Welcome to Part Two of our Clash of the Nerds Top 100 Console Video Games of All-Time. In this list we have games 90-81, for 100-91 check out the link Here. Now let’s get back to the list.
90. Pinball (Nintendo/HAL Laboratories) Again starting off one of our lists in an NES classic that HAL Laboratories had a hand in. Early on in development Nintendo was having problems with the game and turned to HAL Laboratories and a young programmer Satoru Iwata to fix the game. Iwata (who would later go on to become the President of Nintendo) quickly got this fun little pinball game back on track. In fact as a child I loved this this game. I’ve always loved Pinball as a game and the NES version was the closest I would get as a child to owning my own. I remember I’d play this game all the time, in fact one Christmas Eve I was going to stay up all night and catch Santa in the act, so what did I do to pass the time? I got into the a Pinball tournament with my older sister Jenny, who was old enough to know there was no Santa and was sneakingly hired by my parents to keep me out of the living room until the gifts were out and they were back in bed. Anyways we played the game well into the wee hours of the morning when I finally realized that Santa must be here. So I snuck downstairs to try and find Santa. Though I didn’t see the fat man I did see what he left behind and was super excited. When I think of Pinball (which I still own) I always think of this memory and that’s what the best games should do. When you think of them you smile and remember how happy you were while playing them.
89. Streets of Rage (Sega): Streets of Rage (and its sequels) were the quintessential 90’s 2D beat’em ups. A nonsensical plot, walking in a straight line, beating up random gang members, eating food off the street in order to regain health, it was all 1990’s all the time. You play as Axel or Adam as you try to rescue the president’s daughter from Mr. X a gang boss in the city. The plot doesn’t matter, it’s more or less you get to run around the city and punching, kicking, and suplexing your way to the big boss. It’s hours of fun with two players and was one of Sega’s big sellers to compete with Nintendo.
88. Madden 93 (EA Sports): Even though the series began in 1989, mine and many others’ first foreray into Madden was with Madden 93 on the SNES and Sega Genesis. I got this game for my 10th birthday along with my SNES (and Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) and loved it. This was the Madden that changed it all. For starters it was 11 on 11 where earlier versions didn’t have the processing power to have 22 players on screen and run. For those of you who’ve forgotten or are too young to have played this, this was the first game to really feel like a football game. Also when you’d drop back to pass, unlike modern Madden the screen doesn’t pan out, but you’d get three boxes for your receivers (A, B, X) to choose from throwing to. It was interesting and allowed you to see your receivers. However, it made leading your guy hard because you couldn’t see around him. This game was great fun and the start of the Madden juggernaut
87. Ghost ‘n Goblins (Capcom): This was probably one of the first action platformers any of us older than the mid-20’s played. This game was a lot of fun seeing main protagonist Sir Arthur trying to get his lady love back from the demons and ghosts (though it’s kind of their fault for having a picnic in a grave yard). This game also had the coolest health meter as when you got hit you lost armor and ran around in your boxers throwing lances. The game is a lot of fun and though many of us probably played it on the NES (which it will also be featured on the upcoming NES Classic) it was also on the Gameboy, Arcade, Commodore 64, and various random systems that many of us haven’t heard of.
86. Wii Sports (Nintendo): Of course the third best-selling game of all time would make this list. Packaged with the Wii this game was all of our introductions into motion control. It maybe wasn’t a complete game but it was more than a tech demo as well. Bowling, tennis, boxing, and golf were all great, Baseball, not so much. Whenever I just wanted to kill a little bit of time I loved playing Wii Golf, it was simple and fun and easy to play and as a golfer I loved it. Wii Tennis and Bowling were fantastic versus games. My good friend Tyler and I had some very epic Wimbledon type matches in tennis and was a game I kept around and never once thought of trading in. Also this game was super accessible, from the young to the old. Pretty much everyone was playing this game and having fun.
85. X-Men 1 and 2(Sega): Maybe one of the coolest looking games of the 16-bit Era, X-Men 1 & 2 from Sega were the games to have. Playing as Wolverine, Gambit, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler you work your way through Danger Room scenarios in an attempt to stop a virus from wiping out all mutants. The game maybe had the best graphics of the time and felt almost as good as the Konami X-Men the Arcade game. This definitely made me want a Sega as a kid.
84. Dead Rising 3 (Capcom): A launch game for the Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 took all of the best elements of Dead Risings 1 and 2 and ditched the majority of things we didn’t like (escort missions being the main one) and gave a fun open world zombie rampaging game. Like the first two the player gets to craft insane and impractical weapons to battle zombies and psychos alike. There is a plot to this game, something about government cover ups and bees, and such, but you don’t care about that. You just care about hooking up a car battery to a sledge hammer and becoming Thor. Also an added bonus to this game was crafting vehicles. Man oh man did I love my Motorcycle-Steamroller.
83. River City Ransom (Technōs Japan): River City Ransom was truly the first open world game ever, and it was on the NES of all systems. This simple blocky character design with simple color palets allowed the developers the memory to make a large game that allowed players to roam the city freely beating up baddies as they game at them. This and Double Dragon II were the first two beat’em ups I ever played and I loved this game. Not only could you punch and kick, but could run as well. In normal beat’em up fashion food replenished your health, but you just didn’t find it anywhere, you had to go into shops and buy it. RCR had a lot of innovations that we wouldn’t see again until the PS2/Xbox era of games and yet it gets little to no credit for them. It’s on the Wii U V/C for cheap, give it a try and you’ll definitely be able to pick out the games that borrowed from it.
82. F-Zero (Nintendo): F-Zero was maybe the fastest racer ever when it was released and was a futuristic racer. The ad campaign for it was fantastic and made every kid want it and one of the coolest things about the game were the short cuts they used to make the game. For instance you didn’t really pass people in the game, their sprits just got larger or smaller as you approached or got further away. It was just Nintendo doing what they do best when faced with a limited hardware problem.
81. Power Stone 1 & 2 (Capcom): If you didn’t have a Dreamcast in the late 90’s Early 2000’s than you missed out on one of the best fighters ever. The Power Stone game were a 3-D fighter that allowed you to move around freely (think modern WWE games) and at a frantic pace. You could pick up power ups that basically turned you into a Super Sayian (Dragonball Z style) as well as picking up anything not nailed down and toss it at your opponents. The characters in true Capcom style were very colorful and unique. This game is so much fun, if you have a Dreamcast definitely pick this one up you won’t regret it. Oh, and it was four players as well.