Top 10 Most Overhyped Things from the 1990s Decade

In memorandum of probably THE most overglorified decade ever.

The Top Ten

Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Meh...that's all I can really say about this artist (besides Kurt Cobain's death, which probably makes up at least half of the entire reason why they got so famous in the first place)

That, and nearly EVERY other highly regarded grunge/alternative band from the decade alone was easily at least an entire LEAGUE above them (yes, even the Stone Temple Pilots, whom many people think were just a wannabe ripoff of Nirvana)

Yuck, this band sucks

CD-Based Game Consoles

For the ones that I can name off the top of my head:
GOOD ONES: Playstation (aside from completely overhyped garbage like the original Parappa The Rapper and its obviously massive library of shovelware), Sega Saturn (mostly just for its time), Sega Dreamcast (well, you know, while it lasted, at least)
BAD ONES: Jaguar (aside from Tempest), 3DO (aside from Street Fighter), Sega CD (aside from Earthworm Jim: Special Edition and MAYBE Sonic CD), CD-i (because Youtube is where the poop is), etc

Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII Product Image

Nonsensical and ridiculously overinflated storyline (more so than MOST games in the series, amazingly enough), cardboard-cutout characters, flat-out racist African American stereotypes (Barret), combat system that is actually dumbed down compared to most of the series' previous games, god-awful graphics even for the time, cheap final boss that relies far too much on status ailments to make itself difficult, an EXTREMELY excessive amount of permanently missable items, immensely long and unskippable summoning cutscenes during combat, probably THE most overrated non-Nintendo villain in gaming history, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum

Long story short, FF6 and Chrono Trigger (and FF9, and Chrono Cross, and Xenogears, and probably even FF8) were FAR better overall

Super Nintendo Super Nintendo Product Image

Super Metroid was WAY too easy and short,

Chrono Trigger was much of the same,
Kirby Super Star speaks for itself,
Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario RPG (and Yoshi's Island and Secret Of Mana and Mortal Kombat II) focused WAY too much on visual spectacle,
Final Fantasy VI was quite nearly AS pretentious as VII and almost as broken as a Bethesda game,

Super Mario World (as well as Super Castlevania IV) was home to easily the SINGLE most overpowered item/weapon in the entire series (cape in SMW's case; 8-directional whip in SCV4's),

Earthworm Jim and Aladdin were both better AND longer on Sega Genesis,

Street Fighter II is good but not as good as Alpha 3, even when playing its definitive versions,

Earthbound required basically no strategy,

Star Fox and F-Zero (and Super Mario Kart) aged like raw milk on a hot summer day, etc

The Matrix The Matrix Product Image

Basically what Nostalgia Critic said; its concept, action scenes and special effects were pretty much the only things salvageable about this film in retrospect
And yes, it also leaves you with nothing BUT questions, just to add insult to boredom

Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

If you're the type of person who views music as actual MUSIC and not the massively pretentious abstract-art projects that Yorke seems to treat his songs as, Radiohead pretty much only WAS good during the 90s (more specifically The Bends and OK Computer, both of which I will gladly admit rank EASILY among THE greatest albums ever produced in musical history); pretty much the entire rest of their discography is just that, okay
(however, it's admittedly largely because of HOW insanely good those two albums were that I can't bring myself to rank this higher on the list)

The Elder Scrolls (Franchise)

Somehow managed to get MORE overhyped with each game

Don't even ASK me about Skyrim

Nickelodeon (Nicktoons) Nickelodeon is an American basic cable and satellite television network launched on December 1, 1977, and is owned by Viacom through Viacom Media Networks and based in New York City.

The ONLY things from the 1990s Nicktoons lineup that I honestly think still hold up in retrospect are Hey Arnold, Rocko's Modern Life, Classic Spongebob, Angry Beavers, and certain bits and pieces of Ren & Stimpy (you know, the parts where Ren goes utterly bananas); REALLY not a fan of everything else
As for the 2000s, we have Avatar/Korra, Invader Zim, Fairly Odd Parents, Harvey Beaks, My Life As A Teenage Robot, and certain bits of pieces of Modern Spongebob (and MAYBE Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, depending on what type of nostalgic mood I'm in)
Yeah, that's pretty much it

Dragon Ball Z (USA) Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

Don't get me wrong, I AM totally fine with this show being the best of its kind; I just expected a much more sophisticated kind than this, to put it lightly

The Lion King The Lion King Product Image

To the site's notorious TLK hater;

This certainly WAS a great movie, just not THAT great (and I honestly feel pretty confident in saying that after seeing films like Spirited Away, Beauty And The Beast, and especially Iron Giant and the Incredibles)

Also, seriously, what was with Pumbaa's JonTron voice (not that I'm complaining, but seriously, what)
Still not nearly as overrated as Frozen, however,
so I will gladly let it slide

The Contenders

Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 Product Image

It's very dumb that fans hyped this game as the first 3d platformer when it wasn't.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Product Image

An overrated game in general

Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Product Image

Oh god why Sonic

Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 Product Image
Beavis and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-Head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television.

The movie was actually pretty great in my opinion, but the actual show was "eh" at best

The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.

Decent show at times but absolutely pales (overall) when compared to its Rocko contemporary if you ask me

South Park (Comedy Central) South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.

South Park was more affiliated with the 2000s rather than the 90s, seeing how it only had one season before the 90s ended.

Super Metroid Super Metroid Product Image

At least the fan-modding community that it inspired lives up to its hype

PlayStation 1 PlayStation 1 Product Image

Pretty much the most overrated console of it's time. How did this beat the Sega Saturn?

Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

This show is so good, because it has Batman and his complex, sympathetic rouges gallery.

Batman had always been overhyped.

Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.
Titanic Titanic Product Image
Jurassic Park Jurassic Park Product Image
The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Lost World: Jurassic Park Product Image

The most overrated sequel made before the 2000s.

Friends Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. It now airs on Nick at Nite. ...read more.

Yes its good, but is it that good?

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