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Top 10 Best-Selling SNES Games

Top 10 Best-Selling SNES Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 November 2015 / 42,785 Views

Today we take a look at the top 10 best-selling games for yet another platform. Up to this point we have looked at the original PlayStation, the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, the GameCube, the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the Nintendo Wii, the PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. This week it's the turn of Nintendo's second home console, the Super Nintendo, also known as the SNES.

The SNES is the 12th best-selling video game platform in history and the seventh best-selling home console in gaming history. It is also Nintendo's third best-selling home console, behind the Wii and NES, and sold 49.10 million units lifetime.


The SNES proved most successful in North America, but also sold well in other regions. It sold 22.88 million units in North America, 17.17 million units in Japan, and 8.15 million units in Europe. It has also sold a combined 0.90 million units across the rest of the world.

48 games for the console managed to sell over one million units and six games sold more than five million units. Below we've compiled the 10 best-selling SNES games:

10th. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - 3.51 Million


9th. Street Fighter II Turbo - 4.10 Million


8th. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - 4.12 Million


7th. The Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past - 4.61 Million


6th. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - 5.15 Million


5th. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior - 6.30 Million


4th. Super Mario Kart - 8.76 Million


3rd. Donkey Kong Country - 9.30 Million


2nd. Super Mario All-Stars - 10.55 Million


1st. Super Mario World -  20.61 Million



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Keybladewielder (on 13 November 2015)

I would have loved to see Chron Trigger in that list.

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malistix1985 (on 15 November 2015)

SO MANY GREAT GAMES X_X this console was amazing

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XenatheStrangler (on 13 November 2015)

Would love to see a top 50!

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zorg1000 XenatheStrangler (on 13 November 2015)

U can.......on the game database

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NightDragon83 (on 13 November 2015)

Yup, pretty obvious Top 10 list right there. Only real surprise is DKC3 at #10... for a game that came out so late in the console's lifecycle and released in the shadow of the N64's launch to boot to sell that much is pretty impressive. I would've thought an older game like one of the Mortal Kombat games, a popular RPG like FFIII/VI, or possibly a Disney game like the Lion King or Aladdin which were super popular at the time would've cracked the top 10 in sales instead.

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AlfredoTurkey NightDragon83 (on 13 November 2015)

The Diseny games were more popular on Genesis as well as MK.

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mountaindewslave NightDragon83 (on 14 November 2015)

I am not so surprised about DKC3, the series was arguably the best part of the SNES. note that DK3 sold insanely well in Japan for quite a while

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QUAKECore89 (on 15 November 2015)

It was good time back then. God, i love Snes/Genesis days. :D

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iLikeEggs (on 14 November 2015)

I would shave my eyebrows just to have such a wonderful line-up of games on a console again, though the ps2 came very, very close (maybe even tied)

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Alex_The_Hedgehog (on 14 November 2015)

I'm really happy to see Donkey Kong Country 3 in the list.

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Moonhero Alex_The_Hedgehog (on 14 November 2015)

Why? It was pretty awful... :(

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iLikeEggs Alex_The_Hedgehog (on 14 November 2015)

Much better than DKC 1 (better visuals, gameplay, bosses, levels, secrets, etc.) but not as good as DKC2. The game is hated on so much despite DKC1 having aged the worst out of the 3.

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@Moonhero: No, it wasn't.

@iLikeEggs: The entire trilogy was pretty much awesome, but 3 is still my favorite.

However, I have to agree that DKC2 soundtrack was the best in the series.

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Cloudman (on 14 November 2015)

Oh man, this list gives me goosebumps... TwT Such a good time of the industry...

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Johnw1104 (on 14 November 2015)

There's some great memories here. I'm sad to say this is the only nintendo console I don't own today though... I really need to fix that.

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Ledreppe (on 13 November 2015)

This and the NES are my favourite retro consoles. I'm a Mario World fan boy. My biggest dissapointment was not owning my own copy of Mario Kart. I recently acquired it, and it's as good as I remember it!

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Nautilus (on 13 November 2015)

I really didnt expect to see the donkey kong trilogy here!But its really nice to see that different types of games sold really well on the Super Nintendo, the best system ever!

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zorg1000 Nautilus (on 14 November 2015)

Different types of games? 6/10 are platformers

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Kai Master (on 17 November 2015)

I was always disappointed buy the sales of Zelda 3, it was THE game to have, maybe it came to early when the installed base was small and then second-hand market stole new sales.

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Nettles (on 14 November 2015)

Incredibly strong list

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Skratchy (on 14 November 2015)

Now here's a decent list. The PS3 and 360 lists were depressing. Nothing but CoD, GTA and Need for Speed cluttering the top ten. Proud to say I've been playing most of these games since their release.

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Namiirei (on 14 November 2015)

I got all these games, except the super street fighter 2.

A good list :)

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Mike321 (on 13 November 2015)

Dissapointed that Super Metroid didnĀ“t make it into the top ten, then again the metroid franchise is not the best in sales

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mountaindewslave Mike321 (on 14 November 2015)

well it at the very least sold over a million (it has the GH million seller edition) so that's not bad at all for that time period and considering that its somewhat a niche type game

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hershel_layton (on 13 November 2015)

Wow, unsurprising list.

SNES wasn't always my favorite console, but it was a good one.

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Kirin_gaming (on 13 November 2015)

The SNES to me is 2nd only to the PS2, it had an amazing and really diverse lybrary.Many SNES games had a really unique feeling that we just don't get in today's games.

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Angelv577 (on 14 November 2015)

so pretty much nintendo games except street fighter.

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mountaindewslave axumblade (on 14 November 2015)

shocked? Mario RPG did not really sell that well!

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painmaster212 axumblade (on 14 November 2015)

@mountaindewslave You don't think over 2 million in 1996 is not selling well? It was literally a few months before the Nintendo 64 launch! I'd say that some pretty good numbers myself. I don't believe EU even got the game so that's sales in just NA ad JP as well.

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