My 100 Favorite Video Games of the 1990s

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I originally planned to keep it to 50 but then when I remembered how many SNES and Genesis games I played throughout the 1990s, 50 wasn’t gonna cut it. LOL.

For the purposes of these lists, I made these rules for myself:

  1. No limit on games per console I played
  2. Doesn’t matter if I never finished the game
  3. Don’t talk about each game in this post that I list, just name them
  4. It’s fine if I played a game originally released during this time later


…There ya go. Let’s get started, shall we?


Super Nintendo

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Off Road
  • Pilotwings
  • Batman Returns
  • Sunset Riders
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Street Fighter II
  • Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Earthbound
  • Killer Instinct
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • F-Zero
  • Top Gear 2
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario All Stars
  • Act Raiser
  • Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
  • Sim City
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Joe & Mac
  • Super Metroid
  • Lufia
  • Toy Story

…Unsurprisingly, nearly half are RPGs or Strategy games. A noticable omission: Secret of Mana. Yes I played it but I hated it. With a passion. I hated the mechanics more or less. That’s why I could never get into it and I don’t know anyone else who feels the same way. LOL. I also owned the Genesis version of Super Street Fighter II. I played Final Fantasy VI for the first time in 2001.

Sega Genesis

  • Sonic 1
  • Sonic 2
  • Sonic 3
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Phantasy Star III
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Wardner
  • Outlander
  • Ariel The Little Mermaid
  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin
  • Streets of Rage II
  • Golden Axe
  • X-Men
  • Michael Jackson: Moonwalker
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat III
  • Ultimate MK3
  • NBA Jam
  • Sports Talk Baseball
  • Jordan vs. Bird
  • Shining Force
  • Altered Beast
  • Columns


…Between SNES and Genesis, I knew I was gonna hit 50. LOL.

I actually played Shining Force for the firsttime when it was included in Genesis 6-Pack set released on the PC in 1998. All the rest, I played or owned physical copies of. Back in the day, everyone had a Genesis or SNES or both. So many good games on both consoles.

…And I was the oddball who LOVED Phantasy Star III…at age 10! LOL.


Sega Game Gear


  • Sonic 2
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic Spinball
  • The Majors Pro Baseball
  • Shining Force: Sword of Hajiya
  • Columns


A damned shame the Game Gear, like the PS Vita was doomed to fail from the start because of hardware reasons: The handheld was so powerful, it would drain 6 AA Batteries in 2 hours! If Sega took the time to solve the problem, they might have beat the Game Boy in the Handheld market. What happened instead was Nintendo learned from Sega’s mistakes when they developed the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and later the Game Boy Advance SP.

I owned Sonic 2, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Spinball and The Majors Pro Baseball. I played the Game Gear versions of Columns Shining Force on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.


Game Boy/Game Boy Color


  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Land 2
  • Pokemon Red
  • Pokemon Blue
  • Pokemon Yellow
  • Pokemon Gold
  • Pokemon Silver
  • Pokemon Crystal (Released in 2001, I know)
  • The Pokemon Trading Card Game
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Game & Watch Gallery 2


…Unsurprisingly, all but 5 are Pokemon related. As a reminder: Pokemon Blue is Pokemon Green in Japan. I own the virtual console versions of ALL of these games except WWF Raw, which didn’t get a VC release.


Playstation 1

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • CTR: Crash Team Racing
  • Ridge Racer
  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider 2
  • Grab Tourismo
  • Gran Tourismo 2
  • Driver
  • Driver 2
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Grand Theft Auto II


…Fun Fact: I STILL have my physical copies of FFVII and Metal Gear Solid even though I no longer have a PS1 20 years after I got them.

I actually have a funny story about my original playthrough of MGS1: It took me a year to finish it because when I first got the game, the 2nd disc was missing. I ended up buying a second copy–the one I still own now–the following year at my neighborhood FuncoLand (now a Gamestop). I played it every week from then until I bought the Gamecube Remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.

One of the interesting things about my PS1 list is almost all of them is a sequel. I do think it’s a shame they’re phasing out digital downloads in favor of streaming. On the one hand it makes sense given it’s storage shared by games, game saves and movie or TV Episode downloads. On the other, there are folks like myself who like being able to enjoy things without an internet connection.

Easily the coolest thing about Ridge Racer: Being able to swap in a music CD while racing. Man, some great memories!


Nintendo 64

  • Mario Kart 64
  • Starfox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • WWF Attitude
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Cruisin’ World
  • Paper Mario
  • Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
  • NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC


The hours I poured into this console. The last game I bought was Pokemon Stadium 2 in 2002 for $70 at Toys”R”Us.

The game I spent the most time on bar none: Goldeneye 007. The reason: Unlocking the Cheats. Unlocking Invincibility on the Facility…let me tell you. It requires clearing the level normally on 00 Agent, which is the hardest difficulty…in 2 minutes and 5 seconds(!). Yeah. Now imagine trying to unlock this cheat without an LP Video. I did. LOL.

The Nintendo 64 introduced a prehep incorporated into almost every home console controller released after it: The Rumble Pak. Sony released the Dual Shock Controller for the PS1 in response to the Rumble Pak. For those of you wondering where the vibrate function on your console came from, now you know.

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…Man, oh man.

I don’t care what anyone says, the 90s were the best decade for gamers and the industry alike. No question.

I didn’t get into PC Gaming until after high school when I finally got my own computer. That’s why there are no PC Games listed. I knew about Computer games but didn’t have my own computer until 2004. I shared one with family a few years up to then.

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