12 amazing Super NES games that you may have forgotten

A few days ago, the Super NES celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch in France. On this occasion, the writing of JV invites you to return to some unknown console titles that we have released with us and that are worth a look.

Summary

  • Axelay
  • Biker Mice de Mart
  • Crest of demons
  • Eric Cantona Football Challenge
  • Troop Goof
  • Mickey Mania: The Eternal Adventures of Mickey Mouse
  • Rocket knight
  • Soul Blazer
  • The firefighters
  • The legend of the mystical ninja
  • Unirally
  • The zombies ate my neighbors

Axelay

Launched early in the console’s life, Axelay is a shoot’em’up developed by Konami that has built a solid reputation over the years for the beauty of its graphics. Alternating phases in the vertical and horizontal scrolling and using the famous mode 7 of the console, the title manages to create an impression of depth hitherto unheard of in this type of game, especially in 1992. As for the stage, in Instead, we are faced with a very classic sci-fi story in which aliens have invaded Earth and enslaved humanity, pushing our character, a skilled army pilot, to defend himself with a space prototype of ship: the Axelay. All the originality of the title is more on the side of the gameplay, as at the beginning of the level three weapons can be equipped and the player can change on the fly during the course. A simple yet effective game that makes Axelay a classic shoot’em’up on the SNES.


Biker Mice de Mart

Directly from the cartoon of the same name best known to us as Space bikers, Biker Mice from Mars is a racing game in isometric vision that allows you to embody the heroes of the series, that is, the three brothers mice Throttle, Modo and Vinnie on their bike. During each race, each player collects a new object as a Super Mario Kart each time he crosses the finish line. Pomegranate, star, banknote bag … each item has a limited number of uses. With each win, you accumulate money that can be spent on upgrading your vehicle with the Charley mechanic. Obviously, all features are allowed, especially during multiplayer sessions that can accommodate up to two participants.


Crest of demons

If Konami had gotten us used to killing evil creatures in Castlevania, Capcom would take the opposite view of this proposal by putting us in the shoes of a monster with Demon’s Crest. A recurring enemy in the Ghosts’n Goblins series, Firebrand is a gargoyle, a kind of winged demon, who goes in search of six elemental stones that have been stolen from him by Phalanx, one of its congeners. The adventure takes the form of a horizontally scrolling platform action game that we enjoy navigating thanks to our creature’s multiple skills. Firebrand can spit flames, jump, cling to walls and also fly indefinitely. As you progress, you unlock transformations, a bit like Mega Man from the same developer. After defeating a boss, you gain a new power that allows you, for example, to swim underwater or gain a half-flying attitude. So a platform-action classic went a little unnoticed against other tenors of the genre.


If Striker is a name that means nothing to us, maybe Eric Cantona Football Challenge will bring you more memories. However, it is really the same title. Also known in the United States as World Soccer 94: Road to Glory and World Soccer in Japan, this football game developed by Rage Software allowed players to play with over sixty national teams, all consisting of sixteen players. . Strangely enough, you should know that the compositions correspond more or less to the numbers of the time and that the game was then a revolution with its complete presentation of the terrain.


Troop Goof

In the 1990s, Disney and Capcom maintained a fruitful collaboration that resulted in many classics on 8- and 16-bit consoles. DuckTales: Scrooge McDuck, Aladdin, Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers … These titles marked the childhood of many players. However, among all these cult productions, there is one that has gone more unnoticed than the others despite having so many qualities: Goof Troop. In this adventure with Goofy and his son Max, our two heroes must rescue Pat Hibulaire and his son who have been kidnapped by pirates during a sea voyage. For 5 levels, you have to alternate each character’s own abilities to progress. More than an action game, Goof Troop especially requires the neurons and skill of the players to get to the end of the adventure which ends quite quickly. A particularly effective two-player co-op title that offers a colorful and enjoyable performance of good character.


Mickey Mania: The Eternal Adventures of Mickey Mouse

Despite being the mascot of one of the most famous companies in the world, Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse is one of the little known Super NES games. However, with its really impressive graphics for 1994, the title is a vibrant tribute to the career of Mickey Mouse as we go through levels inspired by the different works in which the mouse appears. With especially detailed animations, the gameplay is also effective, as our character responds with great reactivity. Beyond that, Mickey Mania is presented as a classic platform game marked by some original sequences such as crossing a crypt in a chariot or fleeing the forest. Last but not least, the music should not be left out, as it occupies the themes of most of Mickey Mouse cartoons with some freedom.


Rocket knight

Best known to us as Sparkster, Rocket Knight is the sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures, a Mega Drive game in which you play as a zarigüeya knight. As the lands of Zebulos are threatened by Gedol’s evil empire, our hero Sparkster will return to duty to protect his kingdom while the princess is kidnapped. The game is then divided into several levels infested by the emperor’s minions from which our knight can get rid of with his sword but also his characteristic jet pack that allows him to make a rotating attack. Throughout the adventure, the player must travel through various environments such as a green forest, pyramids, a flying fortress or even a melting city on the back of a giant robot.


Soul Blazer

Best known for ActRaiser, Soul Blazer or Soul Blader in Japan, it is another action role-playing game from the Quintet studio, but this time seen from above in Zelda 3. While King Magridd made a deal with Deathtoll , the king of evil, by Change the soul of every living thing for a gold coin, play as a hero sent to free all souls and defeat the master of evil. Armed with a sword, our character will have to repopulate this desert world made up of six regions joined together by shrines. As you progress, new weapons and magic spells are unlocked to gain efficiency. Several NPCs also give directions for progress as well as for side missions. Finally, Quintet is also behind other interesting but little known Super NES role-playing games like Illusion of Time and Terranigma.


The firefighters

The least we can say is that video games with firefighters are not legions. To do them justice, Human Entertainment released a little-known title called The Firemen in 1994. With his superior vision, the title puts us in the shoes of Pete and Daniel, two firefighters who have to put out the fire that broke out at the chemical company Microtech on Christmas Eve. To mitigate the flames, our heroes have a fire hose to draw water, as well as fire extinguishers of limited use. It’s up to you to protect Daniel as he tries to save the civilians. Finally, each level ends with a firehead that can be defeated in a very particular way. During the operation, you have to control the life of your character and the time limit so that you can rescue everyone.


The legend of the mystical ninja

Behind the name The Legend of the Mystical Ninja is actually the first title in the Ganbare Goemon action and adventure game series to be released in the West. Although the princess has been kidnapped, all hope is based on the village’s two ninja guardians, Kid Ying and Dr. Yang, better known as Goemon and Ebisumaru in Japan. Of course, each character has their own gameplay, with a melee weapon that gains range as the cats left by enemies are defeated once defeated. They can also acquire judo techniques and improve them with articles. Most levels are divided into two sections, the first allows you to explore a city to gather information and buy items, the second are rather platform phases that end in a head-to-head fight. A simple and light adventure with a touch of humor in the heart of feudal Japan.


Unirally

Long before producing the Grand Theft Auto series, Rockstar, then called DMA Design, had developed several games on 16-bit consoles. This is especially the case for a certain Unirally, or Uniracers in its original name, which has the particularity of being a 2D racing game with … unicycles. In order to be first in each race, it is essential to make figures as these allow you to gain speed. In addition, an entire mode is dedicated to them and requires you to score more points than your opponent using tricks to win. The title pushes players to make more and more original figures because they are penalized if they play it several times. Of course, a multiplayer mode is also included to allow two participants to compete on split screen. But for those who prefer to play alone, the league mode offers to form groups to create competitions.


The zombies ate my neighbors

While LucasArts is best known for developing cult PC titles, the studio has yet to release some productions on home consoles, including the Super NES. Launched here under the name Zombies, Zombies Ate My Neighbors in its original version is a top-down action game in which you play as Zeke or Julia who must save as many people as possible by fighting different creatures like now vampires, mummies or zombies. fifty levels. There are various types of weapons at your disposal, from pistols to bazookas, to defeat your opponents. To deal with these legions of undead, you can also count on the help of a friend, as there is also a cooperative mode available to play the whole game with a second player. Through its different levels, the title multiplies the scripts in horror cinema thanks to its varied bestiary.

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