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Place for Your TOP10 old games all platforms (8bit/16bit/32bit). Choose one You want play on Commander X16.

1. Zybex 2 (a800)

2. Draconus (a800)

3. Ninja Master (ST)

4. Superfrog (A1200)

5. Another World (Amiga)

6. Flashback (Amiga)

7. Dune2 (MSDOS)

8. River Raid (a2600)

9. Turrican (C64)

10. Last Ninja (C64)

Want play Turrican like platformer on Commander X16.

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I don't think I have a top 10. The games I love, I love them equally.

However I have two favourites, which I consider to be the same game. I have spent my early teenage years playing the first and second Civilization games on DOS. An aunt had shown me the game on one of the rare occasions we were visiting and I got addicted. But, who couldn't get addicted to that game? The way it was made, you'd finish your turn, but then you'd anxiously wait for the effects of that turn, and then the next turn came and you'd want to do more, look forward to what would happen. It was always just one more turn. Just one more. How can that go wrong? Well, whens it's the middle of the night and there's school the next day, you know you screwed up, but it was SO worth it! I spent an ungodly amount of time on that one game. Never been good at it though. It's just that good. Never ever tried the other civs, because even today it's still plenty addictive fun.

My favourite game on the NES is Tetris, but only because I love to watch people playing it at competitive events like the CTWC.

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That’s going to be difficult.

Some games are easy picks, but some I liked at the time I probably wouldn’t play again now.

I know as I’ve tried. So I’ll do a top 10 with variety, and not necessarily in order.


1. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Sega Saturn)

2. Sonic The Hedgehog 1,2,3 (Mega Drive)

3. The Settlers 2 (DOS/Win95)

4. Batman: The Movie (C64)

5. Road Rash 2 (Mega Drive)

6. Thunder Force 4 (Mega Drive)

7. Daytona USA (Sega Saturn)

8. Nightbreed (C64)

9. Orion (1988, Hewson) (C64)

10. Outrun (Sega Saturn)


Want to play a 2D remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga on Commander X16.

Emphasis on amazing graphics, even if there are loading times. The Saturn had brief loading times for various transitions.

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8-bit games that I actually played at home in the late 70s or early to mid 80s - I don't count games I played on emulators decades later:

Pong (Telstar Deluxe)

Omega Race (Vic-20)

Centipede (Vic-20 version, clone)

Breakout (Apple //e)

Stellar 7 (Apple //e)

Mario's Bros (Apple //e)

Lode Runner (Apple //e)

Ultima I to III (Apple //e)

Sargon II (Apple //e)

Moon Patrol (Apple //e)


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In roughly chronological order:

Adventure (Atari 2600)
Joust (Atari 2600)
Missile Command (Atari 2600)
Wizard of Wor (Atari 2600)
Lode Runner (Apple ][ )
Bubble Bobble (NES)
Dr. Mario (NES, others)
Ultima IV (I only ever played the NES version - I learned later it was butchered compared to the original version)
Secret of Mana (SNES, mostly for the music tbh, the game is kind of a slog)
F-Zero (SNES)

I'll bet the X16 could run a really smooth version of Missle Command (not that we'd have the rights to make it - just wishful thinking).

I'm sure after I hit "Submit Reply" I'll remember half a dozen more great games from that era. 

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The first 3 are in chronological order:

Invaders on South Ocean Ave. Middle School's single Pet computer

Choplifter (original on Apple II)

Piryana on my C64, probably the first game I bought (just because it was so early; a rip of of PACMAN, loaded from cassette tape)

The rest (next 7) are C64 games that I spent a fair amount of time with, not necessarily ranked:



Summer Games

Winter Games

Space Taxi


Bruce Lee

Anything Electronic Arts or Epyx or Synapse or Broderbund made were super high quality.  EA developers were rock stars of the day;  Today's College kids playing EA Sports games have no idea where the company started with titles such as Pinball (or was it Racing) Construction/Destruction set and non-game titles such as Print Shop.  They really made amazing and mature software.

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It's rough trying to narrow it down to just 10 games, but these are some that always stick out in my mind as games that truly had an impact on my childhood. Games that I greatly enjoyed, and still play to this day, in no particular order.

Strider Series (NES/Genesis/Arcade) - Where my online name comes from.

Castlevania Series (NES/DOS/SNES/Genesis/PS1)

Metal Gear (NES) - The original was my favorite.

Final Fantasy VII (PS1) - This is by far my favorite in the series.

Command & Conquer Series (DOS/PC)

Maniac Mansion (C64/NES/PC)

Contra Series (NES/SNES/Genesis/PC)

Pitfall (Atari)

Super Mario Bros. Series (NES/SNES/N64)

Twisted Metal Series (PS1/PC)

Honorable Mention: Asteroids (Atari/Arcade) - I played this game a LOT as a kid, especially in the local arcade and skate rink. Those were the days!

Personally, I would like to see some sort of Castlevania style game on the X16, failing that, a new spin on Pitfall would be cool. :)

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How could I NOT have Doom on my list? I was thinking too much console and not enough PC. lol

C&C creeped into my list becasue I have been playing it a lot lately, and back when it was new, I was the only one of my friends who owned a DOS machine. It wasn't until it came out on PS1 that I got to play it with friends via the link cable. 😄

Doom and C&C are the two DOS/Windows games that defined PC gaming for me. I still love playing Doom via source ports and the Command and Conquer Remastered on Steam is really nicely done!

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I mean, when you open it up to 16-bit, you really get into what is considered a golden age of videogames. It gets really hard to whittle down a list when you've got the SNES library alone, with classics like Star Fox, Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Harvest Moon, Final Fantasies II and III (U.S. numbering), Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Mario Paint, Pilotwings, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, Megaman X, Super Castlevania IV, Actraiser, Dragon Quest V...

...and this is right off the top of my head. I haven't even started on the Sega Genesis library, which is almost as long and storied. And I've omitted cross-platform titles and ports, because you simply don't need them at this point to overwhelm the selection criteria. The death of the arcade was undeserving and not for lack of quality work either, but somewhat understanding since the home console market was so consistently amazing that arcades just couldn't compete with them. Not even the ultra-wide screen 6-player X-Men. And 16-bit PC games from around the same time invented the AAA gaming industry.

I was a Nintendo kid, so most of my personal favorite titles from the 16-bit era were Nintendo titles. Even narrowing the field to just the SNES, I honestly can't pick 10, there are simply too many deserving titles in contention for the list, and adding Gameboy games to the list doesn't really help. Nintendo had a great generation. Squaresoft had a great generation. Rare had a great generation. Capcom had a great generation. Pick a title from any of their SNES libraries, and odds are it deserves a spot in the top 10.

For me, anyways, it's a lot easier to discuss a top 10 from the 8-bit era.

  • Duck Tales (NES/Gameboy, Capcom). With enough entries in the 16-bit list, this title would still good enough to break into the list before some other SNES classics. The gameboy port was faithful and great road entertainment, as well.
  • Pokemon Red and Blue (Gameboy, Game Freak). Honestly, late-era Gameboy games are almost unfair to include in the list, because they were amazing works.
  • Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (Gameboy, Nintendo). I mean, see what I mean? Great platformers that were moving the genre forward came out on Gameboy hardware, alongside other SNES platformers that were still catching up.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, Nintendo). But okay, I can probably keep myself to the NES and earlier at this point, I just needed to get those few in.
  • Final Fantasy (NES, Squaresoft). Honestly, I can understand why Square didn't bring FFII to the U.S. But why not FFIII? It would likely have supplanted the original's place in this list.
  • Mega Man 2 (NES, Capcom). Legend is that this was an unfunded work of love. I have a cousin who can still beat this game with just the arm buster.
  • Tetris (Everyting, Multiple developers). I mean, I should be rightfully strung up if I don't include this.
  • Legend of Red Dragon (BBS, Robinson Technologies). I mean, I had to do something with Mom's dumb terminal and modem, and one of my teachers introduced me to the world of BBSes. Ironically, not one of the teachers from the school's computer room. That's a long story for another place.
  • Kaboom! (Atari 2600, Activision). Personal tilt here. I kept coming back to this one, and a number of Activision titles for the 2600, even after our family had an NES with a respectable library.
  • Pac-man (Arcade, Namco). I'm going to level with folks here. Asteroids was great, Missile Command was great, Battlezone was epic, but in terms of time and quarters spent in the 8-bit era, Pac-man had my loyalty.

Criminey, I'm out of slots. Uhh... honorable mentions (in no particular order or platform):

  • Asteroids
  • Missile Command
  • Battlezone
  • TMNT (yeah, that one)
  • TMNT II: The Arcade Game (yeah, I'll mention the version that was back-ported to 8-bit on the NES)
  • Arkanoid
  • Breakout
  • Defender
  • Video Pinball
  • Starmaster
  • Metroid
  • Combat
  • Donkey Kong
  • Barren Realms
  • Igloo!
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • QBasic Gorillas (does that even count at 8-bit? Probably was 16-bit...)
  • Mixed Up Mother Goose (Hey, I was four at the time. I get to include this.)
  • Oregon Trail (ran out of room, to my shame)
  • Track and Field
  • Excitebike
  • Duck Hunt
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • ...ah hell, who am I kidding, this list is never going to end.
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9 hours ago, StephenHorn said:

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  • Track and Field
  • Excitebike
  • ...ah hell, who am I kidding, this list is never going to end.

For as much time I've spent curating 70's and 80's Pinball and Arcade (via 60-in-1 and other multi-game), these two titles are elusive.

I managed to buy the Excitebike cart (see below) and mounted it in my game room; will likely never get the Playchoice 10 system to play it !!  One other missing one (for me) is "Kung Fu" which was marketed directly as Kung Fu Master.


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1. Maniac Mansion/DOTT(i played DOTT first)

2. Kings Quest 

3. Space Quest

4. Police Quest i think 3 is the one about the teenager whos murdered? you find his body in a dumpster

5. Torin's Passage(who else knows this game?)

6. Super Mario RPG(fav mario version and fav SNES game)

7. all the legend of zelda games don't really have a fav. 

8. Sonic

9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit(NES game)

10. quest for glory

i never really played many atari games we did have both a atari 2600 and a colecovision but due to it getting milk splited on it we didnt play it much. i was and still am a PC gamer i do own consoles and i loved my SNES. i had a NES SNES and a Genesis and while Sonic is my fav Genesis game i don't remember playing any other games. Was double dragon on the Genesis?


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I only had a Sega Master System back in the day, but I had friends with NES, Mega Drive, SNES and C64.

1. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's trap. (SMS, A clear winner for me).

2. Super Mario Bros 3. (NES).

3. Sonic 2 (SMS).

4. Sonic (MD).

5. Castle of Illusion, Mickey Mouse (SMS).

6. Land of Illusion, Mickey Mouse. (SMS).

7. Top Gear (SNES).

8. Final Fantasy Series (SNES).

9. Great Basket Ball (SMS).

10. Jurassic Park. (SMS).

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