SUPER MARIO 3D LAND
Super Scaling Flipping Sound Sound Shower Car all the way. Super Mario Lands should have hopping ghosts and Jason Vorheers, and I’m pretty sure 3D Land has neither, nor did it do a good enough job distinguishing itself from the other Wii, DS, and 3DS Marios to even make a mark in my memory despite those being my main consoles those generations.
DONKEY KONG '94
Two jumpy games. I don’t mess with EA games newer than the Genesis so I gotta give it to surprise puzzle platformer Mario, despite that being a very dirty trick to play on people coming off of the purity of Super Game Boy Space Invaders.
Rez is a game so good that I nearly forgot you could have sex with it.
FINAL FANTASY XIV
You don’t have to pay a monthly fee to experience the greatest 16-bit boss ever, Seven Force (unless you’re fighting him in Alien Soldier on the Sega Channel).
STREETS OF RAGE 2
Play this and tell me at 1:37 you’re not feeling the best you’ve ever felt
RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2
Resident Evil is a landmark PS1 game, and ought to be experienced like that, not the remake. Sonic had three decent games, and 2 is the only one to achieve greatness.
SONIC 3 & KNUCKLES
I guess Yakuza 0, even though I’ve yet to get around to any of those.
METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER
CONTRA: HARD CORPS
Awww, given the weirdness where one version of Hard Corps is way too hard, I’ll give it to Snake Eater.
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE SERIES (DEVELOPED BY SANDLOT)
I kind of feel like all EDFs is a bit of a cop out, and Everyone Votes was such a weird thing to take part in. Even still I gotta go with EDF.
Minecraft was just never my thing. Meanwhile I bought a flash cart off a shady website as soon as that translation hit for Mother 3 (which I still haven’t finished, yikes!)