Top 25 Nintendo Games Of All Time: 11-15
If there's one video game company in the industry that knows its audience it would have to be Nintendo. Not only has the Japanese publisher been churning out hit after hit, they have been revolutionizing and leading the industry since 1983 when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) launched in 1983 in Japan and 1985 in North America. They have moved from console to console and not looked back even once as they continue to push forward with new entries in their popular series while also introducing titles to keep it fresh.
GameZone has gathered our staff to discuss the Top 25 Nintendo published games of all time. Over a month period of time, we deliberated, we debated, we even exchanged a few red turtle shells to knock each other out of the running to nominate our favorite games, but most importantly, we gave tender care to our personal list that we reveal to you today.
Top Nintendo Games: 21-25 25 - Punch-Out!! (NES) 24 - Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube) 23 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess ( Wii / GameCube) 22 - Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64) 21 - Paper Mario (N64)
Top Nintendo Games: 16-20 20 - Earthbound (NES) 19 - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) 18 - Super Mario Bros. (NES) 17 - Perfect Dark (N64) 16 - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)
15. Super Mario Kart
"The game that started one of the most successful spin-off series in gaming history, Super Mario Kart pushed the SNES’ processing power to the limit. Already seen in a cruder form in F-Zero, Nintendo perfected the Mode 7 technique which distorts a single 2D texture to give the effect of a three-dimensional race track. Jaws dropped, gamers loved it and the “Karting” sub-genre was born." - Stuart Young
"Super Mario Kart redefined friendly competition and the genre of video game racing. Mario's most popular spin-off spurned players into serious competition. The tracks are specifically created to test the skill of drivers, and while it is easy to best the machine, the PvP experience separates the men from the koopas. There is no doubt that as long as there is Nintendo there will be fantastic kart racing available." - Shayna Gibson
"It seemed silly, a bunch of characters from the Mario universe getting together for go-kart races. Players grab power-ups such as turtle shells and banana peels to sabotage their opponents, and the fear of knowing that a perfect run could end when another racer chucked a red shell in your direction was enough to keep you sweating. We broke many controllers playing this game, and loved every minute of it." - Jacob Lopez
14. Star Fox 64 "Star Fox 64 delivered entertaining gameplay and an addicting multiplayer mode to play with your friends. Even with having one of the most irritating video game characters, Slippy Toad, it cannot be overlooked on how truly awesome it was. Do a Barrel Roll!" - Mike Fischer
"In an era of muddy textures, blocky pixels and lazy graphical shortcuts, Starfox 64 proved that 3D could be lush and beautiful. That's not all - the advanced scripted events and countless possible paths through the game made the decades-old space shooter formula more engaging than anything else available at the time. Never mind the furries aspect (which only got worse with later games); Starfox 64 is a gem." - Michael Rougeau
"Starfox 64 not only had a engaging single-player mode, but a very in-depth (for the time) multiplayer mode. I can still remember all the game modes my friends and I made up where certain people were stuck by being on foot and the rewards if you actually shot down the other players. Great memories indeed!" - Michael Knutson
13. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "The sole Zelda entry for the SNES, A Link to The Past is a game that has stood the test of time remarkably well. The vivid graphics still look clear and crisp despite being two decades old, and the SNES color palette makes NES Hyrule look garish in comparison. It also gave Zelda many of the series’ trademark features; the Master Sword, the Spin Attack, dual-world gameplay and Heart Pieces." - Stuart Young
"It harkened the return to the overhead perspective of the original Zelda game and was the first to introduce many staples that have become commonplace in the sequels. Equipment such as the hookshot, Pegasus boots and the almighty Master Sword, parallel universe worlds, dungeons that spanned many floors and the famous spin attack were seen here first. You could say that without A Link to the Past, we wouldn't have the groundbreaking Ocarina of Time." - Michael Splechta
"Many of the modern day Zelda games still borrow concepts from this game such as the hookshot, musical instrument, and Spin Attack. When playing the game for the first time, my jaw hit the floor when I realized that there was an entirely different parallel world to explore and to conquer. If you consider yourself a Zelda fan you owe it to yourself to play and beat this legendary game." - Michael Knutson
12. Super Mario RPG "Paving the way for the Paper Mario series, Square and Nintendo’s SNES team-up still holds up as one of the best RPGs on the system. Jumping on goombas in turn-based battles—not to mention teaming up with Bowser—was an innovative new direction for Mario, and the narrative was as involved as Final Fantasy, but with all the whimsy and humor you might expect from a romp through the Mushroom kingdom." - Steve Haske
"Super Mario RPG is one of the greatest artistic achievements from an era when Squaresoft still made good games, and Nintendo was better known for platforming than exercise. It’s funny, heartbreaking, and wonderfully imaginative world and characters make it the best story-driven Mario game ever, and its Final Fantasy-esque RPG elements are air-tight perfect. Never mind Nintendo games - SMRPG is one of the best games of all time, period." - Michael Rougeau
"Breaking away from the norm, Super Mario RPG offered a chance to have the villains team up with the heroes for a one-of-a-kind experience that still is as charming as it was when it debuted." - Dakota Grabowski
11. Pokemon Red/Blue
"Nevermind the billions (if not trillions) the Pokemon empire has amassed since its debut 14 years ago—the simplicity of Red and Blue captured the attention (and hearts) of millions of players, spawning a new pocket monster trading culture that redefined the social dynamics of video games among youth. Who would’ve thought adding a simple collection mechanic to a turn-based RPG would be so addicting? The dual original Game Boy editions still speak for themselves." - Steve Haske
"Pokemon Red/ Blue are truly unique RPG’s with 151 Pokemon to find, battle and capture. It consumed many hours of our life and for many gamers it opened the door into the genre. Pokemon breached outside of the single-player adventure giving us the ability to battle and trade with our friends." - Mike Fischer
"Pokemon tasked players to become a trainer in search of not only every single Pokemon, but the fabled gym badges, leading up to the final bout with the Elite Four. If kids were getting into trouble at school in 1998, chances are they were hard at work collecting and trading these lovable critters."
Tomorrow we will be revealing 6-10, so come back to find out what crept its way into the Top 10 Nintendo Games of All Time.