Games That Are Astoundingly Good
It also looked absolutely amazing, faithfully translating the film’s over-the-top magic into magical 16-bit form. Kicking off our countdown is a Capcom classic, a game that came to the SNES by way of the late ’80s arcade scene — Final Fight. It was an evolutionary brawler in its original coin-op form, taking the beat-’em-up structure of earlier titles like Double Dragon to the next level. Then, on the SNES, it helped define what 16-bit home console brawlers would be — and inspired two SNES-exclusive sequels.
Then there’s the classicStreet Fighter II. Capcom stumbled onto something big with this sequel’s combo system, allowing players to strategize like never before and eke out victories when defeat seemed all but certain. Add in a cast of instantly iconic characters from around the globe and a Pokemon Leaf Green pumped-up soundtrack, and you have the recipe for one of the best fighters ever made. Square’s take on the action RPG genre is remembered fondly for its lush graphics, memorable soundtrack, and three-player co-op gameplay. While some say it surpasses The Legend of Zelda series, the sometimes finicky combat doesn’t quite hold up as well as older games in the Nintendo series. It’s really amazing that the Harvest Moon series has thrived in North America.
Kirby Super Star is the rare exception to that rule, boasting seven unique gameplay segments, plus two shorter minigames that feature multiplayer. The result is one of the most diverse and deep games in the Kirby series, if not the SNES’s entire library. There was a time when sports games didn’t try so hard to simulate the real thing while squeezing every last penny out of players through microtransactions. You used to just pick an NBA star (or maybe a Mortal Kombat character or a U.S. president), head to the court, and proceed to repeatedly jump 50 feet in the air to dunk on your opponents while setting the ball on fire.
- And, possibly the strangest factor to nail, and they amusing – enemies originating out of apparently nowhere, blocks at which you expect them and more are almost sure to place a grin.
- All this feedback has proven invaluable and has made me strive to make the best game possible for the fans.
- Around half-way through development of the game in April 2016, I submitted a WIP version of the game to the SMS Power!
- I came up with the concept for this game back in 2012 when I first started learning how to ROM hack the original Alex Kidd in Miracle World game.
- From that, I received a lot of supportive comments and suggestions for improvement.
The two companies expedited the process, with development only lasting a little over a year, but somehow in that time, Square came up with one of the funniest and best-looking games on the SNES. Super Mario RPG stands out as one of the finest RPGs and Mario games of all time. While the Kirby franchise is still very popular, the most consistent criticism of these games is usually that they’re too short and light on content.
Mega Man X injected new life into the series with a more mature protagonist and faster gameplay that allowed him to dash and climb. Still, the basic combat and ability to choose which robot master to face next ensured that Mega Man X didn’t stray too far from its roots. Square was pumping out classic RPGs at such a ridiculous rate in the ‘90s that even Nintendo jumped at the chance to work with the company.
Castlevania had already made a name for itself as one of gaming’s premier franchises on the NES. When the series made the jump to 16-bit, the Metroidvania genre that we all know and love today hadn’t yet been established, so Konami opted for a bigger, better version of the NES games.
"Final Fight Guy" came out a few years later to bring ninja fighter Guy back as a playable option — he’d been cut from this first version, leaving only Cody and Mayor Mike Haggar to beat the Mad Gear gang out of Metro City. Released at a time when console RPGs meant questing through a medieval fantasy world, most gamers just weren’t ready for EarthBound in the ‘90s.
This was a Castlevania that was super in every conceivable way, with detailed graphics, a haunting soundtrack, and much smoother controls than the slightly clunky NES entries. The ‘90s were the heyday of fighting games, but with a few exceptions, most of those titles have been long forgotten.
Kogarashi Mario World
Unusually funny, clever, surreal, and self-referential, Ness’ sci-fi-tinged story is both about saving the world and exploring western culture from an outsider’s perspective — something that’s still rarely seen in video games. With a whopping six games released on the NES, the original Mega Man series was getting a bit stale by the early ‘90s.