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
    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.



  • 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
    Shin Megami Tensei

    Again I have no experience with it personally, but still the birth of near and dear franchise



  • Adding EVO: The Search for Eden. Always fun to save up for a big jaw upgrade and wreck enemies with your super teeth.

    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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden



  • Joe & Mac. A suprisingly good arcade style platformer, I'd call it the best in the series and one of the best caveman games in general.

    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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac



  • Tales of Phantasia: Whether you're a fan of Tales or Star Ocean, it all started with this game!

    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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac
    Tales of Phantasia



  • 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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac
    Tales of Phantasia
    Skyblazer

    It's a really fun, responsive action-platformer. More people should be aware of it.



  • Actraiser 2. I think the appeal here comes from it both being and feeling like an expert version of Actraiser 1's professional mode. It's got new mechanics too of course, and I think you can claim the platforming and combat controls are each very unique for the SNES.

    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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac
    Tales of Phantasia
    Skyblazer
    Actraiser 2



  • 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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac
    Tales of Phantasia
    Skyblazer
    Actraiser 2
    Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage

    Since there wasn't a Shadowgate, Deja Vu or Uninvited for this list, I had to add something from the group that worked on those to the list.



  • Entry 29: Illusion of Gaia. Act soon if anyone wants number 30.

    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
    Shin Megami Tensei
    EVO: The Search For Eden
    Joe & Mac
    Tales of Phantasia
    Skyblazer
    Actraiser 2
    Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage
    Illusion of Gaia