The Super Nintendo (SNES), which also known as the Super Famicom (SFC) and as the Super Comboy, is a great console with many great platformer games. When we ask different people about the best SNES platformer games, then we get a lot of different answers. Plus, many don’t even know some SNES platformer games.

This post gives a top 20 SNES platformer games that are officially released. Here is a platformer game a game by which one the genres is the platformer genre. So, a game in the top 20 can also be a combination of other genres.

The top 20 SNES platformer games is a list that I have based on a rating system. This rating system works a bit complex, but it is a combination of game critic-based ratings and user-based ratings. The system is not perfect, but it works pretty well.

The purpose of the following top 20 SNES platformer games is to give insight. Maybe you discover a new platformer game, or maybe you can give a game new change to play it. Also, we can see it as a method to test our SNES platformer games knowledge.

Here follow the top 20 SNES platformer games. I have sorted the top 20 in ascending order, which means that the lowest rating comes first (number 20) and highest rating comes last (number 1).

20. Kirby Super Star (Kirby’s Fun Pak)

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The lead character in the platforming video game is Kirby who has several abilities. His abilities include levitation, inhaling enemies and blocks and spitting them out. Swallowing enemies allow Kirby to copy their abilities, which makes it possible for him to perform all manner of attacks.

Gameplay is across seven key modes and two sub-games. The key modes are the Spring Breeze, The Arena, Dyna Blade, Milky Way Wishes, Gourmet Race, Revenge of Meta Knight, and the Great Cave Offensive. In the Kirby Super Star Ultra version of the game on the Nintendo DS, you can play through thirteen games, each with its own story.

One of the unique features of Kirby Super Star is that you can add helpers, by turning enemies into allies. The player can transform Kirby’s abilities into a helper character that can be controlled by the computer or another player. Kirby can also choose to revert helpers to a power-up in an emergency or transform them into a different form.

Helpers can take much damage, but the player needs to power up them when they take up too much damage; otherwise, they will disappear. As for Kirby, he will lose a life if he takes too much damage.

Kirby Super Star has a continuous health gauge rather than the usual vitality bars. The amount of health that is used up will typically depend on the ability used and the number of hits. However, you get a message of the total health used up when fighting the Computer virus boss.

19. Demon’s Crest (Demon’s Blazon)

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Demon’s Crest also known as Demon’s Blazon in Japan and is a distinct side-scrolling platformer video game. The game is a sequel to the Gargoyle’s Quest and also the 3rd video game that stars Firebrand after Gargoyle’s Quest II and Gargoyle’s Quest.

The game is about a world where the human world and the demons world harmoniously co-existed. However, six mysterious crests elements dropped from the sky to earth. These elements include fire, water, air, earth, time, and heaven.

Demons got obsessed with the crests and their hidden power, subsequently starting a civil war. Eventually, Firebrand (Red Demon) got every crest but the Heaven crest. It was under the possession of the Dragon Demon.

Firebrand then went on to confront Dragon Demon and defeated him, but he got severely wounded while at the battle. As he was flying back, a mysterious enemy knocked him down, and he lost all the crests.

The player controls Firebrand, and the mission is to recover the crests while also defeating any opposing creature. Firebrand has various abilities, but his main ones are fire breath, wings to hover around, and claws for clinging walls.

As firebrand collects the crests, he can transform as well as gain new powers specialized for exploration and combat. Besides the crest, the player can also help Firebrand collect other items, which include:

  • Spell vellums and flasks: to use consumable magic items
  • Extra hit points
  • Talismans which can boost his abilities

18. E.V.O.: Search for Eden

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E.V.O.: Search For Eden is an action role-playing and a platformer video game. EVO: Search for Eden took place billions of years before men came into being. In the prehistoric times, animals were ruling the world, and you will, therefore, play as one of them.

After you accept the “Survival of the Fittest” trial, you will start wandering the planet. While you do that, you fight other animals for ascendency and eat others to grow or evolve into a powerful creature. The game wonders unto itself, and you are likely to do that too.

The graphics of EVO plays a vital role in the presentation. The world of this game is gorgeous. You will start in the mystifying “Ocean of Origin,” which is a world without any dry land. Moreover, when you progress through the first five chapters of this game, you see the land and change your shape.

The many effects, including the parallax scrolling, line scrolling, and the color layering create a sense of realism and depth. Due to the diversity of terrains and the many types of animals that exist, you will spend most of your time wondering what will come next.

Interestingly enough, unlike the background, all the animals exist as cartoon characters. Watching the animal changing and developing as it evolves from one form to the other will provide you with the fun you need. However, the characters walking animation is a bit stiff, but the facial expressions are convincing and comical.

17. Earthworm Jim 2

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Earthworm Jim 2 is a platformer and also a run-and-gun platformer video game. The game retains the humor people associate with the original Earthworm Jim. You might realize that it is funnier than the original due to the wider variety of designs.

The video game is an improvement of the original and has minimal flaws. When it comes to the graphics part, you will realize that the game is closer to the original and will not blow you out of the water. The music is excellent and offers memorable tunes in addition to creatively used classical music at various levels.

The abilities of Jim are closer to those you expect in the original game. However, the developers replaced the helicopter head and the worm swing with an equivalent ‘snot’ parachute and ‘snot’ swing. The equivalents, which works better but you will have to activate them differently, and the ‘snot’ swing is easier to use.

The game is weirder and more brilliant than the predecessor. For example, in the first level, your work will be to carry pigs and to avoid falling the grannies who will be smacking you with umbrellas. Also, in the second level, your work will be to shoot the gun with the aim of loosening dirt for it to fall – when excavating your tunnels through the soil.

The game is unique and something you are unlikely to see copied with any other game. Almost every level is fun. However, the difficulty curve fluctuates, and there are some more challenging parts because of the mechanics.

16. Metal Warriors

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Metal Warriors is an action platformer video game. This game mechanics revolve around a typical single player platform game. However, the game features also a two-player split screen versus mode.

As a player, the game allows you to pilot six different assault suit types, and you can also use different suits in the same stage of the game. At any moment, a player can go on to abandon their assault suit and try to get a new one. So when an enemy destroyed the suit of a player, then he can still keep playing the game.

As opposed to a health bar, the mechs shows all taken battle damage.

The game’s six different suit types are the Havoc, Nitro, the Spider, the Prometheus, the Drache, and the Ballistic. Each of these suits has a backpack unit which can make use of backpack power-ups. These backpack power-ups include a grenade launcher, rocket launcher, gravity inverter, and minelayer.

The backpack, similar to the suit’s ranged gun can be disabled if the suit is significantly damaged. The suits can also use other power-ups such as health power-ups. They also utilize other various upgrades designed for the primary gun of the suit.

The player can while ejected from this suit control a marine equipped with a jetpack and a pistol. This marine can fly like the Nitro suit but is slower. The pistol is only useful against scientists lacking armor and soldiers.

Most enemies in the game ignore any unsuited marine. The player needs to eject from their armor to switch armors and to activate switches to unlock doors. Moreover, a marine can fit in smaller spaces the marine can scout without attracting the attention of a majority of the enemies.

15. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (がんばれゴエモン〜ゆき姫救出絵巻〜 Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki)

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The Legend of the Mystical Ninja is action-adventure and a platformer video game. In the game, the players can control two characters Ebisumaru and Goemon.

These characters have different weapons, and they learn different attacks. These weapons are functionally similar. The primary short-range weapons of this game have three levels.

Both characters in the game have thrown weapons from the start. Also, they are allowed to purchase bombs or to win them in mini-games. Furthermore, each character can learn Judo abilities that are similar between the two characters.

The level one Judo offers an animal companion for the character that they can use and ride to reach their enemies. The level two Judo releases an attack to damage all the enemies. Level three Judo offers an ability to characters to fly temporarily, and level four releases a strong repetitive attack.

Most stages of this game have two sections.

The first sections focus on exploration. Such exploration allows players to earn money and to buy items. Also, it allows players to gather information, play mini-games, learn special Judo attack, and earn money.

The most popular mini-game is Gradius. Some other mini-games are dice games, hockey, trivia, and lottery.

The second sections are the platformer sections. It allows players to fight minor enemies and to reach the end to defeat the boss. In two-player mode characters can also work together, like riding on each other in piggy-back style.

After completing each stage, a small scene will appear with a light-hearted plot, and the game reveals the next stage.

14. Mega Man X2 (Rockman X2)

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Mega Man X2 is a side-scrolling action platformer video game and is also known as Rockman X2 in Japan. The game boasts similar action-platforming elements like the series’ first installment. It also follows the standard Mega Man original series gameplay.

In the game, Sigma, the Maverick army leader, was destroyed after underestimating his opponent. The latter was a lone warrior who didn’t know X when he awakened. After six months, X became the head of the Maverick Hunters.

X’s first mission as the leader was eliminating the Mavericks. However, as he started the mission, X-Hunters, a mysterious Reploid group appeared. They had a message for him which stated that the group had Zero’s remains. Zero was X’s fallen comrade.

The X-Hunters were planning to rescue Zero to fight alongside them and Sigma, their fallen leader. X’s mission is to stop the X-Hunters and also save Zero. This way, X would stop the rise of Sigma to ultimate power.

In this game, the task of the player is completing various stages. To do so, the player must destroy enemies and win a special weapon from the boss of each stage. Also, he must gain various power-ups.

Similar to the original Mega Man X series, the player can scale and dash walls. The player can also gain access to unique abilities through optional armor pieces.

13. The Lost Vikings

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The Lost Vikings is a puzzle game and a platformer. In the game, players will have the freedom to control three separate Viking with specific capabilities. All of these three Viking must come together to complete each level and then find their way to their home.

The three Vikings are Baleog the Fierce, Erik the Swift, and Olaf the Stout, and all of them get kidnapped by Tomator. The kidnapper is the emperor of the alien Croutonian Empire. The three Viking managed to escape the ship, but they get lost in various time periods.

All of them must cross different strange locations and confront and defeat the emperor Tomator to find their way home. In this platformer, players are allowed to take control of characters of three Viking and guide one at a time to reach exits.

The developers designed every level in such a way that each Viking must support the other two to reach the end. Also, all three Viking must reach the exit point to finish the level. All of them have three health points.

They can lose their health points by getting hurt by their enemies. When a Viking lose all his health points, he will die. Other two Vikings will continue with the game. However, the player will not be able to win at the end, so the player might restart the game to get control over the game.

Each Viking of this game will have the power to carry some items that include food, keys, and bombs. They will also come with some unique set of skills. Erik can jump and run fast, Baleog can kill with sword, and Olaf can block enemies.

12. Donkey Kong Country

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The lead characters in the platformer video game are Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong his nephew. The two go on a quest to get back a stash of bananas stolen from them by the Kremlings and King K. Rool. The main modes of travel are rolling, jumping and running.

The Kongs are the only playable characters. The gameplay involves guiding them through 40 side-scrolling levels. You can switch between the two characters who have different strengths and weaknesses.

The levels contain bananas and other collectibles. The character also has to fight many enemies who have varying levels of defense capabilities and skills. To defeat the enemies, you need to employ rolling, stomping, barrel throws and using animals.

Damage to a Kong typically results in losing a life and being kicked down to either the previous Star Barrel or the restart point of the level. The most common collectible items are the bananas, 100 of which will grant a player an extra life. Barrels are also a common collectible that can be thrown to reveal bonus rooms, defeat enemies and revive a dead Kong.

You can also get help in the different levels from a range of animal characters. The animals do provide different types of assistance, and you can play the animal once you have collected three identical tokens.

You will typically be playing Donkey Kong Country in ecosystem themed game worlds. The ecosystems include ruins, mines, caves, treetops, mountains, underwater, factory and jungles.

11. Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

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Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi a run-and-gun platform video game. The game is the third and the last of the Super Star Wars trilogy. Furthermore, the game has many exciting and fun features, and there are many similarities with the previous Star Wars games.

The game has quasi-3D vehicle sequences and multiple playable characters. The fans of previous games will find it worth playing since it will help to discover something new by following the old tricks.

The controls of this game are similar to the second game and also offers a password option. Also, this game follows the plot of the Return of the Jedi. There are some added scenes including Luke Skywalker that fights through the Death Star to get Emperor Palpatine.

In addition to Luke Skywalker, players will find some other interesting playable characters. These characters include Chewbacca, Han Solo, Prince Leia, and Wicket.

The bosses of this game are Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt, Emperor Palpatine, and the Rancor Beast. The vehicles of this game include a cruise in the Millennium Falcon and Endor speeder bike chase. Skywalker has five Force powers, and he can easily recharge his power.

Princess Leia will come with a unique look with some playstyle changes to complement the character. While approaching the Jabba’s palace, she has a staff as the bounty hunter. She fights with a broken chain and also wields a blaster while fighting on Endor.

10. Contra III: The Alien Wars (Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, Contra Spirits)

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Contra III: The Alien Wars is a run-and-gun platform video game. In this game, the defeated alien invaders of the previous installment have decided to start Alien Wars against humans on earth.

The identity of the original Contra heroes Bill and Lance changed to Jimbo and Sully. However, the game continues with the previous localizations. Similarly, the alien invader transformed into Red Falcon.

With more advanced technology, there are improved graphics in Contra III. The level design is more complex than its predecessors. It will enable players to grab onto ceilings and poles and to navigate them and climb ladders and walls.

Players can also destroy the scenery, buildings, and even commander tanks. It also involves riding on missiles and motorcycle chases. This game allows players to carry and switch between 2 weapons whenever required.

Players can fire weapons to hit enemies from all the sides. Also, a player can lock the mobility of the character and that allows him to shoot at eight directions without jumping or moving.

The players will have three difficulty levels- easy, normal, and hard. Each difficulty will have some characteristics. For example, the harder difficulty will feature new attacks and modification to the existing patterns.

When a player completes the first two difficulty levels easy or normal, then he or she will enter to the next difficulty. Entering the next difficulty happens with current weapon configurations, score, and lives intact. In the hard difficulty, the player needs to defeat an additional form of the final boss followed by the credits and final score.

9. The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse

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The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse is platformer video game. The game comes with several levels packed with many details. The developers created beautiful backdrops, the scrolling is not deep, but you will still enjoy the appearance.

Initially, the game is vibrant, but it does not shy off from going dark, which helps with the visual variety and maintains everything at a fresh level. Furthermore, the developers kept the special effects to the minimum, which means that the animations are smooth.

In the game, the music never rises to a high level. Even though it is not that memorable, it will keep you going to one level after the other.

The abilities of Mickey are limited because apart from the butt bounce he can only manage to grab objects and enemies and toss them. Also, Mickey will remain viable throughout the game because his abilities have many limitations.

Mickey can use found coins to buy stuff including more lives, restore health or to increase his life bar or upgrade outfits.

When changing levels, Mickey changes outfits, which are the magician, firefighter, mountain climber. Also, these outfits provide Mickey with new abilities to traverse a level. For example, when Mickey is a magician, and therefore he can fire magic bolts, enchant magic carpets and breathe underwater.

There is also more than changing outfits though levels. For example, Goofy offers you mountain climbing gear, which turns the game into Bionic Commando for some period.

All the stages match the outfit that Mickey wears. With Mickey’s abilities, we can find hiding secrets and alternate paths. Plus, it feels good to fight the fire and extinguish flames to make platforms.

8. Super Castlevania IV

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Super Castlevania IV is a popular side-scrolling platformer video game. In this game, players take control of Simon through 11 levels. Furthermore, the game has 16-bit with SNES Mode 7 graphics.

Players will start this game using five lives and will end it after losing all of them. Players will lose their life when they will not be able to finish the game within the given time limit or if the health of all Simon’s starts depleting.

Simon can restore the health gauge by using food items. These items can drop from the breakable blocks and candles or with Magic Crystal. Players receive a Magic Crystal when they defeat a boss at the end of each level.

Players can use Simon’s whip to attack enemies in 8 directions by using the control pad. By holding the attack button, Simon’s whip can go and wave around with the control pad to block projectiles.

The power and the length of the whip can increase up to two levels by collecting Morning Star item. The Simon whip can be used for different purposes such as for fighting, latching onto rings, and swing over dangerous areas.

Players can use the secondary weapon that consumes the “Hearts” of Simon, and these Hearts can drop from enemies and candles. Moreover, the secondary weapon includes an ax and a watch in addition to some other weapons. Players can throw axes in an arc, and use a watch to stop all the enemy motion.

A password will be required to continue with this game.

7. Super Mario All-Stars

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Super Mario All-Stars is a compilation of enhanced remakes Super Mario Bros. side-scrolling platform video games. Moreover, Nintendo released these Super Mario Bros. games for the Entertainment System (NES) or Japanese Famicom. These games are Super Mario Bros. (1985), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988), and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986).

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is the original version of Super Mario Bros. 2, that Nintendo did not release outside of Japan. So with Super Mario All-Stars people outside of Japan could now also play Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

The enhanced games where modified so they could take advantage of the more powerful hardware with 16-bit technology in the SNES. These modifications are:

  • updated 256-color graphics with elaborated backgrounds
  • extra sounds and updated soundtracks
  • Save mechanisms (which the original games didn’t have) that the player can use to resume playing from the start of a previously accessed world. However, in the Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the player does not start of a previously accessed world, but a previously accessed level. Furthermore, it is possible to store up to four save files for each the games.
  • parallax scrolling

The gameplay of each remade game is almost the same as the original version. However, some game physic, character designs, and level designs are slightly modified. Also, some bugs are fixed, including the “Minus World” in Super Mario Bros.

Players can also customize their control configuration in the game. Such as mapping the “jump” and “dash/item, throw/hold” actions to different buttons on the controller.

6. ActRaiser (アクトレイザー Akutoreizā)

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ActRaiser is a platform, city-building, and simulation video game. In this game, we play the role of god in the ActRaiser world. The story starts with waking you up from a sleep that has taken thousands of years, only to realize that evil spirits are in control of the land below.

From your floating palace, you will manage to survey the continents below you. Also, from there you can locate the sources of the monster infestations and descend in human form to take up a sword against the Evil One’s legions.

The game involves weapon-wielding and platform-jumping sequences that are straightforward. You will have to gather more apples with the aim of refilling the life meter and 1ups to get more livestock.

The Master levels up by increasing the total population of the world, granting an increase in hit points and SP, used in performing miracles.

At the end of every stage, expect boss battles against the mythical beasts such as a sphinx, a Minotaur or a centaur. Moreover, after every action stage, the style and genre will shift completely. It shifts from a platformer into a simulation.

The simulation half is enjoyable because it is streamlined and uncomplicated. From the menu, you will manage to direct the citizens to focus their efforts on the construction of the city and access the weather control. Such weather control is like the rainstorms, lightning strikes and earthquakes.

5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

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Donkey Kong Country 2 is a side-scrolling adventure platformer video game. In the game, the nasty King K. Rool and the Kremlings kidnapped Donkey Kong. It is therefore up to Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong his girlfriend to save Donkey Kong.

All helpful friends and familiar foes return together with other new characters. Among them is the wise Wrinkly Kong, which will teach you several crucial lessons in the gameplay.

The player can either control Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong over eight different worlds and across 52 different levels. The primary goal is rescuing Donkey Kong, but besides saving Donkey Kong, a player can complete various extra missions.

One of the other missions is to collect bananas. One hundred of them count as one extra life. A player needs to raise enough Kremkoins from K. Rool to open up routes leading to the Lost World.

Each level comprises a hidden Hero Coin. Moreover, every world includes a fight with the bosses there. The player needs to defeat them to progress to the next world.

There are numerous different enemies in the game. They include rats, porcupines, land-based reptilian Kremlings, vultures, and bees. Some enemies exist underwater and include stingrays, piranhas, and pufferfish.

Like its predecessor, the player can neutralize enemies by jumping on their heads, throw barrels at them, or cartwheel through them.

Once an enemy hits a character that the player is playing, then it disappears from the screen and the control will switch characters to the next one. A player can reclaim a partner from the marked DK barrels.

In case the two characters die, the player loses a life. The player can then restart either from the last checkpoint or at the start of the level. The former comes as a star-painted barrel.

4. Mega Man X

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Mega Man X is an action platformer video game set 100 years after the original Mega Man series. It is set in a space-age world populated by Reploids and humans.

The Reploids are robots with the ability to grow, feel, and think just like their human inventors. These capabilities make them tend towards criminal activity and destruction that earns them the name “Mavericks.”

The lead character in the game is Mega Man X that is a member of the Maverick Hunters, a military task force. A task of the military task force is to thwart the plans of a powerful Maverick leader named Sigma. Sigma is planning to make the entire human race extinct.

Similar to the original Mega Man games, Mega Man X has eight initial levels through which a player needs to guide the eponymous character. However, Mega Man X comes with radical changes to the mechanics of gameplay and new features. In the new version, the character can scale walls, dash along the ground and obtain armor with special powers.

Each of the stages comes with all manner of hazards and enemies and culminates in an epic battle against one of the Mavericks. You do get a new weapon as the reward for completing each stage which the player can complete in any order.

X retains the abilities of previous versions of the games including jumping, running and the X-Buster, a chargeable arm cannon. However, he also has one more prominent feature that makes it possible for him to jump off, slide down or scale any wall. The player can upgrade the character with armor part capsules and heart tanks that extend X’s life energy.

3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a platformer video game and a sequel to the Super Mario World. Although it is a sequel, it is, in fact, a prequel. The prequel occurs before the events in the Super Mario Bros. This game features Luigi, Mario, as well as Bowsers although as infants.

The game’s events occur in the past. The evil Magikoopa Kamek attempted to kidnap Luigi’s twin, Mario. Although Kameek successfully kidnapped one of the twins, Mario, however, fell on Yoshi’s Island.

The island is home to Yoshi, and he carries baby Mario and takes him to his parents. Kamek, however, sends hordes of monsters and troops to kidnap baby Mario and stop the Yoshis.

In this game, players mainly control the Yoshis who have different colors. As a baby, Mario is helpless unless he collects a star that renders him invincible. Players controlling the Yoshi can swallow their enemies to make eggs.

The eggs are primarily used to activate switches and attack enemies. Yoshi has a flutter jump ability that helps him across large gaps that regular jumps cannot. Furthermore, Yoshi can also transform into vehicles like trains, helicopters or submarines.

If baby Mario gets dismounted from a Yoshi, a countdown begins. Yoshi must then catch Mario before Kamek’s servants capture it.

When invincible, Mario is immune to attack and doesn’t ride on a Yoshi. He can also run up particular walls when invincible.

2. Super Mario World

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Super Mario World is a platform video game. The game centers on Mario and Luigi’s quest to save Dinosaur Land from the series’ antagonist, Bowser. These two brothers must traverse seven worlds to restore order in Dinosaur Land.

The game has the same structure of gameplay as the former Mario games, but with new power-ups. These power-ups augment character abilities. Also, they establish conventions, which are carried over to the Series’ future games.

Super Mario World also marks the first appearance of Mario’s dinosaur riding mount and sidekick, Yoshi. Having saved the Mushroom Kingdom in the exclusive Super Mario Bros. 3, Luigi and Mario both agree to go for a vacation to a place referred to as Dinosaur Land, a place filled with different types of dinosaurs. Nonetheless, while they are resting on the beach, Princess Toadstool vanishes.

When Mario and Luigi finally wake up, they try to search for her endlessly. After searching for her for several hours, they bump into a giant egg in the forest. Suddenly, the egg hatches and from it emerges a young dinosaur called Yoshi.

Yoshi informs them that his dinosaur buddies are also imprisoned in the eggs by the evil King Koopas. The two brothers, Mario and Luigi realize that the disappearance of Princess Toadstool must be the work of the evil Koopa and his Koopalings.

The two brothers together with Yoshi all set out to save Yoshi’s dinosaur buddies as well as Princess Toadstool. In their journey, they explore the Dinosaur Land in search of Bowser. To assist him, Yoshi gives Mario a cape at the beginning of their journey.

Luigi and Mario pursue Bowser, and in the process defeat the Koopalings. Eventually, they save all of Yoshi’s dinosaur buddies. Also, they rescue the Princess subsequently restoring order to Dinosaur Land.

1. Super Metroid

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Super Metroid is a platform-adventure game and the third of the Metroid series. The lead character in the game is Samus Aran, a bounty hunter on the quest to a baby Metroid stolen by the Space Pirates and Ridley. Her quest leads her to Zebes, where she fights all manner of Bosses and enemies, after earning useful upgrades.

The gameplay primarily takes place on Zebes, a fictional planet accessed through elevators and doors. The play involves controlling the eponymous character Samus Aran as she traverses Zebes. Samus has many capabilities including crouching, running, and firing weapons in eight directions.

Throughout the gameplay, you can upgrade the character’s weaponry, and armor as well as granting her special abilities. These special weapons and abilities allow the character to access previously inaccessible areas.

The heads up display shows critical aspects of Samus’ health, her surroundings, her location, and her weapons. You can also disable and enable the different abilities of the character and their weapons from the inventory screen.

You can navigate to different areas of the game with an automap, which locates and shows where the character is. The map can also show the unexplored areas of the planet, where you can go searching with your character.

One of the best ways of increasing the characters abilities is by saving the game to Samus’ gunship. Saving the game in this location fully recharges the characters ammunition and health. The player achieves the best ending when Samus poses with her suit, and the game ends in less than three hours.

Closing Words

This top 20 SNES platformer games list is not perfect. Moreover, the list can’t be perfect since I have tried to base this list on the opinions of critics and users. However, I do think that the most important and best platformer games are part of this list.

If you like this post, then you may want to look at some posts in the top games part, since this post is also part of it.

Hopefully, you liked this top 20 SNES platformer games list. Also, when you know someone who likes to know what possible top SNES platformer games are, then feel free to share this post. Additionally, do you think there misses a game in this top SNES platformer games list?

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