I wanted to see what everyone's picks for the best NES game is. My personal pick is for the original Contra. I still remember the first time I learned about that cheat code. U, U, D, D, L. R. L. R. A. B. Ahh... those were simpler days.
All good games posted so far. I have to point out, though, that naming the BEST game for a system isn't exactly the same as naming your FAVORITE game for the system. Sometimes we might even hate the game that we can honestly admit, all things considered, was the best in terms of being the best use of the system's resources.
Having said that, I must admit that, while Contra is my absolute favorite, I would vote Bionic Commando as the BEST game on the system. It is also in my top 5 favorites, but I can recognize it as being BETTER than some of my other favorites for the following reasons:
- one of the most innovative games of its time (a platformer with NO JUMP?!)
- good graphics (superb use of the limitations of the NES color palette)
- good music and sound effects
- clever boss designs
- good balance of difficulty (you could actually beat it without cheats if you played it enough, unlike MANY other NES games of this time)
- mixed in top-down view for variety
- puzzle-solving elements (choosing right items for stages)
- one of the best NES endings to date (managed to get through NES censorship!)
- none of Capcom's attempts at remakes or sequels has ever matched the original
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that's my take.
Man I miss those games. I remember trading the original Battletoads with a friend so I could play his game. We never traded back and now I want to play it. I still have Battletoads/Double Dragon, but although it played great, it seemed to lack some of the charm of the original. I still might play it this weekend to quench my thirst!!
Man, I didn't even think about the SNES!! Since I only recently got that console I'm just learning the good stuff for it. I only played Battletoads on the NES, but playing on the SNES would be sweet! Then there would be two copies I can't beat!!
while the original final fantasy or crystalis games might be considered my actual favorite games... if i went purely by actual time spent i would have to go with tecmo bowl as well as some of you posting before me. we would settle disputes over anything and everything by popping that game in. Heck, if someone beats me bad on Madden 08 on the Wii, I pop over to tecmo bowl still and give them a pounding.
The funniest game was the Olympic one, so long i don't even remember, but it had the pad that two people could play on. It was funnier then anything watching my dad and uncle, both over 200lbs, doing the hurdle event. The whole house was shaking. anyway i would say duck hunt and dr mario were my favorites.
lol I didn't think anyone else played that olympic game! That stuff was hilarious -especially when people would cheat it by pounding with their fists on the mat or doing the long jump and stepping off and then back on! good times......
I'm in for a Mario 2 vote. Super Mario Brother is the game that put the system on the map. Everybody played it until their fingers hurt. I can remember tracking down the release of SMB2 for weeks until I found some shitty obscure toystore in BFE that expected a shipment on release day and all of their copies weren't spoken for. Mind you, I was 10 when this happened and no google maps for finding businesses. Played it after school and woke up at night when mom was asleep until it was beat down!
My favorite games were Little Nemo, Shadowgate (both have great soundtracks), SMB3, POW, Strider, Golgo 13, Castlevania and Megaman anything, Maniac Mansion, and there was so much more. Those are just the really memorable games to me. I could probably remember a hundred great games if I tried.
First Zelda. As someone else said, not even close. I would give Tecmo Bowl and Mike Tyson's Punch Out probably the next closest nods. The first Final Fantasy was groundbreaking for me (and much more fun than Dragon Warrior, which came first). And my best friend and I would play our made up teams in Baseball Simulator 1000's seasons endlessly.
Mad props to the Contra poster. I have to brag a little bit, but I got to the point where I could beat Contra with one guy.
Adventures of Lolo was fun...until I got to the room I couldn't beat and never picked it up again. I still hate that game because it got so frustrating for me.
I was all about the original Zelda and Super Mario Brothers. I still play them on emulators and I even got a USB NES controller so it is like I am still 8 years old... except now it is my wife instead of mom telling me to stop playing!