200th Post! “200 Video Games you should play before you die”

200th

“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
-Billy Shakespeare

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, here she is! The Well-Red Mage is proud to present the following list of 200 Video Games you should play before you die!

These titles were chosen by several readers and followers, and a few I snuck in myself. They represent games which have had great influence upon the industry, having shaped its direction and pioneered its innovation. Others of them represent some of the best examples of video games as entertainment and art. If you don’t see your favorite game here, sorry so sorry but we could only fit in 200. Maybe try again when we reach 1000 posts and make a list of 1000 games to play before the end. Write me a nasty email. I dare you.

What’s surprising here is how quickly a list of 200 games filled up. Clearly there may be better games out there that should have made this list (in your opinion), but according to this blog these are the ones you should experience as definitive examples of video games.

A monolithic thank you to everyone who participated in our community project. Thank you for responding to so many of our articles and leaving your comments and likes. Thank you to our own magely staff of co-authors. These are the beautiful folks who contributed to this list:

Mr. Panda, The Shameful Narcissist, alexsigsworth, pokeninja90, hungrygoriya, The Timely Mage, SpeedySailor, Matt, steviegill, moresleepneeded, Toby Saunders, dreager1, lightningnightnova, retr0pia75, evilwizardesq, Mei-Mei.

One final thing to say: the list is NOT in any particularly order. Except for the first and two-hundredth titles. Those were deliberate.

-The Well-Red Mage https://thewellredmage.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/rmage2.jpg?w=788

 

 

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  1. Chrono Trigger (1995)
  2. Super Mario Bros. (1985)
  3. The Legend of Zelda (1987)
  4. Metroid (1986)
  5. Duck Hunt (1984)
  6. Pong (1972)
  7. Donkey Kong Country (1994)
  8. Super Mario 64 (1996)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
  10. Pokémon Red/Blue (1996)
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  11. Pokémon GO (2016)
  12. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007)
  13. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (1995)
  14. Missile Command (1980)
  15. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  16. Final Fantasy IX (2000)
  17. Final Fantasy VI (1994)
  18. Final Fantasy IV (1991)
  19. Final Fantasy X (2001)
  20. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
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  21. Ico (2001)
  22. Dear Esther (2012)
  23. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
  24. Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
  25. World of Warcraft (2004)
  26. Minecraft (2011)
  27. Gran Turismo 5 (2010)
  28. The Sims (2000)
  29. Driver (1999)
  30. Mega Man II (1988)
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  31. Crazy Taxi (1999)
  32. Guardian Heroes (1996)
  33. Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal (1999)
  34. Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
  35. Hyper Light Drifter (2016)
  36. Mega Man X (1993)
  37. Mega Man Legends (1997)
  38. Faxanadu (1987)
  39. Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
  40. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past  (1991)
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  41. Snatcher (1988)
  42. Seaman (1999)
  43. E.V.O. Search for Eden (1992)
  44. The Curse of Monkey Island (1997)
  45. King’s Quest (1983)
  46. Tamagotchi (1996)
  47. Super Metroid (1994)
  48. Metroid Prime (2002)
  49. Maniac Mansion (1987)
  50. Metal Gear Solid (1998)
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  51. Chrono Cross (1999)
  52. Super Mario Kart (1992)
  53. Galaga (1981)
  54. Earthworm Jim (1994)
  55. Contra (1987)
  56. F-Zero (1990)
  57. Star Fox (1993)
  58. Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)
  59. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
  60. Pac-Man (1980)
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  61. GoldenEye 007 (1997)
  62. Super Smash Bros. (1999)
  63. Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (1991)
  64. Street Fighter II (1991)
  65. Mortal Kombat (1992)
  66. Alien: Isolation (2014)
  67. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)
  68. Heavy Rain (2010)
  69. Flower (2009)
  70. The Last of Us (2013)
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  71. Thomas Was Alone (2013)
  72. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (1995)
  73. Sins of a Solar Empire (2008)
  74. Suikoden (1995)
  75. Vagrant Story (2000)
  76. Breath of Fire III (1997)
  77. DuckTales: Remastered (2013)
  78. StarCraft (1998)
  79. Frogger (1981)
  80. Dr. Mario (1990)
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f8/Dr._Mario_box_art.jpg
  81. Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
  82. Bubble Bobble (1986)
  83. River City Ransom (1989)
  84. Another World (1991)
  85. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
  86. Katamari Damacy (2004)
  87. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2011)
  88. Bound (2016)
  89. Okami HD (2012)
  90. Journey (2012)
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  91. Gauntlet (1985)
  92. Dragon Warrior (1986)
  93. Call of Duty (2003)
  94. Shadow of Mordor (2014)
  95. Mirror’s Edge (2016)
  96. Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (2011)
  97. Tomb Raider (1996)
  98. Borderlands 2 (2012)
  99. Soulcaliber II (2002)
  100. Space Invaders (1978)
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  101. Guitar Hero (2005)
  102. The Wolf Among Us (2013)
  103. Plants vs. Zombies (2009)
  104. Donkey Kong (1981)
  105. Doom (1993)
  106. Chessmaster (1986)
  107. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991)
  108. Assassin’s Creed (2007)
  109. BioShock Infinite (2013)
  110. Dance Dance Revolution (1998)
    http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dancedancerevolutionddr/images/3/34/DDR2009Logo.png/revision/latest?cb=20130508042349
  111. Gears of War (2006)
  112. Sim City 2000 (1993)
  113. Angry Birds (2009)
  114. Banjo-Kazooie (1998)
  115. Earthbound (1994)
  116. Frontier: Elite 2 (1993)
  117. Syndicate (1993)
  118. LittleBigPlanet (2008)
  119. Half-Life (1998)
  120. Portal (2007)
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  121. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
  122. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (1987)
  123. Diablo II (2000)
  124. Luigi’s Mansion (2001)
  125. Mass Effect (2007)
  126. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 (2002)
  127. Dragon Quest III: the Seeds of Salvation (1988)
  128. Dig Dug (1982)
  129. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
  130. Kirby’s Adventure (1993)
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ae/Kirby's_Adventure_Coverart.png
  131. Streets of Rage (1991)
  132. Metal Slug (1996)
  133. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (2002)
  134. Rocket League (2015)
  135. Lemmings (1991)
  136. Secret of Mana (1993)
  137. Shining Force (1992)
  138. Resident Evil (1996)
  139. Golden Sun (2001)
  140. Wii Sports (2006)
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  141. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (2003)
  142. Advance Wars (2001)
  143. Pitfall! (1982)
  144. Myst (1993)
  145. Prince of Persia (1989)
  146. League of Legends (2009)
  147. EverQuest (1999)
  148. Game & Watch (1980)
  149. Oregon Trail (1971)
  150. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cf/Castlevania_SOTN_PAL.jpg
  151. Mario Party (1998)
  152. Crash Bandicoot (1996)
  153. Grand Theft Auto III (2001)
  154. God of War (2005)
  155. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
  156. Double Dragon (1987)
  157. Quake (1996)
  158. Five Nights At Freddy’s (2014)
  159. Crystalis (1990)
  160. Super Mario World (1990)
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Super_Mario_World_Coverart.png
  161. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)
  162. Zone of the Enders (2001)
  163. White Knight Chronicles (2008)
  164. Time Crisis (1995)
  165. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993)
  166. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001)
  167. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009)
  168. Tales of Destiny (1997)
  169. Animal Crossing (2001)
  170. Kingdom Hearts (2002)
    http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kingdomhearts/images/1/1b/Promotional_Artwork_KH.png/revision/latest?cb=20121116131852
  171. Worms 2 (1997)
  172. Puzzle Bobble (1994)
  173. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
  174. Candy Crush Saga (2012)
  175. Q*Bert (1982)
  176. Dune II (1992)
  177. Blockade (1976)
  178. Dark Souls (2011)
  179. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
  180. Centipede (1980)
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  181. Rogue (1980)
  182. Sonic Adventure (1998)
  183. Civilization (1991)
  184. Fallout (1997)
  185. Ultima III: Exodus (1983)
  186. Raiden (1990)
  187. Adventure (1979)
  188. Mario Kart 64 (1996)
  189. Superfrog (1993)
  190. Tetris (1984)
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  191. Day of the Tentacle (1993)
  192. Killer Instinct (1994)
  193. Klax (1989)
  194. Oni (2001)
  195. Castlevania (1986)
  196. Kid Icarus (1986)
  197. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
  198. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
  199. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
  200. Final Fantasy (1987)
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38 thoughts on “200th Post! “200 Video Games you should play before you die”

  1. Saw your comment on The Story Reading Ape’s blog – great avatar you have! I recognize the mage from the original, NES-based Final Fantasy…so naturally, I had to read this post first, LOL

    I see that StarCraft, Age of Wonders, Command & Conquer, and Total Annihilation didn’t make the list…but I see many titles that I’ve enjoyed over the years. Great list!
    😎

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  2. Congratulations of 200 posts!

    I really wish I would have known about this endeavor, as I would have loved to have join in. An interesting list, though I can’t say I agree with all of the placements (seeing five Final Fantasy games in the top 20 while Mario World is way up at 160 greatly saddens me).

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  3. Thank you for the shout out! I’m happy to see so many great games on this list. I will have a few games to add to my collecting list that I hadn’t thought about in a long time here. Also, congratulations for getting to your 200th post!

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    • Surprisingly, it was a breeze! That’s all thanks to everyone who pitched in and shared some titles. I couldn’t even fit all of them on the list! It was pie just to organize them in bullet points. Hehe thanks a lot for checking it out!

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  4. Thanks for the shout out and happy to contribute! I was happy to see Faxanadu and SMB2. Such good games. Faxanadu is the game that got me into watching Let’s Plays. I played it loooong time ago and wanted to see it again. Such a great list ❤️

    Oh and congrats on 200 posts!!

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