The Best Super Nintendo Strategy Games

Over 900 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Super Nintendo Strategy Games
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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 strategy games in your collection. Using your brain to solve puzzles and battle opponents is a ton of fun, and with turn-based games, puzzles, tower defense games and more, there are unlimited options to explore. With so many choices to pick from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Super Nintendo strategy games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling strategy games that were released for Super Nintendo. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Everything from Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen to the classic strategy gem Gemfire is included below. Vote up all your favorite video games, and vote down the duds.

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    • Developer: Square Enix, Quest Corporation

    Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together delivers a gripping narrative of political and ethnic struggle set in a dark fantasy world. The gameplay provides a rich strategic experience, with each decision having lasting effects; it’s not just your standard run-of-the-mill axes-and-magic affair. The game made a colossal impact in the tactical RPG genre, influencing many future games in design and storytelling.

  • Civilization
    129 votes

    Civilization will keep strategy gamers chomping at the bit with its historical theme and a dynamic gameplay that challenges players to build their own empire from scratch. Reign, dominate, and fight for your thriving civilization's survival all while pondering the profound question - What if? Exuding influence in every nook and cranny of gaming, Civilization has achieved legendary status, inspiring a flock of strategy games that followed.

  • Gemfire
    Jun 24 1992
    126 votes
    • Developer: Koei

    Gemfire is a captivating war simulation video game that lets you play the ruler and control seven ruling families each with their own individual territories. Hatching strategies and whipping up alliances is the name of the game as you attempt to unify all territories. Gemfire's unique formula of humanistic war simulation adds a new facet to the genre, impacting how we perceive strategy games.

    • Developer: Quest Corporation

    Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a complex mix of RTS and RPG elements set in a high fantasy world battling tyranny. The stages of the game are played out like chess moves and the gameplay unfurls an intriguing mix of real-time battle and strategic warfare. The March of the Black Queen spoke volumes in the gaming community, moving the dial in terms of what can be achieved with storytelling in role-playing games.

  • SimCity
    Oct 03 1989
    134 votes
    • Developer: Babaroga, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Maxis

    SimCity is an urban planning simulation where you have to run a city as smoothly as a hot knife through butter. The gameplay presents ongoing challenges with managing resources, accommodating the demands of your citizens, and keeping disasters at bay. It set the benchmark in simulation genre, spawning many sequels and spin-offs that dominate the market today.

  • ActRaiser
    Jan 01 1990
    103 votes
    • Developer: Quintet

    ActRaiser delivers a divine narrative where you play a god aiming to restore peace in an oppressed world. The delightful fusion of city-building and platforming elements ensures an ultimate gaming rollercoaster. Considered a cult classic, Actraiser went on to become a golden feather in the cap of the genre, inspiring many more to explore hybrid gameplay mechanics.