The 50 Greatest Video Games of All-Time*

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Well, here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: The asterisk above denotes the fact that my friend Micah and I came up with the list of the 50 greatest video games ever made….in 2004. Now, we both grew up in what I’d call Nintendo-based households, so our list may skew slightly in that direction. Also, this list was made on a night where we also introduced the concept of time-stepping. No explanation on that one, at least not tonight. But, without further ado, I present to you the result of what was one of the most enjoyable and engaging discussions I’ve ever had

**Even with Tessa saying to us more than a few times “You guys are being stupid.

50. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

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49. Donkey Kong (SNES)

48. F-zero (SNES)

47. 1942 (NES)

46. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis)

45. Ice Hockey (NES)

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44. Super Mario Land (GameBoy)

43. Ice Climber (NES)

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42. Mega Man 1 (NES)
41. Duke Nukem (PC)
40. Star Fox (SNES)
39. Double Dragon 2: The Revenge (NES)
38. The Simpsons (Arcade)
37. The Night of the Living Dead (NES)
36. Paper Boy (NES)
35. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
34. Ninja Gaiden (NES)

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33. FIFA 2000 (gamecube)
32. Madden 2004 (all platforms)
31. Off-Road (NES)
30. Mario Kart (SNES)
29. Street Fighter II (SNES)

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28. WWF Royal Rumble (arcade)
27. Mortal Kombat (all platforms)
26. Arkanoid a.k.a. Alleyway (nintendo/game boy)
25. Grand Theft Auto 3 (Playstation 2)
24. Mega Man 3 (NES)
23. Bases Loaded 3

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22. Griffey Slugfest (N64)
21. Super Mario 64 (N64)
20. NBA Jam (Genesis)
19. Mega Man 2 (NES)
18. Madden 94 (Genesis)
17. NHL 97 (all platforms)
16. Tetris (Game Boy)
15. Altered Beast

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14. Bust-a-Move 2 (arcade/N64)
13. Bubble Bobble (NES)
12. Super Mario Bros. (NES)

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11. Metroid (NES)
10. Mortal Kombat 3 (arcade)
9. Final Fantasy (NES)
8. Duck Hunt (NES)
7. Contra (NES)    ( ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A START)
6. Super Mario 3 (NES)    (makes for a wonderful end to the movie “The Wizard”)
5. The Legend of Zelda (NES)

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4. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)

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3. Gauntlet Legends (N64)
2. Golden Eye (N64)
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

For more nuanced and professional takes, others have compiled their own lists, and they’re worth checking out. All I know is that, for my money, these are the best of the best…or at least, they were on that night in 2004.

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4 thoughts on “The 50 Greatest Video Games of All-Time*

  1. Wait! I need someone to explain why Tetris (either on Gameboy OR NES) isn’t included in AT LEAST your top ten?!! This list is pretty awesome, nonetheless. Inaccurate, but awesome 🙂

    • Haha, I know Tetris is much beloved by many, but for whatever reason, Micah and I felt that the other games were more deserving. I hear you, though – you’re not the only one to mention this as a glaring error!

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