Games of the Decade (1981-1990)

This is a work-in-progress list of my favorite games released in the decade I was born and first began playing video games. This is a very NES-heavy list due to the fact that I didn't really have access to any other consoles of the era when I was growing up.

List items

  • The first RPG I ever played. It introduced me to the genre that would become one of my favorites and the most influential of all as I grew up.

  • The first. The classic. Pure fun, both back then and today.

  • This game introduced me to the Mega Man series, and despite Mega Man III introducing Rush and Mega Man IV bringing in the chargeable Mega Buster, it remains my favorite of the classic Mega Man titles.

  • Ninja Gaiden's cutscenes were some of the most technically and artistically impressive of their day, and the game's brutal action and platforming remain etched in my mind. (Goddamn birds!)

  • I never could beat this game without the Konami Code, but it's a blast now just as it was a blast then.

  • Sure, the game was simple, but as one of the first games I owned for the NES as part of the combo cartridge with Super Mario Bros., I spent a lot of time playing it. (Goddamn dog!)