Hall of Fame Inductee Metroid 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.
Video Game Review Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 1999 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.