A colorful cast of well-balanced characters and insanely addictive gameplay make Overwatch one of the best multiplayer shooters of all time. A-Mei-zing!
19: Mega Man 3
One of the best NES games ever, Mega Man 3 is often argued among fans whether it or Mega Man 2 is the best entry in the series. Though my heart goes to Mega Man 2, there’s no denying the sheer timeless quality exuded by Mega Man 3.
18: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
The Game Boy Advance is arguably Nintendo’s best handheld in terms of quality titles, and Aria of Sorrow is arguably the best game on the system. Adopting Symphony of the Night’s Metroidvania style to much greater success than the two previous GBA entries, Aria of Sorrow is an absolutely stunning game, handheld or otherwise.
17: Shadow of the Colossus
Still my favorite PS2 game of all time. Shadow of the Colossus remains an enduring classic. Some gameplay and camera controls may feel a bit cumbersome, but like Ico before it, it’s a game that captures a sense of beauty and artistry like none other.
16: Shovel Knight
The most “Nintendo” game not made by Nintendo ever made. Shovel Knight is one of the greatest things to ever come out of the indie scene. A more than worthy successor to the 8-bit classics that inspired it. It’s no wonder that Shovel Knight has become akin to the Mario of indie gaming.
15: Mario Kart 8
The best Mario Kart ever? The best Mario Kart ever. Terrific gameplay and balance, wonderful tracks both old and new, a wide range of vehicles and items, Mario Kart 8 is simply the pinnacle of the series. Sure, there could be some better character selection (there are way too many babies. And Pink Gold Peach? Really?), but the only real fault in the game itself is that it somehow screwed up the battle mode. Not even kidding, if Nintendo can take this same foundation for the next Mario Kart, and bring back Battle Mode’s former glory and some better characters, and they would have a perfect 10 on their hands.
Inspired by EarthBound and the Mario RPGs, it’s amazing to think that Undertale – being developed by one guy – can actually be compared pretty favorably to its inspirations. A game where player choice actually means something, the battles are interactive and intuitive, and the music is simply kickass, Undertale is, in my opinion, the best indie game to date.
13: Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 more or less set the stage for every Mario adventure that was to follow. With perfect gameplay, wonderful level design, and an absolutely bonkers sense of imagination, it’s no mystery why SMB3 is still hailed as on of the best games of all time. An NES classic if ever there were one.
12: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Despite the gratuitous amount of anime swordfighting characters, and Masahiro Sakurai’s self-aggrandizing, profuse Kid Icarus Uprising representation, Smash Bros. on Wii U is, without question, the best entry in the series. Great gameplay, great balance, great visuals and music, and the most insane multiplayer Nintendo has to offer. It’s pure Nintendo bliss.
But can we please get the real Geno next time? Please?!
11: Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker is the best game-creation game ever created. Not only does it utilize the gameplay and visuals of some of history’s best platformers, but it even makes the process of making levels an absolute treat. While most titles in the genre end up making the level-building process long and arduous, Super Mario Maker makes it accessible and fun. Sure, you’ll run into plenty of uninspired and trollish levels. But when you play a level that gets it right, there’s not much else like it. Except maybe making such a stage yourself.