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Down and Dirty Reviews: Snes -- N - S
Nintendo says that this system is still alive, but we haven't seen a new game since Frogger in 1998.  Oh well, there's still a huge collection of SNES games here and a lot of goods ones too.  Choose wisely now.

N - S

The scores are out of 100.

The graphics, sounds, and game play are out of 10.

70 NBA JAM (Acclaim/Midway, 1993)
Here is the original and fully licensed two on two basketball game that became famous for it's great fast arcade-like action, digital graphics, and excellent controls. It may not be very realistic especially when the ball catches on fire but the action is still very intense and it makes for a good party game as well.
For 1 to 4 players
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 7

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57 NBA JAM Tournament Edition (Acclaim/Midway, 1994)
The popular arcade 2 on 2 basketball game returns here on the Snes (and almost every other system out there too including the lowly Atari Jaguar) but there is hardly anything new here this time in this NBA Jam. Sure, even though the game still plays fine, the roster is changed around, and the graphics and audio are a little beefed up over the last game but that's about it and you're dropping more cash for what is basically a expansion pak.
For 1 to 4 players
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 6
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12
NHL STANLEY CUP (Nintendo, 1992)

It was great to see Nintendo back making Hockey games again after they stuck gold with the fun Ice Hockey on the 8-bit NES but before you think they can re-create the same magic this crappy 3D title just falls flat on it's face. First the good news: this game is fully licensed by the NHL so you get the real over priced teams to play around with and that's pretty much it for the good stuff. Now for the bad: the game looks bloody awful with highly blurry 3D effects, badly animated players, and very choppy frame rate that will make anyone sick. It doesn't help matters that the annoying camera here also jumps all over the place so it's hard to focus on passes and checks making the whole experience almost unplayable. If that wasn't bad enough (c'mon it should be) the game has no background music and the sound effects for the game's crowd sound just as bored as me playing this! NHL Stanley Cup never did get a sequel so you see: there is a God!
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 1
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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59 NINJA GAIDEN TRILOGY (Tecmo, 1995)
Here are the three NES Ninja Gaiden titles in one fun collection but before you get too excited there are very little improvements in the actually games here over the old 8-bit games and Ninja Gaiden III even has some of the special effects taking out. All three 2D titles are action platformer where you control a ninja dressed in blue named Ryu and you have to save or avenge a spy named Irene from rival clans, demons, and birds. I hate those damn birds! Ninja Gaiden Trilogy is a solid buy for action fans but this could have been done so much better like Super Mario All Stars.
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 3
sound: 6
gameplay: 9

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77 NINJA WARRIORS (Taito/Natsume, 1993)

In this action game three prototype cybernetic ninjas must try to overthrow the evil Governor in this excellent title with 8 levels. In the spirit of other fighting games like Double Dragon, you must take out a virtual army of ruthless opponents but this game takes place on a single plane making the fights much more direct. Although the game is short don't over look this intense action title or you'll regret it.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 7

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70 OGRE BATTLE: March of the Black Queen (Enix/Quest, 1994)
One of the original real time strategy RPG's for the system and it's one of Enix's final games on the Super Nintendo. Definitely not a game for everybody since it moves slowly and the graphics are nothing special either but don't let you stop ya from trying it, the replay value is extremely high here.
*Battery back up game
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 9

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69 OPERATION LOGIC BOMB (Jaleco, 1992)
In this interesting shooter you play a cyborg that enters a computer command center that has been completely taken over. It's your mission to neutralize the threat by accessing the corrupted network and taking down any hostiles with a wide range of weapons like machine guns, flame throwers, and much more. Too bad it's so short though (what, only 3 levels!) because it could have been a great action game instead of just a good one.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 7

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60 PAC IN TIME (Namco, 1994)
Anybody remember this one? Pac Man now enters a strange parallel universe and he has to solve various puzzles in hopes of returning back to his homeworld. There is no classic action here unfortunately and some may not like the whole action platformer style here either but the game is still fun to play and way better then Pac Man 2.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 7

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33 PAC MAN 2: The New Adventures (Namco, 1995)

This is absolutely nothing like the original Pac Man games, this plays more like the horrible Hey You Pikachu for N64. Sure the game may be kind of dumb but includes the original arcade games Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man hidden away somewhere inside at least. That isn't enough for me to recommend it though.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 4

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67 PEACEKEEPERS (Jaleco, 1994)
This Brawl Brothers sequel could have been a really good fighting game since there are four different characters to pick from and brancing paths as well. Sadly just like most of these types of games the action repeats itself way too much and I swear I have been fighting the same two enemies in the last four levels here at least.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 4

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70 PILOTWINGS (Nintendo, September 1991)

In this unusual video game you must compete in various events like Parachuting, Jet Packing, and you can even fly a plane or helicopter. Pilotwings also really shows off the SNES exclusive Mode7 3D technology thanks to the zooming and rotation effects but the only problem I have with the game is that there are only ten very short levels here.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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60 PITFALL: The Mayan Adventure (Activision/Majesto, June 13 2001)

Pitfall returns yet again to show these other platformer big games who's the boss but did it work? Pitfall the Mayan Adventure looks fine with its vast jungles and deadly temples to explore plus it even has some excellent animation too but the action in these areas can get a little tedious since the areas can be big size and it's easy to get lost. It's not the pits but Pitfall on the Snes should have less confusing to play.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 6

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03 PIT FIGHTER (THQ/Tengen, 1991)
Imagine this: here is this new all powerful 16-bit gaming system in the early 1990's and then we get outdated crap on a cart like this? Pit Fighter was a arcade hit that uses digital actors fighting it out in seedy warehouses, bars, and even high rise buildings for cash. The idea is great but the problem in this version flat out sucks. This game is poor programming at it's finest with the cheapest game play, choppiest graphics, and repetitive sounds you can ever imagine! The game may look like the arcade game with fighters Buzz, Ty, and Kato still playable in here but a lot of the enemies like the black guy in the pink shirt and even the different weapons and items are gone making a average beat em up much worse. The Genesis version of this illegal beat em up fighter is way better than this embarrassment to the Super Nintendo line up.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 3
gameplay: 1

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83
PLOK (Tradewest/Software Creations, 1993)
This game here is a very tough action/adventure game starring a limb throwing hero that must rid his land of evil invading fees. One of the game's coolest features is the ability to play a Plok from the past and when you do the game actually turns black and white and even the the music is all retro. What makes this game so challenging is that there is no save or password here so you have to complete it all in one sitting. Plok is a simple yet fun game that should keep you busy for awhile.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 7

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78 POCKY & ROCKY (Natsume, 1993)

Natsume may not be a very popular video game company like a Konami or Capcom but their Pocky & Rocky titles proved to be very playable and addictive games here. In this game you help a young Japanese girl and a raccoon through 6 tough levels of weirdo's, ghosts, and other unfriendly characters to protect your land from invasion. What makes this crazy but wild shooting game so unique can be played defensively as well as offensively thanks to some melee attacks. Pocky & Rocky can be a lot of fun once you figure out how to play the game.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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82 POCKY & ROCKY 2 (Natsume, 1994)

This sequel plays pretty much the the same as the last Pocky and Rocky game but it's still all good because the game is a very intense two player shooter and now you can buy some upgrades from shop owners and use multiple characters besides Pocky (some little girl) and Rocky (a raccoon). If you are looking for a very good shoot em up then you better not let this one go especially since I don't see it too often.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 8
gameplay: 7
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65 POWER INSTINCT (Atlus, 1994)
Oh great, it's yet another very unoriginal one on one beat em up starring 9 characters including a old lady with the ability to turn into a young women after kissing her enemies, even if they are female. Before you get too excited the graphics are rather average, the sounds are fairly flat, and the special moves here are all very familiar if you what I mean? The controls are decent enough and the fighters seem well balanced. Have the Power and it's only slightly above average.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 6
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67 PREHISTORIK MAN (Titus, 1996)
Prehistokik Man is a fun action/adventure title starring a ugly caveman hero but the game play here is really nothing we haven't seen before. The game is simple: help your cavemen to recollect the village's stolen food while you hit anything that gets in your way. The graphics and sounds are impressive but I would have rated this higher if the game had a real save feature.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 5
gameplay: 6

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55 Q BERT 3 (NTVIC, 1992)
The early 80's favourite from the arcades returns to scene again with some new rules and graphical upgrades for the Snes. If you don't know the game Qbert you control a little orange creature that changes the colour of blocks to score points and complete stages. Sadly other then a few improvements to the visuals, the basic game play remains the same as it did in the early 1980's and some gamers may not go for the simple style here. Play this arcade legend with a joystick and not the digital pad................ good luck finding one of them around though.
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 3
gameplay: 3

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64 Bugs Bunny's RABBIT RAMPAGE (Sunsoft, 1994)
Bugs Bunny's old rival Daffy Duck is up to no good again has Bugs gets trapped in old episodes and he must find a way out. This hard action game started out good enough thanks to some rather good graphics but it doesn't take long for the adventure to become a chore to play thanks to some limited attacks yet if you become good at game you then realize the game is a little on the short side.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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19
RACE DRIVIN (LJN/Atari, 1992)

Although this game was cool in the arcades during the 1990's, Race Drivin here on the Snes is a very poor 3D racer that's basically striped down to nothing. This game may feature some early polygon graphics which was a rare thing for the Super Nintendo before the FX chip, but the whole game looks so pathetic thanks to the horrible frame rate. No one will want to play this extreme racing game for more then 10 minutes.
For 1 player only
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 2
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54 RAIDEN TRAD (Electro Brain/Keibu, 1992)

This is actually fairly close to the popular arcade original and this is one of the few 16-bit editions that features co-op game play (unlike the TG-16 and Genny ones) but it can be a little slow at times though thanks to all the on screen firepower. In it you pilot a aircraft that can pick up different guns and missiles for more power but remember only one hit can kill you and of course ya lose all these goodies if you die making you a sitting duck. Raiden Trad is a good choice for shooter fans but don't expect a arcade perfect game.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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47 RANMA 1/2 Hard Battle (DTMC, 1993)
This is the only official NTSC release of the popular Japanese Ranma 1/2 series. Now before you go out and buy it though this is just another one on one fighter with very little going for it except maybe the corny story lines here (Anime fans like that sort of junk, eh?). In the game you can be one of 10 (or 12 once you finish it) fighters they range from a young man that has a female alter ego to a giant panda. Although the characters look cool and the game is far superior to the original Street Combat, the fighting itself is slow and still not very easy too control.
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 8
gameplay: 7
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38 REN & STIMPY: Fire Dogs (THQ, 1993)
This rare video game was only a rental only title because there are only two different real levels here. In the game you help Stimpy collect fire equipment in a limited amount of time and then help both Ren and Stimpy try to catch falling objects and people from burning buildings. That's it for game play and it just get harder and harder per level. I can see why Fire Dogs was a rental only because it sucks.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 5
gameplay: 3

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64 REN & STIMPY: Time Warp (THQ, 1993)
Time Warp here is a great looking game starring those wacky and sometimes offensive dog and cat cartoon characters but unless you're a fan of the show this title won't make much sense. In one level for example you battle a bunch of giant monsters that look like Stimpy the cat but unless you actually seen the TV episode that was based on the sence just comes off confusing. This game is packed with some very strange 2D and 3D levels so at least the game mixes up the action here a bit. Time Wrap is jarring at times but still fun to see all the unique stages especially if you liked the show.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7
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65 REN & STIMPY: Veediots (THQ, 1992)
This game here is a simple but fun action title that features four different episodes based from the then hit cartoon show about a stupid red cat and an angry little dog. In the first two stages you control Ren and in the last two you control Stimpy here. Although the graphics and music are not too bad, Veediots could have been an amazing title if they placed more effort into the presentation and if it had a decent ending too.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 5
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15 REX RONAN: Experimental Surgeon (Raya Systems, 1993)
OK, so get this: in this so called game you are shrunken down to go inside a dying man's body to rid it of the effects of cigarettes. Yup, we have an educational waste of cartridge space here but let's give it a try. First off you can blast and jump around kinda like Contra and the graphics inside the mouth of this smoker look somewhat decent at first but the floaty controls and spotty hit detection really make this a chore to play. There are stages where you are just shooting crap and other stages where you must successfully guide your ship through tunnels but it all gets very old very quickly. If this is an anticigarette game I say light 'em up.
*Rare Snes game
For 1 player only
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 3
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17
RISE of The ROBOTS (Acclaim/Mirage, 1995)

The rendered graphics and amazing music and sound are really outstanding here but that's the only good thing about this weak 32 meg fighting game. The single player game tells the story of a robot trying to regain control of a building ruled by renegade machines and although the story mode started out great but the super linear button mashing game play is just insulting. The two player mode is also very limited since the second player gets to select from 5 robots but player one can only select from one character. Rise of the Robots also has fighters that are very hard to control and that's the real killer here.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 2
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58 RIVAL TURF (Jaleco, 1992)
Rival Turf is a two player beat em up that kind of reminds me of a lack luster Final Fight type game. You know the deal: pick from either a quicker smaller dude or a stronger but slow guy and then smack around a bunch of thugs. This was still actually more fun then Capcom's original Snes game though thanks to the two player options but the graphics and sounds here are definitely sub-par plus what's the deal with the strange cover art?
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 6
gameplay: 5

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81 ROCK and ROLL RACING (Interplay, 1992)
This cool overhead racer actually features some real license rock n' roll music from bands like Black Sabbath here. If that wasn't awesome enough the game also as excellent tracks and this game even has some weapons laying around so you can really do some damage to the other suckers on the road. This game lets you relive the RC Pro AM glory days but now with better music and more vicious carnage. Although the game looks a choppy at times, it would be a good idea to not let this wild racer pass you by.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 9
gameplay: 8

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78 RUN SABER (Jaleco, 1993)

Woohoo, I really love the arcade and Genesis version of the awesome Strider and Run Saber feels like it's close cousin! OK, so the world is all screwed up and two androids are on a mission to destroy some crap and that's pretty much it. There are 5 levels and it's fairly short but there are tons of enemies to fight, you can climb walls and ceilings with ease, and you can even play co-op at the same time. The graphics and music are forgettable especially compared to Capcom's classic but Run Saber's awesomeness shines through it's terrible name.
For 1 or 2 player
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 8

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74 R TYPE III The Third Lightning (Jaleco/Irem, 1994)
To answer the problems of Super R Type, Irem would release a new shooter to the SNES that would fix some of the showdown and balance issues. R Type III now features three different Force Pods to select from and each unit has their own different attack patterns. It's a very short game with only 6 levels to master but it's still not a easy one so expect another challenging shoot em up.
*Uncommon Snes game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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65 SAMURAI SHODOWN (Takana/SNK, 1994)
Here we have the Super Nintendo version of Samurai Shodown, this is a huge 32 Meg game with all the 13 characters, their own backgrounds, and soundtracks, so it's mostly all here but it's still has it's list of problems especially in the graphic and sound departments. Unlike the all powerful Panasonic 3D0's Samurai Shodown, this game actually has the Amakusa intermissions which gives the game more of a storyline. However, the multiple problems still remain like the game's censorship (no blood, no bad words, no decapitations), short fighters unlike the Sega versions (they are always zoomed out), and some annoying music as well. Samurai Shodown for the Super Nintendo could have had been so much more.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 8

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78 SECRET of EVERMORE (SquareUSA, 1995)

Here is the first and sadly the last Squaresoft North American project on the Super Nintendo. Secret of Evermore is a very strange but still very fun action/RPG that as a unique Sci-fi feel to it and it also plays a lot like Squaresoft's previous Game of the Month Secret of Mana. In the adventure you guide a young boy and his transforming dog through the strange universe of Evermore. Although game play wise it is nothing new, this is still a very underrated game in my opinion.
*Battery back up game
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 8

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GAME OF THE MONTH COLLECTION!
88
SECRET of MANA (Square, Summer 1993)

Here's a underrated game! Secret of Mana was quietly released by SquareSoft in the third year of the SNES and the North American market was still a little unsure about RPG's at that moment so it didn't get a lot of attention over here, unfortunately. Secret of Mana is an action/role playing game where you control the destiny of a young man trying to find a mysterious and magical giant tree. I could not stop playing it till I see every new land, hear every rich sound track, got every 8 charging strikes, and learned that secret of mana of course. Mana is a very addictive and it's just a blast to play!
*Uncommon SNES game
*Battery back up game holds four files
For 1 to 3 players
graphics: 7
sound: 9
gameplay: 9

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74 SHADOWRUN (Data East/Fasa, 1993)
You want a cult favourite? Look no further then with the Shadowrun series. Shadowrun is a very edgy point and click adventure/RPG in the not so distance future. The whole theme is not to different from the movie Blade Runner or something like that. Although the graphics and sounds could have been better, the gritty story definitely has a lot of appeal. Well worth picking up if you can find one.
*Battery back up game
*Rare SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 9

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05
SHAQ FU (Electronic Arts, 1993)
Oh boy, this isn't going to be pretty! Shaq Fu is a very hard to control one on one fighting game with your basic duel and boring story modes. In the game Basketball star Shaq is transported to alternate universe where he has to battle a bunch of generic losers. This game only has seven characters to pick from instead of the twelve found in the Sega Genesis version so it's even a worse game now if that was even humanly possible?
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 2
gameplay: 2
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76 SIM CITY (Nintendo/Maxis, September 1991)
One of the Super Nintendo's launch titles was this Will Wight PC classic here. If you never heard of this game before (where have you been) you are aloud to create your very own town or city from scratch or from various scenarios. Sim City is a addictive strategy game that gives you tons of power to rule everything and the game throws enough problems at you so the game never becomes too easy. Although the game play can get very repetitive, if you are sick of the same old platformers and Street Fighter clones Sim City is a great change of pace.
*Battery back up game
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 6
gameplay: 8

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41 SKULJAGGER: Revenge of the Westicans (American Softworks)
In this 2D action game you become a pirate on the hunt for the Skuljagger, a very feared leader of a gang of thieves. Skuljagger is a very average hack and slash platformer with some very boring graphics for a Snes game. I love jumping at the jewel at the end of every stage so it appears the hero is floating in the air but when the game's bugs are more amusing then the game itself then you know it's bad.
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 6
gameplay: 5

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70 SKY BLAZER (Sony Imagesoft, 1993)
Sky Blazer is a good but way too short action/adventure quest to save a stolen princess from powerful demons. There are some cool looking 3D effects and some huge bosses too but this should only take a few days (or ever hours) to finish and then you're done. Still this is one of the best Sony Imagesoft games I ever played.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 6

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56 SONIC BLAST MAN (Taito, 1992)
In this oddly named game you play the role of a unusual super hero with a insane goofy costume in yet another unoriginal Final Fight clone. The different mini games were fun here and the game play itself was solid enough but the only thing holding it back was that it was rather slow. It's not a blast, man but it's playable.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 7

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77 SONIC BLAST MAN II (Taito, 1995)
I never asked for a sequel to Sonic Blast Man myself but apparently somebody did so here it is. Fortunately the game improves on the original in almost every way. The game is still your typical side scrolling beat em up where you or a friend can select from three super heroes but the action is very fast and intense plus the character's super powers really help to even the odds against a large group of bad guys. Sonic Blast Man II may be a hard find but it's worth it.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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79 SOUL BLAZER (Enix, 1992)
This game kind of reminds me of Enix's earlier Actraiser but it's all overhead action here folks. In the game you control a young warrior on a mission to save communities that were destroyed by invading monsters. Soul Blazer is a very fun action RPG that can be a bit too easy at times but at least you get something out of the experience.
*Battery back up game
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 8
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92 SPACE MEGA FORCE (Toho/Compile, 1992)
This weirdly named title is very similar to the fun Gun Nac on the NES and the amazing Blazing Lazers on the TurboGrafx-16. In the game you have to defend earth from invasion by mastering 12 deadly levels and there are 8 killer weapons with custom options to best suite any player. Space Mega Force may be jammed back with goodies but its also fairly short with levels lasting only a few minutes. This is known as Super Aleste in Japan.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 9

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75 SPARKSTER (Konami, 1994)

Sega Genesis fans may recognized this armoured possum hero? In this action you control a little knight with a jetpack on a mission to rescue a kidnapped princess (of course). The game comes loaded with great graphics and pulse pounding music plus the overall hack and slash action is intense too. Problem is the game is a bit too intense cause using the rocket attacks sends our hero all over the place and it may cause some cheap hits or even some deaths. Once your learn the stage layouts it's not too bad and there are 9 stages here so there's still tons to like.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 8
gameplay: 7
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61 SPAWN (Acclaim, 1995)
The famous comic book anti-hero comes to the Snes and the dark graphic style is pretty cool here and the sound wasn't too bad either. Sadly the action is fairly slow and that limits this comic bad boy's fearsome power here a little. This is still a solid buy though especially for Spawn fans.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 7
gameplay: 5

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14 SPIDERMAN/X MEN: ARCADE'S REVENGE (LJN, 1992)
How do you screw up a simple 2D action game that stars some of the biggest names in comic books? That's easy just hire some boneheads off the streets and have they create a game that's hard to control, looks bland, and is insanely difficult. Although Arcade's Revenge has a nice selection of playable characters once Spiderman completes the first level, it doesn't remove the fact that this game is absolutely unplayable.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 5
gameplay: 5

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51 SPINDIZZY WORLDS (ASCII, 1992)
If anything this odd game gets points for being a very unique game. In it you control a spinning ...... thing in order to hit certain targets and advance to the next stage but the controls are kind of rough around the edges in this puzzler so mistakes can be all too common. Spindizzy Worlds could have been a sleeper hit.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 7
gameplay: 5

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76 STAR FOX (Nintendo, 1993)

Star Fox got his start right here on the Snes and it was really an amazing 4 Meg 3D shooter back then. What is it so special? It's the first ever Super Nintendo game to use the Super FX chip for true 3D polygon style graphics; a unique concept for a console game. OK, today these flat shaded polygons running at a low frame-rate are nothing now but in 1993 it was a big deal and this game still has some an amazing soundtrack that is far superior the later N64 and Gamecube games. There are lots of levels here too so the replay value is pretty high. Star Fox is a challenging and unlinear 3D shooter that has a lot personality.
*Super FX chip game
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 9
gameplay: 7
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50 STAR FOX Super Weekend Competition (Nintendo/EAD, 1992)

What the heck is this strange thing here? Almost everyone knows the original but I bet a lot of you didn't know there was another Star Fox game out there for the Super Nintendo, eh? Now before you get too excited this limited edition Star Fox cart here was only used for special Nintendo competitions and you can only play the game for 5 minutes only and that's it. Although the 3D graphics and well done music is still here, it doesn't even have all the levels find in the original Star Fox so prepared for a very short trip. Game play wise you're better off the original. So why get it you ask? Well, for starters since the game wasn't technically released in stores so Star Fox Super Weekend is easily one of the hardest to find games in North America. If you manage to magically find a copy its value is in the hundreds! I'm not kidding here so you collectors better start hunting now because there were only 2,000 ever made.
*Super FX chip game
*Extremely Rare SNES game!!
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 6
gameplay: 3
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30 STREET COMBAT (Irem, 1992)

This weak fighting game is the Americanized version of the original Ranma 1/2 for the Super Famicom which wasn't that good of a game to be begin with but now its even worse now that the characters are just a bunch of no name losers. Street Combat is hard to control, the graphics are crap, and overall the game is just below average in every single way.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 4

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82
STREET FIGHTER II (Capcom, Summer 1992)

Before all the meaningless upgrades, crappy movies, and stupid characters (like Demi and Alex for example) this was the best arcade game of it's time and it came exclusively to the SNES console for the first time way back in 1992. In this you pick from one of eight fighters from around the world and then go at it one on one to become the best. This is one fine 16 meg fighting game thanks to the tight controls, great visuals, and solid music so it only loses a few things from the arcade translation.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 9

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75 STREET FIGHTER II TURBO (Capcom, 1993)

In this 20 meg upgrade to Capcom's one on one fighting hit and it is slightly better now. The four bosses are now playable, there are a few new moves for the original 8 fighters, and the game speed is now adjustable for even faster game play. Other then that the game is exactly the same and some players may not be that impressed. This is fun for a decent week unless you're a true Street Fighter II hard-core nut.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 7

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61 STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2 (Nintendo/Capcom, 1997)
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is a OK 32 meg version of one of the many versions of Street Fighter out there. You know the deal here; you pick one guy from a bunch of nut cases and you get some of the others in one on one contests. Although this version includes all 18 characters from the arcade game, why in the world does this game include load times just before a fight, uh? This is the Super Nintendo; an cart based system! If you're sick of Street Fighter, this game won't change your mind but at least it still plays well.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 4 .............. I hate the new remixed music!
gameplay: 8

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78 STUNT RACE FX (Nintendo, 1994)

Nintendo's second FX game is this very hard to control polygon racer that comes complete with your standard racing circuits, stunt tracks, and battle modes. Stunt Race FX may look pretty crude now and the two player game is just annoying since the two screens are so small but it can still be a fun game if you have the patience to learn it.
*Battery back up game
*Super FX chip game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 6
gameplay: 8

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74 SUPER ADVENTURE ISLAND (Hudson Soft, 1991)
Another 8-bit series gets a upgrade on the SNES here. Super Adventure Island is a great looking 16-bit sequel to the classic Wonder Boy-like action series where you control a caveman who wears a red cap. The game is a good linear action title that's easy to learn and it's also packed with some nice presentation too but the series still hasn't evolved too much either from the NES days.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 6

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68 SUPER ADVENTURE ISLAND 2 (Hudson Soft, 1994)
Now the Adventure Island series returns in an all new role playing style action game in order to spice things up a bit I guess. The fat island dude is still trying to rescue his wife for like the hundredth time but now you can use swords and shields to help him out. Super Adventure Island 2 is a good game for both action and adventure seekers but I think the graphics and sound could have been a lot better.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 8

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82
SUPER BOMBERMAN (Hudson Soft, 1993)
The Bomberman series has been around for a while and this old but highly acclaimed TurboGrafx-16 game finally comes to the Super Nes for the first time. If you buy Super Bomberman complete then this game should come with not only the usually game and instructions but it should also come with a over sized SNES box (like Nintendo's Earth Bound) and a bonus Multi-tap. If you are new to the Bomberman series you control one of these dorky but deadly little dudes who can plant dangerous explosives to destroy certain walls and enemies. Laying down bombs is easy but the blast can kill you as well so you still have to be careful. It's fun though watching a newbie trap themselves in a corner with their bomb in the way. The story mode was way too easy and short but the multi-player games are always fun no matter what system it's played on. Get a few more controllers then you have an instant party.
For 1 to 4 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 8

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90 SUPER BOMBERMAN 2 (Hudson Soft, 1994)
Bomberman returns yet again and he has to a invasion of rival Bombermen to stop. The game still has that awesome multi-player mode we all know and love but now it will award the winner with a prize.....maybe? The new one player game is also a lot better now since it is harder to master. If you want to blow up your friends then definitely get Super Bomberman 2 here.
For 1 to 4 players
graphics: 5
sound: 6
gameplay: 9
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62 SUPER BONK (Hudson Soft, 1994)

"All in a days work!" Here is a very easy action game starring the once famous big headed caveman from TurboGrafx-16 fame. In the game Bonk is just walking around minding his own business in prehistortic times when he suddenly gets trapped in a time machine and the evil King Drool has sent our hero to the future. Now the big headed caveman needs to find a way home and he's ready to headbutt anyone that gets in his way. Although not everyone will like the new modern look that Bonk now finds himself in, this cute game was still kind of fun.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 5

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52 SUPER BUSTER BROS. (Capcom, 1992)
Why is this arcade game only one player now, Capcom? Either way, this is a fun little non violent game where you move around a little explorer dude left and right so he can pop bubbles from around the world. So can you finish over a 100 levels without being bored to death by level 10? Yeah, I wouldn't spend too much green on this one.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 5

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94 SUPER CASTLEVANIA 4 (Konami, 1991)
Here is a great 11 stage remake of the classic NES game. In it you are the legendary holy warrior Simon Belmont and you must enter the dreaded castle of Count Dracula alone before the evil dark lord can conquer the entire world with his army of undead. Although some of the stages look familiar to the older 8-bit editions, make no mistake here; this is updated experience because the game comes with new levels, new monsters, and even new moves like the effective whip guard to liven things up a bit. Super Castlevania 4 is a solid action platformer with incredible music and way above average graphics.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 9......... very eerie!
gameplay: 7

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61 SUPER CONFLICT (Vic Tokai, 1993)
Here is another rare turn based strategy game on the Snes. In the game you control several perset ground vehicles, aircrafts, and even ground groups to counter your enemy units and you both take turns till there is a winner. Super Conflict is sure a hard sell because these war graphics are just flat and plain plus the music here isn't much better either. The action is also slower and less complex compared to other strategy games like Military Madness. There are not too many war simulations to compare this to on the Super Nintendo so if you're into that sort of thing then this is one of the few that's actually out there.
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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75 SUPER DOUBLE DRAGON IV (Tradewest/Technos Japan, 1992)
The fourth game plays too much like the last ones but it still better then that lousy one on one Double Dragon V. Jimmy and Billy Lee return yet again to fight a new group of enemies in all new locations like airports and dojos but some of the classic music returns in some levels with mixed results. There are some cool new moves and there are 7 long levels here but it can get very repetitive. Did anybody else notice that Tradewest got the Double Dragon license back? Worth the price in the discount bins but the lack of a story line here sucks.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 7

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GAME OF THE MONTH WINNER!
77 SUPER EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (JVC/Lucas Arts, 1993)
This sequel is a even tougher action game then the last Super Star Wars game here. Empire Strikes Back still comes with three playable characters, and tons of levels but now the main character Luke Skywalker can perform new Jedi powers like sword throws, healing, and much more later in the game. The only thing that is missing was it just didn't have the father/son tension of the hit movie if you know what I mean?
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 8
gameplay: 8

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70 SUPER GHOULS 'N GHOSTS (Capcom, October 1991)

This is a fine sequel to the popular and way too difficult demon hunting Sega Genesis and Arcade hit. In it you still play has the brave knight Sir Authur on a mission to save the princess from various monsters and demons here again. Like the last games you lose your armour once hit by a enemy and if you get attacked again in your boxer shorts you're dead. Although the graphics are much improved over the original Ghouls N' Ghosts, I can't understand why can't you shoot up and down anymore? The game is still a very fun action game and the new double jump is pretty cool too, however be aware that this game is just as hard and tedious as the last ones and there is no password or save system here either.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 8

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85 SUPER MARIO ALL STARS (Nintendo, 1993)
Can't find a old NES? Are you a Mario fan? Ever wanted to play the REAL Super Mario Brothers 2? Well folks, here's your chance to play some of the best games ever made! Nintendo released Super Mario All Stars in 1993 and this is a very nice collection of 4 of their greatest hits ever on one huge 16 Meg cart. This game includes the graphical improved games
Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and the then Japanese only game 'The Lost Levels' (a.k.a. the real Super Mario Bros. 2). Super Mario All Stars can sure solve a lot of gamers problems but it may not be for everyone (like any Mario fan that have already played these games to death) despite the new features here.
*Battery back up game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 7
gameplay: 10
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95
SUPER MARIO ALL STARS / SUPER MARIO WORLD (Nintendo, 1994)

Just like the name says this cart is just Super Mario All Stars and Super Mario World all rolled up into one so that's five awesome games in one set! There are no improvements to the original SNES games but when the games are this good who cares? This cart is one of the best values you can find out there.
*Battery back up game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 7
gameplay: 10

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90 SUPER MARIO KART (Nintendo, 1993)
One of the all time greats when it comes to go kart racing and it started right here on the Super Nintendo. In the game you race across several multi-coloured worlds while avoiding the competition and getting power ups for help. I hate how the computer always throws things at you and there isn't too much you can do about it and the whole split screen thing looks a little odd as well, but Super Mario Kart is still one of the best series in the many Kart racing games now out there. SMK also has really good 2 player games with tons of modes like Grand Prix and Battle to try out. If you like racing and Mario games you should definitely find it and get it!
*Battery back up game
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 8
gameplay: 9
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82
SUPER MARIO RPG: Secret of the Seven Stars (Square/Nintendo, 1996)
Just imagine mixing the popular Super Mario games with the popular Final Fantasy series and you got Super Mario RPG here! This game also comes with amazing computer generated artwork found in other popular 16-bit titles like Donkey Kong Country and Vectorman. Although the game has a very cool concept, the big problem that I have with this title the quest is kind of short and too easy for most role playing pros. It was still a cool and fair size adventure with five playable characters that includes Princess Peach and Mario's arch rival Bowser. The game even has a secret boss based loosely from Final Fantasy II in the game hidden somewhere complete with the classic boss theme music. Super Mario RPG is not as deep as I would have liked but it is a good mixture of action and RPG style in one solid game and the graphics were
*Battery back up game
*Uncommon SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 9
sound: 8
gameplay: 8

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95 SUPER MARIO WORLD (Nintendo, September 1991)
The Italian brothers are back at it again as they try to free Dinosaur Island from the evil King Bowser and his rotten Koopa Kids. Mario and Luigi don't have to do it alone because now you can get some help from your new dinosaur friends; the Yoshis. Is the fourth game in the series worth picking up though? Like the previous games in the 8-bit NES series this is 2D platformer where you can jump on most enemies to kill them but you can also collect power ups like the Feather so you can strike enemies with your cape plus fly, dive, and guide through the air as well (kind of like a modified Raccoon Tail in Super Mario Bros. 3). The game has tons of hidden secrets to discover in a huge new world and it makes for a very non linear adventure this time. There's so much to see and do, it's definitely going to take awhile to get that infamous full 96% here so there is a reason to come back to the game once you finish it. Not bad for the first ever Super Nintendo title although the graphics and sounds are nothing too ground breaking plus the game play is still a little too similiar to Super Mario Bros. 3 as well. Super Mario World is still one huge game and it is a must play for all Mario fans!
*Battery back up game
*Launch game for the Snes and was a pack in title with certain systems
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 9

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94
SUPER METROID (Nintendo, Spring 1994)
This is only the third game of the Metroid series but despite the lack of sequels (Super Smash Bros. doesn't count) to the games they still receive a good cult following and Super Metroid is still one of favorite Super Nintendo games out there and remember there are 600 games available for this system alone. Super Metroid is a awesome 24 meg (the first ever 24 meg game for SNES) game that plays a lot the original Metroid on NES rather than the sequel Metroid II, but this action/adventure game has more weapons, more moves, and far better looks. I recommend you play this game without a strategy guide to get the full sensation of the greatness of Super Metroid. This is got be the late Nintendo Producer Gunpei Yokoi's crowning achievement. It has creepy graphics, excellent music, and easy to use controls. Heck, this game even has Japanese subtitles! If you liked games like CastleVania Symphony of the Night for Playstation then you'll gonna like this too. I only paid 20 bucks for mine!
*Battery back up game holds three files
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 9
gameplay: 9

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61 SUPER NOVA (Taito, 1994)

Taito's Darius shooter series continues on the Super Nintendo with 18 new levels and three ships to pick from this time around. OK, this unlinear shooter wasn't up to par with the cult favourite Sagaia for the Genesis which was also part of the Darius series but this was still a fairly challenging and decent looking game that will test anybody. It's not super, but it's fun for fans of the series.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 8
gameplay: 7

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95 SUPER PUNCH OUT!! (Nintendo, 1994)
Super Punch Out is not only the big sequel to the original NES hit starring Mike Tyson but it is also a very addictive boxing game that has 16 wacky boxers, a save feature, and new time trial tests too. In the game you play the role of the much bigger Little Mac on a quest to end the undefeated streak of the Heavyweight Champion Nick Bruiser. The game is brutal and very funny with guys like Bald Bull, Super Macho Man returning and tons of new wacky comers too like Mad Clown and Masked Muscle here as well. With it's improved graphics and more options this is way better than the older title without question but some may miss Tyson not being in the game especially with the game's lackluster sales.
*Battery back up game holds 8 files
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 8

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73 SUPER RETURN of the JEDI (JVC/Lucas Arts, 1994)
Although this sequel is a lot harder then the previous Super Star Wars games because of the cheaper enemies, it's still worth playing because you can play as several different characters across both 2D and 3D levels. Hell, you can even play as Slave Princess Lea this time believe it or not. The game isn't a huge leap over the last game (Super Empire Strikes Back) but it didn't suck so it's OK at least.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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68 SUPER R * TYPE (Irem, October 1991)

This SNES exclusive is a nice looking shooting game that took a lot of heat from the gaming community for having tons of slowdown when the screen gets too busy. Super R Type is quite short game with 7 small levels but this is still a very hard game still because only hit will kill ya and there are no half way points either. If you like shooters and you don't mind some slowdown the you could do worse then Super R Type I guess.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 8
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52 SUPER SCOPE 6 (Nintendo, 1992)

In this Super Scope 6 pack in game you get the 2 bazooka title's Laser Blazer and Blastris in one cart. Although the package certainly seems decent enough thanks to the whole 2 in 1 deal with three variants for both titles (which I guess why this is called Super Scope 6; cheap bastards). It sounds cool but all these games are not as good as they sound though. Blastris is great take on Tetris itself because you get to shoot away pieces you don't want to create lines but you only have a limited amount of shots so you have to plan out a strategy besides just blasting everything in sight. The game's are not very exciting cause you don't have a lot of control of pieces themselves. Laser Blazer sadly is not a sequel to Blazing Lazers because this game really sucks. You see enemies like missiles and ships on screen and you shoot them down and then fall asleep from boredom. Blastris was interesting but even that game can wear thin after awhile and overall this is not really six games in one so don't buy into all this phony hype.
*Pack in game with the Super Scope
*Super Scope required
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 5
gameplay: 5

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84
SUPER SMASH TV (Acclaim/Midway, 1992)

This is an excellent version of the nearly impossible but still very fun to play arcade shoot em up. Wait to you hear this insane story line for this one here; in Smash TV you control a man that can win big prizes on a national game show by destroying and killing anything that gets in the way. What's even better here is the killer 8 way controls custom made to feel just right for the SNES controllers so it's easy to shoot and move at the same time. Super Smash TV is way too hard with bosses that take about a million hits to beat but it is still one intense game that's well worth picking up.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 8
gameplay: 7

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77 SUPER STAR WARS (JVC/Lucas Arts, 1992)

Do you want to relive the glory days of the original Star Wars without watching the movie? Why not play this action packed game exclusively for the Super Nintendo here, eh? This killer game is filled with tons of 2D and 3D locations straight from the film but now you are controlling the action. Super Star Wars is a bit on the short side but it's still worth looking into.
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 8
gameplay: 6

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68 SUPER STREET FIGHTER II (Capcom, June 1994)

Yup, there is another one. This fighting game is a huge 32 meg upgrade to the ever growing Street Fighter 2 series. The game is still the same old one on one fighting game but now it features the four new characters; T. Hawk, Fei Long, Cammy, and Dee Jay plus some older characters have a few new moves as well. This newer Street Fighter II also has some new graphics, some unusual new sounds, and some different gameplay elements that will either impress you or leave you feeling disappointed. The game is still fun but only for a few days because the game is getting quite stale in it's old age here.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7
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78 SUPER TURRICAN (Seika, 1993)

Super Turrican is a action packed action/shooter with 4 grueling worlds to explore. In the game you are a fully armoured warrior with tons of cool gadgets to dish out and with all your enemies out there you're going need it. This game also features some Surround sound (which was new back then) if you have that feature set up and believe it or not the music is actually worth listening to. Super Turrican is a solid but short action game.
For 1 player only
graphics: 7
sound: 9
gameplay: 8

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75 SUPER TURRICAN 2 (Ocean/Factor 5, 1997)
Wait till you see some of the great graphics and great soundtracks in this hard to find action shoot em up sequel. Not only is the game filled with more weapons then the last edition but Super Turrican 2 really pushes the old Snes to its limits. Sadly, the reason it is harder to find then a girl who is actually a fan of video games was because Super Turrican 2 wasn't even officially released over here and was limited to the rental market despite how good it is. Super Turrican 2 is linear but it's still a underrated action game and it may be a good idea to find it on eBay cheap before it becomes really rare.
*Rare SNES game
For 1 player only
graphics: 8
sound: 9
gameplay: 8

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60 SUPER VALIS 4 (Renovation, 1992)
The Valis games were originally on the Sega Genesis and Turbo CD and here we have the fourth game in this action series for the Snes. Should you care? Not really. The game now stars a new female warrior with red hair but there is still little new in terms of game play here so this 2D platformer just doesn't stand out. You see monster, you slash at it and repeat. I don't think there will another in the Valis series of games unfortunately because the chicks in it did look good at least.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 5

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