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100 Best Nintendo Games: Part One

100-81: The countdown begins!

So we begin our countdown of the greatest Nintendo games ever. This list was months in the making and caused endless arguments but we managed to whittle down over 20 years of phenomenal gaming experiences into a nice round 100. Over the next few weeks we'll be revealing our top 100 games of all time on the website in a series of special features but if you can't wait you can read the full list in the new issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. Our celebration of the 100 greatest Nintendo games ever is available now as a special bonus magazine that's free with Issue 40 of Official Nintendo Magazine.

100: Star Wars: Rogue Leader

Format: GameCube. Released: 2002

It's funny it should be next to Luigi's Mansion as together, they were the essential 'Cube launch games. Especially memorable for the amazing opening Death Star level where you fly the X-Wing. Stunning.

Metroid Zero Mission
Metroid Zero Mission
99: Luigi's Mansion

Format: GameCube. Released 2002

The best short game ever! Seriously, had Luigi's ghost gobbling adventure been longer, this could have been right up there with some of Mario's finest moments. As it is, it's six hours of pure Nintendo brilliance.

98: Bomberman Blast

Format: WiiWare. Released: 2008

It might be one of the simplest gaming concepts ever conceived but Bomberman remains an undeniable multiplayer party game classic. With online play and every imaginable feature, the recent WiiWare release is our definitive version.

97: Conker's Bad Fur Day

Format: N64, Released: 2001

The N64 went out with a bang thanks to a foul mouthed squirrel. The fact that Rare's cute Conker had let himself go made for a hilarious and original adventure.

96: Kirby: Power Paintbrush

Format: DS. Released: 2005

After a few years in the doldrums, Nintendo's pink blob returned for this early DS classic that has you painting paths with the stylus for our Kirby to roll along. Simple and beautiful.

95: Killer Instinct

Format: SNES. Released: 1995

Rare took the best bits of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat and put them together for this ace fighting game. The stars aren't particularly memorable but it plays great and has a good soundtrack.

94: Metroid Zero Mission

Format: GBA. Released: 2004

A remake of the original

NES game, the revamped missions brought it in line with Fusion and added some great new power -ups. It's classic 2D Metroid from start to finish.

1080 Snowboarding
1080 Snowboarding
93: Jet Force Gemini

Format: N64. Released: 1999

With Perfect Dark suffering from delays, this was Rare's big hope in 1999. Although it features cuddly characters, this is a surprisingly dark sci-fi adventure with a brilliant co-op mode.

92: F-Zero GX

Format: GameCube. Released: 2003

With 30 racers speeding around loopy courses at speeds of over 200 kph, finishing first is tough. GX may have alienated some F-Zero fans but this challenging racer was a treate for hardcore fans.

91. Beyond Good & Evil

Format: GameCube. Released: 2004

A game starring a photographer and a talking humanoid pig was a bit too far out for some people but this world where humans, aliens, animals and robots co-exist is a wonderful place to explore.

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  1. BOWIEtheHERO Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 17:58

    INB4EVERYONE!

    Chris knows my feelings on a #82 in this list...
    Other people probably do too...

    _

  2. ILoveWii Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 18:07

    Rogue Leader should be higher.

  3. insanity cheese Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 18:20

    Oh, so now even the free gift is being put of the website! I'm starting to think it's not worth buying ONM if everything that's in there is on the website.

  4. Lego Dragon Ball Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 18:23

    Luigi's Mansion should be waaaaaayyy higher.

  5. Spoon-man Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 18:45

    Oh, so now even the free gift is being put of the website! I'm starting to think it's not worth buying ONM if everything that's in there is on the website.

    Shh... they'll hear you!


    Also: World of Goo should definitely be higher. Hmph. I just hope that Super Mario World and Galaxy both position in the top 10 - or I'll lose all respect that I have left for you guys :cry:

  6. Callum D Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 20:35

    Just to let you know, you put Donkey Kong 94(Unless it's my lame computer screen)I agree with that list, other than Chibi-robo. I borrowed this game off an old friend of mine and I think it was one of the most charming game for the 'cube. Should be definitely higher up.

  7. deathroom Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 22:34

    Why do I get the feeling that Suoer Mario 64 or Zedla 64 (sorry tired) will be right at the top! :P

  8. ILoveWii Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 22:49

    I'm not buying ONM anymore.

    You're stealing our money.

  9. Vianyte Tuesday 17th Feb 2009 at 22:55

    Orcarina will be Number 1, as always

  10. Colonel-Austin Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 04:11

    INB4EVERYONE!

    Chris knows my feelings on a #82 in this list...
    Other people probably do too...

    _

    HeAreTheSecretOfMana.

    If BW isn't in the top 5 you guys SUCK (or have a different opinion to me).

    I haven't got the booklet but my personal top 5 would be:

    5. Twilight Princess
    4. Wind Waker
    3. FE: Path of Radiance
    2. Battalion Wars
    1. FE: Radiant Dawn

    Not a huge fan of 64 games you may have noticed! But I've only had a GC/Wii so that's my excuse.

  11. wariorulez Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 10:57

    Why are there a load of Rare games at the bottom of the Top 100? JFG and CBFD should both be in the top 50! Otherwise this is a good beginning to the list.

    Though I think World of Goo is over-rated, the art is lovely but it's just trial and error and gets very repititous and dull after just a few levels. A waste of my Wii points in my opinion...

  12. Johnzaloog Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 10:58

    You called DK64 "Donkey kong 94" and you've given F-ZERO GX the same description as Beyond Good and Evil

  13. tomonm Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 11:33

    You called DK64 "Donkey kong 94"

    It is meant to be Donkey Kong 94. It's the Game Boy game not the N64 adventure.

  14. Meow Mix Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 12:04

    Wow, F-zero GX is that low?

    Just...wow.

  15. Super_Sonic96 Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 13:52

    I agree with the list so far,but i think that Luigi's mansion should be slightly higher.

  16. Shadowluigi21 Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 16:47

    It is meant to be Donkey Kong 94. It's the Game Boy game not the N64 adventure.

    Then why the hell is there a picture of the Donkey Kong 64 box?

  17. 5pan1el Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 17:11

    colonel-austin you are way off

  18. Xexix Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 19:28

    If you dare leave Pokemon Gold/silver out I am gonna hunt you down and shove this free booklet up your backsides.

    Top 5:

    5. Zelda 64
    4. Metroid Prime 3
    3. Brawl
    2. Twilight Princess
    1. Galaxy

  19. Wario-Man Wednesday 18th Feb 2009 at 20:29

    Oh, so now even the free gift is being put of the website! I'm starting to think it's not worth buying ONM if everything that's in there is on the website.

    Yeah. I worked that out at issue 35. :oops:

  20. allanironmaiden Thursday 19th Feb 2009 at 12:07

    for me, killer instinct on the snes still stands up today as one of THE greatest beat em ups ever. Killer soundtrack aside, the gameplay was fantastic, fast paced action and certainly a game we MUST see on VC!

  21. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Thursday 19th Feb 2009 at 12:20

    Hey! ONM removed my previous comment!

    Why must you hurt me ONM... :cry:

  22. Colonel-Austin Thursday 19th Feb 2009 at 12:43

    colonel-austin you are way off

    How am I way off, that was my personal top 5, not OMG IF THIS IZNT THE TOP 5 IM GONNA KILLZ ALL OF ONM.

    I can't be wrong about my own opinion.

  23. lminett Thursday 19th Feb 2009 at 14:30

    The biggest mistake with this top 100 is that Super Smash Bros Brawl isnt in the top 5?! Come on ONM whats up with that? Your talking about the game with the most unlocks, best soundtrack, best visuals and best muiltplayer experiance on the wii! and you put it at 15!!!! Brawl is more fun that Mario Kart wii, even tho thats not a bad game, but brawl is better than wind waker,resident evil 4, super mario 64 and mario kart wii all put together. genral the list is quite good, the only other niggles i have is that DKC should be higher up and that SMB 3 should swap with SMworld. Ill be rembering this Brawl thing for quite a while... :evil:

  24. Spacetwit Friday 20th Feb 2009 at 16:57

    Although I think that some parts of your list were a bit off, such as Majoras Mask at No. 45 when Guitar Hero : World Tour got No.42, you deserve a pat on the back for putting Jet Force Gemini on the list. I got it for Christmas and it's bloody amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone else. Proof that Rare was better off at Nintendo.

  25. AbbaCraka Friday 20th Feb 2009 at 23:07

    Top 5:

    5. Zelda 64

    ...Galaxy is better than OoT? Have you actually played both of the games? Though your top 4 are just recent additions on the Wii to big titles.

  26. .Yoshi. Sunday 22nd Feb 2009 at 11:35

    I have no argument in the ordering I think its spot on. :D
    And does anyone know which street fighter game is best on VC? I really need to know which one is the best buy as they are all 800 points. None of them are just called: Super Street Fighter II.

  27. zoda Monday 23rd Feb 2009 at 20:45

    Rogue Leader should be higher.

    i agree :)

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