My Favorite 10 Video Games Evar (post #400)

More and more recently, I’ve been wishing that I had more time to “game.” I keep hearing about these new video games that are coming out, and while some sound like an updated version of previous classics, there’s something about seeing that new loading screen for the first time that is a neat feeling. So this itch to play games more has led me to think of my ten all-time favorite games – dating all the way back to when I owned my first Nintendo.

10. Street Fighter II (Arcade)
Did this game ever open a can of worms... this is the first game I truly remember becoming addicted to in a Mall setting. I don’t recall a game before it’s time where actual strategies were planned and different styles were applied for game play. My friends and I would stay in the arcade for hours, switching out in between rounds, while person after person would try to beat us. Favorite characters: Chun-Li or Blanka.

9. Tetris (almost any platform)
This is my ultimate zone-out game. I can do nearly anything while playing this game. It’s one of those games where you don’t have to think about it, you just have to do it. And, still today, I can’t get that theme music out of my head.

8. Ms. Pac-Man (Arcade)
Pac-Man was slow, formulaic and a guy. But the misses... hubba hubba. She was fast, sleek and totally un-predictable. Talk about fun. While you couldn’t learn a pattern for this game (unlike its predecessor), this game’s speed is an addiction waiting to happen. If I go to a bar where there’s a Ms. Pac-Man in a corner, I’ll somehow fashion a quarter MacGyver style to play, if I have to.

7. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
It’s hard to put this on here instead of the original, but the original was so before its time – and its all we had then, so that’s too easy. This was the first real big re-imagining of Super Mario, finally set in a 3D environment. I really can’t tell you what stood out about this game (as all of the Marios are starting to blend these days), but I can say that I played this for weeks on end, until it was beaten.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarnia of Time (Nintendo 64)
What I said about Mario above, applies here, too. Uh, a freakin’ 3D Zelda!?! I’m in! The first game I can remember where you’re locking onto your enemies with a target-lock? Holy crap. Wait, I can change what button does what!?! Dear lord, I’m in heaven.

5. EA Sports NCAA Football ’05 (Nintendo GameCube)
This is one of my more recent addictions. I’ve always thought that college football is way more fun to watch than the NFL, so that’s a plus. But here you can be any one of the 115ish teams in America, play a full season, go to a bowl game, win awards, and then recruit your next class. There’s mocking the crowd, stadium loudness and the players get rattled. Almost better than the real thing (because you can win a lot more)

4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (Nintendo 64)
This was one of the first games I remember that took reality and made it pretty unrealistic, but insanely fun. Sure I can do seven kick flips while jumping a 30 set, no problem. What’s that? You want me to grind around the entire lip of a pool four times? Easy. Wall ride UP a building? Child’s play. Skate or Die, T&C Surf Designs, we salute you. Tony Hawk, we worship you.

3. Advance Wars (GameBoy Advance)
I’ve always enjoyed strategy games, but I’ve never felt the need to strain my eyes on a three-inch wide screen to do so. This game, while pretty simplistic in design and execution, had me buying AA batteries like they weren’t being made anymore.

2. Tecmo Super Bowl (Nintendo)
Why call it Tecmo Bowl, when it should really be called Tecmo Bo – because of Bo Jackson. This game flat out ruled. It’s the first head-to-head game I loved to play. And it was usually a rush to see who would get the Raiders, and after that, could your defense pick the right play to stop the other team. Most likely, not.

1. 007 Goldeneye (Nintendo 64)
First person shooter. Strafing. Aiming. All new to the gaming mix. A story line that follows a fun Bond movie. Plus the ability to go head-to-head-to-head-to-head... this is gold, and it was the game that we played for nearly a year in college. It became a challenge to win the game faster than anyone else. It became an addiction to whoop everyone’s ass with grenade launchers in the complex.

Honorable Mentions:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker (One of the better Zeldas, cartooy + huge world = hours wasted), The Legend of Zelda (You can’t knock the original, still get lost in the forest to this day), Gauntlet (Elf needs food, badly), Baseball Stars (The first game I could ever make a custom team with, very cool), Contra (Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start – ’nuff said), Super Mario Bros. (Did anyone ever make it out of the Minus World?).

What are your favorite games of all time?

+ original post date: December 16, 2006 08:48 AM
+ categories: All About Seth, Family/Friends, Pop Culture


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i applaud your list. 007 is an excellent pick for number one, but you know that no one can beat me in the complex with grenade launchers. here's a list of games that i have loved over the years.

Kung Fu-that's a damn classic.
Mortal Kombat.
Mario Tennis 64-possibly one of the funnest and best put together games of all time.
Street Fighter II.
Golden Eye.
Nhl Hockey 96.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City-this one was so good that it completely zapped any interest in any other grand theft auto that would follow. you can't top it.
Ncaa Football 06-Arkansas gotta win a championship sometimes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II for the NES-enough said.
Tony Hawk II-introduction of the manual, revolutionized an already revolutionary game. i don't feel like they have, or could ever top it.

+ author: jones
+ posted: December 16, 2006 04:17 PM

You're right, Jonesy, Tony Hawk II and Mario Tennis were good ones as well. And also true, you were a Goldeneye God.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: December 16, 2006 04:33 PM

In no particular order:

Super Mario World

Crystalis (Blatant NES Zelda ripoff that stood very well on its own merit)


Ms PacMan

Quake I


Lumines (Tetris makes a close second)

Gears of War (I missed the Halo craze)

Final Fantasy VII (They killed Aeris. You bastards!)

Street Fighter II

+ author: Rich
+ posted: December 16, 2006 09:52 PM

You got something against rpgs? If you didn't already think I'm a geek, this is going to certify it:

Chrono Trigger - the ultimate classic.
Final Fantasy VII - created the franchise.
Final Fantasy X - amazing graphics, absorbing story, completely enthralling.
Final Fantasy VIII - the story is only second to FFVII.
Pokémon - don't laugh! it's addictive! and can millions of kids be wrong?
Mortal Kombat
Street Fighter
Legend of Zelda
Duck Hunt

+ author: Anne
+ posted: December 18, 2006 04:04 PM

Super Mario Bros. and Tony Hawk. Those are the 2 reasons I will not allow myself to own a video game console. I would get nothing else accomplished.

+ author: kristen
+ posted: December 19, 2006 11:24 AM

Every Final Fantasy until the Playstation years
Super Metroid
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Evermore
Super Dodgeball
Secret of Mana
Warcraft 2
No One Lives Forever 2
Quake 3
Half Life (1&2)

Too many more to name. I am far too geeky to continue.

+ author: bahua
+ posted: December 19, 2006 12:30 PM

I fully agree that Goldeneye is the best ever. Perfect in every way. I am currently fully addicted to Guitar Hero...and Guitar Hero II.

+ author: Stephen
+ posted: January 5, 2007 12:00 AM

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