This past Christmas my lovely girlfriend got me a Raspberry Pi kit so I could build a RetroPie. It’s a tremendous amount of fun, but with thousands of games one can play on a RetroPie, what are the absolute essentials? With so many games, I’m going to break this feature up by console, and we’re going to be starting with the SNES.
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Any surprise here? Link To The Past is arguably the best Zelda game ever, and set the absolute standard that the series would follow for the next 15 years. It’s undeniably one of the best games of all time.
Much like Link To The Past, Super Metroid is arguably the best entry in its legendary series and inspired countless “Metroidvania’s” for years to come.
Chrono Trigger has a legit case to being the best game of all time. An unbelievably charming and well put together RPG that perfects the fundamentals, and oozes with polish. Also one of the best soundtracks ever.
Final Fantasy VI
Almost everything I said about Chrono Trigger applies here.
Donkey Kong Country 1/2
DKC 1 and 2 are two of the best 2D side scrollers ever made. They are the magnum opus of Donkey Kong, and the soundtracks by David Wise are incredible.
Super Mario World
Do I need to even explain this? Super Mario World is the gold standard for side scrollers, every 2D side scroller is jealous of this game.
Secret of Mana
An incredible action RPG that nails fun gameplay with a great story, excellent soundtrack, and so much charm it’s almost contagious.
One of the last great SNES games, Yoshi’s Island is the epitome of a classic game sequel. That is to say, it is nothing like its predecessor in almost any way. Yoshi’s Island does have incredible gameplay, and one of the best art styles in all of gaming history.
Super Mario RPG
Maybe the worst name to a Mario game ever. The game itself, a product of Nintendo trying to bring the RPG craze to North America, is incredible. Exceptionally charming, it allowed Mario to show more personality then ever before, and laid the groundwork for one of the best battle systems ever.
Probably the most charming RPG ever. Earthbound is really wacky and out to left field, but behind that is an incredibly well made RPG that holds up very well today.
Super Mario Kart/F-Zero
I’m combining these entries as they are the two best Mode 7 racing titles on the SNES. Two sides of the same coin, one focusing on pure speed while the other focuses on arcade-style fun. They are both technical marvels in their time.
Super Punch Out
Come on, who doesn’t love Punch Out? A truly unique game that left a real impact on gaming and pop culture.
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
I’ve never been a big fighting game fan, mostly because I suck at them, but I appreciate the art of fighting games. SF 2 Turbo is a technical marvel, and one of the most dense fighting games ever.
Mega Man X
One of the best gaming sequels ever, Mega Man X is the best Mega Man of all in my opinion, and nails everything about the series, from level design to gameplay.
This is a matter of personal preference, but Harvest Moon for better or worse is one of my favorite gaming franchises ever and it’s a lot of fun to see where the series started.
And that rounds out my SNES picks. Did I miss any? I’m sure I did. Let me know your SNES picks in the comments!