I already compiled similar lists for my favorite movies, and hit songs, so I figured it was time to do one for video gaming.
One caveat: I'm pretty much only a Nintendo fan. I played some Playstation growing up(Not anymore), and I've virtually never played X-Box. I know this will blindly anger some people where they won't even want to read anymore-That's fine. However, I have no shame in being a one-dimensional gamer.
Now, let's let the games begin!
1990. Super Mario World (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
If you read my other lists, I mentioned how lousy music, and movies were for the year I was born in, but a stellar contrast was the case for video games, as there was a conglomerate of great games for Super Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System, Gameboy, and Sega Genesis. And do I need to explain why this might be my favorite game for this year? I really don't think so.
1991. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
I will always defend this as being an overrated Legend of Zelda game, but at the same time, it beats out Sonic the Hedgehog as the best game of 1991.
1992. Super Mario Kart (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
This was quite a dull year for gaming, and this was an easy pick. The first Racing game of the Mario Kart series was quite the thrill at the time of its release. Also, what the heck was Donkey Kong Jr. doing as a playable character in this game?
1993. Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo Entertainment System)
I will always defend the 1990's as the best decade for gaming, but this year was a very weak year for gaming. This is the obvious choice for me, and it's not even that great of a game.
1994. Earthbound/Mother 2 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
Nope, I didn't pick Donkey Kong Country. Instead, I picked one of the most underrated video games of all time. It's the only game I can use my baseball bat, to fight off a retro based hippie in front of a diner. It's just...that awesome!
1995. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
The sequel may have had very little in common with the first one, but I will play this three more times before I play the first one, one more time. The gameplay in this game is one-of-a-kind, with some of the best music a video game can offer, an epic storyline, and some deep levels.
1996. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
This was a very competitive year, with a battle between Super Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot, Mario Kart 64, and Resident Evil. Without a doubt, this is the best year for video gaming on this list-Possibly even in the history of gaming. This year was the height of the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Playstation, and Gameboy Color battle. Even with all of this competition, I decided to go with one of my favorite RPG games as the one on top. This game has everything a Mario , and RPG game can offer. What can go wrong?
1997. Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo 64)
Believe it or not, I've never played Goldeneye. So, I decided to snag another underrated title, and this is definitely a unique Racing game. It's a blend of Racing, Adventure, and Fighting. Too bad it's literally one of its kind, as another one was never was, and probably never will be released.
1998. Sonic Adventure (Sega Dreamcast)
I know, I know, I didn't pick the most iconic, yet, overrated video game of all time: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Instead, I went with a Dreamcast(the system nobody likes) game. However, it's the only game which has a unique storyline, and gameplay for each character you use, and the music in this game is some of the best music of all time in video games. This game is dangerously underrated.
1999. Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)
There is no other game in history which requires you to collect a bigger variety of things for that famous 101% completion, than this one. Combine that with a huge overworld, five unique Kongs to use, amazing music, and in-depth levels, could this be the best Adventure game of all time?
2000. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)
What I consider the best Legend of Zelda game of all time, there has never been a game which actually gives me the creeps like this one does. The storyline alone is disturbing, and the dark theme works well with the unique mask gameplay. The sidequests in the game seem endless as well.
2001. Super Smash Brothers Melee (Gamecube Nintendo)
This was the hardest pick for me, because not only was 2001 a great year for gaming, it also introduced the Playstation 2, and Gamecube Nintendo-As well as Gameboy Advance. However, the hardest part was picking this game over Grand Theft Auto III. I still rank this as the best Fighting game of all time, and the improvement from the first one was so substantial, it had players hooked on this for years. There is no better game for the Gamecube Nintendo(GCN) in my opinion.
2002. Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube Nintendo)
Super Mario Bros. 3? Super Mario 64? Super Mario World? Super Mario Galaxy? Nope, those aren't the best Mario games. That title goes to this bad boy: A game which involves very unique gameplay with a hover hose, a dark, yet, original storyline, great graphics, some of the most in-depth levels in Mario gaming history. Why this flew under the radar, I'll never know.
2003. Mario Kart: Double Dash (Gamecube Nintendo)
It may not be the best Gamecube game, Mario game, or even best Mario Kart game, but in a dull year for gaming, this clearly takes the cake. It also helps it introduced a new way to race in gaming.
2004. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Playstation 2)
I know what you're thinking: Finally, he put a non-Nintendo game on the list! But in another dull year of gaming, combined with the fact a detailed, in-depth Grand Theft Auto was released this year, this is the best game of the year by a long shot.
2005. Mario Party 7 (Gamecube Nintendo)
This year could compete with 1993 as the worst year on the list. Really, I think this is the worst Mario Party game in the series, and I also think this was a mid-tier game at best. And it still beats out every other game in 2005(Google "2005 video games" if you don't believe me).
2006. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Gamecube Nintendo/Nintendo Wii)
This year was a sigh of relief after a mid 2000's slump in gaming. With the release of the Nintendo Wii, and Playstation 3-As well as the Nintendo DS going strong, this was a great year for gaming. And a new Legend of Zelda game was released. Oh yeah, that happened.
2007. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo Wii)
Easy choice. We see a completely new form of gameplay for a 3D Mario adventure, combined with some of the best music in Mario gaming, and new characters. How can I not pick this?
2008. Super Smash Brothers Brawl
It may have been a bit of a letdown from Super Smash Brothers Melee, but is the clear choice for 2008. I mean, they introduced SOLID SNAKE as a character, and gave us some "new wave" stages.
2009. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo Wii)
At the time, many people were desperate for a game which brought us back the "good ol days", and amplified new features of video games. And this was the quintessential quench for that thirst.
2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo Wii)
This is when video games began going right downhill again. While it may have seemed unnecessary to release a direct Super Mario Galaxy sequel a few years later, it was a huge hit, and was a clear improvement from the first one-Mainly due to the addition of Yoshi.
2011. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo Wii)
I could rant about this game so much, how it had so many flaws for not only a 3D Zelda game, but a Legend of Zelda game in general. However, it demolished this year for gaming, mainly because nothing else was released.
2012. New Super Mario Bros. Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)
No competition. None whatsoever. At least it introduced multiplayer gaming.This year was almost as bad as 1993, and 2005 for gaming.
2013. The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD (Nintendo Wii U)
And I rarely pick any remakes for the best of a year.
2014. Super Smash Brothers for Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)
It definitely didn't lead up to its hype, but with Downloadable Content, surprising characters, and some of the most unique stages the game series has ever had to offer, it was still a hit, and better than almost anything else the 2010's has to offer.
2015. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo Wii U)
I kid you not: When I was growing up, I always thought it would be awesome if Nintendo released a game where we could create out own Mario levels. When I saw the trailer for this game, I was in so much excitement at the moment. And when I played it, I instantly fell in love.
2016. Pokemon GO (iOS, and Android Mobile Devices)
I know some people will ream me for this pick, but this is by far the most creative video game of all time. How many of you thought it would be awesome to catch Pokemon in real life? I won't deny this game has flaws(Especially with leveling up), but this is still one of the most enjoyable, addicting, and challenging games in mobile gaming history, and easily the best mobile game of all time. I still play it on a daily basis.