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Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: How The Two Consoles Stack Up

The release of the Xbox Series X has felt a little bit like a soft launch because of how difficult it’s been to find stock of it worldwide. It’s one of the many effects of the pandemic, and it has made the release of both next-generation consoles feel like Sony and Microsoft wanted them to be exclusive, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you’re a very casual gamer who’s been inspired in the last few months to finally pick up a console and you want to know if it’s worth waiting to get the new one for your needs, it’s still worth making a note of how the new console stacks up with its older sibling, the Xbox One X. Even if you take gaming a little more seriously, you’re probably still trying to get your hands on an Xbox Series X or Series S so perhaps you want to know what the true differences are between the two consoles to figure out if it’s worth waiting to get one.

Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: Price

The new Xbox Series X will set you back $499, but as we mentioned at the start, that’s not really the main issue for most right now. Even those who are willing to spend the money will have a hard time getting their hands on one right now.

The $499 price point is fair, considering this will likely be the generation of gaming we’re in for the best part of a decade. Of course, as new games come out, they’ll set you back anywhere from $60 to $80, which adds up over the years. But as far as the console goes, $499 is generally considered acceptable.

Nearly four years after its release, the Xbox One X is a little harder to pinpoint one price point for. That’s because you won’t find it on Xbox’s site after they discontinued it last summer. However, the Xbox One S is still available and will currently set you back $299. With that in mind, going to a second-hand seller or a Walmart or Best Buy, you don’t want to spend more than $349 on the Xbox One X at this point.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: Specs, Storage and Speed

This is where the next-generation consoles really set themselves apart and what people get excited for when they come out, even if they don’t know all the language behind it.

The new Xbox Series X supports resolution up to 8k and frame rates of up to 120 fps. Both of these are double what the Xbox One X supports: up to 4k resolution and 60 fps. If you’re not familiar with what this means, 4k resolution means that there are 4,000 pixels on the screen. 60 fps means that every second, you’ll see 60 frames. Think of frames like still images that, when they’re put together, show the video you’re seeing. So, while 4k and 60 fps is incredible and currently means that the Xbox One X can support all games to their full extent, as the years go by, it will slowly become the norm, and the Xbox Series X’s abilities will still be special.

Resolution and frame rate aren’t the only areas where the Xbox Series X doubles what the Xbox One X can do. The Xbox Series X’s GPU is 12 teraflops. A GPU is a graphics processing unit, and FLOP stands for floating operation point. How many teraflops any computer has is how many trillion calculations it can do per second. The Xbox Series X can do 12 trillion of these, which is the most we’ve seen on any console thus far. The Xbox One X’s GPU is 6 teraflops, and even the PlayStation 5 only does 10.8 teraflops.

In terms of CPU, the Xbox Series X proves to be a massive upgrade from the Xbox One X’s eight-core 2.3GHz custom AMD. For $499, you’ll get an eight-core 3.8GHz. A CPU is a central processing unit, and GHz (which stands for gigahertz) measures a CPU’s clock speed, the clock speed being how quickly the CPU can retrieve and interpret instructions. Of course, the higher the number, the better. There’s enough of a difference in the two consoles’ CPUs that you’ll be able to feel a difference in speed.

When it comes to storage, the Xbox Series X introduces the 1TB NVMe SSD. It’s another giant improvement on the Xbox One X’s 1TB HDD. Anyone that knows even the basics about storage knows that an SSD (a solid-state drive) reads and writes much faster than an HDD. The Xbox One X’s HDD is good enough for general use, but the utilization of the new NVMe SSD means that peak performance will be a priority and the speed of doing anything, whether that be loading a game up or opening various applications on the console, will be unbelievably fast.

Where the Xbox One X had 12GB of RAM, the Xbox Series X boasts 16GB. Think of RAM like short-term memory and the more you have, the more your device can handle at any given time without slowing down. 12GB is already respectable, but as with most things when it comes to hardware, the more the better.

One thing that remains the same in both consoles is the fact that they both contain an HD Blu-Ray disk drive.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: Video And Audio

In terms of video, most things were covered above in relation to specs. The new console supports 8k resolution at 120 fps, and these specs will be high enough to keep you covered for ten years of gaming and general visuals. However, what also deserves to be touched on is ray tracing support.

Ray tracing is a rendering technique and algorithm which emulates the path of light, how it reflects on objects and casts shadows. If you think the lighting in games is well done even without ray tracing, you’ve seen nothing yet. It’s worth checking out a version of Grand Theft Auto: V with a ray-tracing mod being used on YouTube. The difference is night and day. Once ray-tracing comes into play on a larger scale and becomes the standard many years down the line, we’ll look back on games from the Xbox One X era like ‘how did we ever think they looked realistic?’

In terms of audio, Microsoft went out of its way to enhance things with the Xbox Series X. In the console is custom hardware that handles audio itself, giving the CPU one less job to do and improving its performance. Spatial sound is embraced. Of course, a big factor when it comes to sound is the headset that comes with the console.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: Games And Accessories

The new Xbox Wireless Headset delivers the best audio to date, boasting low latency and lossless audio. Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X are some of the technologies used to give you the best audio experience from an Xbox headset yet. Microsoft is set on the fact that even a modest, affordable pair of headphones will be able to reflect the improvements in sound.

As well as its sound, the Xbox Wireless Headset’s microphone capabilities set a new bar. Dual beamforming microphone elements, as well as voice isolation, differentiate speech from other sounds, and in addition to a standard mute button is a new auto-mute feature.

In terms of other accessories, the controller is probably the main piece of hardware that people are interested in. From the Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One X controller to now, not too much has changed, but there have been a few worthwhile differences to note. Cosmetically, the Xbox button is all black giving the controller a sleek look. Also helping with this is the new matte bumpers and triggers. Other than that, both consoles’ controllers are virtually identical. The new one is a measly 8 grams heavier and 6 x 4 x 2.47 inches as opposed to the Xbox One X’s 6 x 4 2.56 inches.

There is a new share button in the center of the console, which allows you to take screenshots and screen record more effectively when it comes to functionality. The d-pad is also a little more responsive, clicking loudly when you press it. It’s also far clearer when you’re going diagonally on the pad. Lastly, the new Xbox controller features textured grips on its side handles and triggers. When it comes to games, Microsoft promises that there won’t be any Xbox Series X exclusives for a few years, as not to alienate gamers who don’t want to upgrade just yet.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series X: Which One Should You Choose?

If you’re debating the jump yourself, hopefully, this has helped. In conclusion, if some of the above details matter to you and you feel as though you’ll notice differences with a lot of use and the $499 price point isn’t too much for you, it’s probably worth the upgrade.

However, if you don’t already feel like your Xbox One X is slugging behind and needs an improvement, it’s probably worth waiting a while to go to next-gen gaming. It’s worth noting that if you’re waiting until later this year with the hopes of getting a discount, it’s unlikely there’ll be a price cut of any real value for a while. At best, you’ll get a decent bundle when offers come around later in 2021.

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Xbox Series X Storage: Everything You Need To Know

In any article about either of the next-generation consoles, the fact that getting your hands on one has been like trying to get the newest exclusive sneaker drop must be mentioned. The shortage in stock has been frustrating and isn’t how any gaming experience should be, but hopefully, we can all get our hands on a console at some point this year. If you’ve already been playing one for a while, congratulations. We’re jealous.

No matter which console you go with, you might have some questions about storage, something which remains essential and worth considering but continues to become more and more confusing with each passing year, especially in the gaming industry. If you’ve got questions about how much storage you’ll get with the Xbox Series X and the Series S, whether that will be enough and how you can expand storage, we’ve got you covered here.

How much storage does the Xbox Series X/S have?

The Xbox Series X boasts a 1TB NVMe SSD. NVMe stands for non-volatile memory express, and they’re the replacement for the Xbox One’s SATA drive, now a thing of the past. NVMe SSDs are an improvement because they communicate directly with a system’s CPU, making them considerably faster, which is largely how you see rapid loading screens. Astonishingly, they can send up to 25x more data than the old SATA.

1TB is the same amount of storage that the Xbox One X had, and the general overview is that it’s not enough for the full lifetime of a console. As a reference point, the latest Call of Duty offering, Black Ops Cold War, is a whopping 136GB on the Series X and Series S. To make matters a little less convenient, that 1TB of storage on the Xbox Series X is really only 802GB when you account for system files and the Xbox operating system, which takes up 198GB.

The Xbox Series S has a 512GB NVMe SSD, which is really only 364GB of usable storage, and while that seems insanely inferior to the Series X, you do have to consider the factor that games on the Series S take up 30% less space because they don’t require 4k textures. But either way, there’s a good chance that at some point down the line, deleting games to install updates for other games will become far too much of an inconvenience, and you’ll want to get yourself some more storage. How do you go about it?

How to expand Xbox Series X/S storage

Along with the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles came the release of Microsoft’s 1TB Storage Expansion Card, designed by Seagate. It’s a card that slots into the port at the back of the console, essentially functioning as a memory card. Jason Ronald is Xbox’s Director of Program Management, and in September of last year, before the launch, he did a Q&A on the consoles’ storage options. He notes that with the expansion card, the exact performance of the Series X and Series S’s internal storage is matched. This is made possible through the Xbox Velocity Architecture API.

More good news about this is that the Seagate card will allow for backward compatible games to be played on it while also benefitting from the speed and performance level of the new generation console. For all of this convenience, you’ll have to shell out $220. If that’s a little pricey for you, especially after already spending $499 for the Series X or $299 for the Series S, not to worry, because other third party manufactured storage solutions are available and are certainly more forgiving on our pockets. If you want a list of options with prices, pros and cons for each detail, then scroll to the bottom of this article for some advice.

Does the Xbox Series X/S support USB external hard drives?

As mentioned above, there are a variety of options to solve storage issues, one of which is indeed a USB external hard drive. However, there are some key things to note about this. For one, an SSD drive is still faster than an HDD drive, so we recommend going with the former over the latter. But if speed and general performance is something you’re especially concerned with, the following is key.

While backward compatible games from the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox will all be perfectly fine to both store and play on any kind of external hard drive, games that are specifically optimized for the new consoles do need high-speed storage. This means that they can be stored on any kind of USB external hard drive, but to actually be played on the Series X or Series S, they’ll need to be transferred to the NVMe SSD.

Even games that you can play from any external hard drive will not give you the next-gen graphical enhancements. For many, that will mean that the official Seagate Storage Expansion Card is the only option for now, but of course, this is an irrelevant factor for some. Maybe keeping games on a USB hard drive for storage and transferring them to the SSD to play is worth avoiding the $220 price tag of Seagate’s card. If so, at the bottom of this article are some options for which external hard drives you could go with for the Xbox Series X or Series S. But before that, it’s worth knowing your way around the console.

What ports does the Xbox Series X feature?

Along with the SSD expansion port, there are 7 other ports on the Xbox Series X. Here’s a quick outline of what they are and what they’re for:

Power: No awards for guessing what this one is for. It’s an 8-figure power socket and of course, the console has an internal power supply too.

USB-A ports: There are 3 of these on the console; two at the back and one at the front. One of these is where your USB external hard drives will go, but of course, you can also charge your controller or phone through this with the wire, or you can plug in a keyboard and mouse.

HDMI 2.1: Of course, this is where the HDMI wire goes with the other end connected to your TV. The benefit of the 2.1 interfaces is that it incorporates ALLM, which stands for Auto Low Latency Mode. This means that your TV switches to its lowest latency possible when you’re gaming.

Low Latency Mode: This means that your TV switches to its lowest latency possible when you’re gaming.

Ethernet: A wired connection is always better than a wireless connection and the ethernet Cat5 cable goes here.Kensington lock: So that you can tie the console down to whatever it rests on.

Kensington lock: So that you can tie the console down to whatever it rests on.

Which external hard drive should you get?
1. Seagate Storage Expansion Card
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If you’re willing to spend an extra $220 on top of getting your console, then this is certainly the way to go. It’s 1TB (with a very respectable 920GB of that being usable) and is the only way to retain the full performance level of either of the new Xbox consoles 100% of the time. We doubt there’ll be a price drop anytime soon, but perhaps even if this is your primary choice, it’s at least worth waiting until you absolutely need it. You should be able to manage for a while with the storage that the Series X or Series S offer initially.

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2. Samsung T5 SSD
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You can get the Samsung T5 in a few different storage options. It’s unlikely that you’ll want anything less than another terabyte, which will cost you around $140. It’s a significant saving on the official expansion card and still gets you nearly all the benefit, although of course it won’t run optimised titles.

It’s worth noting that there is, in fact, a T7 that Samsung offers that has a speed increase, but that costs around $170, so perhaps you’re better off paying an extra $50 to get the benefits of the official Seagate expansion card.

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3. Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive
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Made by the same company that makes Xbox’s official card, you still won’t be able to play games optimized for the Series X or Series S, but they do offer incredible value for money when it comes to storage. Their 1TB hard drive costs around $50, and if you want to quadruple that amount of space and be more than set for the entire lifespan of the console, you can still do that for under $100.

There isn’t too much of a hit on speed either, so this is an ideal option for those wanting a cheaper, albeit secure long-term option.

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4. Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB External Hard Drive
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You can double the space of your 1TB Xbox Series X or Series S with a 2.5” Toshiba hard drive that will cost you just $45. The read speed is 540MB per second, which is great, especially considering it’s an HDD and not an SSD.

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5. WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive
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The unique selling point of this Western Digital hard drive is that you can set password protection and hardware encryption to protect your files completely. Perhaps this isn’t something you need to worry about so much if you’re just using the hard drive to store some games on, but some extra security can never hurt and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

As with a few of the options on this list, there are numerous options for size in terms of storage. Even with the extra protection it offers, you won’t have to empty out the bank account to get one of these. WD’s 2TB option will cost you just $80.

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The 30 Best Super Nintendo Games of All-Time

It’s been nearly thirty years since the debut of Nintendo’s 16-bit SNES console, and boy, was it a game changer! Considered one of the ‘golden eras’ of gaming, the SNES is responsible for the launch of several franchises, including Super Mario, F-Zero, and Sin City, to name a few, and remains arguably the most popular console in Nintendo history. We have put together a list of the 30 best SNES games of all-time based on cultural impact, longevity, and originality. Any ranking can be subjective, but we truly believe these games are worthy of being on this list. That said, let’s get to it!

1. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time’

Release Date: March 1991

Developer: Konami

One of the biggest cartoons of the 1990s, Turtles in Time was probably the best SNES game to come from an animated series, as the others were known for lackluster gameplay and low ratings. With the option to play as one of the show’s four main characters: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, or Raphael, players battle enemies from different eras, making it one of the best “beat em up” games to hit the platform. With its solid controls and visuals, Turtles in Time lived up to its enormous hype. 

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2. ‘Super Metroid’

Release Date: March 19th, 1994

Developer: Nintendo

The 80s and 90s thrived off action-adventure games, and Super Metroid was another action game that kept gamers on their toes. Playing as protagonist Samus Aran, players explored open-ended worlds, in the attempt to search the planet for a Metroid stolen by Ridley, the leader of the Space Pirates. Complete with running, jumping, and plenty of adventure, players were given a great experience with Super Metroid, making a strong case for Samus Aran as one of the most underrated Nintendo characters.

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3. ‘Harvest Moon’

Release Date: August 9th, 1996

Developer: Amccus

Harvest Moon deviated from the standard action and puzzle games we saw dominating SNES during that time. A farming-simulation game with 3D graphics, the game was an unexpected success, with players following a young man who inherits his grandfather’s farm with the task of cleaning up and maintaining the property while also building relationships with the locals. Harvest Moon set a precedent for future farming-simulation games, with 2016’s Stardew Valley having a nearly identical storyline. Obviously, Harvest Moon wasn’t the most action-filled game, but it still put your skills to the test.

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4. ‘Kirby’s Dream Course’

Release Date: September 21st, 1994

Developer: HAL Laboratory

Kirby just might be one of the most beloved Nintendo characters ever, and Kirby’s Dream Course was a near-perfect game. A miniature golf escapade, players had to use their golfing abilities to clash with enemies, with Kirby being loaded with battle options such as; the ability to transform into a tornado, a sparkly ball capable of destroying obstacles, and a UFO (which gave Kirby flying capabilities). As you can see, Dream Course wasn’t your standard golfing game, which made it all the better.

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5. ‘Super Mario All-Stars’

Release Date: July 14th, 1993

Developer: Nintendo EAD

A compilation of SNES games, Super Mario All-Stars consisted of remakes of four different Mario games released on NES: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros 2., and Super Mario Bros 3. This compilation was a match made in heaven for any Super Mario fan and gave the younger generation a new-and-improved way to experience those earlier games. All-Stars was a rarity at that time (especially since it included the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2), as remasters and compilations weren’t really a ‘standard’ thing in the gaming industry.

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6. ‘F-Zero’

Release Date: November 20th, 1990

Developer: Nintendo

Racing games will be popular until the end of time, and F-Zero can be credited with upping the ante on modern racing games with its graphics, fast-paced gameplay, and overall intensity, providing adrenaline bursting “Fast and Furious” matches. F-Zero was the NES game to feature Mode 7 graphics and was considered to be a driving force in the eventual development of 3D graphics. The F-Zero series spawned many sequels, including the ever-popular F-Zero X.

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7. ‘Star Fox’

Release Date: March 26th, 1993

Developer: Nintendo

Star Fox was another game that featured Mode 7 graphics, and while one could say the game is visually and technologically unappealing now, in 1993, these graphics were considered amazing. Whether you agree or not, the game itself was a blast to play with players taking control of the infamous Arwing aircraft through various adventures in the Lylat Planetary System. Though later titles enhanced some of the mechanics and features in this game, many still consider this one to be the franchise’s best game.

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8. ‘Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars’

Release Date: May 31st, 1996

Developer: Nintendo

An RPG game that focused on Mario and his friends as they attempted to defeat Smithy, Legend of the Stars was a fun, lighthearted game that wasn’t too challenging but still slightly difficult. Like many older games, Legend of the Stars set the foundation for future installments, and you can see how many future Mario RPG games drew inspiration from this one. This game didn’t stray too far away from many of the recognizable Mario elements but still offered a different take than usual.

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9. ‘Secret of Mana’

Release Date: August 6th, 1993

Developer: Square

A fantasy RPG game released to SNES in 1993, Secret of Mana had an intriguing storyline with stunning graphics and a great soundtrack to back it up. The battles were pretty interesting as players followed three characters on a conquest to use the power of an ancient flying fortress in an attempt to conquer the world. While Secret of Mana was later released to other consoles, the SNES version is still widely considered the best. 

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10. ‘Shadowrun’

Release Date: May 1993

Developer: Beam Software

In a world full of RPG’s, Shadowrun not only stood out amongst other RPG’s, but the game has also withstood the test of time. Officially categorized as a cyberpunk fantasy-action game, Shadowrun was a futuristic combat game set in the year 2050 and had a crime storyline based on a novel written by creator Robert N. Charrette entitled Never Deal With a Dragon. The game was described as being ahead of its time (and rightfully so a game based on the future), marking it as a pioneer for RPG consoles.

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11. ‘Super Mario Kart’

Release Date: August 27th, 1992

Developer: Nintendo EAD

The ‘Don Dada’ of the Mario Kart series, no all-time list is complete without this game. Super Mario Kart featured all of Mario’s characters as they made their way through loads of races and challenges. One of the most innovative Mario games ever, Mario Kart allowed players to ride solo or call shotgun with both single and multiplayer modes and had three different battle modes to choose from. Its success makes it one of the most successful Nintendo games of all time.

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12. ‘NBA Jam’

Release Date: March 4th, 1994

Developer: Midway

There is a strong possibility that there would have been no NBA Live and 2K if it weren’t for NBA Jam. Released during the Jordan era, the game was full of 2-on-2 matchups and pretty advanced for 1993. NBA Jam had already achieved record-breaking numbers through the arcade version, and that success transferred over to the SNES edition, making it a pivotal moment for basketball video games. NBA Jam was also known for developing the popular phrase ‘Boomshakalaka,’ and featured many hip-hop classics. 

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13. ‘Contra III: Alien Wars’

Release Date: February 28th, 1992

Developer: Konami

A run and gun game released in 1992, Alien Wars has a solid case for being the most recognizable title in the Contra franchise. Surrounded by alien enemies, players had to be prepared to shoot at any given moment as things could get ugly quite fast. A co-op 2D that you could play with your friends, players had to fight alien invasions on Earth through six different stages and was a pretty wicked game that could be beaten in a relatively short amount of time. Alien Wars is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console.

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14. ‘ActRaiser’

Release Date: December 16th, 1990

Developer: Quintet

Released in 1990, Act Raiser combined traditional side-scrolling platformer with urban planning god game sections. Controlling ‘The Master,’ a godlike persona who was defeated by a dark force known as Tanzra aka ‘The Evil One’ and his six lieutenants in battle, ‘The Master’ suddenly awakens from a deep sleep after several hundred years to find himself on a new conquest to save his land and former worshippers. The more battles you win, the more followers you get. If done correctly, you can help ‘The Master’ take over the reins of his land again.

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15. ‘Mortal Kombat II’

Release Date: April 1993

Developer: Midway

You have to make a follow-up game just as good if not better than the original, and there is no better example of that than Mortal Kombat II. Numero Dos saw a huge improvement in the game’s mechanics, combat, and graphics, while not straying too far from the features that fans loved the most (i.e., the blood and gore). II experienced unprecedented commercial success, locking it as one the most impactful Nintendo games ever.

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16. ‘Donkey Kong Country’

Release Date: November 18th, 1994

Developer: Rare

One of the best Nintendo video games to ever hit the SNES console, Donkey Kong Country was a highly anticipated game that soared to unimaginable heights. Controlling Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong, Country featured 40 different side-scrolling levels where players could collect items, defeat enemies, and uncover secrets on their journey to defeat K. Rool. This game was highly anticipated and lived up to its expectations spawning two equally successful sequels: Diddy Kong’s Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!

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17. ‘Final Fantasy VI’

Release Date: April 2nd, 1994

Developer: Square

An absolute monster, Final Fantasy VI was an RPG set in a fantasy world similar to the Second Industrial Revolution. With fourteen playable characters, plenty of drama, and apocalyptic square-offs, the gameplay and replayability were highly praised by both fans and critics. Many have Final Fantasy VI ranked as being one of the best RPGs in gaming history, and while that can be debatable to some, this game most certainly has the numbers to back it up.

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18. ‘Batman Returns’

Release Date: 1993

Developer: Konami

Coinciding with the 1992 film of the same title, Batman Returns was one of the defining ‘beat’ em-up’ SNES games of the 1990s. The game took players through the six scenes featured in the film and captured the essence of Tim Burton quite nicely. A fun action game that accurately represents 1990s movie and gaming culture, Batman Returns deserves a spot on this list.

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19. ‘Ninja Gaiden’

Release Date: October 1988

Developer: Tecmo

Going back to the late 1980s, Ninja Gaiden quickly became known for its complex challenges, music, and gameplay. Battling as Ryu Hayabusa, a ninja on a journey to America after receiving a letter from his missing father, the game was a masterpiece from beginning to end. Many consider Ninja Gaiden to be the game that heavily introduced cut scenes, and players were equipped with a wide range of ninja moves and weapons setting the tone for future ninja games.

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20. ‘Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island’

Release Date: August 5th, 1995

Developer: Nintendo EAD

A 1995 platform game, Yoshi’s Island remains one of the most unique and creative SNES games to date. With the objective of protecting baby Mario and rescuing a kidnapped baby Luigi, Yoshi’s Island was a beautiful, heartwarming game that is sometimes forgotten in the Mario catalog.

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21. ‘Chrono Trigger’

Release Date: March 11th, 1995

Developer: Square

Focusing on a group of adventurers engaged in time traveling to avoid a global disaster, Chrono Trigger is now recognized as one of the best SNES games of all-time. A complete heavy hitter, each character brought their own charm, and the multiple endings were an added bonus feature, meaning that you could play the game a variety of times with different outcomes. Often compared to Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger sometimes gets lost in the mix, but it has experienced success in its own right.

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22. ‘Mega Man X’

Release Date: December 17th, 1993

Developer: Capcom

Another action-packed futuristic journey, Mega Man X brought wit, charm, and entertainment. With hidden objects and tons of weapons, players had loads of ammunition to get through the game’s eight levels. The mechanics were off the wall, and X made drastic updates to the game giving players more flexibility with their controls.

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23. ‘Earthbound’

Release Date: August 27th, 1994

Developer: Ape and HAL Laboratory

A unique goofy game with no real limits or boundaries, Earthbound was a heartwarming RPG that offered a fun storyline, exploration, and a nostalgic flashback to your childhood. The game was simple, but sometimes simplicity is needed in video games the same way it’s needed in tv/movies. The visuals were decent, the soundtrack was relaxing, and still holds up nearly thirty years after its release.

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24. ‘Castlevania’

Release Date: September 26th, 1986

Developer: Konami

Selecting the best game in the Castlevania series is always a tough call. While some may say that honor goes to Dracula’s Curse, that game wouldn’t have been possible without the original. The game follows the main character, Simon, as he runs, jumps, and magic whips his way through 18 different stages, with the ultimate goal being to defeat Dracula. The reception to Castlevania was positive, with many agreeing that Castlevania deserves a spot on any all-time list.

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25. ‘Metroid’

Release Date: August 6th, 1986

Developer: Nintendo Research and Development

Blending together Super Smash Bros and Zelda, Metroid was another exploration game that featured different endings depending on which path you took. These types of games are always popular because you can get multiple runs out of them, and that was especially important in the 80s and 90s when there weren’t nearly as many video games available compared to our current gaming landscape. Metroid is one record as being the first major franchise to feature a female protagonist, and the game itself is considered a top-five NES title.

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26. ‘Punch-Out!!’

Release Date: September 18th, 1987

Developer: Nintendo R& D3

Also known as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, this game is considered one of the best games to ever release in the boxing genre. Controlling the character ‘Little Mac,’ players had to box their way through multiple rounds and levels in the hopes of reaching the final level known as the ‘Dream Fight.’ Many of the boxing moves and combos were similar to Mike Tyson (who the game was inspired by), with Nintendo taking a chance by hiring a relatively young and unproven Tyson as their ambassador. That decision wound up being lucrative for both Nintendo and Tyson paving the way for future cover athletes (à la 2K).

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27. ‘Tetris Attack’

Release Date: October 27th, 1995

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Also known as Panel de Pon, Tetris is the mother of all puzzle games, and Attack was simply an enhanced version of previous releases. Like any other Tetris game, Tetris Attack required players to use their critical thinking skills to keep puzzle blocks from overflowing by moving and rotating the tetrads as they fell. For some reason, this version was super popular, and the game can now be found on the Wii Virtual Console in 2007.

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28. Super Castlevania IV

Release Date: October 31st, 1991

Developer: Konami

In the fourth installment of the Castlevania series, IV took all of the concepts from previous games and expanded on them. Players received expanded play control, as well as improved 16-bit graphics. As a result, the gameplay was stellar with smoother controls, making it a more enjoyable experience. There are some people that consider IV to be one of the greatest video games of all-time, and it continues to remain a fan-favorite in the NES catalog. 

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29. Super Mario World

Release Date: November 21, 1990

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Super Mario World was a critical turning point in gaming history. A SNES launcher, Super Mario World saw Mario on a mission to save Princess Peach and Dinosaur Land from Bowser and his minion Koopalings. The game was silly, fun, and laid the groundwork for future Mario releases. Super Mario World was commended for its precise details and enhanced mechanics, making it one of the most heavily talked about SNES games in history.

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30. ‘Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’

Release Date: November 21st, 1991

Developer: November 21st, 1991

Released in 1991, A Link to the Past saw players taking on the role of Link, a young man given the challenge of wrestling Princess Zelda from the hands of Agahnim, a wizard seeking to release his dark master. A captivating open-world game, players were given a chance to explore the world using maps while fighting their way through playful combat missions and demanding puzzles. The graphics on this game were beautiful, and the elite storytelling made it an instant classic.

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That’s going to wrap up our list of the best SNES games of all-time. While we understand that some may disagree with our selections, we can all agree that the SNES era was a special one. We hope you enjoyed this article and look forward to sharing our next set of rankings.

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A Throwback to 15 Different Video Games Based On Classic Cartoons

Maybe it has something to do with quarantine, but if you are anything like me, then you have probably been experiencing massive feelings of nostalgia as of late. I was speaking with a friend recently, and we were reminiscing about our favorite childhood cartoons and video games. That conversation eventually sparked a debate on which animated series had the best accompanying video game. I grew up in the early 2000s—an era where loads of legendary cartoons were on the air at the same time, and I realized that many of my best gaming experiences came from the games associated with those cartoons. So I thought it would be interesting for the ONE37pm team to revisit a few of those titles, and experience that childhood joy again. Here is a throwback to 15 different video games inspired by classic cartoons.

1. Rocket Power Beach Bandits

This game was way more difficult than what I imagined it would be. I originally thought Beach Bandits would be similar to its prequel Rocket Power: Team Rescue where you participated in different skating missions. Boy was I wrong! Beach Bandits was a full-on ‘investigation game’ where you had to take down a company called Golem Industries after finding out they were the ones responsible for stealing all of the sand on the beach. Along the way, you also had to battle Tsunamis, evil robots, an earthquake machine, and plenty of other random obstacles.  I know from a review standpoint this game wasn’t highly rated, but I do believe Beach Bandits was a more cohesive game than Team Rescue. You still got to skate, but the storyline was more entertaining in my opinion. A great game for sure!

2. Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble

Many members of the ONE37pm team are huge Looney Tunes fans, so we definitely had to get a Bugs Bunny game on this list. Double Trouble was unique because you were actually operating in Bugs Bunny’s dream. You had to time travel as Bugs through four different levels in a haunted castle while trying to defeat Gossamer and Yosemite Sam, and but the defeat somehow led to you being stuck in outer space. My mother loved this game and said it was perfect.  I’m not sure if that means anything, though.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better game than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was probably the most popular and in-demand game for a while, and they had a stand-alone version in the arcade with long lines of people waiting for their turn. You could play with four people at a time, and the game was straight fire. Years later, the original Ninja Turtles game remains iconic.

4. Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies

Attack of the Twonkies was one of the most chaotic games that I have ever played. Seriously. The game was based on the Attack of the Twonkies TV special, but it took things a step further by making you battle ‘grompers’ (twonkies in their evolved state) and ‘specialty monsters.’ The ‘Thunderstorm Battle’ was the ultimate test of skill, and I was stuck on that mission for a few days. Attack of the Twonkies is an underrated game that didn’t get its due, and I have fond memories of playing this game on the weekends. It took me about a week to beat, and I wound up playing it again a couple of years later. While Boy Genius was also a decent game, I believe Attack of the Twonkies was the better of the two.

5. Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures

Something is seriously wrong with you if you didn’t like Ed, Edd n Eddy. Now, this title wasn’t my favorite cartoon game, but it served its purpose. You could play as either Ed, Edd, or Eddy, and you had to scam your way through six different levels to get enough money to buy jawbreakers. Yes I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hilarious putting your scamming skills to use. Ed, Edd n Eddy only had three games during its duration, and this one is widely considered the best. I would have to agree.

6. Avatar: The Last Airbender

It is kind of hard to put into words just how big Avatar was during its heyday. Even people who weren’t heavily into anime watched the show religiously, and The Last Airbender video game was highly anticipated. I enjoyed this game a lot. You could choose to play as either Aang, Haru, Soka, or Katara, and you had to help Aang (Avatar) master the four elements to bring peace across the four different nations. The storyline was interesting, and there was never a dull moment. I would play it again if I still had my PS2!

7. The Adventures of Batman and Robin

This SNES classic, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, was a platformer fighting game where you played as both Batman and Robin to save the city of Gotham from Joker. Batman games have become so advanced that it is easy to write this one off when it comes to the all-time list, but Adventures was groundbreaking in many different ways. The mechanics of this game were very similar to what Batman fans had come to know and love by the year 1989, and the equipment was also stellar. The music and visuals were outstanding, making the game even more enjoyable. 

8. Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.

Codename: Kids Next Door was one of my favorite cartoons growing up, so of course I had to add the game to my collection. Codename only had two video games based on the series, and to me, this was the better of the two. Every single dangerous villain that the Codename Kids put behind bars through the seasons had escaped, and you were given the task of recapturing them. You also got the opportunity to play as all of the Codename characters, and the gameplay mimicked the series. Not too shabby!

9. Nicktoons Unite

Nicktoons Unite was one of the best games I have ever played. Unite was kind of like an early ‘Ultimate Smash’ in the sense that it featured just about every major Nickelodeon character at that time (Spongebob, Jimmy Neutron, Danny Phantom, and Timmy Turner). The plot was interesting as you had to battle an evil plan put together by the villains of each series. For some reason, most cartoon games from the early 2000s period received negative reviews from critics, and I can’t really put my finger on why. Some criticized the monotony of the gameplay, but it never bothered me.

10. The Powerpuff Girls: Relish Rampage

Mojo Jojo was up to no good yet again in this one, and as usual, The Powerpuff Girls had to step in and save the day from his destructive antics. This was another crazy storyline that is hard to explain if you didn’t actually play the game. In short, Mojo Jojo opened up a huge can of worms by stealing a van containing ‘electoral votes’ in the attempt to steal the mayor’s election in his favor. Apparently, the stolen van contained exclusive pickles, and Mojo’s rampage sent ‘stolen pickle’ transmissions to a dangerous group called the Pickloids leading to a Pickloid Townsville invasion. It took me two weeks to beat this game (a record for me at that time). Thanks, Mojo Jojo.

11. Simpsons Hit and Run

Driving games where you can wreak havoc are always amusing, and The Simpsons cast never fails to bring mischief. A play on the Crazy Taxi formula, Simpsons Hit and Run had players suit up as different Simpsons characters and attempt to drive other characters from the show to different places throughout Springfield. You could approach this game in two different ways. Either you could drive around like a normal law-abiding citizen (boring), or you could choose to attack pedestrians and destroy buildings. The game itself was hilarious and provided many off-beat puns and references that only Simpsons fans would understand. The actual cast voiced the game making the experience even more enjoyable.

12. Ducktales

All hail the almighty Ducktales! Another NES legend, Ducktales, was five different levels of gaming heaven where you could explore the world as Scrooge McDuck. You could use Scrooge’s cane to throw objects and attack enemies while on your quest to discover enough fortune to make you the richest duck in the world. The game took you from Africa all the way into outer space and was rich in adventure and experiences. Ducktales was one of the first non-linear games to ever be created, making it ahead of its time.

13. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Castle of Illusion was essential to the legacy of both the Illusion video game series and the SEGA video game console. This game was well received and did some pretty big numbers upon its release. Playing as Mickey Mouse, you had to rescue Minnie from the evil witch Mizrable, but in order to do so, you had to find the ‘Seven Gems of the Rainbow.’ Illusion captured the magic of 80s/90s Disney games beautifully and paved the way for later releases.

14. South Park

A first-person shooting game, South Park gave you the option of controlling one of the show’s four main characters (Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, or Stan), and you had to defeat enemies through various stages in order to advance to the exit point. The game was released in conjunction with the 1999 South Park film Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, and was received well on the N64 version. As for PC and Playstation, South Park received negative reviews due to the terrible graphics, and voice acting, but we still have a soft spot for it. The popular series has since gone on to release several other games with the most recent release, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, being in 2017.

15. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

I know this game was based on The Spongebob Squarepants movie, but I absolutely had to include it on here. Out of all the video games I have played in my life, this game remains the only one that I have never beaten, not because of its difficulty, but because Spongebob and Patrick were too annoying. The two never stopped talking (even during tense moments), and I’m pretty sure the Krabby Patty car was making Patrick hungry because he kept mentioning making a Krusty Krab stop. Jokes aside, many of my elementary school friends enjoyed this game, and I’ll admit that I did have some fun too. You can definitely make the argument that this was the most dynamic out of all the Spongebob games, and it didn’t disappoint in terms of enjoyment and comedic relief.

In the words of Bugs Bunny ‘That’s All Folks.’ We hope you enjoyed this article, and we will back with a sequel in the near future.

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The 30 Best PS4 Indie Games You Should Pick Up and Play

Okay, we get it. By now you probably have purchased a brand new PS5 and your ‘old’ PS4 is probably in your garage somewhere. Here us out though—even if you have already upgraded your console, you can still play PS4 games through backward compatibility. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a minute to talk about the importance of indie video games. Indie games are sometimes underrated due to ‘big releases’ commanding the most attention, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t incredible games worthy of your time and money. That said, we have put together a list of 30 different PS4 indie games that you can try out on either your PS4 or PS5.

1. ‘Void Bastards’

Release Date: May 28th, 2019

Developer: Blue Manchu

Praised for its comic-book aesthetics, dark humor, and mechanics, players have to survive in the treacherous Sargasso Nebula through battling enemies and swiping life-sustaining objects from spaceships. The camera-cuts combined with the overall visual style of this game make Void Bastards a solid first-person shooting adventure. 

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2. ‘Enter The Gungeon’

Release Date: December 14th, 2017

Developer: Dodge Roll

Described as being a ‘bullet hell roguelike video game,’ Enter The Gungeon is a platform action game in which players follow the story of four explorers as they ‘enter the gungeon’ with the mission of finding a gun strong enough to defeat their past. The fast-paced nature combined with retro pixel visuals makes this a unique title to try out.

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3. ‘CrossCode’

Release Date: September 20th, 2018

Developer: Radical Fish Games

Speaking of old-school style games, CrossCode combines 16-bit NES graphics and intricate puzzles reminiscent of Castlevania and perhaps Zelda. A long-form MMORPG, players control the main character, Lea, as she explores and fights her way through the ‘Crossworlds’ to regain control of her memories. The combat style is excellent in this one, and along the way, players are able to connect with a diverse cast of characters. A great game for the PS4/PS5.

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4. ‘A Hat in Time’

Release Date: December 5th, 2017

Developer: Gears of Breakfast

Open world environments are always a refreshing gaming experience, and A Hat in Time brings mystery and enjoyment with its third-person perspective. The game contains four open levels with no time limits or restraints, and the overall object is to collect 54 timepieces within the game to unlock additional levels. A cute relaxed game that is also perfect for the kids, A Hat in Time is a great pick-up for those lazy days when you want something to play that is fun but not too challenging.

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5. ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: Ninja Theory

Senua’s Sacrifice has the storyline of a horror movie. A dark fantasy action-adventure game, the gameplay is enthralling, with unexpected twists and turns awaiting you at every corner. Playing as Senua, you have to hack and slash your way through hell-fire while battling psychosis conditions as you attempt to retrieve the soul of Senua’s partner. A literal mind-boggling experience, you won’t be disappointed with this pick-up.

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6. ‘Inside’

Release Date: June 29th, 2016

Developer: Playdead

Speaking of horror games, if you like creepy adventures, then you might want to give Inside a shot. Centered around a frightening world, players operate as a young boy looking to solve various environmental puzzles in the attempt to avoid death. The 2D monochromatic features add to the spooky environment, and you have to rely on visual cues to solve these puzzles. A solid PS4 game that can occupy your time nicely.

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7. ‘Hyper Light Drifter’

Release Date: March 31st, 2016

Developer: Heart Machine

A challenging action game, Hyper Light Drifter, is modeled after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, with pixel visuals and intense combat. You can use your energy sword to destroy enemies while exploring the many different worlds and environments. Hyper Light Drifter is very similar to many SNES classics and could be a great throwback for those that enjoyed those games.

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8. ‘Stardew Valley’

Release Date: February 26th, 2016

Developer: Eric Barone

Most of us won’t get the chance to be farmers in real life, so the second-best option is to play a farming game. Taking on the role of a character who has inherited their deceased grandfather’s farm, there is a lot of work to be done in Stardew Valley. This is one of those ‘chill’ games that you play on a Sunday afternoon, and it isn’t too complex either. Stardew Valley remains one of the more distinctive games on this list, and one of the best RPG’s out there.

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9. ‘The Witness’

Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Developer: Jonathan Blow

Another puzzle game, The Witness is an exploration journey taking place on an island, with players having eleven regions at their disposal. Puzzles are scattered around the island, and depending on which mode you select, you can either choose to solve them, or walk around the island. The choice is up to you. 

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10. ‘Mark of the Ninja’

Release Date: September 7th, 2012

Developer: Klei Entertainment

If you are looking to put your stealth skills to the test, Mark of the Ninja is right up your alley. The objective is just like any other stealth game: sneak through environments, avoid being detected, and silently take out enemies. The 2D platforming makes spotting enemies and objects a little more difficult, so you will be kept on your toes at all times.

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11. ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

Release Date: January 28th, 2020

Developer: Cardboard Computer

Deviating from the other puzzle games on this list, Kentucky Route Zero is a truck driving adventure road trip game where you will come across many escapades and eccentric characters. The game is divided into five acts, and each act has its own set of missions. Kentucky Route Zero is considered one of the best road trip games ever created.

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12. ‘Cat Quest’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: The Gentlebros

Perfect for cat lovers, Cat Quest follows the journey of a cat looking to rescue his kidnapped sister. Players will have to complete a series of battles with real-time combat. Cat Quest is loaded with cat references, and is pretty neat for both kids and adults.

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13. ‘Rocket League’

Release Date: July 7th, 2015

Developer: The Gentlebros

Rocket League is such a huge force in esports that it’s hard to believe it originally started as an indie game. A traditional game played in an untraditional way, players use cars instead of soccer players to hit soccer balls into the opposing team’s goal areas. Many of you have probably already played Rocket League, but for those that haven’t, this is a great game to try out.

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14. ‘Hotline Miami’

Release Date: October 23rd, 2012

Developer: Devolver General

As Will Smith once said—‘Welcome to Miami.’ Except you aren’t in Miami to have fun, you are there to do some dirty work. Playing as ‘Jacket,’ you have to take down members of the Russian Mafia all by yourself while also deciphering cryptic phone calls. Definitely an amusing game to play if you have time.

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15. ‘Towerfall Ascension’

Release Date: June 25th, 2013

Developer: Matt Makes Games

Towerfall Ascension is a combat arena game where players kill one another by flinging arrows. While the plot sounds boring, the actual gameplay isn’t. Players are constantly challenged, and the layouts change provide different scenery and challenges. Towerfall is a powerful game worth your time and attention.

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16. ‘Velocity 2X’

Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

Developer: FuturLab

An action ‘shoot em-up’ game from FuturLab, Velocity 2X follows Lt. Kai Tana as she suddenly finds herself in the Vokh Empire. A platform shooting game, players have to fight enemies and use Kai Tana’s teleporting skills in order to successfully escape. This platformer is totally worth the investment.

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17. ‘Rogue Legacy’

Release Date: June 13th, 2013

Developer: Cellar Door Games

Rogue Legacy is probably one of the most punishing indie games on the market. Incredibly challenging, the goal is to explore a dangerous dungeon while defeating four bosses located in different parts of the dungeon. If you die, the control gets transferred to an heir of the deceased. You can explore castles, upgrade your equipment, and so much more. Fun right?

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18. ‘Undertale’

Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Developer: Toby Fox

Another RPG, Undertale is a fun adventure in which players operate as a child who has fallen underground. While Undertale sounds like a relatively calm game, it’s actually the exact opposite. You have to dodge bullets and fight monsters as you try to climb your way back to the surface. The game has various different outcomes depending on which path you choose, meaning you can play more than once if desired.

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19. ‘Shovel Knight’

Release Date: June 26th, 2014

Developer: Yacht Club Games

Taking it back to the retro 8-bit graphic style. Shovel Knight is a platform game where players try to collect treasure and fight against the ‘Order of No Quarter.’ Shovel Knight is a vibrant game with an interesting storyline and characters. A good throwback if you were a fan of the SNES/NES era. 

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20. ‘OwlBoy’

Release Date: November 1st, 2016

Developer: D-Pad Studio

From the makers of D-Pad Studio, OwlBoy is a platform-adventure game that follows the journey of Otus, an owl looking for a way to help save his village from evil pirates. Players can fly and pick up random objects along the way that can be used as weapons. A simple yet addicting game, you won’t be able to step away from.

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21. ‘Celeste’

Release Date: January 25th, 2018

Developer: Matt Makes Games

A single-player platform game, ‘Celeste’ is a unique game in which players control a young girl by the name of Madeline as she tries to climb up a treacherous mountain full of lethal objects. As the game progresses, the task becomes harder, so players are provided with enhanced mechanics. Celeste is a compelling game that won’t take up too much of your time either.

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22. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Release Date: March 10th, 2015

Developer: Dennaton Games

If you are going to play the first one, then you might as well play the sequel right? This game finds the protagonist, Jacket, in prison after killing off the leadership of the Russian Mobs, and his actions have since ‘inspired’ a group called The Fans to continue his tradition of mass killings. Death and violence is literally everywhere in this one, so you’ll have to be on your toes at all times. 

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23. ‘Resogun’

Release Date: November 15th, 2013

Developer: Housemarque

Resogun is another ‘shoot em up’ game where players have to battle enemies and rescue trapped humans. The graphics on this are incredible, and so is the gameplay. Resogun is divided into three different levels with the primary goal being to eliminate the enemies while saving those individuals that are trapped for bonus points. A nice ‘throwback’ experience if you are into retro-style video games.

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24. ‘Dead Cells’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: Motion Twin

Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a roguelike action platformer in which players take on the role of a slime creature that has taken control of a dungeon corpse that they have to fight their way off. You have to unlock weapons, battle enemies, use your assets to explore, find treasure, and more in this crazy adventure. The combat is excellent, making a great game that you shouldn’t miss out on.

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25. ‘Overcooked! 2’

Release Date: August 7th, 2018

Developers: Team 17 and Ghost Town Games

It’s been a while since we’ve had a great cooking game, and Overcooked 2 provides the ultimate MasterChef vibes while players prepare meals in an ‘eccentric’ kitchen. Players also have to season and chop food, serve dishes, and clean their workspace all in a timely manner. While it sounds easy, the task can get quite challenging, so you have to be ready to rock and roll at all times.

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26. ‘Fall Guys’

Release Date: August 4th, 2020

Developers: Mediatonic

Yes Fall Guys is an indie game. A highly addictive 60-player Battle Royale jamboree that involves a lot of never-ending jumping, ducking, and dodging. Fall Guys became one of the most popular games of 2020, so it’s likely that you have already played. If you haven’t though, it is not too late to get in on the action.

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27. ‘Moss’

Release Date: February 27th, 2018

Developers: Polyarc

We know some of you are still a little hesitant to try out VR gaming, but Moss is definitely a good introduction to the system. Moss is an exploration puzzle game complete with exceptional graphics, and the ability to play in the game in both first-person and third-person modes. While Moss is certainly an enjoyable game, it’s not too taxing, so you won’t be overwhelmed if you are new to VR. A solid game, and one of the best on the PS4.

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28. ‘Beat Saber’

Release Date: May 21st, 2019

Developers: Beat Games

You can choose to play Beat Saber in either a regular format or VR. The objective of this game is to destroy the beat blasting objects that are viciously flying in your direction. The mechanics of this game have drawn comparisons to other musical games such as Guitar Hero, and the graphics are sick (especially in VR). This has slowly become a fan favorite, and probably one of the best games on this list.

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29. ‘Wasteland 3’

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Developers: inXile Entertainment

Released this past August, Wasteland 3 is a wintery apocalyptic mission straight from the bowels of hell. The third installment of this popular series, Wasteland 3 is set in the post-apocalyptic 22nd Century, with players battling some pretty intense stuff including a drug operation, a dangerous dictator, and a cult worshipping group called the Grippers. The game is dynamic with plenty of twists and turns along the way. You’ll have your hands full with this one.

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https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2047-CUSA13473_00-WL3USDEEPS000002
30. ‘Budget Cuts’

Release Date: May 15th, 2020

Developers: Neat Corporation

This game is absolutely sick in VR mode. A virtual reality stealth game, Budget Cuts was developed by Neat Corporation as a fun way to put your ‘sneaky’ ninja skills to the test. During the game, players have to escape an office while avoiding lethal robots in the process. The VR component makes you feel like you are actually in the office battling enemies, making it a worthy mention.

BUY NOW, $30
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP5030-CUSA20553_00-7666010101337901

That is going to do it for today. Whether you own a PS4 or a PS5, we hope you that you give these games a chance.

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ONE37pm Reviews Mavix’s M7 Gaming Chair

Gaming is as popular as it has ever been, especially with the new release of the next generation consoles of PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Purchasing the hottest new systems is really only half the battle, though. If you ask any diehard gamer, they will tell you that a system is only as good as the accessories that accompany it.

When you are building out the ultimate entertainment system, you purchase the latest TV or monitor, and the next step is you want to be as comfortable as you can be while you game, which means that your next purchase should be a gaming chair.

Numerous brands carry gaming chairs, including a new company by the name of Mavix.

The brand launched its first suite of chairs in mid-November and sent its intermediate model, the M7, to SPY for examination. Mavix is a company that ONE37pm’s  Aaron “Don” Dukes wholeheartedly endorses. If you are unfamiliar with the Don, he is ONE37pm’s resident hardcore gamer.

“As someone who has spent probably days and nights just straight gaming. I have had a lot of lower back pain. Recently, Mavix sent me a chair, and by the way, I have tried out multiple gaming chairs, and most of them made me feel like I was sitting on a pile of bricks. It does not allow me to game as much as I desire to, so Mavix sent me a chair, and I built it. It is one of the easiest chairs to build, and I could put it together without the instructions. I was able to use the tools that were provided and can put the pieces together without a problem,” said Don.

The Mavix M7 model provides a lot of comfort for its users, according to Don.

“When it comes to comfortability, it feels like you are getting a back massage from something that is not even plugged into the wall. It is a different concept than a normal chair. Normal chairs look like racing chairs. The Mavix chair looks more like an ergonomics chair, so it is better than other gaming chairs on the market. They shipped me the M7 model, which is one that I have enjoyed.”

That great to hear because we all know if you are gaming for hours and you move the wrong way, you can be stiff for hours or even maybe days.

It is also user-friendly for those of us that are of average height.

“For individuals that are average in height, this is the way to go. I am 5’5 or 5’6, and I own a high desk, and this chair brings me up, while a lot of chairs on the market bring you down. Meaning they drop you to the floor and then bring you up. The M7 from Mavix brings you up more than it brings you down. You can lean forward, back, and tilt. It reminds me of a seat in the front row of a car,” Don shared.

So, if you are in the market for a gaming chair, you should start with the M7 by Mavix.

You can purchase the M7 here, and check out Mavix’s other options as well.

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16 Games Like ‘FTL: Faster Than Light’

Ever since fans of the game played FTL: Faster Than Light, they have been looking for new ways to approach the game and beat it. It originally dropped on Windows, macOS, and Linux in 2012, nearly a decade ago now, and even though there have been mods to extend its life cycle and an Advanced Edition, players have been looking for something new for a while now. If you’re one of them, below we put together a list of 16 games like FTL: Faster Than Light. They could be on here for various reasons – the space setting, the roguelike genre, or just the all-around feel. Either way, if you’re a fan of FTL, there should be something on this list for you.

1. ‘Battlevoid: Harbinger’

Battlevoid: Harbinger is a space exploration game in which you take on the role of a young commander who utilizes turn-based strategy against whatever space has to offer. This game is a great tactical challenge, and some reviewers even made a direct comparison with FTL: Faster Than Light, for more than just its setting. You’ll make choices about equipment, plan offense and defense, lure enemies into traps, build up your ship so that it can resist attacks from outside forces, and much more.

Buy, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/396480/Battlevoid_Harbinger/
2. Ceres

Ceres is set in a fictional scenario where a gate built to connect our world to other stars has malfunctioned, which means that the earth was destroyed and alien lifeforms have been drawn in. This leaves the surviving civilizations in a unique position and now, humans, monsters, and machine-gods fight each other. You take on the role of a young adventurer in charge of a spaceship, and an A.I. called Ceres accompanies you.

Buy, $20
https://store.steampowered.com/app/351300/Ceres/
3. Convoy

Drawing direct inspiration from FTL: Faster Than Light, Convoy is perhaps the game that you’ll hear about the most when discussing offerings similar to FTL on the market. Through the game’s pixel art graphics, you’ll maneuver a desert planet in a semi-trailer truck, all the while looking for parts of a crashed spaceship. The game’s characters communicate via text-based dialogue, where players pick their answers from a multitude of responses. Convoy is great for tactical combat too.

Buy, $15
https://store.steampowered.com/app/318230/Convoy/
4. Crying Suns

Developed by Alt Shift and published by Humble Bundle, Crying Suns was released back in 2019 on Windows and macOS and the summer of 2020 on iOS and Android. This game puts you in the shoes of a space fleet commander, where you’ll be tasked with exploring planets, meeting inhabitants, and the fight against other space fleets. Like FTL: Faster Than Light, this one received an Advanced Tactics update after its original release. Some have called it overly repetitive at certain points, but it’s well worth a try.

Buy, $25
https://store.steampowered.com/app/873940/Crying_Suns/
5. Duskers

In Duskers, the basic aim is to try to figure out what happened to the universe for it to be in its current state. You do this by controlling a drone, traveling from ship to ship, salvaging materials in an attempt to repair and upgrade them to navigate your surroundings better. As well as enemies in the form of robots and other hostile life forms, there are also problems that the player can face, like radiation leaks, and the game revolves around how you deal with and solve these kinds of issues. The game was made by Misfits Attic and is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Buy, $20
https://store.steampowered.com/app/254320/Duskers/
6. Heat Signature

If you were a fan of not only FTL: Faster Than Light but also Gunpoint, the puzzle-platform game from 2013, then this game is right for you. That’s because the same studio, Suspicious Developments, made Heat Signature. If that’s not enough to convince you to give it a try, Heat Signature won IGN’s award for Best Action Game in 2017. From a top-down view, players must steal technologies, rescue captives, and more in a space environment, which is always fun.

Buy
https://store.steampowered.com/app/268130/Heat_Signature/
7. Into The Breach

If you’re reading this, you’re a fan of FTL: Faster Than Light, which means you might know that that game was produced by the independent studio Subset Games. Their other game is one called Into The Breach, which came later than FTL. For that reason alone, this one is worth playing. It’s set in the future where humans battle against the Vek, a group of giant monsters. They do so in mechs via a turn-based combat system. Players control three mechs at a time in battle.

Buy, $15
https://store.steampowered.com/app/590380/Into_the_Breach/
8. Rebel Galaxy

The vast majority of games on this list are set in space, and Double Damage Games’ 2015-2016 offering Rebel Galaxy is one of them. But what truly makes it stand out amongst the bunch is that it’s a Western-style space game, a unique combination of genres, to say the least. As the genre suggests, both pirates and aliens make appearances here. Combat takes place between gunships. As well as missions that are relevant to the story, players can take part in activities like trading, bounty hunting, and pirating. If you do end up playing and are a fan, the prequel was released a couple of years back.

Buy, $20
https://store.steampowered.com/app/290300/Rebel_Galaxy/
9. Renowned Explorers: International Society

Set in a fictitious version of the 1800s, Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game that takes inspiration from Indiana Jones and FTL: Faster Than Light directly. Players can choose 3 different explorers from a choice of 20 (or 24 if you have an expansion pack.) The categories are fighters, scouts, speakers, and scientists. Players prepare for expeditions where they try to find the legendary treasure. Combat in this game comes in the form of fighting locals, but you can also choose to befriend them.

Buy, $20
https://store.steampowered.com/app/296970/Renowned_Explorers_International_Society/
10. Slay The Spire

More or less, all of the games on this list are roguelike games, which is only natural, but Slay The Spire is a hybrid of a roguelike game and a deck-building card game, or at least it contains strong elements of the latter. On paper, perhaps this isn’t the best one to one comparison to FTL: Faster Than Light, but in an almost indescribable way, it gives the same feel, and for that reason, there’s a good amount of crossover in the two games’ fan bases. Here, players attempt to ascend multiple procedurally generated floors where they battle enemies. Combat takes place like a deck-building game.

Buy, $25
https://store.steampowered.com/app/646570/Slay_the_Spire/
11. Space Rangers: Quest

In Space Rangers: Quest, to put it as simply as possible, there is a threat, and it’s your job to do something about it. The life of a space ranger is no joke, and on your way, you’ll have to figure your way out of tough puzzles and defend the organic life. Once you’ve chosen your spaceship and begun your journey, there’s no looking back. This game contains text quests, and the written dialogue here is conversational and easy enough to follow while also being engaging.

Buy, $10
https://store.steampowered.com/app/503450/Space_Rangers_Quest/
12. Space Rogue

Many of the games on this list are set in space, which only makes sense because that’s where FTL: Faster Than Light is set. But if you’re looking for something set in a spatial environment that gives off a different feel to FTL, Space Rogue is well worth trying out. Developed and published by Origin Systems, this game is an RPG that switches between a top-down view and a 3D combat simulator. You’re a part of the crew on a spacecraft and are sent to inspect a derelict spacecraft. While you’re there, your own ship gets attacked, and where you go from there is up to you.

Buy, $10
https://store.steampowered.com/app/364300/Space_Rogue/
13. Spaceship Commander

Spaceship Commander basically does what it says on the tin. You’re in full control of a fully customizable spaceship, but where it really gets fun is that you change your ship based on how you want to approach a certain battle ahead of you. You can aim to destroy a ship, board a ship or sabotage a ship’s reactor (which is something a lot of people might go for due to the success of Among Us.) With this one, you’ll need a friend because it’s a multiplayer-only game.

Buy, $10
https://store.steampowered.com/app/833180/Spaceship_Commander/
14. Star Nomad 2

The second in the Star Nomad series is set in an open-world sandbox. Decisions you make here will affect how other inhabitants and factions see you, and you can play a massive role in society. This game is incredibly immersive. The conflict between factions can affect supply and demand. You can take on the role of a merchant, bounty hunter, smuggler, and more; random events make each playthrough unique, and both squad and enemy A.I. is intelligent enough for it to feel like a challenge.

Buy, $13
https://store.steampowered.com/app/414950/Star_Nomad_2/
15. Starship Inspector

If your actions having massive consequences is something that you’re into, then try out Starship Inspector. Just a few months old, some call it a clone of FTL: Faster Than Light, but if you’re looking at this list initially, perhaps that’s not necessarily a bad thing for you. There’s no doubt that FTL heavily influences this game, and it’s far from the only one. Here, you embark through randomly generated galaxies, all the while faced with tough decisions that you’re forced to make and deal with.

Buy, $4
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1213390/Starship_Inspector/
16. The Long Journey Home

If you do want something similar to the experience that FTL: Faster Than Light offers and you don’t mind a steep learning curve and a challenge, one that some have even criticized for taking away from the game at times, then The Long Journey Home might be right for you. You traverse through a beautiful looking universe where you meet aliens who offer you quests. Here, you risk the difference in culture and misunderstanding something. The game is available to play on macOS, Windows, and the three major consoles.

Buy, $30
https://store.steampowered.com/app/366910/The_Long_Journey_Home/
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The 30 Best Nintendo Games of All-Time

Have you ever stopped to think about what the gaming landscape would look like without Nintendo? Since its 1977 Color-TV Game launch, Nintendo has become one of the most prolific video game companies in history, with its dominance extending forty-plus years. Many of the most iconic video games of all time were developed and released by Nintendo, and those games set a precedent  for the current and future state of gaming. Today we are taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane, revisiting the most influential titles to hit Nintendo consoles. Here are the 30 best Nintendo games of all-time.

1. Donkey Kong Arcade Game

Release Date: July 9th, 1981

Once upon a time, you had to go to the arcade if you wanted to play certain video games. Released in 1981, Donkey Kong was used as one of the games to break Nintendo into the North American market. A platforming game featuring loads of obstacles and roadblocks, Donkey Kong, was an early test of running and jumping maneuverability. Now from a gameplay standpoint, this isn’t the best Donkey Kong ever, but we have to recognize the importance of the 1981 version, as its success was critical to the early development of Nintendo.

2. Vice: Project Doom

Release Date: April 26th, 1991

Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Project Doom is the story of a secret agent looking to investigate and uncover an alien substance. Drawing comparisons to Ninja Garden, Project Doom consisted of 11 stages complete with movie-style sequences and theatrics. The storyline was ahead of its time, and players were given the options of three different weapons to select from. You could go with a 44 Magnum Revolver, the laser whip, or a supply of M-24 stick grenades. Very ‘James Bond’ like if you ask us. Again, the first-person shooting method was a preview of many of the shooting games that would come out towards the end of the 1990s and early 2000s.

3. Chrono Trigger

Release Date: April 26th, 1991

Chronicling a group of adventurers engaged in time traveling to avoid a global disaster, Chrono Trigger was a major hit and is now recognized as one of the best Nintendo video games of all-time. The characters were interesting, the visuals were pretty decent for the year 1995, and the multiple endings meant that you could play the game a variety of times with a different experience. Chrono Trigger featured the ‘Active Time Battle’ system, an element most notably used in the Final Fantasy series. While, Fantasy Fantasy received more attention, Chrono Trigger did a solid job of holding its own. 

4. Contra

Release Date: February 27th, 1987

An arcade game released in 1987, Contra made its way to the NES in 1988, eventually becoming one of Nintendo’s most recognizable titles. The main characters, Bill and Lance, were very much inspired by the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Sallone dominance of the late 80s (they look just like them), and the game itself was a ‘run and jump’ shooting game that could be played in either a single or multiplayer mode. Players could choose to play in different formats, and the level of difficulty increased as the game progressed. Contra is one of those classic games that capture he magic of the era it was released, and to that point, we haven’t seen a game quite like it since.

5. Super Metroid

Release Date: March 19th, 1994

Released on the Super Nintendo System (SNES), Super Metroid was an action-adventure game featuring Samus Aran. In our opinion, Samus can sometimes be underappreciated in terms of Nintendo characters. She doesn’t always get credit for her ability to charm while kicking butt, and some have made the argument that she didn’t really fit in with the rest of the Nintendo cast. Nonetheless, the 16-bit exploration game received praise from critics and fans, and was an adventure from start to finish.

6. Banjo-Kazooie

Release Date: June 29th, 1998

Banjo-Kazooie was a less complex game compared to the others on this list so far. It was an explorative N64 game featuring Banjo the bear, and a large red bird known as Kazooie. Together they were given the task of trying to take down the wicked witch Gruntilda. The graphics on Banjo were pretty cool, and at times the game could be a bit challenging. All in all, Banjo was a quality game worthy of being put on this list.

7. Jackal

Release Date: October 1986

Also known as Top Gunner, Jackal was a ‘shoot-em-up bang bang’ game that tested maneuverability and control skills as players had to control a Green Beret attack Jeep in order to rescue trapped prisoners. Along the way, players would also encounter a plethora of hostile targets and situations en route to their destination. A challenging game with a dramatic finish, Jackal, has rightfully earned its place in Nintendo history.

8. Wii Sports

Release Date: November 19th, 2006

You can’t make a list about the greatest Nintendo games of all time without including Wii Sports. Released on the Wii video game console, Wii ports was a collection of mini-games from five different sports (tennis, baseball, golf, bowling, and boxing). Now we can admit that Wii Sports wasn’t the most groundbreaking Nintendo game to ever exist, but its impact can’t be denied. Wii Sports was a great family game, that allowed you to get a slight workout in the process.

9. Secret of Mana

Release Date: August 6th, 1993

A role-playing action game released on the SNES, Secret of Mana was a fantasy RPG complete with an interesting storyline, stunning imagery, and interesting battles as players followed three characters on a conquest to use the power of an ancient flying fortress in an attempt to conquer the world. A compelling combat game, Secret of Mana brought the entertainment.

10. Maniac Mansion

Release Date: 1987

Released in 1987, Maniac Mansion was yet another adventure game that drew inspiration from some of the popular science fiction horror films popular during that time (I.E., Ghostbusters). Following the story of a young man (Dave) who was trying to rescue his girlfriend (Sandy) from an evil scientist, gamers could play as Dave and two of his friends as they tried to put the pieces together to locate Sandy. Maniac Mansion was praised for its humor and animation, and there were different endings depending on which characters survived.

11. Mario Tennis

Release Date: July 21st, 2000

This is an editor’s pick. We know not many people wouldn’t consider putting Mario Tennis on an all-time list, but that is because we feel the game is underrated. Even if you weren’t a tennis fan, Mario Tennis was a highly enjoyable and informative title that helped define the Gameboy era. The game taught you essential tennis skills, and the difficulty increased as you moved through the rankings. 

12. F-Zero X

Release Date: July 14th, 1998

You can never go wrong with a great racing game. F-Zero X brought the ‘need for speed’ with its futuristic graphics and intensity. Featuring a ‘Death Mode’ where the objective was to kill the other races by basically running them off the road, this wasn’t your average racecar game. The electric rock music added to the fun, making F-Zero X the ultimate hype game. 

13. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Release Date: December 22nd, 1989

There were so many incredible games released in the Castlevania series, and honestly, every single one of them could potentially have a spot on this list. That said, Dracula’s Curse was a must as it expanded upon the previous two releases by taking the storyline and gameplay to the next level. The game follows Trevor, the main character, as he attempts to conquer Dracula. Dracula’s Curse was a decent action game for the year 1989 and helped set the tone for Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

14. Ninja Gaiden

Release Date: October 1988

Known for its degree of difficulty, action gameplay, and music, Ninja Gaiden was another legendary Nintendo series. The first installment was challenging from the get-go, with players battling as Ryu Hayabusa, a ninja on a journey to America after receiving a letter from his missing father. The cut-scenes and ninja moves boosted the games’ many battles, as players could use surrounding objects as weapons. The foundation for the sequels was established in this first installment, and Ninja Gaiden was a critical influence in terms of how future ninja games were approached.

15. Donkey Kong Country

Release Date: November 18th, 1994

Highly anticipated and widely acclaimed, Donkey Kong Country is one of the best Nintendo video games to ever exist, winning multiple accolades along the way. An immersive experience that captured 1990s culture so beautifully, Donkey Kong Country has withstood the test of time, with younger generations itching to discover the magic. This game was truly brilliant and wound up spawning two sequels: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!, both of whom were equally praised.

16. Mario Kart 8

Release Date: May 29th, 2014

It’s pretty safe to say that Mario Kart 8 is considered to be the best game out of the Mario Kart franchise. Highly addictive with amazing graphics, Mario Kart 8 introduced the anti-gravity mode to the series, giving players a real-time racing experience. The battle mode was a hit or miss, but it hasn’t stopped Mario Kart 8 from being a fan favorite. 

17. Mike Tyson Punch-Out!!

Release Date: September 18th, 1987

The survey says that Punch-Out!! also deserves a spot on this list. Released in 1987, Punch-Out!! is considered one of the best boxing games of all time. Featuring a boxer known as ‘Little Mac,’ players had to box their way through multiple rounds and levels in the attempt to reach the final level known as the ‘Dream Fight.’ The game was inspired by a young boxer named Mike Tyson (you may have heard of him), and Tyson received a hefty paycheck for his likeness.

18. Excitebike

Release Date: November 30th, 1984

One of the first motocross racing video games to be developed, Excitebike, was about as good of a bike racing game that you could get for the year 1984. Players were given five different tracks to select from, with the ultimate goal being to qualify for the Excitebike Championship race. Excitebike was a commercial success and is considered yet another classic Nintendo game.

19. Street Fighter II

Release Date: March 1991

Street Fighter II just might be the best arcade game ever and remains one of the most impactful fighting games ever. While the game was eventually released to SNES pulling hefty numbers, the arcade version wound up becoming one of/ if not the most successful arcade game of the 1990s. With an estimated revenue of over $10 billion, Street Fighter II was one of those timeless games that helped usher in a new era of both console and arcade gaming.

20. Pokemon Gold and Silver

Release Date: November 21st, 1999

One of the most dynamic games to ever hit the Game Boy, Pokemon Gold and Silver was a compelling game with heated battles, an engaging storyline, and unparalleled rivalries. Gold and Silver offered probably one of the most diverse worlds in the Pokemon franchise, allowing players the ultimate exploring adventure. When it comes to Pokemon games, Gold and Silver is considered the standard.

21. Tetris

Release Date: June 6th, 1984

Tetris may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but there is no disputing the impact it’s had on puzzle games. The game itself required critical thinking skills as players tried to keep the puzzle blocks from overflowing by moving and rotating the tetrads as they fell. It may have sounded easy, but Tetris was definitely a challenge. The game became so popular that it spawned multiple spin offs over the decades, and can now be played on IOS and Android devices.

22. Super Mario Kart (Original)

Release Date: August 27th, 1992

Super Mario Kart walked so that Mario Kart 8 could run. An informative and innovative game, Super Mario Kart featured all of Mario’s most beloved characters as they trudged through different modes and races. Players could choose either a single or multiplayer mode, and were given the option to select from three different battle modes. Super Mario Kart was praised for its originality, making it one of the best selling Nintendo games of all time.

23. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Release Date: November 21st, 1991

Taking on the role of Link, players were given the challenge of wrestling Princess Zelda from the hands of Agahnim, a wizard seeking to release his dark master. An open world game, players were rewarded with vigorous combat modes, fascinating world maps, and daring puzzles. Gamers literally had the whole world at their fingertips, and animations made Zelda one of the finest games on the SNES console.

24. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Release Date: November 21st, 1998

With 2D still ruling, Ocarina of Time was an extravagant escapade focusing on fantasy time-travel, dungeons, and countless puzzles. Ocarina of Time introduced many of the gaming components that would be prominent in 3D adventure games including: target-lock systems and context-sensitive buttons. When it comes to N64 games, not very many are touching Ocarina of Time.

25. Super Mario World

Release Date: November 21, 1990

While this list may feel Super Mario and Zelda heavy, it is a testament to how dominant these franchises’ were in the 1990s and 2000s. An SNES launch, Super Mario World saw Mario in a mission to save Princess Peach and Dinosaur Land from Bowser and the minion Koopalings. With enhanced technical features, brand new mechanics, and precise attention to detail, Super Mario World didn’t disappoint.

26. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release Date: March 3rd, 2017

Breath of the Wild has all of the necessary components to be ranked number one on any all-time list with a captivating storyline, stunning visuals, and groundbreaking adventures. Players also have the unlimited freedom to explore and do whatever they want during gameplay. Breath of the Wild remains one of the greatest games ever. Nothing more needs to be said.

27. Donkey Kong ‘94

Release Date: June 14th, 1994

A featured Gameboy release, Donkey Kong ‘94 was based on the original 1981 arcade version. While later games certainly had better graphics, the overall structure of the game was genius. Featuring gameplay elements from previous Donkey Kong and Super Mario games, the ‘94 version required players to complete four stages before switching to an entirely new game mechanic for the following levels. The puzzles were off the wall, making it a Gameboy masterpiece.

28. Pokemon Red and Blue

Pokemon Red and Blue

Now considered a collectors item, Pokemon Red and Blue was an early RPG that where players had to navigate through Kanto in order to master Pokemon Battling. Pokemon Red and Blue helped set the course for future Pokemon games, and with a renewed interest in Pokemon, this is worth getting your hands on whether you have a Gameboy to play the game or not.

29. Metroid

Release Date: August 6th, 1986

A combination of Super Smash Bros and Zelda, Metroid is one of the first games on record to feature a female protagonist. An exploration game with different endings depending on which path you took, Metroid received positive reviews while also selling moderately well. While some prefer the later installments in the Metroid series, this one is still considered one of the top five NES games.

30. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Release Date: December 7th, 2018

This is still a relatively new game, so it can definitely be fairly debated on whether or not it should be included in an all-time list. The main reason we included Ultimate is because of the roster. Ultimate includes every single character from all the Smash games, which is unprecedented. The overall gameplay and storyline is also a huge selling point, and so are the graphics. In our opinion, Ultimate is probably the cohesive Smash game to date.

That’s going to do it! This list was one of the hardest we have ever had to make, simply because of how many legendary titles Nintendo has released over the decades. We hope you enjoyed this article, and got to experience a little nostalgia in the process.

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PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility: Will The PS5 Play PS3 and PS4 Games?

The PlayStation 5 has been out for a couple of months now, although it doesn’t feel like it for a lot of us. That’s because the release felt a little more like a few random shock drops for some exclusive sneakers as opposed to a worldwide release of a new games console. Regardless of that, those who managed to snag one love it, and those who haven’t can’t wait to get their hands on one. As of now, there is a scarce number of games that have come out since the PlayStation 5’s release, and of course, no games that you can’t buy on a previous generation console. But when that does happen in the next few years, some gamers might have questions about which of their old games will be supported by the PS5 moving forward. It’s often a confusing thing to wrap your head around because logic would state that a brand-new console should be able to play anything that came before it, but of course, that’s not always the case. To answer those queries and clear it all up, we took it upon ourselves to answer those questions.

Will The PS5 Play PS1 Games?

We hope you’ve got an old PlayStation in storage somewhere because once again, with the release of a new-generation console, the original console’s games will not be playable over two decades later. We’re dying for those games to be easily playable today and would take them all without a bump in graphics too. The closest we’ve come to getting something like this is the release of the PlayStation Classic, the mini version of the original PlayStation that comes with 20 games on it.

Will The PS5 Play PS2 Games?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to bring out those old school classics and take a hit of nostalgia with your PS2 games on the PS5 either. The truth is, if Sony made games from their 2000 console available to play again today, they’d be able to charge $1,000 for each console and would probably still sell the same amount.

Will The PS5 Play PS3 Games?

Just like the PS1 and PS2, PS3 games, unfortunately, won’t see a resurgence in coming years due to the PS5 because they are also not playable on the new console. We can only hope that one day there’ll be a re-release of the PlayStation 3 of some sort, or Sony offer gamers a new way to play their old games, whether it’s the introduction of backward compatibility or remasters. Speaking of remasters, PS3 games like the first three games in the Uncharted series, The Last of Us and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that were remastered for the PlayStation 4 will be playable on the PlayStation 5.

Will The PS5 Play PS4 Games?

To the delight of fans worldwide, The PS5 does support PS4 games, although it should be said that that comes with the tiniest of asterisks.

In October of last year, weeks before the PlayStation 5 became available, Sony released a list of ten PlayStation 4 games that will not be playable on the brand-new console. That list includes DWVR, Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One, TT Isle of Man – Rise on the Edge 2, Just Deal With It!, Shadow Complex Remastered, Robinson: The Journey, We Sing, Hitman Go: Definitive Edition, Shadwen, and Joe’s Diner. A lot of fans will not have heard of most of this list, which is a relief because there was a fear that all of our old PlayStation 4 discs would become obsolete immediately. Thankfully, they are the only ones.

Other than those ten games, every single PS4 game ever released will be playable on the PS5 (which is a library of over 4,000), with many of the more recent releases like FIFA 21 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War having an upgraded version on offer for fans. There are a few dozen games that Sony admitted may feature some bugs or graphical glitches, but it’s nothing to be worried about. The good news is that due to the new hardware on the PS5, the vast majority of games will actually benefit from improved loading times or gameplay speeds, meaning that some will almost feel like a re-release. Don’t worry; it’s an easy process to play old games too, with all of them available by disc or on the PlayStation Store. You can also copy them over on a USB or through Wi-Fi.

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Everything We Know So Far About the KFConsole

In my many years of being around gamers, I have noticed one thing—gamers don’t eat enough, or they tend to eat at random times and struggle to eat consistently. If not constantly reminded, a gamer could literally go the whole day without having a meal, and it is easy to understand why. After all, who has the time to think about eating when you are in the middle of an intense five hour Call of Duty battle? Likewise, are you really in the mood for a meal if you are frustrated with the game and things aren’t going your way? The answer to that is probably a resounding no, and we totally get it. That said, it is still essential for gamers to take care of themselves. You need a certain amount of strength and mental fortitude to be able to have success with whatever game you are playing, and you can’t do that if you lack energy. KFC is looking to fix that problem with the KFConsole.

If you are reading this article, it is safe to say that you have more than likely had KFC at least once in your life, and you are probably aware of how the brand has become a go-to meal for various sporting events (including esports). Chicken has always been one of those easy, long-lasting foods that you can nibble at throughout the course of the day, which is exactly why KFC decided to take things a step further with their KFConsole—a unique two-in-one gaming system that allows you the ability to plays games while keeping your chicken warm.

Since the KFConsole is the first of its kind, you may have some questions about exactly how this works, so we are here to help you. While not many details have been released yet, we know that the console is a gaming system with a built-in chicken chamber. Additional features include Asus-powered graphics, insane speed, VR gaming capabilities, 240fps gaming at 4K resolution for certain video games, and much more. At the moment, we still don’t know have an exact release date or any information on the price and general availability. We also aren’t clear on which specific games will be made available for the console, but we assume that information will be released soon.

So as a gamer (or even somebody just interested in purchasing the device), you may still have a few questions about how this product works and why the KFConsole could be beneficial to you. While you can’t actually cook chicken in the chamber of the system, you can keep your chicken nice and warm while you play. So whether it’s chicken that you personally made or you picked up/ordered from KFC, you won’t have to worry about it getting cold. Not to say that cold chicken isn’t bad, but nothing quite beats a nice, hot piece of fried chicken.

The KFConsole is also very convenient in the sense that you don’t have to actually leave the room to get your chicken—you could grab a couple of pieces without ever taking your eyes off the game. Plus, chicken is a relatively easy meal to eat. You don’t have to use any silverware, and if you are a skilled enough gamer (which most of you are), you can eat your chicken one-handed.

As we inch closer to the release date, we can expect a fury of more details. The idea of a chicken warming game system might be a unique concept to some, but we may not ever see anything quite like this again. Gamers can definitely make good use of it, which could potentially be a collectors’ item down the road if you are into that scene.

Whatever the case, we will keep you posted on all the latest announcements regarding the KFConsole.