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Kirby’s Dream Course

At its core, this is a golf game, though with far more character and color than you’d expect. Kirby makes for an interesting character that…

Axelay

In an era where space battles were popularized by Hollywood blockbusters, numerous space-based shoot-em-ups rose to the top of the charts. One of these was…

Star Fox

Joining the ranks of other SNES shoot-em-ups is another space simulator in which you control a fighter pilot. Positioned behind your ship, you steer a…

Shadowrun

You may be surprised that this game even made our ranking at all, given the abysmal sales initially achieved. On release, Shadowrun shifted a total…

Mortal Kombat 2

Creating a sequel to the first Mortal Kombat game was an obvious choice, given the massive success of the original. Some visual tweaks made it…

Mega Man X2

X2 features a slightly darker storyline than the original game, plus a host of new gadgets, moves, and collectibles. Your character can collect life extensions,…

Super Metroid

Super Metroid is nearly perfect. The atmosphere, influenced by sci-fi movies like Aliens and expertly enhanced by its foreboding soundtrack, was unmatched for its time.…

Chrono Trigger

Square had no trouble pumping out the hits in the ‘90s, but all those games were just appetizers for what stands up as the greatest…

Super Mario World

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, the debut of each new Mario game was meant to completely change our perceptions of video games. We had…

Final Fantasy 3

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Final Fantasy III (or VI as it’s called now) forever changed RPGs. The setting, a steampunk…

EarthBound

Released at a time when console RPGs meant questing through a medieval fantasy world, most gamers just weren’t ready for EarthBound in the ‘90s. Unusually…

Mega Man X

With a whopping six games released on the NES, the original Mega Man series was getting a bit stale by the early ‘90s. Mega Man…

Super Mario RPG

Square was pumping out classic RPGs at such a ridiculous rate in the ‘90s that even Nintendo jumped at the chance to work with the…

Final Fantasy 2

We now call it Final Fantasy IV, but originally it went by a different name because the second and third games weren’t released in the…

Kirby Super Star

While the Kirby franchise is still very popular, the most consistent criticism of these games is usually that they’re too short and light on content.…

Super Punch-Out

The original Punch-Out!! is still considered one of the greatest games of all time, and Nintendo didn’t change much for the sequel. This is still…