Most Underrated Video Games

Games you probably havent heard of -
and probably should check out.

The Top Ten

1 Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

It's extremely overrated! And it isn't even that good! All it is is Banjo-Kazooie but with a Spongebob skin! I do not understand what people see in this game that makes it so praiseworthy!

This list is one of the worst crafted lists that I had ever seen. I take it that most of the people that found this list don't get what the word UNDERRATED means. Since when had mario, pokemon, star wars, zelda, or call of duty ever been underrated? Those are all among the most OVERRATED things out there. Seeing any game from those franchises on this list is as stupid as seeing justin bieber and several other overrated singers on the list of most underrated singers. If this list were highly consistent to the title of this list, then Ristar, Alex Kidd, Tumblepop, and Beyond Good & Evil would at least be in the top 20 part of this list. It's nice to know that Kinetica is. As for Sonic 06, it's not that many people don't know about it. It's that many people want to pretend that abomination does not exist. Only the most die-hard sonic fans would like that game. If such glitches had been part of a non-sonic game, like Big Rigs, no one would want to know that game even exists.

Don't take these lists too seriously man. Most of the users on here are 11-14 year olds. - JamesNicholls

I've never played it

I love this game!

2 Luigi's Mansion

But this game does have a lot of fans. Just check the Mario fandom. - Crxme

I wish I had gotten to play this game, but I don't have a device it's comparable with. I heard it's really good, but haters say it's bad.

Are you sure that selling 2.5M copies is underrated?

How is this underrated? - RobertWisdom

3 Super Paper Mario

This is the best video game I have played in my life. It is beautiful. When you play this game, you will feel deep emotions for this game. It has a extremely deep story. When I saw this game, I just bought because it was cheap. Well, the best choice ever. Once you get to the end, You WILL cry. I have never cried in any other game. The deep music is the best part, it is better than anything you will ever hear in your life. Just play it, and you will understand, the music deeply connnects to what is going on. There are some dark parts, but they still make you feel great. Just thinking back at the game gives me chills.

It is a masterpiece, the story is deep, there is more than just princesses being captured, and jumping on mushrooms. It is dark, but in a good way, it has meaningful characters, gives Peach, Bowser, and Luigi some personality instead of just "lets a go a Mario" You can now relate to them. I would put this at number one, definitely a must play

(by the way the part where Sammer's Kingdom is destroyed, is easily my favorite part, just adds to the depth of the story)

I find this game underrated too, but everyone, even the people that don't like this game knows it has a good story. Most people that dislike this game dislike it because of gameplay, not story. - Eclipsmon

I love this game. I finally surpassed the part where you need 1,000,000 rupees, a rip off coin currency. Finally... - Katildalover93

As a (younger) child, I asked my family if we could get it. They said no for reasons I can't remember, but probably because it's single player (I played games with my family). As time goes on I get even more curious about it. - Qryzx

4 Super Mario Bros 2

Not really, when I look at requests for Mario Maker items I almost always see that. - Qryzx

Reply to the person who claimed Mario games have no story: Mario games didn't focus on the story, they were more focused on the level design and buildup of level difficulty. And why are they still good? Because the Mario series does a good job at giving the player a challenge as they progress throughout the games levels. Another example of a misjudgment of a game. Because a game's plot doesn't always matter.

It's not good. - TriggerTrashKid

This game is really fun! So what if it was Doki Doki Panic? Do you think the USA wants a near duplicate version of Super Mario Bros. For Super Mario Bros. 2? I got Super Mario Bros. 2 Japan from the virtual console and I made it to the THIRD level.

5 Earthbound

I think the main reason Earthbound is so underrated is-because it was marketed so terribly. Maybe if it had been advertised better, it would be better known. Earthbound is actually a really good game, and considering the other games above it on this list, it really ought to be Number One.


Why is this not number one it is a great experience that continues to affect me today it was just so indescribably awesome

Earthbound had a great everything. - Videogamesgal

6 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

This game is so bad. It destroyed the sonic franchise.

I like Sonic the way it is. I'm sick of everyone bashing him for no reason. Spoiler alert: THINGS CHANGE. - DCfnaf

Underrated?! Yeah, for a REASON.

Unlike most people I like this game my 5th favorite sonic game

It's better than the Sonic movie coming out soon, that's for sure - HenryMan73

7 SpongeBob SquarePants the Movie

Best game ever

It's decent

This game is absolute GARBAGE! What a coincidence that it from the same urine-garling idiots that made BFBB!

I love this game!

8 Star Fox Assault


The last good starfox game - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

Starfox is really underrated, this game was my childhood. The only reason some people know it is because of Super Smash Brothers. I love this game and if you haven't checked it out you really should.

This is what Zero should've been based off of.

9 Pac Man World 2

I can't believe this: we're on a list of the most underrated and overlooked games ever, and Mario and Zelda STILL get the top spots. Why? Because they're so huge that I'm willing to bet Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's Mansion, and Majora's Mask are the ONLY "underrated" games many of the people have played. Pac Man World 2 is among the epitome of underrated - it starred a well-known figure, was adored by fans and critics, and nobody knew it existed, and wouldn't often give it a chance anyway. Don't be one of those guys: Pac Man World 2 was easily one of the best platformers in its generation, with fun graphics, an amazing soundtrack, brilliant design, and six unlockable previous Pac Man Games. It may not be as good as games like Disgaea and Beyond Good and Evil, but it's so little-known that it's not even featured on lists of good little-known games! Don't pass this one up.


The pacman world series is suprisingly good. However, the best hodden gem game is brave fencer musashi for the ps 1.

Okay, this was one of the first games I've ever played. It could have had a decent sequel and be throned as Mario's newest strongest rival yet, but then pacman world 3 happened. - VeryPissedOffCinnabon

10 Bioshock 2

I love this game

Not as good as the first one but still a great game. - nic1997ps3

Story is actually very sad and is a sequel that is worth playing (not as good as the first though)

Just play Minerva's Den. Then you'll realise how underrated this game is.


The Newcomers

? Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
? Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

The Contenders

11 Shadow The Hedgehog

My second favourite sonic character, my first being tails.

cool game

I like this game - myusernameisthis

This is truly the most underrated video game ever. It got very mediocre reviews and didn't sell well at all. I thought it was a great game, in fact it's honestly the best Sonic game I've played. This game had loads of different endings and stories, which gave it excellent replay value. It had a great thought provoking story, Shadow was so cool and badass, and the multiplayer was good as well.

The gameplay is still good to this day. I feel if more people knew about this game and the fanbase for this site was a bit more mature than this game would be 1st or 2nd on this list. - JamesNicholls

12 Kirby's Epic Yarn

This is the first Kirby game I ever played! Me and my younger brother bonded over this game when we were really young. We've even replayed it a few times!

YES! I haven't played this one but I have played a lot of others.

I just love the gameplay and especially the music. - Katildalover93

This is possibly one of the greatest games of all time. For coming out in 2011-ish, it looks great and plays great. Co-op isn't confusing, gameplay is fresh, and the whole concept is lovely. The characters, the aesthetic, those boss fights (some of my favorites), just, everything. Besides, it's quite easy to pick up.

13 Kinetica

One of the best video games that doesn't have a sequel.

This game is not part of an overrated franchise, unlike several games on this list.

This game is criminally underrated.

Amazing sci-fi racer for the PS2

14 Psychonauts

You know which game introduced planar gravity? It wasn't Super Mario Galaxy! - Synchronocity

The game sold terrible when it first came out, but it slowly gaining popularity, being called one of the most underrated games of all time, with its uniqueness in almost every aspect of the game. - Jammer196

this is not just a great overlooked game, it should be considered one of the greatest games ever. The most entertaining level design I have ever played. - lethaldose

A fun, surreal game with extremely entertaining writing that will make you want to keep going through it. - kempokid

15 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

I kinda get why people hate it, but personally, I like it.

The worst Paper Mario game, the others are way better - KalloFox34

My favorite Mario Game!

GARBAGE - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

16 Super Mario Sunshine

This isn't underrated. it is still very good. I completed game

Pretty fun game - Marxcute19

What Are You Talking About? This Game Wasn't Hard At All!

It is hard though. The camera though much improved from Mario 64, is still atrocious. - RobertWisdom

Everybody who thinks this game is hard never played Mario games.

17 Dante's Inferno

This was a great game. I remember playing it through in one sitting. Not many games I have done that with. Especially a hack n slash. I preferred this over God of War 3 in so many ways. I don't really recall the puzzles though. God of War definitely had to be better in that aspect.

I seen gameplay and it looks badass. - Katildalover93

Featuring Dante from the devil may cry series - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

18 Dead Island

Awesome ZeRater

I love that game. I got a gun that had like 1000000 ammo, no joke - ZeRater

19 Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

Best action rpg for NDS

Amazing story, amazing gameplay, amazing characters, stellar graphics, didn't get very popular

It's a real shame. This game had a wonderful story and really fun gameplay, among all of its other pros, but it NEVER had a chance. Just looking at the box, it looks like one of those generic DS games made by that company you've never heard of. Too bad it couldn't take off. - PeterG99

I just read the info about it, and this game looks pretty nice. I'll try to find it at my nearby used game store and give it a go. (PS. People probably overlooked it because it's one of those typical unpopular DS games that aren't by nintendo) - Mathyfox441

20 Just Cause 2

Awesome game! - TriggerTrashKid

One of the greatest open world games of all time and its huge with stuff to blowup and you have a bloody grappling gun attached to you at all time, whats not to love

the best just cause game of all time but not on the xbox, play station only cause its for the players!

I don't understand how this is underrated. It was getting love from everyone.

This was one of the best open world games. Chaos, chaos everywhere

21 Kirby Air Ride

Mario Kart is better, so is Crash Team Racing. - TriggerTrashKid

Oh my god... I had this game and it was so fun to play with, the number of cars is great as hell and the modes are amazing - yamionthetrap

I'm pretty sure Conner The Waffle on YouTube said this is the most underrated game ever

A fun racing game that really lets you play to your fullest potential. COME ON Nintendo. MAKE A SSB STYLE GAME. EXCEPT WITH RACING.

22 Metroid: Other M

This game is FINE. The only problem is samus acts helpless and there's drama.

Absolutely not - iliekpiez

I've heard some people say it ruined the franchise. I'll look into it though

23 Undertale

Listen folks. I adore Undertale, and it's definitely one of my FGOATs (favorite games of all time), but I don't find it underrated. There is a lot of people that loves it and other that dislike it. It's not a game that is underrated or even overrated. - Eclipsmon

I love love LOVE Undertale! And nope, definitely underrated! Go Undertale!

How is this underrated. It's more like overrated

More like overrated. - SuperDuperSeb

24 Megaman and Bass

I would say get good, but I feel like the only person that sucks against Ring Man, so I have no idea why this game is consider hard. - Eclipsmon

25 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty

This is not underrated. You guys are just randomly throwing games out there. - RobertWisdom

This is a really great list, but I feel that everyone hated MGS 2 because of Raiden but they didn't understand why Kojima did this ON PURPOSE. He meant for you to hate him so you can see him grow up from being an annoying brat to someone nearly comparable to Snake. Here you have a fantastic character development and new intuitive gameplay mechanics such as first-person aiming, not to mention stunning visuals. Also, Raiden helps people see just how epic Snake is. Maybe the story was really complex, but overall this game deserved way more love than all the ignorant hate it gets, but this is only my opinion. - Zeebs

The problem that absolutely killed this game for most MGS fans is that you play as Raiden most of the game, and because of that most people decide that they don't like it before they've even really given it a chance - ChickenKing

Hideo knew that if he included raiden on the cover it wouldn't sell as good

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26 Bomberman Hero

Bomberman is truly underrated, and truly only half of the population know his series. Poor guy, he has always been underrated, and infact he has like 80 games. His games are good, but it's just one of the most underrated franchise in the series. And now, Hudson Soft gave the franchise into Konami's work. They don't even know what to do with it, but It'll probably end up like Earthworm Jim or Castlevania. etc.

27 Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
28 Mario Kart Super Circuit
29 Super Princess Peach

Come on, it was a great game that changed the classic Mario formula a bit with new mechanics like emotions and umbrella. I don't care the story

... To the people who dislike Peach, please treat this game like something from a dream you had. - Qryzx

What were they thinking - iliekpiez

Overrated if u ask me

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30 Touhou Project Touhou Project

Fun bullet hell series, good music, decent stories, not sure I would call it "underrated" but it definitely feels like it has a dedicated fanbase and not many other people have played it/know about it

31 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

I love this game! No other comment. - Bloodbirth-HQ

Very underrated - Silence4101

Wonderful game! Greatest Mario Game of all time! Too bad that the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario 64 overshadowed it, so it only sold about 1. 4 million copies worldwide. If you find it though, like on eBay, a yard sale, or used game store, then get it!

I don't understand why people harp at this game so often. It's very engaging for an RPG, has the best graphics on a SNES games, a story so compelling you'd actually care about Mario, a lot of depth, plenty of sidequests, many characters with their own stories, and for once; THE WHOLE GAME ISN'T ABOUT SAVING PRINCESS PEACH! This is a game that people definitely need to take a bit more seriously.

32 The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Grand Theft Auto for kids. Was awesome and hilarious.

A ton of fun. - iliekpiez

This is so true.

One of the best Simpsons games.

33 The Itchy and Scratchy Game

It was kinda underrated since half of the world didn't have a Game Gear.

34 Sonic Adventure 2
35 Super Mario 64 DS
36 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

I love it, but not underrated. - iliekpiez

Really, really, really fun.
(Even though I'd rather explore than complete dungeons.) - Marxcute19

Huh?!?! - TriggerTrashKid

Zelda is underrated? , how? - B1ueNew

37 Yume Nikki Yume Nikki
38 Spartan X
39 Sonic Unleashed

I loved this game when I was a kid.

Love this game. It has a great story, cut scenes and concept. To all the people that say sonic has no good games, play this one please. The Wii version is the best to me! - Katildalover93

Chip don't leave

Great opening, some good level moments, but too much pointless padding and bad levels too. - iliekpiez

40 Star Fox Adventures

Most haters dismiss this game as a Zelda clone (despite both franchises being Nintendo property).
Putting that aside, it's a bloody good game. The set pieces are beautiful, the soundtrack is wonderful and the gameplay is awesome. It did something different and it succeeded.

The same can be said for Star Fox Assault, I would have found it more interesting if Nintendo kept to the Adventures/Assault style of gameplay for Zero as opposed to rehashing 64 (which in turn is a rehash of the first Star Fox game).
Hopefully, one day, Nintendo will re-release this game and other Gamecube games onto the Virtual Console so that gamers can rediscover and re-evaluate them.

I just pretend this isn't a thing. Its not a good star fox game - Silence4101

While not a perfect game, it's not as bad as most people claim it is (and I can guarantee, those people either never played it, only watched Jontron's review, or are 64 Elitist scum).

This game was insanely good If you actually gave it a try. I think I might play it again sometime soon.

41 Virtua Tennis World Tour
42 Kirby Star Allies
43 Resident Evil 5

many RE fans loved RE 4 but hated RE 5. Why? RE 5 is true masterpiece with superb graphics, awesome story, characters and just gaming. Don't be so harsh to this game! - Magnolia

44 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky

More than just a game, it's a game that puts your emotions to the ultimate test and will keep you coming back for the amazing story and writing that the developers put into it. I've never seen such an underrated game in my life

Nothing Pokemon is underrated - RobertWisdom


Mystery Dungeon was an excellent idea. This was probably this series' best game. - KalloFox34

45 Shrek: SuperSlam

This was my childhood

Ripoff of smash

How dare they not acknowledge da meme bible, Shrek! - TerryThe_NES_Owner

Better than melee
Time to win evo 2019 shrek super slam - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

46 The Simpsons: Road Rage

I have the GBA version and it was fun!

The GBA version was bad, not sure about the other ones - KalloFox34

So what if it's a crazy taxi ripoff? Its fun

This game was so fun. I don't think it is underrated I just think people sold they;re playstations when the new console game out

47 Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters

Well, yes. it existed since 2002

Ratchet and Clank existed back then?! - SeeU

48 Lego Star Wars

This game is how I found out what Star Wars was (I had it on the Wii though)

This was my first game I ever played as well

This is the first game I ever played too

The first game I ever played - iliekpiez

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49 Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker

an absolutely amazing game. most people give it crap because of the toony graphics. that just gives the game some character and makes it different from the rest of the zelda games. best zelda game in my opinion. - deadgrass27

It appeared twice :P - Keb

50 Timesplitters

The TimeSplitters series is extremely good (My personal favorite shooter! )
It's so underrated, I couldn't even find it on a list of underrated games (Other than this list, obviously)

These games are extremely underrated. Such fantastic games.

These are amazing shooters very underrated. Makes Call of Duty look like garbage.

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