10. Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy was Nintendo’s third 3D Mario instalment. Released in 2007 for the Wii unusually it saw the protagonist trying to save Princess Peach from Bowser. Mario runs around planets with their own built in gravity which created a confusing gameplay to begin with but was satisfying once it was mastered. It won numerous awards in clouding “Game of the Year” and a BAFTA. The game sold 12.6m copies and is often thought of as one of the greatest games ever made.
Goldeneye was a revelation when it came out on the N64. Movie games are usually commercial tosh nowadays but it seems in these early days they actually put effort in. The game was released in 1997 and contained two modes that fitted well with the N64’s trigger like controller. It is seen as a precursor to the FPS shooters we know so well, moving away from the games like DOOM to a more realistic image. It contained a popular multiplayer round with split screen gaming for up to four players. It sold 8 million copies. The FPS multiplayer may be online now but it can thank Bond and square faced Russians for its existence.
8. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Nintendo has never been world leaders in graphic perfection, but that does not mean they don’t make beautiful games. Wind Waker is the 10th Legend of Zelda game and featured some unique graphics. The cartoon like almost Polynesian images matched with the nautical theme. Travelling on the sea was new for Link. The style was not the most popular among the fans almost cutting them in two, but the critics were unanimous in their admiration for the game. Zelda is an icon of Nintendo and this was an icon of the Zelda series.
7. Super Smash Bros: wii u
Super Smash Bros has become a very successful franchise for Nintendo and none can deny the sheer fun had fighting with some of their most famous characters. They seemed to have saved their best for last with Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. It fine tuned an already brilliant game making our decision easier when deciding which one of the franchise to include in our list. The game was one of the highlights of a dark period for Nintendo and the Wii U.
6. Super Mario World SNES
Super Mario was a pack in title for the SNES in 1990. Headed by Shifter Miyamoto it is one of the best games involving the Italian plumber. It is considered to be one of the best games ever made including non-Nintendo titles. The game sold more than 20 million copies. It entered around the quest of Mario and Luigi travelling through seven worlds to save Dinosaur Land. It spawned the character Yoshi for the very first time who has gone on to have games of his very own.
5. Mario kart
Mario Kart is a storied franchise that holds a special place in everyones hearts. It breaks away from traditional racers, which ‘burnout’ of re-play value pretty quickly. We tried to select a specific game from the series but it simply isn’t that simple. Everyone has their favourite track let alone game and to select one will only upset people reading. If you twisted my arm then the Wii version would be up there due to its inclusion of so many of the classic tracks. The series started in 1992 and has seen eight separate games over console and handhelds. It has reportedly sold upwards of 100 million copies and with the Nintendo Switch around the corner with a system capable of enhancing the game, the future is bright for Mario Kart.
4. Pokemon Red/Blue
It may not be a wholly Nintendo game but the fact is that it wouldn’t be here without them. Pokemon is a global phenomenon but despite the cards, the merchandise, films and TV shows and numerous games it never eclipsed the hype and success around the original Red/Blue games. They were first released in 1996 in Japan and contained the original 150 Pokemon that I can still recite alphabetically. It also has a few records under its belt for being the best selling RPG game of all time across any platform. That is some title! They were critically well received as well as popular and regular feature in the best rated games on sites like IGN and Game Rankings. New fans will continually be able to find this gem as it was released on the ads virtual Console in 2016 to commemorate 20 years since the franchise began. Long live Pikachu.
This Russian game was admittedly around before its rerelease on Gameboy but it was on Nintendo’s hugely popular handheld consoles that it went global. It not only burnt itself on your retina but also on your eardrums as its soundtrack is often voted the best of all time. It cam to Nintendo in 1989. Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine voted it as the number one game of all time in its 100th issue. In 2010 it was announced that it had sold 170 million copies and was the best selling paid download game of all time too. It may seem a cheat to include it on this list but like Pokemon it wouldn’t be in the list f it was not for Nintendo.
2. super mario 64
Super Mario 64 was the launch title for the groundbreaking Nintendo console the N64. It quickly became the best selling game ever on that console with 11 million copies and is often cited as not only one f the greatest but also most revolutionary games of all time. This was because of its 3D gaming experience and the ability to have a 36o degree analog stick view. It also place emphasis on exploration making the game burst out of it’s 2D heritage and arguably begin the Open-world gaming industry. Because of it’s influence Super Mario 64 was selected as one of the 80 games to be displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of "The Art of Video Games" exhibit that opened on March 16, 2012. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?
1. Legend of zelda: ocarina of time
Another revolutionary game on the N64 Legend of Zelda is not only the best game in the series but we argue of any Nintendo game ever. The game introduced game features such as target lock and context sensitive buttons that had never been used before. These are now commonplace in games today. It also allowed the player to explore Hyrule as an early predecessor to Sandbox games. While players were not truly free to change the direction of the game one could spend hours exploring what was at the time a huge map. It is one of the highest rated games ever reviewed and infant hold a Guiness World Record for exactly that. The game which is often thought of as the greatest computer game of all time therefore has to top our chart of Nintendo’s greatest ever games.