It’s a tale of time travel, and of saving the world from an inevitable fate. Through mysterious acts of fate, the heroes are thrown across different time periods in order to stop the rise of an alien entity called Lavos that is destined to destroy the world in 1999. I mentioned the flawless controls before, but that can only be realized by playing through the incredibly memorable stages and worlds. You’ll be jumping through swamps on crocodiles, flying over lava on hot-air balloons, racing crocs on roller coasters, and running from giant bees in beehives.
Have you noticed how many times I’ve said "of all time"? It’s truly a testament to how great the Super Nintendo’s game library is. Chrono Trigger is one of a handful of amazing RPG’s on the SNES, but it manages to stand out as the purest, most enjoyable and charming adventure.
You’ll even get to transform into your animal buddies at various points. All the while, you’ll be collecting hidden coins and beating bonus levels in order to complete the game fully. Nothing really beats that feeling of finding a secret passageway while rolling around bombing random rocks.
The boss battles are difficult yet elegant in their designs. They used to infuriate as a kid, but now I just revel at how quickly I can dispose of them with my ninja skills. I absolutely love Mega Man, and I can think of no better game to represent the series in the 16-bit era. Some may think this entry is unconventional, but one simply cannot leave out the most joyous experience you can have with a friend on the SNES. I think I may even go ahead and call this the greatest side-scrolling beat-em-up of all time.
As most major publishers’ development efforts shift to any number of next-generation platforms, Tony Hawk 2 will likely stand as one of the last truly fantastic games to be released on the PlayStation. Probably wouldve included the original Donkey Kong Country and moved super metroid up a bit, but other than that, pretty much agree with the list. The time traveling aspect gets really creative once you’re able to do side quests with the Epoch . Many quests involve doing one thing in the past, and seeing how it affects the present.
You can leave a legendary rock in prehistoric times, then jump thousands of year forward to find that it has changed completely. You can even access a portal that takes you directly to Lavos, which brings us to the numerous endings. There are twelve endings in total, GB with each being unlocked by defeating Lavos at specific points throughout the game. Every ending is unique and well worth the effort of beating the final boss over and over again. Here it is, the best 16-bit RPG and SNES game of all time.