Our ranking of the best retro games of all time, from Street Fighter 2 to Super Mario World
A classic that took the intense racing of F-Zero and added that all-important multiplayer mode. Nintendo created such a successful formula that it’s been ripped off ever since.
Halo laid the groundwork for console shooters, with Bungie elevating the genre to a new level. The studio created a series of excellent mechanics that are still widely adopted today.
This masterpiece became such a success that it changed the one-on-one fighting genre forever. The legendary roster's special moves and fighting styles are just as varied as their blood types.
One of the most astonishing aspects of Mario’s first 3D outing was just how right it got everything straight out of the gate. It's still arguably the greatest 3D platformer ever.
A rollicking adventure game that made Lara Croft an enduring icon like few other characters. The original's staggering sense of scale has rarely been topped in the genre.
Capcom's masterful fourth instalment of its acclaimed horror series reinvented the third-person action game thanks to the addition of a behind-the-shoulder camera.
Alexey Pajitnov’s genius, effortlessly iconic puzzler may have started off its life on a Russian computer, but it’s since gone on to find global acclaim on all manner of systems.
Once upon a time an FPS wasn’t called a first-person shooter - it was simply referred to as a Doom clone. The seismic impact of id Software’s game can never be taken for granted.
Ocarina’s greatest triumph is its utterly solid world. It’s a game filled with sublime moments that proved how well traditionally 2D games could translate to exciting new 3D worlds.
Can a game ever be perfect? We’re not sure, but it’s truly hard to find any fault with the fourth main game in the Super Mario series. A never-bettered masterpiece of 2D game design.
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