I’m old enough to remember playing and owning the first major video game console from Nintendo, the Nintendo Entertainment System. I was five years old when it was released in 1985 and it shaped my love of video games with all of its 8-bit glory. If you owned the same gray box, you can remember blowing into the cartridges to get the dust out so the console would read it properly. Nevertheless, it was one of the best consoles of all time.
You’d also know what the secret code up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start meant. There was also the plastic gun that came with Duck Hunt that made the console a masterpiece. The most vivid memories come from Super Mario Brothers and Bowser in the first major Mario hit where you couldn’t even turn around to go back and collect coins you might have missed.
Without a doubt, Nintendo has made a huge impact on video gaming and it continues to do so today with the ultra popular Pokemon Go. It also made waves at Apple’s major event with the announcement of Super Mario Run which is being released on iOS (don’t fret, it is coming to Android too).
Sadly, it seems that Nintendo has lost to Sony and Microsoft in the console wars. Nintendo is turning into one of the old Japanese companies that was huge in the 80s and 90s only to slowly fade away like Sony in today’s era of mobile electronics.
Nintendo has shown glimpses of recovery with Pokemon Go and now Super Mario Run, but Pokemon Go’s profits mainly are going to Ingress while Super Mario Run is just another endless runner with real lack of gaming soul.
I’d love to see Nintendo join the new era of iOS and Android, and move its major hits to those platforms with a user base in the billions. It doesn’t need to make hardware anymore. Supercell (Clash of Clans) and Rovio (Angry Birds) have proven there are billions of dollars to be had with games alone.
Rockstar Games published its widely popular Grand Theft Auto series, and Square Enix has also released many of its Final Fantasy games on both platforms as well.
It’s time Nintendo shakes the dust off, fires the old guard, and brings back these smash hits from the past.
Super Mario Brothers
Anyone who grew up in the 80’s probably has solid memories of the most iconic NES game of all time, Super Mario Bros. The theme music was absolutely fantastic, but the gameplay was revolutionary. I loved reaching the end of every level and speeding to get the best jump possible to land as high up on the flag pole for bonus points. Gameplay was limited by the inability to go backwards in the game, but overall this game is what started the love of video games for most and established Nintendo as the best video game creator.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Released in 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of the most immersive storylines ever produced. At the time it was the most powerful video game Nintendo released (32-megabyte) and it had to be with all of the puzzles, adventures, and high-end graphics jam packed into the game. It was a huge open-world set up where Link was tasked with rescuing Zelda from the evils of Ganondorf.
Super Smash Bros
Remember the Gamecube? One of the most popular titles was the multi-player smash hit Super Smash Bros. Up to four players could battle each other at the same time using characters from titles you thought would never cross lines like Pokemon and Donkey Kong. Each character had its own special powers and this is a game that needs life on Android ASAP.
As much as I love hardcore racing titles such as Gran Turismo, nothing was more fun than MarioKart. The game had maps with obstacles, jumps, traps and everything all other realistic racing games didn’t have and you could also attack each other with the mystery boxes provided throughout each race. I still remember Yoshi as my favorite race character.
I’d argue GoldenEye 007 was the first-person shooter that made multiplayer mode extremely addicting in this genre of gaming. While the storyline followed the movie, there was plenty to love about single player mode with the drama, action and scenarios you needed to get out of in a hurry. But the multiplayer mode provided endless hours of fun, especially with the One Shot One Kill mode. Halo and Call of Duty owe their successes to GoldenEye 007. This is my personal favorite of all time and it’s embarrassing how many hours my friends and I spent on this game in our first year of college at UCSD.
Up, up, down, down, left, right, B, A, start – enough said.
Mike Tyson was the ultimate boxer in his prime. He was the youngest boxer to win title belts and he did it in dominating style by knocking out opponents with his ridiculous power within the first few rounds. The Nintendo game Punch-Out!!! was no different. You needed to work your way through a wide range of boxers in varying skills to get to meet Mr. Mike at the end, where he would knock you down with one punch. SO FUN.
Duck Hunt was the title game that came with the NES console for free. It also came with the revolutionary gun that you shot at the TV to hunt ducks that became faster and wilder with each level. I used to hate it when the dog laughed at me when I’d miss the ducks, but I miss this classic and hope it finds a way to the Google Play Store.
Star Fox at the time was one of the best rail shooter jet fighting games available. Nintendo never really developed this series far enough, but this was the first game to use polgonal graphics and was a whole lot of fun to play. This would be the perfect game for playing individual levels when you have 10 minutes to spare.
Metroid was one of the most popular series of ever to come from Nintendo. It is based on a series of missions of the bounty hunter Samus Aran who’s main purpose is to protect the galaxy from evil. It’s a combination of the gaming style of Super Mario Bros with the free flowing exploration aspect from Zelda.
Metroid is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and should be a must-have on Android.
This list of ten games is in no way a proclamation of the best games of all time, as that is a subjective topic to gamers. We all have our favorites and these are mine from Nintendo. I remember classics such as Pong, Tecmo Bowl, PaperBoy, Shinobi, Double Dragon, TMNT, and many others that had a huge impact on my gaming. I’d love to see those titles in the Google Play Store as well.
It’s time for Nintendo to shake things up and make these 10 games available for purchase in the Google Play Store, and I’ll be the first to offer up my money.
What are your favorites and what titles would you like to see on your Android? List them in the comments section below.