Rearranging the attic I ran into my SNES + copybox. I don’t remember when I played it the last time.
As life goes on, interests change and time becomes precious. So, it is important to choose the things that give you most joy. Games don’t give me much joy anymore.The magic is gone. But once upon a time, I played the SNES a lot. There was a lot of SNES magic then. I was spoiled rotten with my copybox. I could get my hands on any game I wanted and if I couldn’t I would just rent the game and copy it to 2 or 3 1.44inch floppy disks. Heaven on earth at that time.
I would like to give you a top 10 of SNES games I absolutely enjoyed.
10. Street Fighter II
Countless nights were spent with playing this game against buddies. It was cool until my buddies started training so much that I could hardly ever defeat them again. Fucking Shoryuken. Awesome characters in the game and none of them unlikable. Of course my faves were Dhalsim, E-Honda, Zangief and Chun-Li.
This game was made with love. There is no other word for it. Earthworm Jim is such an endearing and cool character. I loved all the missions and there was lots of funny stuff in the game. This game is what happens when a few creators get together and totally think outside of the box.
Blackthorne by Blizzard was an amazing game. I loved to go through that world and save people and kick ass. Don’t ask me how the game ended. I don’t remember it anymore, but I do remember Blackthorne was a fucking cool game.
Did Final Fight set the standard for scrolling beat-em-up games? I don’t know. What I do know is I fucking liked to play scrolling beat-em-up games with my buddies. Final Fight 2 was a great game to play with your buddies. Just walk down the street and beat up scum. And while you are it beat up their wimp of a boss. I lost count of how many times I played this game.
Football or soccer. It’s the same. This game was super awesome. When you grow up in Europe you know about football and probably like it a lot. So when a game comes along containing most national football teams you start playing it. Argentina was my favorite time. It had a lethal attack with Maradona, Batistuta and Caniggia. People didn’t like playing it against me, because I got inhuman scores with it. The funniest thing was that my buddies were pretty chauvinistic so they nearly always chose the Dutch squad. What they forgot was that Maradona played against Koeman. Maradona was fast and Koeman was super slow. So the only thing that needed to be done was giving Maradona the ball and you could outtrick and outrun Koeman every time. Scores of 20-0 were more common than rare when Argentina played Holland. One of the best football games ever.
Imagine revving your engine and “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath starts to play. Do you want to step on the gas or not? I know I would. What made this game so cool was the remixed instrumental music combined with the awesome racing matches. The songs were the “Peter Gunn theme”, “Bad To The Bones”, “Highway Star” and “Born To Be Wild”. Rock And Roll Racing could be played as a 2-player game so me and my buddies played it a lot. You could race, buy weapons and the sabotage your buddies to win a race. Needless to say there was a lot of cursing at crucial moments. Timing the sabotage was what made this game so great, but also the speed of the game and the music made it a play-it-again game.
If it moves you shoot it. That is how I saw Contra III. This was an amazing shooting-the-shit-out-of-things games. I found it quite difficult, though.
Some parts in levels were not easy to traverse at all. The robot-spider dropping from the sky was jaw-droppingly amazing, but also other big enemies were badass. You could also play this with 2 players, so we did. Quite a challenging game and they don’t make them like that anymore.
3. Super Punch Out
What an awesome boxing game this was. I loved the graphics, the opponents and the playability. The game also had a lot of humor. I didn’t have manual so I had to figure out what to do. I didn’t understand the “Super Punch” at the beginning, so I was really struggling with my opponents. Then when I found out how the “Super Punch” worked the game got even more enjoyable. When I finally finished the 3 circuits I was a happy camper. Little did I know there was a hidden circuit, after you finished the 3 circuits undefeated.
The hidden circuit was much tougher and quite a challenge. When I finally finished the hidden circuit I still didn’t have enough of the game. I want to finish the hidden circuit undefeated as well. Why trying that my finger once slipped and I hit an opponent at a certain spot and he got dizzy. I was like :”WTF? How did I do that?” There seemed to be no end to the depth of the game. So then I started looking for weak spots of other opponents and then the game became even more addictive. Now the time challenge was the shit. How fast could you defeat your opponent? What an amazing game this was. It had so much depth and it might be the game I have played the most on the SNES.
2. The Combatribes
Did I say I love scrolling beat-em-up games? Well, I do. This game had awesome cartoony graphics, even more awesome music and fabulous game play. And the sound effects when you punch and kick someone were hilarious.
All kinds of gangs and great end bosses. The most difficult end boss was a woman, though. She was really tough to beat. I never knew what the deal with her was, because I had a Japanese version of The Combatribes, but mang, was she tough.
There was also the boss of the “Skate Slash Screamers”, Trash, a pink spike haired bastard with a mallet who just trashes the shit out of you. Credit muncher for sure. By the way, the gangs have awesome names like “Demon Clowns” and “The Slaughter Troops”.
1. Ninja Warriors Again
What happens when you mix awesome graphics with awesome music and awesome playability? Ninja Warriors Again happens. When I first saw this game my jaw dropped. It looked visually stunning and the music was so fucking awesome. And then the end level bosses? 8 end level bosses you needed to beat and chop the shit out of. Each end level boss stage had great music and that music really added to the atmosphere of the fight.
This game could be played with 2 players and that was cool, but I really enjoyed playing this one by myself to blow off some steam. Needed some finger gymnastics? Ninja Warriors Again gave it to you. Ninja Warriors was the perfect SNES game for me. It was the perfect symbiosis of music, graphics and game play. The only other game I can think of that I found perfect is Playstation 1’s Metal Gear Solid.