My Top 10 Video Games Series

Over the past few years, I’ve been churning out top 10 games on most of the systems I’ve owned, then went outside the box to do other lists, such as the top 10 most occurring years, genres, and developers, to find which were my favorite of those…in a way.

Now I bring to you the top 10 series that most occurred during all those lists, just to find what ones continually impress the heck out of me enough to make the top 10.

And as a bonus, I will even attempt to write up my own personal top 10 list, and see how they compare. So let’s get to it!

*Note that I will be separating some series, such as Mega Man and Mega Man X, as well as the dozens of Mario series like Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi, and Paper Mario.*

 

As usual with these lists, there are an abundance of ties here…so much so that every game in a series (that I am aware of) will appear on this list, so dig in folks.

#10 A lot

The following games had one game from their series’ appear on my list…

Joe & Mac

Super Mario Maker

Bayonetta

Xeno

Uncharted

Star Wars Battlefront

Dragon Ball Z

Call of Duty

Mega Man Legends

Transformers: War For…

No One Lives Forever

Darksiders

StarCraft

Shadow Warrior

Diablo

Red Faction

Mario Tennis

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

 

Whew that’s a bunch!

#9 A Good Number

The next franchises had two games in their respective series’ makes my lists.

RayMan

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Final Fantasy

Star Wars: Jedi Knight

Star Fox

Kid Icarus

Viewtiful Joe

Pokemon

Wario

InFamous

 

#8 Just a Handful

These few had three games in their series’ make my lists.

Yoshi

Mario Kart

Resident Evil

Castlevania

God of War

New Super Mario Bros

#7 Just a Few

These had four…

Paper Mario

Mega Man

Mario & Luigi

Mega Man Zero (That’s the entire series!)

#6 A Couple

These two had 5 games from their series’.

Super Smash Bros

Kirby

 

#5 Two More

These appeared 6 times.

Mega Man X

Kingdom Hearts

 

#4 And Another Two

These ones appeared 7 times!

Metroid

Donkey Kong

#3 Sonic The Hedgehog

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Sonic’s games made my lists 8 times!

 

#2 Super Mario

This massive series, the ones that start with Super Mario and are his mainline games, made my lists 10 times!

 

And the most occurring series of them all…

#1 The Legend of Zelda

This wonderful, long-running series trumps them all, with 13 of it’s games making my lists.

 

 

 

And as promised, I bring to you my actual top 10 series. This was pretty tough to do, but I think I’ve got a somewhat true list going on here.

#10 God of War

god of war series

This series redefined action gameplay. I haven’t played the newest one yet, but the rest have all been phenomenal and brutal.

 

#9 Super Mario

super mario series

This again is only for the game that start with “Super Mario.” Every single one of these games is fantastic, which is pretty amazing to say, given how many there are.

 

#8 Mario & Luigi

mario and luigi series

Not only are these my favorite RPG’s, thanks to their superbly creative attacks, story, and settings, but they are also hilarious and bizarre.

 

#7 Donkey Kong

donkey kong series

This is largely thanks to the incredible Donkey Kong Country trilogy on SNES. Those are some of the best platformers to ever come into existence.

 

#6 InFamous

infamous series

This has some of the most addicting and diverse gameplay, with tons of awesome powers and abilities, great stories and characters, and the best exploration I can think of.

 

#5 Metroid

metroid timeline

These games are intense, with tons of action, items/power-ups, and exploration to keep you entertained for hours.

#4 Paper Mario

paper mario characters

There is something about this series. They’ve got a certain feel to them that I can’t explain. But I love the stories, the characters, the humor and the gameplay, which nowadays is changed up in every game.

 

#3 The Legend of Zelda

zelda series

This series always has some charming feel or vibe to them as well. Each of these games are very different, and yet the same, and they are all amazing, with tons of clever items, dungeons and characters to make each second entertaining.

#2 Super Smash Bros

ssb

This series was a dream come true when it originated. Ever since, each game has gotten bigger and better, now by far the most enormous games ever made, with dozens of characters from every notable franchise, and even less notable ones, all duking it out on stages pulled from video game history.

 

#1 Kingdom Hearts

kh timeline

This series just happens to have my favorite storyline, characters, music, combat, and gameplay of all time. I hit the lottery with this one.

 

And there you have it. My personal list is a bit different than my other list, but that’s okay, all these games are great and worth noting.

My Top 10 Video Game Genres

Over the years I have been making a bunch of Top 10 lists for games on most of the consoles I own, as well as my out of the norm subjects, such as developers, and ESRB ratings.

Now I will be taking a look at all the games that have made my top 10 lists and finding out what genres occur the most often, for I am curious which genre’s I seem to favor, and this seems like a pretty good way to find out.

I’m gonna go nuts, and even break them all up into sub-genres.

So of all the many, many genres that have appeared on my top 10 lists, here are the most common ones!

#10- First-Person

The first-person genre is the first on this list. 8 games played through the eyes of the character you’re playing as made my top 10 lists.

#9- Action RPG

Action games with RPG elements made my lists 11 times.

#8- Japanese-Style, 3D, and Shooter

There’s a three-way tie for the number eight spot! Japanese-style, like JRPG’s, 3D games, usually associated with platforming, and types of shooters made my lists 12 times!

#7- Arcade

Anyone over-the-top, crazy fun time games made my lists 14 times.

#6- Open-World

20 games that allow you to wander over a vast world made the lists.

#5- Role-Playing

26 RPG’s made the lists.

#4- Action Adventure

Going on an adventure while killing a bunch of stuff? 33 games did this very well.

#3- 2D

Games played in the realm of two dimensions made my lists a whopping 56 times!

#2- Platformer

Good ol’ jumping around on stuff, making your way from left to right (usually). This classic genre made my lists 58 times.

#1- Action

Simple, yet effective. If there’s any type of excitement in the game you’re playing, chances are it’s considered an action game, which is why it popped up a massive 83 times among my lists.

 

And there you have it! Looking at these 10, I am not surprised by the results, and I am certainly pleased with them!

I will update this lists as needed in the future.

 

 

 

Why Do Sequels Always Have To Be Better?

If a sequel to anything…book, movie, album, video game…is not better than the previous entry, then it is completely hated by most of the world.

I can understand that people want something to be better, for why make a new product that is inferior to the last? But to expect something to always constantly be better, especially in long running series’ or bands that have been together for decades, it’s just not realistic and not possible.

Say something like the first video game in a series is very good. The sequel is just “good.” This really means, it’s garbage and a stain upon the earth! This sequel should be “extremely good,” then the third needs to be “exceptionally good,” fourth “positively great,” and then the fifth “flawless.” Any made after that is doomed to fail, assuming the series succeeded in the impossible task of making each game better than the last up until that point.

This is a challenging task in itself, but you’ve also have to compete against nostalgia and expectation, two things that doom every product to fail…in one way or another.

If people really like something in a title, then their expectations run wild within their imagination for the next entry. The internet does little to help, by releasing rumors and getting a dozen “hype trains” in motion, so that by the time the product actually releases, fans have these insane delusions of what the product should be, so that it will never be good enough, despite how good it is or not. They never even consider things the creators face, such as time, and budget, and such resources like that.

And nostalgia, that’s it. If someone is nostalgic over something, then it’s over. Every single product is doomed to fail in that series. Nostalgia asks the entertainment business to recreate a feeling or memory that consumer experienced during the the first thing they played, read, listened to, or watched in that series.

This is simply not possible, mostly because that feeling is caused because it is the first time becoming part of that series. These feelings may have nothing to do with the product itself, even, but from something happening in their life at that time that makes them very happy. These feelings can’t be replicated, they just can’t. Especially if they were first experienced as a small child, versus now being an adult.

I made a post going a bit deeper with nostalgia, so I won’t say too much now.

The point is, people need to stop comparing sequels to the other entries in their series’ and simply look at them as they are. Sure it can be fun to compare them, but just because an older one is better, doesn’t mean the new one isn’t good.

I have long learned that going into anything with any personal wishes, hopes, or expectations of any kind, will destroy your experience and you will be sorely disappointed. The likelihood of something meeting someone’s exact expectations, or even some of them, is the equivalent of winning the lottery.

But going in with an open mind, with only entertainment as your goal, then you’ll experience the product with an unbiased vision, and therefore judging it as it is, not by what it should be or what it was, or what you wished it was.

 

The Most Popular ESRB Ratings

You know those good old ratings stuck in the bottom corner of your video games, right? They are intended for parents to look at and decide if a game is appropriate for their precious child’s age.

In case you were unaware, these are our current ratings:

eC- early Childhood

E- Everyone

E10+- Everyone 10 & up

T- Teen

M- Mature 17+

Ao- Adults only 18+…you know, for when that game is so intense, that 17 year old needs one more year of life experience to handle.

Anyway, there are a lot of people who only play mature games, because then they won’t be men if they played something less.

Likewise, there are only people who play not mature games, if they have squeamish stomachs or whatever the reason.

Personally, the only rating I look out for is eC. For unless you are 5 and under, this isn’t going to be any fun at all, for these are mind-numbing educational games for toddlers, essentially. But really, your eyes are going to pass over any game like this anyway, so no worries!

But anyway, I have been writing Top 10 lists for most of my consoles, and have more recently been doing spin-off lists, if you will, such as the most popular years, and developers appearing on those lists.

Now, I would like to look into the ratings, and see which occurs most often on my lists. Perhaps then I can get a better idea of which rating produces the best games.

And who knows, this could help a parent out with purchasing games or consoles for their kids?

So here are the consoles and the ratings from my top 10 games!

Nintendo 3DS

E- 5 games

E10+- 4 games

T- 1 game

 

Nintendo DS

E- 6

E10+- 3

T- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy

E- 9

E10+- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

E- 10

 

Nintendo GameCube

E- 4

T- 6

 

Sega Genesis

E- 6

T- 1

(Not all titles rated for this one)

 

Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 10

 

Nintendo 64

E- 10

 

PC

T- 6

M- 5

 

Sony PlayStation

E- 6

T- 4

 

Sony PlayStation 2

E- 2

E10+- 2

T- 4

M- 2

 

Sony PlayStation 3

T- 5

M- 5

 

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 9

(Not all titles were rated)

 

Nintendo Wii

E- 4

E10+- 2

T- 3

M- 1

 

Nintendo Wii U

E- 5

E10+- 3

T- 1

M- 1

 

Well that’s it…now for the grand totals!

comes in last with 14 games making the top ten lists.

E10+ with a count of 15 games.

Next is T with 31 games

And finally E with a crushing 85 games.

This is not surprising at all, especially since pretty much every game before 2002 is rated E.

As with all my other lists, I shall update this one as necessary.

 

My Top 10 Years In Gaming

Over the years I have created top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the systems I own. Then I did a best of the best list, and a top 10 developer/publisher list. Now, I am going to take a look at all the games that made those lists release years, and see which years happened to produce my favorite games the most often, so I can find out my top 10 favorite years in gaming!

 

Okay, so as predicted, this one is like the development list, and there is a whole lot of ties, so that there is actually only 8 rankings. So every year that produced some of my favorite games will be honored in this list…at least for now!

#9

There are two years that tied for ninth, with one game from each year.

1989

1990

 

#8

Three years tied for the number eight spot with two games from each of these years.

2015

1999

1987

 

#7

A four-way tie here, three games from these years.

2006

1988

2016

2014

#6

There’s another four-way tie for the number six spot, four games from each.

2008

1991

1998

1993

 

#5

Wow! Six years tie for the five spot, with five games from each year. !

1992

1996

2004

2001

2003

2007

 

#4

Pulling back with a smaller two-way tie here, six games from each.

1995

2009

 

 

#3

Five years tied for the number three spot, seven games each.

2012

1994

1997

2000

2010

 

 

#2

Three years fight for second place with 9 games from each year!

2013

2011

2002

 

#1

2005

Woo! We have a clear winner folks! 2005 is officially the best year in gaming (judging by my top 10 lists) with a rounded 10 games making the lists.

That’s all for now. Maybe one day this list will become more clear cut.

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that are on my top 10 lists!

Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, but here goes…

#10 There’s A Handful

These companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

PlatinumGames

Ubisoft Montpellier

Sucker Punch

Square EA

Raven Software

Camelot Software Planning

Game Freak

Blizzard Entertainment

Activision

Clover Studios

#9 A Few Here Too

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

SCE Santa Monica

#8 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

#7 A Few Here As Well

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

LucasArts

Square Enix

Sonic Team

#6 Intelligent Systems

There’s just this one! The great development team behind Paper Mario is the only company to appear 6 times!

#5 There’s Only Two Here!

These two companies showed up seven times with amazing games!

HAL Labs

Sony Computer Entertainment America

#4 Rare Ltd.

Woo! One more company stands alone! Rare has made the top 10 lists eight times!

#3 Sega

The guys behind Sonic and a few other amazing titles make the number 3 spot, due to appearing a whopping 10 times on my lists! As it would so happen, I actually consider them my third favorite developer!

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 20 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 81 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

 

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Is This the End of Humble Bundle As We Know It?

For those who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a website that used to give you bundles every couple weeks of 10-15 games for just as many dollars, with part of the money you spend going to a charity of your choosing. Nowadays they have a huge store with some great sales usually, book bundles, software bundles, comics, all sorts of stuff.

But where have the game bundles gone?

For the longest time they have always had two different game bundles available, with a new one replacing the older of the two each week. But for the past month or two, there has not been a single game bundle put up on the site.

Now, most of these bundles are garbage. 90% of the time they are just lame indie titles, but occasionally they do have really good bundles, and I myself indulge in maybe 3 of them a year or so.

I looked forward to seeing the new bundles each week, even though they are almost always disappointing. But when I found that one I wanted, it made all those months of waiting worth it.

So, with the game bundles barren, are they strictly just going to be a game store nowadays like Steam? I certainly hope not.

While we wait for an answer to this sad question, gamers will have to go to fanatical.com for their ridiculously cheap bundles.

My Top 10 Wii U Games

Ahh…the Wii U, one of my favorite consoles of all time, and yet woefully ignored by consumers and developers alike. Some of the best games I have ever played are out on this console, and it’s hard to pick 10, but I did my best. Of the 88 games I own for the console, I have only played 71 of them. But here are the best of those ones…

 

Update 11/11/19- Added new game to list, knocking Mario Kart 8 out off list

#10

rayman legends

Rayman Legends

Ubisoft Montpellier/ Ubisoft

2013

This is one of the best platformers I have ever played. Excellent level design, fast paced action, andjust a whole array of weird stuff going on. Tons of unlockable skins for different characters to play as, satisfying challenge. It’s just great all around.

 

#9

yoshis wooly world

Yoshi’s Wooly World

Good-Feel/ Nintendo

2015

Speaking of great platformers, this is another one. The yarn or wool world looks incredible and it’s fun how you interact with it. Finding a ton of collectables in each stage kept me playing for hours. There are so many different Yoshis to explore the incredibly clever and fun levels with and fight  the wacky bosses that fill the world.

 

#8

wonderful 101

The Wonderful 101

PlatinumGames/ Nintendo

2013

This game sadly seemed to go completely under the radar. I feel like there was no advertising at all. And this is a travesty, for it is a truly unique and excellent action game with great humor and gameplay, in the spirit of Viewitful Joe.

 

#7

Paper Mario-Color-Splash

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2016

Within minutes, I got that classic Paper Mario feeling. There’s something about this series that makes me feel all happy and at peace. I don’t know what it is.

This one follows more closely to the Sticker Star formula, but also manages to be completely unique compared to the rest of the series. In fact, it’s more like a 3D platformer with RPG elements.

It is probably one of the funniest games I have ever played. The story and characters are highly entertaining.

Overall, I’d peg this as the third best in the series, after the first two.

 

#6

smash bros 4

Super Smash Bros For Wii U

Bandai-Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

Aside from having the coolest cover art of all time, this game comes with some truly great additions in levels and especially characters. A lot of characters got changes made to them too which is nice. There is plenty to do in this game, but getting everything is very tedious, especially farming for the newly added alternative special moves each character has. The board game single player is pretty fun. The game seems a bit lacking however, due to how big brawl was. They can only make it so much bigger. Though it is obvious they put everything they have into this game…and it’s Smash Bros…so it’s timeless fun.

 

#5

bayo2

Bayonetta 2

PlatinumGames/ Nintendo

2016

In short, this is one of the best action games ever made. Far better than the first one.

 

#4

super mario maker

Super Mario Maker

Nintendo

2015

This is one of the greatest ideas of all time. Giving players the ability to create their own Mario levels with a ton of ways to do so? Wowee! You could literally play this game the rest of your life, enjoying the millions of stages others have created or just building your own. Some levels are genius, others, not so much. But one things for sure, it’s a whole lot of fun. The one downside is you can only upload 10 levels unless people “like” your levels a whole lot of times, then you can add more. If none get liked enough, they are removed from online, which kind of takes the fun out of making levels, though I see why this is necessary.

 

#3

nsmbu

New Super Mario Bros. U

Nintendo

2012

They finally stopped f’ing around with the “New” series with this game. This is the first time the platformers could really live up to the old SMW and SMB3. Super creative levels, cool new items and a huge world make this one to remember.

 

#2

windwakerhd

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

HexaDrive/ Nintendo

2013

This remaster basically took a great game, removed all it’s flaws and turned it into one of the best Zelda games of all time.

 

#1

super_Mario_3D_World

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo

2013

This game is simply jaw dropping. It gave us everything I could have hoped for. The cat suit is strangely awesome, the levels, gameplay, 4 playable characters…all just incredible.

 

There you have it…10 incredible games among a whole library of them.

Metroid 5…Will It Ever Happen?

What is the deal with the Metroid series? Why does it never get any love?

I’ve read it’s really only popular in the west…or is it Japan? One of them it does really well, the other side of the world not so much.

But regardless, it still has to make Nintendo quite a bit of money, so what the heck?

Is the awesome gameplay, great atmosphere, fun exploration and item collecting just not worth anybody’s time? What makes this more frustrating is that there have been about 10,000 “metroidvania” games that have come out in the last 10 years, which is how long ago we got the last Metroid game…besides a remake.

But that is annoying too. I have Samus Returns, I haven’t played it yet, but I can’t wait to when I finally get around to it. But we are in a world where we get just as many remakes or remasters as we do new games.

When Metroid Prime 4 was announced last year, I was super excited, but when that 4 popped up on the “trailer” my first thought was that it was a remake of Metroid Fusion. That is when I realized that I am conditioned now to expect remakes over new games.

And did we really need Metroid Prime 4? That series closed out nicely. Why not go onto a different story line? I love the first person take and would love to see more games in that style, but I would also like to see more third person games like Other M, except done better this time around, and I absolutely would love some more sidescrollers.

The whole time we had the DS and 3DS, we got one game for each, Metroid Prime Hunters, one of the worst in the series, and Metroid II: Samus Returns. But isn’t anyone curious what happens to Samus after Fusion? That had such a cool story line; I couldn’t wait to see where they took it from there. Trouble is, we’ve been waiting almost 20 years to see what happens. And that is simply unacceptable.

I am giving myself false hope that they will release a Metroid 5 alongside Prime 4 like they did with Fusion and the first Prime game all those years ago.

But then again, who knows? Maybe Prime 4 takes place after Fusion and not between Prime 3 and Metroid II, like I assume?

But they need to give us a new sidescrolling adventure for sure. Zero Mission was the last I have played, and it was mind blowing…and again…that was a remake. Probably the best remake of all time…but still.

Just for kicks, look at how spread out the release dates are.

1986

1991

1994

2 in 2002

3 in 2004

2007

2010

2017.

Those are the years of the mainline games. The oughts were a great decade, the success of Metroid Prime and Fusion probably pushing them to make more. But it all stopped with the not so great Other M. Hopefully Prime 4 will push us into another great decade…the 20’s being full of Metroid games!

Nintendo eShop Prices Must Come Way Down If They Ever Hope To Compete

I love the Switch. I especially love that it’s getting like every game ever ported to it. But if Nintendo ever hopes to bolster software sales, they’ve got to do something about their prices.

I would prefer to buy all my games possible on Switch, just as I always tried to do with Wii U, because these consoles typically offer an opportunity to play these games in a unique way you can’t find anywhere else.

But I don’t see how Nintendo can hope to compete when Sony are constantly running huge sales, and more unbelievably low prices can be found on PC with Steam, Humble Bundle, and a plethora of other DRM’s or sites that make a habit of not only selling games at ridiculously low prices that people can actually afford, but also giving away free games.

Many games that I wanted to get for Switch I wound up getting for PC, because they are always on sale for like 3-10 dollars, versus Switch prices which on sale will still be over $20.

In fact there is a game on Switch on sale for $40 right now that I want. But the near identical version for PC is a mere $5.24.

It’s hard to justify holding out for the Switch prices to drop when I can get them for next to nothing on PC consistently.

So help us out, and really, yourselves too by dropping some of these abysmal prices.