The Super Nintendo is the cherished second generation of Nintendo home consoles, released in North America during 1991. The system was beloved due to the sheer quantity of games as well as their outstanding quality. Built on 16-bit architecture, the Super Nintendo as a system was powerful for its time, yet the strongest selling point for the system were always the games themselves. These titles were the cream of the crop and many of them hold up particularly well even today. The following are the 10 best titles released for the system. The impact each game had on the industry as a whole is accounted for, but an emphasis is placed on how the game would be received if initially released today.
10. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)
Known simply as Yoshi’s Island, this somewhat polarizing game has continued to earn more praise as time passes. The sequel to the universally acclaimed Super Mario World and the second original Mario platforming title on the system, the expectations heaped on this game were out of control. While Yoshi’s Island would go on to meet and exceed those expectations, the manner in which it did so received opposition. The graphical style was changed dramatically, altering the semi-realistic look of the original and choosing the look of a hand-drawn animated coloring book. This gave the appearance of a less mature game and one designed for children, which was far from the truth. The graphics are timeless and have likely aged better than any Super Nintendo title, but at the time such a drastic departure for the series was difficult to accept. That is unfortunate because Yoshi’s Island is one of the deepest, most satisfyingly challenging platforming games ever created.