Video Games. They’ve made us all lazy, but we love em’ anyway. It’s hard to believe video games are more popular today then when they first hit our television screens in the mid-eighties. And yes, I know there were video games before then, like Atari and other random systems in which the power adapter took up half the apartment. But I was introduced to video games through the Nintendo Entertainment System. For me, the last great game system was N64. Games today are nothing more than pretty colors and graphics. Where’s the heart! And they are so damn complicated. I’m sorry, but I don’t have time to invest myself in learning 75 different button combinations. I just want to jump on things.
So here is my list of Top 10 All Time Favorite Video Games. Let the complaining begin!
10) Pac-Man (Arcade/Home Systems)
-Addicting. Intense. Maddening. These are all words you could use to describe Pac-Man. That little yellow guy causes quite a stir. But I love the simplicity. You eat pellets while being chased by ghosts. It’s all about the orbs though. A true gamer goes for all the ghosts while they are still blue. Don’t be a whimp. Blinky (the red ghost) is by far the smartest of the bunch. He is clearly the leader and always tricks you. I hate him.
9) Goldeneye (N64)
-Does anyone remember the story mode? It was perfectly fine, but it’s all about the multi-player for this one. It was a pioneer for first person shooters and it was James Bond. How could you go wrong? With so many different modes and ways to kill people, it’s no wonder it garners a lot of respect in the gaming world. Everyone had their own personal favorite modes of play, but for me it was License to Kill with proxy mines. Tucking one of those babies under a floor ledge and watching someone’s screen go red was so satisfying.
8 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game (Nintendo)
-Based on the Arcade Classic and far superior to the original, this was an epic turtle adventure you couldn’t put down. Non turtle fans can appreciate the game itself, but true turtle followers know it’s the best ninja turtle game ever made. You fight everyone in this thing. After battling through countless foot soldiers and insane bosses, you finally make it to Shredder at the end only to find out that he can clone himself and kill you with one attack. Wow. This was a hard one.
7) Dick Tracy (Sega Genesis)
-This is probably the most obscure game on the list. And no, I’m not talking about that crappy Nintendo one that is literally impossible to play. The Sega version was a straight up side-scroller. Oh man, this was fun. You get a pistol which is cool, but the best part is using your tommy-gun to shoot enemies in the background. It was awesome. It also has a legendary bonus stage, which I have to say I’m pretty damn good at. This game also has the hardest level I ever played. I still have nightmares about Stage 6-B. It’s complete chaos. If you’ve played this one, you know what I’m talking about.
6) Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
-I’ve never been so emotionally invested in a video game than I was for Final Fantasy VII. I hate RPG games. I hate them. So it makes this game even that much more impressive for me. It’s three discs long, but once you start, you can’t stop.
5) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
-Everyone knows how good this is, so I don’t need to go into length. It’s everything you want in a video game. I hate the Water Temple.
4) Street Fighter II (Sega Genesis)
-The best fighting game of all time. The cast of characters is amazing. I think Ryu is clearly the most talented. But the feature that really separates this game from many others is the group battle. Choosing a team, strategizing who to take and when, made it that much better. It was always nerve racking when it came down to that last Zangief/Dhalsim fight. What a battle…What a game.
3) Mario Kart Double Dash (Game Cube)
-All of the Mario Kart games are great, but this one really stands out for two reasons: 1) The special weapons. 2) The double character selection. My friends and I played with all light kart characters, how could you not? In retrospect, I played this game way too much during four years of college. We discovered strategies and playing styles that I didn’t even know were possible in a Mario Kart game, dissecting for hours what the best special weapon was. Was it the three shells? The Bowser shell? The Super Mushroom? The Big Banana? The only drawback to this game was that it almost gave me multiple heart attacks. I just wish the blue shell could be outlawed.
2) Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! (Nintendo)
-The Rocky Balboa of video games. Little Mac was a lovabale underdog who continued to rise up the ranks against seemingly unbeatable opponents. Piston Honda. Soda Popinski. Bald Bull. Macho Man. You know the names. Everything about this game works, especially the music. This game gets your heart pumping from the opening screen. All you see is darkness with a bell and a cheering crowd heard in the background. It’s an epic game with the hardest video game boss of all time waiting for you at the end.
1) Super Mario Brothers 3 (Nintendo)
-It’s not only Mario’s greatest adventure, but it’s one of the greatest video game stories ever told: 8 worlds. 7 kingdoms. Countless power-ups. And of course the Koopa Kids, led by the biggest video game jackass of them all…Bowser. Let’s not forget all the secrets to uncover. This is a tough game to truly conquer. Pipe World was mind boggling. But nothing compares to the insanity that is Dark World. Fighting Bowser for the first time is hard, but once you figure out how to beat him, you can do it over and over again with ease. The game has fantastic replay value, truly making it the greatest video game ever made.