picking the 30 best SNES games... that weren't made by Nintendo, Square, Capcom and Konami



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V

    One of the best DQ games, so why not?



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser

    Loved the blend of town-building "sim" and action game, all rolled into one.



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon

    Never played this one, but everybody loves Harvest Moon, and I've heard this one is great



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne

    Still have this cart. Love it.



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam

    Perfect game for a quick, competitive session. Gotta love that announcer.



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    Terranigma

    Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet, second best RPG for me after FFVI on the system



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun

    Ambition! Probably one of the "darker" SNES games.


  • Global Moderator

    Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars

    loved this game asa kid, even though it being hard I enjoyed it a lot



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2

    Sure, the humor is quintessential 90s stuff, but there was amazing level variety that made this game a blast to play. It improved upon the first in just about every way, and I still enjoy a quick playthrough now and again.



  • Gotta add some Gemfire love. A very nice and enjoyable strategy/tactics game by Koei. One of my favorites in the genre.

    Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire
    Lost Vikings

    Much like Blackthorne, in a few ways, but it was part of a whole sub-genre of adventure/puzzle games I loved on SNES.



  • Lost Vikings is a game I always think is underrated when I see top 20/top 100 lists. I feel it's an easy top 15 contender for best SNES games, and compared to my other favorites I don't even think of my appreciation as particularly out of the ordinary.



  • @Chocobop Nintendo did not make Donkey Kong Country. it definitely counts.

    you aren't following your own rules.



  • @Yoshi Nintendo doesn't make Smash either by that logic.
    Stop being such a contrarian just for the sake of it.

    Also, my contribution is...

    Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire
    Lost Vikings
    Doom Troopers

    90's mutant-killing pre-rendered shoot-em-up goodness. Used similar tech to DKC to achieve pretty impressive graphics for back in the day.



  • @El-Shmiablo technically they don't. Hal Laboratories made the first 3 games and Namco Bandai made the last one.


  • Global Moderator

    @Yoshi It doesn't really matter. The OP stated the rules in their OP.



  • RE: rules.

    The rule is the dividing line that I chose, and DKC is on the other side of the dividing line. It could have turned out differently, but that's the one I picked. You don't have to call it the "Nintendo/Square/Capcom/Konami" line if you don't want to. Just treat that name as a short hand that we're using for the purposes of this list.



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire
    Lost Vikings
    Doom Troopers
    Umihara Kawase

    One of the most unique and challenging platformers for the system.



  • I will add Pocky & Rocky. My favorite Commando-clone style game. It's a top down run 'n gun with Japanese folklore enemies.

    Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire
    Lost Vikings
    Doom Troopers
    Umihara Kawase
    Pocky & Rocky



  • Soul Blazer
    Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Super R-Type
    Mortal Kombat 2
    Brawl Brothers
    Lufia 2
    Dragon Quest V
    ActRaiser
    Harvest Moon
    Blackthorne
    NBA Jam
    Terranigma
    Shadowrun
    Super Star Wars
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Gemfire
    Lost Vikings
    Doom Troopers
    Umihara Kawase
    Pocky & Rocky
    Flashback

    Of the two games like it I could add, Flashback was my favorite.