The Cheapest Super Nintendo (SNES) Games Worth Your Time


When you add a console to your collection, the first thing you want to do is get a handful of games to keep you busy with your new toy. However, most of us can’t spend afford to spend fat pile of cash for a few games. This budget-friendly list should help you quickly find which games will start you off well without emptying your wallet. (Prices listed are an average eBay price for US games, including shipping)

Cheap Classics

Super Mario World: $9
 The massive follow-up to the Super Mario Bros series on the NES is not only the most popular SNES games, but is also one of the greatest platforming games of all time. With numerous levels full of color and creativity, Super Mario World is well worth its low price of admission.
Shop for Super Mario World on eBay
Shop for Super Mario World on Amazon.com

Donkey Kong Country: $9

Besides the obvious Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country was possibly the biggest blockbuster on the Super Nintendo due to its reborn primate mascot and its revolutionary 3D-modeled graphics. It was essentially a killer app in the war against the Sega Genesis. Nearly every SNES owner had a copy of Donkey Kong Country, so you shouldn’t have much of a problem finding one. The two sequels that followed can also be found for few dollars more if you are a fan of the series.
Shop for Donkey Kong Country on eBay
Shop for Donkey Kong Country on Amazon.com

F-Zero: $6
Serving as an early showcase of the Super Nintendo’s superior graphical power, F-Zero remained one of the best 2D racing games of all time. Some old-school gamers still prefer it to its newer siblings on the N64 and Gamecube due to its great course designs and balanced gameplay.
Shop for F-Zero on eBay
Shop for F-Zero on Amazon.com

Cybernator: $7
Cybernator (aka Assault Suits Valken in Japan) game is an intense side-scrolling, mech shooter that takes you through a steep difficulty curve. In this shmup, your ‘Assault Suit’ can jump, thrust, dash, punch and use various weapons to do your damage. Control is great (but different) with a real ‘chunky robot’ feel. Cybernator boasts many original features and the mode 7 explosions throughout are huge, frequently filling the screen.
Shop for Cybernator on eBay
Shop for Cybernator on Amazon.com

Super Smash TV: $9
The Smash TV franchise redefined its shooter sub-genre and drew a new generation of gamers into its style of gameplay. Super Smash TV refined the formula and added superior graphics and sound over the original. What’s not to love?
Shop for Super Smash TV on eBay
Shop for Super Smash TV on Amazon.com

Zombies Ate My Neighbors: $9
At the peak of its success in the gaming market, LucasArts created a comical run-and-gun shooter that served as a quirky tribute to the old-school horror movies. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a fun-filled riot that has been forgotten by many. Snap it up for a good price while you can.
Shop for Zombies Ate My Neighbors on eBay
Shop for Zombies Ate My Neighbors on Amazon.com

Uniracers: $9
Uniracers take the speed and competitive nature of traditional racing games and mix in the tricks and showmanship that was eventually made popular in the Tony Hawk series. The result is one of the most unique and underrated games of the 16-bit era.
Shop for Uniracers on eBay
Shop for Uniracers on Amazon.com

Pilotwings: $5
If you are looking to take flight, why not take a look at Pilotwings. In classic Nintendo fashion, Pilotwings takes a previously complicated genre (flight simulators) and make them more accessible to the casual player while enhancing the fun. Pilotwings features a variety of aircrafts and will teach you how to lots of cool tricks. The original SNES version holds up quite well and is a great showpiece for the Super Nintendo console.
Shop for Pilotwings on eBay
Shop for Pilotwings on Amazon.com

Star Fox: $6
The original in the shoot-em-up series is still a classic showpiece for the SNES. Star Fox‘s combination of dramatic shooting action and quirky characters served as a winning formula for a treasured franchise. Of course, the SNES original shows its age more than it’s N64 sibling, but its dirt cheap and a great piece of gaming nostolgia. If only the Gamecube Star Fox games had as much shooting action as the original.
Shop for Star Fox on eBay
Shop for Star Fox on Amazon.com

Killer Instinct: $6
In the midst of Street Fighter-mania, Nintendo and Rare created a new fighting franchise that had a 3D in order to give it a cutting-edge look. Killer Instinct had some unique elements and a great deal of character that made it a fan favorite in the Nintendo crowd. As one of the cheapest Nintendo-published classics, it is worth a small handful of dollars to add solid piece to a Super Nintendo library.
Shop for Killer Instinct on eBay
Shop for Killer Instinct on Amazon.com

Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts: $6
If you like a lot of fast action and frustratingly challenging gameplay that somehow beckons you to keep playing, you won’t find a better value on the SNES than Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts. Super Ghouls n Ghosts has stood the test of time in every respect and is a genre-defining piece of work to boot.
Shop for Super Ghouls n Ghosts on eBay
Shop for Super Ghouls n Ghosts on Amazon.com

Plok: $6
As one of the best exclusive SNES platformers not from Nintendo, Plok definately is worth the investment if you like running and jumping. It’s a great representation of 16-bit gaming and is a title that is often overlooked.
Shop for Plok on eBay
Shop for Plok on Amazon.com

Super Game Boy: $7
This isn’t actually a game, but the Super Gameboy is an add-on to your Super Nintendo that lets you play your original Gameboy and Gameboy Color games on your SNES. There are still a number of great Gameboy games out there that can expand your library. I’ll be developing a list of good-n-cheap Gameboy games as well, so you can stock up.
Shop for Super Gameboy on eBay
Shop for Super Gameboy on Amazon.com

A Few Must-Haves Slightly Over $10…

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: $11
Still regarded as one of the best in the legendary Zelda series, “A Link to the Past“, is an essential purchase for action RPG enthusiasts. It also stands as one of the cheapest blockbuster games of the SNES.
Shop for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on eBay
Shop for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on Amazon.com

Super Metroid: $16
Another important installment from another huge Nintendo franchise. Super Metroid still stands as a fan-favorite in the Metroid community. It also happens to be one of the SNES games that is significantly harder to emulate accurately, so Super Metroid can definately be worth the extra cash for the dedicated fan.
Shop for Super Metroid on eBay
Shop for Super Metroid on Amazon.com

Tetris Attack: $11
Tetris Attack doesn’t really have much to do with Tetris other than it is a block-based puzzle game. However, I must say it is just as addicting and fulfilling as the original. While you may find some cheaper puzzle games (like Kirby’s Avalanche – see below), Tetris Attack remains the best value.
Shop for Tetris Attack on eBay
Shop for Tetris Attack on Amazon.com

Other Cheap Favorites

My Starter Picks For $50 Budget

If I only had $50 to spend on starting out a Super Nintendo collection, here would be my top picks (in order of priority):

  • Super Mario World: $9
  • Cybernator: $7
  • Uniracers: $9
  • F-Zero: $6
  • Star Fox: $6
  • Pilotwings: $5
  • Plok: $6
  • Total = $48

29 Comments

  1. Thanks for that list racketboy — I’ll be watching VC for them ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    hah I knew Cybernator would be in there. Good list all around.

  3. Andrea says:

    I still play Plok. You can’t beat throwing your arms and legs at fleas. The sound it makes brings back awesome memories of being a kid.

  4. Raedien says:

    Um, is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island not cheap enough?

    Otherwise it’s only one of the best games for the SNES ever…

  5. racketboy says:

    Sorry — Yoshi’s Island goes for about $15-$25

  6. shane7x says:

    what about mortal kombat 1-3 on the snes?

  7. Kronz says:

    I found out you can get some of the high-demand SNES titles in their native SFAM editions for about half the cost, imported from Japan. All you need is to mod your SNES so it doesn’t have those lockout pegs, or use a Game Genie (turned off, of course) to play the games on your SNES. As far as I know this only works for NTSC players though.

    I got Super Mario Collection (All Stars) and Super Metroid for about 13 bucks each by ordering from Japan on ebay. SMC is especially cool as it has the Japanese game title screens. Super Metroid has the identical innards of the USA pak though.

  8. shak says:

    im looking to buy super mario cart on the super nintendo pal uk version any help?

  9. racketboy says:

    What do you need help with?

  10. Samuel Lee says:

    I would like to purchase a game genie for the super nintendo entertainment system. The game genie would need to be for donkey kong country 3 dixie kong’s double trouble. I would need the game genie code book for donkey knog country 3 dixie kong’s double trouble.

    Thank you, Samuel R. Lee

  11. Tyler says:

    Plok’s only $6? I thought it was rare…

  12. Paul says:

    Pretty good list, but I think it’s missing two of the most important titles; Chrono Trigger (the best RPG of all time), Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2. If anyone’s trying to discover the magic of the snes, these games are a MUST.

  13. racketboy says:

    Well Chrono Trigger is far from cheap — in fact, it shows up on the Rare and Valuable SNES list

  14. brandon says:

    Its good to see snes is stilgames still in fashion my nan just got 1 and 3 games with it. She is so excited shes gonna go home and check them out.Im hoping shes got donkey kong country 1-2 and three.

  15. Greg Lowe says:

    You forgot Street Fighter, it is quite hard in my opinion but still an awesome game to have on the SNES!

  16. AgentIrons says:

    Important correction: The Super Game Boy does not play Game Boy Color games, only the originals.

  17. james says:

    i was wondering if anyone could help me im trying to figure out what rpgs i should get for my snes i already have secret of mana , chrono trigger, final fantasy nystic quest and secret of evermore but already beat them,

  18. Brandon says:

    Get Mario RPG and Earthbound. They are both amazing!

  19. Jonathan says:

    I’m looking for Castlevania Dracula X for SNES. Everywhere else online is so freakin’ expensive. Why? I was wondering if they’d have it here and cheaper.

  20. terabyte says:

    contra is in my top three all time favorite snes games, hard to find for cheap though…..anyone have any suggestions?

  21. robert says:

    some of these have gone up in price lately

  22. JACK says:

    Actually, all SNES games are good with emulators if you have Darwiinremote, a wiimote, and a classic controller.

  23. Patrick BBE says:

    Super R-Type. Only $2.

  24. Silly Bon says:

    Thumbs up for PLOK.
    An amazing platformer.

  25. Zack says:

    Just bought a super nintendo :D

  26. ben says:

    This list needs to be updated, snes games have skyrocketed in price, games like super metroid are 40 dollars and games like zombies ate my neighbors is 30.

  27. racketboy says:

    The list is updated here and it is due to be updated again in a few months
    http://www.racketboy.com/retro/nintendo/snes/the-best-super-nintendo-snes-games-under-10

  28. etiou says:

    super metroid for $16?????? -_-

  29. Ximo says:

    This list is really out of date. Try buying Super Metroid for $16, it’s completely impossible. Unless you find it on a yard sale or similar…