Metroid (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Original Release: 1987 (NES)
Designed by: Hiroji Kiyotake and Yoshio Sakamoto
Produced by: Gunpei Yokoi
Developed by: Nintendo
Published by: Nintendo

If Super Mario Bros. was the first platform game that felt like an adventure, Metroid was the first platform game that felt like an epic event. Never before had a game’s environment felt so real as well it was also one of the first games to give the player a choice in how they wanted to explore the game. While The Legend of Zelda predates Metroid in Japan, for American gamers, this was their first window into seeing the future of gaming.


Super Smash Bros. (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo 64
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo

It wasn’t exactly a unique idea because school children had debated this stuff for decades and other franchises have tried the formula. Leave it to Nintendo to release a fighting game called Super Smash Bros. which became one of the most popular fighting franchises of all time. It started off small on the Nintendo 64 which was a system that had already coughed on the dust on the original Playstation. It gained such a cult following that only its sequel that offered more features on a more powerful console managed to dethrone it as the choice fighter for the genre’s enthusiasts around the globe. Even today, many people will still play the original game due to its charm and simplicity. Even though there is bigger and better out there, it is still an enjoyable trip and better than many of the fighting games coming out today.