The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games Under $20

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.   Since the SNES is quickly growing with nostolgic collectors, it’s getting harder to find real values in the SNES market.   However, as long as you don’t mind skipping the harder-to-find cardboard boxes for the games, you can find these classics for $10 or less.  (Prices listed are an average eBay price for US cartridge-only games, including shipping)

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Cheap Classics

Super Mario World Super Mario World: $17
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.
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F-Zero Cover F-Zero: $12
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.
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Uniracers Cover Uniracers: $13
Uniracers takes 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.
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Pilotwings Cover Pilotwings: $10
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.
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Star Fox Cover Star Fox: $13
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.
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Killer Instinct Cover Killer Instinct: $11
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.
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Super Ghouls N Ghosts Cover Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts: $20
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.
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plok Cover Plok: $17
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.
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Super Game Boy Cover Super Game Boy: $19
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.
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Tetris Attack Cover Tetris Attack: $14
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.
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The Lion King Cover The Lion King: $11
The 16-bit actually had a good handful of well-made licensed Disney platforming games and The Lion King is one of the best on the Super Nintendo.   It’s solid platforming and wonderful animation make it one of the most enjoyable Disney-based games of all time.   It’s hard for gamers of all ages not to love this one.
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Out of This World Cover Out of This World (Another World): $14
This cinematic platformer was one of the most innovative and influencial games of its day and remains a solid classic.  Originally released on the Amiga and other personal computer platforms, Out of This World has a fresh style compared to most SNES games.  Weighing in at only $5, this gem is one of the best values on the SNES.
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Flashback Cover Flashback: The Quest for Identity: $13
Touted as a “CD-ROM Game on a Cartridge”, Flashback: The Quest for Identity was one of the most graphically impressive console games in its day (it was ported from the Amiga). The game features fully hand-drawn backdrops and for its time remarkably fluid rotoscoped animation of walking, running and jumping movements, reminiscent of the earlier Prince of Persia.   It’s also worth mentioning that although very similar in a number of ways to Out of This World, Flashback isn’t really a sequel.
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Phantom 2049 Cover Phantom 2040: $13
With prices of high-profile SNES games on the rise, it can be quite a challenge to find the amazing Super Metroid for under $10.  However, if you would like some Metroid-like action (without the high production values and depth)  for a fraction of the price (or just want an under-appreciated action title), Phantom 2040 is a wonderful choice.
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Great list with nice games. Good gaming doesn’t have to be expensive!.

gumbyX says:

Cool article. One issue though: Super Game Boy can’t play GBC-only games like Shantae or SMB Deluxe. It can play GBC-enhanced like Link’s Awakening DX and the Pokemon series though.

Pichu says:

Awesome article, now I know what to look for at my local shop.

Riqz says:

Oh god… you gave me quite a few more games to buy… Dear oh dear!!!

MattG says:

I’m very glad to see Plok on the list, but where’s Aero the Acro-bat?

HellHammer says:

Pretty great list, RB. So many good games on here, if you had them all, you’d forget about the current gen. Haha.

Really, really nice to see PLOK and Tet Attack get some recognition.

PLOK:Best Soundtrack on SNES.

racketboy says:

Hey Matt — yeah, not sure what happened with Aero… I’ll have to add that on.

Brian says:

This really makes me miss my SNES. I traded my in for a N64 and I had such bad seller’s remorse that I’ve pretty much held onto every single game I’ve bought since then.

Phillyman says:

Another fantastic guide from Racketboy, you are the reason I have no money for food each week!

2tall says:

Nice list, you should add the prices of consoles. And of course, Super Mario RPG!!

There are just too many good games for the SNES that aren’t too expensive. Too many to list. Seriously, I could live the rest of my days with only my SNES and never run out of fun games to play.

Sarge says:

It’s a very short game, but Operation: Logic Bomb is a lot of fun, and I picked it up for $5 the other day.

Too bad most of the best of the best SNES games will run you more than the best of the best Genesis games but I guess that’s what happens with demand. Still a lot of fun to have here in this list. Mario and Star Fox are obvious choices. Cybernator is one of the best action games on the console.

You can also probably find the original Mega Man X for under ten bucks. One of the greatest action games EVER.

stalepie says:

Ikari no Yousai is a cool one from Japan. Sequel to Fortified Zone on Game Boy.

Chris says:

Hell yeah…King Arthur’s World & Zoop! Two games I didn’t think anybody knew about!

Patrick says:

EDF! Earth Defense Force!

Patrick BBE says:

My local game jacked up the price of Super Mario World. Costs like $29.

Oops23 says:

Hey Racketboy, don’t know if you’ve checked eBay recently, but the prices for most of these games have skyrocketed since this article was written. Is there any chance that you will update it and remove/add games? I know that you have for some other consoles.

racketboy says:

Yup, this is on my to-do list to update soon. The Genesis guide needs to be done first though

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