The Best Multiplayer SNES Games

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With the 16-bit generation of consoles came some of the best multiplayer experiences to date. Players could now easily team up or face off in fun and brutal gameplay. Each title had its own spin on the multiplayer experience, from battling puzzles to two-player shoot 'em up action, there were plenty of exciting ways to experience the SNES with a friend. Here is a list of some of the best multiplayer titles that the Super Nintendo era brought to gamers around the world.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

Probably one of the best beat-em-ups ever made, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time is easily the most 90’s game to ever exist. Developed by Konami and released in 1992, Turtles in Time follows the four heroes in a half shell as they try to foil the evil plots of Shredder and Krang.

Turtles in Time is a port of an arcade game, and all the arcade charm has been retained. This title displays beautiful graphics, awesome sound, and exciting gameplay which has made it such a classic. This title supports two-player co-op and is a must-play for fans of 16-bit beat 'em ups.


Super Mario Kart

The first entry into the Mario Kart series, Super Mario Kart makes great use of the SNES’s Mode 7 graphics to present one of the most exciting racing games on the platform. Featuring two-player head to head racing, players can choose between 8 iconic Nintendo characters and race in this wacky game.

As players race towards the finish line, they can pick up various items that can be used to slow down opponents and get an advantage. Super Mario Kart also features a battle mode in which players roam a track looking for power-ups that can pop an opponent's balloons. Super Mario Kart is an easy pickup for gamers looking for a fun party game to play with a friend.


Kirby Super Star

If you are looking for a game with a ton of replayability and content, Kirby Super Star is your game. While not every minigame or adventure in the game features multiplayer, most do, making it easy to team up with a friend and take on some of Dreamland's biggest baddies. The second player takes the form of the helper, embodying whatever ability Kirby has copied and taking on enemies alongside Kirby.

There are 9 different adventures that the player can embark on, from minigames to full-fledged Kirby games. This title provides plenty of fun fit into a small package, making it an easy pickup for the SNES.


Street Fighter II Turbo

One of the many Street Fighter II ports on a 16-bit console, Street Fighter II Turbo for the SNES is easily the best way to experience this iconic fighting game at home. Featuring both the Championship and Turbo modes, this port is a faithful port of the original arcade classic. Players can pick any of the characters featured in the arcade mode, along with being able to perform any of their combos.

A notable part of this game is a two-player mode, which allows players to face off with a fighter of their choosing. Street Fighter II Turbo is the best arcade fighter on the console and is a fantastic way to face off against your friends.


Zombies Ate My Neighbors

An homage to classic horror movies, Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a fun two-player isometric shooter where players must save the neighborhood from a horde of zombies along with other classic monsters. As players explore environments, they will find plenty of fun weapons to take down the various enemies around the area.

Players must find each of the victims in the area in order to move on, but these victims can die if they are touched by a monster. Leaving the level with more victims rewards more points. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a great pick up and play type of game that is better with a friend, making it an easy recommendation for SNES owners.


Super Bomberman

A nice revamp of the Bomberman series for 16-bit consoles, Super Bomberman provides some exciting and explosive action that will pit two friends against each other in crazy stages. Players will begin on an enclosed map filled with brick walls and indestructible barricades, where they must create a path, trap enemies, and blow them up in classic Bomberman fashion.

This title is even compatible with the multitap device, allowing up to four players to face off on one SNES. This is a classic multiplayer title that is sure to provide hours of action with friends.


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  • October 7, 2020
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