The Most Important games of your Childhood?

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#1 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -
For me it started with the Master System and NES. My first games for the Master System were Alex Kid Miracle World, Fantasy Zone, and Hang-ON(Which came with something else I can't remember.) My First games on the NES were Gradius, Popeye, Ice Climber, and 1942. I collected for these systems unitl the SNES came out, when I was able to afford a SNES and Turbo, which the later I traded in for a Genesis, and Later I traded in all the games for it, which was a bad move, for a Sega CD. I liked the Sega CD, but now I have to pay an arm and a leg for Turbo games again. These two systems and those games got me into gaming as a hobby:
#2 Posted by DeadMan1290 (15502 posts) -

I started gaming back in '94-'95 when I was 5 years old, so for me Bomberman, Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart. Good times.

#3 Posted by jsmoke03 (13338 posts) -
  • super mario bro- i think this should be in everyones list because of how it transformed the industry
  • shining force (genesis)- first taste of rpgs/jrpg. became one of my favorite genres
  • counter strike (pre 1.6)- fps addiction
  • command and conquer- first rts experience
  • tony hawk pro skater- talk about video game addiction. introduced me to skateboarding
  • call of duty 4- online mp in consoles. first reason why i got into the new gen games
#4 Posted by Stinger78 (5829 posts) -
The first PC game I played was Canyon Climber, in 1982 on a TRS-80, which was later replaced with a Tandy 1000 EX and we had Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Police Quest. Between 1982 and 1988, I'd often be at the local bowling alley, playing arcade games like Gyruss, Pac-Man, Karate Champ, Karnov, and especially Black Tiger and Commando. The first NES game I ever saw was Double Dragon. When I got my NES in March of 1988, I got Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt and I officially became a 'multiplatform' gamer. I've gone back and forth between PC and console gaming ever since.
#5 Posted by JML897 (33133 posts) -
Doom Sonic 2 NBA Jam Command & Conquer: Red Alert Pokemon Red/Blue Banjo Kazooie Ocarina of Time
#6 Posted by vashkey (33770 posts) -
Pokemon Red/Blue, Pokemon Gold/Silver and Super Smash Brothers,
#7 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17223 posts) -

Ocarina of Time is probably the most "important"... It wasn't my first game, nor is it my favorite, but it's the game that really got me into gaming as a hobby. Before that the only other game I really played was Super Mario Bros 3 on occasion. OoT really piqued my interest, so I'll say that.

#8 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

Mario Kart 64 was the game that got me into gaming, it was the first one I ever played at a friend's house in '96.  Pokemon Red was the game that got me into RPGs and Super Mario 64 was the game that got me into platformers, my 2 favorite genres.

#9 Posted by LordBrew (269 posts) -
Gonna go with a list as my brain is fried from a head cold.. The Secret of Monkey Island (Atari ST) Quake (PC) Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PS1/PC) Constructor (PC) Age of Empires (PC) Tekken (PS1) Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
#10 Posted by BarbaricAvatar (977 posts) -

Mid 80's is when i caught the bug. An Amstrad CPC464 was the system i started on. And i've still got it. ;)

I think the first game that was demonstrated to me, by my father was 'Roland on the Ropes' (1984):


The first game i played competitively (against siblings) was 'Chuckie Egg' (1985):

chuckieegg_cpc.png (I usually lost due to the jump-timing required on the level pictured)

The first game that 'absorbed' me with its setting and idea was 'Codename MAT' (1984):

Codename_MAT_Screenshot.png Best described as Elite-lite, but with an ending.


As for favourites that i kept returning to and formulating my gaming dedication, they were as follows:


Turbo Esprit (1986), Grand Prix Simulator (1987).


Gauntlet (1986), Dizzy (1987).


Starstrike 2 (1986), Chase HQ (1989).


The arcades also played a part, these two machines in particular i always made a bee-line for, and spent many coins in:


#11 Posted by Red_Clarity (25 posts) -
There are only 3 games in my mind when I try thinking back to my childhood. Bomberman Party Edition. Definitely the game I had most fun playing with friends or family. Pokémon RBY. I've probably clocked in more hours playing Pokémon than any other game in my life. I still play them every once in a while. And I definitely prefer them over the new generations. Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey is what probably inspired my love for puzzle-platformers today. I can't wait for the HD remake.
#12 Posted by chocolate1325 (32644 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog holds a special place for me since it started to get me into gaming but also Super Mario Bros 3 was just a reason to love Nintendo and their amazing games.

#13 Posted by DeafNYCPlayer (2307 posts) -
Pong Home Console Star Wars the Arcade Game Fire Truck, Atari B&W arcade Donkey Kong Pac-Man
#14 Posted by strategyfn (379 posts) -

DuckTales I was impressed by the good graphics at the time.

AeroBiz, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms I & II I spent hours on those. Same with PTO I & II.

Afterburner I & II were excellent at the airport arcade.

Karnov loved it at the time.

Dragon Power was important because it had different endings, something unique for 20 years ago, not that it was very good.

I spent too much time on Madden 99 as a teenager; instead of doing homework.

And there is another arcade game I really liked but I forget the name of.

#15 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (17827 posts) -

1. A lot of arcade games that found their way to the Atari 2600.

2. Point and click adventure games such as Sierra's Gold Rush

3. The Legend of Zelda

4. Flights sims on the PC and Amiga

#16 Posted by PrinceRhymz (96 posts) -
So many. Super mario bros. Donkey Kong Super Mario Bros. 3 (the greatest of them all)
#17 Posted by JannettyTRocker (1160 posts) -




So many memories, I could seriously keep listing games that mean't a lot to me throughout my childhood. The list is almost endless. However, above are the nine games that came to mind when I thought of what games mean't the most to me.

#18 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

Super Mario 64 and Sonic 3.

#19 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

It was mostly about the NES, during my childhood. And then the SNES and Genesis. I guess the PS1, too, but I was more a teenager by then. These are the ones I played the most, by far:


  • Batman: The Video Game
  • The Battle of Olympus
  • Bionic Commando
  • Bucky O'Hare
  • Crystalis
  • Dragon Warrior IV
  • DuckTales
  • Contra
  • The Legend of Zelda 1 & 2
  • Mega Man 2 & 5
  • Pin-Bot
  • R.C. Pro-Am
  • Star Soldier
  • Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, & 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2


  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Home Alone
  • Hook
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Maximum Carnage (Spider-Man & Venom)
  • Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse


  • Altered Beast
  • Comix Zone
  • Eternal Champions
  • Golden Axe
  • Mortal Kombat 1, 2, & 3
  • The Punisher (well, it was the arcade version at a local 7-11, mostly, but we also rented the Genesis version a few times)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles
  • Vectorman 1 & 2
  • X-Men 1 & 2
#20 Posted by Spinnerweb (2957 posts) -
Tomb Raider, Tekken, Sonic the Hedgehog and Shining Force. I never finished Shining Force though. :|
#21 Posted by Business_Fun (2282 posts) -

Don't make me choose. It's too cruel :cry:

#22 Posted by sonyfreak456 (46 posts) -
The legend of zelda series, mario series, donkey kong and banjo kazooie series, pokemon and other Nintendo series
#23 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

The Legend of Zelda is the first thing that comes to mind. I remember being jealous that a buddy of mine got Zelda II while I only had the original. In hindsight, this was completely ridiculous.

#24 Posted by Megavideogamer (5668 posts) -

Coin op Asteroids videogame was my first ever videogame. So that would be the most important as I wouldn't have discovered videogames without Atari's creation.

#25 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog II, Pokemon Blue, Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros. 64

#26 Posted by cprmauldin (1567 posts) -

Mostly stuff on my Gameboy. Pokemon sticks out the most in my mind.

#27 Posted by Jag85 (5632 posts) -

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#28 Posted by Pixel-Perfect (5778 posts) -

Pokémon, of course!

#29 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17642 posts) -

Armor Battle - Intellivision
Auto Racing - Intellivision
Snafu - Intellivision
Mario Bros/Duck Hunt - NES
Sonic 1-3 - Genesis
Streets of Rage 2-3 - Genesis
Dark Forces - PC
Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight + Mysteries of the Sith - PC
Rebel Assault II - PC
Tie Fighter - PC
X-Wing Vs. Tie Fighter - PC
Monster Truck Madness 1-2 - PC
CART Precision Racing - PC
Cyber Speedway - Saturn
Rogue Squadron - N64
Super Smash Bros. - N64
Pokemon Gen 1- GB

#30 Posted by NicetyNymsaj (28 posts) -
Games that really took over my childhood was. Gradius on SNES, Spiderman Maximum Carnage on SNES, Bomberman (all of them even on Sega Saturn) Nights on Sega Saturn and Daytona Racing. Rocky Rodent on SNES. Mario All Star SNES, Zelda SNES and Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES
#31 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4730 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog

Pokemon Yellow


Mario Kart 64

Everything else is secondary.

#32 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17223 posts) -







I just rememebred this cover art... It's so atrocious :lol:

#33 Posted by Jag85 (5632 posts) -




I just rememebred this cover art... It's so atrocious :lol:

Terrible cover art to a great game (for its time).

#34 Posted by Business_Fun (2282 posts) -





I just rememebred this cover art... It's so atrocious :lol:

Terrible cover art to a great game (for its time).

I've always wondered, what sort of gun is Chris holding in that picture?

#35 Posted by Blueresident87 (5345 posts) -

The first video game I played was some game on Atari, I wouldn't even be able to remember the name or what game it was. I was very young.

As far as important games from when I was a younger person:

  • Willow (NES)
  • River City Ransom (NES)
  • Bubble Bobble 1 & 2 (NES)
  • Warcraft (PC)
  • Baldur's Gate II (PC)
  • Earthbound (SNES)
  • Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  • Secret of Mana (SNES)
  • Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall (PC)
  • Silent Hill (PS)
#36 Posted by Blueresident87 (5345 posts) -



I just rememebred this cover art... It's so atrocious :lol:


Terrible cover art to a great game (for its time).

I've always wondered, what sort of gun is Chris holding in that picture?

It looks like a shot-machine-launcher gun...or something

#37 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17223 posts) -





I just rememebred this cover art... It's so atrocious :lol:

Terrible cover art to a great game (for its time).

Oh yeah, I didn't mean to imply that the game was bad. But that cover art is awful... The guy may be Chris, but he looks nothing like the ingame Chris (or even his later redesigns for REmake. And it looks like he's trying to pinch off a particularly tough shit) and what the hell kind of gun is he holding and why can't you get it in the game?

Still great game, but the REmake kicks its ass in every way... I think that may actually be on of the few true remakes in gaming. Most others are usually just upgraded ports.

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#39 Posted by BigBen11111 (1528 posts) -

I was around 6 or so I started playing games for the Atari like Ms PacMan & some kangaroo game. I think it was Atari 2600.

And couple years later I would be playing the old NES with mostly Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Excitebike, & Metal Gear. 

And years later I would be playing Legend of Zelda, Zelda II The Adventure of Link, some Art game, Duck Tales, & Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers (btw the first Nintendo game I had ever beat).


Good times, good times.

#40 Posted by unrealtron (3148 posts) -
I started playing in 1999, when I was 4, so Super Mario 64, Zelda Majoras Mask and Pokemon stadium.
#41 Posted by gamenerd15 (4476 posts) -

The games that were most important in my life are

Ninja Turtles 2: the Arcade Game (NES)

Mario Kart (SNES)

Mario 64

Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES)

Donkey Kong Country

Tekken 2

Tekken 3

Battle Arena Toshinden 1 (PS1)

Soul Edge/Soulblade

Final Fantasy 7

Final Fantasy 8

Mega Man X4 (PS1)

Donkey Kong 64

Jet Force Gemeni

Goldeneye (N64)

Duke Nukem Zero Hour

Turok 2

Cool Boarders 2

Mortal Kombat Trilogy (PS1)

Timesplitters 1

Timesplitters 2 (PS2)

Timesplitters Future Perferct (PS2)

Dynasty Warriors 2

Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2)

Final Fantasy 10

Kingdom Hearts

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 (PS2)

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1 (PS2)

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3

Dragon Quest 8

Soul Calibur 2 (Gamecube)

F-Zero GX

Ratchet and Clank (PS2)

Resistance Fall of Man


Warioware (Wii)

Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction

Uncharted Drake's Fortune

Zack and Wiki

Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)


Metroid Prime 3

Tales of Graces F (PS3)

#42 Posted by JML897 (33133 posts) -
I started playing in 1999, when I was 4, so Super Mario 64, Zelda Majoras Mask and Pokemon stadium.unrealtron
Majora's Mask would have scared the hell out of me if I was 4 when I first played it
#43 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17223 posts) -

[QUOTE="unrealtron"]I started playing in 1999, when I was 4, so Super Mario 64, Zelda Majoras Mask and Pokemon stadium.JML897
Majora's Mask would have scared the hell out of me if I was 4 when I first played it

I first played it around eight and one of the reason I loved it s much was because of how creepy it was. 

#44 Posted by Legolas_Katarn (15555 posts) -
Started playing games when I was three on the PC and SNES, that would be in 93. Duke Nukem 1 and 2, Mario 1, 2 (Lost Levels), and 3, Star Trek 25th Anniversary, The Secret of Monkey Island, Turtles in Time, and Wolfenstein 3D were some of the games I remember playing the most.
#45 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -

These are the most important games of my childhood:


Mario Kart 64


Starcraft: Brood War

Command and Conquer: Red Alert

Jazz Jackrabbit

Sonic 3 and Knuckles

Duke Nukem 3D

Prince of Persia 2

Syndicate Wars

#46 Posted by Seabas989 (11316 posts) -
  • Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
  • Super Mario World
  • Megaman 3
  • Tetris
  • Double Dragon
  • Battletoads
  • Super Mario Land
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic 2
  • The Jungle Book (GEN)
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Street Fighter II
  • Daytona USA
  • NiGHTS: Into Dreams
  • Virtua Cop
  • Battle Arena Toshinden Remix
  • Pokemon Blue/Red/Yellow
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Goldeneye 007
#47 Posted by PacoTaco (359 posts) -

Metal Gear - because it was the first game I ever beat.  Very proud moment for a kid.

Final Fantasy II - because it was my first exposure to JRPGs in general and the FF series in particular.  I own like 4 versions of it now..*sigh*

Civilization 2: Just played the living crap out of this game.

Warcraft 3: I never liked an RTS this much.  Still waiting for 4.

Mass Effect: I blitzed through all 3 as soon as they were released.  Normally I let games marinate in my backlog for a month or 10.

#48 Posted by JML897 (33133 posts) -
Warcraft 3: I never liked an RTS this much.  Still waiting for 4.PacoTaco
I'm glad to see someone else who thinks Warcraft III is Blizzard's best RTS.
#49 Posted by Quofan (1606 posts) -

Well the most treasured were Mega Man 2, Kirby's Adventure, A Link to the Past and Illusion of Time. Illusion of Time is still my favourite of.....erm.....all time.

The earliest game I played may have been a Thomas the Tank Engine Game I played together with my brother when I was very young on the Commadore 64. I'm not as close to him as my other brother so it's a nice memory of one of the few times we have felt close.

My other brother handed down the NES when he got a SNES and the aforementioned eldest got a Mega Drive, so there are many games that I remember vividly. Nothing quite compares with the SNES and my earliest foray into Japanese weirdness when I was 12/13 and got Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon. The cultural differences, offbeat humour and amateur Japanese geography lessons that game exposed me to set me on the road to being a slight Japanophile and made for an educational experience.

Ninja Gaiden, released as Shadow Warriors over here in Europe, along with Battletoads, taught me that games could be arbitrarily cruel. I still never got past the speeder part of the third level. Also made me retrospectively realise how much I must have played my NES - Igot to the final boss in NG when I was 7-8 and about 19 years later I can barely get that far.

Zombies Ate My Neighbours taught me that some games can have too many levels, especially levels with witty puns in the title.

Ocarina of Time provided conclusive proof, along with Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, DK Country and Super Mario Kart that Nintendo make games by weaving some kind of magical pixie dust.

Cyborg Justice taught me that just because a game looks cool and sounds cool doesn't make it cool by default.

WCW/NWO Thunder taught me that all the wrestlers and fan service in the world won't make a cash-in anything other than a slow, blocky, monotonous mess.

Mutant League Football taught me that American Football can be fun....but only if you can mutilate the referee.

And Splatterhouse 2 just gave me nightmares.

#50 Posted by nintendoboy16 (28323 posts) -
Super Mario World Donkey Kong Country Pokemon Yellow Gauntlet: Dark Legacy