The SNES was home to some amazing games and had everything from iconic platformers like Super Mario World, Super FX enhanced classics like Starwing and a phenomenal selection of RPG’s to spend days on.
Awesome SNES Shoot ‘Em Ups
One area that the SNES also delivered well on was shoot ’em ups.
Here’s our round-up of the best 2D SNES shoot ’em ups to to play fine tune those reflexes again.
Also know as Area 88 and based on the Manga of the same name, U.N. Squadron was an early release for the SNES in the UK and is absolutely phenomenal to play.
It’s got huge bosses, real world fighter jets to take control of including the F-14 Tomcat, YF-23 Black Widow and the F-8 Crusader and each has it’s own choice of weapons to buy in the quartermaster’s shop.
The bosses are epic from giant fortresses to massive battleships and land carriers.
It’s fast, frantic and fantastic to play especially with a turbo pad and is without a doubt one of the finest SNES shoot ’em ups ever released
R-Type III: The Third Lighting
Irem’s legendary series first came out in 1987.
The first two games were awesome but R-Type 3 take the series to the next level and is streets ahead of the earlier Super R-Type.
It’s fiendishly difficult but rewarding at the same time so give it some time and practice and you’ll adore this classic.
Phalanx wins hands down for the most bizarre box art ever as it has a old man playing a banjo on it instead of the super duper space fighter that’s in the game itself.
The game is pretty standard but its a fun blast and has some standout backdrops (especially the city background which is a pixel art masterpiece in our opinion and the music isn’t too bad either.
Konami were a force to be reckoned with in the 90’s and Axelay helped kickstart the SNES years for them.
From the opening Mode 7 levels to the more traditional side scrolling levels the game features huge bosses that take up most of the screen.