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I'm going to make a list of in my opinion the most graphically impressive game on each Nintendo system, to make this list try to combine factors like how the game looks and the given scope of the game:

NES: Super Mario Bros 3

Gameboy: Donkey Kong Country

SNES: Donkey Kong Country

N64: Super Mario 64(Zelda is close but I prefer the brighter colors of Mario 64)

Gameboy Advance: Mario Kart Super Circuit

Gamecube: Metroid Prime:(Mario Sunshine is also a close 2nd but the scope of Metroid Prime and 60FPS makes me pick Metroid Prime)

DS: Super Mario 64 DS

Wii: Super Mario Galaxy 1+2 (This one is easy)

3DS: Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon

Wii U: Mario Kart 8

Switch: Super Mario Odyssey

What do you guys think?

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I think the OP's is a pretty good list. I can't argue with any of it.

With that said, its pretty early to crown Odyssey as the Switch champ.

Also, I think there are some third party games that rank high, especially on Switch. Does the OP mean Nintendo games only, or all games?

NES; Metal Storm/Summer Carnival 92

SNES: Final Fantasy VI/Super Mario RPG/Terranigma/Starfox and Rendering Ranger

N64: Perfect Dark and Turok 3

Gamecube: Starfox Adventures/Metroid Prime/RE4/REmake/Rogue Squadron 2

Wii: The Last Story/Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade/Earth Seeker/Disaster Day of Crisis and Sonic Colors

Wii U: Mario kart 8/BotW

Switch: Luigis Mansion 3/Dragon Quest XI/Astral Chain/Torna

GBA:Driver 3

DS.Cop The Recruit

Last edited by Leynos - on 12 October 2020

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Switch is def Luigi's Mansion 3

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VAMatt said:
Also, I think there are some third party games that rank high, especially on Switch. Does the OP mean Nintendo games only, or all games?

Third Party Games could also be included. But for me personally I haven't played many 3rd Party Games for me to rank them. Plus I feel like Nintendo games most of the time are optimized to look the best over third party software. However, I do think there are some honorable 3rd Party games that could be considered the most graphically impressive like the Witcher 3 on Switch or Doom, both games with a large scope with hyper realistic graphics, and they still both run and play beautifully on Switch. Also Doom on SNES is quite impressive.

NES: DuckTales 2
SNES: Yoshi’s Island
N64: Zelda Majora’s Mask
GC: Rogue Leader
Wii: Mario Galaxy
WiiU: Zelda Breath of the Wild
Switch: yet undecided

GB: Donkey Kong Country
GBA: F-Zero Maximum Velocity
DS: Mario Kart DS
3DS: Luigi’s Mansion 2 

EDIT: I actually forgot about RE Revelations for 3DS, even with the thread we had recently.

Last edited by S.Peelman - on 12 October 2020

Nice thread.

Personally, I don't have tons of experience with most of Nintendo's consoles, so I'm just gonna keep this limited to the ones I have had more time with, and have more well defined opinions on. Two picks per console.

Star Fox
honorable mention: Super Metroid

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
honorable mention: Metroid Prime

Resident Evil: Revelations
honorable mention: 3D Zelda remakes

Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
honorable mention: Mario Kart 8

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
honorable mention: Astral Chain

I really don't like Star Fox 1 visually, in large part due to the horrendous framerate, but it wins that one for technical achievement alone. Super Metroid is definitely my favorite looking game on the console. As for the other picks, all of them have my favorite looking game in first place, since they're quite impressive on a technical level too.

Well, I might not be able to pick just one for each system, and I can only go by games I've played or at least seen, so here I go.


-Kirby's Adventure


-The 3-D Battles of World Runner

-Vice: Project Doom

-Batman: Return of The Joker

Super NES:

-Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble

-Star Fox 2

-Super Castlevania IV


-Out of this World

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