Top 10 Super Nintendo Puzzle Games

Top 10 Super Nintendo Puzzle Games

Bubbles, bombs, and cookies

A.J. Maciejewski

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The SNES library is full of amazing games and it also happens to feature some of the best puzzle games ever made so let's get to it.

Photo of a bunch of Super NES puzzle games
Here's just a small sample of my SNES puzzle game collection

Pac-Attack

Whether you know it as Pac-Attack or Pac-Panic, this quirky Namco puzzle game is essentially a reskin of Cosmo Gang: The Puzzle which was exclusive to Super Famicom in Japan. Anyway, in this Pac-Man-themed iteration, you're bound to have fun chomping ghost tiles whenever you get a Pac-Man piece as you try to make rows with the solid tiles. It's fun stuff and requires a lot of planning ahead. v1d30chumz 34-231-247-88

Pac-Attack Review Evercade Namco Museum Collection 2 Review (includes Pac-Attack)
Pac-Attack screenshot
Those ghosts sure don't look happy to see Pac-Man

Tetris 2

Tetris 2 is a weird game considering it sounds like a direct sequel to the puzzle classic but it actually plays more like Dr. Mario. That being said, I actually enjoy it more than Dr. Mario because its awkward-shaped and unpredictable pieces make playing against a friend a rather exciting time, especially seeing as many of the pieces come in multiple parts and can be controlled separately after one part lands.

Tetris 2 screenshot
Perhaps we should aim for the shiny blocks

Kirby's Super Star Stacker

I absolutely love Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy but did you know that there was a Super Nintendo remake of it in Japan? Known as Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu, this adorably delightful puzzle game has you match many critters from Kirby's world with stars in between in order to create combos and chains which is both relaxing and rewarding. I wish every Kirby Game Boy title was remade like this! 😊

Kirby Game Boy Games
Kirby's Super Star Stacker screenshot
And here I thought Kirby's Star Stacker looked great on Super Game Boy!

Magical Drop

You may know it as Chain Reaction but whatever you call it, there's no denying how special of a game Magical Drop is. The simple formula of grabbing then throwing spheres in order to create clever chains to the detriment of your opponent provides a wonderful tug-of-war formula that's excellent for multiplayer competitions. Over the years, there have been loads of sequels and adaptations of Magical Drop so there are many opportunities to play it for yourself. One of my all-time favourites is Money Puzzle Exchanger so check it out! 🪙

Evercade Data East Collection 1 Review (includes Magical Drop II) ACA NeoGeo: Magical Drop III Review
Magical Drop screenshot
There's always one competitor who takes things too seriously

Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W

As a huge Bomberman fan, I always enjoy picking up Panic Bomber whether it's via the awesome PSP version or this super-cute SNES release. Matching coloured Bomberman heads as you explode piles of bombs only to watch the heads blink with surprise is hilarious and as you progress in each match, your background image will change which is a lovely touch that I wish more puzzlers would incorporate.

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Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W screenshot
As a long-time Bomberman fan, this game always puts a smile on my face

Tetris Battle Gaiden

Next, we have the Japanese exclusive Tetris Battle Gaiden which is one of the best Tetris games ever made. Featuring tried-and-true core gameplay as well as mechanics like character-specific abilities that make matches highly competitive; this is a superb puzzle game to play with friends. Experimenting with the characters as you devise strategies and unleash abilities at just the right moment is satisfying stuff. Oh, and another clever mechanic is that the pieces are pooled together so first come, first served. Neat, huh? 😄

Tetris Battle Gaiden screenshot
It may not look like much but this is one phenomenal Tetris game

Bust-A-Move

The original Puzzle Bobble delighted both puzzle game and Bubble Bobble fans; of which, I am both. Sure, the series has expanded in many incredible ways since with Bust-A-Move '99 being my favourite but even this humble beginning is something special as you carefully aim at a mass of bubbles in the hopes of chipping away large chunks. Whether you play it solo or competitively, you'll have a great time.

Bubble Bobble vs. Bust-A-Move Games that play like Bust-A-Move / Puzzle Bobble
Bust-A-Move screenshot
Who knew Bub and Bob's puzzle spin-off would become a franchise of its own?

Super Puyo Puyo 2 Remix

Although folks in the west got the adorable Kirby's Avalanche which was a reskin of Super Puyo Puyo, this sequel is where it's at. Not only is Super Puyo Puyo 2 Remix a sequel with refined gameplay that makes matches even more thrilling, this Remix version also features more content such as the ability to play 4 player matches against a pal and a couple of bots. Now, that's frantic puzzle fun! 😆

Dr. Mario vs. Puyo Puyo
Super Puyo Puyo 2 Remix screenshot
That fellow looks surprised by my skills

Tetris Attack

Originally known as Panel de Pon and later as Puzzle League, Tetris Attack is the western release of the first game in the underrated puzzle game franchise. Even though the Japanese version is certainly cute, I much prefer the cast of characters from Yoshi's Island as they really bring the presentation to life in an exceptionally charming way. Of course, its gameplay is top-notch and complete with many modes whether you're playing solo or with a chum. The simple gameplay of swapping 2 adjacent tiles as you try to set up as big of a chain as possible is highly rewarding stuff that players of all skill levels can thoroughly enjoy so... bring this series back, Nintendo! 😅

Tetris Attack screenshot
Isn't that the cutest sprite of Lakitu ever?
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