Most Important Video Games to the Video Game Industry

The Top Ten Most Important Video Games to the Video Game Industry

1 Super Mario Bros.

Without Super Mario bros we never would have had Sonic the hedgehog there would be no Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Crash Bandicoot, The Legend of Zelda or all those great games that came after. - egnomac

Had this not been released, gaming would probably be pretty different today.

Hero of the video game crash of the 1983, this is sure important

This game saved the gaming industry so of course it's number 1! - MarioMaster101

2 Pong

Nothing is better than original

3 Pac-Man
4 Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

Why is this #4? This should be #3. - Kerbiman123

5 Mortal Kombat (1992)

This game is very important to the video game industry as with out it there would be no esrb rating system - ExcaliberDG11

6 Halo Combat Evolved
7 Resident Evil (1996)
8 Crash Bandicoot
9 Space Invaders
10 Pokemon Red & Blue

These games single handedly revived the 10 year old GameBoy handheld system and brought it back into popularity. If not for this game, handheld gaming would be very different today. - Xean45

The Contenders

11 Donkey Kong (Arcade)
12 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
13 The Legend of Zelda (1986)
14 Grand Theft Auto

Created the open world genre - Ale9991

15 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
16 Metroid (NES)
17 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

While it may have contributed to the video game crash and ruined Atari's Reputation it did however allow Nintendo to introduce Mario and helped saved the video game industry so at least some good came out of it. - egnomac

18 Wii Sports
19 Super Mario World

My favorite game of all time!

20 Super Mario 64
21 Super Smash Bros.
22 Metal Gear Solid

It was a pretty big deal when it first came out - cjWriter1997

23 Batman: Arkham City
24 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire
25 Super Mario Kart

Started the character kart racing genre. - egnomac

26 Gran Turismo
27 Tomb Raider (1996)
28 King's Quest I
29 Super Mario Bros. 3
30 Dance Dance Revolution
31 Command & Conquer
32 Sim City
33 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
34 Sonic Adventure
35 Star Fox
36 Shenmue
37 X-Men vs. Street Fighter
38 Double Dragon
39 Phantasy Star
40 Yars' Revenge
41 Diablo
42 Halo 2
43 Braid
44 StarCraft
45 Tetris
46 World of Warcraft
47 GoldenEye 007
48 Angry Birds
49 The Sims
50 EverQuest
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