If you are a retro gamer that came of age in the 1990's, then you almost certainly are a fan of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES. This system, of course, was Nintendo's follow up to the original NES. Like the original NES, it was another runaway smash hit for Nintendo. Despite a strong challenge from Sega with the Genesis, Nintendo ended up winning the console war for a second consecutive generation with all time classics like Super Mario World, Mario Kart, and Castlevania IV.

Here's a blog post that tries to identify what the most popular SNES games are using data. What kinds of data, you might ask? Looking at the number of Google and YouTube search results you start to see how much content people are creating on the web about these old games. You can also look at Facebook data to see what people are sharing. Between these, you start to get a picture of what games people like. I’d encourage you to check it out. It’s very different from gaming on a graphing calculator, that’s for sure, but it includes an interactive javascript table that allows you to explore the data and see where your favorites rank.

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