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12 Of The Best Super Nintendo Games We Played As Kids

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7) Kirby Super Star

Promising "8 Games In One!" on the box (when in reality it was just multiple sections in the same game), everybody's favorite pink puffball got his biggest and most awesome adventure to date on the SNES.

Kirby could absorb more abilities than ever, complimenting ones like "Fire" and "Sword" with weird ones like "Yo-Yo," "Ninja," and "Jet." Good thing too, because his challenges and enemies were bigger than ever, making this a game that was fun to come back to again and again.

8) Super Mario Kart

The first entry in what would go on to become the most beloved racing game series of all time, Super Mario Kart had one crazy premise. Namely, "What if the Mario characters decided to stop fighting each other, and RACE!" It even had multiplayer!

What probably looked really strange on paper at the time would go on to sell millions of copies worldwide, and laid the foundation for both our and future childhoods with a blockbuster franchise that continues today. Red shells have been ruining our day since 1992, and we couldn't be happier about it!

9) Disney Games

We're cheating a bit on this entry, but there were seriously so many awesome Disney games on the Super Nintendo that it's impossible to pick one. Whether it's original titles like Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse and Mickey Mania, or adaptations of your favorite movies and TV shows like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Goof Troop, there was something for everybody.

What could be better than following up a run of Saturday morning cartoons, or even a movie on a VHS player, than by grabbing a controller and playing through the cartoons yourself? Nothing! That's what.

10) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

A collaboration between Nintendo and Squaresoft (the creators of Final Fantasy), Super Mario RPG was the best of both worlds. You had the colorful characters and worlds of a Mario game, mixed with the sprawling story and battle system of something like Final Fantasy.

This match made in gaming heaven was not only amazing at the time, but it resulted in even more amazing games we enjoyed as kids. Nintendo would go on to create both the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series as a result of this, meaning lots of Mario-themed roleplaying goodness for years to come.

11) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

This "sequel" to Super Mario World put Yoshi front and center in an adventure to reunite Baby Mario with his brother, while protecting him from the forces of Baby Bowser. While the premise may sound too cutesy, this game was pure magic.

This game ultimately turned Yoshi into the multi-talented dinosaur that we all know today. His egg-throwing, adorable flutter kick, and ground pound all started here. It was so cute and fun it almost made up for having to listen to Baby Mario scream when you got hit.

12) Super Mario All-Stars

Yeah these were technically old games, but if you were someone who didn't grow up in the 80s, they were all new to us! This collection of Super Mario Bros. 1 - 3, which also included the super-hard Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 (released here as The Lost Levels), would actually go on to be one of the best-selling games on the system!

Better still, Nintendo later started releasing update copies of the game that also included Super Mario World, meaning you got all the Mario goodness you could possibly handle. The collection has clearly stayed popular over the years; it was even re-released on the Nintendo Wii back in 2010!

What's your favorite SNES game?

Didn't grow up with the Super Nintendo? Maybe you'll get to try some of these out with the Nintendo Switch's new online service.

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