Nintendo Switch Online Is Getting One Of The Best Snes Games Ever
It was a clash of softened style and hardcore action that still gets us nostalgic to this day. Remember Soul Blazer, placed just two spots back at #76?
Out of this World is a similar experience to Flashback, with its usage of rotoscoped live-action animation and general style of gameplay. They were so similar, in fact, that many people thought Flashback was an Out of this World sequel. The two stand alone as their own separate experiences, and Out of this World’s story of the unfortunate physicist Lester who gets accidentally teleported to an alien world is still a tale worth experiencing today. Any old run-and-gun shooter game can cast war-hardened soldiers or shirtless commandoes as its heroes, but it takes real guts to design a hardcore shooter with happy, smiling, cutesy characters instead. That’s the direction the Pocky & Rocky series took, as it first showed up in Japanese arcades in the ’80s and then began to be localized for America with its ’90s SNES sequels.
His debut console game, Kirby’s Adventure, didn’t ship for the original NES until 1993 – well after its Super successor had been introduced. His upcoming Wii game, too, is currently positioned to be one of the last notable first-party game released in America for Nintendo’s current console.
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And they do in wildly colorful environments, all while wearing big, silly grins – grins that attract the attention of some prehistoric hotties. Yes, Joe & Mac 2 is the world’s online co-op caveman ninja game that lets you take a break between levels to head home to your hut and get busy with your cavewife. Kirby’s kind of got a thing for being the last guy left at the party.
Back in 1997, after everyone had already migrated over to the N64, Kirby hit the aged SNES with this platformer sequel. Kirby’s Dream Land 3 was pretty tried-and-true Kirby, pairing the little pink guy up with an array of animal buddies both old and new. He also got a slack-tongued, doe-eyed sidekick named Gooey who’s never been seen again – probably because the Kirbster wisely just left him behind on the Super when he finally turned the lights out there and moved on to the next gen. ISS was done so well, in fact, that it inspired an entire line of sequels that have continued to this day – though now you’d know them under the Pro Evolution brand. Ten spots back at position #79, we said that the cinematic platformer Flashback was unlike almost anything else available on the SNES – this game is why that "almost" had to be in there.
Finding A Secondhand Console
You can’t get too deep into digging up memories of the 16-bit era before you unearth the age’s most amazing annelid, the mutated, cyber-suited superhero Earthworm Jim. His debut was the stuff of perception-altering legend, as his game was filled with off-the-wall environments, mind-bending music and enemies with really, really odd names.
You had Gourmet Race, a hybrid racing/platformer where King Dedede challenged our hero to see who could simultaneously run and stuff their faces with food the fastest. You had The Great Cave Offensive, where Kirby became a treasure hunter and even found The Legend of Zelda’s Triforce. Kirby Super Star was an incredible game and incredible value. Zombies have overrun pop culture by now, but back in the SNES age, one incredibly fun and funny game predated it all – Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Though the Super Nintendo’s role-playing genre was undeniably dominated by the efforts of Squaresoft, Capcom offered capable competition with its own JRPG franchise born on the platform – Breath of Fire.
Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt. They really don’t make ’em like Jim any more, and though subsequent generations have tried to revive him, it’s always been with limited success – his Entex Adventure Vision unique brand of oddness was just more at home back in the oddball ’90s. Incredible single-player action was widespread across the SNES library, but there were a couple of great two-player co-op classics to come from the system too – like this cartoonish adventure starring a pair of cavemen. Joe and Mac are Jurassic-era, club-wielding shinobi who flip out and bash the snot out of any and all dinosaurs they see.
The series debuted in America is 1994, and late the next year we got this second installment. Breath of Fire II presented us with a young blue-haired mercenary named Ryu (not to be confused with Capcom’s Street Fighter of the same name) and unfolded a story that revealed his dragon-born ancestry. The game offered a variety of unique supporting characters to fill out your fighting party, and traditional JRPG design choices like random encounters, turn-based battles and poorly translated text.