Tag: Best Games

  • Guide Best Pokémon Games Of All Time

    Where does Pokémon Scarlet & Violet rank?

    Update: We've now updated the list below with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, the first game of Gen 9. At the time of writing it's sitting at the bottom, but now you lovely people have had the opportunity to spend some time with the game, that could very quickly change. REMEMBER: This list is ranked...

  • Guide Best Metroid Games Of All Time

    Dreadful

    In honour of the recent 20th anniversaries of both Metroid Fusion and Metroid Prime, we're revisiting our reader-ranked list of the best Metroids ever. Remember, this ranking is based on the games' User Ratings in our database and is subject to real-time change even now. If you haven't rated your Metroid collection, feel free to add your...

  • Guide Best Wii U Games

    As ranked by you

    Today marks 10 years since the launch of the Wii U in North America. As we look back and collectively take stock of a pretty eventful and turbulent decade, we're republishing this Top 50 article in celebration of a console for which we've still got a lot of affection. Remember, this ranking is based on each game's User Rating in...

  • Guide Best Simpsons Games On Nintendo Systems

    Every Simpsons game, as ranked by you

    If you've been playing video games for a while, then it stands to reason that you have probably stumbled across one or two games based on The Simpsons in your time. A whole bunch of these have been made available to Nintendo systems throughout the years (19 to be exact) and they range in quality from yeah,...

  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online N64 Game Ranked

    All the N64 games, ranked by you

    Updated with Mario Party and Mario Party 2. Remember, this is a dynamic, real-time ranking of every announced game for the service and you are free to add (or maybe even reevaluate) your User Ratings for every game you've played at any time, even after publication. Enjoy! The library of N64 games available with the...

  • Guide Best Super Mario Games Of All Time

    All the 2D and 3D Marios ranked by you

    On the 15th anniversary of Super Mario Galaxy's release, we've decided to revisit and revamp our all-time Best Super Mario Games article. Previously, we had the plumber's 2D and 3D adventures separated into two reader-ranked lists, with this overall uber-list compiled by Nintendo Life staff... but no more!...

  • Guide Best Resident Evil Games Of All Time

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

    Reminder: This dynamic reader-ranked list is based on each game's rating in our games database. See something below that's not where you think it should be? Feel free to tap on the star and rate any game below out of 10 to exert your influence and potentially reorder the list in real-time. The Resident Evil...

  • Guide Best Mario Party Games Of All Time

    Every Mario Party game, as ranked by you

    If you had a Nintendo 64, there's no doubt you managed to wrangle your family (or friends) in for a few games of a few multiplayer games featuring the Italian plumber at Christmas. But, of all of them, Mario Party may have spawned a few too many arguments that have spawned an amusing life-long legacy of...

  • Guide Best James Bond Games On Nintendo Systems

    Nobody does it better

    This article was originally published in July, but in honour of 'James Bond Day' — the 60th anniversary of Dr. No's cinematic release on October 5th 1962, don't you know — we thought it the perfect time to revisit it. Remember, the ranking below is not set in stone, but is governed in real-time by each game's User Score on...

  • Guide Best Contra Games On Nintendo Systems

    Compare and Contra-st

    Contra is one of a handful of franchises that have become completely synonymous with gaming; indeed, chances are if you haven't played any Contra games, then you'll have at least heard of them. Konami's shoot-em-up behemoth may have lost a lot of its lustre in recent years (pretty much par for the course with Konami these days,...

  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Game Ranked

    All the Sega Mega Drive games, ranked by you

    Updated with Nintendo's September 2022 additions to the Genesis / Mega Drive catalogue — Alisia Dragoon, Beyond Oasis (The Story of Thor) and Earthworm Jim. Remember, the ranking below is dynamic

  • Guide Every Mega Man Game Ranked

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

    It's the 20th anniversary of Mega Man Zero's North American release, so what better time to revisit this epic list of the blue bomber's highs and lows? Find out below where Zero rates against every other Mega Man game on Nintendo systems, as ranked by you, dear readers. Remember: this list...

  • Guide Best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Games On Nintendo Systems

    Every TMNT game on Nintendo consoles, ranked by you

    Dotemu and Tribute Games' excellent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge recently fired up our passion for the heroes in a half-shell in a way we haven't felt for a long time. With the imminent release of Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, we're getting...

  • Guide Best Mario Kart Games Of All Time

    Every Mario Kart, as ranked by you

    Today marks three decades exactly since Super Mario Kart launched in Japan, so what better time to revisit this ranked list of every game in the series than the 30th anniversary of gaming's premier kart racing series? Remember, this dynamic ranking is governed by every entry's User Rating on our database and is...

  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online NES Game Ranked

    All the NES games, ranked by you

    Updated with Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia from Nintendo's July 2022 update to Nintendo Switch Online. Remember, this list evolves as users rate the games within, so head to the game profiles and rate them out of 10 if you'd like to see the rankings below alter. Enjoy! The collection of NES games available...

  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online SNES Game Ranked

    All the SNES games, ranked by you

    Updated with Fighter's History and Kirby's Avalanche from Nintendo's July 2022 update to Nintendo Switch Online. Remember, this list evolves as users rate the games within, so head to the game profiles and rate them out of 10 if you'd like to see the rankings below alter. Enjoy!

  • Guide Best Sonic Games Of All Time

    Every Sonic game on Nintendo consoles, ranked by you

    Updated with Sonic Frontiers. Remember that this is a dynamic reader-ranked list that re-orders automatically depending on each game's rating in our database. In order to rate any of the games on the list below out of 10, logged-in Nintendo Life users can simply tap the 'star' and assign each...

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

    We sort the padawans from the poodoo

    Updated with Knights of the Old Republic II. Enjoy! The release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019 may have 'ended' Star Wars as we've known it for the past four-and-a-half decades, but all it really did was tie a bow on the cinematic tales of the Skywalker clan and the nine-film saga which...

  • Guide Best GameCube Games

    As ranked by you lovely people

    The Nintendo GameCube launched in Japan in September 2001 and a couple of months later on 18th November in North America. Unlucky Europeans wouldn't get their hands on it until the following year, but the wait was worth it for one of the best-looking video game consoles of all time. The NGC (sorry, GCN) is a beautiful,...

  • 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 Star Fox Games Of All Time

    Every Star Fox game, ranked by you

    Like any long-running group, the Star Fox team has been through some ups and downs over the years, with some incredible gaming highs serving to make any titles less that life-changingly awesome feel, well, a bit disappointing by comparison. The sentiment that the Star Fox franchise never got better than its first...

  • Guide Best Kirby Games Of All Time

    Now featuring Kirby and the Forgotten Land!

    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 30 years now. Created by Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai, the pink one built up a very impressive library of...

  • Guide Best Game Boy Games

    Black and white brilliance

    Friday 21st April 1989 — the day that the Game Boy launched in Japan. 33 years ago the video gaming landscape would be forever changed as Nintendo opened up the new frontier of portable gaming to the masses. The company’s Game & Watch line let you take limited gaming experiences on-the-go, but the Game Boy was a...

  • Guide Best Batman Games On Nintendo Systems

    Why do we fall, Master Wayne?

    Ah, Batman. The superhero that could easily solve a ton of the problems in Gotham just by redistributing a little bit of his billions in wealth, but instead chose to construct a giant man-cave full of gadgets and wear a cape to fight ludicrously silly crimes. We bloody love it. And, since there's a new Batman movie...

  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Games Ever - The Best Switch Games 2022

    The very best Switch games ever (so far)

    Nintendo Switch has amassed a huge amount of great games since the console launched back in 2017. Of course, this abundance of riches leaves us in something of a pickle — too much software, not enough time to play it all. In fairness, it's a lovely problem to have. Help! There are too many excellent games...

  • Guide What To Spend Your Nintendo eShop Credit On - Switch Games Under $10, $20, $50

    Money is such a burden, isn't it

    So: It's your birthday or a gift-giving holiday, and you've just been presented with a shiny piece of plastic with Mario and a number on it. Alternatively, an alphanumeric code has been printed or scrawled in a card. You ask your parents/significant other/gift-giving human what you're supposed to do with this, and...

  • Guide Best Final Fantasy Games Of All Time

    Every mainline Final Fantasy on Nintendo systems, ranked by you

    In celebration of Final Fantasy VII's 25th anniversary, we're republishing this reader-ranked list of the best games in the series (available on Nintendo consoles, that is). Remember: This list is dynamic and based on the User Ratings of each game in the Nintendo Life game database —...

  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Games Of 2021

    The finest Switch games of the year, as ranked by you

    More of a March madness fan? This video of ours differs from the list below as it looks at the best games that came out between the 3rd March 2021 and the 3rd March 2022. Ooo! 2021 has come and gone (almost) and despite a quiet start to the year, Switch owners have seen some real gems launch...

  • Guide Best Spider-Man Games On Nintendo Consoles

    Can Spider-Man come out to play?

    You feel that? That's your spidey senses a-tinglin'. Why? Well, after months of speculation arachnid fans the world finally got to see Spider-Man: No Way Home when it released in cinemas back in December 2021. The internet had been hot with rumour and debate about plotlines, secret cameos, and red carpet premiere...

  • Guide Best Nintendo Wii Games

    As ranked by you

    It's been many years now since Nintendo changed the game with Wii, the little motion-controlled console which broke away from the competition and started a revolution. Its brilliantly compact design (the size of three DVD boxes, remember?) and approachable and accessible controller helped it open up gaming to a whole new audience,...

  • Guide Best Ace Attorney Games Of All Time

    Every Ace Attorney game, ranked by you

    It's been TWENTY YEARS since Ace Attorney was unleashed upon the world (in Japan, at least — the English version wouldn't come out until 2005, so you're not quite as old as this news makes you feel). Ten-ish games later, the series has spawned an anime, a movie, a musical, and legions of Edgeworth-hungry...

  • Guide Best Nintendo 64 Games

    The top 50 N64 games ever, as ranked by you

    As with all our Top 50 library lists, this ranking is is based on User Ratings in the Nintendo Life games database and is subject to fluctuation, even after publication. So, if you haven't rated your favourite N64 games, feel free to exert your influence and potentially switch up the order of the games...

  • Guide Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

    As rated by you

    Remember, this list is dynamic and based on the User Ratings for each game submitted in the Nintendo Life games database. It is, therefore, subject to fluctuation, even now! If you haven't rated any of the games below, simply tap the star on the corresponding entry and rate the game out of 10 to exert your personal influence on the...

  • Guide Best Zelda Games Of All Time

    It's dangerous to go alone - take all these

    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 among the very...

  • 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 back in June 2021 ended a decade-long drought (on Nintendo consoles) of ollies, nollies, kickflips, and grinds from the master Mr. Anthony F. Hawk. The games and their iconic soundtracks were a formative part of many gamers' lives in the late '90s/early 2000s and we were thrilled...

  • Poll What's The Best Tony Hawk Game?

    The best of Birdman

    It's been a while since Nintendo gamers have been able to take Tony Hawk and his skater pals for a spin, but the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (check out our review for the NL verdict — spoilers: it's good) has had us thinking back on all the ollies, nollies, kickflips, grinds and such that we've pulled as Birdman on...

  • Guide Best NES Games

    As rated by you

    The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES (ness? nezz? enn-eee-ess?), is the archetypal home video game console. Sure, earlier machines such as the mighty Atari 2600 pioneered the basic concept of an under-the-TV console with interchangeable software and controller accessories, but the utilitarian design and hardware innovations of...

  • Guide Best Game Boy Advance (GBA) Games

    The Top 50 GBA games ever, as ranked by you

    The Game Boy Advance celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Japanese debut on 21st March 2021. Nintendo's first true successor to the original Game Boy line (the Game Boys Pocket and Color notwithstanding), the GBA in all its forms — original horizontal console, clamshell SP model, and ludicrously small...

  • Guide Best Game Boy Color (GBC) Games

    The top 50 GBC games, as ranked by you

    It was 1996 in Japan and 1998 in North America (and a year later in Europe) when the ageing Game Boy got an unexpected shot in the arm thanks to a little game named Pokémon. Nintendo's granddaddy of handheld gaming suddenly had a new lease of life, but in the West the release of the game was followed just...

  • 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...

  • 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 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 Nintendo Switch Games Of 2020

    A great year for games, at least

    2020 is now but a distant, if persistent, memory and we can now look back and survey the gaming battleground it left behind. Despite the year being a particularly ugly one for practically everyone, we were lucky enough to enjoy some incredible games that year, several of which helped restore spirits in our down time,...

  • 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...