Remember the Nintendo Entertainment System? Of course you do! It’s that little gray box that’s currently sitting in the back of your closet, or under your bed, or propping up your coffee table. It used to be the king of all things procrastination and geek related. He misses you. Why not show the little fella how much you care by firing up a few of the best NES games still worth playing today.
Tecmo Super Bowl.
Before EA Sports took ten years to get it right with the Madden series, Tecmo ruled the roost when it came to football video games. With an active community of people who can’t get enough of 60+ yard touchdown passes, this game series is still going strong with yearly fan created mods that update team rosters. Of source it also features the greatest video game athlete to ever kinda-sorta exist in real life(“Tecmo Bo”, Bo Jackson)
River City Ransom.
Your girlfriend was kidnapped by some wannabe tough guy, and is being held captive on the roof of River City High School. What can you do to save her? Run though the city, hitting thugs with trash cans, tires rocks, and all sorts of martial arts manuvers. Bascially, beat up everything that has a face to get your girl back. It’s like Double Dragon, but injected with two quarts of…whatever would make an already good thing, at least thrice as good as it is by default.
Super Mario Bros. 3.
Mario 3 is the best 8 bit platformer you’ll ever have a chance to play. Why? It’s loaded with secret pathways, has a ton of cool power ups(Tanookie suit, Hammer Bros., etc), and the controls just feel perfect in this game. If you fall into a bottomless pit, it’s either because you suck, or someone unplugged your NES pad mid-jump(probably the former).
It’s just like the arcade version, only better in every way. Not only do you get to play the default mazes, but you also have access to big mazes, smaller than normal mazes, and “Strange” mazes. Namco released a port of Ms Pac-Man, but Tengen version(black cartridge) features a fun simultaneous co-op mode, where in the second player controls Pac-Man.
SNK, the company behind Metal Slug X, King of Fighters 98, and Samurai Shodown, also dabbled in making an action-adventure-RPG game in their early inception. You play as an amnesia victim(standard in most role playing games), in a post- nuclear war environment. Run around, hack and slash, find weapons and spells, rinse and repeat. It’s a good Zelda alternative.