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Freebie time! I wanna post some statistics from my list this year, so here goes.

DECADES:

1990's (3 in top 20) Highest: Super Metroid (#9)
2000's 14  (4 in top 20) Highest: Ōkami (#2)
2010's 24  (10 in top 20) Highest: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (#3)
2020's (3 in top 20) Highest: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (#1)

- The newest game on the list is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (#1), followed by Metroid Dread (#11), both released October 2021.
- Guardians of the Galaxy becomes the first game to debut at #1, beating out the previous best debut (Breath of the Wild's #2 in 2017).
- The year with the most entrants was 2017, with a whopping 8 games listed - no other year had more than 3.

PLATFORMS:

SNES N64 GC Wii Wii U GBC GBA DS 3DS Switch PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 X360 PC
2 3 3 6 5 1 2 2 5 16 1 2 2 2 1 13

- Curiously, all games from #50 to #39 were played on either the Switch or PC. Things got more varied from then on, but those two inevitably lead the way by a significant margin.

FRANCHISES:

Metroid (4 in top 20) Highest: Super Metroid (#9)
The Legend of Zelda (3 in top 20) Highest: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (#3)
Pokémon (3 in top 20) Highest: Pokémon X & Y (#10)
Persona (1 in top 20) Highest: Persona 5 (#5)
Ori (2 in top 20) Highest: Ori and the Will of the Wisps (#4)
Portal (1 in top 20) Highest: Portal 2 (#13)
Super Smash Bros. (0 in top 20) Highest: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (#25)

- Metroid finally overtakes Zelda as the most prominent series on the list - the two had been tied at 8 entries each since 2018.
- This marks the first time since my initial list in 2014 that no Super Smash Bros. game is in the top 20.

YEAR-ON-YEAR:

Biggest climbs:
+8: Persona 3 (#35)
+7: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (#41); Night in the Woods (#40); Astral Chain (#14)
+5: Ori and the Blind Forest (#19)

Biggest drops:
-21: Super Mario Odyssey (#47)
-11: Super Meat Boy (#45)
-10: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (#23)
-8: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (#37); Thumper (#24); Star Fox 64 (#22)

- Astral Chain is only the second game to get a +7 within the top 20, after Pokémon X & Y in 2019.
- Ori and the Blind Forest makes its way into the top 20 for the first time since 2017.
- This year saw 3 previously unranked games make the cut, a number only bettered by 2015's total of 4.
- Mario Kart 8, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks missed out for the first time ever.

GUESSES:

11 guesses @Ultrashroomz
9 guesses @coolbeans
5 guesses @Link_Nines.XBC and @S.Peelman
2 guesses @Darashiva, @GoOnKid, @Kakadu18, @Platina, @The_Liquid_Laser and @UnderwaterFunktown
1 guess @drbunnig, @Farsala, @Machina, @Metafee, @Runa216, @Supermario28, @TruckOSaurus and @Zippy6

Full List >>

...Whew, that was plenty of stuff. Nice to have it all there, though.

I think I'm done here, in the discussion thread I mean - obviously still plenty to do with the results, and all. Happy new year everyone!




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