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(Slate)   The only definitive, indisputable, absolutely inarguable ranking of The Switch's 55 NES games that you'll ever need   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-10-16 12:46:40 PM  
I did pick up the NES joy-cons from their website for this. They're kinda awful so I don't really recommend them. I know it wouldn't have worked, but I wish they had used the dog bone style they had for the top loader. I really like mine.
 
2020-10-16 3:22:38 PM  
Clicked prepared to be angry at the ranking. It's actually pretty good. I'd put original Mario Bros. (not Super Mario Bros.) even lower. Otherwise no major complaints, aside from that apparently half, at best, of the actually-still-good-in-2020 games on the NES are available on the Switch.

Oh, I wouldn't put Punch Out that high, I guess. I like the game a lot but really it's a pretty repetitive input-timing (made nearly impossible if your controllers have much lag at all) and learn-the-pattern game. Probably deserves to be down in the 10s or even 20s, on this list.
 
2020-10-16 3:42:15 PM  
Zelda isn't in the top ten, this whole thing is invalidated.
 
2020-10-16 3:48:17 PM  

DrowningLessons: Zelda isn't in the top ten, this whole thing is invalidated.


They appear to be aiming for best-to-play-today, not most important to gaming history, or best in 1990. I'd take almost any other Zelda over the first one (yes, even 2, which they ranked lower, but I understand why), and if I'm playing something on the NES today it's probably not gonna be that.
 
2020-10-16 3:48:59 PM  
Super Dodge Ball is too low. The gameplay was shallow as the article mentions, but the brief swim to the bottom was sublime.
 
2020-10-16 4:13:01 PM  

fallingcow: DrowningLessons: Zelda isn't in the top ten, this whole thing is invalidated.

They appear to be aiming for best-to-play-today, not most important to gaming history, or best in 1990. I'd take almost any other Zelda over the first one (yes, even 2, which they ranked lower, but I understand why), and if I'm playing something on the NES today it's probably not gonna be that.


Zelda is the only game I've spent any significant time playing on the Switch. I think the others show their age far more than Zelda does...
 
2020-10-16 4:22:23 PM  

drewsclues: Super Dodge Ball is too low. The gameplay was shallow as the article mentions, but the brief swim to the bottom was sublime.


One of the best 2 player games of all time if you were good enough to be able to catch the throws.
 
2020-10-16 4:36:37 PM  
10. Ice Hockey (Nintendo, 1988): By far the most charming sports game in this package, Ice Hockey is worth the price of admission for the Zamboni sequence alone.

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2020-10-16 5:04:13 PM  

desertgeek: 10. Ice Hockey (Nintendo, 1988): By far the most charming sports game in this package, Ice Hockey is worth the price of admission for the Zamboni sequence alone.

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Ice hockey, against someone else who knows how to play it pretty well, with the speed set to max, is nuts. Still one of my favorite 2-player games.
 
2020-10-16 5:50:28 PM  
#1 is correct.  I'd put Dr. Mario, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon and Legend of Zelda higher than they are though.
 
2020-10-16 6:01:58 PM  
I actually didn't think Blaster Master was a game that could be completed. It was Metroid without codes and harder bosses. Also I wish Rygar would get a reboot.
 
2020-10-16 6:40:41 PM  

fallingcow: DrowningLessons: Zelda isn't in the top ten, this whole thing is invalidated.

They appear to be aiming for best-to-play-today, not most important to gaming history, or best in 1990. I'd take almost any other Zelda over the first one (yes, even 2, which they ranked lower, but I understand why), and if I'm playing something on the NES today it's probably not gonna be that.


I played all the way through it with my toddler this spring. She knows it as MaaAAAaze...of MONSTERS!

Wouldn't the world be boring if we were all the same?
 
2020-10-16 6:53:06 PM  
I somehow misread 55-NES as NE555 and was surprised to see a thread about a classic IC on Fark. I was disappointed when my brain got it right.
 
2020-10-16 7:04:54 PM  
1) Super Mario 3
2) just a number
3) nobody remembers
 
2020-10-16 7:08:02 PM  

GodComplex: I actually didn't think Blaster Master was a game that could be completed. It was Metroid without codes and harder bosses. Also I wish Rygar would get a reboot.


It was Backtracking: The Game.

Every time your tank got a new ability you had to go back to ALL the previous levels to find a ledge or door you couldn't previously reach. Even speed runs of the game are excruciating to watch.
 
2020-10-16 7:57:27 PM  

I Like Bread: GodComplex: I actually didn't think Blaster Master was a game that could be completed. It was Metroid without codes and harder bosses. Also I wish Rygar would get a reboot.

It was Backtracking: The Game.

Every time your tank got a new ability you had to go back to ALL the previous levels to find a ledge or door you couldn't previously reach. Even speed runs of the game are excruciating to watch.


I did it daily for a couple weeks along with Strider and Bionic Commando. I could do all three in a bit over an hour. Backtracking was just part of the limitations of the system.

But, doesn't mean the universe can't get a reboot since they managed to make a few more games in the series a while back.
 
2020-10-16 8:50:07 PM  

drewsclues: Super Dodge Ball is too low. The gameplay was shallow as the article mentions, but the brief swim to the bottom was sublime.


Agreed. Also it helps when you play multiplayer and get more special moves to choose from. Beating the game in 1P as the US gets old pretty quickly once you get the hang of the game.
 
2020-10-16 9:30:58 PM  
The author seems like they would contribute scintillating and delightful conversation at parties.
 
2020-10-17 4:15:38 AM  

Telos: fallingcow: DrowningLessons: Zelda isn't in the top ten, this whole thing is invalidated.

They appear to be aiming for best-to-play-today, not most important to gaming history, or best in 1990. I'd take almost any other Zelda over the first one (yes, even 2, which they ranked lower, but I understand why), and if I'm playing something on the NES today it's probably not gonna be that.

Zelda is the only game I've spent any significant time playing on the Switch. I think the others show their age far more than Zelda does...


Ignoring system restrictions, there are a shiatload of better zelda games than zelda.

On the system there are a few indie titles that are great, like blossom something or other.  Then you've got links awakening as well.


Off system there a link to the past, or minnish cap.

I'd play each of those multiple times a year before I ever stumble around zelda 1 again looking for bushes to burn. I beat the first quest mapless. The second I cheated on, but would never try without that.

Back in the day I drew my own maps and crossed off walls I'd bombed or bushes I'd burned.

So ya, zelda 2 over 1 for playing today definitely. Or battle of olympus before either.
 
2020-10-17 4:18:48 AM  

drewsclues: Super Dodge Ball is too low. The gameplay was shallow as the article mentions, but the brief swim to the bottom was sublime.


Way to low, great multi player game, played many games against my siblings.  I was the first to go undefeated against the computer and got to the ghost American team (if I am remembering correctly)...to get immediately booted off by brothers so they could play them. They got whooped...the perils of being the youngest.
 
2020-10-17 4:19:51 AM  

bigbadideasinaction: drewsclues: Super Dodge Ball is too low. The gameplay was shallow as the article mentions, but the brief swim to the bottom was sublime.

Agreed. Also it helps when you play multiplayer and get more special moves to choose from. Beating the game in 1P as the US gets old pretty quickly once you get the hang of the game.


Bean ball, boys, bean ball.

And I don't want to make another post so... I'd farking pay 100 bucks for a Rygar reboot.

In fact I played it a month ago. Got drunk, woke up with nearly completed, missed the friggin coat of arms and said screw it :)
 
2020-10-17 9:14:32 AM  

fallingcow: Clicked prepared to be angry at the ranking. It's actually pretty good. I'd put original Mario Bros. (not Super Mario Bros.) even lower. Otherwise no major complaints, aside from that apparently half, at best, of the actually-still-good-in-2020 games on the NES are available on the Switch.

Oh, I wouldn't put Punch Out that high, I guess. I like the game a lot but really it's a pretty repetitive input-timing (made nearly impossible if your controllers have much lag at all) and learn-the-pattern game. Probably deserves to be down in the 10s or even 20s, on this list.


Ohhhhh, is that why my timing suddenly is off for my muscle memory on the NES classic version
 
2020-10-17 9:29:29 AM  

Fano: fallingcow: Clicked prepared to be angry at the ranking. It's actually pretty good. I'd put original Mario Bros. (not Super Mario Bros.) even lower. Otherwise no major complaints, aside from that apparently half, at best, of the actually-still-good-in-2020 games on the NES are available on the Switch.

Oh, I wouldn't put Punch Out that high, I guess. I like the game a lot but really it's a pretty repetitive input-timing (made nearly impossible if your controllers have much lag at all) and learn-the-pattern game. Probably deserves to be down in the 10s or even 20s, on this list.

Ohhhhh, is that why my timing suddenly is off for my muscle memory on the NES classic version


Yep. Though the NES Classic's lag is worse than a real NES but not that bad. Might try putting your TV in "game mode" for that input, if it's not already. Can cut the lag to like 1/4 of normal by reducing the image processing it does. Though some TVs have hopelessly bad lag that renders the game unplayable (for me, anyway) regardless, especially on top of what the Classic already adds.

Punch Out is the game I use to check if emulator system input lag is low enough. If I can't get to Great Tiger pretty easily, then at least do OK against him, if not beat him, then the lag's too high.
 
2020-10-17 9:50:31 AM  
Metroid's at 22.  Complete list fail.
 
2020-10-17 4:09:58 PM  

Asylum2020: Metroid's at 22.  Complete list fail.


Yeah, it should have been at LEAST at five behind the Mario games.  Won't argue with the choice for number one.
 
2020-10-17 5:34:02 PM  

kermit the forg: Asylum2020: Metroid's at 22.  Complete list fail.

Yeah, it should have been at LEAST at five behind the Mario games.  Won't argue with the choice for number one.


I don't know... I've bomb jumped enough for one lifetime I think.
 
2020-10-17 8:10:22 PM  
I know it's nostalgia I guess, but having arcade conversions in a list like this seems wrong. Why can't you just play the arcade versions these days?
 
2020-10-17 8:36:59 PM  

Crosma: I know it's nostalgia I guess, but having arcade conversions in a list like this seems wrong. Why can't you just play the arcade versions these days?


Because it's the nes,not a universal emulator.

Plus some games are better on the home version - a winnable design instead of a coin suck.  Castlevania iirc was quite the coin sucker.
 
2020-10-17 9:19:19 PM  
Ah, the NES Pro Wrestling game...that can be summed by by these four words:  "F*cking back brain kick!!!"
 
2020-10-17 9:26:06 PM  

kermit the forg: Asylum2020: Metroid's at 22.  Complete list fail.

Yeah, it should have been at LEAST at five behind the Mario games.  Won't argue with the choice for number one.


Agreed with #1, but Super Mario Bros. 2 is objectively bad.  It's also possible I hate that game so much because it took Nintendo like 2-3 years longer to put it out than they advertised.  I still remember the constant disappointment that Sears wasn't able to deliver it to me (I grew up in a super duper tiny town, and that was the only reliable way to buy games).
 
2020-10-17 11:06:14 PM  

Tarl3k: kermit the forg: Asylum2020: Metroid's at 22.  Complete list fail.

Yeah, it should have been at LEAST at five behind the Mario games.  Won't argue with the choice for number one.

Agreed with #1, but Super Mario Bros. 2 is objectively bad.  It's also possible I hate that game so much because it took Nintendo like 2-3 years longer to put it out than they advertised.  I still remember the constant disappointment that Sears wasn't able to deliver it to me (I grew up in a super duper tiny town, and that was the only reliable way to buy games).


Do you not know the story of how that isn't the actual game?
 
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