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PikminMarioKirby

What are your top 5 favorite games?

  • These can be on any console/device, not just limited to Nintendo (although some of our top 5’s might just be all Nintendo!)
  • If you are tied between some or want to do some honorable mentions, feel free to do more than 5!
  • Not necessary but you can give the reasons you like these games so much!

Here’s mine:

  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  • Super Mario 64
  • Luigi’s Mansion (GCN)
  • 4. Paper Mario (64)
  • 5. Pikmin 2

(Top 3 are tied as my favorite game so I didn’t number those)

Honorable mentions:

  • Pikmin 1, 3, and 4
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Donkey Kong Country SNES trilogy
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Anyways, I’d be thrilled to hear about other people’s top 5 games!

[Edited by PikminMarioKirby]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Super Mario RPG, and Mario & Luigi Brothership all on one console is LEGENDARY

FishyS

For the record, here is a link to a near-identical thread so that they are connected:

https://www.nintendolife.com/forums/nintendo-switch/your_pers...

Humorously, one of the first posts of that thread was mentioning there was an even earlier thread here:

https://www.nintendolife.com/forums/general_discussion/what_a...

Also, arguably, the last link is the only one in the correct forum since this is not limited to Switch.

Anyways, enough waffling...

In no particular order my top 5 are:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Mario World - I like Mario 😆
  • Tetris - just Tetris in general, not a specific version.
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons
  • Maybe Rogue Legacy? Or Possibly Pokemon Arceus which is my favorite Pokemon.

I think my 5th favorite changes a lot over time. I would have said an MMO in the past but I have gotten kind of tired of MMOs.

Runner ups:

  • Picross (the series)
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Stardew Valley

[Edited by FishyS]

FishyS

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beltmenot

1. Skyrim-I can play this game over and over and not get bored.
2. fallout 3-I grew up with this game so im biased.
3. xenoblade chronicles 3- Best story I've ever played in a video game and only game that has made me cry
4- Star trek online- As a huge star trek fan its a no brainer
5- new super mario brothers- got this game with a DS for christmas as a kid and it was my first video game ever

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Pastellioli

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

This might possibly be the greatest fighting game I have played ever. I just got to replay it for the first time again in about a year and I remember what made the game so special and amazing to me. The game’s roster of playable characters is incredible and downright INSANE, and it still amazes me years later that they were able to make the game as big as it could and make it feel like the grandest Smash game ever, not to mention it has some of the hypest reveal trailers that are still memorable to me. I think I could revisit the game so many times without getting tired of it. It’s such a well-made game that all the developers put their time and effort into, and I believe that every Switch user should try it at least once. It’s really fun, especially when there is a lot of madness on screen lol. With how much effort went into making this game the best version of Smash ever, it makes me wonder what lies for the future of the series and what the next installment will look like.

2. Banjo-Kazooie (N64 and Xbox)

Unsurprising that it’d be this high on the list. This game is what kickstarted my love for Rare and what made me want to get an Xbox after finishing it on the Switch, though I would say Smash is what also made me interested in this game because of me mainly playing as Banjo & Kazooie in that game. I remember playing this game until 2 or so in the morning when I got to try it out on the NSO app for the first time two years ago in March (how time flies) and had an absolute blast with it from start to finish. The tone was so goofy and something I loved, and the characters were super memorable, which shows a lot with how they act, which I think the intro for the game showcases well. The game never got boring at all, and I feel it isn’t really dated or hard to play like other N64 games in modern times. I remember when I finished it on the Switch at exactly 9 pm I felt so empty when the fun ended lol.

3. Conker’s Bad Fur Day (N64 and Xbox)

I did have an interest in the game for maybe a few years (probably since 2021 or so?) and got to finally play the remastered version for the first time last year on my Xbox. Although the game is old, maybe a bit too crass, full of pretty gory violence and somewhat outdated and hard to play, what made the game so interesting and memorable to me was its weirdness, characters and writing. The gameplay and objectives shift depending on the situation at hand (which I find to be something that is interesting and not done a lot in games) a majority of the characters have charm to them (which I’d say is something old Rare excelled in a lot) and they still stay in my mind even after completing it. The writing, although not deep, was very silly and full of so much stupidity that made me smile and laugh. However, I’d say the message the game teaches at the end is very important, and one that stuck with me a lot since it is very similar to personal issues I have with materialism, not to mention the way the main character acts throughout the storyline sort of reminded me of how I tend to act towards my possessions and how I want more items instead of treasuring the stuff I already have and the people around me, not to mention that the main character is left disillusioned afterward, so I connected and somewhat related to Bad Fur Day deeply, which is actually something a video game has not been able to do with me. It was a message that made me realize how I tended to act, and it gave me a lot to think about after playing it.

4. Splatoon 3 (Switch)

The past Splatoon games were great, though 3 is the best game in the series. It still retains the great gameplay, iconic and unique music, fun aesthetic, and silly characters that made the previous entries great and improved on the originals a ton. The greatest improvements I’d say were with the online multiplayer and the story mode, which had more hype moments (especially the final boss; that was so freaking EXCITING on my first playthrough) and a great mix of easy and hard challenges to complete, which makes the story mode more fresher and less boring than the previous two, which really suffered from being too easy to play and having little challenges to spice things up. I unfortunately haven’t been able to play it a ton like I did with the previous two, but I still think 3 is amazing.

5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

This is probably my most favorite out of all the Animal Crossing games I’ve played, and, I would say rather controversially, I like it a tad bit more than New Horizons. It’s probably the game that I’ve spent the most time on ever, at around 400 or 500 hours! There was so much to do and so many fun characters as well, complete with their own quirks, which I never got tired of. I think the game having real-time consequences in place is what encouraged me to always revisit it, since it made me want to go back to the game and prevent these consequences by doing fun stuff and making efforts to make the town the best it could be. I have so many great memories of it, and it’s the best 3DS game I have played.

Runner-ups and honorable mentions

Perfect Dark (N64 and Xbox)
Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox; yes I did put this here, I actually liked it)
Yokai Watch (3DS)
Yoshi’s Island (SNES)
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)
Banjo-Tooie (N64 and Xbox)
Viva Piñata (Xbox)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

I probably have more to put in the honorable mentions section, but they escaped my mind.

[Edited by Pastellioli]

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Zuljaras

1. Castlevania Symphony of the Night
2. Elden Ring
3. WarCraft 3 The Frozen Throne
4. Heroes of Might and Magic 3
5. Bioshock

theHumanH

1. Chrono Trigger, SNES - One of the most polished games for the platform it was on, it was a technical, artistic, and storytelling masterpiece. The time travel mechanics were innovative and still hold up almost 30 years later. I love that this game is unapologetically earnest and hopeful. It's also a sad game. All of the characters carry heavy personal burdens, and for most of the runtime, you inhabit a world you know is doomed. I still get misty eyed thinking about that robot in the future that asks you to switch it off so it can sleep forever, and it's not even a major moment in the story. But against all that, you create hopeful moments one by one, and invest in characters that persevere through adversity.

2. Breath of the Wild, Switch - Speaking of sad games, one of the most common digs about BotW is that the world feels a little sparse. But I played it for the first time during the start of the pandemic, this game is 2nd to none at making you feel like you're actually out in the wilderness if you wander off the beaten path.

3. Hades, Switch - The best 'one more run' game ever made for me. Dripping with atmosphere, incredible art, and smart/creative storytelling.

4. Super Mario World, SNES - Platforming comfort food.

5. Mario Kart 8, Switch - Always fun.

theHumanH

Nintoz

Oof this is hard, but I think I've got it:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
3. Persona 5 Royal
4. A tie between Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario Maker 2
5. Splatoon 3

Nintoz

StarryCiel

You can probably figure out my taste in games just from these picks

1. Super Mario Galaxy 1/2
2. Kirby & The Forgotten Land
3. Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4. Klonoa 1/2
5. Freedom Planet 2

StarryCiel

Xyphon22

Yay! I can finally answer this question. I have always had a Top 4 with plenty of candidates but no clear game to be number five...until last year.

1. The Legend of Zelda
2. Chrono Trigger
3. Myst
4. Metroid Prime
5. Tears of the Kingdom

Xyphon22

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OldManHermit

1. Resident Evil Remake
2. DKC2
3. Super Metroid
4. Ocarina of Time
5. Street Fighter Alpha 3

Honorable mentions: Chrono Trigger, Mario RPG, Symphony of the Night, Demon's Crest

OldManHermit

CJD87

This is a great thread, and brilliant to see an 'open floor' that includes all platforms (alongside 'The Big N')

Mine are as follows:
1) Ocarina of Time
2) Sekiro
3) Metal Gear Solid
4) Final Fantasy IX
5) Returnal

(Honorable mentions include...BOTW, Elden Ring, Witcher 3, Inscryption, Monkey Island series, Thimbleweed Park, Hades, Lies of P, Dark Souls 1 and 3, Ghost of Tsushima, Metroid Dread, Majoras Mask, Metal Gear Solid 1-3, Final Fantasy 7-10)

@Xyphon22 - just caught your answer. Funnily enough, having just wrapped up Erdtree I am now looking to start Myst (2021 version). I adore classic P&C games, and hear Myst is an intriguing spin on that genre. What gives it a place in your top 5?

CJD87

Kraven

1) The Last of Us
2) Dragon’s Dogma 2
3) Persona 4 Golden
4) Bloodborne
5) Lies of P

Honorable mentions - Super Mario World, Dragon Quest XI, BioShock & Infinite, Xenoblade Chronicles, I Am Setsuna, Halo: Combat Evolved.

Kraven

CaleBoi25
  • Tears of the Kindgom
  • Splatoon 3
  • Animal Crossing (not sure which one)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate

I'll edit this post later to give reasoning lol

SplatComp

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Xyphon22

@CJD87 I think it's just a brilliant game with great environments, storytelling, puzzles, everything. Everything is varied, the puzzles never seem to repeat themselves, and they are never totally obscure like in many classic P&C games (like Monkey Island, etc.). If you can remember the clues and details, you can come up with the solution (I don't know if modern remakes have changed this, but it was definitely a game where you would want a pencil and paper to take notes as you played). And the twist at the end is just brilliant, even if you can probably see it coming.

Also many people may disagree with me, but when you are splitting hairs amongst the best of the best, I believe that importance and legacy play a factor, which is why I rank TotK 5th rather than putting it above any of my top 4. I don't know if Myst was the first to do any of these things, but it was at least one of the first to tell a good deal of the story through letters and books that you find while exploring, to implement FMV not as a gimmick or as the point of the game but as a small addition that really pulls you into the world, to have different puzzles and different worlds all totally unique. I know most people prefer its sequel Riven, which is bigger and more dynamic, but there is just something about the simplicity of Myst that makes it more nostalgic and memorable for me.

Xyphon22

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Arnie4490

This is such a tough question. There are many games that I really like, but narrowing them down to 5 is difficult.

Definitive top 5 staples:
1. Donkey Kong Country 2 - childhood nostalgia, my favourite 2d platformer
2. Final Fantasy IX - probably my favourite RPG, definitely my favourite Final Fantasy
3. Stardew Valley - I perfected it on Switch and then again on PC, not something that I normally do

Could potentially be swapped with other great games:
4. Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak - probably my favourite Monster Hunter so far, it does have it's flaws, (difficulty could be a bit tougher, not having to hunt down the monsters etc), but I find it highly enjoyable and I like the monster variety, (I've played everything up from Freedom unite on the PSP for reference).
5. Bloodborne - likely still my favourite souls game.

Honestly I could potentially change this list by adding one of the Animal Crossing Games, any of the 3 ps1 Spyro Games, a Zelda game, a Metroid game (2d only), SMT IV or V, Chrono Trigger, Terraria...

Arnie4490

I-U

1. Metroid Prime Hunters
2. Xenoblade Chronicles
3. Animal Crossing: Wild World
4. ARMS
5. Ring Fit Adventure

Xenoblade Chronicles, like if I were to rank a game like Metroid Prime, is ranked all inclusively. I do not consider Definitive Edition brand new in itself and so lump my experiences there with what I've experienced in 3D and the Wii original.

What I love about all 5 games is their creativity, expansiveness, inspiring elements and how they can all be personalized experiences. I can do exactly what I want with my time in these games.

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1UP_MARIO

This is difficult. Top 10s easier. Near perfect games
Super Mario 64
Street fighter 2
Super Mario galaxy 2
Super Mario world
Mario kart Wii

These also can move in and out of my top 5
Pikmin 3
Final fight
Breath of the wild
Windwaker HD
Ultra street fighter 4 omega edition

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Yousef-

1- Grand Theft Auto IV
2- Warriors Orochi 3
3- Max Payne
4- Midnight Club: LA
5- Hyperdimension Neptunia

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-Max Payne

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OctolingKing13

1-minecraft lol
2-splat 3
3-xenoblade 3
4-prime
5-spider man 2

[Edited by OctolingKing13]

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Grumblevolcano

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)
3. Fire Emblem Path of Radiance (GCN)
4. Metroid Prime (as an individual game, Switch but Trilogy on Wii is better as a whole as it has 3 games rather than 1)
5. F-Zero GX (GCN)

2-5 does vary dependent on the mood I'm in including having some games which aren't in this top 5 but 1 has always stayed in 1st ever since the Booster Course Pass was announced back in February 2022.

[Edited by Grumblevolcano]

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