A while back, GameDaily created a list of the best SNES games ever created. They titled this list, “Playing With Power: The 25 Best SNES Games of All Time”. I went through the list to see what SNES games they had on there, what order they were in, and which games didn’t make their list. Obviously, these types of lists will vary largely with the creator of the list. Here is my commentary on their list.
At one through five GameDaily had, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past, Chrono Trigger, and Super Castlevania IV. The first five on the list were pretty solid, although I’m not sure if Super Castlevania IV should be this high up on the list. I’m also surprised that there isn’t a Final Fantasy game in the top five.
At six through ten, there were Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter II Turbo, Final Fantasy III, Contra III: The Alien Wars, and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. This was also a pretty solid grouping. However, I would like to see FFIII higher up in the overall rankings. Also, I personally am not a big fan of Super Mario World 2, so not only would I not have it listed this highly, I might not even have it on this list.
Coming in the next batch at eleven through fifteen, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Donkey Kong Country, Super Punch-Out!!, Madden NFL ’94, and Actraiser. This section was more clustered than the first two. I’m okay with Donkey Kong, Super Punch-Out, and Madden being up here, but I don’t think Zombies Ate My Neighbors should be up this high. And, I’ve never really figured out where Actraiser fits well in the grand scheme of things.
In sixteen through twenty we have Pilotwings, Mario Paint, Demon’s Crest, Super Star Wars, and Batman Returns. With the exception of Pilotwings, I didn’t play any of these games. I assume I would like Super Star Wars and Batman Returns just because of their characters and storyline. Mario Paint I could definitely do without and would not put on my personal top twenty-five list. Demon’s Crest… meh.
And last in twenty-one through twenty-five we have Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time, StarFox, Blackthorne, and Prince of Persia. This group actually contains my favorite game of all time from that period, TMNT IV: Turtles In Time. I loved this game in the arcade and for the SNES. I consider it to be one of the best games from that era and it deservedly makes it into the list.
Overall, GameDaily did a great job at compiling and setting up this list. It is a difficult thing to do due to the varying opinions that everyone will have about the subject. I think all twenty-five of these games are pretty good games. If you want to learn about each game in detail, you should go check out GameDaily’s website. They have great information for old-school and new-school gamers.