List of best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System video games

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Super Mario World is the best-selling game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, with worldwide sales in excess of 20 million units.

The best-selling video game of all-time on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console, known as the Super Famicom (SFC) in Japan, is Super Mario World. First released in Japan on November 21, 1990, it went on to sell over 20 million units worldwide.[1] The second Super Mario game on the SNES, Super Mario All-Stars (which features enhanced remakes of the four Super Mario games originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System), is the platform's second best-selling game, with sales in excess of 10.5 million copies.[1] Rare's Donkey Kong Country is the third best-selling game on the SNES, while its two follow-ups are also in the top ten.[2]

A total of 48 SNES/Super Famicom games have sold over a million units. Of those, twelve were developed by internal Nintendo development divisions. Aside from these, the developers with the most million-selling games are Capcom and Square, with nine games each in the list of 48. Nintendo published 20 of these 48 games. Other publishers with multiple million-selling titles include Capcom (nine titles), Square (eight titles), Enix (four titles) and Acclaim Entertainment (three titles). The most popular franchises on SNES include Super Mario (46.18 million combined units), Donkey Kong (17.96 million combined units) and Street Fighter (12.4 million combined units).

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Super Mario All-Stars is the second best-selling game on SNES, with sales in excess of 10.5 million units.
Donkey Kong Country has sold over 9 million copies, making it the third best-selling SNES game of all-time.
Super Mario Kart, the Mario series' first racing game, sold over 8.7 million units in total to rank fourth on the SNES.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is the fifth best-selling game on SNES and one of Capcom's most popular games of all-time, with over 6 million units sold.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest sold over 5 million units.
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dagger Game was shipped with SNES consoles during its lifetime
List of best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom video games
No. Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Sales Ref.
1 Super Mario World dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1990 20,610,000 [1]
2 Super Mario All-Stars dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo July 14, 1993 10,550,000 [1]
3 Donkey Kong Country dagger Rare Nintendo November 21, 1994 9,300,000 [2]
4 Super Mario Kart dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo August 27, 1992 8,760,000 [1]
5 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior dagger Capcom Capcom June 10, 1992 6,300,000 [3]
6 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest Rare Nintendo November 20, 1995 5,150,000 [2]
7 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1991 4,610,000 [4]
8 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo August 5, 1995 4,120,000 [5]
9 Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting Capcom Capcom July 11, 1993 4,100,000 [3]
10 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Rare Nintendo November 22, 1996 3,510,000 [2]
11 Final Fantasy VI Square Square April 2, 1994 3,420,000 [6]
12 Killer Instinct dagger Rare Nintendo August 30, 1995 3,200,000 [7]
13 Dragon Quest VI Chunsoft Enix December 9, 1995 3,200,000 [8]
14 Star Fox dagger Nintendo EAD[b] Nintendo February 21, 1993 2,990,000 [2]
15 F-Zero dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1990 2,850,000 [2]
16 Dragon Quest V Chunsoft Enix September 27, 1992 2,800,000 [8]
17 Final Fantasy V Square Square December 6, 1992 2,450,000 [9]
18 Mario Paint dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 14, 1992 2,310,000 [2]
19 Super Mario RPG Square Nintendo March 9, 1996 2,140,000 [2]
20 Chrono Trigger Square Square March 11, 1995 2,030,000 [9]
21 Super Street Fighter II Capcom Capcom June 25, 1994 2,000,000 [3]
22 SimCity Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 26, 1991 1,980,000 [2]
23 Secret of Mana Square Square August 6, 1993 1,830,000 [8]
24 Disney's Aladdin Capcom Capcom November 26, 1993 1,750,000 [10]
25 Super Puyo Puyo Compile Banpresto December 10, 1993 1,700,000 [9]
26 Super Scope 6 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo February 1992 1,650,000 [2]
27 Mortal Kombat II Sculptured Software Acclaim Entertainment September 9, 1994 1,510,000 [11]
28 Romancing SaGa 2 Square Square December 10, 1993 1,490,000 [8]
29 Final Fight Capcom Capcom December 21, 1990 1,480,000 [3]
30 Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden Tose Bandai March 20, 1993 1,450,000 [9]
31 Final Fantasy IV Square Square July 19, 1991 1,440,000 [9]
32 Kirby Super Star dagger HAL Laboratory Nintendo March 21, 1996 1,440,000 [2]
33 Super Metroid Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
Nintendo March 19, 1994 1,420,000 [2]
34 Dragon Quest III Chunsoft Enix December 6, 1996 1,400,000 [9]
35 Romancing SaGa Square Square January 28, 1992 1,320,000 [8]
36 Romancing SaGa 3 Square Square November 11, 1995 1,300,000 [9]
37 The Lion King Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive December 8, 1994 1,270,000 [11]
38 NBA Jam Iguana Entertainment Acclaim Entertainment March 4, 1994 1,220,000 [11]
39 Mortal Kombat 3 Sculptured Software Acclaim Entertainment October 13, 1995 1,220,000 [11]
40 The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Capcom Capcom November 20, 1992 1,210,000 [10]
41 Dragon Quest I & II Chunsoft Enix December 18, 1993 1,200,000 [12]
42 Derby Stallion III ASCII Entertainment Nintendo January 20, 1995 1,200,000 [9]
43 Mega Man X Capcom Capcom December 17, 1993 1,160,000 [3]
44 Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 Tose Bandai December 17, 1993 1,150,000 [9]
45 Pilotwings Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 21, 1990 1,140,000 [2]
46 Derby Stallion '96 ASCII Entertainment Nintendo March 15, 1996 1,100,000 [9]
47 Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom Capcom October 4, 1991 1,090,000 [3]
48 Final Fight 2 Capcom Capcom May 22, 1993 1,030,000 [3]


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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed.
  2. ^ Argonaut Software worked as additional developers on Star Fox.

References[edit]

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