10 Classic Super Nintendo Games Still Missing From Switch Online

With nearly fifty Super NES games now available to play on Nintendo Switch Online, the library is starting to look reasonably full, and there are plenty of choices available for anyone wanting to explore some of what the console had to offer. Hugely popular titles like Super Mario World to more obscure titles like Spanky’s Quest that hardly anyone could have predicted would be added to the list, the library now has some variety.

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However, there are still plenty of classic and nostalgic Super Nintendo games that still haven’t been included, including some huge names that shouldn’t be overlooked. While licensing issues may be the reason for some of these absences, especially with Square Enix’s legendary RPGs, there are some games that shouldn’t be counted.

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Sunset Riders


Sunset Riders

While the Switch Online library features plenty of side-scrolling action, the insanely enjoyable run-and-gun gameplay of Sunset Riders brings it out. Set in a western environment with all the fashion, absurd hats, and cool music to match, this game doesn’t have many rivals for pure, unadulterated fun.

The story isn’t big, with the player thrust into the action with a wanted poster and a shotgun, supposed to head towards the boss while shooting a variety of goofy enemies and dodging their attacks. Sunset Riders would be an extremely fun addition to Switch Online.

harvest moon


Title art for Nintendo's Harvest Moon

The first game of the story of the seasons franchise that still exists today, harvest moon is a beautiful farming-based RPG that uses its story and relaxed gameplay style to convince even the most skeptical to end up enjoying a farming simulator. The game also looks great and holds up surprisingly well.


While Stardew Valley raised the bar for what a 2D 16-bit farming game can be, achieving a lot harvest moon does not have, harvest moon still worth revisiting. Among some of the other more traditional RPGs already in the Switch Online library, harvest moon would be a welcome change of pace.

The earthworm Jim


Earthworm Jim's cover for Super Nintendo

One of the most memorable Super Nintendo games, The earthworm Jim is an extremely fun run-and-gun platformer that mixes a nice variety of gameplay with a sharp sense of humor. The game is full of jokes and makes good use of its ridiculous protagonist, while the gameplay is still engaging.


Earthworm’s titular character Jim is iconic in his own right, even being hinted at as a possible quirky choice for the finale. Super Smash Bros. personage. The game got a remaster in the form of a handheld version but, as a slightly lesser-known icon of the Super Nintendo era, it’s a shame not to see The earthworm Jim in the Switch Online library.

ActRaiser


ActRaiser

ActRaiser is one of the coolest and most interesting games for the SNES, featuring gods as characters and bosses along with a fun split-play style. The main content of the game comes in the form of side-scrolling platforming action, battling exciting enemies and bosses, but there are also city building sections where the player can take on the role of god and create a world as it pleases.


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With ActRaiser Renaissance (a well-done remake of the classic game) released earlier this year, now would be the perfect time to make the original available to revisit on the Switch Online Super Nintendo library.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time


A screenshot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Super Nintendo

A sequel to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game that was brought to the SNES with a nice amount of extra content, and turtles in time is a surprisingly good cartoon beat-em-up game. As the title suggests, the ninja turtles have been sent into a time warp by Shredder and the player must fight his evil forces in the past and the future to defeat the villain.


Along with the fun plot, the gameplay is engaging, with enough variety and movement to keep things interesting. While the presence of the turtles might present a licensing issue in itself, it would be great if the game was brought to Nintendo Switch, as it’s not a title gamers want to miss.

Earthbound


earthbound snes

One of the most interesting RPGs for the Super Nintendo, Earthbound is one of those games that defined the console. Although it did not receive much popularity in America following its release, Earthbound has since become known as an original and unique title that holds up well, and there have been calls for other early games in the Mother series to have official locations.

The game has an engaging plot, the gameplay is fun enough to keep the player interested, and the cartoony style is charming compared to similar RPGs of the era. Earthbound was featured on the SNES Classic, so it would be great to see it in the Switch Online collection as well.

Super Castlevania IV


Screenshot from the SNES video game Super Castlevania IV.

It goes without saying that Castlevania is an iconic series and that Super Castlevania IV for the SNES played a huge part in that. The game expanded on previous titles in the series, retaining the side-scrolling platformer gameplay and effortlessly cool style, but tweaking the gameplay and making some big additions, such as the whip used by Simon.


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One of the best games on the SNES, it has a unique atmosphere that is hard to find outside of the Castlevania games, especially games from the same era. A quality game Super Castlevania IV deserves to be available on Switch Online.

super bomber 2


Super Bomberman 2 opening screen on Super Nintendo

The beginning bomber games are always great fun, and super bomber 2 is especially a game worth experiencing for gamers who have enjoyed the more recent titles in the series. The graphics of super bomber 2 are charming, and the music is lively and upbeat, making for an enjoyable arcade-style experience.

Unfortunately, the game does not offer a 2-player story mode like the others. bomber games, but the single-player mode is fun enough to appeal to most gamers. Most recent bomber versions might make it less likely to see bomber games in the Switch Online library anytime soon, but they would be a fun addition to the selection.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars


Cover of Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars for Super Nintendo

The last Mario game released for the SNES and also one of the best RPGs of the time, Super Mario RPG brought a ton of unique music and characters to the Mario franchise while still managing to retain the distinctive feel of a Mario game. The game is also surprisingly modern, with effective 3D graphics that were rare for SNES games that make the game stand out.


Super Mario RPG has a great sense of humor and some nice features (like no random encounters with enemies) that keep it feeling fresh even now. Unfortunately, since Square developed the game and none of Square’s other classic RPGs have been added to Switch Online, it’s unlikely the game will be added anytime soon. However, as a classic Mario game, it would be a shame not to have Super Mario RPG in the range.

EVO: In Search of Eden


EVO Eden's Search

EVO: In Search of Eden is a game with a unique concept, as the player starts as a fish and progresses through different eras, slowly gaining the strength to evolve into more complex creatures. The game has decent platforming and side-scrolling sections as the player gains the experience to level up and move on to the next level, and the ending story is interesting.

Gameplay can get repetitive over time, but Search Eden is a game more than worth playing even for players who have no nostalgia for the title. As the game is often overlooked when it comes to classic SNES titles, it would be great if the game was added to the Switch Online library so more people could experience the title for themselves.

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