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Since we're already a few minutes into the new year, I thought I'd list what I think have been the best Nintendo games per year, up until 2018. I'm taking into account only games Nintendo has published and/or developed.

-Radar Scope (1979)

-Donkey Kong (1981)

-Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)

-Mario Bros. (1983)

-Super Punch-Out!! (1984)

-Super Mario Bros. (1985)

-Mach Rider (1986)

-The Legend of Zelda (1987)

-Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)

-Super Mario Land (1989)

-Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

-Super Mario World (1991)

-The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past (1992)

-Star Fox (1993)

-Donkey Kong Country (1994)

-Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995)

-Super Mario 64 (1996)

-Star Fox 64 (1997)

-Pokemon Red & Blue (1998)

-Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

-Pokemon Gold & Silver (2000)

-Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)

-Metroid Prime (2002)

-WarioWare Inc: Mega Microgames (2003)

-Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (2004)

-WarioWare: Touched! (2005)

-The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)

-Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

-Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

-Punch-Out!! (2009)

-Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

-Mario Kart 7 (2011)

-New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)

-Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013)

-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)

-Splatoon (2015)

-Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)

-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild (2017)

-Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Well, those are my picks per year, what about you? :)



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1985 - Super Mario Bros

1986

1987 - The Legend of Zelda

1988 - Super Mario Bros 3*

1989

1990 - Super Mario Land

1991 - Dr. Mario

1992 - The Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past

1993

1994 - Donkey Kong '94

1995 - EarthBound

1996

1997 - Kirby's Fun Pak

1998 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1999

2000 - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask**

2001 - The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

2002

2003 - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker**

2004 - Warioware: Touched*

2005 - Pokémon Emerald

2006 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

2007 - Mario Party DS

2008 - Mario Kart Wii

2009 - Pokémon Platinum

2010 - Pokémon Soulsilver

2011 - Mario Kart 7

2012 - Pokémon Black 2

2013 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

2014 - Mario Kart 8

2015 - Super Mario Maker

2016 - Fire Emblem Fates

2017 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

2018 - Super Mario Party

* = Japanese release date (to reduce the number of missing years :p)
** = I only played their remakes, but I assume they're not too different



This is a cool idea. I think I'll do it as the gameboy onwards as that's when I started playing Nintendo games. I'll skip years that I didn't have a Nintendo game that I played.
I'll use whatever year they were first released in Japan.

1989 - Super Mario Land
1990 - F-Zero
1991 - The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
1992 - Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
1993 -
1994 - Earthbound
1995 -
1996 - Kirby Super Star
1997 -
1998 - Pokemon Yellow
1999 - Pokemon Gold/Silver
2000 -
2001 - Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002 - The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2003 - Pokemon Colosseum
2004 - Classic NES Series: The Legend Of Zelda (cheating here)
2005 - Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance
2006 - Wii Sports
2007 - Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
2008 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2009 -
2010 - Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011 - The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
2012 - Nintendo Land
2013 - Super Mario 3D World (didn't play much from this year at all)
2014 - Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (didn't play much from this year at all)
2015 - Splatoon
2016 - Pokemon Sun/Moon
2017 - Super Mario Odyssey
2018 - Sushi Striker: The Way Of The Sushido



I guess I should do this by North American release dates since I am from the US?


-Donkey Kong (1981)
-Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)
-Popeye (1983)
-Punch-Out!! (Arcade; 1984)
-Super Mario Bros. (1985)
-Metroid (1986)
-The Legend of Zelda (1987)
-Zelda 2 (1988)
-Tetris* (1989) -not sure if this one counts as Nintendo
-Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
-Super Mario World (1991)
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past (1992)
-Star Fox (1993)
-Super Punch Out (1994)
-Earthbound (1995)

-Never owned a N64. (1996)
-I think the system really sucks. (1997)
-You know how a lot of people hated the Wii (1998)
- and the Wii controller? (1999)
-That's how I felt about the N64. (2000)

-Advance Wars (2001)
-Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
-Advance Wars 2 (2003)
-Kirby and the Amazing Mirror (2004)
-Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005)
-Wii Sports (2006)
-Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007)
-Mario Kart Wii (2008)
-New Super Mario Bros Wii (2009)
-Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)
-Mario Kart 7 (2011)
-New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
-Super Mario 3D World (2013)
-Super Smash Bros Wii (2014)
-Super Mario Maker (2015)
-Didn't play any this year (2016)
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild (2017)
-Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)



Soren0079 said:
This is a cool idea. I think I'll do it as the gameboy onwards as that's when I started playing Nintendo games. I'll skip years that I didn't have a Nintendo game that I played.
I'll use whatever year they were first released in Japan.

1989 - Super Mario Land
1990 - F-Zero
1991 - The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
1992 - Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
1993 -
1994 - Earthbound
1995 -
1996 - Kirby Super Star
1997 -
1998 - Pokemon Yellow
1999 - Pokemon Gold/Silver
2000 -
2001 - Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002 - The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2003 - Pokemon Colosseum
2004 - Classic NES Series: The Legend Of Zelda (cheating here)
2005 - Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance
2006 - Wii Sports
2007 - Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
2008 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2009 -
2010 - Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011 - The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
2012 - Nintendo Land
2013 - Super Mario 3D World (didn't play much from this year at all)
2014 - Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (didn't play much from this year at all)
2015 - Splatoon
2016 - Pokemon Sun/Moon
2017 - Super Mario Odyssey
2018 - Sushi Striker: The Way Of The Sushido

I go by North American release dates because I'm Canadian, and for the ones on my list I went with which ones I thought were the better games overall, as opposed to which ones were my favorites. I've never had the privilege of playing ones like Radar Scope or Super Punch-Out!! (the arcade game, not for SNES), but added them because of how much better they were than other Nintendo games of that year. EX: Radar Scope over Sheriff because of how technically impressive it was at the time.



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1996 : Super Mario 64. Best Graphics, gameplay and controls, eclipsing all other platforms games on the other consoles. It was a WOW when I saw it for the first time, and playing it was a true blast. I think I finished it more than 10 times. I'm still dreaming a Nintendo Console with the graphics capabilities of N64 and GameCube compared to its generation...who knows...



”Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman.

That's... a lot of years. I'll start where I can. Not very knowledgeable on the pre-NES days and I don't care much about the pre-SNES days either. Going by original release date here, of course - I value when a game was made.

1985 - Super Mario Bros.
1986 - The Legend of Zelda
1987 - eh, Zelda 2, I guess?
1988 - Super Mario Bros. 3
1989 - Tetris, if that counts
1990 - Super Mario World
1991 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1992 - I got nothing here, I guess Super Mario Kart will have to do (bleh).
1993 - Star Fox
1994 - Super Metroid. And the fact not a single one of you listed it makes me very, very disappointed.
1995 - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
1996 - Pokémon Red & Blue (well, Red & Green, I guess)
1997 - Star Fox 64
1998 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999 - Pokémon Gold & Silver
2000 - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2001 - Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002 - Metroid Prime
2003 - oof... um, er... Kirby Air Ride, I guess?
2004 - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
2005 - sigh... I guess Mario Kart DS will have to do here.
2006 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2007 - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
2008 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2009 - The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
2010 - Pokémon Black & White
2011 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
2012 - Pokémon Black 2 & White 2
2013 - Pokémon X & Y
2014 - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
2015 - Splatoon
2016 - Star Fox Zero (not the best year ever, was it?)
2017 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2018 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate



I'll go by the US release date.

1985. Super Mario Bros.

1986. Metroid

1987. The Legend of Zelda

1988. Super Mario Bros. 2

1989. Super Mario Land

1990. Super Mario Bros. 3

1991. Super Mario World

1992. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

1993. Kirby's Adventure

1994. Super Metroid

1995. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2

1996. Super Mario 64

1997. Kirby's Dream Land 3

1998. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1999. Super Smash Bros.

2000. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

2001. Luigi's Mansion

2002. Metroid Prime

2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Kirby Air Ride

2004. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

2005. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

2006. Baten Kaitos Origins

2007. Super Mario Galaxy

2008. Kirby Super Star Ultra

2009. Style Savvy

2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2

2011. Pokemon Black and White

2012. Kid Icarus: Uprising

2013. Super Mario 3D World

2014. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

2015. Xenoblade Chronicles X

2016. Pokemon Sun and Moon

2017. Oof I hate this, fuck the rules. Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Style Savvy: Styling Star.

2018. Kirby Star Allies



ARamdomGamer said:

I'll go by the US release date.

1985. Super Mario Bros.

1986. Metroid

1987. The Legend of Zelda

1988. Super Mario Bros. 2

1989. Super Mario Land

1990. Super Mario Bros. 3

1991. Super Mario World

1992. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

1993. Kirby's Adventure

1994. Super Metroid

1995. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2

1996. Super Mario 64

1997. Kirby's Dream Land 3

1998. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1999. Super Smash Bros.

2000. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

2001. Luigi's Mansion

2002. Metroid Prime

2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Kirby Air Ride

2004. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

2005. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

2006. Baten Kaitos Origins

2007. Super Mario Galaxy

2008. Kirby Super Star Ultra

2009. Style Savvy

2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2

2011. Pokemon Black and White

2012. Kid Icarus: Uprising

2013. Super Mario 3D World

2014. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

2015. Xenoblade Chronicles X

2016. Pokemon Sun and Moon

2017. Oof I hate this, fuck the rules. Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Style Savvy: Styling Star.

2018. Kirby Star Allies

I was actually thinking of having a few ties on my list, like Donkey Kong Country with Super Metroid.