For me, it's the Journeyman Project series, a series of adventure games that I was obsessed with but no one ever seems to mention.
Burning Rangers and Die Hard Arcade. I would also usually add the Fear Effect games, but it's got a mention on the forums here and there from other users besides myself. Plus both Patrick and Jeff talked a little about it during that treasure chest of a Mailbag video.
Oh, and the Clockwork Knight games, too. Basically a lot of the Sega Saturn library.
I had an email on the podcast about this a while back, but it has surprised me that Nintendo has milked pretty much every significant NES franchise they had back then for a modern sequel/reboot except for Pro Wrestling . After Punch-Out!! I figured it was inevitable...guess not.
Shadow of Destiny, it's probably one of my most replayed games not only because it features 6 endings, but there's something about the mood and atmosphere this game has that it was pretty unique back when I first discovered it. I wish this game would get a proper remake, they remade it for the PSP but it looks the same and they changed the voices which bummed me out.
Wild 9 on the psx. From Shiny entertainment, makers of earthworm jim (which I also really loved). It was that game with the beam grapple arm and the slamming and the grinders and the hurting. I thought it was actually really cool, and I got it from a wal-mart bargain bin when I was like 9 years old, to me it was the first great find I ever made for myself (at least that's how it seemed back then, haven't played it lately)
DuckTales, which was one of my favourite platformers as a kid and was well-loved, but is generally not talked about that much. Capcom actually made a lot of decent licensed Disney games back in the day. Kind've surprising given how generally poor licensed games are these days (though of course we do see some bright spots from time to time).
Litlte big Adventure for me. The world seemed so bizzare and switching into different stances and throwing my bouncing orb in clever ways and catamarans, it still seems like a lucid fever dream now.
That and Tenchu, such a great franchise, the level editor led to so many laughs and the multiplayer in the later instalments though heinously unbalanced got put into the ssb and halo rotations in the early teens.
@ztiworoh: Yeah, The Journeyman Project games were great! Well, maybe not the first one but I enjoyed the second and third one quite a bit. Arthur made up Gabe's lack of personality.
@oldenglishC: Phantasy Star IV all the way! I can still hear that opening music in my head whenever I think about that game. It certainly has aged better than FFVII and the characters had a little more depth. Either way, the ending was way cooler.
There was an N64 game I played a lot with a couple of my neighborhood friends called "Chameleon Twist". I wouldn't call it an important game, but the moments I had playing that game with friends were some of my fondest moments playing a multiplayer game.
Hey, I used to rent that game with my friends too. Not the greatest, but not bad either. My favorite non-Nintendo multiplayer was probably Bomberman 64.
Played that when I was about 6!
That game is greeeeeeeeeaat!! It really is. There are parts which haven't aged well like some obscure puzzle solutions but it's still so much fun with great characters and silly humour!
But Banjo-Kazooie is the first to come to mind. It's talked about, but not as much as it should, and there seems to be some weird hate around it.
@Yummylee I liked me some Die Hard Arcade. Looking back its probally garbage but back in the day it kept me entertained for hours.
Use to play this in the arcades and just recently played it on a Saturn Emulator and its definetly the best 3d streets of rage style game ever created. Wish Sega would have continued this style of game. The Dreamcast also had a decent sequel called Dynamite Cop! Definetly classics that no one cares/knows about.
It was slightly past my childhood, but Perfect Dark did some really impressive things. It had basically the same controls as GoldenEye, but the campaign was actually enjoyable, instead of the bullshit in the last half of GoldenEye where enemies respawn infinitely and the maps are way too big for how few objectives you have. Perfect Dark had you do some actual spy stuff occasionally, instead of just shooting damn near everything like GoldenEye. But even though it vastly improved on GoldenEye, compared to the singleplayer PC FPSs of the day, I guess I can see why nobody brings up Perfect Dark.
Also, fuck everybody, the multiplayer wasn't very good in either game. Or rather, the controls and guns were a real achievement for console shooters, but JESUS CHRIST was Rare incompetent at making multiplayer maps. Facility is AWFUL.
@Meepasaurus: That is also a great choice to make as they both share a similar space between them. That local multiplayer can be significant even with games that may have not been recognized as "good" games, or were disregarded for a lacking of certain features, or graphics, or anything else in between. That any game with a multiplayer component, amongst a group of people to play and share in that same space can still retain that equaled experience that anyone would have had if they were playing more successful, and or, "better" games with the same multiplayer options. Both fun games in their own right.
Strife. In an era where all FPSes were nothing more than "find keys, get exit", this game offered so much more. Decent story. good weapons and the game looked pretty damn impressive for its time.
GG Shinobi 1 & 2. For me, GG Shinobi 2 is the best game in the series, even better than the ones on the Mega Drive. The fact that it has mutliple characters and allows you to change them on the fly makes the game feel titsawesome.
Ecstatica. Admitetly this get mentioned from time to time but it's one of the first forced perspective survival horror games and its definitely one of the best, and I think it's as important as the first Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon.
I was starting to think that I had dreamt that game up.
Also, Marko's Magic Football. Hands down, THE game of my childhood. I remember being incredibly surprised that no-one had ever heard of it.
Conceptually, it's balls crazy (no pun intended....maybe slightly).