Andrew the Intern's Favorite Classic Games

I got to thinking about games from my childhood and I figured I would make a list of my favorite classic video games. I stuck mainly to games in the action/adventure, fighting, and sports genres. My top 10 which is in no particular order encompasses games featured on the NES, Sega Genesis, N64, and PlayStation. Click read more to check out the list. 

Bubble Bobble -- NES

Bubble Bobble was released for the NES in 1990 and it makes my list because it is not only entertaining, but could be one of the most frustrating games ever made. After you play the first few levels you think the game is a joke, but they become progressively harder. In this game 2-players is the only way to go because it give the best chance to make it through the more than 50 levels. Fire those bubbles as fast as you can at your enemies to be rewarded with assorted vegetables, fruits, and pastries.  

Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels -- NES

Hands down the hardest Super Mario Bros. game that I have ever played. A little hint always be Luigi because he can jump higher than Mario can in the game. The castles will get to you because there are special ways to make your way through every one. If you make a wrong path choice you will just be placed back where you started. If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing the lost levels the easiest way to get a copy is by purchasing Mario All-Stars for SNES.

Contra -- NES

Another great 2-player game, you take the high road and I’ll take the low. Get in the prone position and shoot out the red lights to take down the boss. I remember plenty of arguments over whose turn it was to get the next weapons upgrade, so remember to share you will last longer.

Turtles II -- NES

Tubular! Wicked! Cowabunga! They perfect words to describe my favorite teenage crime fighting amphibians. Take down hundreds of members of the Foot Clan as you make your way to a showdown with The Shredder. There are several cheat codes for this Turtles II, but a real gamer doesn’t need them to beat this game.  

Madden 95 -- Sega

Madden ‘95 is by far my favorite of the most popular NFL game of all-time. I love that the players don’t actually run, but the seem to glide across screen. The most effective move to use while carrying the ball is the spin move. Select the Detroit Lions, give the ball to Barry Sanders and spin move your little heart out.  

Street Fight II Special Champion Edition -- Sega

Street Fighter II is my favorite game in the fighting genre. Make your way around the world battling your favorite Street Fighter characters to set up a final showdown with the baddest of the bad, M. Bison. I thought it was relatively easy to make my way through the preliminary characters, but once I got to M. Bison it usually would take me a while. The characters I used from my favorite to least favorite are Guile, Vega, Blanka, Ryu.

Coach K College Basketball -- Sega

Break away dunk! He shatters the backboard and rips the rim down. A great feature from my favorite college basketball game. Although the game carries the name of my least favorite college basketball coach it does do justice to my favorite basketball team, the University of Kentucky. The game was released in 1995 and my Kentucky Wildcats won the National Championship 1996, so the UK squad on the game is legit.  

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time -- N64

Still have the songs memorized? It’s sad, but I can remember most of them. Figuring out what needed to be done while you are a young, so it can help you when you are older was the most fun parts of the game for me. The land of Hyrule is large with lost of places to explore and there is much needed to be able defeat the evil Ganondorf. If you get bored of playing just pull out ocarina and call your horse Epona, so you can go for a ride. Up-C, Left-C, Right-C, Up-C, Left-C, Right-C. 

Mario Kart 64 -- N64

One of the greatest games ever made! If you don’t know how to drift then you are dead in the water. There are shortcuts to be found on several of the race courses and you have to be a good driver to hit them precisely. Mario Kart 64 is a perfect party game because so many people can get into the action. I always play 4 players and if you don’t make it into the top 2 then you gotta pass the sticks. In my opinion Toad, Yoshi, or Luigi are the only players to play with. 

Resident Evil 2 -- PS

Your walking down a dark hallway and things just seem a little too quite. Boom! Ten zombies burst through the wall and scare the crap out of you. Aim for the head, it will take the zombies down a lot faster. The Resident Evil series got a lot of play on my console, but number 2 was by far my favorite. Playing late at night with the lights off is pretty scary because you never know what kind of creepy things are going to pop out next .