Certainly Playstation One has had a number of game hits and sold millions of units with tough competition from both Sega (Dreamcast) and Nintendo (N64), but no game system has enjoyed more exclusive game titles and more old-school gameplay than Super Nintendo.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) did not dominate hardware sales charts (selling over 49 million units) like Nintendo was able to accomplish with original NES console (over 60 million units sold) due to increased competition from Sega Genesis, but sheer number of quality games for SNES was outstanding for a system that contained over 700 games in its game library.
Now these cool, killer games that I am talking about do not include such titles as Madden Football or Mortal Kombat games that every game system possessed. I am talking about games that were exclusive to SNES.
While Sega was raving about "blast processing," SNES introduced a new term to gamers - Mode 7. Mode 7 are effects used by game developers such as sprite scaling and rotating of objects never before seen on a console before its time. Game publisher Konami was big on including Mode 7 effects in many of their key titles like Super Castlevania IV, Axelay and Contra III. Mode 7 effects are common on today's generation of game systems, but they were revolutionary on Super Nintendo.
The following is a list of those rare games that are true SNES classics today (some have even been remade for Game Boy Advance, or in case for Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy games, have been re-released on Playstation One console): Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Super Castlevania IV F-Zero Super Mario Kart Super Mario World Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario Bros. All-Stars Edition Final Fantasy II Final Fantasy III Contra III: The Alien Wars Super Metroid Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past Chrono Trigger Super Mario RPG Star Fox Space MegaForce ActRaiser ActRaiser 2 Axelay Donkey Kong Country Trilogy
Many key franchises for Nintendo started on SNES like F-Zero and Mario Kart. Yet there are a few franchises such as ActRaiser, Axelay and Space MegaForce that have exclusively been released for SNES. Sure Sega Genesis had some versions of aforementioned games, but they were not of quality of SNES games. For example, Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts featured better graphics and Mode 7 effects like scaling.
In Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top 100 Video Games Of All Time list in its January 2002 issue, there are nine Super Nintendo games in top 25, more than any other game system (not including games available on multiple game systems like Tetris).
If you ever owned a SNES back in day, you understand how you could play for hours with quality games like Chrono Trigger, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Mario World and Final Fantasy III.
The SNES introduced gamers to many cool programming techniques like rotating levels and transparent, scaling bosses as seen in Super Castlevania IV and Contra III: The Alien Wars or cartridges' ability to play orchestrated soundtracks to set mood in games like ActRaiser (arguably best cartridge soundtrack ever) or Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts.