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
I prefered the X, Y, Z over the bottom three C-buttons so sure. Besides, both discs have OoT plus more content. Nothing is inferior. Therefore, those compilations should be above. The Collector's disc even has 3 other Zelda games!
It's a losing argument. Compilations on top 10 lists should not happen without some level of consistency.
Then the system is broken I guess. Having Prime Trilogy on there but not the Zelda compilations or whatever makes 0 sense. And don't kid yourself, it's not the Wii controls, well that could well be part of it. The fact it has all 3 Prime games is what ranks it so high.
I'm just here for the constructive criticism. You know, trying to help you help yourselves.
It's a fine compilation. But it's just that, a compilation. I didn't agree with Orange Box being nominated for GOTY 2007 for that very reason. Metroid Prime 1 with Wiimote controls being #1 I would have no issue with. But all three games sharing one slot is just lame. Technically, this list is a top 11 list if you want to look at it that way (counting Prime 1 and Prime 1 Wiimake as 1 game if not, top 12).
LOL, that's whining? I was discussing the list. Which is why it was posted I imagine. You kept persisting with why it does indeed deserve to be on there. I kept responding why I thought it shouldn't be. If what I am doing is whining then you are literally just whining about my whining.
Anyone not happy with the current list can just go here and use whatever criteria they want to drum up a satisfying top ten. If you think a min. of 10 votes is too high, or ports should be excluded, etc., it's easy to rectify. Zero's list is just a snapshot of what the users here think are the top games, but he's using his own criteria to create that list.
@stephen08 Maybe not whining but as I stated in the OP AND on the first page when Jargon brought it up, this is just a list of how users here have rated games. OOT bonus disk isn't on there because our users didn't rate it high enough to be on there, otherwise I would have put it on there. No mystery.
THOUGH... I think next time I do this, I am going to exclude compilations and exclude ports of games already on the list (Chrono Trigger DS) and it'll probably make a bit more sense. And maybe then Majora's Mask will finally get the love and respect it deserves!
@Jargon Hey, I agree with his OOT score WAY more than I agree with your RE 4 score!
You should do a top 20 just so there are some wildcards thrown in. Everything on that list is a certifiable classic and is going to be on any Nintendo top ten. With another ten you guys might get some more variety.
Yeah but we have no fancy built in functionality for top 20 lists!
Besides, the next 10 are kind of predictable and mostly Nintendo franchises as well. As it stands now...
Yoshi's Island Majora's Mask Super Mario 64 Goldeneye Super Smash Brothers Melee Super Mario Brothers Donkey Kong '94 (ohhh shocker! barely squeezing into my arbitrary 10 ratings limit...) Resident Evil 4 Wii (surprised the Wii edition scored higher, but I know we have some RE 4 haters who brought down the GC version) Metroid Prime 3 Twilight Princess Wii