20 Underrated SNES Games

With nearly every game created for the SNES and other retro gaming systems available, there’s no better time than now to explore some of the titles you may have missed in your youth. Popular games have received all the attention, unlike other great games. We had neither the time nor the capacity as we now do to follow each release. Take a look at some of the most underrated games for the SNES, you should go back and check it out.

Saturday Night Slam Masters

Before perhaps Wrestlemania 2000, there weren’t a lot of good wrestling video games. However, the one that stood out was the Saturday Night Slam Masters. More than likely, you’ve never played it, but you were pleasantly surprised if you were among the few to have done so. It actually looked more like your typical brawl games, just held in a ring, but that’s what made it fun.

Battle of Ogres: Black Queen’s March

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I’m an RPG fan, so a lot of underrated games come from this genre. In my humble opinion, one of the best in a super competitive genre for SNES was Orge Battle. This game had it all: an amazing storyline, tons of characters, gear, weapons, and skills to choose from. You could spend days gathering your battalions for maximum strategy and efficiency. It was everything an RPG fan could wish for.

Lord of Arms

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Here’s another title that I don’t think a lot of SNES fans play, but worth checking out now if you can. WeaponLord was more than your typical 2D fighting game. There weren’t a lot of characters to play with, but each had lots of fun combos, as well as some powerful special moves. On top of that, what you did in the game mattered for different endings that were virtually unheard of.

The Adventures of Batman and Robin

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The Adventures of Batman and Robin is everything a Batman game should be. Based on the show Batman: The Animated Series, the game features a more cartoonish look than other Batman games, but it works. All the good bad guys are there, and you’ve got a plethora of bat gadgets to take them down.

BoogerMan

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When SNES was in its prime, I was a pre-teen to a young teenager, so let’s not be surprised that a game where you burp, fart, and throw boogers at enemies is on this list. There wasn’t much else to this game, but it was fun to play.

Cybernator

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While video games are good at everything, they help bring some of the greatest fantasies to life. What better fantasy than jumping into a giant machine launching missiles at other giant machines? Cybernator offered level after level an impressive gameplay by blowing up everything in sight.

Metal warriors

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Although coming from a different developer than Cybenator, Metal Warriors was essentially its sequel. If blowing up giant machines is good, blowing up more giant machines must be better, right? Absoutely! Metal Warriors showcased everything that made Cybernator fun and turned up the volume, including the fun.

Actor

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Warning! I’m about to do an RPG rip here. First stop: Act Raiser. It’s not your typical RPG, however. Level grinding cannot be found here. Embodying some kind of angel, you go from city to city, solving their problems with rain, wind and even causing earthquakes. Eventually you learn new skills and items to help you in the previous stages and get stronger. The game included both a city building mode and an action mode; both could keep you entertained for hours.

Secret of Evermore

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Still being ripped RPG here. The Secret of Evermore is essentially a clone of the more popular Secret of Mana. Traveling through different time periods with a transforming dog makes each part of the story unique. There is no doubt in my mind that if you loved Secret of Mana you would have the same fun with Secret of Evermore.

Illusion on Gaia

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Illusion of Gaia was another slightly different RPG than most of us were used to, but that’s what made it great to play. It was pretty familiar if you knew you were playing an RPG, but a few wrinkles to make it stand out. The storyline was engaging, and the gameplay and soundtrack were top notch. It is definitely worth playing in this title today.

7th saga

7th saga

7th Saga might be my favorite RPG on this list. One of the reasons is that it’s so hard to beat. And if you manage to beat him, you can play as six other characters, all with different endings. Replay value was great in an era when you couldn’t just google for other endings.

Lufia II: The ascension of the sinitraux

Lufia II

Like I said, I’m an RPG fan, so Lufia II made my list. The original game was pretty good, but the sequel had even more benefits. The game was probably overlooked as it came out at the end of the SNES run, but it’s worth going back and playing now.

The legend of the mystical ninja

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Legend of the Mystical Ninja is just a completely quirky, totally wacky, and outrageously fun game. Being 100% immersed in ancient Japanese culture might have turned some players away, but it shouldn’t have. The game features super fun characters, weapons and gameplay.

Harvest moon

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At first glance, Harver Moon’s premise doesn’t sound like fun at all. You wake up early, work on a farm, sell your wares, rinse and start over. Somewhere it works. You care so much about this farm and do all the work. You can’t help it. Simple and fun to play, it should be easy to find this game as it has spawned many titles since the SNES version including in Apple / Play stores.

Breath of Fire II

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Breath of Fire II is another example of how much of an RPG fan I am. It’s another solidly crafted game that didn’t initially gain much attention. Its storyline, graphics, gameplay, and characters all hold up against some of the most popular SNES titles. If you haven’t played this game and are an RPG fan, you definitely need to get your hands on it.

Terranigma

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Ok, here’s the latest RPG, I swear. Terranigma is a game like no other. If you are an RPG fan you have to go back and play this game. The only thing you have to know is that the premise of the game is that you are basically shaping the rebirth of the Earth. I’ll leave it to that.

UN Squadron

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Oh, wow, was that an action packed game. As you fly through the skies as one of multiple pilots, you are immersed in non-stop action. Enemy fire comes from all directions, including the ground. You earn hard cash to upgrade your wings, weapons, and even special weapons. Of course, there are insane bonuses at every stage to help you get through the barrage of bullets and other weapons coming from the bad guys. Not enough players know this game.

Goof Troop

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Goof Troop hasn’t gotten much love as a series, so it’s no surprise that the game doesn’t either. What is surprising is how fun the game was to play. Whether you watched the show or not, there were some fun elements to the game, including using your wits and the items you find on its island to take down baddies and bosses. Definitely worth checking out.

UniRacer

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If there’s one game on this list that you need to come back to and play, it’s UniRacers. The premise doesn’t sound exciting, but this game was so much fun. Running on crazy tracks like a unicycle, you practically needed to memorize the later stages to beat them. Perfect timing and execution of flips, spins and other tricks to increase your speed are required. The game sometimes plays at an incredibly fast pace but incredibly fun and is difficult to start.

Aero the acrobat

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I don’t know of anyone else who has ever had this game, and I don’t know how I found out about it, but it was fun to play. As a half bat type character, you had to run, jump, fly and even make your way through countless difficult stages. I doubt I ever beat this game, but I definitely had fun trying it out.

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