The Super Nintendo features one of the largest and deepest game libraries in console history. The top-end talent that paces the system’s greatest titles is nearly unmatched, but the sheer amount of quality games that were released during the console’s lifecycle is unbelievable. With the recent resurgence in popularity for the SNES in the used game market, more and more titles that were once under appreciated such as Rock N’ Roll Racing and Batman Returns are now in the mainstream light and are receiving recognition. While most quality titles are no longer great secrets, there remain some great titles to slip through the cracks and that’s the case for the following 10 games, which are real hidden gems. They are among the SNES’s best games but are very seldom discussed or mentioned anywhere.
Prior to finding their niche and being acquired by Sega in order to develop the 2K series of sports games, developer Visual Concepts created quite a few Super Nintendo titles, including an entire series which centered on clay animation. These clay titles included the enormously popular ClayFighter series. That 2D fighting series did not age gracefully, and the competitive genre has seen superior titles arrive since then. However, another title in the clay animation line was released by Visual Concepts, and somehow this title slipped through the media and is not often discussed among quality Super Nintendo titles to play. That’s a shame, because Claymates is very different from ClayFighter, with the only resemblance being the clay animation style of art. Claymates uses that clay animation to morph the playable clay ball into the various transformations the player desires. It’s a unique platforming adventure with clever abilities and offers a fair challenge. Claymates is a true sleeper hit.