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#1 Posted by matthew (2151 posts) -
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#2 Posted by matthew (2151 posts) -

I'm not asking what game is the best. I'm asking what game you would play first, be it for the first time, or just to revisit some old (better?) times.


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I have a confession to make. I totally spaced it in the '92 poll, and didn't put Link to the Past in there . . . biggest mistake I made. Ever. I worked at Gamestop for a brief couple months, and during that time I got my share of calls about Battletoads and its upcoming sequel. That was a pretty hilarious thing to mess with the kids who were calling. No, they have nothing else better to do. Also, another admission here, I was 4 at this time, so while I very well may have played these at this age, I don't really remember it. But I do take the time here and again to go back and play a few games I have certainly missed, and yeah, its a hoot going back and playing them. Some good times back then, and even now  
Me? My choice? It was a reallllly tough choice between Castlevania, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario World. Mario, because it's just a joy to play, and the other two because I've never played them before. I'm gonna have to lean towards FF, because I've never played anything before VII. Castlevania....eh, I've played games that have brushed a bit too close to it before.  
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#3 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

It's hard not to go with the greatest Zelda game ever made.

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#4 Posted by Sjupp (1948 posts) -


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#5 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8142 posts) -

Man, that's tough. It comes down to Link to the Past and Monkey Island 2. I picked Link to the Past, but on any given day, it could be either.

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#6 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

A Link to the Past is one of the greatest games ever made, and the best Zelda game. It's also a game whose art style is timeless; I mention this on my Autobiographical Games list... it doesn't look dated, it just looks like itself.

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#7 Posted by Animasta (14906 posts) -

haha sonic is the only game I've played and liked on that list so I'll go with that.

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#8 Posted by TooWalrus (13400 posts) -

Oh God, I was 1 year old. I've played Super Mario World so many damn times, I can't choose anything other than that.

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#9 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1390 posts) -

A link to the past. Yep

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#10 Posted by moonpix (85 posts) -

Slint - Spiderland

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#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Pretty hard, but Final Fantasy IV?

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#12 Edited by Hizang (9358 posts) -

Super Mario World is the correct answer, hell I wasn't even born.

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#13 Posted by SockemJetpack (436 posts) -

I'm going by my 1991 self and what I was playing at that time. The answer was Road Rash on Genesis. Favourite game on the list though? Monkey Island 2.

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#14 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

I forgot how these polls work. I voted for Super Mario World because it's my favorite game of the set I've played, but I'd much rather play FFIV or LTTP.

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#15 Posted by Justin258 (14697 posts) -

This might sound insane but I'm not a particular fan of any of those games. Some of them are fun and worth playing still, but most of them are just really, really dated and held up solely by nostalgia.

Super Mario World is what I'll vote for, but every time I've tried to revisit it I've gotten bored.

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#16 Posted by ShaggE (8558 posts) -

Duke Nukem. (or "Duke Nukum", at the time)

I played a ridiculous amount of the shareware episode. It hasn't aged well, but it's always funny to look back at how tame the first two games were.

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#17 Posted by HarlechQuinn (456 posts) -
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#18 Edited by PenguinDust (13015 posts) -

I remember going over to my friend's house to play a lot of F-Zero in 1991. I was playing a lot more Shadowrun pencil & paper in 1991, though. There was a lull in my video gaming in the early 90's since I was in college and had other pastimes.

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#19 Posted by WildFloyd (139 posts) -

F-Zero definitely, with Mario world a close second. Those mode 7 racers on the snes are infinitely more playable than any of those megadrive racers. I might have to go play some F-Zero now

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#21 Edited by BeachThunder (14736 posts) -

Definitely suicidal rodents for me.

edit: No Commander Keen 4,5,6? :o

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#22 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

I wasn't even playing games during that year, but I'm still going to choose ''other'' for Streets of Rage because it's a 1991 release (just barely in the margin) that I so dearly love.

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#23 Posted by ajamafalous (13603 posts) -

Sonic all day

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#24 Posted by Jayzilla (2706 posts) -

Madden that year was AMAZING for the Genesis. Never played the SNES version as a buddy of mine had it on the Genesis and it never occurred to me to get it on the SNES. Games were like that back then. Why would I buy a game that a friend of mine already had? Besides, we never played against anyone but our group of friends. There is a reason that Madden games still keep coming out year after year, and Madden 91 is one of those reasons.

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#25 Posted by JCTango (1500 posts) -

Stuhreeeet Fighter!

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#26 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Link to the past man, can't beat that.

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#27 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1636 posts) -

Metroid 2. Damn I used to play that a lot on our family's summer cabin. I can still remember what sound that last boss makes when you hit it with misses.

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#28 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

link to the motherfucking past. best zelda game ever. yup better than OOT you shits

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#29 Posted by GoofyGoober (941 posts) -

Super mario world.

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#30 Posted by gaminghooligan (1824 posts) -

sonic. it was my first gaming experience ever.

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#31 Posted by floydeo (439 posts) -

I voted for Mario even though I didn't own an SNES. I just remembered how awesome Commander Keen was though.

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#32 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

A Link to the Past. I've played a lot of Super Mario World, and that's great. But I need to get some quality Zelda time in.

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#33 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

Final Fantasy IV. We may have gotten the neutered version (FFII), but I still had a lot of fun with it.

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#34 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1219 posts) -

I voted before a saw Road Rash D:

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#35 Posted by MocBucket62 (1942 posts) -

Super Mario World all da way!

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#36 Posted by Canteu (2968 posts) -

I had to go with Street Fighter 2.

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#37 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5442 posts) -

I knew what Super Mario World was and it completely blew my mind. My six year old self would have been all over that.

Now though, as I have gotten older, Zelda would be the one I would most likely pop in.

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#38 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

1991 was the year when Mr_Skeleton, was introduced to the world therefore it was the best year ever.

Also that is not the Bioware Neverwinter Nights.

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#39 Posted by Draugen (926 posts) -

Lemmings all day, and all of the night.

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#40 Posted by JoeyRavn (5237 posts) -

@Sjupp said:


Glad to see this on the first page!

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#41 Posted by Xymox (2381 posts) -

Judging from that list, '91 must've been a pretty slow year. Can't say I had any interest in any of those games. I did play Duke though, but I wouldn't exactly call it amazing. Is the castlevania one the one where you have good control over the whip? If so, that might be a good choise. But if not I think I'll stick with Mario Bros 3, which was released in PAL region in '91.

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#42 Posted by Chops037 (24 posts) -

I was 9 at the time so I was probably still playing the 'Dizzy' games on Spectrum, but I chose FF4 as it's a series I've skipped entirely.

I'd argue Street Fighter 2 is the most 'important' game on this list though. To my (likely inaccurate) knowledge it's the only one here that basically created a genre.

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#43 Posted by matthew (2151 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Definitely suicidal rodents for me.

edit: No Commander Keen 4,5,6? :o

I had Keen on the list, but crossed him out due to my complete lack of any knowledge whatsoever when it comes to games....I knew I should've put'em up there, and actually did have it up there in the draft version, but somehow didn't make the transition. Major suckage. Put it down with Pokemon Red/Blue and FF Tactics that I've missed :/

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#44 Edited by Jrinswand (1745 posts) -

What's the point of even putting in Duke Nukem or Neverwinter Nights? It seems a little bit misleading because the more popular entries in the series didn't come until much later. I doubt many even know that there was a NWN game before 2002.
Edit: Also, definitely Zelda.

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#45 Posted by Demoskinos (17359 posts) -

Battletoads. I've never had great affinity for Zelda games at all in fact I think the only one I've ever played was Windwaker and that was only because it was free when I bought my gamecube.

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#46 Posted by Halos_god (207 posts) -

Super Mario World

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#47 Posted by NathHaw (2855 posts) -

Final Fantasy IV