The Super Nintendo was the most successful console of the 16-Bit era, initially released in 1990 in Japan. Until production was discontinued in 2003, it sold a total of 49.1 million units worldwide and during that period had many successes in its range. Among the most popular games are Super Mario World, the debut game of Nintendo’s famous plumber on the platform; Street Fighter II: The World Warrior fighting title; and the Donkey Kong Country platform.
The VGChartz website, which specializes in game sales numbers, made a list of Super Nintendo’s best-selling games. Among them, several games impressed players in the 90s, such as Super Mario All-Stars, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble. Here are the best-selling games on Nintendo’s console.
1. Super Mario World (20.61 Million)
Super Mario World is the most popular game of Super Nintendo and one of the most notable of the plumber mustache. Sold together with the SNES, it helped a lot in the sales of the console and came showing what the platform was capable of, incorporating the classic gameplay of the series’ new elements and a good dose of exploration.
In it, the main character Mario and his brother Luigi should save Princess Toadstool and Dinosaur Land from the villain Bowser and his cronies. This time, they would still have help from the dinosaur Yoshi, a native of the world where the game takes place. In 1991, the year of its release, it took the game title of the year by Nintendo Power and was considered in many lists one of the best games of all time.
2. Super Mario All-Stars (10.55 Million)
Super Mario All-Stars is a collection of Mario games released for the Nintendo (NES), all reworked while maintaining maximum fidelity to the originals, but with graphics and sound, partly reworked. It contains the Super Mario Bros. games. (1985), Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), and Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988). Considered a must-have Super Nintendo game by critics, it was one of the best-selling Super Mario franchise games.
3. Donkey Kong Country (9.30 Million)
In 1994, Super Nintendo received the first game of the trilogy that would be a huge success. In the first game, we saw the leading character Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong in search of their banana stock, which was stolen by the evil King K. Rool.
Nintendo invested in heavy marketing to promote Donkey Kong and their actions worked very well. By the first month of release in the US, the title had already sold 500,000 copies, and its sales helped Super Nintendo stay competitive at a time when PlayStation and Sega Saturn were hitting the shelves, launching into the next generation.
4. Super Mario Kart (8.76 Million)
In the 1992 Super Mario Kart racing game, players compete on different themed tracks based on franchise games using one of the eight characters available. Each character has their characteristics and can still rely on the different items found on the map to get in the way of their opponents.
The game was a great commercial success and gave rise to several sequences in later consoles. It even made it into Guinness World Records, topping the list of 50 console games that made a big initial impact and maintained a legacy.
5. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (6.30 Million)
In 1992, just a year after making its debut on the flippers, the success of the Street Fighter II arcades was released on Super Nintendo. It was the first release of the franchise for the Nintendo console and contained eight original fighters, each with their look and fighting style.
The arcade version was one of the best-selling arcade machines of all time, and with the SNES cartridges, it was no different. For many years it was Capcom’s most commercially successful game, as well as its best-selling game on a single platform.
6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (5.15 Million)
Developed by Rare and released in 1995, Super Nintendo’s second Donkey Kong followed the formula of its predecessor, but this time brought a new protagonist. Diddy Kong returned to the side of his girlfriend Dixie Kong, a nice little monkey who could fly and beat enemies with her hair. The game platform with pirate ambiance was very well received by the critics and was the second best-selling game of 1995, just behind Yoshi’s Island.
7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (4.61 Million)
The third game in the Legend of Zelda series was the only one released on Super Nintendo, but it is, to this day, one of the most beloved franchise titles. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is considered one of the best adventure games of the 16-Bit era, with its challenging gameplay and plot involving travel between two parallel worlds.
It was a huge commercial success and was among the three best-selling games of the franchise until Twilight Princess was released. For a long time, he was first on Nintendo Power magazine’s list of best SNES games.
8. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (4.12 Million)
After his Super Mario World debut, Yoshi the mascot became very popular with the public. Taking advantage of that fame, in August 1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was released in Japan. His story takes place before the Super Mario World events, and his main character is the dinosaur Yoshi, who must take baby Mario through six worlds to save his brother Luigi from the clutches of Baby Bowser’s goons.
9. Street Fighter II Turbo (4.10 Million)
The Street Fighter series had its success established in Street Fighter II, a fighting game that made players’ heads in the 16-Bit era. In times when there was no DLC to update the games, the game had some different versions released over the years.
One of them was Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting which brought more accelerated fighting and a new standard color palette for the characters, replacing those of the previous version, Champion Edition. To top it off, most of the characters still won a new special coup – only the American Guile and the bosses were left out.
10. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! (3.51 Million)
The last game of the Donkey Kong trilogy on Super Nintendo was first released on 18 November 1996 in North America. Thanks to the success of its predecessors, it was a game that reached the shelves with great expectations and this yielded many sales. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!, the duo Dixie and Kiddy Kong embarked on an adventure to save Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who were kidnapped by King K. Rool.