You made it! It’s the top ten as we reveal the most beloved choices picked by our followers in our list of the top 200 video games of all-time. So without further adieux, here they are…
10) Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid has brought plenty of good fortune to Konami during its 20-year franchise. Much like the stealth-oriented gameplay of titles like Splinter Cell and Syphon Filter, Metal Gear Solid has you playing as Solid Snake in his war against FOXHOUND a shadow organization threatening to use nuclear-capable Metal Gear REX against the U.S. Government if they don’t get what they want. Receiving an average score of 94% from critics, Metal Gear Solidsold over six million copies and is considered to be one of the most important video games ever made, spawning novels, comics, and sequels.
9) Persona 5
With a lot to live up to after the critical acclaim, fan love, and overall success of Persona 4, Atlus had their work cut out for them with Persona 5. Chronologically, Persona 5 is the sixth game in the series and part of the bigger Megami Tensei franchise. It takes place in modern Tokyo during the course of a school year at Shujin Academy. Together with fellow students, your protagonist develops Persona powers and becomes a group of vigilantes known as the Phantom Thieves. With plenty of dungeon crawling, character development, and hours of gameplay, Persona 5 has something for everybody.
What kind of top 200 gaming list would be complete without Tetris? Designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1983, Tetris was the first video game from the Soviet Union to be exported to America. In this classic game, you try to match up blocks in order to keep them from reaching the top of the screen. Tetris has been remade, remastered, copied, and played more than any other game in existence and is still much loved today by kids an adults all over the world.
7) Super Metroid
Super Metroid is a game that not only breathed life into a beloved franchise, but it was also arguably one of the first games to ever perfectly mix all of the elements of a video game together (atmosphere, gameplay, soundtrack, graphics). It created a standard for what makes a successful game. This side-scrolling adventure game was released in 1994 and is the third installment in the Metroid series and follows Samus Aran who travels to an alien planet to retrieve an infant Metroid that was stolen by the Space Pirate Ridley. While the series went dormant for eight years afterward, it was followed in 2002 with the release of Metroid Fusion. If you haven’t gotten a chance to play it, you can pick up a Super Nintendo Classic Edition and see what it’s all about.
6) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Just when you thought Link wouldn’t be back on the list, you find out you’re wrong! In terms of appearances on this list, Legend of Zelda has proven to be the greatest franchise of all time, but I digress. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1998. Once again you’re fighting the evil Ganondorf, who wants the plunge the world into darkness. With its introduction of a target-lock system and focus on music, this Legend of Zelda game not only introduced a bunch of new features but also went on to the sell over seven million copies worldwide.
5) Super Mario World
Super Mario World is a weird one in the fact that it’s not really that different when compared with Mario’s earlier entries. So why the change from a numbered entry? Who knows. What can be said about Super Mario World is that introducing new gameplay elements that make Mario a little more mobile and allows you to play the game differently than before. For example, no only can you run and jump across the game’s 96 different levels, you can also use new power-ups to fly, float, and execute new moves like Mario’s signature spin jump. Super Mario World was released in 1990 and sold over 20 million copies, earning it the title of the best-selling Super Nintendo game ever.
4) Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Oh, look, another Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past drops the side-scrolling elements of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and returns to a top-down perspective of the original game. The story follows Link as he once again journeys around Hyrule to defeat Ganon and rescue a maiden(s) in distress. While it didn’t sell nearly as many copies as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sold over four million copies worldwide and was followed up by the fan-favorite entry The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
3) Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is one of those rare games that only come along once in a lifetime. It’s also one of those games that you hope to never be remade out of a fear that it might ruin the original experience. Chrono Trigger was released in 1995 on the Super Nintendo by Square (now Square-Enix) dream team Yuji Horii (of Dragon Quest), Akira Toriyama (of Dragonball), Masato Kato, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Nobuo Uematsu. The game follows a group of protagonists as they travel through time to prevent the world from coming to an end. With multiple endings, plot-driven side-quests, and enveloping character development, it’s easy to see why gamers think so highly of this title over 20 years after its release.
2) Final Fantasy VII
Speaking of Final Fantasy, no other franchise has done as much to bring role-playing games into the spotlight as Final Fantasy, and few games in the franchise are as beloved as Final Fantasy VII. This 1997 game developed by Square (now Square-Enix) for the Playstation is the seventh game in the series and takes place across the span of four discs. You play as Cloud Strife, who armed with a giant sword and accompanied by his allies in the revolutionist group AVALANCHE, take on the diabolical Shinra and the murderous Sephiroth. Final Fantasy VII is regarded as one of the greatest titles of all time and spawned an entire world around its mythology. There’s even a remake rumored to be showing up on the Playstation 4 in the next couple of years.
1) Super Mario Bros 3
Here it is ladies, gentlemen, and beings of a non-binary nature, the game that you voted into the top spot on our top 200 list. Super Mario 3 goes where most of the games have gone before while introducing new abilities to our favorite mustached plumber. In addition to running and jumping, Mario also was given the ability to slide down slopes, pick up blocks, and climb vines as he side-scrolls his way through eight kingdoms in order to save the Princess Toadstool and the Mushroom World. Super Mario Bros 3 sold over 17 million copies, making it the third best selling Nintendo game of all time.
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