It was a Nintendo filled week for me so it got me thinking about all my favorite First Party Nintendo games. Call it Nostalgia but half of these games are from the N64.
Number 10- Fortune Street: There is something about this game that I just enjoy playing. Its like if Monopoly and Mario Party had a baby, it would be this game. Kids might find this game boring but for me there is nothing more enjoyable then getting together with a few friends and playing through this game. The interesting thing about this game is its extremely difficult to guess how long the game itself will take. It could be anywhere between 2 hours and 5 hours. All I can suggest is make sure you’ve given yourself enough time to play through the game. Oh and also it buying stock is very important, it took me a long time to realize that without stock it would be hard to win.
Number 9- Mario Party 2: I could see people saying that this game is better than the hundreds of other Nintendo titles but there is something about this series that has been a favorite of mine. My true guilty pleasure is Mario Party and of all the Mario Party games, 2 is my favorite. 5 is close but I played 2 so much as a kid that I just have so many happy memories playing this game. Sadly my friends won’t play Mario Party with me anymore but that doesn’t mean that I am still a huge fan.
Number 8- Donkey Kong Country: The is the first game I ever played as a kid. Growing up, all I had was a Super Nintendo and we didn’t own too many games but this game was one of the few we did own and played this a ton. As I got older, if my sister or my Grandma needed help getting through a level, I was always the person who have to get through the level. This is one of the few games that I ever played with my Grandma so I’m sure thats part of the reason as to why I hold in such high regard.
Number 7- Mario Kart 64: This is purely because of Nostalgia but my favorite Mario Kart game is 64. I know the new Wii U game has a lot more options and is likely a better game but I still prefer playing Mario Kart 64 because I know all the tracks, I know everything about this game and I know a lot of cheats. My friend and I argue about this game all the time because he thinks this game aged poorly but I disagree.
Number 6- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kongs Quest: Rares second title on this list (and trust me there is going to be more). Rare was such a great video game company and with this title they made the best Donkey Kong game of all time. The sad truth is that Donkey Kong isn’t even a playable character in the game. You could probably argue thats why its so great. Donkey Kong games are great but Donkey Kong is only okay as a playable character.
Number 5- Banjo -Kazooie: Some people may say that this game is overrated but I always loved this game. The set up of it all, going into a world and just running around doing what ever you want. The worlds are so imaginative and well done. Sometimes a game like this can start to feel repetitive and tedious but Rare does a great job with this game. Plus when ever I think about this game, I think about the final world, Click Clock Wood and that is one of the coolest worlds I have ever played in. I could never beat this game as a kid though, Gruntilda was always really tough. I have to play this game again and beat it for the first time in my life.
Number 4- Super Mario 3D World: I don’t know what it is about this game that I like about it but I just really like playing this game. Although the Wii U was a failure of a system, it still did produce some really nice looking games and this game is the perfect mixture of difficulty, graphics and gameplay. Plus I love the idea that it is a multiplayer co-op game. The older I get, the more I appreciate Co-op games rather than competitive games. Plus this game had Toad as a playable character and I’ve always liked him.
Number 3- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: You know whats sad about this game? I love this game and its the only Zelda game that I’ve played through the entire thing. Don’t worry that number will change by the end of the year but the real question becomes, can any Zelda game match this game? Its going to be tough because I love the story of this game, the bosses and the castles. I’m going to play this game again this year and I’m excited to play it again.
Number 2- Pokemon X & Y: I’m a little ashamed to admit how many hours played this game for but I’ll admit it right now. I played this game for over 1,500 hours. Yes you read that correctly and it could be closer to 2,000 now. I haven’t looked in a long time (because I don’t want to know) but I love the mega evolutions and playing through this game. IV breeding, EV training, mindlessly leveling up, going to the battle maison, fighting online. I love everything about this game.
Number 1- Banjo-Tooie: I didn’t play this game as a kid (I didn’t own it) but last year, my roommate did so he let me play it. Let me tell you, this instantly became one of my favorite games of all time. They kept the right things the same with Banjo Kazooie and only improved a couple things and so this game is a better Banjo-Tooie. Sadly my roommate moved out when I was playing this game so I didn’t get to finish the game. I was close, I was at the final boss so this is a game that I have to play and beat this year.