120: The Wonderful 101
Part Pikmin, Part Okami, and from the creators of Viewtiful Joe. This game should have been amazing. Instead it was, like ZombiU, an example of good ideas being squandered.
This PS3 exclusive had a fun concept and a good dose of whimsy. Too bad its sense of control leaves so much to be desired.
It may be one of the biggest pioneers Nintendo has ever made, but it also has succumbed to age. In a game with such a labrynthian world to explore, a simple map screen would have gone a long way.
117: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
It’s actually not bad. It’s just far too cryptic and many aspects (like the day and night cycle) just seem to be cumbersome to the gameplay.
116: Bomberman 64
Bomberman on Sega Saturn? Glorious. Bomberman on Nintendo 64? Eh…
115: Yoshi Touch & Go
This is actually a pretty fun mini-game, and an interesting display of the DS touch screen. It’s just a shame it grows stale incredibly quickly.
114: Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Nintendo fans may have decided Federation Force was the worst thing in human history upon its reveal, but in the end, it was merely a so-so video game. Still better than Other M.
113: Mario Party: Island Tour
A decent enough handheld entry in the Mario Party series. But it kind of goes against the nature of Mario Party itself that the game is more fun when playing solo.
112: Bonk’s Adventure
Bonk’s Adventure is a fun – if not particularly memorable – platformer that would especially appeal to younger audiences.
111: Super Star Wars
This is actually a fun game. That is, if you can somehow muster up the patience for the often unfair difficulty.
110: Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
It’s just as frustratingly difficult as the first game. But it’s based on the best entry in the original trilogy.
109: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
At least, unlike the Paper Mario series, the Mario & Luigi games can still be called RPGs. It’s just a crying shame that Paper Jam more or less removed all of the depth from the equation. At least the battle system is still pretty fun, if lacking in the innovation of its predecessors.
108: Mario Golf (Nintendo 64)
Why the hell do I have to jump through so many hoops just to play as Mario in a game called Mario Golf?!
107: Lego City Undercover
It’s basically Lego meets GTA, and it’s actually fun for a while. It’s just a shame there’s not a whole lot of incentive to go back to it other than some mostly meaningless collectibles.
106: Star Fox
Revolutionary visuals do not equate to timeless visuals. At least it’s still kind of fun.
105: Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
A pretty decent handheld port of the modern classic fighter… except for how you can so easily spam moves through the touch screen.
104: Spyro the Dragon
Spyro’s debut outing fares a bit better than Crash’s, but there are still other 3D platformers of the era that are more fun to play.
103: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
Part humorously frustrating parody/homage, part genuinely frustrating.
It’s a fun game, but one that’s aimed towards a very specific niche.
101: The Legend of Zelda
Controversy time! The original Zelda is one of the biggest trailblazers in video game history, and it’s still fun. But it can also be a bit too cryptic and confusing. Thankfully the sequels would iron out the kinks.
100: The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey and Minnie
Probably the best Mickey Mouse game ever.
99: Sonic Rush
One of the more decent Sonic titles of more recent times.
98: Duck Hunt
For being a game with pretty much no depth, Duck Hunt has held up pretty well. It’s still addicting.
97: New Super Mario Bros. 2
Without a shred of doubt, the most unimaginative 2D Mario ever. At least the gameplay is as tight as ever.
96: Mario Tennis Open
Mario Tennis Open brought the series to the 3DS, and put it a little bit back on track before the Wii U edition hit…
95: EarthBound Beginnings (Mother)
The cult classic that we all waited so long for… is kind of just okay. Its more well-known sequel would pretty much better it in every way.
94: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Great three-player action. Meh single player.
If my house were going to be infected with anything, I’d hope it’d be Elebits.
92: Hyrule Warriors
Completely, utterly mindless hack N’ slash action. But the Zelda aesthetic certainly makes it more charming than it’d otherwise be.
91: Donkey Kong 64
Part of me still loves Donkey Kong 64, and for a 1999 game, its sheer scope is still impressive. But Rare went way overboard with the tedious collecting, and some of the mini-games are outright unfair.