It’s the original 1v1 fighting game, up there with Street Fighter on the Mount Rushmore of arcade-origin, combo–chaining combat goodness. The game also features a splitscreen deathmatch option for 1v1 PVP. All in all, the game’s incredible visual polish, expensive story, and innovative game mechanics contributed to the formation of something of a cult following that lingers to this day. Copies may be hard to come by, but the person who gets their hands on a working Metal Warriors is certainly a lucky one.
There’s the fighter, the mage, the dwarf, the cleric, and the elf, all of which do pretty much what you would expect them to do. Contra-style run-and-gun gameplay, heavyweight boss battles, and some friendly competitive co-op are just a few of the things that make Sunset Riders a glorious multiplayer game that anyone can enjoy. Donkey, quite unsurprisingly, is more the muscle behind the duo while Diddy is significantly more agile with increased mobility. The game itself, graphics aside, is still pretty awesome on its own merits.
Players control both Donkey and Diddy, freely switching between the two to best traverse the kremling-ridden platformer levels in search of their stolen banana horde. If you’ve ever had a grudge against Kirby, like the guy in the commercial above, Kirby’s Dream Course might be just the therapeutic exercise in kid-friendly violence that you need. Players are tasked with rearranging colored, stamped blocks into horizontal or vertical rows to make them disappear for points. Because what else would a pair of Italian plumbers stuck in a Japanese created high fantasy universe be doing other than sliding down said tubes and doing battle with a fiery turtle dragon in order to rescue a fairy princess.
In 1987, Nippon Electric Company released the 16-bit PC Engine boasting higher processing speed, better graphics and more elaborate sound than the NES. It was rebranded as the TurboGrafx-16 for US audiences and while its North American sales were disappointing, the console was a huge success in Japan, boasting a slew of great arcade ports and RPGs. In case SNES9x EX+’s design bothers you, you can also check out NES.emu, another great NES emulator for Android that runs quite well on pretty much all Android devices that have at least a 1GHz processor. The emulator includes a ton of cool features, including backup and save state support, cheat support, on-screen multi-touch controls, and a lot more.
Full with excellent characters, a unique and exciting world, a killer soundtrack, and awesome graphics, CT elevated the RPG Luxor ABC 800 ceiling of Squaresoft. With it being the last SNES release of Squaresot, it makes sense that they put everything they learned from that generation into that game. The king of dragons is basically just a beat them up dressed up as a cool swords and sorcery fantasy RPG. Players can choose from five playable classes, each of which are the recognizable stock archetypes that are somehow still ubiquitous today.
Everything I said about CT applies to FFVI; it is another RPG that transcends the limitations of the SNES in both narrative and performance. With an excellent use of time travel as a plot device, CT offers a unique story that transcends the limitations of the SNES.
You go through an amazing adventure with Chrono, and memorable characters such as Frog, as well as menacing villains like Magus. This story spawns through several eras, in a vast world that looks great even today, and a soundtrack that is among the best work of Yasunori Mitsuda.
It’s fairly easy to use and has a very clean UI that really complements the overall macOS aesthetic. The emulator features a couple of different filters to improve visual output and it also supports multiple input methods, so you can easily use a retro controller with your system for a much more authentic experience. Another great thing about OpenEmu is that it isn’t too resource extensive, which means that you can easily run it on older macOS devices with low-end specifications. If I am reluctant to call Chrono Trigger the best RPG on the SNES, it is because the sixth installment of the storied Final Fantasy series brings a serious challenge to that throne.