RGJ Ranking!! 60 Super Famicom Games You MUST have!!

SFC = Nintendo Super Famicom is one of Nintendo’s most sold video game consoles. Nintendo sold roughly 17 million SFC consoles in Japan and 49 million in the world. We are still able to offer them in very affordable prices.

Fun Fact about Nintendo Super Famicom

  • Release Year: 1990

  • Number of consoles sold: 17 million in Japan, 23 million in US, 49 million in the world.

  • Hardware Spec: 16 Bit

  • First game(s) released: Super Mario World & F-Zero

  • Last game released: Rockman & Forte excluding Nintendo Power game. Metal Slider Glory for Nintendo Power game.

  • Sold until September of 2003 (Most of them were sold as “Made to order” at later years)

OK, now let’s see which games we picked. So factors we considered were,

  • Fun to play

  • Difficulty

  • Playability (Japanese language needed or not)

  • Affordability

  • Easy to find or not

Also, on each game, we added Genre, Good point and Not so good point about the game (FYI, this is just our personal opinion.), Price range (Cart only price. Price is usually higher with manual and box. As of May 2022. Price can go up and down over time.), and also search hyperlink just in case you consider getting one from our store (If the link goes straight to the product page, that means the product you see is only one we have. If you don’t see any listings, that means the item was sold long time ago and hasn’t restocked. If that’s the case, please send us an email. We can probably get one soon. If you see the listing(s) that is out of stock, please join waitlist so that we can replenish inventory as soon as possible. Also, search is not perfect and sometimes different game pop up. Please don’t hate us if that happens…).

Well, let’s begin!!

60. Doremi Fantasy

  • Genre: Action Platformer

  • Good: Fun action game with a music theme. Graphic is very cute.

  • Not so good: It is getting a bit pricy nowadays. It is getting harder to find as well.

  • Price Range: $100~130

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59. Cho Aniki

  • Genre: VS Fighting. Famous PC engine version of Cho Aniki is shooting game but this is VS Fighting.

  • Good: Very creative concept. Who though of muscle and beam? You got to play at least once!! Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Possibly a bit offensive to someone nowadays.

  • Price Range: $35~45

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58. Mikey Tokyo Disney Land Daibouken

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action. Tokyo Disney Land version of Mickey’s Magical Quest game.

  • Good: Fun side scrolling action. If you like Mickey’s Magical Quest, you will like this one as well. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: It takes a bit until get used to character control. Game difficulty is harder than it looks.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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57. Super R-Type

  • Genre: Shooter. SFC version of R-Type II (PC Engine) even though there are many changes from the original.

  • Good: Easy to play (You can change difficulty). Fun. Great music. Affordable price.

  • Not so good: Lagging happens. There is no half save point so you have to start over when you die.

  • Price Range: $35~45

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56. Super Genjin / Bonk’s Adventure

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action Platformer. first Genjin / Bonk series on SFC platform. Eat meat and get ability. There is Super Genjin 2 as well.

  • Good: Very easy to play and fun. Very simple concept. Cool worldview. Affordable.

  • Not so good: No save (but game itself is not so long so this won’t bother too much).

  • Price Range: $17~25

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55. Ghost Sweeper GS Mikami

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action. This game is from TV animation. Concept is Sexy Occult Comedy.

  • Good: Nice Body!! Easy to play. Graphic and worldview is unique. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: If you know the original animation, Mikami’s character is bit different. Getting pricy.

  • Price Range: $70~90

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54. Gradius III 3

  • Genre: Side Scroll Shooter. Transferred from Arcade game. 3rd numbering title. 1 & 2 is on Nintendo Famicom (Japanese NES). Try input Konami command and see what happens, lol.

  • Good: Konami quality side scroll shooter. Very affordable. If you want to learn how to play 2D shooter, this is perfect game.

  • Not so good: If you have played original arcade game, you may be disappointed but they did good job on SFC’s limited capability. Lagging happens here and there.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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53. Super Back to the Future II 2

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action. If you are a fun of back to the future, you must buy this one!!

  • Good: Easy to play. Simple 2D action game. Collector’s item.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy. No half point save. If you are not a fan of back to the future, you can probably skip this game.

  • Price Range: $100~120

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52. Rockman X / AKA: Mega Man X

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action. Mega Man is called “Rockman” in Japan. First game of X series. Wall kick and dash was introduced first on this game.

  • Good: Graphics and music are great. Lots of hidden jams. Overall, very well made game

  • Not so good: Dash wall kick takes time to master.

  • Price Range: $25~30

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51. Pop’n Twinbee

  • Genre: Vertical Scroll Action. 2 Players mode. Juggling bells and power up with different color bell.

  • Good: Konami shooting quality. 2 player can play at the same time. Easy to play. Simple concept. Cute graphics.

  • Not so good: Can’t think of any. MUST HAVE game!!

  • Price Range: $25~30

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50. Sailor Moon R

  • Genre: Side Scroll Beatemup. From TV animation. If you are a sailor moon fan, this is MUST buy.

  • Good: Very well made. You can enjoy even you don’t know Sailor Moon. Affordable. If you like beatemup games, you will like it.

  • Not so good: Enemy character variation is poor. Hard mode is very hard!!

  • Price Range: $25~30

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49. Mario Super Picross

  • Genre: Puzzle

  • Good: Once you know the rule of the game, it’s is very addicting. Various levels. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: N/A.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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48. Ultraman

  • Genre: VS Fighting. Ultraman is very famous Japanese SFX series.

  • Good: I can see love and respect of ultraman on this game. This is the game made for their fans. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: As a VS fighting game, it feels like still early stage and there is some room for improvement.

  • Price Range: ~$10

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47. Assault Suit Valken / AKA: Cybernator

  • Genre: Robot Action.

  • Good: Action game for robot fans. Movement is pretty cool. Good music and playability.

  • Not so good: Use all 6 buttons and it takes time to get used to.

  • Price Range: $25~35

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46. The Firemen

  • Genre: Action. Fire fighter game. Your goal is to rescue people from burning building.

  • Good: Very addicting. Easy to understand its concept. Game balance is perfect.

  • Not so good: I wish this is 2 player game. Getting pricy.

  • Price Range: $60~65

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45. Live Alive

  • Genre: RPG from Square soft.

  • Good: Square quality RPG. Absolutely amazing worldview. Very well thought. Great music. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: This is RPG so Japanese language skill is necessary. Some stories are very depressed.

  • Price Range: $60~65

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44. Shin Megami Tensei / SMT

  • Genre: Devil RPG from Atlas.

  • Good: Amazing worldview and concept. Well thought story.

  • Not so good: There are a few bugs. It is hard to find where to go with 2D map. Japanese Language.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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43. Final Fantasy VI 6

  • Genre: RPG from Square soft

  • Good: Character development is very good. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Japanese language.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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42. Super Bomberman 5

  • Genre: Bombing Action from Hudson Soft.

  • Good: Final numbering title on SFC. Easy and fun to play. Well made game. All you need is this one. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: A few bugs. Once you start a normal game, you can’t go back to the map screen (just a bit inconvenient).

  • Price Range: $30~35

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41. Dragon Quest V 5

  • Genre: RPG from Enix. RPG representing Japan!!

  • Good: Amazing story and Amazing music. Simply amazing game. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Japanese Language

  • Price Range: $10~15

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40. Septentrion / AKA: SOS

  • Genre: Panic Action Game

  • Good: Well thought game. Multi endings.

  • Not so good: There are a few pretty big bugs. Getting pricy. It is getting harder to find.

  • Price Range: $90~110

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39. Super Wagyan Land

  • Genre: Action platformer with word puzzle element. Super popular among Japanese gamers.

  • Good:  Japan exclusive game. Very affordable

  • Not so good: Japanese language is needed for mini game and word game.

  • Price Range: ~$10

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38. Zelda no Densetsu Kamigami no Tri-force / Legend of Zelda Link to the Past

  • Genre: Action RPG

  • Good:  One of the best Zelda games. Fun Action. Lots of gimmick. Great music and story. You can spend a lot of time into this game. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Saving is a bit inconvenient. I wanted to use a shovel more… Japanese language is necessary on SFC version.

  • Price Range: $20~40

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37. Super Mario RPG

  • Genre: RPG

  • Good:  If you like Mario, you will love it. Well thought game. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: Japanese language is necessary.

  • Price Range: $13~17

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36. Chrono Trigger

  • Genre: RPG from Square soft

  • Good:  Amazing worldview and story. Good character development. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Japanese language is necessary.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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35. Mother 2 / Earthbound

  • Genre: RPG. Directed by Shigesato Itoi.

  • Good:  Amazing worldview and story by Shigesato Itoi (Japanese famous copy writer)

  • Not so good:  Japanese language is necessary.

  • Price Range: $25~30

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34. Actraiser

  • Genre: Action + Simulation

  • Good: Fun action game with town development simulation is very unique concept. Simply fun to play.

  • Not so good: Japanese language is necessary.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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33. Cho Makaimura / Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action from Capcom.

  • Good: Very challenging game but this game will make you stronger in many ways.

  • Not so good: Difficult. One of my bucket list to beat this game before I die…

  • Price Range: $20~25

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32. Godzilla Kaiju Daikessen

  • Genre: VS Fighting

  • Good:  Great game for Godzilla fans. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Controllability is poor

  • Price Range: $50~60

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31. Sonic Blast Man

  • Genre: Side Scroll Comedy Beatemup. Transferred from Arcade Punching Machine.

  • Good: Simply comical and fun. Decent beatemup game.

  • Not so good: Main character is too strong. Not for gamers who are looking for hard to beat game.

  • Price Range: $20~30

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30. Takahashi Meijin no Daiboukenjima / AKA: Master Takahashi’s Adventure Island

  • Genre: Action.

  • Good: Decent action game. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: No continue after you die.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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29. Ganbare Goemon 2 / AKA: Mystical Ninja

  • Genre: Action.

  • Good:  Fun to play. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Hard to beat. Saving function is not player friendly.

  • Price Range: $25~30

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28. Contra Spirits / AKA: Contra III The Alien Wars

  • Genre: Shooting Action

  • Good:  Very fun shooting action game. Well made. Feel good to shoot down enemies.

  • Not so good: Stage bosses get harder at the end.

  • Price Range: $60~65

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27. Prince of Persia

  • Genre: Action

  • Good: Unique. Fun to solve gimmicks.

  • Not so good: Control is bit harder to master.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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26. Super Pang / AKA: Super Buster Bros

  • Genre: Puzzle shooting

  • Good:  Simple rule but fun and deep. You will like this game if you like puzzle games.

  • Not so good: N/A

  • Price Range: $25~30

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25. Go Go Ackman 2

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action. Adapted from Japanese Jump Comic Animation. Same author from Dragon Ball Z (Akira Toriyama). If you are a fan of DBZ, you will like it.

  • Good: Endless continue.  Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Difficult to beat.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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24. Kiki Kaikai Nazo no Kuromanto / AKA: Pocky & Rocky

  • Genre: Action

  • Good:  Interesting worldview and concept. Good music and cute graphics.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy and harder to get.

  • Price Range: $140~170

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23. Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 2

  • Genre: VS Fighting

  • Good: Its own fighting system. This game was made while DBZ was so popular in Japan. Lots of improvement from 1st one. Japan exclusive game. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: Japanese language is needed in some parts.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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22. Psycho Dream

  • Genre: Action Platformer

  • Good: Amazing worldview, graphics, and music. Decent Action game. Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy and hard to find.

  • Price Range: $75~90

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21, Super Aleste / Space Megaforce

  • Genre: Shooter

  • Good: Lots of action. Very fun shooting game. Smooth graphics and good music.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy and harder to get.

  • Price Range: $80~100

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20. Disney’s Aladdin

  • Genre: Action Platformer from Capcom

  • Good: Good Action game overall.  Very affordable.

  • Not so good:

    If you are a fan of original movie, there are some questionable expression and storyline.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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19. Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island

  • Genre: Action Platformer. Yoshi is main character on this game. Throwing eggs is very innovative system back then.

  • Good: Once you know how to get around, it is a lot of fun. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: Number of lives won’t get saved.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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18. Joe & Mac Tatakae Genshijin

  • Genre: Action

  • Good: Good Action game overall. Easy to play. Still affordable.

  • Not so good: No save or continue. Bit slow character action.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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17. Panel de Pon / AKA: Tetris Attack

  • Genre:

  • Good: Various game modes and good music. Well made puzzle game overall.

  • Not so good: A few know bugs exist.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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16. TNMT Turtles in Time

  • Genre: Action Beatemup

  • Good: Decent Beatemup game. This game is probably more popular in US than Japan.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy.

  • Price Range: $50~60

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15. Akumajo Dracula / AKA: Castlevania IV 4

  • Genre: Side Scroll Action

  • Good: Amazing worldview, graphics, and music. Overall very well made game.

  • Not so good: Damage knock back is brutal. It gets difficult in later stages.

  • Price Range: $40~50

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14. F-ZERO

  • Genre: Racing. One of launch games released.

  • Good: Fast speed feels very good to play. Simple and fun. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: N/A as a launch title.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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13. Kirby Bowl

  • Genre: Puzzle/Sport game. This game is like game between golf and billiards.

  • Good: Cute graphics. Good music. You can spend a lot of time to complete (all Gold achievements). Very affordable.

  • Not so good: There is no retry function.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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12. Super Mario Collection / AKA: Super Mario All-Stars

  • Genre: Action Platformer

  • Good: 4 iconic Mario games from Famicom in one game. Saving function.

  • Not so good: N/A

  • Price Range: $15~20

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11. Umihara Kawase

  • Genre: Rubbering Action Platformer

  • Good: Very fun and innovative action game Japan exclusive game.

  • Not so good: Getting pricy. Getting harder to find. There is no tutorial. No continue or stage select option.

  • Price Range: $65~75

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10. Final Fight

  • Genre: Action beatemup

  • Good: Iconic beatemup game. Very fun. Easy to play. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Unlike arcade version, there is no 2 Player mode. If you know the arcade version, you may be disappointed (But still pretty good for SFC platform).

  • Price Range: $15~20

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9. Mickey Magical Adventure / AKA: Disney’s Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

  • Genre: Action Platformer from Capcom.

  • Good: Action platformer for all gamers. Very affordable.

  • Not so good: N/A

  • Price Range: $10~15

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8. Hoshi no Kirby 3

  • Genre: Action

  • Good: More Kirby’s friends. Fun and Cute.

  • Not so good: Mini game is a bit annoying.

  • Price Range: $35~45

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7. Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe / AKA: Kirby Super Star

  • Genre: Action

  • Good: You can spend lots of time into playing this game. 2 Player play was very innovative back then. Great graphics. Still very affordable

  • Not so good: Saving data gets deleted easily (Nightmare of 0% 0% 0%).

  • Price Range: $15~20

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6. Super Donkey Kong Country

  • Genre: Action Platformer

  • Good:  Great graphics and music. Perfect difficulty. MUST HAVE game for everyone. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: Saving is a bit inconvenient.

  • Price Range: $10~15

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5. Street Fighter II 2 Turbo

  • Genre: VS Fighting

  • Good: Character speed got faster compared to Street Fighter II. Best game to learn VS fighting game. Well made game for SFC capability. Still very affordable.

  • Not so good: N/A

  • Price Range: $10~15

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4. Final Fight 2

  • Genre: Action Beatemup.

  • Good: Very realistic beatemup game. 2 Player play may detroy your friendship/partnership because you can get damage from your partner, lol. On Final Fight 1, there was no 2 Player play so this was big improvement.

  • Not so good: Final Fight 1 was very well game and second game is underrated due to that.

  • Price Range: $20~25

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3. Super Mario Kart

  • Genre: Racing

  • Good: Very iconic character racing game. Perfect to learn racing game. 2 Player play is also very exciting.

  • Not so good: N/A

  • Price Range: $15~20

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2. Super Metroid

  • Genre: Action Platformer.

  • Good: You can choose English language. Very popular series.

  • Not so good: Map is very big and can get lost. It can be challenging as well.

  • Price Range: $40~50

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1. Super Mario World

  • Genre: Action Platformer. One of first games released on SFC. Such an iconic game. Everything is perfect.

  • Good:  Nothing to say. Everything is perfect. This game is for everyone. Still very affordable too!!

  • Not so good: There are a few Japanese language but most people can figure it out to get around and play.

  • Price Range: $15~20

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How was it? Did you find games that you love? We wish this ranking helps your Retro Game Life!!  Thank you for reading!!

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