60: Pokemon X
Pokemons X and Y may not have brought about as much changes to the series as they could have, but there’s no doubt they are the best entries in the series in some time.
59: Super Castlevania IV
Probably the most acclaimed of the “classic style” Castlevania games. Super IV may not boast the depth and majesty of its Metroidvania successors, but it’s still one of the better action sidescrollers in the SNES library.
58: Super Mario 3D Land
While Super Mario 3D Land may not be able to hold a candle to Mario’s other 3D offerings, it’s still a well put-together platformer that provides a lot of fun, and some of the best uses of the 3DS’ visual effects.
57: Mega Man 5
The fifth entry in the classic Mega Man series may be the easiest of the bunch, but it ranks higher than its immediate predecessor and successor for introducing more creative ideas to the tried-and-true formula.
56: Mega Man
The originator that began one of gaming’s greatest series is arguably the hardest entry in the franchise, sadly not always for the right reasons. Still, it’s one of the NES’ most memorable games.
55: Castlevania: Dracula X
The lesser-known SNES Castlevania often gets flack for being a watered-down version of Rondo of Blood. But when the gameplay is this fun and the music is this kickass, I’m not about to complain too much.
54: Star Fox 64 3D
The most beloved entry in the Star Fox series was faithfully recreated on the 3DS, though Nintendo missed a huge opportunity to introduce online multiplayer to the 1997 classic with its new hardware.
53: Super Mario Bros. 2
The “black sheep” of the Super Mario family is still an NES classic.
52: New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. U is the best entry in the “New Super Mario Bros.” sub-series. Though it suffered slightly by being released so soon after the unremarkable NSMB2, the Wii U iteration got the multiplayer sidescrolling right.
51: Kirby Triple Deluxe
Kirby once again proved he’s every bit as versatile as Mario with a stellar 3DS outing that showcased the handheld’s 3D effects better than any other title before it.
50: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
The Captain Toad stages in Super Mario 3D World were so much fun that Nintendo made the wise decision to turn them into their own game. If only there were more variety in the boss fights.
49: Mega Man 7
The rarest of the classic Mega Man series, Mega Man 7 may not be quite as difficult as most other entries in the series for the most part, but the secret items and light Metroidvania elements help it stand out. Shame that final boss is next to impossible!
48: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows
Plague of Shadows may not be quite as fantastic as the original Shovel Knight, but it does a brilliant job at taking familiar foundations and turning them into something completely new with fresh gameplay.
47: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Though the original Uncharted was a trailblazer – and a great game in its own right – it’s not quite the game its sequels are due to the obnoxiously bullet-resistant enemies and relatively tame set pieces.
46: Papers, Please
Whoever thought the immigration process would make for such a compelling video game?
45: Mario Kart 64
Its visuals may have aged poorly, and the lack of music when playing with a full group of players is a definite bummer. But there’s no denying the quality of the tracks, or the sheer brilliance of its battle mode.
44: Super Mario Kart
The original Super Mario Kart is one of the most influential video games in history. Though its visuals can be straining on the eyes, it still provides a fun, steep challenge for fans of the series.
43: Rocket League
It’s soccer with cars in the future. And it’s really fun.
Its controls and camera can get a bit awkward, but Ico is undeniably a beautiful, beautiful game.
41: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
It was with his second outing that Playstation’s original mascot truly found his footing. An improvement in virtually every way, Crash Bandicoot 2 deserves mention in any discussion of great video game sequels.
40: Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot took the foundations of Triple Deluxe, and added in new Robobot suits to give a whole new layer to Kirby’s classic gameplay. a Must have for any 3DS owner.
39: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Though Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS features many of the same elements as the Wii U version, it does feel more like the appetizer to the main course. Still, Smash Bros. on the go? Who am I to argue?
38: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Uncharted 3 boasts some of the best set pieces in the series. Though an utterly pointless middle act and the resurrection of bullet-sponge enemies in the final bits of the game prevent it from reaching the same heights as the second and fourth Nathan Drake adventures, Uncharted 3 is still terrific fun.
37: Yoshi’s Woolly World
Probably the most underrated game of 2015, Yoshi’s Woolly World is one of the best platformers in recent years. Aside from the lack of variety in boss fights (a concerning trend in recent Nintendo titles), Woolly World is the worthy sequel to Yoshi’s Island we waited twenty years for. Part Yoshi’s Island, Part Kirby’s Epic Yarn, all adorable.
36: Conker’s Bad Fur Day
One of the funniest video games ever made, Conker’s Bad Fur Day is a title that needs to be played to be believed. Bosomy sunflowers, opera-singing poo, drunken platforming, it’s just one oddity after another. With great local multiplayer to boot!
Splatoon is one of the best examples of Nintendo’s ability to think outside the box. It tackles a genre that Nintendo previously seemed allergic to (the shooter), takes that same genre, which had for so long seemed creatively dead, and gave it a new, innovative life. This “non-violent” shooter is one of the most “Nintendo” games Nintendo has ever made.
34: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Donkey Kong Country Returns was one of the Wii’s best games. Just the same, the 3DS version is one of the best games on the Nintendo 3DS. Though it somehow stumbles when transitioning the game’s emphasis on foregrounds and backgrounds into the handheld’s 3D effects, it makes up for it with a lack of the tacked-on motion controls of the original. This version even includes an easier mode, in case you found the original too grueling.
33: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
New Leaf brought just enough changes to the Animal Crossing formula to make it the best game in the series. Plus, now you get to be the mayor of your town! How cool is that?
32: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
The Wii U remake of Twilight Princess may not be as beautiful to behold as its Wind Waker brother (of course, Twilight Princess was never the game Wind Waker was), but it is the definitive version of the former GameCube/Wii classic. You’d be surprised just how big of a difference the Gamepad makes to the Zelda formula, and for the better.
31: Mega Man 8
One of the most underrated games ever, many gamers seem to think that just because the voice acting is atrocious, then the game that accompanies it must be as well. But 8 is arguably the most versatile and surprising entry in the classic Mega Man series.