Top 10 Nintendo Games of All Time

The Top Ten

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

The music alone is enough to give this game the rank of “Best game ever made”, but then you have the combat, the characters, the dungeons, the time-traveling, not to mention the entire game is a joy to play through multiple times.

This game is an amazing game. But it's overrated. This is by far NOT the best Zelda game. In my opinion that title goes to either WindWaker or Breath of the Wild. I do admire this game for its big jump to 3D and it's aged pretty well other than the graphics. And I think an HD version of this game would be awesome. But I think it's overrated. I love exploring in Zelda games and going from A Link to the Past to this is a big downgrade. There is like nothing to explore other than a few secrets. WindWaker had the Great Sea and you never knew what to expect on each island. And Breath of the Wild the entire game is about exploring. And A Link to the Past has a whole lot of secrets and I hated how once you finished a dungeon you just gotta go to the next one and I like having a little something between each dungeon even though I know some people hate that. But I do think this is a stellar game I just think it's a very overrated

Okay, this game is fantastic. I can't argue with that. But I personally think that it's just WAY overrated. Most people like this game because they'll say something stupid like "It started the 3D Zelda gameplay." I personally thought that the story was pretty boring too.
Average Gaming Fanboy : "OH MAI SONIC Y COULD YEW HATE ON OoT! It's the BEST GAME ever U JUST GOT BAD TASTE IN GAMING PLUS SHEIK IS AWYSUM

Oh yeah, Sheik. Yeah, when you all played this game you couldn't predict her reveal. Well, I played OoT in 2013, so I already knew this so called "twist" (thanks a lot, Smash Bros.). In fact, we never really see Sheik a lot in my opinion. The story itself is just Ganon vs. Link, save the princess and Hyrule. I couldn't really care about the side quests either.

Overall this is a great game, but it gets too much credit in my opinion. All right, now I gotta rant on why I think Majora's Mask is overrated...

Well, this is when the internet starts to hate me. This game, is the very definition of OVERRATED! How games like super Mario Odyssey and breath of the wild don't make it too 10, but this game gets number one!? Sure it was a product of its time, so they fix on stuff... But most of these peoples reasons (besides the fact that it's genuinely a good game) is the fact that it's revolutionary. SO!? People don't love super Mario 64 because it was revolutionary to 3D platforming! Oh wait, they do... You even got what you wanted with twilight princess, and this is also the reason that superior games like windbreaker get bumped down! The graphics, and ocerina of time! (Personally, the graphics are astounding! ) My biggest problem, (besides this game being extremely overrated! ) Is the fact that it doesn't utilize time travel enough! Come on, seven years! And I hate trying going back and forth because I can't use items as a child or adult. To all those people who like the game because it's a ...more

2 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. Brawl Product Image

I'm not going to try to state it as a fact by being like "ITS BEST GAME. SCREW OoT! " I'm going to state it more as my own opinion. And I speak for all of the Smash series on this one, not just Brawl. I've played Nintendo games since I was in diapers, and without a doubt the Super Smash Brothers series contains my favorite games of all time. I remember when I got my first Smash game, Brawl. I was a child, so if course I thought I was amazing. Until I found about the Smash community and the competitive scene. Right now I play every Smash game, from 64 to Smash 4. I highly doubt I will be stopping anytime soon with all of the fun I have while playing them. So without a doubt, Super Smash Bros, all four (or five with 3ds) games, are my favorite games ever.

While I may not play this much anymore, when it came out I was obsessed with this game. With well over 600 hours of total play time (not even counting Project M), I can safely say that this is the Nintendo game that I have played the most. The introduction of 3rd party characters Sonic and Solid Snake really opened up the possibilities for the future of the series, and the sheer amount of content was staggering for a Wii game. The Custom Stage Builder was rudimentary, but serviceable enough to make some interesting maps for battles and couch-multiplayer "mini-games" my friends and I sometimes played such as Tag and Spike Pit. While Melee may be more competitively viable and SSB4 may have expanded on many of Brawl's aspects, Brawl will always have a special place in my heart as my most enjoyed Nintendo game.

This Wii game admitted me into the Nintendo franchise. When I started playing it, I didn't know how to hold my controller sideways! But, (after figuring that part out) I started to play it. I learned about each and every character. The graphics were semi-okay ( I had a small T.V.) but the game was still enjoyable. With its wide selection of characters, maps, modes, and multiplayer, it was my #1 form of entertainment for 3 years (which was when I got a 3DS and my Wii started to fail at reading discs.)

This should DEFIANTLY be #1. If you are a big gamer you have to like this game. It has all of your favorite characters with their own stage and special powers. In this game, it can easily bring out each characters personality and skills. The extras are some of the best parts of the game. Also, for anybody that thinks its just stupid fighting, it's a lot more that that. There's a story mode, fun training and lots of skill-building mini games. If you don't like this game, play it.

3 Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 Product Image

This game was getting things right when other games had no clue. Movement was perfect and this was months before Tomb Raider. The analog stick was revolutionary and is commonplace today, as well as the many ideas implemented within the game. It set a standard for all 3D games to live up to.

If you see this game and complain about the controls, I suggest you try again someday and spend as much time as possible in the very first area it drops you into. It’s actually the tutorial zone. Once you have the controls down, proceed with the rest of the game, and good luck!

If it wasn't to the fact that Super Mario Galaxy is linear-mode, I would have chosen Mario Galaxy. But Super Mario 64 was revolutionnary, the very-first TRUE 3D game of all time with awesome graphics for the time, and it's one of the few N64 games that aged well. It might be the best, even tough it's not my personal favorite.

Quit complaining about the ds version. It is super mario 64 + portability + improved models and graphics + better sound + new characters + more. The only disapproval is the d-pad, which can be fixed owning a 3ds.

I hope whoever put this game on the list is referring to the original N64 version because it is the best game ever!

The DS version? Not so much, but the N64 version is best!

4 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 Product Image

My favorite game of all time by a wide margin, and I only got to play it when I was 21. After I played OoT as a kid, I was quite sure no game could provide me a more memorable experience, but this game proved me wrong. SMB3 is a blast from start to finish, and you can beat it a 100 times and it'll still feel incredibly fresh.

Super Mario 3 is my favorite Mario game and I just love all the cool abilities you get and all of the bosses you fight. I can't really expect a lot of hate from it.

Fun game happy music hard super nice gameplay cool bosses the relse of the koopa kids and some levels you can just fly over wit the super leaf like the cape feder in super mario world best game ever!

Why is SMB3 the only mainstream Super Mario game/cartoon with the Frog Suit?! Why does it even debut there instead of Mario Land?!

5 Super Mario World Super Mario World Product Image

I love this game! It is my favorite Mario game of all time! I just love playing as Mario and jumping on my good pal Yoshi.

This is more my Dads favorite game, so dad if you see this, Your daughter shared your likes to other people.

The game who brought up the best character ever who is Yoshi deserves one spot

The game that defined my childhood. No game makes me happier to this day.

6 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

Mario pretty much formed my childhood. I started off with the Wii and eventually moved on to improved consoles throughout the years, but never once have I forgotten about good ole Mario. But we mustn't forget about his Luma friends and Rosalina herself, right?

This game is a gem in the world of Nintendo. From the incredibly cliche but still amazing start to the character redemption-filled finish (come on, you can't tell me watching Bowser Jr. dancing on that Airship wasn't fun), you just never want to stop playing. I'm pretty sure I nearly cried the first time the credits rolled. The controls are impeccable, the challenge level is just right for its style, and the graphics are cutting-edge and crystal clear for a 2007 game. And the soundtrack is also incredible; I still listen to the single Family from time to time to fall asleep. All in all, Galaxy is simply a perfect game... I fail to see why it's not #1.

Oh man. Where to begin? This is easily the best Wii game of all time, undoubtedly the best platformer of all time, and definitely one of the best games of all time. It's that good.
The gameplay is unique and fantastic- it throws out all the rules of platforming and uses individual planets with their own gravity instead. Each level has its own unique idea and utilises the gameplay in a fun, easy way. There are secrets everywhere, the graphics and soundtrack are amazing, and all in all it's a masterpiece.

This game... Where should I start?... This game is fantastic. From beginning to end pure perfection everywhere. So much fun! Great graphics! AMAZING soundtracks! I can't fit everything I want to say in one comment... This was the first game I ever played and it will probably be my favorite forever.

Wow. I just LOVE this game. The idea behind this is the best ever. The sequal wasn't as good but there is one star that is impossibe to get (but then again, I am bad at this game) that my friend got for me but the levels are innovative and the power ups the introduced were so amazing, that I can't belive they didn't reuse most of them!

7 Super Smash Bros Melee Super Smash Bros Melee Product Image

Unlike the other Super Smash Bros games, Melee has the aspect of being both a party game and an extremely competitive multiplayer game. There is no other game that has such a unique community and history behind it. I suggest watching "The Smash Brothers" documentary on YouTube if you don't know much about Melee. Best documentary I have ever watched. Sure, Wii U and Brawl has more characters, stages, etc but that isn't what makes Melee so unique and enjoyable. The fact that it's so simplistic on the outside is what makes it so fun for anyone. The more you play the more you realize how complex this game really is. Melee is the best mistake Nintendo has ever made. I doubt they could ever recreate what Melee has become.

At first glance, this game looks vastly inferior to its Wii sequel, with a roster of only 25 characters, half of which appear to be clones of each other, and a generally lower amount of features. What it lacks in miscellaneous extras, however, it makes up for with its vastly superior gameplay to Brawl. While in Brawl, the player feels like they are floating through an enormous glob of Jell-O, Melee's fast falling speed lends it to more immediate response, and is generally more fun as a result.

Melee has everything. A great roster, controls that are smoother than butter, the widest known competitive game scene dare I say of all time, an awesome soundtrack, the best physics of the WHOLE ENTIRE FIGHTING GAME GENRE, an amazing game for everyone from newbies to pros, simply the best controls, an amazing menu style, a good-sized roster, great stage choices, giga bowser, SO MUCH CONTENT, and it still holds up as the best, TWENTY YEARS LATER.
I have put THOUSANDS of hours into this game, and 100% completed it, and I daresay that that memory card is one of my most prized possessions simply for the fact that it contains the reason I got into gaming...
And it’s all been worth it.
All hail gaming’s magnum opus.

A masterpiece of a game that can be played by absolutely anyone, and need I mention that this game has stayed relevant in gaming longer than almost any other game, 2014, and this is still being played by professionals at major events, some may say that smash never needed to be competitive, but I disagree. Much better than Brawl

8 Super Smash Bros. Wii U Super Smash Bros. Wii U Product Image

My first Smash game. Where Miis were designed to be brutal fighters. Where you could have other special moves for your character.
It's good, but Bayonetta is so OP
Also, this game's not Ultimate.
-BoumTNT (Since I don't have an account yet, I'l instead sign)

It's my favorite game of the top 10 and I'm kind of surprise that ssbb is second place. SSB wii U is for me the greatest smash game by far thanks to his cool selection of character and spectacular 8 players mode. Also, none of the characters are really OP like Pikachu in the original, fox in Melee and Meta Knight in Brawl making smash four well balanced.

This is by far THE best Smash Bros. In terms of gameplay it is the most fair and has probably the most balanced character roster out of all the games in the series as well as the largest. It should definitely be above Brawl.

Why does people like melee and brawl more than this. Yes, I like them too but this puts everything good about the other games and makes them better. This also the most fair out of all of the games as well.

9 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Product Image

Underrated I wish people would give this game a chance. This game has some of the best items and dungeons in the series and has a deep character roster. The game also has an excellent story. 2nd best Zelda.

Not my personal favourite that is super mario 64. But this is the best Nintendo game and the best game ever. It feels like a sequel or updated version of ocarina. The true zelda game not breath of the wild.

I will really try to like this game but Midna destroy the experience.
She looks like the kitten from Disney Bolt and with a bigger stone then her hole body

How does this come before Skyward Sword and Link to the Past? This is a much better game than those two

10 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Product Image

This game is Ocarina’s younger brother. The biggest feature of the game is by-far the in-game clock. Everybody runs on a schedule and you’ll never be able to do it all in one cycle.

They fixed certain things that Ocarina had issues with. Like swimming as a Zora for example.

There are tons of stories to be found here. All of them are dark and they get your mind to start wondering about the world and its inhabitants.

The only way to get the happy ending is to beat it!

Majora's Mask is the most darkest and complex Zelda game, if not, any game by Nintendo that is "suitable for all ages". Though Majora lacked the amount of dungeons that Ocarina had, it made up for it with its amazing plot as a sequel to an equally great game. It was sinister enough with the impending apocalypse of the nightmare fuel that is a grotesque moon, but the fact that, after every attempt to help someone from their pains and misfortunes, it all resets after every 3 days, all to save the world from an equally emotionally strained kid wearing a cursed mask. The game definitely made my childhood great and memorable.

A dark emotional tale with storytelling, character development, and world building that is matched by few works of fiction to date. Lots of side quests and collectibles with one of the series's most vivid worlds. Much more in-depth, varied combat and puzzle solving all thanks to the masks, one of the greatest features when coupled with other classic Zelda items.

Guitar hero isn't even a Nintendo game this list is just weird. I had no idea paper Mario was this popular, and I really don't think super smash bros deserves that much credit. I predicted number one, but I couldn't predict anything else. Majora's mask is my favorite Zelda game, and it would have either been this or super Mario 64, so I just went with this.

The Newcomers

? Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Product Image

Why isn't this on this list should be in top 5

The Contenders

11 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Product Image

I'll be honest. I didn't like the game at first because it didn't tell you what to do or where to g most of the time. And I hold true to that statement to this day, especially in the Forest Haven when you start. How the HECK was I supposed to know to roll into the great deku tree to get the chuchus off? But it does give you a huge sense of accoplishment when you figure out the puzzles. I also didn't like how Link can't jump, but this was my first Zelda game (except Botw) so I wasn't used to that concurring through ALL the Zelda games. Overall, great game.

This game is AMAZING! It's my favourite legend of Zelda game. He child like features and amazing sound track make a great game. Plus, the new hd version is super and I can't see and flaws. Sure, it can be annoying waiting and waiting in a sail boat traveling around, but the game makes up for it. There's been loads of times I've went to dragon roast island just to dance around to the music. Personally, this game should be in the top 3 at least.

The best Zelda game (until Zelda Wii U, hopefully). It easily has the best art style of any Zelda game, which has withstood the test of time. Yes, the sailing may be tedious, but it gives the world a vast, and epic feeling to it. The gameplay is still as fun as ever. This game should be #1

I begged my mom for botw she said it was to expensive then I saw windwaker she said ok best decision (in my gaming) life now I've beaten it 21 times personally best game ever my favorite game can understand why its not on top though

12 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Product Image

This is an absolute masterpiece. If you own a Wii, GET THIS NOW! Whilst I enjoyed the original Galaxy, this is much better, why is it lower on the list. The controls work well and the level design is amazing. It is also much easier to navigate than the original game and has 242 stars. I have completed this game completely and the amount of extra content is astounding. And the graphics are good, despite being on the not-very-powerful Wii. It is a shame that the new 3D Mario games aren't as innovative as this gem I really hope for Galaxy 3 soon!

This game continued what SMG 1 started. This, as well as the first one, is a masterpiece. The variety of levels, the mechanics, those graphics that pushed the Wii's little power to the absolute limit, the amount of levels and missions to complete... Everything. I will not forget this game. It doesn't deserve so.

I like Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's an excellent game, and my personal favorite 3-D Mario game. No, I'm not gonna say that Mario 64 is "better than the others 'cause it came first".

Best game of all time. Amazing use of motion controls and so much post game content you'll be soaring through the galaxies for years to come.

13 Super Metroid Super Metroid Product Image

Why is Super Metroid not in the Top 10? Well, few people know how good this is. This website is based on votes, so it would be obvious for Metroid games to be low in lists like this. People don't play Metroid beause they think it is terrible. I consider it the greatest video game franchise of all time. Super Metroid is the best Classic available today, period.

HOW IS THIS NOT TOP 10?! This game is GENIUS, everything is amazing about it and only few other Nintendo games compare. The fact that SSB1 and Paper Mario is in top 10, yet this, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario World aren't shows how moronic this site is. VOTE!

Unbelievably detailed. The amount of care put into this game is almost unparalleled. This is without a doubt, except for possibly Breath of the Wild, Nintendo's greatest game.

Metroid is good. It should be top ten but it isn't as popular as stuff like Zelda. I firmly believe that this game should be in the top ten and that more people should play it.

14 Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. Product Image

This game resuscitated a dying industry and gave rise to the Nintendo empire. This deserves to be number one or at least in the top five. At least Mario World and Mario 3 are higher on the list.

It might not be as good as most games Nintendo made later on, but still, it is the one that started it all!

Just because this game saved the industry doesn't mean its good enough to be on number 15

The most influential game of ALL TIME. Childhood favorite and still holds up

15 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Product Image

One of my favorite games of all time in my opinion! I love it SO MUCH! I played it non-stop when I first got it.

I love all the chapters especially the toad that says he is playing paper Mario

This is one of the best games of all time. It deserves a place in the top 10.

I put over 50 hours into each file. I've replayed it almost 25 times!

16 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Product Image

My favorite Nintendo game of all time. I grew up with the N64 and played OOT, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, etc but while these were revolutionary, never have I had as much fun as BOTW. I was skeptical of all the amazing reviews when this game came out, but I finally got around to buying it for myself and I completely agree. Never have I been so immersed in a game before. Go fast and play the story, or go slow, explore, find koroks, do side quests. It's all so immersive. And it looks beautiful every second I played.

This game is the best game Nintendo has created. Before this, I didn't play much Legend of Zelda. Of course, I played the original, and I also played a bit of Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time, but other than that, I hadn't played it much. However, my father got me this game and told me he loved the old Legend of Zelda, and wanted to play this one to see if it was any good, and if I would like it. Then I got that first opening shot - one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. The graphics were absolutely beautiful, and the gameplay was awesome! I loved exploring Hyrule at my own pace and never having someone bug me to do the next quest. I adored collecting swords and shields and armor of all sorts of kinds. It was one of the best games I have ever played - no - the best game I've ever played. The story was amazing, character development was great, everything was awesome! 10/10

This is my all time favorite Zelda game ever! It makes me feel so free to make my own decisions and do whatever I want! I also really liked the divine beasts!

There is no discussion, this is the best game nintendo has made. If you have ever played it through, you will understand. Although I may admit that I like some of their other games more due to nostalgia, I can't help but applaud the effort and time that they put into making this game so much better than any other nintendo game created to this point.

17 Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Product Image

Fun game love the music got it on wii u awesome first normal Zelda game

No doubt this is one of Link's most memorable adventures.

Trust me this game is definitely in the top 3 zelda games

This game justifies the purchase of a snes. So epic!

18 Star Fox 64 Star Fox 64 Product Image

WHAT! 42nd! WHAT! This is the most amazing game I ever played. Unique levels, butt-kickin' animals, easy-to-learn maneuvers, great graphics, challenging bosses, vs. Mode, training mode for beginners, different power-ups & great critical reception. SHAME ON THOSE WHO THINK MARIOKART DS IS BETTER! That game is bull-crap! CrAppY GraPh1cs, impossible controls, pathetic battle mode & shameful track selection. How the heck does that piece of crap compare to this cartridge of glory on a phenomenon of a console. HOW!

Do a Barrell Roll!

19 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Product Image

It should definitely. I loved to play this game when I was younger and still love to play it today

This game deserves to be top 4. Seriously, this is one of the best games ever!

A thousand times the game super Mario world 1 will ever be

A thousand times the game Mario world 1 will ever be

20 Mario Kart: Double Dash Mario Kart: Double Dash Product Image

This is way better than Mario kart 64. Every n64 game ever made is overrated because they were the first 3D games Nintendo ever made. The GameCube was a big step up

How is this better than Mario Kart 64 if you have to listen to Princess Peach's voice & Princess Daisy's voice?!

I can;t believe smash brothers brawl got ahead of this when all you do is fight.

21 Paper Mario Paper Mario Product Image

If this one's referring to Super Paper Mario, or if it's just referring to whatever game the reader played, it deserves to be higher. The Paper Mario series is criminally underrated, and Sticker Star did nothing to fix that, but the first three are simply mind-blowing, with creativity, music, especially style, and all. Nintendo really needs to make a Paper Mario game that can survive the death of the Wii U, but is more play-alluring than Color Splash, a final note to the fans upset with Sticker Star.

I loved this game and played it the whole way through, it's upsetting that the series didn't get very much recognition, I agree that it should've been top 10, the game was time and money very well spent.

How is this not number 1!?!?!? It has a confusing, but sad story, great villains, fun characters, colorful graphics, and best of all, perfect ending!

This game is WAY underrated. I believe it's one of the most adventurous games I've ever played. I favor the darker plot as well.

22 Pokemon Red Pokemon Red Product Image

Why isn't this no. One this is my childhood in a nutshell? So life change fun and revolutionary, nintendo wouldn't be half as succesful if it wasnt for pokemon and mario series

Why is Pkmn Red here? It had so many glitches. Not to say it was bad (because it was awesome) but there are definitely better ones like Emerald.

1998. That was a great year. I got the game. It created the best RPG series of all time (no offense Final Fantasy)

The game that started it all, is still one of the best Pokemon games if not THE BEST

23 Super Smash Brothers Super Smash Brothers Product Image

The combination of 3D models and 2D explosions just does it for me.

Face it, all 4 the smash bros games are perfection!

Ohh... these bring back memories!

Hours of goreless fighting.

24 Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country Returns Product Image

This is so good. If you don't like it, something is wrong with you.

It has awesome level design chanlegeing difficulty and loads of content

I played this game about 5 times. It is awesome.

25 Fire Emblem: Awakening Fire Emblem: Awakening Product Image

Fire emblem is an amazing game. The characters are all very unique and different and they make you feel good about embracing what makes you different. I call it the "charming cast of weirdos." The meaning it gives off is also fantastic as the Villains are not all black and white. Some of them are good people who truly care about their comrades and are only fighting for their cause. (chapter 10 for example) I HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone especially people new to rpg games.

Fire Emblem has the weirdest fans. Chrom is the only good character. The rest suck. Especially Robin and Corrin. Marth looks like a freak.

A great game that allows in game customization of your units like no outher Fire Emblem game before it. As well as the support conversations that let all of your "shippings" come true. All around this is a great game that I would recommend to anyone

This is my favorite game of all time an has bin there when I needed it most. It has amazing characters and good story I highly recommend this to anyone that love Fire Emblem or Nintendo RPGS or any RPG I love it that much an so does the community.

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