55 Best SNES Games that are Still Cheap in 2022

Best SNES Games Over $30 (But Not Too Much!)

Welcome to the next level! Oh, wait…

This page is where you’ll find some of the most iconic Super Nintendo games of my childhood and probably yours, too.

If you’re serious about building your SNES collection, my advice is to get these games sooner rather than later. Even if the pricing bubble pops, this part of the list contains some of the best-loved retro classics. These games will always be in demand and SNES fans will always try to hoard them.

Even if the bottom tier of sub-$20 games drop in price, I’m doubtful that the rest of the games on this list will ever drop significantly. But if the current trend continues, they will continue to rise indefinitely.

The GOAT

The all-time great. The GOAT. My personal favorite game ever and an absolute steal even today at an average price around $35. If someone tries to charge you more, look for a different seller. There were a gazillion copies produced and this game is nowhere close to being rare.

No SNES collection is complete without this masterpiece. If you don’t already have it, get it right now!

Go to eBay and rescue Zelda from the evil monsters at Wata Games!

Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart changed racing games forever. And they’re still making games for this series today. 

This isn’t the best Mario Kart game, but it is the original, and absolutely essential for any SNES collector.

…or at least it was, back when this game was listed in the Under $20 section. Today the price averages around $30 and, as fun as Mario Kart was back in the day, I’ve got to concede that it is only a teeny bit cheaper than Double Dash, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 64, all of which are superior in my opinion.

That being said, the original Mario Kart is still a great game, and a classic part of many Millennial childhoods. If you get a good deal on it, Mario Kart belongs in any reasonable SNES collection.

Throw a Koopa shell at this on eBay

Now, that’s just silly.

Lost Vikings

Before Warcraft or Diablo, Blizzard published this little gem.

It’s a side-scrolling puzzle platformer starring three goofy Vikings lost in time and space. They must use their unique skills together in order to progress through the levels. You can play alone or with a friend, taking control of whichever Viking you think can help get the job done.

Don’t get lost in a Blizzard looking for this on eBay

Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures

This one’s another casualty of 2021. I just moved it here from the $20-$30 section. Should probably get this before it goes even higher.

The eponymous archaeologist hasn’t been known for great action games. His NES attempts have been less than stellar. But his Greatest Adventures seem to be quite good by all accounts.

You can find this one on eBay, but it belongs in a museum!

Super Smash TV

PRICE ALERT – As of this update, Super Smash TV has graduated from the Under $20 class to its current spot here at the Over $30. Since 2020, this game has doubled in value and currently sits around $40. (Of course, there are a LOT of sellers asking for waaaay more. Don’t encourage them.)

That’s a bit pricey for this list, but I’m leaving it here because Super Smash TV is one of the best multiplayer co-op games on the SNES. If you’re into that, you may want to grab this before it gets any more expensive.

This is an excellent port of an excellent arcade game. Smash TV was a twin-stick shooter way before twin-sticks was even considered a sub-genre.

While games like Commando gave you a rotary stick to shoot different directions, Smash TV bestowed players with an additional joystick to move and shoot freely. And constantly. No buttons to tap; just point where you want to spread the destruction.

This is definitely one of the great multiplayer shooters of the system, and often overlooked as such. Combine that with the over-the-top gore and violence and you’ve got yourself a great game!

Go to eBay for big money, big prizes. I love it!

UN Squadron 

One of my all-time favorite shoot-em-ups, UN Squadron is just addictive fun.

Unlike so many other shmups, this one allows your plane to take more than one hit. You have a life bar, rather than just exploding with every single hit. This makes UN Squadron a great shmup for those of us who aren’t super-skilled at these kind of games.

Like a lot of Capcom games, there is a mission select screen to create a less-linear approach to completing the game. There are enemy convoys headed toward your base, too. If they get too close, you’ll have to stop what you’re doing and do a special mission to defend the base.

The ability to upgrade your weapons between levels makes this one even more engaging and fun.

Get it on a half-assedly reskinned American version of a Japanese animeBay show

Earthworm Jim 2

PRICE ALERT: Here’s another victim of the completely insane inflation from the last two years. As of this writing, Earthworm Jim 2 is around $35 and I think I’ve kept it on this list more because of my own nostalgia than anything else. But if you want it in your collection, this may be your last chance before pricing gets even crazier.

Groovy! Sprawling maps will keep you busy and incredible, raunchy cartoon graphics will keep your eyeballs satisfied.

Earthworm Jim is definitely a product of the Ren and Stimpy era of animation. There is plenty of weird, gross stuff to look at. The characters are ridiculous, the action is intense and you’re generally guaranteed to have a good time.

Get this on eBay while the price is still groovy!

Illusion of Gaia

From Quintet, the incredible developers that made Actraiser, Illusion of Gaia is a truly engrossing top-down action RPG. The main character can move between worlds, trading places with a legendary hero to reach otherwise inaccessible places.

Quintet didn’t develop a whole lot of games during their time, but they definitely put a lot into each of their creations. Illusion of Gaia is one of the few SNES RPGs I ever played to completion as a kid and I was totally immersed from beginning to end.

It’s not an illusion… this one’s still affordable on eBay. For now.

Arcana

PRICE WARNING! In this update, I had to move Arcana from the Under $20 section to here. Turns out, I’m not the only one who loves this game, and this is probably the last time you’ll see it on a “Cheap SNES Games” list.

According to Pricecharting, Arcana’s price has been rising steadily over the last decade. 2020 pushed it over the top, though. Based on that, I would expect the price to continue rising. Here’s the pricing history for reference:

Anyway, Arcana is a dangerously underrated PC-style dungeon crawl.

And please note that I don’t use “underrated” very often. So when I use it, you know I mean it. And Arcana fits the definition perfectly. It has similar gameplay to Eye of the Beholder, but seems to be a bit more streamlined for the SNES.

Characters and spells in the game are represented by playing cards. But don’t worry, it’s not even close to being a card game, it’s a purely aesthetic choice. Perhaps this was to capitalize on the rapidly-increasing popularity of games like Magic: The Gathering. Whatever the reason, it somehow just works!

And unlike Eye of the Beholder, Arcana features an auto-mapping system, which was unusual for the time. You will still probably get lost and may just consider the map a tool to help you as you map the world yourself. 

I love this game and could nerd out about it for hours. But best if you just check it out for yourself.

Get Arcana while you cana!

Cybernator

Price Warning! This game has also risen substantially since the last update. If you like mech-based platforming adventures, I suggest you get this one soon!

If you think you’re pretty good at games, give this one a try. It’s classic side-scrolling mech combat and it is incredibly challenging.

Get Cybernator and git gud

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

ZAMN is a bit of a sleeper hit. It sold fairly well upon release, but over the last decade, it’s only grown in popularity.

There’s a lot to like about this game. With its cheeky theme and humor, dozens of sprawling levels and nonstop co-op action, it’s no wonder this has become such a cult classic.

You can still find this one on eBay for around $35 if you keep an eye out and stay vigilant.

Get this one on eBay, but don’t let your neighbors find out

In other regions it has the much cooler name “The Chaos Engine”.

Soldiers of Fortune

As with ZAMN, you can team up with a friend to take down mobs of baddies. Soldiers of Fortune shares a lot in common with ZAMN, actually. It offers dozens of sprawling, top-down stages through lots of interesting environments.

One big difference is the character selection. You have several different classes to choose between, each with their unique weapons and abilities. This is a fun game. And at just a touch under $40, it’s still a pretty good deal.

Get it on eBay… That’s all.

Afterthought…

Wow, you’re still reading this? That’s crazy!

I thought I should add that the pricing here is based on Pricecharting.com as of the final week of 2021. I originally got the idea when I saw that Google’s number-one result for “best cheap SNES games” is a post from 2007 that features very few games that are still under $20. The post was so outdated, Chrono Trigger was on it.

If you found this article helpful, please share it and link back to it so we can get to the top of Google and actually share helpful info to budding retro collectors who want to enjoy this awesome hobby.

 

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