The 50 Greatest Video Games of All-Time*


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)


49. Donkey Kong (SNES)

48. F-zero (SNES)

47. 1942 (NES)

46. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis)

45. Ice Hockey (NES)


44. Super Mario Land (GameBoy)

43. Ice Climber (NES)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

4. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)

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.


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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