Everyone has a favorite video game. Everyone. Even if it’s just a random app on your phone, it counts. Now I’d rather play something a little more entertaining, but I won’t discriminate. You like what you like. With that said, here are TR’s top 5 video games.
5. Super Mario 64 – Nintendo 64
An absolute crime against peguianity. Despite the horrific scene displayed above, Super Mario 64 is by far my favorite single player game. The extreme touchiness and extravagant levels make for an exciting and challenging game. I’ll be honest, I’m not even good at this game, but I always love picking up a classic 64 controller to ground pound some goombas.
There are 120 total stars one can collect in this game, which make for a great adventure. From newcomers to speed runners, Super Mario 64 has what the people want. For me it’s a sucker punch of nostalgia that brings back all the feels.
4. NHL – All Platforms
Yo wanna play Chel? Probably one of the greatest questions I have ever heard in my life. NHL 13 for XBOX 360 was the last version of the game I personally had, and my honest favorite. However, I have played versions released afterwards, and believe the entirety of NHL deserves the 4 spot. In ’13 my go to shot was the left right left dangle, top shelf where your momma hides the cookies. Every time.
This is a fantastic game to play one on one chillen with the boys. With that said, in my day it was also very fun to hop online with some friends and improve your team record in EASports Hockey League. Left Wing all day, everyday. This was always one of my better games, and I always get excited when I hear those four glorious letters; C-H-E-L.
3. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! – Nintendo GameCube
The best racing game of all time. Hands down. Do not even think about mentioning Forza in this house. The ENTIRE Mario Kart series is fire, but numero uno has to go to Double Dash. I mean double the riders, double the fun. It’s science. The addition to adding specials for the characters was a huge upgrade that evolved Kart’s strategy making. Not to mention there were also weight classes for the vehicles. I have always loved Donkey Kong, but will pick Diddy 11 out of 10 times to avoid a monster truck of a car. A lot of exciting times have happened as a result of this game, as it rightfully deserves a top 3 spot.
2. COD: Modern Warfare 2 – All Platforms (But really XBOX 360)
TILL I COLLAPSE!
Bring back the angsty teen years filled chock-full of no sleep nights with the squad. Modern Warfare 2 is by far the most respected game within the Call of Duty franchise. This game came out when I was 13, which is the perfect age to be a gamer. I can still remember my first nuke.
It saddens me that the series isn’t what it used to be. And I don’t think it doesn’t deliver the same thrill because I outgrew it, but rather the fact that it got wayyy too futuristic. Anyways, Modern Warfare 2 will always hold a special place in my heart. It wasn’t anything more than it was trying to be, and nothing short of perfect.
1. Mario Party 2 – Nintendo 64
Simply the best. You want something to do when you’re bored? Mario Party. Having friends over? Mario Party. Need a cool new drinking game? Mario Party. Trying to hookup with someone without acting too aggressive? MARIO PARTY. It is a true classic, and Mario Party 2 is by far the best out of the entire series. That’s not knocking the others for being bad, because they all make the top 100, but there is something about 2 that moves the needle. Maybe it’s the maps. Maybe it’s the mini games. Maybe it’s because it’s the first video game I can remember playing. Or maybe it’s all three of those reasons plus much much more.
If you aren’t screaming at the top of your lungs during day at the races then there’s something wrong with you. If you don’t know what day at the races is then there is no hope for you. This game is electric, and if you have never played you need to. I actually lost my original copy, but was able to buy it on the Wii market place for $10. Just plug in a couple GameCube controllers and we’re good to go!