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[–] Sharpe103 [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The five games I enjoy playing most are:

1. Final Fantasy

Publisher: Square
Published: 1987
Genre: RPG

Not only is this my favorite NES game, it vies for the top spot in my list of all-time favorite games of any platform. It's either #2 or #3 on that list. Before I found Final Fantasy, my first true love was Dragon Warrior. Unfortunately for DW, FF is a lot better in every way. DW is like the children's' version of FF. Like DW, by today's standards, FF is a terrible game. It's nothing but random encounter grinding. It's everything the vast majority of people hate about RPG's rolled into one boring ball. Me? I love it. Never found a game to replace it. I loved how it was so open world. I loved how nonlinear it was. I loved how I got to name and play "my own" characters rather than scripted, over dramatic ones with goofy hair. Gah, I love so many aspects about this game I'd never be able to list them all. Oh, except one thing. The Ice Cave. That place is colder than a frost wolf's bumhole. I utterly dreaded delving into that frozen insta-kill hell.

2. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Publisher: Nintendo
Published: 1988
Genre: Adventure/Action RPG

Did someone say "Zelda II? Time to drop a load of HATE! Downvoat!!!" If you're on this subverse, chances are, you have an opinion about this game—love it or hate it. Despite the bad press today, Zelda II was well liked back in the day, and that fact's been well documented. Everyone I knew loved it so I was surprised to learn, once the Internet became widespread, that there was a very vocal minority of people who absolutely hate this game. It's certainly no where near as popular as the first or third installment of the franchise. Unfortunately, Zelda II is nothing like the original and there were a lot of people who didn't like the fast-paced side-scrolling or the level grinding. I admit, neither were a good choice for a Zelda game and if I could go back in time, I'd tell them to still make the game, but just call it something else. Make the hero someone else and come up with another fantasy world. Who knows, there could have been another old-school franchise beside Mario, Zelda and Metroid had they done so. This was my first Zelda game. I was too young to appreciate the original back then as I do today. No, Zelda II is a fantastic game that's a cursed middle child with overshadowing siblings on both sides.

3. Dragon Warrior

Publisher: Enix
Published: 1989
Genre: RPG

This is on the list out of pure nostalgia—but I still play through this game about once a year from beginning to end. Though I love it, unless you're a fan, this game has really no qualities that make it a worthy old-school suggestion by today's standards. I put so much time into this game as a single-digit-year-old child, but sadly, I never did actually beat it all by myself. There was a kid in the next town over who loved this game more than any kid should love anything, but he didn't own the cart. I asked a friend if I loaned it to him, if he would get me to where I could rescue the princess and no farther. To my joy, he did! That kid ended up becoming a pro comic book artist and still is today (no need to name). Anyway, nowadays, I play it on emulator and might accidentally hit the turbo frame skip button on occasion while mindlessly grinding. That's my confession.

4. Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!

Publisher: Nintendo
Published: 1987
Genre: Action

This is the newest addition to the list. I really liked the game as a child, but I never owned it. However, a lot of kids I knew, especially older friends, had a copy. So, I played it whenever I could. Strangely, as a child, I could never get past a certain character—Soda Popinski. Wait, what? He's easy, right? Well, by the time I got to him as a child of single-digit years, it was about time to go home. I never got to practice on him. Regardless, I'm not quite old enough to have rousing childhood stories about the first time I finally beat Mike Tyson. I think I was in my 20's before I beat him, and that was using save states on an emulator. "Groan, that's no way to beat the game!" I know. I know. I'm not counting it. I need to beat it on the console one of these days. Today, I still love the game and play it a few times a month or so, just to beat up the little guys. Soda still gets me. I think it's a mental thing.

5. Crystalis

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Publisher: SNK
Published: 1990
Genre: Adventure/Action RPG

Imagine The Legend of Zelda, but four big years newer with spells and towns and level grinding. It has a much larger and more diverse overworld. Crystalis has dungeons with bosses and some puzzle elements, just like TLoZ, and it has a similar three-quarter top-down perspective. The controls and battle mechanics are much the same: spam your sword attack; block with shield; use item or alternate weapon occasionally. However, the unnamed hero can "power up" his sword by holding the attack button down (like in Zelda 3), up to three levels of power. There's also a cool post-apocalyptic story that starts in the year "199X." Great graphics. Great sound. Fantastic, super fun game. It's too bad SNK wasn't given the opportunity to make Zelda II, because had they made it as well as Crystalis, it would have been and still would remain a smash hit.

That's my favorite five NES games! There are so many other NES games that I love, but I had to pick five and that's the list.

Thanks for reading!

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[–] BreesusLovesYou 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Right with you on Zelda II, probably my all time favorite game.

  1. Z2

  2. Star Tropics

  3. Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

  4. TMNT 3 The Manhattan Project

  5. Techno Super Bowl

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[–] Sharpe103 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

As simplistic as it is, Excitebike is still a great, fun game.

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[–] Sharpe103 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

T&C Surf Designs is quite the love-or-hate game.

Here's a cool video about it that changed my opinion from childhood hate to "Okay, sounds like I just didn't know how to play the damn thing:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nfvjA8fsd0

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[–] vandilx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My Top 5:

  1. Mega Man 3
  2. Super Mario Bros 2
  3. Super Mario Bros 3
  4. Super C
  5. Castlevania

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[–] goatofthesea 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I must say... all the people who commented have quite good taste.

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[–] TheKobold 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Final Fantasy 1 Ultima Exodus StarTropics Mario Bros 3 Excitebike

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[–] Dixie_Flatline 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Considering had to go to a friend's basement for the NES, it was limited to what a few of us could agree on.

SMB3. Classic. The pipes were legendary, and featured in the flick that gave us "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad. " And it was multiplayer.

Kirby's Adventure. Gorgeous game for the time/system, real easy to pick up.

Blades of Steel. Player vs. Player, and had the added benefit of if you won the fight, you got an advantage midgame.

Those were the only ones that survived the competition from SNES/Genesis titles, as that was more the timeframe.

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