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The SNES Classic Edition is going to be released on November 10th, and people are already fuming online because, yet again, scalpers are snatching them up. It can be a cruel world out there … all people want is their Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and Star Fox.
With the release of that miniature nostalgia trip still weeks away, let’s drop what we’re doing, put our headphones in, and enjoy some of the best soundtracks that the Super Nintendo had to offer.
#9: Doom (1993)
Originally released in 1993 for multiple platforms, Doom unsurprisingly made its way to the Super Nintendo, with 3D gameplay that was relatively new at the time. Along with being one of the first first-person shooters, it became one of the must-own games for the console.
Our Pick for Best Track: “At Doom’s Gate” (0:07)
#8: F-Zero (1991)
As one of the five original launch titles for the Super Nintendo (along with Super Mario World, SimCity, Pilotwings, and Gradius III), F-Zero takes place in the year 2560, and became one of the most popular racing games (with hovercars!) in the console’s library. While one glaring issue with the game was that it didn’t have a multiplayer mode, it’s still extremely fun and addicting gameplay will never be forgotten.
Our Pick for Best Track: “Mute City” (15:35)
#7: Final Fight (1992)
The SNES was home to some of the best beat-’em-ups ever created, and Final Fight was one of the first. Released early on in the console’s original run, it was one of Capcom’s many classics during the 90s, and is one series that certainly deserves a modern day reboot of some kind.
Our Pick for Best Track: “Subway Theme” (4:31)
#6: Super Mario RPG (1996)
Released in 1996, Super Mario RPG was among the last big releases for the SNES before the launch of the much-anticipated Nintendo 64. In conjunction with Square, the game was the first RPG in the Mario series at that point and became an instant classic. Perhaps the biggest crime in gaming is that this masterpiece never received a direct sequel. (Better late than never, Nintendo!)
Our Pick for Best Track: “From Inside the Earthen Pipe” (34:17)
#5: Mortal Kombat II (1994)
Back in the early- to mid-1990s, there was nothing quite like aura of Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat II was no different. Originally released in arcades in April 1993, the game was ported the Super Nintendo in the fall of 1994. The game featured 12 characters and almost 25 years later is still widely considered to be the best installment in the entire series.
Our Pick for Best Track: “The Armory” (8:44)
#4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV – Turtles In Time (1992)
Take the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which were one of the most franchises during this time, and include pirates, dinosaurs, and hoverboards, and you’ve got yourself one incredible game for the Super Nintendo. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV – Turtles in Time was a direct port of the arcade classic, which had been released worldwide just one year earlier.
Our Pick for Best Track: “Neon Night-Riders” (16:26)
#3: Street Fighter II (1992)
How many Street Fighter II games can there be? The original was released in the arcade in 1991, and we just received one for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. It’s not only one of the most classic fighting game franchises of all-time, but the original installment, which was also ported from the arcade to the home console, still holds up today as one of the best ever made.
Our Pick for Best Track: Sagat’s stage theme (22:18)
#2 Mega Man X2 (1994)
From the late 80s throughout the mid-90s, there were seemingly more Mega Man games than games in the Super Mario series. Released in 1994, Mega Man X2 was the second game in the series on the Super Nintendo’s line of games. It’s no surprise that this instant classic was developed by Capcom either, as they were constantly pumping out outstanding games during this time.
Our Pick for Best Track: “X-Hunter Stage 1” (22:52)
#1: Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Not only is it one of the best games to ever be released for the beloved Super Nintendo, but Rare’s Donkey Kong Country arguably has one of the greatest gaming soundtracks of all-time, and is still widely regarded as one of the best today. Released in late 1994, the classic platformer sold six million units in its first holiday season, and at the time set the record for being the fast-selling video game of all-time.
Our Pick for Best Track: “Aquatic Ambiance” (18:36)
What game are you most looking forward to on the SNES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comment section below!