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Think of this thread as your gaming timeline. Where for each decade, you get to vote for your top 3 to 5 games. The criteria being you have to personally played it in physical form (and enjoyed it immensely). I think it’d be cool to see how our tastes in gaming change over time up till the present day.

I’ll start:

80s (C64, Master System): Barbarian, Ghouls’n Ghosts, Sonic, Great Gianna Sisters.

90s (Snes, N64, PS1): Streetfighter 2, Legend of Mystical Ninja, Super Mario World, Mario 64, Einhander.

2000s (GameCube, Wii, X360): Mario Galaxy, Zelda Windwaker, Wii Sports, Geometry Wars 2, Defense Grid.

2010: N/A (I haven’t played any modern games since X360). 

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Excluding SNES to avoid spoilers

80s: Super Mario Bros., Contra, Spy Hunter

90s: Doom, Ocarina, Myth I/II, Total Annihilation, Heroes III

00s: Ikaruga, Baldur's Gate II, Fallout 3, Dragon Age, Bioshock

10s: Dark Souls, Super Mario Odyssey, Darkest Dungeon, Slay the Spire, Red Dead Redemption

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80s: Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 1, Donkey Kong, Tetris, Pac-Man, Bubble Bobble

90s: Mega Man 3-6, Pac-Mania (NES), Super Mario Kart, Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario RPG, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man X3, Super Mario 64, GoldenEye, Diddy Kong Racing, Gran Turismo, Spyro the Dragon, Resident Evil 2, Sonic Adventure

00s: Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Monkey Ball, Animal Crossing, Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Pac-Man World 2, TimeSplitters 2, Mega Man & Bass, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Nintendo Puzzle Collection, Burnout 3, Mega Man X: Command Mission, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Resident Evil 4, Mega Man X Collection, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario 

10s: Sonic Colors, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Mega Man 11, Sonic Mania, Yoshi's Crafted World, Super Kirby Clash, Super Mario Maker 2

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Quick, "off the top of my head" list, keeping it limited to 5 or less per decade (which means cutting out A LOT of great games, obviously). I approached this as "games I would have considered my favorites at the time of playing them".

80's: Donkey Kong, Contra, Mega Man 2, Dragon Warrior, Shadowgate
90's: Super Mario World, Link to the Past, DOOM, Super Metroid, Thief: The Dark Project
00's: Diablo 2, System Shock 2, Eternal Darkness, Beyond Good & Evil, Batman: Arkham Asylum
10's: Breath of the Wild, XCOM, Mario Kart 8, Civilization 6, DOOM (2016)

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80s - Super Mario Bros 2, Blaster Master, Punch-Out, Tetris, DuckTales

90s - EarthBound, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country 2, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot 2, Diddy Kong Racing, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

00s - Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Resident Evil 4, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Mother 3, BioShock

10s - BioShock 2, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Hollow Knight, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Portal 2, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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80s - Super Mario Bros, Castlevania, Ducktales

90s - Super C, Zelda: ALttP, Doom, Star Wars:X-Wing, Shining Force, Final Fantasy III, Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country 2, Warcraft II, Metal Gear Solid (honestly, my 90s list could go on forever!)

00s - Halo, Gran Turismo 4, Dead Space, Uncharted 2

10s - Assassin's Creed: Revelation, The Last of Us, ??? (Just now realizing that I have not played very much from this decade)

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80s: Mega Man 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Tetris
90s: Mega Man 6 & X2, Kirby's Adventure, Thunder Force III & IV, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Super Metroid
00s: Kirby 64, Paper Mario: TTYD, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Super Star Ultra
10s: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, Shovel Knight
20s: Metroid Dread

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