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As you may or may not know, GameFAQs has been holding a contest for the best game of the 00's. Whenever there's a new GameFAQs contest I like to lurk on the contest's message board and see how hardcore gamers' opinions compare to the masses. One shining example is the inevitable showdown between Melee, which is generally preferred on GameFAQs, and Brawl, which is generally preferred by the masses. And, since Wind Waker is in a match on GameFAQs as I type this, there's also a lot of topics about how "[Zelda game X] sucks, [Zelda game Y] is the best one!" too.

The massive debates on the Internet over whether which is the best Smash, Zelda, Mario, Final Fantasy and whatever else made me think it would be interesting to see what you guys thought were the best games of these series and any others (with at least two games, preferably three) that you feel like writing about.

My list of completely arbitrary video games series pulled from the top of my head:
Super Mario Brothers: Super Mario 64 (N64)
Super Mario Kart: Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Super Mario RPG: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Pokemon: Pokemon Crystal (GBC)
Metroid: Super Metroid (SNES)
Star Fox: Star Fox 64 (N64 - lol as if there are any other choices here)
Kirby: Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Super Smash Bros: Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)

Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic 3 (Genesis)
Street Fighter: Super Street Fighter IV (360)
Mortal Kombat: Mortal Kombat II (Arcade/Genesis/SNES)
Halo: Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)
Grand Theft Auto: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2/Xbox)
Streets of Rage: Streets of Rage 3 (Genesis)

What do you guys like the most from these series - or other ones that I didn't mention (because I don't play Zelda games)?

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Some of these I will agree too others I won't, the rest I haven't played much of them, or played them at all. My list of favorite games from games series would be.

Super Mario Brothers-Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Mario Kart- Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Kirby- Kirby Crystal Shards (N64)
Resident Evil-Resident Evil IV (PS2/Gamecube/Wii/PC)
The Legend of Zelda- TLoZ LttP (SNES)
Halo- Halo 2 (X-Box)
Pokemon- Pokemon Red (Gameboy)
Guitar Hero-Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock (PC/360/PS2/PS3)
Bioshock-Bioshcok (360)
Donkey Kong Country-Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
Resistance-Resistance Fall of Man (PS3)
Kingdom Hearts-Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (Nintendo DS)
God of War- God of War III (PS3)

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Super Mario Brothers: Super Mario World (SNES)
Super Mario Kart: Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Super Mario RPG: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Pokemon: Pokemon Sapphire (GBA)
Metroid: Super Metroid (SNES)
Star Fox: Star Fox 64 (N64)
Kirby: Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Super Smash Bros: Super Smash Bros.64
Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic 2 (Genesis)
Street Fighter: Super Street Fighter IV (360)
Mortal Kombat: Mortal Kombat II (Arcade/Genesis/SNES)
Halo: Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)
Grand Theft Auto: Grand Theft Auto IV
Streets of Rage: Streets of Rage 3 (Genesis)

Legend of Zelda: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Battlefied: Battlefield Bad Company 2 (PC/360/PS3)
MegaMan: MegaMan 7 (SNES)
Soul Calibur: Soul Calibur III (PS2)
Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)
Half-Life: Half-Life 2 (PC/360)
Age of Empires: Age of Empires II (PC)
Contra: Contra III (SNES)
Tales of Series: Tales of Symphonia (GCN)
Mother: Earthbound/Mother 2 (SNES)
Fire Emblem: Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (GBA)
Oddworld: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (Xbox)
Castlevania: Castlevania IV (SNES)
Wario Land: Wario Land 3 (GBC)
Resident Evil: Resident Evil 4
Dragon Quest/Warrior: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (SNES[JP-only]/DS)
Bomberman: Bomberman 2 (SNES)
Silent Hill: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Rayman: Rayman 2: The Great Escape (N64/PS1/DS)
Metal Gear: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)
Game&Watch: Donkey Kong (Game&Watch Gallery 2 GBA)
Mickey Mouse: The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse (SNES/GBA)
Fallout: Fallout: New Vegas (PC/360/PS3)
Final Fight: Final Fight II (SNES)
Ghosts n' Goblins: Super Ghouls n' Ghosts (SNES)
Viewtiful Joe: Viewtiful Joe (GCN/PS2)


...I will return with more as I remember them.

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Megaman Zero series- Megaman Zero 4
Sid meirs civilization series- CIV IV expansion- Beyond the sword
Pokemon- tie between emerald and platinum so far.
Sonic series - Sonic 3D ( it was my first video game for PC)

I honestly havent played that many games in one particular series, so I really cant give a LARGE list. Plus I tend to stick with games/ series I enjoy.

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My favorite game from the following series is;

Pokemon = Pokemon Platinum(DS)
Final Fantasy = Final Fantasy VIII(PS) or Final Fantasy X(PS2)
Naruto : Clash of Ninja = Naruto : Clash of Ninja 4(GC?)(JP)
Persona = Persona 3 : F.E.S.(PS2) (haven't played P4 so...)
Touhou = Touhou 10 or Touhou 12(PC Windows)
Super Mario Bros. = New Super Mario Bros.(DS)
Punch Out! = Super Punch Out!!(SNES)
Megaman X = Megaman X(SNES) or Megaman X2(SNES)
Mortal Kombat = Mortal Kombat : Armageddon(PS2)
Art of Fighting = Art of Fighting I(SEGA Genesis)
Donkey Kong Country = Donkey Kong Country II(SNES) (haven't played DKC : Returns yet...)
Contra = Contra 3 : The Alien Wars(SNES)
Breath of Fire = Breath of Fire II(SNES)
Streets of Rage = Streets of Rage I(SEGA Genesis)
Sonic the Hedgehog = Sonic the Hedgehog III & Knuckles(SEGA Genesis)
Shinobi = Shinobi III(SEGA Genesis?)
Golden Axe = Golden Axe II(SEGA Genesis)
Samarai Showdown = Samarai Showdown(SEGA Genesis) (haven't played anything after this so...)
Sonic Adventure = Sonic Adventure I(DC)
Street Fighter = Street Fighter II (haven't played SF4, I know, I know...)
Rival Schools = Rival Schools II(DC)
Vampire(DarkStalkers) = Dark Stalkers : Special Edition(DC)
Gauntlet = Gauntlet : Dark Legacy(PS2)
Grandia = Grandia II(DC) (haven't played Grandia : Xtreme so...)
Valkyrie Profile = Valkyrie Profile I(PS) (Only played this 1 game of the series so...)
Suikoden = Suikoden II(PS)
Dynasty Warriors = Dynasty Warriors 6(PS3) or Dynasty Warriors 3(PS2) (Only played these 2 games so...)
Bloody Roar = Bloody Roar 2(PS)
Yugioh = Yugioh : Duel Monsters 3(GBA)
Sonic Advance = Sonic Advance 3(GBA)
MegamanZero = MegamanZero 3(GBA)
Kingdom Hearts = Kingdom Hearts II(PS2)
Super Mario Advance = Super Mario Advance 4 : Super Mario Bros. 3(GBA)
Frogger = Frogger(GB)
Soul Calibur = Soul Calibur II(GC)
True Crimes = True Crimes : Streets of LA(PS2) (haven't played any TC games coming out after this 1 so...)
Tony Hawk Underground = Tony Hawk Underground I(GC)
Tony Hawk Pro Skater = Tony Hawk Pro Skater III(PS)
NBA Streets = NBA Streets Vol. 2(GC)
Time Splitters = Time Splitters 2(GC)
Super Smash Bros. = Super Smash Bros. : Melee(GC)
Megaman ZX = Megaman ZX(DS)
Tekken = Tekken 4(PS2) (haven't played any of them after this 1 so...)
Burnout = Burnout 3(PS2)
Midnight Club = Midnight Club 3 : DUB Edition(PS2)
Capcom vs SNK = Capcom vs SNK 2(PS2)
Dragon Ball Z : Budokai = Dragon Ball Z : Budokai 3(PS2)
Grand Theft Auto = Grand Theft Auto : Vice City(PS2) or Grand Theft Auto 4(PS3)
Jak & Daxter = Jak & Daxter : The Precursor(?) Legacy(PS2)
Onimusha = Onimusha : Dawn of Dreams(PS2) or Onimusha 2 : Samurai's Destiny(PS2)
Genji = Genji : Dawn of the Samurai(PS2)
Metal Gear Solid = Metal Gear Solid 4(PS3) (don't remember subtitle for this game...)
Devil May Cry = Devil May Cry 3 : Dante's Awakening(PS2)
Tenchu = Tenchu : Wrath of Heaven(PS2)
Dead or Alive = Dead or Alive 2 : Hardcore(PS2) (haven't played any game after this in the series so...)
Virtual Fighter = Virtual Fighter 5(PS3)
BlazBlue = BlazBlue : Continuum Shift(PS3)
Halo = Halo ODST(Xbox360) (haven't played Reach or ever will so...)
God of War = God of War II(PS2) (haven't played GOWIII so...)
Marvel vs Capcom = Marvel vs Capcom II(PS2) (MvsC 3 hasn't come out yet so...)
F-Zero = F-Zero(SNES)
Super Mario Galaxy = Super Mario Galaxy II(Wii)
(haven't played this game yet but considering how boring the first 1 was, this 1 with the additions to it has got to be the better 1 & my favorite 1 I would think...)

That's it for me...

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Super Mario Brothers: Super Mario 64 (N64)
Super Mario Kart: Mario Kart DS (DS)
Pokemon: Pokemon Pearl (DS)
Star Fox: Star Fox 64 (ditto on Frost's comment)
Kirby: Kirby Squeak Squad (DS)
Super Smash Bros: Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy IX (PS)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic 2 (Genesis)
Grand Theft Auto: Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
Streets of Rage: Streets of Rage 3 (Genesis)
Castlevania: Castlevania 1 (NES)
Banjo Kazooie: Banjo Tooie (N64)
Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong 64 (N64)
The Legend of Zelda: LoZ: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)

I copied Frost's post and added a few of my own since I haven't played some VG series that he has.

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AHHHH!!!! TMI!!!!!

Anyway, I thought I'd drop in to mention that I think that the best Kirby game will be the hardest to determine out of any sries I've played. It comes down to Super Star vs. Crystal Shards, and both games were epic win.

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...Wow. I... haven't played that many games compared to you guys...

Super Mario Bros: Super Mario Bros. 3/New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Legend of Zelda: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask/Wind Waker/Zelda II (...yeah.)
Pokemon: Pokemon Emerald/Crystal
Kirby: Kirby's Adventure/Super Star
Metroid: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes/Super Metroid
Capcom crossover: Namco X Capcom/Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Mega Man: Mega Man 6/Mega Man 9
Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (does that count?)/ Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate (Final Fantasy fans, load your shotguns)
Dragon Quest: Dragon Quest IX
Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones/Radiant Dawn
Earthbound: Mother 3
Castlevania: Super Castlevania 4/Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Kingdom Hearts: (Get that keyblade ready KH fans) Chain of Memories
Sonic: Sonic Adventure 2: Battle/Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Rayman: Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

I like the obscure.

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Wow... my post will be super tiny compared to everyone else's:
Pokemon: Sapphire (GBA)
Spyro: Season of Ice and Season of Fire (couldn't choose) (GBA and GBA)
Super Smash Bros: I prefer Brawl over Melee only because of simply this: More choices and better graphics. Yep. More stuff and more options and better graphics. (Wii)
Kirby: Only ever played Squeak Squad, Super Star Ultra, and Epic Yarn. I choose super star ultra. (DS)
Tak: The Great Juju challenge (GameCube)
Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (GBA)
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (GameCube)

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searchman52 wrote:
I like the obscure.

When you say obscure, are you referring to any on your list? Because I don't see any obscure games on your list. I see some underrated/not highly acclaimed games from the series you mentioned, but all of those are pretty recognizable. Even Mother 3, which is technically Japan only, is well known throughout the rest of the world thanks to the fan translation and starmen.net.

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Registeel_Rocks wrote:
When you say obscure, are you referring to any on your list? Because I don't see any obscure games on your list. I see some underrated/not highly acclaimed games from the series you mentioned, but all of those are pretty recognizable. Even Mother 3, which is technically Japan only, is well known throughout the rest of the world thanks to the fan translation and starmen.net.


Yeah, that's what i meant. I like the black sheeps. MAj's Mask, TvC, Zelda II, Prime 2, Tactics, Crystal Chronicles, CoM, MM6, and Ecclesia...

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Super Mario Brothers: Super Mario World 2 (Yup, Yoshi's isle) (SNES)
Super Mario Kart: Mario Kart Double Dash! (G-Cube)
Super Mario RPG: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Pokemon: Pokemon Emerald (GBA)
-Best Spinoff goes to PMD2 - could stand on its own
Kirby: Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Super Smash Bros: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast)
Megaman: Megaman Battle Network 3
Legend of Zelda: Oc of Time (best of one's own time) (N64) Oracle of Seasons (So far) (GBA)
Advance Wars: Advance Wars Dual Strike

As a side note, something my friends and I discussed today was the absence of critique for most Mario games. Any concurrors?

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LeoTheLion wrote:
As a side note, something my friends and I discussed today was the absence of critique for most Mario games. Any concurrors?


You mean, how mario games are bad?

Well...

Noobs:
"Mario sucks!"
"It's too kiddy!"
"There's no blood!"
"It isn't an FPS!"
"Go Halo! DUH."

Real people: Well, the mario games have reached something many developers fail to achieve: level design. Whether it's bouncing on spikes in a shoe, carrying a key while being ambushed by a mask, falling a pit of ghosts, wall jumping waterfalls, or swimming in floating orbs of water, Mario games always keep you surprised. for me, replay value is an issue in the 2d ones, and combat isn't very satisfying in the 3d ones. That's my 2 cents.

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Well no, I love Mario games. But as good as each one is, they just don't get the criticisms that most games do. While there isn't much to criticize with a platformer like Mario, its flaws are still there and aren't picked up on. Tha's jus' what we sayin' over here.

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LeoTheLion wrote:
Well no, I love Mario games. But as good as each one is, they just don't get the criticisms that most games do.


Mario Sunshine got a lot of criticism back in the day, especially when compared against Super Mario 64, because it didn't have enough courses, too many Shines were from Blue Coins, there were too many annoying "Secret of ___" platformer puzzles, etc., etc., etc.

Super Mario Bros. 2 USA also got a pretty lukewarm reception for being such a departure from the original. Of course we know why that's the case NOW, but back then people thought that was the actual sequel to SMB1.

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I actually had never heard that about SMS. Interesting. Of course, I wasn't around to know about SMB2's release baws. Interesting. But my point still stands that other games that are just as good but not quite as classic don't get the same treatment. There's somewhat of a double standard.

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Resident Evil -- RE2 (Why was this never remade?)
Silent Hill -- SH3 (This should've been the end of the series)
Final Fantasy -- FF8 (The junction system is my BFF)

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