Nintendo added quite a few SNES games to its Nintendo Online service for the first time, and while all of them are excellent in their own right, you should focus on the best before you mess with the rest.
Here they are in descending order of awesome:
1) Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past is the best game the SNES ever had, and one of the greatest game of all time. Now that it’s available on the Switch, anyone who hasn’t had a chance to experience this 16-bit masterpiece definitely needs to.
With gorgeous graphics, a masterful soundtrack, remarkable environmental design and a great story, a Link to the Past was light years beyond the classic but simple games of the NES and inspired generations of gamers.
2) Super Metroid
Super Metroid, much like a Link to the Past, was waaaay better than the original in almost every way. Not only did the graphics receive a major overhaul (thank god), but the level and character design did as well, leaving the first Metroid in the dust.
If you’ve never experienced this game, you owe it to yourself to play through it ASAP. You’ll thank me for it.
3) Super Mario World
Ah Super Mario World. While virtually unheard of today, consoles in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras always came with their company’s flagship game, and for the SNES that game was Super Mario World. Nintendo has been very good at demonstrating the potential of their new hardware with their first party games, and Super Mario World is the game that really started that whole trend.
To this day I can vividly recall buying a copy of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) magazine and staring at the screenshots of Super Mario World for hours on end. I read every single specification of the SNES hardware and anxiously awaited it’s release. Super Mario World was a showcase for the power of Nintendo’s new hardware and it totally lived up to the hype.
4) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Yoshi’s Island is one of two games on this list I never really had the pleasure of playing back in the day, but I plan to dig in now that it’s on the Switch. I recall that Yoshi’s Island was critically acclaimed back in the day, and if I had not been so obsessed with Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat I would have given it a try. It’s hand drawn look was very unique at the time and really stood out from other games. Add-in great game play and level design, and Yoshi’s Island was an instant classic. I’ll be sure to update this post once I have a chance to play it for a while.
5) Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Super Ghouls and Ghosts has got to be one of the hardest games I’ve ever played, yet despite its punishing difficulty it was also one of the best looking and enjoyable games in the SNES era. In all honesty I never beat the game without using cheat codes, but I only resorted to that because it was virtually impossible to beat. That being said, this game is one you can’t miss for the SNES. Just be sure to keep an eye out for level warping cheat codes online. You never know when you’ll need them.
6) Demon’s Crest
While I never had the pleasure of playing Demon’s Crest back in the day, that’s all going to change with it’s release on the Switch. I remember rave reviews of the game and lots of people talking about how great it was. I recall it may have come kind of late in the SNES’ lifecycle, which could have accounted for how I missed it, but in either case it’s renown for being a can’t miss SNES game.