The Most Underrated SNES Games Of All Time

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Underrated SNES Games Of All Time
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Vote up the hidden SNES gems you think other gamers need to play.

Although it's more than 30 years old, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System remains a very popular console today, especially since Nintendo recently re-released it. And while the system features all the classic characters like Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, there are plenty of underrated SNES games that are worth trying.

This list ranks the best underrated SNES games that definitely deserve more attention. From lighthearted simulation games like Harvest Moon to underrated SNES RPGs like Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, there are tons of hidden gems on the SNES. 

Vote up all the games you think deserve more affection up to the top of list, and vote down the titles you think are best forgotten.

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  • ActRaiser
    161 votes
    • Genres (Video game): City-building game, Platform game, Action game, Simulation video game, Strategy video game

    ActRaiser kicks off strong with a divine storyline that follows a god trying to regain the worship of his people, putting players in control of both city-building and action-platforming. The unique blend of gameplay elements was a breath of fresh air when it launched on the SNES and continues to captivate fans today. ActRaiser's lasting impact is seen in its timeless charm and influence on titles that meld genres to deliver a compelling experience.

  • Demon's Crest
    Jan 01 1994
    145 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game

    Descend into the dark world of Demon's Crest, where playing as the demon Firebrand, you'll engage in intense side-scrolling action to overthrow the evil king Phalanx. With gargoyle transformations and powers to explore, this Capcom classic offers gameplay that's as varied as it's engrossing. The haunting fantasy atmosphere combined with challenging gameplay left fans thirsty for more and inspired countless games in the action-adventure genre.

  • Sunset Riders
    101 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Western, Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun

    This rootin' tootin' shoot 'em up had players saddle up as gun-slinging cowboys in the Wild West, taking on bandits and outlaws in colorful 2D side-scrolling action. Sunset Riders roped fans in with its multiplayer fun and engaging gameplay, making it a staple of early 90s arcades. Galloping through history, the game's legacy lives on as a testament to the simple joys of blasting baddies and saving fair damsels.

  • Shadowrun
    104 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Action game, Role-playing video game

    The gritty world of Shadowrun transports players to a cyberpunk-themed urban hellscape teeming with magical and technological danger. This action-RPG combines the strategic elements of team-based combat with the storytelling prowess of an immersive dystopian narrative. A trailblazer in its day, Shadowrun remains an influential title for both its integration of gameplay mechanics and its memorable lore.

  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    168 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Horror, Shoot 'em up, Zombie Film, Survival horror, Action game

    An iconic title from the 16-bit era, Zombies Ate My Neighbors tells a campy, B-movie-esque tale of two kids fighting off hordes of zombies and monsters to save their town. Jam-packed with quirky weapons, challenging levels, and cooperative gameplay, the game offers an addicting and thrilling experience. Its cult-classic status and enduring appeal have carved out a special niche for itself in video game history.

  • Breath of Fire II
    123 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    This captivating sequel to Capcom's classic RPG series delivers a gripping storyline filled with peril and magic, as protagonist Ryu takes on an evil religion to uncover his true heritage. With turn-based combat and a charming cast of characters, Breath of Fire II cemented its place as a fan-favorite RPG. The game's rich narrative and challenging gameplay continue to resonate with players, ensuring its legacy burns bright even today.