Top 10 Super Nintendo games based on Internet lists

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This guide lists the top 10 SNES games from several perspectives as compiled from top 10+ lists found across the Internet.  It is intended to be updated as more research is carried out. If you find this guide useful please vote yes at the bottom of this page.

As at 19 September 2008, 31 top X lists have been included. See the references section for the list of URLs of websites that have been included.

Please feel free to make suggestions on how I can improve on this guide or even write in my guest book.

Index

Background information

Results

Feedback

References

Background information

The criteria for selecting resources is:

  • The list must be a minimum of 10 top games
  • It must be clear that the list ranks games in order (alot of Amazon Listmania! lists don't actually rank games in order)
  • Lists where gamers are ranking their own collection or a particular game genre (e.g. Top RPG games) are excluded
  • It must be clearly understood what the games are (alot of YouTube video lists show poor quality images with no narration so you cannot make out some of the games)
  • Lists where a game is included because the reviewer 'felt' they should include it are excluded
Any feedback on the resource selection will be most appreciated.

The process for finding resources is:

  • Google search for 'SNES top' and 'SNES best'
  • YouTube search for 'SNES top' and 'SNES best'
  • Amazon lists search for 'SNES top' and 'SNES best'
  • Discovery of additional resources from links within existing resources

The process for ranking games is:

  • 100 is assigned to number 1 ranked game, 99 for second ... down to 1 for 100th ranked game in a top 100 list
  • All resources are given the same weighting

Results (as at 19 September 2008)

Based on points alone:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (2517)
  2. Super Mario World (2222)
  3. Super Mario Kart (1887)
  4. Super Metroid (1832)
  5. Final Fantasy III/VI (1809)
  6. Chrono Trigger (1749)
  7. Donkey Kong Country (1679)
  8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1608)
  9. Super Mario World 2: Yoshis Island (1476)
  10. Super Castlevania IV (1186)

Comments:

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past features in the most top X lists
  • A game featuring in less top X lists has it's points drastically affected - see the top 10 based on average score below
  • The Mario franchise features highly (probably due to their wide target market and replayability)
  • RPGs feature highly (possibly due to the complexity of these games, time it took to finish them as a gamer and strong sound tracks and graphics)

Based on average score (where game featured in 10 or more top X lists):

  1. Chrono Trigger (97.17)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (96.81)
  3. Super Mario World (96.61)
  4. Super Metroid (96.42)
  5. Final Fantasy III/VI (95.21)
  6. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (94.59)
  7. Super Mario Kart (94.35)
  8. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddys Kong Quest (93.30)
  9. Donkey Kong Country (93.28)
  10. EarthBound (92.92)

Comments:

  • When Chrono Trigger is featured on a top X list it normally features very high (often 1 or 2)
  • Even though Donkey Kong Country is more highly ranked by points than DKC2, the average for DKC when ranked is higher
  • Popularity of Mario franchise games leads to them featuring in a lot of lists but as more data is gathered it becomes apparent that they are popular but not always the favourite game (possible ties with mass marketing and distribution of these games which included bundling with the Super Nintendo)

Feedback

I hope you have enjoyed this guide. Please feel free to make suggestions on how I can improve on this guide or even write in my guest book.

Some additions I am considering including are:

  • Overall top 10 list based on averaging the position of the current results lists
  • Top 10 based on YouTube sites only
  • Top 10 based on Amazon Listmania! lists only
  • A 'missed it by that much list' to highlight some of the games that feature quite high and deserve an honourable mention
  • Making another guide with top 20, 50 or 100
  • Including top 10 lists made in forum postings (very hard to reference though)
If any of these sound good or bad please let me know.

Thanks for reading!
Tim

References

Number shown after website address is the number of games in the top X list for that site.  The date listed is the date last visited (some of these sites will produce different results in the future as they are a combination of various sources).

  1. http://games.toptenreviews.com/list_ranking_snes.htm  (100, 13/09/08)
  2. http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/1528/ (25, 13/09/08)
  3. http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/default_SNES/21 (10, 13/09/08)
  4. http://www.grupthink.com/topic/4 (33, 13/09/08)
  5. http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/galleries/playing-with-power-the-25-best-snes-games-of-all-time/ (25, 13/09/08)
  6. http://www.sydlexia.com/top100snes.htm (100, 13/09/08)
  7. http://www.gametrailers.com/player/31740.html   http://www.gametrailers.com/player/32570.html (20, 13/09/08)
  8. http://www.revver.com/video/773912/my-top-10-snes-games/ (10, 13/09/08)
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=407G2ZEFRUY (10, 13/09/08)
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOYy7FcRofQ (10, 13/09/08)
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzxH2LP6vL0 (10, 13/09/08)
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyYb7CKq4GM (10, 13/09/08)
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNfI1l3wUGE (10, 13/09/08)
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHQn41j9Syg (10, 13/09/08)
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l06rRIeCTws (10, 13/09/08)
  16. http://www.game-shrine.com/site/games/index.php?cursor=0&platform=6 (15, 13/09/08)
  17. http://www.the-top-tens.com/lists/best-super-nintendo-games.asp (17, 13/09/08)
  18. http://www.amazon.com/Top-nbsp-10-nbsp-SNES-nbsp-Games-nbsp-%2B3/lm/RTH1BGV5GLJLU/ (13, 13/09/08)
  19. http://www.amazon.com/Getting-nbsp-nostalgic%3F-nbsp-Chill-nbsp-out-nbsp-with-nbsp-the-nbsp-best-nbsp-of-nbsp-the-nbsp-SNES/lm/3TA589G6ZIMWJ/ (25, 13/09/08)
  20. http://www.amazon.com/A-nbsp-Nostalgic-nbsp-Flashback-nbsp-for-nbsp-the-nbsp-SNES-nbsp-Top-nbsp-20-nbsp-List/lm/R3HSGGBGB7XQYF/ (10, 13/09/08)
  21. http://www.amazon.com/Top-nbsp-10-nbsp-SNES-nbsp-Games-nbsp-EVER/lm/1CVL1BYTHMHH5/ (10, 13/09/08)
  22. http://www.amazon.com/Top-10-Super-Nintendo-Games-1-per-franchise/lm/R2YXFRMNB5EBLH/ (10, 14/09/08)
  23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0EHCrcDPWc (10, 14/09/08)
  24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhgzERasVgM (10, 14/09/08)
  25. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT0P9x_cu0Q (10, 14/09/08)
  26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8VIl4ymIWk (10, 14/09/08)
  27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w1L2sHhVZc (10, 14/09/08)
  28. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKdKuDjRdCE (10, 14/09/08)
  29. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvR4UN-HM3g (10, 14/09/08)
  30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2zdcgrpCOk (10, 14/09/08)
  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AXRs60lARI (10, 14/09/08)
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