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:
1983: Donkey Kong
1984: Duck Hunt
1985: Super Mario Bros.
1986: Ghosts 'n Goblins
1987: The Legend of Zelda
1988: Metal Gear
1989: Ninja Gaiden
1990: Super Mario Bros. 3
1991: Super Mario World
1992: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1993: Kirby's Adventure
1994: Super Metroid
1995: Chrono Trigger
1996: Super Mario 64
1997: Goldeneye 007
1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999: Super Smash Bros.
2002: Metroid Prime
2003: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2004: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
2005: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
2006: Wii Sports
2007: Super Mario Galaxy
2008: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2009: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
2010: Disney Epic Mickey
2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
2012: Xenoblade Chronicles
2013: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
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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