Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers

You are going to go crackers with the game Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers. I don’t remember much about this game but as my favorite Disney character I felt he deserved an honorable mention. Very similar to the typical Sonic the Hedgehog or Crash Bandicoot game Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers was a great game for just sitting around on your couch and doing nothing. Equipped with a ton of crazy moves Donald goes on a mission that doesn’t disappoint. With a cast of characters like Daisy, Hewey, Dewey, and that Louie Donald doesn’t disappoint.

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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

There were a kind of games that came out of the popularity of the X-Games and Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX was one of them. It was becoming obvious that great gameplay was now being coupled with celebrity endorsements. Athletes were beginning to put their name on games that showcase their skills and talent. I tell you what Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is one of the great ones. If you didn’t know about BMX thing before this game you are an expert after a few hours of playing it. This game does a good job of making you really feel like you are a BMX pro.

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Crash Bandicoot 2

This game sequel kept you playing all day long. Built on a new 3-D engine this fun game became even funner! As crash, the crazy bandicoot goes even more crazy in this one. Spin your way silly with all new levels and even some bonus levels to entertain you. The makers of this game really picked up on the fact that if you have a crazy character needs to crazy moves too. The programmers gave you a whole bunch of new moves well like super-jump, long jump, crawl, slide, body slam, run, swing, surf on a jetboard, and fly through the air with a jetpack. Get ready to get zany with this Chock full o’Nuts sequel.

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Cool Boarders

Anyone out to go tear up the slopes on a snowboard? This game began the snowboarding videogame franchise. For people that loved it to snowboard this game was where it was at. All the necessary tricks were programmed in the game for you to take on and look fantastic doing it. No hill was to steep and no mogul was to crazy for you to try in this game.

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Civilization 2

Based on the popular PC game Civilization 2 let you be God, and who doesn’t want that? You’ve got to design build and watch your civilization grow naturally. You sat back and watched how civilization would progress based on the basic foundations that you built. Does war break out, do you run out of water, or do fires ravage the land? These were all questions you had to sit back and rescue your people should anything bad happen. Your quest to build a utopian society is tested here on Civilization 2.

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I think this is a perfect lazy man’s video game. What more could you ask for than a game that you normally spend more time sitting in front of while actually playing. Yet simple, you could still have all your buddies over for a quick game and still have a great bowling banter. Plus, you can sit around and comfortable chairs, have homemade food, and not drive the bowling alley! What more can you possibly ask for? Though the graphics were simple and so is the gameplay I don’t think you can really ask for more in a quick game of pins.

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Billiards 2

This game took the game of pool to a whole new level. Just when you thought that there isn’t much that can be done in a videogame to the game of pool this game does it. Great graphics, great angles, and realistic gameplay. For any billiards allow for this game is a must have. You have complete control over how hard you hit the cue, where you hit the cue, and targeting your shot. This game made me feel like I was actually playing pool and in some cases it made me feel like I was a better pool player than I really was.

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Battle Arena Toshinden

This game was my first PlayStation fighter game. My friend Joe and I used to sit in front of the television playing this game for ever. We never got enough of this game. Sure there are better games out there but for some reason this was our game. We used to fight until our thumbs turned blue. After we mastered one character we would start playing with another character just to say we mastered them all. This was a great all-around fighter game that any person can easily pick up on. Maybe I’m just sentimental for this game but it’s a good game nonetheless.

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Air Hockey

I was really interested to see if this game would translate well into the videogame world. My best friend and I used to spend hours on air hockey tables having a massive amount of fun. Believe it or not it translated well, granted it was nothing like playing real air hockey, but they did a pretty good job and the game held its own. For all you old-school gamers out there Air Hockey is a thumbs-up. Playing this game is very close to being on a air hockey table itself.

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Double Dragon

Not only did I spend hours playing this at the video arcade, I spent hours playing this on my own system as well. Use your martial arts skills to help rescue the girl. You could use everything as a weapon in Double Dragon. Just to name some of them you could use knives, whips, baseball bats, rocks, oil drums, and dynamite. What really cracks me up that this game tried to fool you and make you think you had a choice in which hero you wanted to play. Both of the characters you could choose though were twins. So other than the look of your player there really wasn’t that much difference. Who cares though the game was still fun to play.

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Desert Strike

In a reaction to the Gulf War this game was made. Attack a dictatorous madman and destroy all of his facilities. You got to blow everything up with this game. There wasn’t really that much to it but it kept you pretty engaged. Your mission with two annihilate everything in this vicious dictators are still all while he sits on his yacht smoking cigars and laughing at your every turn. You are given military commands from your higher ups, and once you accomplish your mission you’re off to the next level. It is true this game is that simple.


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FIFA International Soccer

Finally, the home console systems put some importance on a quality game of soccer. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a time of soccer games out there but nothing with the quality of FIFA International Soccer. The success of all the NFL games in NBA games has convinced the game developers that the public is finally ready for a quality soccer game. They made this game fun, entertaining, engaging, and realistic. Something that previous soccer games never really had. So let us all stand and give a hand to the makers of this game.

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Golden Axe

This popular medieval style of game kept me entertained for quite a while. Choose from a cast of characters to fight skeletons and dragons. At some parts you even got to hitch a ride on a fictitious medieval animal. Use your strength, weaponry, and skill of magic to vanish your firebreathing enemies and save the world. Rescue your King and Princess is your mission, and once you accomplish that you will bring peace and harmony to the world. The character choices in this game are pretty fun too. Your choices of who you want to be your hero keep this basic game fun and interesting.


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Krusty’s Super Fun House

Calling all Simpson’s fans! Krusty’s Super Fun House was super fun! Based on the popular The Simpson’s game Krusty’s Super Fun House is a blast. Help out your pal, Krusty because his fun House has been invaded by rats. Use your pals Homer, Bart, and Sideshow Mel to rid is a popular fun house of its infestation of varments. This game features all the popular Simpsons characters and actually has pretty fun gameplay. This silliness will keep you occupied a long time even though the gaming is pretty simple.

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I don’t remember much about this game, but I do remember it became insanely popular. What I do remember is you have to help them not let them walk off cliffs, wander mindlessly into flames and drop like rocks into pools of water. You need to help them dig, build and blast their way to safety. I do remember for some reason there was a lot of levels in this game. The impression I had this game is that it will keep you busy for a long time of mindless videogame playing.

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Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

This sports game once in must have for all you old-school NBA fans! Has an old-school NBA fan myself, I could not resist dunking on people with my man Charles Barkley. Playing with Michael Jordan was fun too. This was the only good game I remember with the Larry Bird in it. I am sure I am wrong however this is the one I remember. Though I did not like Magic Johnson that much he was a phenomenal player to play in this game. He was next to unstoppable and that used to drive me crazy! I think we can all agree though we don’t have to like something in a videogame to admit it is good.


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Mortal Kombat

Gore and games finally merge with this classic. This fighter style game was insanely popular when it first came out. All at the same time, this game was fun and complex. I really remember the combination fighting style for the first time in this game. The game was quick and smooth. You spend all your time doing battle just to wait to the end and give that final gory death blow and send your opponent home crying to his mother. Each fighter that his or her own individual fighting style and finishing move. Blood was a must in this game. The losing player couldn’t help feeling totally demoralized in his or her defeat!

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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

I just had to put this game on the list because Michael Jackson as a videogame! Based on his Smooth Criminal video Michael dressed as a gangster goes around fighting crime. If I remember correctly, this game was so ridiculous that even had his pet chimpanzee and it. I never thought videogame developers would ever stoop this low. Could they have been actually this desperate? Or was the videogame market that desperate? I don’t know but this game never should’ve been made! Like I said, I had to put this on my list just because it was so silly!!

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Marble Madness

I was glad to see the classic arcade game still has a place in the new gaming world with Marble Madness. The premise of this game was simple, just safely guide your ball through a perilous maze making sure it’s safely stays on its path without falling over. No need for combos, moves, and a really graphics for this game.Really, you didn’t get it it was still fun in it’s basic form. Good job keeping it real Marble Madness!

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Madden NFL 94

Now it’s time to play some football! The Madden series of games really began its metamorphosis with this game. I can’t even count how many times I sat in front of the TV with my friends playing Madden 94. It had everything, player stats, MVPs, great play selection, and individual player characteristics. For any football fan, this game was a must have. After scoring a touchdown, you couldn’t help but doing your own end zone dance and talking smack to your opponent. After this game, the Madden franchise started to realize that there is more to video gaming than just the game it was all about the end-user at the end of the controller.


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I waited in line a long time to get this game. The day got out I was that the video game store purchasing it. This game kept track of your game stats and who your MVP was for that game. I really felt this game catered to the individual players playing the game. Each player has their own playing and dunking style. Sports games really took a positive turn around this time. I’m positive I missed a lot of important things just playing game. But I guess what I missed wasn’t as important as going to the hoop with my favorite player. :o)

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NHL Hockey

Finally a great hockey game for the home systems. You could play as any year your favorite hockey teams against your least favorite hockey team and beat them to a pulp. What was great about this game is that it included a fighting feature! I know this may be dating myself but at one time fighting was an essential piece of the hockey puzzle that a videogame picked up on. Because of this game, I will always be a Chicago Blackhawks fan and to this day Jeremy Roenick is one of my favorite all-time hockey players.

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Street Fighter II

I was so excited when this game came to the home console system, because I was spending so much money playing in the video arcade. This game really defined the success of the traditional fighter game. Everyone loved it because you could select the fire that you enjoyed more and thought with his unique moves and skills. You could really define yourself by selecting a fighter that you believe that the attributes that you’d like if you had them. Not only was this game entertaining to play, but it was just as entertaining to watch two other people battle to the death.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

I am almost positive that everyone remembers this game. Sonic the Hedgehog to Sega is Mario to Nintendo. Because of the popularity of this game Sega was able to create their first franchise game. As Sonic, you could run, jump, and flip to capture rings that help give you power. I am sure many of the readers of this article have wasted many hours playing game. I will speak for myself and say I have as well. This game was full of action and adventure that rivaled many popular video games. Sonic spawned a number of sequels and characters for it’s users to play again and again. This game deserves a definite thumbs up on gameplay and originality!

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WWF Royal Rumble

As a big wrestling fan this game was so much fun. It had all the classic wrestlers of its time. This game ran on the Royal Rumble premise. At particular time intervals, a new wrestler comes down to the ring and tries to get you out. You could wrestle as Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Razor Ramon, a whole roster of wrestlers for you to choose from. Wrestling games are always really popular because it allows you to get the beat down to all the wrestlers that drive you crazy on the TV show. Plus, you can trash your buddies and waste the night away.


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Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak and Vana team up to re-create this television game show for the Sega Genesis. Just like the television show you spin the wheel, then choose your letters to try to decipher the puzzle on the board. Each spot on the wheel as the dollar value in which correlate to the letter you choose and try to get the biggest bang for your buck. This classic game show is fun by your self or with a group. If you love this game you just can’t go wrong.

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Magneto has devised a computer program with one sole purpose, to destroy the X-Men. The X-Men must go to magneto site out on Asteroid M to stop a diabolical plan. The X-Men must team together and use all of the special powers to try to stop Magneto. All of the X-Men are in this game Wolverine, Gambit, Cyclops Nightcrawler, Storm, Iceman, Archangel, Jean Grey and Rogue. The gameplay is action-packed yet pretty traditional. This is a good game for any diehard Marvel comic book fan.

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Altered Beast

This game is pretty fun. You walked around battling enemies and when you got a power up you could turn into either a bare, a dragon, or a wolf. Based on which animal you turn into you had special powers based on that particular animal. There really wasn’t much to this game other than waiting to get a power up and turn into a beast and again it’s special powers. All in all this game kept your attention and made you want to hit the continue button once your game and ended. I consider that a fun game.

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Afterburner II

Once games went from 8 bit systems to 16 bit systems you realized you needed to own this game. You could fly around shoot down enemy aircraft and the gameplay was fast. I had trouble between playing the game and trying to notice the graphics. This game sequel kept you in your seat and made you feel like you’re really flying the aircraft. In fact I think some people thought they were an actual pilot after playing this game. I guess that’s the art of game design and keep in mind this was the 1990s. I can’t believe how far video games have come since then and Afterburner II in my humble opinion was one of the first great video games.

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Based on the successful movie Robocop was a crowd pleaser. A classic shoot them up game allowed you to use all the features that came with being a cybernetic humanoid. You walk through the streets of Old Detroit while using the massive amount of weapons that Robocop would acquire on his journey. There wasn’t much to this game other than point and shoot but hey, do you really need any more. As a youngster when this game came out I didn’t. Being Robocop was fantasy enough for me.

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RC Pro Am

As someone who used to own and love radio controled cars this game was one I couldn’t wait for. My friend and I used to spend hours battling against one another for supremacy on the racetrack. Based on how many wins you that you could upgrade your car and buy parts for it. We had a ton of fun whipping around corners and beating each other to the finish line. You even had to avoid water bottles and traffic jams in the middle of road. If you got turned around an arrow on the bottom of the screen directed you to travel in the correct direction. What is really weird is that I remember playing this game, but I never remember ending a game putting this game in my top 10 NES games!

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The concept of this game was so simple yet so much fun. By far, this is one of my most favorite games ever. Maybe because when it came out I was a paperboy and the trials and tribulations of being a paperboy were depicted in this game so well. You wrote on your bike throwing papers to the front porch of subscribers. Of course there are hazards in and on the road. It was somebody had to do was deliver your papers right? But the programmers of this game did a good job of knowing that the hazards of an everyday paperboy can be perilous. I used to play this game forever. I never stopped. Isn’t it interesting how the simple concepts always turn out to be the best? Ride a paperboy ride!

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North and South

This was one of the first military combat games I can remember. You could play either as the North or the South in the Civil War. Move your armies around on a map of the US to form battle strategies and hopefully win the war for your side. Though this game had a little bit of a comic feel to it it was my introduction into the Command and Conquer type of game. This game kept you entertained if you are a “Risk” boardgame lover. Not one of the best games ever but I spent a lot of time playing this game.

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NES Open Tournament Golf

This is beginning when I realized Mario and his buddies had become a videogame franchise. They started putting these guys in everything, but this was the first one I remember because I love playing video golf. It was just a bonus that I had all the Mario characters in it. This game actually has some pretty advanced features. Club selection, wind adjustments, and you could even practice a bit too perfect your skills. Though it didn’t have many courses it was still a fun golf game for the beginner of video golf.

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If you loved boardgames this is the game for you. Who doesn’t love the game Monopoly. I love this game so much because I don’t have to fumble around with this stupid paper fake bills and do a lot of math. I was always the race car. This game is pretty simple and didn’t need heavy graphics because really all it did was re-create the board that everyone knows so well. This game kept me busy for as long as the traditional Monopoly game. It’s graphics focus was mainly on the game pieces moving from game square to game square.

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I hate to say it but most of my time playing this game I was using the “Justin Bailey” code. All I really remember a game is that you can do a bunch of spinning flips, jumping, and firing your special weapon at the enemy as you jumped through the air acrobatically. I do remember you having a special space it where you can acquire different weapons and they believe space boots. I also remember attacking a big giant brain. Though I spent more time using a code than actually playing the game as it was intended, this fun game to do in front of the TV for hours. This also was my introduction to the fact that some games included a code that allowed you to do special things

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Metal Gear

As a special member of the elite unit “Fox Hound” all of your skills are called into play. You are trained in every weapon known to man as well as end and combat. You must discreetly rescue some hostages without the alarm being sounded. You must also maintain radio contact with headquarters so you can gain intel on the enemies cachet of weapons. Do your best to end your enemies reign of terror and become a true “American Hero”. Go get them Snake!

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lode runner

An evil empire has stolen a huge amount of gold and the rightful owners hire you to get it back. Your job is to infiltrate the treasury and steal the gold to return it to its owners. You must navigate through multiple levels of platforms, ladders, and a ropes to accomplish your mission. Be careful though, the empire has sent down robotic soldiers to prevent you from accomplishing your mission. This game was one of the early games that included a level editor which allows you to create your own levels and add a whole new level of entertainment for your enjoyment.

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Kid Icarus

As Kid Icarus, your mission is to find the treasures, destroy Medusa and rescue Palutena from the depths of the Palace in the Sky. Find treasures and weapons inside palaces of the evil Medusa to do what ever you can to rescue your favorite princess. Use your trusty bow and arrow to fend off Medusa’s evil henchmen and be a hero. Rescue Paulutena and return her her home”Angel Land”.


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This classic arcade game comes home. Guantlet brings with it all the characters, dungeons, traps, treasures, and excitement you are used to from one of the most successful video arcade games around. Your attention span never gets let down with this classic medieval game. Though the graphics are a little weak the gameplay makes up for it and keeps you busy the whole time through.

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Final Fantasy

A dark cloud covers the earth. You must restore the powers of earth, wind, fire and water to the Four Orbs. Assemble your band of brothers to rescue the Earth. Explore dangerous castles and darken the caverns were deadly perils and great rewards are waiting for you the brave. Be careful because it will take patience, skill, and cunning to defeat the monsters that await you in this game.

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Strap on your helmet and your pads and get ready to go dirt biking. Roll through the dirt on your motorcycle and do tricks to impress your viewers. One of the things I particularly like about this game was to design your own tracks feature. Set your mogul’s, ramps, and jumps to impress the crowd watching you tear it up, be careful though and make sure you don’t overheat your bike because that has drastic consequences. A good mindless game for everyone that loves their NES.

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Donkey Kong 3

Donkey Kong is at it again! Save donkey Kong from the greenhouse by exterminating the bees. You must save the flowers from the bees which sounds a little bit easier than done. Not only do you have to fight off the bees the big gorilla is hurling coconuts that you. What an ungrateful guy! You do all this work to save him and all he can do is throw coconuts that you. Oh well, you still want to save him anyway.

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As a special forces soldier you must take on a Red Falcon in the Amazon jungle. Your enemy has converted ancient Mayan temples into palaces of destruction. Run through the jungle and infiltrate the temples to save our world from complete and total annihilation. Dodge lasers and put yourself into 3-D mazes to entertain yourself with this classic shoot them up game.

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The Chessmaster

This was the game for anyone who wanted to learn how to play a complex game of chess. It had a training mode and tons of features that teach you how to become a Chessmaster. You can play numerous different levels to play to keep your attention and monitor your progress in the game. This was the first major video game that really taught you how to become a really good chess player.

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Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers

Based on the popular Disney television Chip and Dale must rescue their trusty sidekick Gadget, who has been kidnapped by the evil villain Fat cat. On your way to finding his headquarters traveled through the sewers, run along live telephone wires, and avoid the attack of killer bees. Hopefully you will be in time to save Gadget and truly earn the name Rescue Rangers!

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If you weren’t playing Castlevania on your NES you really were playing the games that much. This game good solid jumping and shoot ’em up game there was made. It’s Transylvania theme, where the perfect backdrop for this game. Battling all the traditional big-time monster flick villains you travel through the castle jumping and tumbling your way to safety.

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Burger Time

One of America’s favorite video arcade game transcends to the home console system. Avoid all the burger related obstacles from letting you build the ultimate quarter pounder. Not only do you use all your video game related skills it may make you go out and buy one of America’s favorite meals. Burger Time is one of the all-time classic videogames and I recommend everyone play at least once. If you have a chance to play this game be sure to leave yourself some time and have fun.

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