The top 101 Nintendo games of all-time

A list of the full, completed rankings, and links to their respective stories.

I’m ranking the top 101 Nintendo games of all-time, but maybe you missed an entry in that series. Or maybe you want to revisit a story you’ve already read. That’s what this page is for! I’ll continually update this throughout the process, so you can see each game and story as it publishes, and catch up whenever you feel like, for whatever reason.

Later, it can just be a landing page for the project as a whole, but there are just a few games left to cover before that point.

Here’s an explanation of how eligibility for the list worked, as well as some of the reasoning for determining which games would represent a series in cases where that made sense.

Just Missed: Part 1

Just Missed: Part 2

101: Illusion of Gaia (developed by Quintet, SNES, 1994)

100: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (developed by Nintendo EAD, SNES, 1992)

99: Kirby Mass Attack (developed by HAL, DS, 1992)

98: Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (developed by Intelligent Systems, GBA, 2003)

97: NES Remix (1+2) (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Wii U/3DS, 2013-2014)

96: Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball (developed by Nintendo, 3DS, 2014)

95: Mario Kart: Double Dash (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN, 2003)

94: Excitebike: World Rally (developed by Monster Games, WiiWare, 2009)

93: Mario Tennis (developed by Camelot Software Planning, GBC, 2001)

92: Kirby’s Dream Course (developed by HAL, SNES, 1995)

91: New Super Mario Bros. U (developed by Nintendo EAD, Wii U/Switch, 2013/2019)

90: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (developed by AlphaDream, DS/3DS, 2009/2019)

89: Blast Corps (developed by Rareware, N64, 1997)

88: Drill Dozer (developed by Game Freak, GBA, 2006)

87: Pushmo (series) (developed by Intelligent Systems, 3DS/Wii U, 2011-2015)

86: BoxBoy! (series) (developed by HAL, 3DS/Switch, 2015-2019)

85. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (developed by Level-5, DS, 2010)

84. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (developed by Nintendo EAD, 3DS, 2013)

83: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (developed by Rareware, SNES, 1995)

82: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (developed by Factor 5, N64, 1998)

81. Super Mario 3D Land (developed by Nintendo EAD Toyko, 3DS, 2011)

80. Pikmin (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN/Wii, 2001, 2009)

79. Chibi-Robo! (developed by Skip Ltd., GCN, 2006)

78. Star Fox Zero (developed by PlatinumGames, Wii U, 2016)

77. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (developed by Next Level Games, Switch, 2019)

76. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (developed by SquareSoft, SNES, 1996)

75. Paper Mario (developed by Intelligent Systems, N64, 2001)

74. Pokémon Snap (developed by HAL, N64, 1999)

73. Super Mario 64 (developed by Nintendo EAD, N64, 1996)

72. Super Mario Sunshine (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN, 2002)

71. Elite Beat Agents (developed by iNiS, DS, 2006)

70. Rhythm Heaven (developed by Nintendo SPD, DS, 2009)

69. Xenoblade Chronicles X (developed by Monolith Soft, Wii U, 2015)

68. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (developed by Monolith Soft, Switch, 2017)

67. Splatoon 2 (developed by Nintendo EPD, Switch, 2017)

66. Pokémon Conquest (developed by Tecmo Koei, DS, 2012)

65. WarioWare Gold (developed by Nintendo EPD/Intelligent Systems, 3DS, 2018)

64. Kid Icarus: Uprising (developed by Project Sora, 3DS, 2012)

63. Wario Land II (developed by Nintendo R&D1, GB/GBC, 1998/1999)

62. Golden Sun/The Lost Age (developed by Camelot, GBA, 2001, 2002)

61. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land (developed by HAL, Wii, 2011)

60. Donkey Kong ‘94 (developed by Nintendo EAD, GB, 1994)

59. Puzzle League (developed by Intelligent Systems, SNES, GB, GBC, N64, DS, 3DS, 1995-2016)

58. Fire Emblem Fates (developed by Intelligent Systems, 3DS, 2016)

57. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (developed by Retro Studios, Wii, 2007)

56. The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages/Seasons (developed by Flagship, GBC, 2001)

55. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (developed by Silicon Knights, GCN, 2002)

54. Metroid: Samus Returns (developed by MercurySteam, 3DS, 2017)

53. Pikmin 2 (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN/Wii, 2004/2012)

52. Super Mario Maker 2 (developed by Nintendo EPD, Switch, 2019)

51. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (developed by Retro Studios, Wii U/Switch, 2014/2018)

50. Donkey Kong Country Returns (developed by Retro Studios, Wii/3DS, 2010/2013)

49. Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (developed by Skip Ltd., DSiWare, 2009)

48. Super Mario Bros. 3 (developed by Nintendo EAD, 1990, NES)

47. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (developed by Atlus, Wii U/Switch, 2016/2020)

46. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (developed by Intelligent Systems, GCN, 2004)

45. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Wii U/3DS/Switch, 2014/2018)

44. Fire Emblem: Awakening (developed by Intelligent Systems, 3DS, 2013)

43. Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (developed by Intelligent Systems, SNES, 1999)

42. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, GCN/Wii, 2004/2008)

41. Advance Wars (series) (developed by Intelligent Systems, GBA/DS, 2001-2008)

40. Kirby’s Epic Yarn (developed by Good-Feel, Wii/3DS, 2010/2019)

39. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (developed by Flagship, GBA, 2004)

38. Punch-Out!! (series) (developed by Nintendo IRD, Next Level Games, arcade, NES, SNES, Wii, 1983-2009)

37. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (developed by Intelligent Systems, GCN, 2005)

36. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (developed by Retro Studios, GCN, 2005)

35. Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (developed by Quest, N64, 2000)

34. Kirby Super Star (developed by HAL, SNES/DS, 1996/2008)

33. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (developed by Nintendo EAD, N64/3DS, 1998/2011)

32. Mother 3 (developed by Brownie Brown, GBA, 2006)

31. Terranigma (developed by Quintet, SNES, 1996)

30. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (developed by Intelligent Systems, SNES, 1996)

29. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN/Wii/Wii U, 2006/2016)

28. Sin & Punishment (developed by Treasure/Nintendo R&D1, N64, 2000)

27. Wario Land 4 (developed by Nintendo R&D1, Game Boy Advance, 2001)

26. Bayonetta 2 (developed by PlatinumGames, Wii U/Switch, 2014/2018)

25. Metroid Fusion (developed by Nintendo R&D1, GBA, 2002)

24. Metroid: Zero Mission (developed by Nintendo R&D1, GBA, 2004)

23. Super Mario Galaxy (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Wii, 2007)

22. Super Mario 3D World (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Wii U/Switch, 2013/2021)

21. Excitebots: Trick Racing (developed by Monster Games, Wii, 2009)

20. Pikmin 3 (developed by Nintendo EAD, Wii U/Switch, 2013/2020)

19. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (developed by Nintendo EAD, GB/GBC/Switch, 1993/1998/2019)

18. F-Zero GX (developed by Amusement Visions, GCN, 2003)

17. Super Mario Odyssey (developed by Nintendo EPD, Switch, 2017)

16. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (developed by Intelligent Systems, Switch, 2019)

15. Star Fox 64/3D (developed by Nintendo EAD/Q-Games, N64/3DS, 1997/2011)

14. Animal Crossing (series) (developed by Nintendo EAD/EPD, GCN/DS/Wii/3DS/Switch, 2002-2020)

13. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (developed by Treasure/Nintendo SPD, Wii, 2010)

12. EarthBound (developed by Ape/HAL, SNES, 1995)

11. Mario Kart 8 (developed by Nintendo EAD, Wii U/Switch, 2014/2017)

10. Wario Land 3 (developed by Nintendo R&D1, GBC, 2000)

9. Xenoblade Chronicles (developed by Monolith Soft, Wii/3DS/Switch, 2012/2015/2020)

8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (developed by Nintendo EAD, GCN/Wii U, 2003/2013)

7. Super Smash Bros. (series) (developed by HAL/Sora/Bandai Namco Studios, N64/GCN/Wii/Wii U/3DS/Switch, 1999-2018)

6. Super Metroid (developed by Nintendo R&D1, SNES, 1994)

5. Pokémon (series) (developed by Game Freak, GB/GBC/GBA/DS/3DS/Switch, 1998-2020)

4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (developed by Nintendo EAD, N64/3DS, 2000/2015)

3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Wii, 2010)

2. Metroid Prime (developed by Retro, GCN/Wii, 2002/2009)

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (developed by Nintendo EPD, Wii U/Switch, 2017)

Rankings Wrap-Up

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