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  Super Smash TV  
 

This fun and frenetic top down shooting arcade classic where you take part in a deadly game show was ported excellently to the SNES, the control scheme works well and the game thankfully manages to be as fun as it ever was.

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  Pieces  
 

Who'd have thought competitive puzzle piece placing could work so well as a game? This plays like many of the 2 player block puzzle games in that you're always attempting to defeat an opponent, and if fast enough you're given access to different ways of creating problems for the opposition such as freezing them or causing their controls to be reversed. Two player matches are a lot of fun and can often become quite tense and competitive.

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  Batman Returns  
 

A license game which really manages to convey the movie source material, Batman Returns is a very well crafted beat-em-up that has a nice amount of variety and manages to give you a real feeling of strength, when the enemies slam into the ground you can almost feel the pain yourself. It also stands as one of the more violent and gritty snes games out there.

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  Madden 94'  
 

Sports games always seemed to be better represented on the Mega Drive in the early days but this game really stood as the first time where the SNES version managed to compete with the Mega Drive iteration on a toe to toe basis as an equal.

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  Sunset Riders  
 

Here's another great arcade port that remains as popular as ever to this day. Deep down at its core its just another run and gun game, but the game play is very polished (with some nice variation in the levels), and the cowboy theme such a welcome change that it manages to rise above its lessor brethren. Avoid the bad Mega Drive version as it was hacked to pieces with numerous omissions.

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  Super Pang/Buster Bros  
 

Super Pang is single-screen shooting game where the aim is to pop the bubbles, every time a bubble is shot it splits into multiple smaller bubbles which, if you're not careful will end up completely inundating you, an addictive and fun game.

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  Phalanx  
 

One of the better scrolling shmups on the SNES, Phalanx takes some of its inspiration from classic series' like Thunder force. Solid game play with some great music, a cool graphical style and impressive effects all stand in its favour.

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  Equinox  
 

Equinox is the sequel to the NES classic Solstice, game play is a mixture of puzzle solving and adventuring. It doesn't quite live up to its classic predecessor but is still a great game well worth checking out.

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  NBA Jam  
 

The genre defining Basketball classic was ported from arcade to console excellently here, with its signature emphasis on over the top action and fun perfectly intact.

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  Metal Warriors  
 

Taking inspiration from the Assault Suits series (Cybernator, Target Earth) Metal Warriors has you controlling a mech and blasting the crap out of everything in sight, one of the best things about this game though is the fact that you can now disembark from your mech and fly around with a jet pack stealing other, different mech's, unfortunately some of the levels tend to look a little drab at times which is why I felt that I should lower its placing.

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  Breath of Fire  
 

Very good for a first attempt at the RPG genre from Capcom. Breath of Fire does little to stand out amongst the plethora of fantastic RPG's on the system, but is certainly still a very solid game.

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  International Superstar Soccer  
 

Konami's popular series of Footy games were pretty much the only real competition for FIFA back in the day, and on the SNES this game was the champ.

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  Panel De Pon/Tetris Attack  
 

One of the more noteworthy of the Tetris style games to come out of that period, Panel De Pon centers around you swapping neighboring blocks with the goal of matching up three of a type, the game was re branded in the west as Tetris Attack, with its sequel appearing on the N64 re branded as a Pokemon game.

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  Soul Blazer  
  A very fun, simplified take on the action RPG genre, game play revolves around entering the dungeons and dispatching all the enemies and spawn points in a Gauntlet fashion, as each enemy is defeated a section of over world village is rebuilt, or a villager restored. Rebuilding the land is a really excellent addition and makes the game play more addictive and rewarding.
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  Putty Squad  
 

A very under appreciated search and rescue based platformer which oozes charm and style, has a unique and original move set, lots of humour and a brilliant split screen multiplayer co-op. Sequel to the popular Amiga game Silly Putty (which also appeared on SNES as Super Putty)

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  EVO: Search For Eden  
 

A very strange and unique RPG which spans over millions of years as you evolve your life form through different stages. Starting out as a lowly fish, attacking and eating the other sea creatures levels you up allowing you to add new appendages to your creature, eventually even evolving to become a land mammal and more.

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  Plok  
 

Plok is a relatively original platformer which has you using your limbs to attack with as projectiles and to solve puzzles, being careful not to lose too many of them lest you to be relegated to hopping around everywhere. The game has tons of charm and humour and some really excellent music from the ever talented Tim Follin.

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  NHL 94'  
 

One of the all time fondly remembered classic sports titles out there, a very fun game to play that was much more balanced than its forebears.

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  Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel  
  A fantastic action game that gives you excellent, fluid controls, some unique game play elements such as sky diving, and some of the most sumptuous and colourful graphics on the SNES.
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  Castlevania: Dracula X/Vampire's Kiss  
 

Going more for an all out action experience than the earlier Super Castlevania IV, Dracula X mostly succeeds, its just a shame that the game was a little bit disappointing in comparison to the TG-16's Rondo of Blood.

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