Tag: All Time

  • Guide Best Metroid Games Of All Time

    As ranked by you

    The original Famicom Disk System version of Metroid launched in Japan on 6th August 1986, which means the Metroid franchise celebrates its 35th anniversary today! In honour of the occasion, we're republishing this reader-ranked list of every game in the Metroid series. Remember, this is a dynamic ranking that updates automatically...

  • Guide Best Final Fantasy Games Of All Time

    Every mainline Final Fantasy on Nintendo systems, ranked by you

    In celebration not only of Final Fantasy X's 20th anniversary, but also Final Fantasy IV's 30th anniversary (both Japanese launches), we're republishing this reader-ranked list of all the mainline Final Fantasy games available on Nintendo consoles. Remember, this list is dynamic and...

  • Guide Best Zelda Games Of All Time

    All the Zelda games ranked, now with Skyward Sword HD!

    What are the best Zelda games? Following decades of adventures across Nintendo consoles, ranking The Legend of Zelda series is one heck of an undertaking. Bar a couple of exceptions, each entry is pretty much a classic, and even the 'lesser' ones are really rather good. Many remain fixed as...

  • Guide Best Donkey Kong Games Of All Time

    Every DK game ranked for your pleasure

    9th July 2021 marks 40 years exactly since the original Donkey Kong debuted in arcades and the world got its first look at the eponymous ape and his adversary, Jumpman (whatever happened to him?). With rumours of a new DK game and an animation project in the works, we're bracing ourselv

  • Guide Best Tony Hawk Games Of All Time

    As ranked by you

    The arrival of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Switch ends a decade-long drought on Nintendo consoles of ollies, nollies, kickflips, grinds from the master Mr Anthony Hawk. The games (and their iconic soundtracks) were a formative part of many gamers' lives in the late '90s/early 2000s and we're thrilled to have him back. Tony...

  • Guide Best Sonic Games Of All Time

    Every Sonic game on Nintendo consoles, ranked by you

    It was 30 years ago that Sonic the Hedgehog — the blue dude with the most 'tude — first burst forth onto the Mega Drive in Japan and Sega finally presented a credible challenger for the platforming crown Nintendo's jumping plumber had been wearing since the mid 1980s. In the three decades...

  • Guide Every Dragon Quest Game Ranked

    All the mainline Dragon Quests ranked by you

    On 27th May 2021, Yuji Horii's seminal RPG Dragon Quest turned 35. Initially released in the West with the name Dragon Warrior, the Chunsoft-developed first entry in this genre-defining series debuted on Famicom in Japan before migrating to the North American NES three years later, and over the past...

  • Poll What's The Best Game Boy Color Game?

    A splash of colo(u)r

    The granddaddy of modern handheld gaming, the Game Boy, got an unexpected shot in the arm in the mid-'90s when a little game named Pokémon released and gave the ageing hardware a new lease of life. The updated Game Boy Pocket hardware might have slimmed down the bulky original DMG-001, but it was the long-awaited arrival of the...

  • Poll What's The Best Dragon Quest Game?

    I need a Hero

    Originally released in the West under the localised Dragon Warrior title, it's been nearly thirty-five years since Dragon Quest, Yuji Horii's seminal RPG series, debuted in Japan. In that time, we've seen eleven mainline entries in a series which led the way in defining the JRPG genre itself. Japanese Nintendo gamers have enjoyed...

  • Guide Star Wars Games - Every Star Wars Game On Nintendo Systems Ranked

    We sort the padawans from the poodoo

    Update: Now featuring 100% more Star Wars: Republic Commando. Originally posted on 7th April 2021, we've republished this list to celebrate Star Wars Day - enjoy! The release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker may have 'ended' Star Wars as we've known it for the past four-and-a-half decades, but all...

  • Guide Every Mega Man Game Ranked

    All the Mega Men ranked by you (yes, ALL of them)

    The little blue guy known as Mega Man (along with his various associates and related robots) has had a very long and storied career in video games. Since the NES days, he's starred in some absolute classics of the run-and-gun genre, although for every incredible game or spin-off experience Capcom has...

  • Poll What's The Best Mega Man Game?

    Rate every Mega Man game on Nintendo systems

    Capcom's blue bomber and his various successors, companions and assorted compadres might have had a quiet few years a while back, but a string of more recent collections — not to mention the excellent Mega Man 11 — have helped put the little robot dude back on the gaming map in a way that fans could...

  • Guide Best Monster Hunter Games Of All Time

    What's that coming over the hill?

    What's the best Monster Hunter of all time? In a series where half of the titles have the word 'Ultimate' fixed on the end, it can be a difficult question to answer. We're not averse to difficult decisions, though, so we've taken it upon ourselves to rank every single Monster Hunter game (yes, in a departure from...

  • Guide Best Resident Evil Games Of All Time

    You sort the S.T.A.R.S. from the lickers

    Astonishingly, the Resident Evil franchise is now twenty-five years old. Ah, it seems like only yesterday we were soiling ourselves in the basement! Seem to remember playing some Resident Evil, too... Ahem. With the original Biohazard now old enough to rent a car, we thought it was the perfect time to...

  • Guide Every 2D Super Mario Game Ranked

    As rated by you

    With the imminent release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on Switch, and the Super Mario 35th anniversary celebrations drawing to a close in a matter of weeks, we thought it was about time we tried putting all of Mario's original 2D platforming adventures into some kind of order. We've previously looked at each and every...

  • Guide Best Kirby Games Of All Time

    Every Kirby game ever, as ranked by you

    Kirby — one of the most famous faces (with little podgy arms and feet attached) in Nintendo's stable of stars — has been wowing players with his impressive abilities and sheer versatility for nearly thirty years now. Created by Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai, the pink one built up a very impressive...

  • Guide Best 3D Sonic Games Of All Time

    Every 3D Sonic the Hedgehog game ranked by you

    The release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars got us thinking about the plumber's platforming rival from the days of the console wars. Sonic the Hedgehog's jump into the third dimension may not have been as graceful as Mario's, but over the years he's amassed a large collection of 3D games, and despite a few...

  • Guide Every 3D Super Mario Game Ranked

    As rated by you

    The release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars had us debating at Nintendo Life Towers which of the Mario adventures in the third dimension is the absolute best. Team Nintendo Life has its own ideas about the best Super Mario games (including the 2D entries), but we recently asked for your opinions regarding the 3D entries specifically...

  • Guide Best Paper Mario Games Of All Time

    All the Paper Mario games, ranked by you

    The Paper Mario series began two decades ago when Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 launched in Japan on 11th August 2000. Since then, we've seen five more mainline Paper Mario games of different flavours, plus a 3DS crossover with AlphaDream's Mario & Luigi series. Branching off from the role-playing path...

  • Guide Best Pokémon Games Of All Time

    Where does Pokémon Sword and Shield rank?

    What are the best Pokémon games? Ranking such awesome games proved a lot more difficult than we first anticipated, given how many of them end up being among the best games of their particular generation. We deliberated for many hours here at Nintendo Life Towers to decide the order of these turn-based RPG...

  • Guide Best Professor Layton Games Of All Time

    The mainline Layton games, ranked by you lovely lot

    The release of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition on Nintendo Switch marked the belated debut of the Layton clan on Nintendo's current console. A clutch of excellent puzzle games came out for the Nintendo DS and 3DS handhelds, but it took a...

  • Guide Best Mario Kart Games Of All Time

    Burn rubber

    Back when Nintendo announced the very first Mario Kart game in the early '90s, there were some in the industry who proclaimed it as a sign that the veteran firm had finally lost its marbles. Sure, Mario had appeared in other games, but his forte was 2D platformers – he had no place on the racing track, and Super Mario Kart was...

  • Guide Best Super Smash Bros. Games Of All Time

    What's the ultimate Super Smash Bros.?

    When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrived on Switch and brought with it every single fighter from the series' history, it sent us back through the older games. With the original Super Smash Bros. now over 20 years old it's incredible to see

  • Guide Best Castlevania Games On Nintendo Consoles

    Far from a miserable pile

    The Castlevania series has a rich history on Nintendo consoles ever since the original game came first to the Japanese Famicom Disk System way back in 1986, and then to the NES a year later. There may be a significant release or two from Konami's vampire-killing catalogue still missing from Nintendo platforms (we're looking...

  • Guide Best Super Mario Games Of All Time

    All the mainline Marios ranked

    What's the best Mario game ever? Where do you even begin to rank them? Let's face it, any of the games in the top 10 could justifiably take the top spot. All of them could easily be somebody's 'best game of all time', and there'll always be someone who believes the series peaked with The Lost Levels. That's an opinion...

  • Guide Best Animal Crossing Games Of All Time

    Is New Horizons the latest and greatest?

    Since launching back in March, it seems like half the planet has been enjoying Animal Crossing: New Horizons at some time or other. Nintendo's serene life sim series has a habit of becoming a part of your daily routine like doing your teeth or walking the dog. Consequently, it etches itself into your brain;

  • Guide Best Fire Emblem Games Of All Time

    Fancy a game of Swords-Axes-Lances?

    This is our list of the best games in the Fire Emblem series to release in the West, and now includes Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. If you disagree with our personal ranking, our reader poll of the best Fire Emblem games might make for an interesting comparison. Enjoy! It might have taken...