The Best Super Nintendo Basketball Games

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Super Nintendo Basketball Games
Voting Rules
Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for Super Nintendo Entertainment System at some point.

If you owned a Super Nintendo at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few Basketball games in your collection. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Super Nintendo basketball games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling basketball games that were released for SNES. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Games featured on this list include everything from NBA Jam to NCAA Basketball and more.

Vote for your favorite b-ballin' video games below.

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  • NBA Jam Tournament Edition
    155 votes
    • Developer: Midway Games

    Developed by Midway in 1994, NBA Jam Tournament Edition stood out from the crowd with its over-the-top gameplay and an impressive roster of NBA superstars. Building on the success of the original NBA Jam, this sequel incorporated updated rosters, refined mechanics, and various new features, including a plethora of hidden characters and secret team bonuses. Additionally, players could now perform incredible "on fire" dunks, introduced by the iconic voice of announcer Tim Kitzrow. All these elements contributed to creating a high-octane gaming experience, solidifying NBA Jam Tournament Edition as a classic fixture in Super Nintendo basketball games.

  • NBA Jam
    122 votes
    • Developer: Midway Games

    Released in 1993, the original NBA Jam revolutionized basketball video games with its blend of fast-paced action, exaggerated physics, and over-the-top dunks. The game also introduced memorable features such as the "on fire" mechanic, which allowed players to go on shooting streaks with enhanced skills and antics. NBA Jam set itself apart from other sports games of the time by featuring real NBA teams and players but discarding realism in favor of frenetic arcade-style gameplay, making it a seminal title in the genre. NBA Jam's massive success ultimately laid the foundation for future arcade-style basketball games on the Super Nintendo platform.

  • Nba Live '96

    Nba Live '96

    58 votes

    With its release in 1995, NBA Live '96 built on the success of NBA Live '95 by introducing several key improvements, such as partial season modes and player creation capabilities. The gameplay was more fluid than its predecessor, and an updated roster accurately reflected the 1996 NBA season. A notable innovation of NBA Live '96 was the inclusion of all 29 NBA arenas, complete with distinct court markings and designs – a first for basketball video games of the era. Overall, NBA Live '96 raised the bar for realism and gameplay depth on the Super Nintendo, becoming a standard-setter for future simulation basketball games.

  • NCAA Basketball
    Jan 01 1992
    65 votes
    • Developer: Sculptured Software

    NCAA Basketball, released in 1992, was the first college basketball game on the Super Nintendo platform. Developed by Sculptured Software, it was notable for utilizing the groundbreaking Mode 7 graphics technology to simulate a 3D perspective on the court, providing players with a realistic and immersive gaming experience. The game featured over 40+ NCAA teams from various conferences, accurately representing the college landscape at the time, but without real player names due to licensing restrictions. Despite this limitation, NCAA Basketball stood apart in the gaming world by offering a comprehensive college basketball experience that catered to fans of the sport and laid the groundwork for future college-themed basketball games.

  • Tecmo Super NBA Basketball

    Tecmo Super NBA Basketball

    Mar 04 1993
    105 votes
    • Developer: Tecmo

    Tecmo Super NBA Basketball, released in 1992, was the first basketball game for Super Nintendo to feature full NBA team and player licenses. Known for its in-depth gameplay, the title offered an array of offensive and defensive strategies, enabling players to create a unique playing style. Tecmo Super NBA Basketball also touted comprehensive stat tracking throughout the season and an impressive level of detail in terms of player attributes and skills. With these innovations, the game set a high benchmark for other developers to match in the realm of simulation basketball gaming.

  • NBA Hangtime
    Jan 01 1996
    77 votes
    • Developer: WMS Industries Inc., Funcom, Midway Games

    Originally an arcade hit in 1996, NBA Hangtime made its mark on the Super Nintendo with its intense two-on-two basketball action. Building on the legacy of NBA Jam, NBA Hangtime pushed the boundaries of arcade-style gameplay with a deeper playbook, faster pace, and more spectacular dunks. A unique feature in the game was the Create-a-Player mode, which allowed gamers to design their own basketball star and elevate their skills through continuous play. NBA Hangtime's blend of fast action and robust customization options ensured a highly replayable and engaging experience on the SNES platform.