There are plenty of people out there who say that gaming is simply a great way to kill time. While some games are pretty good time wasters during downtime, it doesn’t mean that it’s all they’re suitable for. As a matter of fact, some games are so good that many consider them superior to many of the best mediums of entertainment.
In gaming, Nintendo holds a spot in the hearts of many gamers as a company that has stood the test of time. If you happen to be looking for substantial games that will leave you speechless, here are five Nintendo games that every gamer has to play at least once!
Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo
Lauded continuously as one of the most excellent video games ever made, Super Metroid is a (retro) platformer that has polished every one of its qualities to a mirror sheen. You are a bounty hunter named Samus Aran, and your mission is to infiltrate planet Zebes in search of the last Metroid in existence. What follows is a story that isn’t given to you through walls of text, but something that you end up learning yourself. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch
All you have to do is look at user reviews all across the Internet to see that Breath of the Wild is a game that separates itself from most of its competition. It has the trademark family-friendly fun that Nintendo is known for, while at the same time offering a tranquil, almost disturbing open world. As Link, it’s your job to save the world again, but the journey is what separates the game from the rest of the franchise.
Pokémon Red and Blue for the Gameboy
Even if you ask people who aren’t gamers, they are likely to know what Pokémon is all about. It wasn’t just some random show based off of a Gameboy game, it was, and still is, a phenomenon. Give the originals a go and see for yourself what started it all.
Final Fantasy III/VI for the Super Nintendo
Final Fantasy is a JRPG franchise that has found enormous success in both the East and the West. While it is numbered sixth in the series in Japan, when it was brought the West it was marketed as the third game to try and alleviate confusion. Final Fantasy III is often considered the best in the series, with a sprawling emotional story and likable characters.
Super Mario 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System
Last but not least, it’s hard to think of Nintendo without thinking of everyone’s favorite Koopa stomping plumber, Mario. If you want to see why the Mario franchise is so well-loved, Super Mario 3 is a testament to how much fun you can have stomping on cute monsters and saving Princess Peach as an Italian plumber!
While there are plenty of other games that are worth trying out, if you only had five Nintendo games to consider, you can’t go wrong with any of the games on the list. If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t tried any game on this list, prepare for an incredible journey that will take you through video game history!