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July 12th 2009 4:13 am

Best Game for the System?

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.

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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.
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