SNES - Playable Female Characters

While there are quite a few games on the Super NES that feature a female playable character,
most of these are fighting games or RPGs where a woman isn't the main protagonist, but just part of a party.
It is possible to hack a Super NES Classic to load your own ROMs.

A PARTIAL tag means the games has a female playable character, but you play as multiple characters, as a party, or they are only available in a different mode, like multiplayer etc..
A FULL tag means the game has a female character you play though the entire game as.

Alien 3 as Ellen Ripley
Shooter. You play as Ripley, who starts out with a flamethrower.
Alien 3 SNES gameplay

Angelique (1994)
Romance simulation. Super Famicom only. The player can name their character, and choose her astrological sign and blood type.

Aretha II: Ariel Fushigi na Tabi

Aretha III

Barbie Super Model
Puzzle / Education. You control Barbie as she drives around, tries on clothes, dances etc.
Barbie Super Model car gameplay Barbie Super Model screenshot

Breath of Fire
RPG. While you start out playing the game as a boy named Ryu, you can add female characters to your party during the game. There's Nina, princess of the Kingdom of Windia, and Bleu, an immortal sorceress.

Breath of Fire II

California Games II

Chrono Trigger
RPG. You play as a party of 6 characters. There are 2 female characters: Marle, a princess who seeks independence from her royal identity, and Lucca, a mechanical genius.
Chrono Trigger Lucca

Clock Tower as Jennifer Simpson
Point and click.

Cutthroat Island as Morgan Adams
Platformer. At the beginning of the game you choose between 2 characters. One of which is Morgan Adams, a female character who wields a rapier.
Cutthroat Island character selection Cutthroat Island gameplay Cutthroat Island cart driving

Dragon Quest V

EarthBound as Paula

Fatal Fury 2 & Fatal Fury Special
Fighting. The only female fighter in the game is Mai Shiranui.
Fatal Fury 2 character selection Fatal Fury 2 Mai gameplay screenshot

Final Fantasy II as Reila
In Final Fantasy 2, Reila, the White Mage can join your party.

Final Fantasy III as Refia
JRPG. In Final Fantasy 3 you play as a party or orphans. One of the orphans, Refia, is a girl.

Final Fantasy IV
JRPG. In Final Fantasy 9 there are 12 characters you choose to join your party of 5 during the game. Two of these character are women: Rosa Farrell, and Rydia of Mist.

Final Fantasy V
JRPG. In Final Fantasy 5, Lenna Charlotte Tycoon (aka Reina), Faris Scherwiz, and Krile Mayer Baldesion are playable characters.

Final Fantasy VI
JPRG. Out of the 14 playable characters in the game there are 2 female characters: Relm Arrowny, Terra Branford and Celes Chere.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Mystic Quest is a spin off from the Final Fantasy series. The game's main character, Benjamin, can recruit 2 female characters in the party during the game: Kaeli, and Phoebe.

Final Fight 2 as Maki Genryusai
Beat 'em up. There are 2 characters to choose from, Maki is the only woman.
Final Fight 2 character selection Final Fight 2 Maki gameplay

Final Fight 3 as Lucia
Beat 'em up. At the beginning of the game the player is given a choice of 4 characters. Lucia is the only female option.
Final Fight 3 character roster Final Fight 3 Lucia gameplay

Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body
Platformer. Super Famicom only.

The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie as Minnie Mouse
Platformer. At the start of the gaame you choose to play as either Micky or Minnie.
Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie character selction Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie gameplay

Hyper Iria as Iria
Shooting. You play a a bounty hunter named Iria.

Kendo Rage (Makeruna! Makendō) as Jo
Kendo Rage 1 gameplay Kendo Rage 1 screenshot

Kendo Rage 2 (Makeruna! Makendō 2: Kimero Youkai Souri)

Killer Instinct as Black Orchid
Fighting. Killer Instinct features only one female playable character, Black Orchid.
Killer Instinct character selection Killer Instinct Black Orchid VS screen Killer Instinct Black Orchid gameplay

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom
RPG. There are 2 female playable characters. Lufia, the spellcaster, and Jerin, a half-elf mage/ranger.
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom gameplay Lufia & the Fortress of Doom menu screenshot Lufia & the Fortress of Doom fighting gameplay

Magic Knight Rayearth (1995) as Hikaru Shidou

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Beat 'em up. You can play as the yellow Power Ranger, Trini; or the Pink Power Ranger, Kimberly.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers character selection Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Kimberly gameplay Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink Power Ranger gameplay Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Trini yellow gameplay

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Beat 'em up.

Miracle Girls: Tomomi to Mikage no Miracle World Adventure

Mortal Kombat (1992)
Fighting. Mortal Kombat features a roster of 7 classic characters. Sonya Blade is the only female character.
Mortal Kombat choose your fighter Mortal Kombat SNES Sonya gameplay

Mortal Kombat II
Fighting. Mortal Kombat features a roster of 12 playable characters, two of which are female: Mileena, and Princess Kitana.
Mortal Kombat II choose your fighter Mortal Kombat II Mileena gameplay

Mortal Kombat 3
The female characters on the roster are, Sindel, Sheeva, and Sonya Blade.
Mortal Kombat 3 select your fighter Mortal Kombat 3 Sindel hair gameplay

NBA Jam Tournament Edition
Sports. Hillary Clinton is an unlockable character with a cheat code.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Hillary Clinton unlock NBA Jam Tournament Edition Hillary Clinton gameplay

The Ninja Warriors
Beat 'em up. This game gives you the choice of 3 ninja android to play as. Kunoichi is a female android who wields knives and swords.
The Ninja Warriors character selection The Ninja Warriors Kunoichi gameplay

Pocky & Rocky as Pocky
Scrolling shooter. You can play as either Pocky, a girl, or Rocky the racoon.
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Pocky & Rocky 2 as Pocky &Little Ninja
In the sequel you only play as Pocky, but you choose your companion. Your choices are Rocky, Bomber Bob, or Little Ninja seen in the screenshots.
If you're playing co-op, the second player picks from these 3 characters.
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Princess Minerva
RPG. Super Famicom only.

Sailor Moon (1993)
Beat 'em up.
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Sailor-Moon RPG - Another Story
RPG. You start the game playing as Sailor Moon, but thought the game you play as different 'Sailor Senshi'.
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Sailor Moon S: Jōgai rantō !? Shuyaku sōdatsusen
Fighting. Japan only.

Samurai Shodown
Fighting. There are 2 female samurais in the game's roster: Charlotte, and Nakoruru.

Secret of Mana as The Girl
RPG. In Secret of Mana you control a party of three characters, the hero, the girl, and the sprite.

Seifuku Densetsu: Pretty Fighter
Fighting. The game features an all female character roster.

Seiken Densetsu 3 as Angela
RPG. Seiken Densetsu 3 is divided into sub plots for each of the character's stories. Angela (アンジェラ Anjera) is the only heroine of the 4 characters.

Slayers as Lina
RPG. Super Famicom only.

Star Ocean: Fantastic Space Odyssey
RPG. Super Famicom only. Throughout the game you recruit characters into your party.
The female characters are: Millie Chliette, healer; Ilia Silvestri, scientist; Phia Melle; Mavelle Froesson, sorcerer; Pericci, cat-girl; Erys Jerand damsel in distress; and Welch Vineyard.

Street Fighter II as Chun-Li
Fighting. There are 8 player characters the player can choose, with Chun-Li being the only female.

Super Fire Pro Wrestling: Queen's Special
Wrestling. Super Famicom Only. The game is based on All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling.

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars as Princess Toadstool
JPRG. Peach joins the party later in the game.

Super Metroid as Samus Aran
Action-Adventure. The sequal to to classic NES game, you agin play as the bounty hunter Samus Aran.
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1. Opening cutscene 2. On an elevator 3. Fighing the first boss 4. Death animation scene

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as Princess Leia
Run and gun. In this game you play as different character in the Star Wars universe.
After the first intro level with the spaceship you can choose your character to play as. In some of the levels you play as Princess Leia.
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Super Street Fighter II
Fighting. Super Street Fighter II brings back all the characters of Street Fighter II, and adds 4 new characters.
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Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Fighting. Same main characters as the other Street Fighter II games.

Super Tennis
Sports. You can choose from a number of distint looking male of female players.
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Super Valis IV as Lena
Platforming / Hack and slash.
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Super Variable Geo

Tales of Phantasia
JRPG. There are 3 female character you can add to your party, Mint Adenade, Arche Klein, and Arche Klein.

Treasure of the Rudras
RPG. The game is divided into three storyline following different characters. One of these follows the priestess Riza.

Umihara Kawase
Puzzle. The player controls a girl who uses a fishing pole to swing between platforms.

Undercover Cops Rosa Felmonde
Beat 'em up. Only officially release in Japan. The game gives you 3 characters to choose from. One of which is Rosa Felmonde (aka Flame), a tough British blonde female vigilante.

Wild Guns as Annie
Shooting gallery. At the start of the game the player have the choice of playing as Clint or Annie.
If playing 2 person co-op you play both play as the same character. You can change the color of Annie's dress, from pink to black, white, or blue.
Wild Guns character selection Wild Guns co-op Annie characters Wild Guns first level Annie Screenshot Wild Guns gameplay

Weaponlord Jen-Tai

Winter Olympic Games (Lillehammer 94)

Zombies Ate My Neighbors as Julie
Run and gun. At the start of the game you have the choice between playing as Zeke or Julie. If playing co-op you play as each character.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors character selection Zombies Ate My Neighbors cheerleader Zombies Ate My Neighbors gameplay

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