Best Nintendo Games Year by Year

Best Nintendo Games Year by Year

What Nintendo game was the best the year you were born? What was everybody so hyped about other than "baby you"? This is a list of the Best Nintendo Games from 1984-2004. Enjoy this nostalgia walk down memory lane!


Tetris — 1984
Gaming Platform: Nintendo NES, Game Boy

Nintendo's variant of the iconic building games was unsurprisingly a huge hit amongst NES and Game Boy players. The game offered countless hours of addictive, challenging gameplay that's just as good today as it was three decades ago when it first came out.

Super Mario Bros. — 1985
Gaming Platform: Nintendo NES

This one is a solid contender for being the greatest video game of all time! Launched in 1985, Super Mario Bros. introduced a number of trends — multiple levels with changing worlds, power ups, and hidden passages — that continue to influence new gaming titles to this day.

The Legend of Zelda — 1986
Gaming Platform: Nintendo NES

Launched in 1986, The Legend of Zelda is considered to be among the best video games of all time on any platform. The cornerstone of the legendary franchise offered an eclectic mix of challenging gameplay elements and an engaging storyline, which led it to become an instant hit.

Contra — 1987
Gaming Platform: Nintendo NES

Konami's action-packed Contra game launched in 1987, and it offered players a plethora of levels to play through, challenging enemies, and a host of weapons with unlimited ammo to help you blast them out of your way. In addition to Nintendo NES, the game was also available for a host of other gaming platforms.

Super Mario Bros 3 — 1988
Gaming Platform: Nintendo NES

After an attempt to change the platform in Mario 2, Nintendo comes back with one of the great platformers of all time in Super Mario Bros 3, which during the first stages of development it was supposed to be in 3D but after realizing it would never run properly on the NES, Nintendo went back to the 2D side scrolling style and thank goodness they did. 

Final Fight — 1989
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

Launched in the late '80s, Final Fight was a smash hit on a multitude of gaming platforms, including Nintendo SNES. The game offered a captivating story line and multiple levels of nonstop fighting action.

Super Mario World — 1990
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

2 years after the extremely popular Super Mario Bros 3 was released, Nintendo developed yet another masterpiece featuring yet again, "Itsa Me! Mario!" It was a launch title for the Super Nintendo and is still today considered the greatest Mario game ever made.

Final Fantasy IV — 1991
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

Also known as Final Fantasy II in the USA due to the unreleased Japanese games before it, is one of the best RPGs of all time. Super Nintendo was the host to many great RPGs that paved the way for the genre still today. Final Fantasy IV was able to tap into players feelings through beautiful story telling while keeping gameplay exciting and new from start to finish.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time — 1992
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time was an action-packed video game that put you in control of your favorite TMNT character. The game offered a multitude of challenging levels, as well as tough bosses to fight through. Multiplayer option was also available. 

Star Fox — 1993
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

Star Fox is one of those games you have to love. Railshooters were formerly looked at as games like Galaga, but Star Fox took it to the next level with the 3D graphics. From a coding standpoint, it is actually incredible that they were able to get a game like Star Fox to run on a console like the Super Nintendo, due to its demanding graphics.

Super Metroid — 1994
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

Even though it is not the first installment of the series, Nintendo's Super Metroid offered such an impressive blend of gameplay and graphics that it became an instant classic. The action game is now considered one of the best titles of all time regardless of platform.

Chrono Trigger — 1995
Gaming Platform: Nintendo SNES

There were many good games that released in 1995, but none quite as amazing as Chrono Trigger. I warned you that the SNES was host to some of the greatest RPGs of all time. Chrono Trigger is a JRPG that set a bar long ago for JRPG makers to try to reach. Not only if this one of my favorite games of all time, I am simply thankful for what they did for the genre.

Pokémon Red and Blue — 1996
Gaming Platform: Nintendo Game Boy

Pokémon Red and Blue introduced catching and collecting Pokémon, battling others, and trading them between players more than two decades before Pokémon Go took over your smartphone and daily life. The legendary RPG game is considered to be among the best of all time.

GoldenEye 007 — 1997
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 64

A Nintendo 64 hit, GoldenEye 007 literally put players in the shoes (and impeccably tailored suit) of James Bond. With realistic, challenging gameplay and groundbreaking graphics, the first-person shooter game is considered to be one of the best of its kind to this day.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — 1998
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 64

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the fifth main installment of The Legend of Zelda series and the first one to be released for the Nintendo 64. It was one of the most highly anticipated games of its age and is still considered one of the great video games ever made.

Super Smash Bros — 1999
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 64

Super Smash Bros. is a series of crossover fighting games published by Nintendo, that primarily features characters from franchises established on its systems. The gameplay objective differs from that of traditional fighters by aiming to knock opponents off the stage.

Mario Tennis — 2000
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 64

Mario Tennis for Nintendo 64 allowed players to take control of their favorite characters from the legendary Super Mario series in a tennis match. One of the most popular titles for the Nintendo 64 gaming console, Mario Tennis offered high-quality graphics for its time, as well as gameplay that was made to be shared with friends and family.

Luigi's Mansion — 2001
Gaming Platform: Nintendo GameCube

Luigi's Mansion video game was a poster child for the Nintendo GameCube gaming console when it launched at the turn of this century. The game's main character is Mario's faithful sidekick, Luigi. He's exploring a haunted mansion in search of Mario, and he's battling ghosts in the process.

Metroid Prime — 2002
Gaming Platform: Nintendo GameCube

When she shoots, Samus Aran doesn't miss. That's one of the fundamental truths of the original Metroid Prime, the first-person sci-fi game that came out on the Nintendo GameCube in 2002. You lock her gun onto a target and fire. She hits it every time.

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions — 2003
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 3DS

An instant classic for the handheld Nintendo 3DS, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions offers a great combination of cool adventures, challenging puzzles, and, of course, great-looking graphics. The game also offers support for amiibo figures.

Metroid: Zero Mission — 2004
Gaming Platform: Nintendo 3DS

An instant classic for the handheld Nintendo 3DS, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions offers a great combination of cool adventures, challenging puzzles, and, of course, great-looking graphics. The game also offers support for amiibo figures.

Metroid: Zero Mission is a side-scrolling action-adventure video game published by Nintendo, and developed by its Research & Development 1 (R&D1) division for the Game Boy Advance. It is a remake of the 1986 game Metroid—the first installment in the Metroid video game series

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