SNES Classic Games, Ranked

 In Technology

It’s Super Nintendo Classic day, which means it is time for us to crack open the console, take a long hard look at the list of games that comes with it, and RANK THEM ALL.

Here, separated by tiers, are the 21 SNES Classic games, ranked from worst to best.

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21. Super Ghouls’n Ghosts

Best known as one of the more difficult games in the Super Nintendo’s lineup, Super Ghouls’n Ghosts wasn’t even fun when it launched. Now it’s just awful. Combine an unforgiving damage system with clunky controls (that double jump—uch) and you’ve got the worst video game on the SNES Classic.

20. Star Fox

What was once a revolutionary space shooter is today a mess of polygons, with a brutally choppy framerate making Star Fox damn near unplayable.

19. Star Fox 2

As incredible as it is to play a brand new, unreleased Super Nintendo game in 2017, Star Fox 2 suffers from many of the same problems as its predecessor. I found it tough to play, unfortunately. At least the music is really good.

18. Contra III: The Alien Wars

While it still feels good to jump and roll around as a super-soldier in Contra III, this is a very short, insubstantial game that makes up for its length by being completely unforgiving. If you’re willing to stick with it and use the SNES Classic’s rewind feature, though, you’ll be rewarded with some spectacles (and wild perspective shifts) that still look pretty cool.

Super Punch-Out


These games are worth a few minutes of poking, especially if you’ve never played them before, but you don’t need to spend much time with them.

17. Super Punch-Out

Like Punch-Out before it, Super Punch-Out puts you in a boxing ring and asks you to read your opponent’s moves, dodging and punching and countering along the way. It’s fine.

16. Kirby’s Dream Course

This is a Kirby golf game. I guess it’s also fine.

15. F-Zero

Worth looking into for historical purposes, but if you want to play a racing game on your shiny new SNES Classic, you’ll want to go with F-Zero’s spiritual successor, Super Mario Kart.

Super Castlevania IV


Here is where we start to enter “you should actually play these!” territory. This tier includes games that are good but not great.

14. Kirby Super Star

This collection of platformers and minigames never quite reaches the heights of Kirby’s Adventure, but it remains fun(ish) today.

13. Super Castlevania IV

The platforming in the fourth Castlevania feels clunky today, but dangling your whip like a dead fish never gets old.

12. Street Fighter II

In the 1990s this game was phenomenal, and today it still feels really neat, if a bit rusty. Dhalsim is OP.

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