Best Video Games of the 80's and 90's

by Emphinix | created - 16 Aug 2011 | updated - 16 Aug 2011 | Public

Before COD, Halo, Gears of War, Warcraft, and League of Legends. Video games were far more challenging and fun. But now they just seem to be a little bit too easy. Now here is my list of the best video games of the 80's and 90's

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1. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

King Koopa has kidnapped Princess Toadstool, taken over all seven kingdoms in the Mushroom World, and put his seven kids in charge of all of them. It's the Mario Brothers to the rescue.

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 3,144

Best SMB game of the NES days.

2. Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from the evil Bowser.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto

Votes: 3,851

My very first video game since I was 3

3. Chrono Trigger (1995 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Crono, a young boy, is thrust to adventure by destiny to destroy an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Akihiko Matsui, Takashi Tokita, Nao Ito

Votes: 2,183

Great plot, music, gameplay and concept. One of the best games ever made by Square.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young Hylian boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.

Directors: Eiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yoichi Yamada, Tôru Ôsawa | Stars: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Fujiko Takimoto, Jun Mizusawa, Takashi Nagasako

Votes: 6,928

The BEST!

5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

The wizard Agahnim has abducted seven maidens, intent on using their power to open a portal to the Dark World. Armed with a trusty sword and shield, Link begins a great and treacherous journey.

Directors: Takashi Tezuka, Hidemaro Fujibayashi | Star: Fujiko Takimoto

Votes: 2,192

The best Zelda game EVER!

6. GoldenEye 007 (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Thriller

James Bond must track down agent-turned-terrorist Alec Trevelyan to stop the launch of a powerful satellite. Play the game that set the stage for the First-person shooter genre on the console.

Director: Martin Hollis | Stars: Kevin Bayliss, Ken Lobb

Votes: 4,474

A great game based on the movie.

7. Super Mario 64 (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Animation, Action, Adventure

When the evil Bowser steals 120 power stars and traps Princess Peach within the walls of her own castle, it's up to Mario to save her once again.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto | Stars: Charles Martinet, Leslie Swan

Votes: 3,685

Mario going in 3D was an epic time for the iconic Nintendo mascot

8. Super Smash Bros. (1999 Video Game)

E | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mario and everybody's favorite Nintendo character battle it out in a no holds barred tournament.

Director: Masahiro Sakurai | Stars: Charles Martinet, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Kazumi Totaka, Makiko Ômoto

Votes: 1,540

I still remember laughing my ass off when I saw the commercial.

9. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy

Choose one out of eight playable characters and engage your opponents in one-on-one close quarter street combat in a series of best-two-out-of-three matches.

Stars: Johnpaul Williams, Eri Nakamura

Votes: 1,186

I remember back in the day when I was 6 years old and played this game all summer long.

10. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Mortal Kombat game that has 26 characters and 4 hidden characters make this a killer game.

Stars: Richard Divizio, Sal Divita, Kerri Hoskins, Chris Alexander

Votes: 965

Love this game.

11. The Hyrule fantasy: Zeruda no densetsu (1986 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Follows the story of a young boy named Link that must save a kidnapped princess from the evil, demonic Ganon, who put a spell on his lair which can only be removed with the 3 pieces of the Triforce, a golden triangle with mystical powers.

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 1,926

12. The Legend of Zelda 2: Rinku no bôken (1987 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A direct sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, it follows Link as he is on a quest to break the sleeping curse placed upon Princess Zelda.

Directors: Tadashi Sugiyama, Yoichi Yamada

Votes: 1,157

13. Mega Man X4 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Mystery

A Reploid Army declares war on the human race after being labeled as Mavericks. X and Zero fight their way to stop this uprising and discover who is behind this.

Stars: Kentarô Itô, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Ryûzaburô Ôtomo, Jin Yamanoi

Votes: 220

Despite the cheesy voice acting, this is a great game.

14. Star Fox 64 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Mad scientist Andross arises as the emperor of Venom and declares war on the entire Lylat System, starting with Corneria. General Pepper sends in the Star Fox team to protect the key planets of the Lylat System and stop Dr. Andross.

Director: Takao Shimizu | Stars: Daisuke Gôri, Kyôko Tongû, Tomohisa Asô, Hisao Egawa

Votes: 1,225

A great game with great concepts, gameplay, storyline and a great remake of the SNES version that will have you doing a barrell roll in excitement.

15. Final Fantasy VII (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A former soldier from an evil company joins a mercenary clan to fight the company he once served.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Yasushi Matsumura, Masato Yagi

Votes: 7,816

My first Final Fantasy and still the best

16. Fainaru fantajî VIII (1999 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A group of mercenaries rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.

Director: Yoshinori Kitase

Votes: 4,405

My second FF game, and loved it ever since.

17. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993 Video Game)

Unrated | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Zeke and Julie, equipped with a variety of weapons and power-ups, go on a quest to rescue their neighbors from monsters often seen in horror movies. Numerous elements and aspects of horror movies are referenced throughout the game.

Votes: 360

A fun zombie-slaying video game long before Resident Evil, Dead Rising, and Left 4 Dead ever existed.

18. Resident Evil 2 (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Thriller

Two months after the mansion events, the deadly T-virus escapes into the streets of Raccoon City. Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield find the police office left abandoned. In an underground facility the story of Umbrella Corp. gets unfolded.

Director: Hideki Kamiya | Stars: Paul Haddad, Alyson Court, Sally Cahill, Lisa Jai

Votes: 4,256

My very first RE game. I was scared, yet I LOVED this great game.

19. F-Zero (1990 Video Game)

E | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

A futuristic racing game where players compete in a high-speed hovercar racing tournament. In the year 2560, multi-billionaires with lethargic lifestyles created a new form of entertainment based on the Formula One races called "F-Zero".

Director: Kazunobu Shimizu

Votes: 312

FALCON PUNCH!

20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1992 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Krang steals the Statue of Liberty, the turtles pursue the Foot Clan to the Technodrome, where Shredder sends them through a time warp. The Turtles must fight Shredder's army in both the past and the future in order to get home.

Director: G. Suzuki | Star: Miki Chang

Votes: 1,013

A great game based on the comic-book, but it fits more with the 1980's cartoon.

21. Ninja Ryû Ken-den (1988 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

NES version of Ninja Gaiden. A ninja named Ryu Hayabusa starts a quest to discover his father's killer.

Director: Hideo Yoshizawa

Votes: 243

Excellent game, yet those damn birds give me nightmares.



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