Nintendo have had, in my opinion, a long history of wowing customers and smashing the opposition with some seriously stellar launch titles. As you should, how else are you supposed to convince punters that your pricey console deserves to be sat underneath your living room TV?
But as Nintendo's competition has surged towards 4K, 60FPS, blah blah blah action and having DLC perks as console exclusives to entice the masses, how have the saviors of the gaming industry been holding up their end of the opening offer?
You decide! Let's have a vote. Which of Nintendo's North American launch titles has been their best. There's quite a few if you ask me, but no one did so...
Nintendo's Best Launch Titles Per Console
1. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
There were a whopping 17 launch titles released alongside the NES in North America. Poor Japan and Europe only had only 3 and 8 respectively, which is still pretty fair. Especially for its day.
Most of the launch titles you already know of course, because, well, the NES has been around for an absolute age. The likes of Wild Gunman, Tennis, Ice Climber, and Excitebike were littered on the bedrooms floors of various adolescents in the 80s. But what were the best of them?
I'd say, without a doubt...
As one of the very first video games I ever played, Duck Hunt was as amazing and tear-inducing as you can imagine it to be. Why was I so shit with the light gun? Why would that dog never stop laughing every time I missed? "I hate this ga- I GOT ONE!" was pretty much the sound of my early childhood.
Super Mario Bros.
The game that started a revolution of sorts, Super Mario Bros. was a sensational way of saying "hey, so we're pretty serious about this little box." Yeah, too right guys!
Best NES launch title?
2. Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
At the time of the SNES' release, the little bad boy had itself 5 absolutely sensational titles to corral customers. There was F-Zero, Gradius III, Pilotwings, Sim City and, of course, Super Mario World. That's tense, right? Looking back on this now, any of Ninty's competitors should've been thoroughly perturbed when going up against this!
But, that being said, I reckon my favorites of the launch titles were by far...
I love this game. I really, really love this game and wish it would come back. Please come back! The speed of the thing at its time was breathtaking and was the subject of many a insult at school. Which was hilarious at the time.
Super Mario World
Whew, Lord knows this game was far too tough for me as a little one, but that didn't stop me from enjoying that cape power-up one bit. I still haven't finished it, all these years later, and I'm happy for it. Means I can come back and learn something overlooked in my child-rage!
Best SNES launch title?
3. Nintendo 64
Okay so the N64 didn't have the best of offerings in the US when it came to be, what with Pilotwings 64 and Super Mario 64 being the only embellishments. But Europe had a friggin' field day with the console.
Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey were some of the titles released to Europeans' heady delights. That's some comforting news after Brexit, right guys? But what are my favorites? Well, thanks for asking!
Boy the graphics on this game do not stand-up at all today, but that refuses to disguise how badass playing this game was for the first time. After the immense awesomeness of Jurassic Park, I, ME, little old me would get the chance to hunt down giant dinos with shotguns, bows and arrows and the like? Come on, that is insanely sick!
Best N64 launch title?
So both the Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2 had pretty damn strong launch titles to run with, so how did our friendly neighborhood Nintendo handle? Once again their NA launches were less in comparison to Europe's, but there were still a few killer titles in there...
I never thought playing as Player 2's avatar could be so damn engrossing! This game was genius, and unlike anything I can remember Nintendo doing around that time. But isn't that the magic of Ninty? Taking a strange idea and crafting into something wonderful and timely?
Best GameCube launch title?
Surrounded by the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, how would Nintendo's good idea on paper fare when up against these multimedia behemoths? Great! It was the best selling console of its generation. But what of its launch titles? Well it had some pretty solid titles...
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Though I didn't take to the motion controls readily, and found it annoying to battle by waving my arms around, Princess was still a solid launch in no part due to the sheer novelty of battling by waving your arms around and the fact that it is a pretty damn good Zelda game. Which is helpful.
What?! Arguably the best game to release on the Wii, the console was literally made for this game. Or vice versa. It showed off the console's talents in the finest of ways, and who would've thought bowling from your sofa could be so damn rewarding?
Best Wii launch title?
6. Wii U
The last on the list until NX releases and, hopefully, blows us all out of the water like the kraken of entertainment we're expecting. The Wii U, as wonderfully misguided as it is, had a rather mixed bag of launch titles that wasn't exactly screaming at PlayStation or Xbox's preferred demographic, which is part of the reason it faltered.
Games like Just Dance 4, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Rabbids Land have me scowling and reaching for the high brow. But the Wii U is a vastly misunderstood console due to these brilliant launch titles...
Woah now! This game really opened my eyes to the possibility of the Wii U. The game employed an ingenious tactic of displaying its survival horror across two screens, utilizing the touchpad's screen as your inventory. So after you've just spent time running from some grimy zombie, you'd have a moments respite to heal, only to look up at your TV and be beholding to you avatar's last sight – snarling zombie teeth coming for your neck. Brilliant!
Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition
Yeah this title came out across the board, but for a Nintendo console to have a game as muscular and badass as Arkham City was an exciting prospect. Maybe this is the Ninty console that will finally bridge the gap between power and invention?! Oh little did we know...
Best Wii U launch title?
So go on, tell us