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30. Zelda II: Adventure of Link
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1988
The Legend of Zelda captured the hearts and minds of a lot of kids back in the day, and I was no different. Well, I suppose falling in love with the game that everyone loved to hate (or hated to love) made it kind of an anomaly. It was nothing like its predecessor -- opting for side-scrolling, mind-numbing difficulty and a pretty strange narrative (compared to every other Zelda game anyway) -- but it was that in particular that grabbed me. As a child I watched my Mom obsess over the games many obstacles, and I avenged her in the end when I beat it just a couple years ago. Hooray happy endings.
29. Jet Moto 2
Sony Playstation, 1997
I had a hard time picking a competitive racing game at all for this list, but when it came down to it, the only one I could probably go back to today would be Jet Moto, the second release in particular. Weird future jet skis that go over all terrain (including lava) and a slightly sim feel to the handling pretty much sums this one up. It's like riding a roller coaster across tons of beautiful and varied scenery (at the time anyway).
28. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990
Yeah, if you know of the Ninja Gaiden of today, you'll probably agree that it's hard, but you really have NO IDEA how hard it used to be (or maybe you do, I'm unsure). I used to pronounce it GAY-DIN, much like the rest of the American population (thanks mars), and quite frankly I wish the internet hadn't tainted me into believing it was not so, because that totally sounds cooler. But yeah, all I can remember is the ridiculous kitchen sink mentality this whole game took on, from level to level you'd find yourself in horrible challenge after another. Trying to battle off flying enemies while successfully avoiding bottomless pits on a windy mountain-top comes to mind.
Sony Playstation, 1997
I never really owned a Super Nintendo, so you can excuse me for my ignorance when I throw around "Link to the Past" with absolutely no interest. I suppose you can say this was my Alundra to the Past, being that it plays and looks completely the same. You could jump however, so that made it cooler. The whole atmosphere of this game is a bit creepy, and it is pretty damn hard. It involves the completely realistic profession of "dream/sleep/whatever-walking" and a church that is more like a cult. Definitely going to do a video or two on this game to shed some light on it, as most people probably looked over this gem.
26. Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off Road
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1989
Here's a game in similar vain to RC Pro AM, where you take an overhead racing perspective and battle around a small circuit. The NES version springs to mind, but you can get it on pretty much any platform that was around in 1989 (I know, I uploaded like 7000 images for it). You'd pick your nationality and race race race, with breaks between each so you could purchase upgrades for your truck, such as better tires, handling, turbo, or whatever. The circuits get really tough really fast, and it feels like a never-ending game, and it might just be -- as it's very similar to an arcade game that's in my Sister's garage (I forgot the name). It would probably be more fun with one of those loose steering wheels that spin a thousand times, but I managed to have quite a good time with just the d-pad.