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I gotta say Ocarina of Time.

Mario Galaxy series a close second.



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For me it's got to be Super Mario Galaxy.

As others have stated, it's one of those games that's sublime to the point of near utter perfection. Everything from the tight controls, to the incredibly creative level design, to the wonderful music, to the beautiful visuals, it's superb in every single aspect.

But tying all these brilliant components into a cohesive whole is this effortless magic that somehow recaptures that childhood feeling of exploring playgrounds and backyards while playing make-belief games of adventure and discovery, and manages to distill it into into video game form. I thought that feeling of childlike wonder had been lost to me forever, but Mario Galaxy brought it back.

A true masterpiece.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

S.Peelman said:
That is also the best game ever created period;

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Metacritic agrees with me.

Nintendo inhouse games I’d rank a top 10 like this, lots of Mario and Zelda, but I guess it just is what it is;
1. Zelda Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario 64
3. Yoshi’s Island
4. Zelda Link’s Awakening
5. Mario Kart 64
6. Zelda Breath of the Wild
7. Super Mario Bros. 3
8. Zelda Twilight Princess
9. Super Mario Galaxy
10. Metroid Fusion

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? I was counting on you to rep Majora's Mask! I thought for sure with your avatar it'd at least be in the top 10.



It’s currently Breath of the Wild, without a doubt. But there are a lot of others throughout time worth mentioning.

  • ~1986-1990, Super Mario Bros was Nintendo’s first mega-hit. While Donkey King put them on the map, SMB was something else.
  • 1990-1992. Super Mario Bros 3 exceeded the first one in every way possible and, to this day, remains one of the biggest releases in history.
  • 1992-1998. Link to the Past - this Zelda game changed the way we looked at games. It was well-paced, fun, and while it lacked the difficulty of earlier iterations, it stopped on everything in terms of satisfaction.
  • 1998-2007. Ocarina of Time - there was a gap of time where IMO Nintendo wasn’t quite the #1 studio they were in the past. While Mario 64 was great for what it explores, it was RARE that was winning the platformer war with DKC and Banjo Kazooie, and then they had GE007, which became a significant hit. All of this paled in comparison to Ocarina of Time.
  • 2007-2017. Super Mario Galaxy came next. After many dark years of mediocrity, Nintendo came back into the light with the Wii. At the end of the first year was SMG, which was Nintendo’s most exceptional game to date, and IMO still their second most excellent game of all time (all though there are levels in SMG2 I like more). The two SMG games remain my favourite platformers to date.
  • 2017-PRESENT. Breath of the Wild - and the current reigning heavyweight champion. Breath of the Wild extended much of what I ever expected from a video game. Dragon Quest 9 was the first game I played a single save beyond 100 hours, and also 200 hours - and a lot of it had to do with multiplayer co-op. Animal Crossing on 3DS was another, Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii was another I surpassed 100 hours playing. But it was Breath of the Wild that became the first game I played over 300 hours on in a single save. The pacing and designed fixed my most significant issues I’d had with Zelda since the series went 3D, and it is also the first Zelda game to fully realize the potential of 3D by exploring a vast 400 square kilometer world with vast biomes, diverse towns and peoples exploring the world, many stables that act as settlements... and despite all this time there’s still land to explore (though not much left at this point). Breath of the Wild 2 is on the way; but like SMG2, I am expecting more of an extension of the first game rather than a giant step up.
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Ocarina of Time, Metroid Prime and Prime 2, and Galaxy come to mind quickly, as do many other titles that have already been mentioned...
Other titles that deserved to be mentioned include Animal Crossing New Leaf, Paper Mario and Paper Mario TTYD, Xenoblade, Kid Icarus and Kid Icarus Uprising, and the Art Style games...



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HylianSwordsman said:
S.Peelman said:
That is also the best game ever created period;

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Metacritic agrees with me.

Nintendo inhouse games I’d rank a top 10 like this, lots of Mario and Zelda, but I guess it just is what it is;
1. Zelda Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario 64
3. Yoshi’s Island
4. Zelda Link’s Awakening
5. Mario Kart 64
6. Zelda Breath of the Wild
7. Super Mario Bros. 3
8. Zelda Twilight Princess
9. Super Mario Galaxy
10. Metroid Fusion

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? I was counting on you to rep Majora's Mask! I thought for sure with your avatar it'd at least be in the top 10.

Haha. Well Majora’s Mask is excellent. I’d say it’s my fifth favorite Zelda game, so with four in this list it falls off by just a bit. Could be #11, or #12.

I’ll admit that I mostly look upon Mario Kart 64 so favorably because it was such an important game to me and has many fond memories attached to it. It’s this high because of nostalgia. It’s still fun, but I couldn’t honestly say it would be better than some other games (or even it’s successors from Wii up). So technically you can scratch that off, and put Majora’s Mask at #10.

No swapping Metroid Fusion for Super Metroid though, while Super Metroid is also excellent, Fusion > Super.



I think even after all these years I still have to give it to Mario 3 - such imaginative colorful environments, perfect controls, appealing gameplay, difficulty that's mostly just challenging enough to be exciting but not anxiety-inducing or unfair. Just about every aspect of the game is perfect.

Though Zelda BotW is a close contender for 2nd - such a rich, dynamic game that looks gorgeous and play fantastically. In-depth but not overwhelmingly complex. A sort of callback to the open-world sensibilites of NES Zelda while still being very flashy and modern. 

Smash Bros. Melee and Mario World are also close runners-up 



 

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BoTW for me, simply because its in my top 5 games off all time. I games like OoT and Twilight Princess but BoTW just nips it. I had a wonderful time playing through that game the gameplay is just Essence.



Hard choiche.
If I had to pick one, it would be Super Mario 64.



My favorite game and Nintendo's best game are two different things.

I think Twilight Princess is their best game. It's just perfectly designed, well paced, had tons of epic moments, and the best boss fights. The world is not needlessly large but it's a big game with tons to explore, nonetheless. It takes all of the greatness of tried and true Zelda formula and refines it to perfection.

My favorite: Pikmin 3. If I play it for a couple of minutes, I'm playing nothing else for the next few days until I beat it. Sending my minions out into an unknown world to explore never gets old.



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