30 For 30, Nintendo Edition

The Family Computer enters its third decade. A Nintendo game for each of the past 30 years.

Thirty years ago today, Nintendo released the Family Computer, or Famicom, in Japan. Released two years later in America as the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Famicom sparked a pretty remarkable three-decade run from the Kyoto company that started out making playing cards in 1889.

Here is a list of the best game released for a Nintendo platform each year since the release of the Famicom:

4. 1984: Duck Hunt

5. 1985: Super Mario Bros.

6. 1986: Ghosts ‘n Goblins

7. 1987: The Legend of Zelda

8. 1988: Metal Gear

10. 1990: Super Mario Bros. 3

11. 1991: Super Mario World

12. 1992: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

13. 1993: Kirby’s Adventure

14. 1994: Super Metroid

15. 1995: Chrono Trigger

16. 1996: Super Mario 64

17. 1997: Goldeneye 007

18. 1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

19. 1999: Super Smash Bros.

21. 2001: Pikmin

22. 2002: Metroid Prime

23. 2003: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

24. 2004: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

25. 2005: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

26. 2006: Wii Sports

27. 2007: Super Mario Galaxy

28. 2008: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

29. 2009: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

30. 2010: Disney Epic Mickey

31. 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

32. 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles

33. 2013: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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