I did this once last July, before the massive influx of users, so I thought it would be fun to do it again and see how much has changed. The main thing that has changed, of course, is that we have a lot more users now and therefore a lot more voting on games. So for the sake of this write-up, I am only going to choose games with at least 10 votes. I have also decided that in the case of a tie, the game with more ratings wins out. Makes sense to me.
Super Mario World is our first new debut, barely edging its way into the top 10. Who else remembers back when the "Super" Nintendo was first announced and Super Mario World was shown off? I sure do. I knew I needed it. It took me a few years to get it, but when I finally did... sweet times for Zero.
Final Fantasy III (SNES) - 9.63/10 (17 ratings)
Previous ranking: N/A
Another new debut, and one of only two non-Nintendo developed games in our top 10. We sure loved our Squaresoft RPGs! I actually didn't play this one until a couple of years ago, but I am happy to announce, it has definitely passed the test of time. Actually, it's a heck of a lot better than most modern RPGs...
Metroid Prime (GCN) - 9.67/10 (42 ratings)
Previous ranking: #1 (-7)
OUCH! Metroid Prime drops a full 7 spots. I blame Anandxxx and his crazy scanning hatred. Well, whatever the case, Metroid Prime still remains my favorite 3D game to date.
Chrono Trigger (SNES) - 9.69/10 (26 ratings)
Previous ranking: #4 (-3)
Chrono Trigger drops a few spots, but still makes a strong showing. Easily one of the best RPGs ever made and if you never had a chance to check it out on the SNES, you should grab a copy of the DS version and see what all the fuss is about.
Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii) - 9.73/10 (16 ratings)
Previous ranking: N/A
Another newcomer. Though it may seem unfair to include a collection on the list, it is hard to argue against the fact of three of the best games in recent times in one neat little package. Even if you are Anandxxx.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) - 9.77/10 (39 ratings)
Previous ranking: #3 (-2)
Link to the Past drops a bit, but still manages to stay in the top 5. I also fondly remember my days with this one on the SNES. One of the best gaming experiences of my life.
Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES) - 9.78/10 (37 ratings)
Previous ranking: #5 (+1)
I remember the first time I played this game, in the arcade on a Nintendo pick choice 10 machine. I felt bad for the other 9 games, no one was going near them. Just one huge line to get a chance to play Super Masrio Brothers 3. It was well worth the wait.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) - 9.79/10 (45 ratings)
Previous ranking: #8 (+5)
The Ocarina of Time makes a huge jump from #8 to #3. Actually, I never understood how it was so low to begin with. This game is generally considered one of Nintendo's absolute best.
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) - 9.79/10 (48 ratings)
Previous ranking: #9 (+7)
Super Mario Galaxy also makes a huge leap, from the back of the pack to the front. Definitely one of Nintendo's best efforts in recent times, and I don't know about anyone else, but I can't wait for Super Mario Galaxy 2!
Super Metroid (SNES) - 9.81/10 (37 ratings)
Previous ranking: #2 (+1)
I'm not sure if Super Metroid moved up, or simply gained the #1 spot from Prime's downfall, but whatever the case, if any game deserves to be called the best game ever released on a Nintendo platform, this is it. And considering the state of 2D game development, it may be a very, very long time before anything else tops what Super Metroid did in 2D.
It was interesting to look at the ratings, especially the top 5, with a mere .04 separating our #5 game from our #1 game. All in all though, not too many major shifts. Makes me think there could be some major changes in the positions with just a few votes. So if you are a member, maybe you should go make a difference!
Absent from the list this time around / last time's spot in the top 10 Super Mario Brothers (NES) / 10th Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES) / 7th Tetris (NES) / 6th
Metroid Prime Trilogy shouldn't be up there, in my opinion. Yes, it makes changes but its still basically 3 old games. Why not have Mario All Stars in place of Mario 3? You have to take into account the impact of the game when it came out and Metroid Prime's impact was obviously greater than the Trilogy.
Edit: Else than that, pretty good list. Not my exact list, but can't really complain (although no original Legend of Zelda is somewhat sad to me)
Metroid Prime Trilogy shouldn't be up there, in my opinion. Yes, it makes changes but its still basically 3 old games. Why not have Mario All Stars in place of Mario 3?
This is just a list of games based off of the ratings given by users here. I thought about excluding comps but decided to leave them in. Super Mario All-Stars just barely missed the cut, it has a 9.53/10 after 25 ratings.
My heart has sunk to a depth immeasurable from the shunning of one of the greatest games of all time... EarthBound. Excuse me whilst a weep away the remainder of the day at this sourly sad development.
Now that I've beaten Super Metroid, I've been considering rating it, but I don't know what rating I should give it. I'm not giving it a 10, but I don't know what rating I would feel good about giving it.
I guess Ocarina of Time is being rated as a Virtual Console game? It's listed as being a Wii game, whereas all the others reflect their original systems.
That wouldn't be my top ten, but there isn't a single bad game on the list (though I haven't played Chrono Trigger or FFIII/VI to comment on them). Super Metroid would be my pick for number 1 though. I fucking love that game.
@Het_Nkik I'm not big on rating, either, but the process of doing so was interesting, because I had to personally rank all the games I had played. Like, which did I have more fun with, honestly? Metroid Prime or Clu Clu Land?