Last week I made a list of my Top 30 NES games, after the NES Classic was announced. Thirty is a big list for a single console, it’s 2/3 of the NES games I’ve played. So I thought it would be interesting to look at the 16 games that didn’t make the cut. A number of these games are of superior quality to the games I put on my top 30, so why did they get left out?
The Addams Family – The biggest strike against this game is that I barely remember it. I rented it one time and couldn’t tell you much about it. I think there was an owl at one point? /shrug
The Adventure of Link – My entire recollection of Zelda 2 consists of this boss (mini-boss? I don’t know). I borrowed the game from a friend and I could not beat this thing. I actually think the game looks pretty cool, but I can’t really put it on a top list if I only remember 5 seconds of it, can I?
Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Not much different than the first entry, but a whole lot more expensive.
Contra – I dislike it because I’m bad at it.
Deja Vu – Just say no to point and click adventure games with an NES controller. Besides problems with the controls making everything terribly slow, the puzzles are extremely obtuse.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid – I shoot bubbles with my tail? No, do not like.
Donkey Kong – I suppose it’s a classic, but it’s a little on the dull side.
Double Dare – Only played this very briefly. The controls are terrible.
Duck Tales – That fucking pogo stick.
Home Alone – Repetitive and offensive to my eyes and ears.
Pac-Man – Another classic, but better on arcade.
Prince of Persia – The controls are rage inducing. The 60 minute time limit is inexplicable.
River City Ransom – I like RPGs, I like beat’em ups, but this combination of both did nothing for me.
Sesame Street ABC – I played this while sleeping over at a friend’s house when I was really young. The first word it spelled was BUT. Not knowing the difference between BUT and BUTT, I found this hilarious. (No, that doesn’t explain why it wasn’t included on the list).
Where’s Waldo? – I loved Waldo books, but the graphics on this game were too terrible to find anything. Plus it has what, 6 puzzles?
Yoshi – Not a bad game, I just forgot it existed until Murf pointed it out.