Top 5 Games You Should be Playing on Your SNES Classic…

that aren’t Zelda, Mario, or Metroid! Everybody and their grandmothers know that you should play The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid. All three can be regarded as the “best game of all time”. We actually named A Link to the Past the best game of all time in our top 10 last year. The SNES Classic is easily assessable to just about anybody looking for one, but are people actually playing them? I know I did, for those initial three hours to record our Quick Look then it went straight into the box after a few races of F-Zero. How about we all release them from their confinements and you know, play them? I’m here to recommend five games that you should be playing on your SNES Classic in no particular order.

F-Zero: Without this fast-paced racer we would have never gotten Mario Kart. If more people play F-Zero I’m hoping for some buzz to lift onto social media and finally get Nintendo to make us a proper game after nearly two decades. Fast racing and sweet tunes await you.


Contra III: The Alien Wars: Contra III is the best in the series and one of the most action-packed games of all time. Big guns, an onslaught of enemies (including aliens), and two cool dudes make Contra III and enjoyable experience; however, plan to die a lot. Even on the lower difficult settings and with the additional lives chances are you won’t be able to complete The Alien Wars, but you should always try.

Super Castlevania IV: What happened to Konami? They were knocking it out of the park back in the 16-bit era. Super Castlevania IV ranks as one of the best Castlevania titles. Having access to the 360-degree whip rotation as an attack made whipping monsters from hell so much fun. If you’ve managed to skip out on Simon Belmont’s best adventure then jump on it immediately.

Street Fighter II Turbo: If you keeping digging within the SNES Classic’s box chances are that you’ll find a second controller. Whip it out and invite a buddy over and whoop them with a couple of hadokens and possibly a spinning bird kick. Capcom’s Street Fighter II is a fantastic fighter even after almost 30 years. Make sure to pay respects to the classics and fight an endless amount of rounds on Guile’s stage.

Earthbound: I started Earthbound back  in the mid-2000’s and finally finished it in January 2017 and it nearly brought a tear to my eye…or maybe it did, you’ll never know. Ness’ adventure is one of my favorite games of all time. Second favorite just in this collection of SNES games. Every sound bit, every battle, every dumb boss encounter, and especially the visuals are all perfect. Nothing about this game is anything but perfection. If you’re itching to play the best JRPG within this collection look no further. Let Ness’ ridiculous adventure sell you on how wonderful the world of Earthbound can be.


Yeah yeah, I know. “Where’s Final Fantasy VI (III)?!” you may ask. Well, truth be told, I don’t regard it as one of the best Final Fantasy titles ever. *Hides* I enjoy Final Fantasy VI quite a bit actually, but I regard it as my least favorite from the SNES trilogy. I think IV is superior in any way and I wish Nintendo would have added IV within this collection. Chrono Trigger and Act Raiser would have been nice as well. Oh wells, can’t really complain about the 21 games that Nintendo DID add at least. Well there you go, these are my top 5 recommendations for you to whip out (eh? Anybody?) your SNES Classic as soon as possibly. Enjoy!

Braulio Ortiz

Founder and creator of Cynosure Gaming. Has roughly 24 years of gaming experience and began gaming on the NES. After playing countless hours of Ninja Gaiden and The Legend of Zelda a new hobby was born. Since then I've owned every major console and handheld and have beaten nearly every game that is relevant to the industry. Now I continue my passion through this website and see no end to this awesome world of entertainment. PSN & NID: happydude633

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