gaming audience. It did, and what Nintendo made was a charming, brilliant puzzling platformer.

2 – Super Metroid

Super Metroid is the third game in the Metroid series, and it’s till considered by many to be the best. A great mixture of platforming. shooting and puzzle action that still stands the test of time.

1 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Zelda games are rarely bad, but A Link To The Past is still considered one of the best after all this time, and it’s not hard to see why. Charming sprite graphics that don’t seem out of date, a gripping story, great gameplay and great music makes this a must play.

These are only a handful of the great games in the SNES’ library, and I really hope that some of my favourites like Donkey Kong Country, Chrono Trigger and Earthbound and are added soon.

I plan to update this list as more games are added, all screenshots were captured by me via Nintendo Switch.

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