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Top tens are all well and good but they can’t beat a good top one-hundred. And so we move on to the geekiest thing I do. This is going to be another annual feature for this blog. What follows is a countdown of my hundred favourite games in order. This is, of course, a personal list and can only be made up of games I actually own so if there are any glaring omissions it’s because I haven’t played them. There are far too many games to comment on every one so I’ve picked out ten at random to focus on. At roughly this time next year the list will return updated to include the best games to be released in the intervening time. Some existing games may also have moved around a bit. Anyone can change their mind. The games are listed with their platform and the review score out of 10.0 I would give each one.

100. Super Mario 64 DS (DS) 8.9

99. Wario Ware Smooth Moves (Wii) 8.9

98. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (GC) 8.9

97. Jet Force Gemini (N64) 8.9

This third-person shooter from British developer Rare may well have the coolest title of any game ever. It’s not a bad game either coming in the middle of Rare’s golden age in the late 90s. You play as Juno, Vela and Lupus as they take on hordes of bug-like enemies in a number of colourful and imaginaitve alien worlds, think Starship Troopers meets Bucky O’Hare. It’s famously tough too, the game demanding you rescue every single bear-like tribal to complete it meaning you have to scour every level meticulously. It also boasts the hardest last boss of any game I’ve ever played.

96. Metroid Other M (Wii) 8.9

95. Tales of Symphonia (GC) 8.9

94. Pikmin (GC) 8.9

93. F-Zero Maximum Velocity (GBA) 9.0

92. Zack and Wiki – Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure (Wii) 9.0

91. Mario Kart 64 (N64) 9.0

90. F-Zero GP Legend (GBA) 9.0

89. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (GBA) 9.0

88. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 9.0

87. Elite Beat Agents (DS) 9.0

86. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) 9.0

85. Donkey Kong Country (SNES) 9.0

84. Streets of Rage (MD) 9.0

83. Mario Kart Double Dash!! (GC) 9.0

82. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (DS) 9.1

The third game in the puzzle-filled adventure series features the most far-fetched story yet but the puzzles are as addictive and rewarding as ever. It’s up to Professor Layton and Luke to investigate the disappearence of the Prime Minister following an accident during the demonstration of a time machine, a case that takes them ten years into London’s future. The minigames are the best of the series and we get an intriguing insight into the prof’s past.

81. Streets of Rage 2 (MD) 9.1

80. Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA) 9.1

79. Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box (DS) 9.1

78. Super Monkey Ball 2 (GC) 9.1

This sequal to one of the Gamecube’s launch games proves (as its predecesor did) that sometimes the simple games are the best. You control monkeys rolling around inside balls as they negotiate a large number of levels aiming for the goal gate. The level design is superbly varied and tremendously challenging offering hardcore gamers a real, meaty test. Add to that a bunch of good multiplayer games and we’re left with a great title.

77. Fire Emblem – The Sacred Stones (GBA) 9.1

76. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) 9.1

75. Mario Kart DS (DS) 9.1

74. Fire Emblem – Shadow Dragon (DS) 9.1

73. The Legend of Zelda – Phantom Hourglass (DS) 9.1

72. Super Smash Bros. (N64) 9.1

71. Paper Mario (N64) 9.1

70. Mega Man (NES) 9.1

69. Warioland 2 (GB) 9.2

68. Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (NES) 9.2

67. Warioland – Super Mario Land 3 (GB) 9.2

66. Super Mario RPG – Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES) 9.2

65. Warioland 3 (GBC) 9.2

64. F-Zero (SNES) 9.2

63. Warioland 4 (GBA) 9.2

The fourth game in the consistently outstanding handheld platformer series sees Mario’s greedy alter-ego explore a pyramid in search of loot. Maintaining the excellent gameplay of the series the game features inspired level design that requires you to escape from each level after you’ve completed it. It’s an exhilerating experience and, with superb graphics and sound makes for one of the GBA’s best titles and the most outright fun game in the series.

62. The Legend of Zelda – Four Swords Adventures (GC) 9.2

61. Fire Emblem (GBA) 9.2

60. Yoshi’s Island DS (DS) 9.2

59. Mario and Luigi – Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) 9.2

58. The Legend of Zelda – Spirit Tracks (DS) 9.2

57. Disciples – Sacred Lands (PC) 9.2

56. Pikmin 2 (GC) 9.2

55. Wario Ware Inc. Minigame Mania (GBA) 9.2

Despite the quality of his platforming games Wario’s best comes in the form of this zany and highly innovative title. You are bombarded with a number of quickfire microgames that challenge you to complete a wide range of very simple tasks such as catching a slice of toast as it pops out of the toaster. The speed of the game makes it an almost primal, and very intuitive experience. It’s also completely bonkers and absolutely hilarious.

54. Disciples II – Dark Prophecy (PC) 9.2

53. Soul Calibur II (GC) 9.2

52. F-Zero X (N64) 9.2

51. Donkey Kong (GB) 9.3

50. Metroid Zero Mission (GBA) 9.3

49. Super Street Fighter II – The New Challengers (SNES) 9.3

48. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) 9.3

47. Diddy Kong Racing (N64) 9.3

46. Mario and Lugi – Superstar Saga (GBA) 9.3

Luigi tagged along with his brother in in the plumber’s first handheld RPG which saw the two travel to the Beanbean Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach’s stolen voice. Taking its lead from Super Mario RPG the turn-based battles are enhanced by little quicktime events. With Zelda-like puzzling, lovely visuals and consistent hilarity it’s a highly enjoyable package.

45. Pokemon Silver Version (GB) 9.3

44. The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Seasons (GBC) 9.3

43. Super Mario Sunshine (GC) 9.3

42. The Legend of Zelda – The Minish Cap (GBA) 9.3

41. Fire Emblem – Path of Radiance (GC) 9.3

40. Sonic 3 (MD) 9.4

39. Pokemon Blue Version (GB) 9.4

38. Metroid (NES) 9.4

37. Donkey Kong (Arcade) 9.4

36. The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Ages (GBC) 9.4

35. Sonic the Hedgehog (MD) 9.4

34. Lylat Wars (N64) 9.4

33. Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn (Wii) 9.4

32. Paper Mario – The Thousand-Year Door (GC) 9.4

This sequal to the N64’s Paper Mario built on the original and improved on it in every way with a better story, greater variety and improved presentation. Mario and a number of memorable partners travel some colourful lands in search of the Crystal Stars in an attempt to locate Princess Peach and battle the mysterious X-Nauts. It’s another very funny title and hugely addictive one.

31. Metroid Fusion (GBA) 9.4

30. F-Zero GX (GC) 9.4

29. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) 9.5

28. Metroid Prime 2 – Echoes (GC) 9.5

27. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (MD) 9.5

26. GoldenEye 007 (N64) 9.5

25. Banjo-Tooie (N64) 9.5

24. Sonic & Knuckles (MD) 9.5

23. Banjo-Kazooie (N64) 9.5

22. Metroid Prime 3 – Corruption (Wii) 9.5

The concluding part in the outstanding trilogy created by Retro Studios saw a seamless transition to the Wii for the series. Using the brilliant template of the original Gamecube title the gameplay has been enhanced by the use of the motion controls with responsive, accurate aiming. A more interesting story than usual and more highly atmospheric locations to explore made this a worthy finale for a fantastic trio.

21. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC) 9.6

20. Tetris (GB) 9.6

19. The Legend of Zelda (NES) 9.6

18. Super Mario Bros. (NES) 9.6

17. Chrono Trigger (SNES) 9.6

Although not released in the UK until 2008’s DS port was made this RPG from Square stands as one of the best in the genre featuring an innovative fighting system, fast-moving likeable story and lots and lots of time travel. Great graphics, great music, great characters, great everything and an immensely satisfying experience that no fan of RPGs should miss.

16. Okami (Wii) 9.6

15. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) 9.7

14. The Legend of Zelda – The Wind Waker (GC) 9.7

13. Yoshi’s Island – Super Mario World 2 (SNES) 9.7

12. The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess (Wii) 9.7

11. Super Mario World (SNES) 9.7

10. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) 9.7

9. Metroid Prime (GC) 9.8

8. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) 9.8

7. Super Metroid (SNES) 9.8

This is one of those games that had a huge impact on its release in 1994. A huge upgrade from the previous two games in the series Metroid really came inot its own on the SNES with superlative gameplay and incredible atmosphere. It remains, in my opinion, the best saide-scrolling game of all time and the pinnacle of the Metroid series.

6. Super Mario 64 (N64) 9.8

5. The Legend of Zelda – Link’s Awakening (GB) 9.8

4. The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past (SNES) 9.8

3. Skies of Arcadia – Legends (GC) 9.8

2. The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask (N64) 9.9

1. The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time (N64) 10.0