Video Game Sequels That Blew Away Their Predecessors

Every now and then, a sequel comes out that completely blows the game before it out of the water, regardless of how bad or good the former game was. I am just going to keep a running list of such games.

I will only be comparing them to the game that was released directly before the one that I rate significantly better.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

(Game Boy)

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The first Metroid on NES kinda sucks. This, especially for being on a weaker system, fixes a lot of problems with the first and expands upon the gameplay and environment.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

(Game Boy)

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The first Super Mario Land is a good game, but it’s very short and not that good. This game is much longer (though still short) with creative power-ups and levels.

Mario Kart: Double Dash (GameCube)

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Oh my goodness, this game is good. Mario Kart 64 is completely flattened by this one, thanks to fun, creative levels, special items for each character, tons of unlockables, a huge character roster and just as many carts to choose from. Not to mention two characters at once!

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GameCube)

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So I’m cheating a bit on this one, as I’m using the GCN version. But anyway, SA2 is my favorite Sonic game of all time. It takes the formula of the first Sonic Adventure and makes it actually fun and not so sucky.

Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube)

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This game was huge! 13 new characters, tons more stages, lots of other stuff to do in single player. The first game was basically a demo to test the waters. This was the real deal.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

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Damn…this game is good. Not only does it blow away SMB2, but almost every other game on the console. More power-ups, huge world, exponentially better and smoother gameplay. It’s baffling how good this game is.

Banjo-Tooie (N64)

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The first Banjo-Kazooie suffers from a lot of the problems that plagued the N64/PS era…namely the controls and camera and everything else that developers couldn’t figure out when 3D games first came around. Tooie solves most of those issues and thusly, is a pretty stand-up game.

Mario Kart 64 (N64)

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Despite being crushed by Double Dash, MK64 is far, far better than the original Mario Kart. Mainly because the 3D planes suits a racing game much more. The controls are much better too.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

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Ultimate lives up to it’s name. An enormous roster, even more stages, and both which are currently still growing, and an actual fun single player campaign, and some other single player stuff that doesn’t really require you to play it through with each and every character. This game has given me just about everything I wanted out of the series and more! Not only does it blow away the Wii U version, but every game in the series.

Dungeon Siege II (PC)

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The first game sucks, really really badly. This game does not. It’s quite good, and happens to be the best in the series.

Red Faction: Armageddon (PC)

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RF: Guerilla isn’t so great. Armageddon happens to be one of the best FPS’ out there.

StarCraft II (PC)

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The StarCraft II games blow away the first couple games. A decade in between them ought to do that.

Tomb Raider (2013) [PS4]

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This game, a reboot of the series, completely destroys not only it’s predecessor, but every game in the large series up to the point of it’s release.

WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (PC)

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This brings some much needed improvements over the first game, and is ridiculously larger and more intense as well.

Final Fantasy VII (PS)

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When FF came to PlayStation, it was the greatest thing for the series. Better story-telling thanks to cutscenes and the capability of a much larger world and expanded and flashier gameplay make this series what it was always trying to be. VII successfully obliterates FFVI.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape (PS)

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The original Rayman is ridiculously hard and frustrating, and really not that good to begin with. The sequel switches from a 2D to 3D platformer and quite frankly is really, really good.

Mega Man 7 (SNES)

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The jump to a new console meant great things for this series. This was a much bigger game than not only six, but all the others as well, thanks to a lot more collectibles, abilities and story elements.

Super Metroid (SNES)

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This is far superior to the quite good Game Boy prequel. Like…damn.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (SNES)

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After the delightful and experimental Zelda II, this game returns to it’s roots, but in a much bigger and better way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)

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The first game was some little, albeit decent PSP game made primarily for online play. MOHH2 is more what you would expect from a MOH game, thusly, it’s far better than the prequel.

No More Heroes 2 (Wii)

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No More Heroes is a fantastic game, but they clearly had a much bigger budget on the sequel, so there is a lot of improvement in gameplay, visuals and story.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

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Just as Melee vastly improved over the original, the same was done for Brawl. This is a much bigger game with tons more content.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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Super Mario 3D Land is a neat game that combines the 2D and 3D Mario formulas, and while it’s a great game, I found myself wishing they had just gone with one or the other. 3D World changed my mind. This game is a masterpiece, plain and simple.

 

That’s all I can think of for now. I’ll add more as I think of them.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Banjo-Kazooie

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

Mario Tennis

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

Donkey Kong

#4 Metroid

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Metroid has appeared seven times in my lists.

#3 Sonic The Hedgehog

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

#4 Paper Mario

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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

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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

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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

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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 Genesis Games

I absolutely love the Sega Genesis. But unfortunately I have not played nearly any of the games I have for it for some reason, and most of the ones I did play as a child, I no longer own. So this list will be comprised between a mixture of games I own and used to own. Not that that really matters.

So here we go, my favorite games for my favorite Sega console!

#10

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Sculptured Software/ Flying Edge

1993

 

 

 

I was a huge fan of wrestling as a kid, so the cover alone of this game got me pumped. As for the game, I hated it first because I couldn’t figure out the controls. After studying the manual and practicing, I finally got it down and the game turned out to be a lot of fun. My brothers and I would play this all the time.

#9

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Sega

1989

 

 

 

I got this because I was a huge fan of King of Dragons for SNES and this looked to be about the same. It’s just as hard, and almost as fun. I was much older when I got this so I didn’t really put a lot of time into it, but I loved the time I did.

#8

Sonic_Spinball_BoxSonic The Hedgehog Spinball

Sega Technical Institute/ Sega

1993

 

 

This is a phenomenal and extremely challenging pinball game, one of the best ever made probably. For being completely out of Sonic’s element, it manages to feel like a Sonic game.

#7

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Traveller’s Tales/ Sega

1996

 

 

 

I remember being so excited for this when I first heard about Sonic being in 3D! It was like a dream come true. I remember also being immediately disappointed with it, but it was something new and risky, and I respect it for that. It’s quite fun anyway.

#6

garfield-caught-in-the-act-usa-europeGarfield: Caught in the Act

Sega Interactive/Sega

1995

 

 

 

I was never a big fan of the show, but I did really enjoy this game. You went through different movie sets trying to stop Ottie I think…it’s been like 2 decades since I’ve played it. But the level design was fantastic and there was some great platforming. It’s a very difficult game, but I managed to get further and further every time, though I never did beat it.

#5

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Eden Entertainment Software/ Takara

1993

 

 

 

This game is rather similar to Super Adventure Island, but on crack and I immediately fell in love with it. And it has co-op, so my brothers and I would play this all the time, just having a blast. I don’t think any of us ever beat it, but that didn’t matter, it was all about the journey man. Good stuff.

#4

Sonic_the_Hedgehog_1_Genesis_box_artSonic The Hedgehog

Sonic Team/ Sega

1991

 

 

 

At long last a game emerged that could rival Mario. This fast paced platformer was something new and done to perfection. You always wanted to run fast, but had to show restraint or else you would most likely wind up dying. But the game would give you plenty of all out running moments as well, and with multiple paths to take from beginning to end, it is just one of the greatest games out there.

#3

Sonic2-coverSonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic Team/ Sega

1992

 

 

 

This game takes everything amazing about the first game and just builds upon it, making it far better.

#2

Sonic3-box-us-225Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

 

Again, this just improves upon the second game, even giving it a deeper story. I still remember how I felt playing this for the first time.

And my favorite Genesis game of all time is…I bet you know…

#1

Sonic_&_Knuckles_coverSonic & Knuckles

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

I remember being in awe just from the sight of the cover. But that was nothing to when I actually played it. Getting to play as a way cooler character than Sonic was just mind blowing, but to have them play through separate story lines that connected with Sonic 3 was even more mind blowing.

The greatest thing was the unusual cartridge that allowed you to plug Sonic 2 and 3 into the top of it to play the full games they were intended to be, and with Knuckles now playable. This game basically gave us everything we ever wanted and I still play this game as often as I can today.

And that’s it. My 10 favorite games on the amazing Genesis console. Of these 10, I unfortunately only have 7 still in my possession, and of the 43 Genesis games I currently own I’ve only played a small handful of them, and none of them very extensively. I fully plan to get around to it one day in my lifetime…and you can bet this list will most likely change.

The Console Wars: Rating of Best Selling Game

For the next chapter in my Console Wars series, which can be viewed via the links here…I am going to look a little more into sales figures than I would like, though not in the normal way I suppose. Today I will be ranking the best selling game on each console by ratings, the lowest rated to the highest rated. All ratings are taken from the IGN site. Why? Because it’s the site I found that had all these games on it. I used the community rating for a  broader opinion by the people who bought and played these games. In the event of a tied rating, the game with the higher sales will place at a better rank. I also am not counting any games that were included with the system, because that’s sort of cheating. That means no Super Mario Bros or Wii Sports or the like.

Also, I have no idea how accurate the sales figures are I found, and the older systems are definitely shady. But that’s all fine and dandy, because at the end of the day, this is just a meaningless blog by someone who loves gaming enough to write such strange things. This war is based all on figures, my own opinion has nothing to do with any of these rankings.  All ratings are out of 10.

So let’s get started!

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Wowsers!

 

#22 Dreamcast- Sonic Adventure -3.5

Sonic_Adventure.PNGThis game sold 2.42 million copies, a very nice figure considering the poor sales of the Dreamcast. The game was decent for its time and Sonic’s first adventure in full 3D, but it has not aged well at all, making it rather deserving of it’s low rating.

 

 

 

 

#21 Atari 5200- Super Breakout -6.5

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This game only sold 102,056 copies. Again, probably not bad for a very poor selling console. I personally have never played it, or even heard of it until now, though chances are I would prefer Sonic Adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

#20 Atari 7800- Food Fight -6.6

food fight.jpgThis is sort of a made up one. It was difficult to find any actual figures, but this seemed to be a fan favorite and did fairly well nonetheless. It is usually in the top 3 best 7800 games too, so it was probably up there in sales.

 

 

 

#19 Atari 2600- Pac Man -7.1

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Everyone has played Pac Man at some point in their lives. I have played it on countless consoles, but I think the first time I ever played it was on the 2600. Good times…I think. This particular version of Pac Man sold 7 million copies.

 

 

 

#18 Sega Saturn- Virtua Fighter 2– 7.9

 

virtuafighter2saturnj.jpgThis game sold 1.93 million units. I have never played it, on the Saturn or any platform, so I have nothing to comment about it.

 

 

 

 

#17 Sega Genesis- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 -7.9

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This wonderful game sold 6.03 million copies, a little lower than I thought for one of the best platforming games of all time. I truly have many wonderful memories with this one. Though this game received the same rating as Virtua Fighter 2, it’s higher sales gets this game placed one spot higher.

 

 

 

 

#16 Nintendo Entertainment System- Duck Hunt -8.0

TDuckHuntBox.jpghis is another classic game that I have not played in well over 20 years. It was a lot of fun, and 28 million other people probably think so as well, (well that’s how many people bought it anyway). It was very exciting to see the duck and dog duo again in the latest Smash Bros game too.

 

 

 

#15 Xbox One- Halo 5: Guardians -8.2

halo 5.jpgI haven’t played a Halo game since the second, but it is no surprise this would be at the top of the Xbox best sellers list, with 5 million copies sold. This figure will likely grow much higher over time.

 

 

 

#14 Sega Master System- Phantasy Star – 8.5

phantasy-star-sms-cover-front-1425.jpgThis was a mind blowing game when it first came out, and it is still a whole lot of fun today. I would recommend it to any RPG fan. It definitely deserves its rating, though I could not find a solid figure on sales, this was always prominent in any report about the SMS games.

 

 

 

#13 Atari Jaguar- Alien Vs. Predator -8.6

Alien_vs_Predator_(Jaguar_game).jpgI have never played a Jaguar, so I have never played this version of the game, but if it is the same one I played on PC, then this game absolutely deserves to be on this list. It sold 6.7 million copies, an impressive number for the Jaguar.

 

 

 

#12 Wii- MarioKart Wii -8.7

Mario_Kart_Wii.pngI love this game! It is one of my favorites, if not my favorite in the whole series. With a staggering 36.83 million sales, I believe it is in the top 10 or maybe top 5 highest selling games of all time!

 

 

 

#11 Nintendo Switch- Probably MarioKart something or another, or Smash Bros, Zelda, Mario etc– 8.9

Mario Kart Switch_2.jpgOkay, so this is cheating since this system is not even out yet, but I simply averaged the rating of the other six consoles Nintendo has on this list and it came out to be 8.9, which sounds like a fair number for Nintendo games, if not rather low. MarioKart is always a hit seller, so I’m thinking that would be its number one selling game for sure. I also averaged the sales of all the Nintendo games on this list and came out with 16.76 million sales. That sounds very right if the Switch does well.

#10 Super Nintendo Entertainment System- Super MarioKart -9.0

smc.jpgNow we are getting into the 9’s category, and it works out perfectly for the top 10. This game hasn’t aged well, but it is still pretty fun to play. It sold 8.76 million units back in its day, and MarioKart has continued to slay sales ever since.

 

 

#9 PlayStation- Gran Turismo -9.0

gran turismo.jpgAnother 9.0 game, and another racing game. This had a very high sales figure of 11.15 million, placing it well above Super MarioKart. I have never played this game or any of its many sequels, so I have nothing to say on the matter.

 

 

#8 Xbox- Halo 2– 9.1

halo 2.jpgThe sequel to the wildly popular Halo. I still remember the week leading up to this release. All the kids in school were going absolutely insane, many of them taking the day off on its release. It sold 8.43 million.

 

 

#7 PlayStation 2- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City -9.2

vicecity_ps2boxThis game sold a whopping 17.5 million copies. It is probably my favorite in the series. Still, I was shocked to see this at the top of the sales list.

 

 

 

#6 Wii U- MarioKart 8 -9.3

MarioKart8Boxart.jpgHere we have another MarioKart game, this one selling 8 million, more than half of all the Wii U owners have this game! Wow! This is a really great game, though I would rank it my third or fourth favorite in the entire racing series.

This also completely solidifies my made up MarioKart Switch game taking the top spot in sales for the upcoming system.

 

#5 Gamecube- Super Smash Bros Melee -9.4

Super_Smash_Bros_Melee_box_art.pngI don’t even want to know how many hundreds of hours I spent playing this game. It is still a fun game today, though it hasn’t aged too well. For the time, it was the best game out there, especially when you had all four players going. The game sold 7.09 million.

 

 

 

#4 PlayStation 3- Grand Theft Auto 5 -9.4

gtavps3finaljpg-e937baThis has the same rating as Super Smash Bros Melee, but it has about triple the sales at 21.3 million! I haven’t gotten around to playing this yet, even though I own it, but I am honestly shocked that with all the great games on this console, GTA would be at the top.

 

 

#3 PlayStation 4- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End -9.5

Adobe Photoshop PDFI haven’t gotten around to getting this game yet, though 2.7 million other people have. While I was completely underwhelmed with the first and third game in the series, I absolutely loved the second game and think this one looks amazing too. I can’t wait to play it…I am sure it will live up to it’s high rating!

 

 

#2 Nintendo 64- Super Mario 64 -9.5

Super_Mario_64_box_cover.jpgWhile this is the same rating as Uncharted 4, SM64 has sold 11.89 million copies. I am shocked this game has such a high rating. While it is still fun to play, I think it is one of the worst Mario games ever made. Though it definitely helped shape 3D gaming in a generation where so many companies were failing miserably at it.

#1 Xbox 360- Grand Theft Auto V -9.5

gta5.jpgWell this is sort of anti-climatic. This game has already appeared on this list, but the 360 version has bested all. It has the same rating as the third and second spot, but its impressive 17.79 million sold copies puts this at number 1. I still can’t believe a GTA game made it this high. When I finally get around to playing it, it better be nothing short of a 10 in my book. Though apparently the 360 version is .1 point better.

 

And there you have it! Microsoft takes it’s first number 1 spot!

But to find the real winner, let’s see who had the most in the top 10!

In last is Atari with 0 yet again…

And tied with them is Sega for 0 in the top 10 as well.

After them is Microsoft with two.

Then interestingly enough, we have a tie for the winner. Sony and Nintendo both have four in the top 10. So to break this tie, I will take the average rating of the four titles in the top 10 from each company. Nintendo’s average is 9.3, while Sony’s is 9.2. Wow! That was a close competition for sure, but Nintendo just manages to squeak out a win!

Good job to all, see you next time!

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Series Ranked: Nintendo Consoles

With the release of Nintendo’s new console, codenamed “NX” slowly creeping closer and closer to its March release, we still have virtually no information about it at all. My guess is that they will finally unveil everything about it in September, giving a good six months for gamers to decide if they want to buy it or not.

Nintendo’s consoles have seen huge success and not so much success. But how well something sells doesn’t grade the quality of the console, so that is what makes this list fun to make. I judge the consoles strictly on the games present on each console, because after all, that is what a video game consoles prime purpose is, right? Playing video games? Though most people have sadly seemed to have forgotten that fact these days.

That’s right, graphics, innovation, all that will not affect the rank of these consoles, unless they somehow add to the gameplay of the games. Because again, we are playing games here.

They are listed from my least favorite, to my favorite.

#6 Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)

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While this is probably regarded as the most famous console of all time, responsible for turning around the practically dead video game industry, it has suffered due to the early age of gaming at this point. Though pretty much everything that wasn’t an arcade port was new and exciting, many of the games were just plain bad. And if that wasn’t annoying enough, most of them were outrageously hard and required you to play for hours and hours at a time if you ever wanted to beat one of them due to the fact that there were no save files for most of the games, Zelda being the first game to implement it; and only a few had passwords.

But among all the bad and terrible games were a few gems that still hold up today.

My top three games for the console are: The Legend Of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The top two games especially blow any of the others on this console out of the water, and even many of today’s games as well. They are truly fantastic, especially for the time they came out. All three of these and many more are available on the Nintendo eShop if you have a Wii or Wii U.

#5 Nintendo 64 (1996)

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This was about as exciting as it got when this came out. Side-scrolling sprites made the jump to 3D polygons. Everyone can probably remember playing Super Mario 64 for the first time. But other than this huge jump in gaming technology, it was a rather awkward stage in gaming history. It’s competitors, the PlayStation and Dreamcast can also fit into this category. A lot of the games were very bad in this generation. Constant fighting with camera angles and bad controls plagued the systems, most likely due to the developers inexperience at developing games in 3D. Not to mention the controller was just very strange and inefficient, though still comfortable. The graphics themselves looked amazing back then, but playing them now, other than a select few, they are just horrid blobs. This is a console I bought very few games on, but despite all the bad ones, like the NES, this too was home to some of the best games ever made.

My top three are: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Paper Mario, MarioKart 64

These three games were phenomenal when they came out, and my top 2 still are today. Zelda made the jump to 3D better than anyone would have ever imagined, easily the best 2D to 3D jump made by any franchise.

Paper Mario was a unique and interesting idea that was remarkable and an exciting new direction for the Mario series, thanks to 3D graphics.

I played Mariokart 64 nonstop when I was a youngster. Sadly, it has not aged very well at all.

All these games mentioned are also on eShop for Wii and Wii U.

#4 Wii (2006)

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Motion controls. Something everyone was looking forward to all their lives. Everybody was excited for the Wii. Everyone remembers how exciting it was to play Wii Sports and Zelda: Twilight Princess with motion controls for the first time. It was a real exiting time and a big step forward in gaming history.

But unfortunately, human beings being the mindless lazy people that we are, motion controls proved to be too much effort to play a game with, and the underpowered graphics of the console failed to hold the attention of the people who need to look at something pretty and shiny. Eventually the motion controls were reduced to almost nothing more than a simple flick to do a thing or two in game, and a lot of third party games never even saw a release on the console due to how underpowered Wii was compared to PS3 and XB360. They also didn’t much feel like making the games with motion controls, finding it easier to just port from PS3 to 360 with all their huge similarities.

This hurt the Wii a lot. Everyone I knew owned a Wii, but I think I was the only one I knew who consistently played it. Sure, I had to buy a PS3 to get a lot of the games I was missing owning just a Wii, but the games that did come out, especially the exclusives, were phenomenal. The games that did motion control right were a lot of fun to play. Heck, even just flicking the remote to swing a sword or something was a lot of fun and more satisfying than pushing a button.

It’s a great console, but the lack of third party support brings this one way down on the list.

My top three games: Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

These three are among the best of the many gems that appeared on the console and can also be found on the Wii U eShop.

#3 Wii U (2012)

I was never more excited for a console to come out than this one. When the gamepad controller was revealed, I was ecstatic. This took all the fun of the Wii’s unique controls and added another screen right in the players hands. I found myself imagining all the amazing ways this gamepad could be used in games. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone else could, players or developers. Initial games like Nintendo Land and ZombiU used the gamepad exceptionally and delivered both single player and multiplayer experiences that you could possibly only find on Wii U, and it was a lot of fun. But all too quickly, the gamepad became nothing more than a mirror image of what was on your TV. Even Nintendo developers couldn’t come up with clever ways to use it for many of their games.And again the system was underpowered, so no one wanted it. It wasn’t shiny enough I guess.

And just like Wii, third parties dropped the console very quickly due to poor sales and the extra time to develop for the gamepad and overall difficulty of developing for the console in general. Except this time around it was much worse. Nearly every third party stopped making games for Wii U, leaving Nintendo to virtually support the console on their own. And I have to say, all things considered, they have done a fantastic job. Every game that has come out from them has been nothing short of a homerun, being some of the best games made in many, many years, and quite frankly, some of the best games ever.

Wii U had the potential to be the greatest console ever. Lack of third party support and use of the gamepad and underpowered hardware hurt this system badly, and every one learned from Wii not to invest their money into this.

I for one am extremely pleased with it, even if there is a severe lack of games for it, simply because the games are incredible that did make their way on it.

My top three: Super Mario 3D World, ZombiU, Wonderful 101, though there are so many Wii U games I have on back log that this could change any time.

#2 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991)

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This is a wonderful, wonderful system that I spent all of the 90’s playing, especially since I found it so much better than N64. This was when Nintendo dominated the video game market, getting basically every game developers made back then. Though unfortunately a lot of bad games and over the top, impossibly hard ones made their way onto it, just like its predecessor, it also played host to an incredible and unimaginable increase in game quality. In addition to tons of new and exciting games, we also saw additions to big franchises from the NES make its way over, blazing a trail of glory that continues to shine today. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Final Fantasy and Castlevania came out with some of the best games ever made back then, all of which can still be considered such today. Many new series started on this console as well, such as Mega Man X and Star Fox. This system just had one great game after another, keeping me very busy in my youth.

My top three games are probably a lot of other peoples. Super Metroid, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

These games I still play as often as I can for they are just eternally fun. Don’t just take my word for it. All three of these games can likely be found in most top 10 best games ever made lists, if not the top five.

And they of course can be found on Wii and Wii U eShop.

#1 Gamecube (2001)

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And here we are, my absolute favorite Nintendo console, and favorite console of all time for that matter.

I love everything about the Gamecube. It’s strange, unique look and color, it’s neat little mini discs, heck even the name is awesome. It just says “yeah, I’m a cube that plays games, bitch!” It’s so cool.

The games themselves are what really make this console great however. For the first time, Nintendo did not release the system with a Mario title, but instead shook things up with a Luigi game, where he had to actually rescue Mario. The best part was, this wasn’t simply a Mario game where you played as Luigi, but a whole new concept more closely related to Ghostbusters rather than a Mario game.

And Luigi’s Mansion was not the only game to shake up classic Nintendo franchises. Super Mario Sunshine, Star Fox Adventures, Metroid Prime, Kirby: Air Ride, Donkey Konga/Jungle Beat-all examples of changing up the formula. Plus, we were treated to F-Zero, another Star Fox game, a sequel to Metroid Prime and Paper Mario, two Zelda games with completely contrasting graphics and both featuring innovative/unique elements that make both of them really stand out.

New titles such as Capcom’s Viewtiful Joe were introduced on the Gamecube, this game being one of my favorites of all time, which also got a sequel on the system.Nintendo also came out with a new franchise, the Pikmin series started out here, and that too got a sequel.

Other mind blowing events happened on Gamecube, such as Sonic being put on a Nintendo console! This was something no one ever thought would happen and we were treated to remakes of the Sonic Adventure games from Dreamcast, the second one being my favorite Sonic game ever.

Owners of this system were also treated to remakes and/or re-releases of the entire  Resident Evil series. I still consider the Resident Evil remake to be one of the greatest remakes of all time, maybe only second to Metroid: Zero Mission for GBA. Gamecube even got Resident Evil 4 as an exclusive initially, before its popularity exploded.

And lets talk about all the collections that came out for the system. Going back to Sonic, we had the Sonic Mega Collection, taking all the genesis games and putting them on one disc, and also the Sonic Gems Collection, taking most of the not so great Sonic games and putting them on one disc.

The Mega Man Anniversary Collection was a great gift to gamers, which is much better than the current Mega Man Legacy, as well as the Mega Man X Collection. And don’t forget about the Zelda Collection! There’s probably a few more I can’t think of right now too!

The third party games that made it on the system were incredible as well. There were a ton more games to choose from than compared to Wii and Wii U, and most of them were super fun to play. It seemed gaming as a whole was so much better than compared to the previous generation of gaming, and Gamecube did it best out of the three competing consoles. And most of the games on Gamecube still look gorgeous today. It was truly a lasting console, though ironically, it had very low sales.

And speaking of a lasting console, it has the best controller ever made, absolutely comfortable and amazing. It is so good that it still is being made today for the Wii and Wii U, the latter having a port made for it so people can still play Smash Bros with it.

To me, any company will have a hard time topping this system. I still buy games for it every now and then 15 years later.

My top three games are Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Metroid Prime, Viewtiful Joe.

All three of these games rank among my favorites, with Paper Mario actually being my number 1 game of all time.