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My 20 Favorite Games From Games’ Past


As we look ahead to PS4 and more installments of our favorite franchises, let’s take a trip down memory lane. I am one of those “I take sides” gamers.

In the 90’s I refused to touch a Sega Genesis lol…well until my cousin bought me one for my birthday. Hey I won’t say no to a free gift. I mainly stuck to SNES (Super Nintendo) and now I stick to PS3 (sorry folks I don’t do XBOX).

So here is my list with short commentary on my 20 favorite games from my teenage years:

1. Street Fighter II

I remember my mom asking me what I wanted for my birthday that year and I said “Street Fighter II” she gave me a look and asked me if I was joking lol. Thankfully my brother went with her so she would get me the game for sure. I was hooked on this game, I can definitely say this was the best fighting game in the 90’s hands down (Mortal Kombat a close second).

2. Super Mario World

This is what started it all, my love for gaming. My brother bought the SNES and it came with SMW. Once I started playing it was all over from there.

3.Batman Returns (SNES)

I spent a lot of hours playing this one. I loved the movies and got a kick out of playing this. Great characters and bosses (Catwoman, Penguin). I actually still have fun playing this. It’s dated yes but great games are great games!

4. Final Fight

If there’s one word I have for this it’s Classic! For me, this was the 3rd most played game for me. We spent so much time playing SF2 and Mario but this game has a place of its own. I can’t say specifically what it was, but this goes down as one of my favorite games of all-time.

5. Super Castlevania (SNES)

This was my introduction to this franchise and I’ve been a fan ever since. Now although the franchise has been inconsistent (that’s for another article) I was hooked.

6.Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)

Probably the best from the franchise. I have to say about every Castlevania game, the “Clock Tower” is always my favorite board.

7. Altered Beast (Genesis)

Great game. The gameplay for this was excellent. “Beast Form” didn’t stay long but that added to the challenge.

8. Sonic 2 (Genesis)

This franchise was great but Sonic 2 is still my favorite. ‘Tails’ ( Sonic’s sidekick) got on my last nerve but this was still excellent. Of course I would activate the cheat early on so I could demolish every board in “super sonic” form.

9. Donkey Kong (SNES)

Another great franchise. I never got bored playing this. I never wanted to throw the controller, this was pure fun.

10. Disney’s Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

If you haven’t played this, you missed out! Excellent game and great artwork. The bosses were fun to play and all the boards were creative and fun. This is one of the games I still play.

11. Aladdin (SNES)

Loved this game. Me and my brother always took turns playing this. You know how it goes, whoever dies has to give up the controller lol.

12 .F-Zero (SNES)

One of the most unique racing games I’ve played. I had to learn to navigate skillfully and not blow up on the 3rd lap.

13. Super Mario Kart (SNES)

A great many hours spent challenging friends and making bets. Loved this game and still play it! If racers could really throw shells and bananas at opponents, Nascar would be a lot more interesting.

14. Super Mario All Stars (SNES)

What’s better than having Mario 1, 2 and 3 plus lost levels all on one cartridge?

15. X-men: Mutant Apocalypse

Huge fan of the comics so it only made sense.

16. Crash Bandicoot (PS1)

In the tradition of games like  Super Mario Kart; this was another excellent racing game with a twist.

17. Marvel VS. Capcom (Arcade)

Great game, I mostly played this one in the arcade. Very grand and a variety of players to play and take your anger out with.

18. Ehrgeiz (PS1)

This game was ridiculous and had a unique twist on the fighter genre; great fun.

19. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

One of the best games on the PS1 hands down (my opinion) This one took up most of my gaming time for sure.

20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (SNES)

I loved the movie (minus Vanilla Ice) and loved the game.

That’s my list and of course there are many more but those were the games I played religiously. There’s a lot about past games I miss but of course the future is always looking bright.

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