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You can play these 10 Super Nintendo classics right now

The Oregonian

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System turned 25 on Aug. 23. In honor of that occasion we ranked the best games that the console had to offer.

But did you know that, thanks to the magic of porting teams at Sony and Nintendo, a lot of the games you loved in the '90s are playable right now on some of your newer consoles?

As long as you've got a Wii U, Wii, or PlayStation hardware made after 2004 (that includes the PSP and PS Vita), you can download some of the system's best games. Heck, some of them are even on iOS devices.

On average, these games will cost between $8 and $10.

Here's just a sampling.

Mega Man X series

The "Mega Man X" games are a graphical — and gameplay — upgrade to the original Blue Bomber's adventures. All three of the SNES classics are also available for Nintendo's Wii U console. The first is also downloadable on the New Nintendo 3DS — identifiable from the original 3DS handheld by the small gray analogue stick above the face buttons on the right side.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Before Squaresoft and Sony inked their exclusivity agreement starting with "Final Fantasy VII" on the PlayStation, the RPG maker had a flourishing relationship with Nintendo. Square's take on the company's portly mascot was quite the success — it's also available on both the Wii U and Wii Virtual Console services.

Final Fantasy III

Also known as "Final Fantasy VI," this game is a bit tricky to find and play on the Wii U. First, you'll need to put the system into Wii mode and find it through the old console's Virtual Console store interface. When it's downloaded, it'll live in the Wii mode — you'll need to switch into it every time you want to play. On PlayStation consoles however, it's much easier — just find it "Final Fantasy VI" as a PSOne Classic and with one purchase, you'll be able to play it on any device synced up to your PlayStation Network ID.

"Final Fantasy VI" also available on the App Store for $15.99.

EarthBound

The internet gave Nintendo a collective, "it's about darn time" when "EarthBound" hit the Virtual Console in 2013. That's because this cult hit went an absurdly long time before being released in the U.S. digitally, despite being available overseas for years.

We're still waiting on a localization of the sequel, which was released in Japan for the GameBoy Advance.

Donkey Kong Country series

Relive life on DK Island (or Crocodile Isle or the Northern Kremisphere ) on the Wii U, Wii or New Nintendo 3DS — all three of Nintendo's most recent consoles contain the three "Donkey Kong Country" games through the Virtual Console service.

The best part? You can save your progress anywhere now instead of waiting until you find one of those pesky save points.

Super Metroid

It wouldn't be an SNES party without "Super Metroid." And the game is available on the Wii, Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console services. In fact, if you've got a Wii U, the only "Metroid" games you can't download digitally are "Metroid Prime: Hunters," "Metroid II" and "Metroid Pinball." Everything else is right there.

Super Mario World

One of the first games released on the SNES is also one of the best. "Super Mario World" was an instant classic. It's available on the Wii U Virtual Console and through the New Nintendo 3DS 's digital store as well.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

It may have been released long before "Ocarina of Time" was crowned one of the best games of all time, but Link's first 16-bit adventure is just as much a classic as any game that's come since. "A Link to the Past" is available on the Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console services.

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers

It's the best of the "Street Fighter" games on the SNES. It's also one of the most widely available "Street Fighter" games on most consoles. You can find it through the Wii U Virtual Console or as an enhanced remake on the PlayStation Store, Wii U Virtual Console and even on Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Chrono Trigger

Largely hailed as one of the best RPGs of all time, this SNES hit is available through the Wii's Virtual Console — and, by extension, the Wii U in Wii Mode — and also as a PSOne Classic on the PlayStation Store.

This one is also available on the App Store for iOS devices.

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