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The 10 Biggest Selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Games Of All Time

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First released in Japan in November 1990, arriving the following year in North America and then in Europe in the Summer of 1992, the 16-bit classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console, known as the Super Famicom (SFC) in Japan, went on to sell 49.1 million units worldwide by the time it was discontinued in 2003. With a library made up of a staggering 1756 official releases, the SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit & 64-bit eras, with a total of 48 of those games selling over a million units.

The top 10 best selling titles on the SNES reads like a history of classic gaming, but how many of these did you have?

1. Super Mario World
The biggest selling game on the SNES was available at launch and came bundled with various versions of the console. Super Mario World is often considered one of the greatest video games of all time, and with sales of 20.61 million to back that claim up. The game led to an animated television series of the same name and a prequel (Yoshi's Island, which is also on this list). It was part of the re-released version of the second biggest selling SNES game....

2. Super Mario All-Stars
Released worldwide in 1993, this compilation of Nintendo's four Super Mario games released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) featured Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. It's testament to the quality of all these titles that a collection of 8-bit era releases sits in second place in the all time top selling 16-bit SNES games chart. Again, Super Mario All-Stars was a release that came bundled with some versions of the console, and its 10.55 million sales benefited not just from that but also a 1994 re-release adding Super Mario World onto the same value for money cartridge.

3. Donkey Kong Country
Developed by Rare (who were formally known as Ultimate Play The Game), this 1994 reboot of Nintendo's Donkey Kong franchise follows the gorilla Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong as they set out to recover their stolen banana hoard. 40 levels, a multiplayer options, tons of hidden bonuses to find and sheer playability all helped Donkey Kong Country to sell 9.3 million copies.

4. Super Mario Kart
The original and some would argue still the best, Super Mario Kart arrived in 1992 and revolutionised the racing game genre. Selling 8.76 million copies worldwide, the Guinness World Records named Super Mario Kart as the top console game ever.

5. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Originally released for arcade systems in 1991 and arriving the next year on the SNES, the mother-of-all beat-em-ups Street Fighter II sold over 6.3 million cartridges, making it Capcom's best-selling single software title for the next two decades and their best-selling game on any single platform. Street Fighter II is regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time, and in particular the most important and influential fighting game ever made. Its launch is seen as a revolutionary moment within its genre, credited with popularizing the fighting genre during the 1990s and inspiring other producers to create their own fighting series. It also sparked a renaissance for the arcade video game industry, and had an impact on competitive video gaming and wider popular culture such as films and music.

6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
From here on out, all but one of the remaining titles in the SNES top 10 biggest selling games are further installments from the four franchises that make up the top 5 of this list. Rare's 1995 sequel shifted 5.15 million copies and is the first game in the top 10 that was never bundled with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, making it a mighty impressive achievement.

7. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
And here's that other title; the third game in The Legend of Zelda series, A Link To The past was released in 1991 in Japan and 1992 in North America and Europe, with combined worldwide sales of 4.61 million units. The game returned to the top-down perspective similar to the original The Legend of Zelda, dropping the side-scrolling gameplay of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It also introduced series staples such as parallel worlds and items including the Master Sword.

8. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Released worldwide in 1995 and known as just Yoshi's Island in some territories, the game sees you control a Baby Mario carrying Yoshi in a quest to reunite his rider with Luigi, who has been kidnapped by Kamek. It was the last 2D game in the Super Mario series released on a home console until New Super Mario Bros. Wii over a decade later, although you might this that the sales of 4.12 million would've spurred Nintendo on to make another sooner.

9. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
A 1993 Street Fighter II variation, released less than a year after its predecessor, Capcom knew they were on to a good thing and 4.1 million people agreed! Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, as the name may attest, introduced a faster playing speed plus new special moves for certain characters, as well as further refinement to the character balance.

10. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Finishing out the top 10 biggest selling Super Nintendo games, it's three for three for Rare and their Donkey King Country series. The fact that this title appears on the top 10 may be the most impressive achievement of any of the games listed here, as Donkey Kong Country 3 wasn't released until November 1996 - two months after the Nintendo 64 dropped! Dixie Kong's Double Trouble went on to sell 3.51 million cartridges, and like the earlier Diddy Kong sequel, none of them came pre-bundled with the SNES.

And those are the ten biggest selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System games of all time. How many of them did you play? Let us know in the comments below.

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