Curating the best emulated games for a 2020 handheld emulator

Back in 2016 I purchased an inexpensive GBA emulator and tried to curate the top 100 GBA games for it.

This year I’m looking at a more ambitious and modern handheld emulator, the RG350M:

It gets consistently great reviews, apparently it has a JZ4770 CPU and runs OpenDingux.

It also emulates a lot more systems, but I’m avoiding the older ones since I figure the GBA emulator adequately covered the true old time classics, and we’re interested in the newer systems here in 2020. That means:

PS1、CPS1、CPS2、FBA、NEOGEO、SFC (SNES)、MD (GENESIS)、

My philosophy is there’s no point in loading up these things with literally every ROM ever released for the respective systems. That’s too overwhelming. It’s better to select the top 100 titles released for each platform, maybe even less?

So each reply here will be an attempt to find (or curate) the top 100 titles – or less, depending how many games were released for the respective platform – to load on the system.

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List of the top 100 SNES games, as voted on GameFAQs:


This list is the top 100 SNES games as voted on by gamefaqs users. Vote for your top 10 games and they will be added to the standings. Your #1 game gets 10 points down to your #10 game that gets 1 point. The number in parenthesis is the number of first place votes a game has received. Thanks for keeping the topic going for so many years. Here’s the list.

  1. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - 3709 (106)
  2. Chrono Trigger - 3635 (133)
  3. Super Mario World - 3123 (65)
  4. Final Fantasy III - 2998 (92)
  5. Super Metroid - 2340 (53)
  6. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - 2026 (39)
  7. Super Mario Kart - 1391 (8)
  8. Super Mario All-Stars - 1389 (23)
  9. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest - 1337 (21)
  10. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island - 1260 (8)
  11. Donkey Kong Country - 1201 (3)
  12. EarthBound - 1189 (37)
  13. Secret of Mana - 1139 (15)
  14. Final Fantasy II - 1071 (16)
  15. Mega Man X - 877 (10)
  16. Kirby Super Star - 618 (10)
  17. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - 591 (15)
  18. Terranigma - 508 (20)
  19. Final Fantasy V - 462 (3)
  20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time - 460 (3)
  21. Seiken Densetsu 3 - 452 (7)
  22. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble - 433 (3)
  23. Super Castlevania IV - 416 (5)
  24. Contra III: The Alien Wars - 408 (1)
  25. Tales of Phantasia - 385 (11)
  26. Street Fighter II Turbo - 350 (4)
  27. Super Punch-Out!! - 322 (1)
  28. Tetris Attack - 314 (2)
  29. Star Fox - 308 (2)
  30. F-Zero - 297 (1)
  31. Illusion of Gaia - 292 (3)
  32. Super Street Fighter II - 292 (2)
  33. Secret of Evermore - 262 (7)
  34. Breath of Fire II - 257 (2)
  35. Harvest Moon - 240 (4)
  36. Zombies Ate My Neighbors - 229 (2)
  37. Mega Man X3 - 228 (1)
  38. Lufia & the Fortress of Doom - 213 (5)
  39. Killer Instinct - 212
  40. Street Fighter II - 205 (5)
  41. Mega Man X2 - 182 (3)
  42. E.V.O.: Search for Eden - 165 (2)
  43. Star Ocean - 161
  44. ActRaiser - 156 (2)
  45. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen - 156 (4)
  46. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts - 144
  47. Breath of Fire - 135 (3)
  48. Rock ’N Roll Racing - 127 (2)
  49. NBA Jam: Tournament Edition - 121 (1)
  50. Soul Blazer - 120
  51. Uniracers - 110 (4)
  52. Gradius III - 109 (1)
  53. Bahamut Lagoon - 101 (1)
  54. Super Smash T.V. - 98 (1)
  55. Mortal Kombat II - 90
  56. U.N. Squadron - 90 (2)
  57. Super Bomberman 2 - 89 (1)
  58. SimCity - 87 (1)
  59. Mega Man 7 - 86
  60. Tecmo Super Bowl - 84 (1)
  61. Pilotwings - 78 (1)
  62. Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball - 77 (2)
  63. R-Type III - 76 (1)
  64. Tetris & Dr. Mario - 71
  65. Disney’s Goof Troop - 67
  66. Kirby’s Dream Course - 65
  67. Mortal Kombat 3 - 64
  68. Sunset Riders - 64 (2)
  69. Shadowrun - 63 (1)
  70. Umihara Kawase - 63 (3)
  71. Mario Paint - 61 (1)
  72. Top Gear - 61 (1)
  73. International Superstar Soccer Deluxe - 60 (1)
  74. NBA Jam - 60
  75. Super Double Dragon - 59 (1)
  76. NHL ‘94 - 58
  77. Super Bomberman 5 - 58 (2)
  78. RockMan & Forte - 57 (1)
  79. Shin Megami Tensei - 56 (1)
  80. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - 56
  81. Demon’s Crest - 55 (1)
  82. Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run - 54
  83. Earthworm Jim - 52 (1)
  84. Shin Kidou Senshi Gundam W: Endless Duel - 52 (1)
  85. Tactics Ogre - 52
  86. Winter Olympic Games: Lillehammer ’94 - 51 (1)
  87. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - 48 (1)
  88. Front Mission - 47 (2)
  89. New Horizons - 46 (1)
  90. Live A Live - 45 (2)
  91. Street Fighter Alpha 2 - 45
  92. Super Tennis - 45 (1)
  93. Legend of the Mystical Ninja - 44
  94. Battletoads in Battlemaniacs - 43 (1)
  95. Earthworm Jim 2 - 42
  96. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage - 41 (1)
  97. Space Megaforce - 40
  98. Battletoads & Double Dragon - 39
  99. Dragon Quest V - 39
  100. Super Bomberman - 37
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List of the top 100 PSX games, as voted on GameFAQs:


This voting started well over 10 years ago and continued for some time through a few topics. To vote you list your top 10 games for PS1. #1 gets 10 points down to #10 which gets 1 point. Hopefully we can get some new voters. Sorry again for the long delay in updating.

  1. Final Fantasy VII - 2532 (107)
  2. Metal Gear Solid - 2042 (65)
  3. Final Fantasy IX - 1485 (33)
  4. Final Fantasy VIII - 1419 (32)
  5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - 1000 (32)
  6. Final Fantasy Tactics - 989 (18)
  7. Resident Evil 2 - 825 (9)
  8. Xenogears - 803 (19)
  9. Chrono Cross - 724 (12)
  10. Suikoden II - 610 (17)
  11. Tekken 3 - 484 (3)
  12. Legend of Dragoon - 466 (4)
  13. Silent Hill - 448 (9)
  14. Star Ocean: The Second Story - 388 (8)
  15. Vagrant Story - 354 (9)
  16. Gran Turismo 2 - 319 (1)
  17. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped - 312 (2)
  18. Suikoden - 300 (3)
  19. Resident Evil - 281 (1)
  20. Breath of Fire III - 266 (4)
  21. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 - 262 (3)
  22. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis - 258 (1)
  23. Twisted Metal 2 - 257 (1)
  24. Parasite Eve - 251 (2)
  25. Crash Team Racing - 246 (2)
  26. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back - 241
  27. Legend of Legaia - 216 (4)
  28. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete - 216 (3)
  29. Ape Escape - 209 (3)
  30. Spyro the Dragon - 208 (5)
  31. Spyro: Year of the Dragon - 205 (3)
  32. Gran Turismo - 193 (2)
  33. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! - 192
  34. Street Fighter Alpha 3 - 186 (1)
  35. Tomb Raider - 183 (3)
  36. Crash Bandicoot - 176
  37. Tomba! - 175 (4)
  38. Grandia - 169 (2)
  39. Valkyrie Profile - 160 (3)
  40. Driver - 158 (1)
  41. Front Mission 3 - 150 (2)
  42. Syphon Filter - 133
  43. Chrono Trigger - 129 (3)
  44. Breath of Fire IV - 121
  45. Wild Arms - 121 (2)
  46. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue - 119 (1)
  47. Mega Man X4 - 114
  48. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater - 110
  49. Final Fantasy Chronicles - 109
  50. Tekken 2 - 108
  51. Alundra - 104 (2)
  52. Digimon World - 100 (4)
  53. Mega Man Legends - 100 (2)
  54. Final Fantasy VI - 90
  55. Dragon Warrior VII - 89 (1)
  56. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile - 85
  57. Legend of Mana - 82 (1)
  58. Soul Blade - 82
  59. MediEvil - 79 (1)
  60. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee - 79 (2)
  61. Brave Fencer Musashi - 78 (1)
  62. Syphon Filter 2 - 77
  63. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - 76
  64. Driver 2 - 74 (2)
  65. Mega Man Legends 2 - 69
  66. Tactics Ogre - 69 (2)
  67. Vandal Hearts - 68 (1)
  68. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus - 67
  69. Tales of Destiny II - 67
  70. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - 64
  71. Digimon World 3 - 63 (1)
  72. Dino Crisis 2 - 63 (1)
  73. PaRappa the Rapper - 63 (2)
  74. Tomb Raider II - 61
  75. WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role - 60
  76. Parasite Eve II - 58 (1)
  77. Final Fantasy Origins - 56
  78. Medal of Honor - 56
  79. Wild ARMs 2 - 54 (1)
  80. Digimon World 2 - 53
  81. Diablo - 52 (1)
  82. Einhander - 52 (1)
  83. Harvest Moon: Back To Nature - 52
  84. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - 49
  85. SaGa Frontier - 49 (2)
  86. Hogs of War - 47 (1)
  87. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo - 47 (1)
  88. Final Fantasy V - 46 (1)
  89. Grand Theft Auto 2 - 46 (1)
  90. Azure Dreams - 45 (1)
  91. Dino Crisis - 44
  92. Tales of Destiny - 44
  93. Need for Speed: High Stakes - 43
  94. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 - 42 (1)
  95. Monster Rancher 2 - 41
  96. Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return - 41
  97. Final Fantasy Anthology - 40
  98. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment - 39 (1)
  99. Resident Evil: Director’s Cut - 39
  100. Koudelka - 38 (1)
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List of the top 100 Genesis games, as voted on GameFAQs:


The way this works is simple. You vote for your top 10 genesis games. #1 gets 10 points down to #10 which gets 1 point. The original topic was for only 5 votes, but this has been expanded. Because of this you can vote again if you haven’t voted since the topic was expanded. On to the list!

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 922(57)
  2. Gunstar Heroes - 503(35)
  3. Streets of Rage II - 499(29)
  4. Sonic 3 & Knuckles - 472(41)
  5. Phantasy Star IV - 440(37)
  6. Shining Force II - 395(25)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog - 362(13)
  8. Shining Force - 308(20)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - 250(18)
  10. ToeJam & Earl - 216(13)
  11. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master - 207(12)
  12. Castlevania: Bloodlines - 206(3)
  13. Sonic & Knuckles - 200(7)
  14. Streets of Rage - 185
  15. Rocket Knight Adventures - 165(6)
  16. Contra: Hard Corps - 149(4)
  17. LandStalker - 124(12)
  18. Ristar - 124(2)
  19. Phantasy Star II - 123(7)
  20. Vectorman - 121(6)
  21. Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar - 114(7)
  22. Dynamite Headdy - 111(11)
  23. Comix Zone - 100(4)
  24. Golden Axe - 98(3)
  25. Pirates! Gold - 95(6)
  26. NHL Hockey - 94(6)
  27. Revenge of Shinobi - 93(3)
  28. General Chaos - 83(8)
  29. Shadowrun - 81(4)
  30. Alien Soldier - 80(6)
  31. Road Rash II - 77(3)
  32. Streets of Rage 3 - 76(1)
  33. Street Fighter II’: Special Champion Edition - 71(4)
  34. MUSHA: Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor - 70(3)
  35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - 64(2)
  36. Super Street Fighter II - 63(5)
  37. Kid Chameleon - 62(5)
  38. Mortal Kombat II - 56 (1)
  39. StarFlight - 54(2)
  40. Zombies Ate My Neighbors - 54(4)
  41. Beyond Oasis - 51(2)
  42. Road Rash - 47(1)
  43. Crusader of Centy - 46
  44. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine - 46(2)
  45. Ghouls 'n Ghosts - 43(5)
  46. Earthworm Jim - 41(1)
  47. Mortal Kombat - 40(3)
  48. Mega Bomberman - 39(1)
  49. Disney’s Aladdin - 38(1)
  50. Herzog Zwei - 38(3)
  51. Wonder Boy in Monster World - 36
  52. El Viento - 35(2)
  53. Flashback: The Quest for Identity - 35(1)
  54. Virtua Racing - 35
  55. Ecco the Dolphin - 33
  56. OutRun - 33(1)
  57. Strider - 33
  58. Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen - 33(4)
  59. Golden Axe II - 32
  60. Thunder Force III - 32(1)
  61. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck - 32(2)
  62. Ecco: The Tides of Time - 31(1)
  63. Ranger X - 31
  64. Star Control - 31(2)
  65. Mutant League Football - 29(1)
  66. Shining in the Darkness - 29
  67. Toejam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron - 29(2)
  68. Warsong - 29
  69. Cool Spot - 28
  70. Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom - 28(2)
  71. Monster World IV - 26 (3)
  72. Shadow Dancer - 26(2)
  73. Forgotten Worlds - 25 (1)
  74. Jungle Strike - 25
  75. Micro Machines Turbo Tournament 96 - 25
  76. Quackshot: Starring Donald Duck - 25
  77. John Madden Football - 24
  78. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker - 28(4)
  79. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball - 24(2)
  80. Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf - 23
  81. Sunset Riders - 23(1)
  82. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - 23
  83. Altered Beast - 22(1)
  84. Gaiares - 22(2)
  85. Rock 'N Roll Racing - 22(1)
  86. Eternal Champions - 21
  87. Jurassic Park - 21
  88. Mega Man: The Wily Wars - 20(2)
  89. NBA Jam Tournament Edition - 20
  90. NBA Live - 20
  91. Warriors of the Eternal Sun - 20(3)
  92. Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure - 19(1)
  93. King’s Bounty: The Conqueror’s Quest - 19
  94. Panorama Cotton - 19(2 )
  95. Sonic 3D Blast - 19(1)
  96. Ghostbusters - 18(2)
  97. Vectorman 2 - 18
  98. Golden Axe III - 17(2)
  99. Splatterhouse 3 - 17(1)
  100. Truxton - 17 (1)

I’m thinking about skipping CPS1, CPS2, and FBA as those are basically arcade game emulators, versus the home console systems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP_System#List_of_games
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP_System_II#List_of_games
https://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/FinalBurn_Alpha

Thinking maybe NeoGeo should be in the arcade category as well, and thus skipped given its hybrid status… :thinking:

Can I recommend looking at TG16/PCEngine/TurboCD as well? I disagree with the ordering, but I think most of the best are on Retro Sanctuary’s Top 100 TurboGrafx List and Retro Sanctuary’s Top 50 TurboCD List

  1. Soldier Blade
  2. Street Fighter II
  3. Bonk’s Revenge
  4. Bomberman 94’
  5. Parodius Da!
  6. Dragon’s Curse/Adventure Island
  7. Liquid Kids/Mizubaku Daibouken
  8. Magical Chase
  9. Parasol Stars
  10. Military Madness
  11. R-Type Complete
  12. Legendary Axe
  13. Populous
  14. Gomola Speed
  15. Cadash
  16. Devil’s Crush/Devil Crash
  17. Blazing Lazers/Gunhed
  18. Ninja Spirit
  19. Motoroader II
  20. Momotarou Katsugeki
  21. Air Zonk
  22. Neutopia II
  23. Dungeon Explorer
  24. Photo Boy/Gekisha Boy
  25. Detana Twinbee
  26. Zipang
  27. Metal Stoker
  28. Bonk’s Adventure
  29. Salamander
  30. Outrun
  31. Legendary Axe II
  32. 1943 Kai
  33. Splatterhouse
  34. Raiden
  35. Super Star Soldier
  36. Son Son II
  37. Bloody Wolf
  38. New Adventure Island
  39. Battle Lode Runner
  40. Hana Taka Daka
  41. Galaga 88’/Galaga 90’
  42. Jackie Chan Action Kung Fu
  43. Aeroblasters
  44. Image Fight
  45. Legend of Valkyrie
  46. Spin Pair
  47. Override
  48. Coryoon
  49. Neutopia
  50. Order of the Griffin
  51. Twin Cobra
  52. Bomberman 93’
  53. Final Match Tennis
  54. Chew Man Fu/Be Ball
  55. Super Dodgeball
  56. Final Soldier
  57. Don Doku Don
  58. Cratermaze/Doraemon
  59. Power League 93’
  60. Bonk 3
  61. Tatsujin/Truxton
  62. Racing Spirits/Racing Damashi
  63. Batman
  64. Power Sports
  65. Download
  66. Time Cruise
  67. Sidearms: Hyperdyne
  68. F1 Circus
  69. Puzzle Boy
  70. Gradius
  71. Victory Run
  72. Legend of Hero Tonma
  73. Final Lap Twin
  74. Skweek
  75. Formation Soccer
  76. Newzealand Story, The
  77. Psychosis/Paranoia
  78. Bonze’s Adventure
  79. Dragon Saber
  80. Circus Lido
  81. Atomic Robokid
  82. Power Drift
  83. Cyber Core
  84. Makai Prince Dorabochan
  85. Alien Crush
  86. Klax
  87. Alice in Wonderdream
  88. Puzznic
  89. World Court Tennis
  90. Ryukuyu
  91. Maerchen Maze
  92. Armed Formation F
  93. Mesopotamia
  94. Tricky Kick
  95. Keith Courage in Alpha Zone
  96. Naxat Open
  97. Columns
  98. Volfied
  99. Break In
  100. Doraemon-Nobita’s Dorabian Night

and TurboCD (I’ll admit that I’m not familiar with many outside the top 15 or so):

  1. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
  2. Gate of Thunder
  3. Fatal Fury Special
  4. Sapphire
  5. Puyo Puyo Tsuu
  6. Spriggan
  7. Lords of Thunder
  8. Ys Book I & II
  9. Dynastic Hero
  10. Might and Magic III
  11. Kabuki Ittouryoudan
  12. Spriggan mark II
  13. Dungeon Explorer 2
  14. Nexzr
  15. Gradius II
  16. Loom
  17. Lemmings
  18. Dungeon Master - Theron’s Quest
  19. Forgotten Worlds
  20. Mad Stalker
  21. Cosmic Fantasy 2
  22. World Heroes 2
  23. Rainbow Islands
  24. Hellfire
  25. Sylphia
  26. Panic Bomber
  27. Star Parodier
  28. Shapeshifter
  29. L-Dis
  30. Strider
  31. Valis 3
  32. Dragon Slayer
  33. Pang
  34. Avenger
  35. The TV Show
  36. Super Air Zonk
  37. Image Fight II
  38. Vasteel
  39. Download II
  40. Asuka 120% Maxima
  41. Macross
  42. Chiki Chiki Boys
  43. Exile
  44. Wonder Boy: Monster Lair
  45. Gain Ground
  46. Psychic Storm
  47. Splash Lake
  48. Rally Championship
  49. Fausette Amour
  50. Pop N’ Magic
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