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Long story short, I've recently come into posession of a Super Nintendo and a Mega Drive, so I can finally check out the games I missed out when I was too busy fiddling away with a Playstation as a kid.
So, name your favourite games from the fourth generation, and tell me why they're so great.
Kirby Super Star. Not the remake.
Super Metroid as well.
Earth Bound for the SNES: a Funny game, with an interesting premise and is practically a cool parody of old JRPG's.
I ain't spoiling the final boss for you.
edited 2nd Oct '10 7:32:47 AM by Demongodofchaos2
Major Tom: Okay, now why should I play those.
And in before Sonic 3 And Knuckles or Gunstar Heroes, those already came in the package and are fantastic games.
Demon: Seen it.
edited 2nd Oct '10 7:32:36 AM by goodtimesfreegrog
You would probably still like the game, though.
edited 2nd Oct '10 7:33:45 AM by Demongodofchaos2
edited 2nd Oct '10 7:46:59 AM by Schitzo
^^^ Because they're fucking awesome! What more do you need?
Make sure to pick up Sonic 2 to complete the experience there.
Super Metroid: Stands eye-to-eye with any Metroidvania made in the last decade. Great level design, lots of exploring to do, the graphics hold up and if you're a sequence-breaker, the potential for that is damn near endless.
Super Mario World: Is Super Mario World. One of the best platformers of the generation, and this was a very good generation for platformers.
Yoshis Island: Another of the best platformers of the generation.
Phantasy Star IV: The best game in the original Phantasy Star series, and the only one that's aged well enough to still be playable (PSII did some very creative things with its story, but the gameplay was painfully dated by the time this one came out, never mind today). Some very creative elements on top of a solid RPG base.
A Link To The Past: Not quite the quintessential 2D Legend of Zelda (that's Link's Awakening, for my money) but still a stellar game.
The Streets Of Rage and/or Final Fight series: Great, great beat-em-ups. Nothing more complicated than that, but if you want to beat some street thugs' faces in, look no further.
Final Fantasy VI: Assuming you didn't play it on the Playstation or Game Boy Advance. It's the height of the 16-bit RPG era, with great characters, Woolseytastic writing, solid gameplay and one hell of a soundtrack.
Shining Force II: There's not a whole lot of competition for strategy RPGs in that generation, but this is one of the best. Simple, classic gameplay, lots of fun.
Mega Man X 1-3: All good, solid Mega Man games, made before Capcom Sequel Stagnation set in on this particular sub-franchise. The bosses are varied, the levels are big and each game has its own quirks that set it apart.
edited 2nd Oct '10 7:49:04 AM by Shale
Super Mario All-Stars: don't know if you already have Super Mario Bros.. 1-3 and 2jp in other forms, but if you don't, you need to catch up on the industry's seminal platformers. (Some carts include Super Mario World, too)
Super Mario Kart: a fast-paced Nintendo Hard kart game that offers a learning curve that goes on for miles. Its tracks are quick and exciting and filled with challenging curves of all shapes. Donut Plains 3 is one of the best-designed levels ever. (And, by the way, there aren't any blue shells!)
Donkey Kong Country 2: the best game of its series, its levels brim with ideas and cleverly (but not obtusely, as in DKC 1) hidden secrets. Inspired stuff. Its gorgeous visuals and music are among the best in any game, too. (I also recommend DKC 3 if you finish this game and are looking for more)
Yoshis Island: its crayon-inspired backgrounds and vital animations offer the very portrait of childhood. It's the best-looking game I've ever played. But it delivers on the platforming too, especially in its hilarious and original bosses. The final boss is, well, a huge surprise.
Final Fantasy VI: I can't talk articulately about RPG's, but this one captured me in a way others haven't. I'll try. It marries story and gameplay by structuring each event as a little dungeon with some interaction, however simple, and thereby keeps me emotionally connected. The battle system isn't as taut as that in Final Fantasy IV (a game I still need to finish before recommending—though it has my favorite soundtrack of any game), but it stays above the attack-attack-heal-attack that haunts most RPG's.
Tetris Attack: no puzzle game has ever tested my finger speed so. It's Nintendo Hard and really a lot of fun to play on its higher difficulty levels, though I prefer its remake Pokémon Puzzle League on the N64.
Other games I recommend (about in the order I'd rank them) are Zelda 3, Pilotwings, Super Mario RPG, Chrono Trigger, and Donkey Kong Country 3. Not exhaustive; I haven't finished a lot of games that might otherwise rank (Final Fantasy IV and Super Metroid, for instance).
I've already got my eyes on Super Metroid, but copies of that game seem to run really expensive.
How about the Mega Drive side? Snatcher is definitely on my list if I can find a Mega CD to go with it.
Snatcher? Hoo boy. Copies of that game are like really rare.
The Genesis Sonic games
Donkey Kong Country and sequels
edited 2nd Oct '10 8:46:50 AM by TommyX
For the SNES:
Some before me have reccomended the whole Final Fight series, but I advise you to stay way from the first two. The first is a Porting Disaster (and you can play the arcade version in thee bazzilions of compilation Capcom made last gen) while 2 is everything that can go wrong in a Mission-Pack Sequel. 3 is good but Streets of Rage is still better.
edited 2nd Oct '10 8:52:00 AM by Glowsquid
Marioguy: I dunno, does the Mega CD have much in the way of copy protection?
I get the feeling I could just burn an ISO of it on a CD-R, because back then people thought that CD ROM was such a huge medium that nobody could ever pirate games on it.
Well if you're gonna emulate it know this, when going to a different location for the first time, your game will lock if no music is playing at that point and it means you have a bad rom.
I've already tried it on emulation, and I got it to run just fine.
Rocket Knight Adventures for the Mega Drive. A personal favorite of mine just because every level is completely unique. It has plenty of fun little gimmicks and none of them are used more than once, keeping it fresh. Seriously, you'll love it.
For the Genesis:
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