Contra 3 is a love-letter to muscle-bound action heroes of the 80s and 90s. It’s a simple sidescrolling run and gun shooter where two players hold down the shoot button and mow down rows of enemies while avoiding bullets. It’s easy to jump into and immediately start having fun, though the new top-down levels have jarring controls and maze-like designs.
As a huge fan of Super Mario World I had balked at this drastically different, somewhat kiddie-fied sequel. But two decades later I can appreciate the clever, more open level designs and Yoshi’s unique tactics for solving puzzles and defeating enemies. Nintendo has always made quality platformers and if you can ignore the SMW2 part, Yoshi’s Island is a solid game in its own right. The large characters give DKC an exciting aesthetic, along with a finger-snapping jazzy soundtrack, colorful levels filled with secrets, and an overland map that let you easily replay any level. It also expanded the Kong lore, introducing a whole family of Kongs along with two good SNES sequels, but the original is still a great game.
It features the active-time battle system, beautiful pixel art, a sweeping story of love, loss, destruction, and hope, memorable heroes and villains, and a gigantic 40+ hour run-time. The Super Nintendo launched with a new 16-bit Mario game, and Nintendo quickly proved that they would remain the kings of gaming throughout the 90s. Super Mario World is a natural evolution of Super Mario Bros. 3, featuring an overland map with multiple paths, powerups that drastically changed the way you could tackle a level, and an insane amount of fun new enemies and secrets.
- After the success of the first Campus Challenge in 1991, Nintendo decided to follow up with a SNES campus challenge the following year.
- The competition was played across 3 Nintendo games; Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilotwings.
- The competition was played across 35 US college campuses where the overall winner was awarded $10,000.
Games That Are Astoundingly Good
Street Fighter and Moral Kombat’s insane popularity ushered in a giant fighting game craze throughout the early and mid 90s. I was always more of an MK kid, but Street Fighter was definitely the faster game, and that goes double for the Turbo edition. Star Fox 2 is the bonus game included in the SNES Classic Edition, a never-before-released sequel. The king of dragons is basically just a beat them up dressed up as a cool swords and sorcery fantasy RPG. Players can choose from five playable classes, each of which are the recognizable stock archetypes that are somehow still ubiquitous today.
Kirby’s flight and enemy-stealing powers still make for a fun and unique platforming experience. There’s a lot of content included here, from a challenging boss run mode to a more open-ended treasure hunt. A second player can also join in with most of the modes. Oddly Kirby never received a full-fledged 16-bit platformer on the SNES. Instead he starred in this 8-in-1 game pack, which included a remake of the original Game Boy game Kirby’s Dream Land, along with a bunch of mini-games.
It looks like Chrono Trigger, plays like Zelda, but it’s set within a Final Fantasy-like world and story Tangerine Oric ROM games. It even features cooperative multiplayer once you gain the other two party members.
Super Mario Sunshine: 10 Hardest Shines In The Game (& How To Get Them)
I must’ve rented Super Mario RPG half a dozen times from Blockbuster before I finally received it as a gift later that year. It was one of the last big releases for the Super Nintendo, uniquely taking the characters and world of Mario into a turn-based RPG. The results were incredible, though like Donkey Kong Country the 3D sprites don’t hold up quite as well today.