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Super Mario World


For Super NES    Released in 1991
It's never too early to recognize a legend when you've seen one. Mario's first foray into 16-Bit came about with the launch of the SNES in August of '91. Takashi Tezuka and Shigeru Miyamoto fulfilled their promise to build a Mario title worthy of their super system. With mindblowing colors and a plethora of stages, it's no wonder our Italian hero is so world renowned these days.

Dragon Warrior


For NES    Released in 1989
Yuji Horii's world famous role-playing series, now enormously popular in Japan, began with the original Dragon Warrior, AKA Dragon Quest way back in 1989. This cart set the stage for RPGs for years to come, selling over a million copies in its first six months thanks to a memorable soundtrack and character design. Enix has since made DW its flagship series with 5 titles developed so far.



For Atari 2600    Released in 1982
Never was demand higher for an at-home portover of an arcade hit than was the case with Pac-Man back in '81 and '82. Atari listened to the public outcry and proceeded to develop this milestone title for their aging 2600 console, unfortunately dramatically underdelivering in its gameplay as well as in its flickering graphical style. Atari did hit its mark in the end with over 7 million carts sold.

Maniac Mansion


For Commodore 64    Released in 1987
Though not technically the first LucasArts title, Maniac Mansion did mark the debut of the modern, graphic adventure game and was the studio's first use of its SCUMM programming engine. Until Maniac came to town, nearly all story-driven games on home computer preferred text over graphics, so this innovative point-and-click puzzle-solver was truly a game changer.

Pole Position II


For Atari 7800    Released in 1986
Atari's flagship console, the 7800, was released in 1986 with little flair. It presented itself as the budget machine and used its familiarity as a selling point. Pole Position II was the pack-in, and it proved a fairly decent port of the arcade game for the time. For returning Atari consoles to households everywhere and rebuilding the partly destroyed brand, it gets a tip-of-the-hat.

Alex Kidd


For Sega Master System    Released in 1986
Sega premiered its Master System with Alex Kidd in Miracle World, a colorful platformer not too unlike its mustachioed counterpart on the opposing console. Alex Kidd was essentially the Sonic the Hedgehog for the time, oftentimes appearing as the de facto mascot of the arcade manufacturer. Kidd may not have been awe-inspiring, but without him, we may not have our Sega Genesis today!

Super Mario Bros.


For NES    Released in 1985
In Legends, we will seek to recognize the greatest games of the past, and all those which made history in one way or another. Super Mario Bros. is, of course, the natural premier title to win our admiration in this category. Still running and jumping, and saving the princess, to this day, Super Mario is an icon of games and is perhaps more famous than Mickey Mouse to today's youth!

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