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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 14

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #12

GameZone celebrates the end of a glorious decade of gaming

The end of the decade is upon us and it’s time to revisit the landscape of gaming that began in 2000 with the launching of the PlayStation 2 and is now ending in 2009 with three viable console platforms in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Over the next 25 days, GameZone will be bringing our readers the “Top 25 Games of the Decade.” Considering how many games released in the past ten years, it was an exhausting process to narrow down our initial list of more than 200 games to the top 25.

Factors that played a large part for titles that made the cut included: initial impact, lasting impact, longevity, “standing the test of time”, popularity, advancements in the genre, and much more.  It wasn’t easy picking and choosing between our favorite children, but we feel the games that made our list are representative of the decade that was.

#12 Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii

GameZone Review:  9.8

 

When it comes to 3D platform titles, Nintendo knows how to deliver the goods. Back in 1996, they showed the world how glorious a game within the genre could be with Super Mario 64 and they did it again in 2007 with Super Mario Galaxy.

Using the formulaic concept of saving Princess Peach from the nefarious Bowser, Mario’s journey is a perilous one as he travels to distant planets collecting Power Stars along the way. The simple nature of the quest is what makes Super Mario Galaxy such a defining moment in Mario’s history.

Universally loved, Super Mario Galaxy was a nearly flawless game with superb controls, excellent camera angles, genre-bending gameplay features, exquisite level design, and clever power-ups. The physics system implemented in Super Mario Galaxy only further showed what developers could potentially do with the Wii motion controls if given the proper time and budget.

The first time that a gamer circumnavigated one of the planets was the first time they realized how truly special Super Mario Galaxy was for gaming.

Not only was the score and soundtrack beyond expectations, but the graphical merits also gave gamers a first look at how beautiful a game could be on the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo took a chance with Super Mario Galaxy and greatly benefited by putting forth a title, which without a doubt, is going to continue to impact gaming for the years to come.

“Super Mario Galaxy is a pure, unimaginable joy,” Louis Bedigian, GameZone.

 Previously announced …

#25 – Shenmue II. Find the story here.
#24 – Counter-Strike. Find the story here.
#23 –
Gears of War. Find the story here.
#22 – Guitar Hero. Find the story here.
#21 – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Find the story here.
#20 - Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. Find the story here.
#19 - Final Fantasy X. See the story here.
#18 - Ico. See the story here.
#17 - Bioshock. See the story here.
#16 - The Sims. See the story here.
#15 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. See the story here.
#14 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. See the story here.
#13 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. See the story here.

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First-person shooters will never be the same after this blockbuster shooter made its debut in 2001.

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