I remember coming home from school in the late 80’s to find my brother had just received a Nintendo game system for his birthday. We had an Atari game system before that and at the time I didn’t think this system would be that much different. Boy was I wrong. Game systems have been a part of my life ever since. In the very beginning these were some of my favorite games to play on the original Nintendo game system.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- by Ultra Games till this day Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still one of my favorite games. I have to admit I enjoyed the arcade version the best, eventually I became very good playing the Nintendo version. I would normally chose Raphael.
2. Zelda- by Nintendo was the first game that I ever actually won. After weeks of playing I finally got to the princess, she gave Link a kiss and that was it. Boy did I feel ripped off. I wondered at that point why I bothered to play video games at all.
3. Tetris- by Nintendo is a game that I actually re-purchased for the game boy. The simple quality of placing the blocks just right for some reason was very entertaining to me. I actually found it was a great way to relax after a busy day. Now I can play Tetris on my cell phone.
4. Final Fantasy- by Nintendo- I heard that they are now up to Final Fantasy 2675, well that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it does seem like this game has been around forever. Later versions are leaps and bounds above the original, but as with all great video games they have to have a start somewhere.
5. Tecmo Bowl by Tecmo- I really can’t tell you a whole lot about this game because my husband and his friends never stopped playing it long enough to let anyone else try. I swear this is where fantasy football got it’s start. Personally I think they kept it to themselves so I would not beat them and make them all look bad.
6. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse- by Konami- I really enjoyed the entire Castlevania series. At the time of release the graphic quality of the third Castlevania was probably some of the best available. Castlevania set the course for how future role playing games would work. Even though I mastered the whole holy water concept I have to admit I had to get a cheat book to win Castlevania III.
7. Metal Gear- by Ultra Games If you have played any of the later Metal Gear series the early version is actually very primitive. The look is very modular and the game was difficult. Talk about development over time. I always liked the original one even if it didn’t have great cut scenes.
8. Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters- by Toho I think that I have a Godzilla game for every single game system we have ever owned. The premises is very simple, destroy buildings and Rodan.
9. Rampage- by Data East- at this point in video game play I just liked to break things like buildings, the graphics were much more vivid then most games and because I was just breaking things I was happy. Eventually I bought this game for one of my first computers. I liked this game more then the Godzilla ones because of the diversity of the cityscapes.
10. Monster Party- by Bandai- I had really hoped this game would be a cross between rampage and the role playing genres. I thought it was fun to club monsters to death with my baseball bat. The concept was more suited for children with graphics that were not that scary. Although the game was never very popular I enjoyed it.