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12 Of The Best Super Nintendo Games We Played As Kids

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Released in North America in 1991, Nintendo's Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) is one of the most popular video game consoles of all time. Anyone who grew up during that time definitely remembers sprinting to someone's house to take turns on games like Super Mario World or fight each other in Mortal Kombat 2.

With rumors of a remake of the system gaining traction, we figured we'd take the time to list out our favorite games on the system.

1) Super Mario World

The game that launched a million consoles, it's impossible not to think of this masterpiece of platforming when talking about the SNES. Featuring better graphics, a bigger world and tons more secrets than past Mario games, this one has earned its place both in history, and our hearts.

Best of all, it introduced what would become one of Mario's most beloved characters even to the present day: Yoshi! That's right, this was the first appearance of everyone's favorite long-tongued dinosaur, and he would go on to star in plenty of his own games pretty soon after.

2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

After going in a completely different direction from the original on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link back on the NES, Nintendo went back to what everyone loved about the series in the first place with this epic adventure.

With a story taking place before the first game (hence the title), this return to Hyrule won everyone over with its massive world, clever puzzles, spooky dungeons, and above all else, tons of secrets meant to be shared between kids on the playground.

3) Mega Man X

Mega Man was one of the most recognizable video game mascots of the 90s. However, by the time the SNES was released, the franchise's formula was already starting to get a bit tired. Capcom needed to reinvent the character, and the result, Mega Man X, is one of the best action platformers of all time.

Mega Man X takes everything awesome about the series and ramps it up. The story went from a cute robot fighting other cute robots to an all out robot civil war. The action was faster and tighter than ever, and the levels were even more sprawling and epic than ever before. Best of all were the secrets, like getting Ryu from Street Fighter's Hadouken and one-shotting bosses with it!

4) Super Metroid

After wowing gamers worldwide with the reveal that she was a woman in a powersuit, Samus Aran returned to planet Zebes to fight the Space Pirates one more time in Super Metroid.

With an eerie but wondrous sci-fi atmosphere and an assortment of powerups you would use to find new parts of places you'd already been to, Super Metroid had all of us scratching our heads for hours whenever we got stuck. This was before the internet too, so we either had to figure it out or buy the strategy guide.

5) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

The first game brought the character back from just being an arcade leftover, and the third one added a cool overworld to explore. For my money though, Donkey Kong Country 2 is possibly the best platformer on a system that had dozens of them.

With Diddy Kong and newcomer Dixie Kong trying to save DK from crocodile pirates, the game took place across tons of cool, pirate-themed levels. It was colorful and fun, but at times could also be frustratingly hard. I'm sure at least a few people lost a controller or two to this game.

6) Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III)

Released in the West as Final Fantasy III thanks to some of the previous games not making it over, this Final Fantasy is still considered by many to be the best in the series.

With a massive cast of characters and an intense plot that even dealt with themes like murder, slavery, and suicide, the journey to save the world from the machinations of Kefka Palazzo was probably way more mature than we realized at the time. Of course, this maturity has helped it endure over the years.

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