g1 Community List on Top 10 2D Platformers - Announcement Blog
Editor's Note: These lists are always a fun read. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!
As announced earlier this month, the November Community List will be on 2D Platformers. I decided to split the platformers list into 2D and 3D. This list will focus on the 2D platformers.
My original idea was to do it Franchise-wise, but after much consideration, I have decided on doing the list individual games-wise.
Previous Community Lists:
1. How to write/submit your list
- Rank your favourite Platformers from 10 - 1, or 5 - 1, or 3 - 1. How many ever entries you can get. Max 10.
- Sprite-based platformers, Silicon graphics (Donkey Kong Country), and 2.5D (Donkey Kong Country Returns). Any platformer that is played in the 2D perspective is accepted.
- Remember, sites such as Wikipedia are a good source to double check if a certain game is a platformer.
- Talk about each platformer. Tell us what you liked about it, what you disliked, and other aspects of it...etc... (Your reason/justification for each entry on your list)
- You can include images, or videos with your comments/justifications for each entry.
- You can either post your list in the comments below, or PM me it. Though submitting it via PM is the best way to go, but whichever way works best for you. I'm fine with either way.
- Remember not to be too serious, or too worried about the list, just have fun when writing your submission.
- And remember, if you have any questions, or concerns about this list/g1 Community Lists in general, then do not hesitate to ask.
2. Self Introductions
Included with your submission, write a short introduction about yourself, in the third person.
In the actual blog, it will look like this:
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3. How I'm going to rank the final completed list.
I will take every list that has been submitted to me and have it go through my excellently crafted point scoring system. What is my point system you ask? Well here's a simple rundown of it:
Number 10 = 1 point
Number 9 = 2 points
Number 8 = 3 points
Number 7 = 4 points
Number 2 = 9 points
Number 1 = 10 points
Each entry will get a a number of points depending on where on the list it is placed. All the individual points for an item on the list are added to give the final score that game has received. I then rank them accordingly.
4. Look of the blog
This is an example how an entry on the final blog will look like:
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"The 'Points given to this entry' is where it will show how many points a certain entry got from your list. See guideline point number 3 for more info."
5. How to help out.
Spread the word about this blog and series! If you have twitter then please tweet about this. Tell your fellow g1s, the more g1s working on this, the better the end product will be.
Key words here is that I have I have to choose the top ten best games that exemplify the 2D platformer genre. This means that just because a game MAY have some 2D platformer elements and could be an amazing game doesn't mean that it exemplifies strictly as the best of the 2D platformers. Also, many of these are limited to ones I have played or partially played.
Honorary mention: Kirby Super Star Ultra. While this remake of a classic game is a lot of fun and has tons of goodies, the fact that you can pretty much not die from falling off a platform since you can just float everywhere. I think it fits more as a 2D hack and slash game.
10. Goemon's Great Adventure. This crazy Japanese game is a very fast paced 2D action game where you have to traverse through many platforms and areas while taking out a slew of ridiculous looking baddies. Add that with catchy music, multiple playable characters, boss fights, and you're golden. However, it focuses a lot on the hack and slash department, and therefore is lower on my list.
9. Castlevania 3. This game is highly enjoyable and very simple to play through. More Konami-awesomeness music and difficulty await you here with lots of interesting baddies to take out. This is a little higher up than the Goemon choice since your skills from platforming will be more crucial since many threadbare platforms make an appearance you must plan carefully or else Mr. Belmont might fall to his doom. Still, there is a much higher emphasis on attacking enemies though since some levels barely have much strict platforming at all.
8. Battle Kid. Another brutally difficult yet awesome game. Your platforming skills will definitely be put up to the test since any goof up you make will cause you to die INSTANTLY! This game also has very solid controls. However, this is lower on the list since there are many rooms that only require you to shoot enemies/bosses instead of actual platforming.
7. Megaman 2. Another great platformer. It made a great idea like Megaman where you could choose your stages and made it even better. Add that with fair difficulty, solid controls, lots of platforming as well as special mechanics and this is very worthy of being on the list. Only problem is that this game has a high focus at blasting things, making it a bit more as a 2D shooter in a sense.
6. Sonic the Hedgehog. A very fast paced 2D platformer that almost put Mario a run for his money. The levels have vast variety and your platforming skills will be greatly put to the test in order to collect those rings without falling off-screen. However, there are many segments where you simply run instead of going through platforming segments.
5. Super Meat Boy. This devilishly difficult platformer will make you want to come back for more. In fact....I wish I could play more of it but oh well... The levels are short and very satisfying as you have to traverse through many rooms with pin point speed and accuracy. Only thing holding against this game though is that the controls take SOME getting used to and it is not for everyone with it's brutal difficulty.
4. Rayman Origins. This game took Rayman out those....meh Rabbid game territory and got the series back to its glorious roots---pure platforming bliss. The controls are spot on with levels in great variety with lots of mechanics such as hovering. Although....I do feel that the checkpoints are bit too numerous at times and it can get a little out of hand with 4 players.
3. Donkey Kong Country Returns. Much like Rayman, Retro Studios brought Donkey Cong (kinda) back to his roots by having a full fledged DKC game for him. Better yet, I felt that they even improved it upon the older games by adding secret levels, more mechanics, better visuals, etc. This game will make you go bananas for more.
2. Little Big Planet 2. This game in a sense is made by platformer programmers FOR platformer players. It is incredible to have a game where fans generate tons of platforming levels that can be shared across the world. The variety with each level is staggering. Only thing holding this back from number one is that the controls sometimes don't feel....quite right.
1. Super Mario Bros 3. What hasn't been said about this game? It takes the best of Mario and makes it even greater with loads of variety, memorable levels, and great controls. It is pretty much what every platformer wants to be in a sense. Very fun game and the best 2D platformer, I would think.
I can agree with that as well, especially when I checked Wikipedia to check if the SOTN style games also counted as platformers and they didn't...plus if you included those then the list would be too easy, ya know?
Thanks! Could you also include a short self-introduction about yourself, preferably in the third person.
Well this was after I talked to other g1s; we all agreed restricting SotN style Castlevania games would be best, because they focus more on the RPG gameplay then actual platforming.
2D platforming games, huh? okay let's give this a whirl 10. Gex. A rare example of an older audience platformer game for it's time about a Gecko's escape from the world of TV. 9. Oddworld: Abe's Oddesey. The first title in the oddworld and a surprisingly deep title about a worker in a meat factory trying to save himself and his kind from being packaged as meat products themselves. 8. Kirby's Dreamland. A classic game for the Gameboy about a pink ball that can eat just about anythring saving the world of Dreamland from his nemesis, King Dedede. 7. Super Metroid. Samus returns in this classic game to reclaim the last metorid from the space pirates. 6. LittleBigPlanet. Adorable mascots and user created content drive this platformer into the modern era. 5. Braid. Part platform game. Part time based puzzle game. All awesome. 4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Alucard returns from Castlevania 3 in his own game to defeat his father in this game that redefined the Castlevania series. 3. Cave Story. The titular example that exceptional games are not always made by large production studios. This game was handcrafted by one man and in every way shape and form earns it's place on this list. 2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3. While any of the classic Sonic games shine as brilliant examples of an outstanding platformer, 3 does have one nugget above them all, which is an extreme level of polish. A variety of power ups and the most story in a Sonic game thus far lead to a winner title. 1. Super Mario Brothers 3. Nintendo's golden title has always shined in originality, controls, and sheer fun. What Super Mario Brothers 3 did was not only exceed it's previous titles, but any other titles. Nintendo is still emulating it's forumula to this day; just to show just how great of a game it is.
Just my two cents anyhow.
Since when isn't SotN (and by extension all Metroidvania games) not applicable as Platformers? >_> That kills a large portion of my list, as well as other peeps.
(I'll get back to you on this when I have the chance to think of some good choices--most likely November 2nd)
Alright, I'm in! I'll Pm you soon.
I'll be bumping up #2 to #1. Everything else gets bumped up 2 slots except for #10. and then 9 and 8 will new entries. I'll PM you the updated list to not take up any more space.
Ok, in place of number 7, I'll put Castlevania Bloodlines for genesis. SO much fun!
Thanks for the submission! :D
But there's an issue with number 7. This is something I forgot to address in the blog, but when it comes to Castlevania games, I'm only going to be accepting the ones that don't follow the SotN style of gameplay. If you want you can replace number 7, or I could just ignore it.
When comes to Castlevania, I'll accept the older ones that don't don't use the SotN style gameplay. If you want, you can replace numbers 3 and 1.
Ok, I just looked on the Wiki... apparently Castlevania games aren't platformers? I don't know, I always thought they were. But if you wont count them as such 2200, then you can get rid of 3 and 1.
Ataeru: A college student working his way towards an AAS in Graphic Design, along the way there taking one of two positions for Student Rep at the college's Gamer's Club. Unfortunately this has left him busy, but he will try to keep contributing to the Screwattack community when he can... He also apologizes in advance for not putting any Mario games on the list.
10. N+: This flash game was the thing back in my high school days. Jumping around, avoiding everything out to kill at high speeds was addicting, adding user submitted levels just sweetened the experience. However it is held back by it's simple visual and gameplay design. If you played one level, you practically played them all.
9. Bionic Commando Rearmed A classic updated to today's generation. Gameplay still fun as ever, and don't forget that drool inducing music. My only gripe is that it was somewhat lacking in length.
8. Sonic Advance 3 - I know what you're thinking, "Why not Sonic 2 or Sonic & Knuckles?". It's because it's the same sonic experience, but with more characters, different team combinations, and visually looks better. The reason why it's so low is because it's not quite fun to be running or jumping into enemies that you don't see coming (AKA:Bubsy syndrome). Having a little warning pop up in advance since you can't see that far would make it so much more enjoyable.
7. Tomba 2 - Ok, I technically haven't played this, but I have seen the entirety of it played by my babysitter's husband of the time. The game was hilarious, and from what I saw had very creative levels. But the game from what I remember, it can fight you with it's camera, and has some nasty areas to deal with.
6. Kirby 64: The crystal shards - Ok, I haven't played the SNES kirby game, so I won't know how good it was, but Kirby 64 was the platformer of my childhood. Unique levels, great mini games, and a lovable sound track, I don't even need to mention 02's theme now do I? As great as it was though, having to revisit world after world again and again just to get one crystal and the correct attack type to unlock said crystal really dulls your enjoyment of the game, it's the reason why I don't want to pick it up again after so long.
5. Megaman Zero 3
Albeit the game was short, It was exciting to test myself against this beast of a game. speeding on through the stage ripping enemies up without putting a scratch on me, then fighting the boss afterwards. Sure it is like other Megaman games, but it's still a sight to see.
4. Metroid Fusion
The best 2D Metroid game in my book. Sure Super Metroid is everyone's favorite. But this game did something different and succeeded. The space station was a great change of pace, areas are challenging and unique, being able to see more insight into Samus and others around her, and of course the boss fights. This is truly one of my favorites, however Metroid games never have any replay value to me once I beat the game. As much as I love it, I have no desire to play it again.
3. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
I can't have enough of the gameplay, it's gives so much variety other then being stuck with one weapon and have restrictive mana usage that older Castlevania games had. Seriously, the glyph system is the best thing they did to the series, I can't say enough about it. I also love the gothic look of the game (it is a staple of the series after all), and the soundtrack is rememberable. (though "Ebony Wings" sounds better in Harmony of Despair) This is how Castlevania games should be.
2. Cave Story
I don't know where to start... It's one of the most memorable games that I have played... and one of the hardest. I had fun exploring the floating island, sadness missing my chance to save others close to you, eagerness to go back and save them, being amused getting the hidden items, and frustration going through hell and back. I have no desire to play it again, not because of being burned out, but rather being satisfied I did everything I can in the game.
1. Koumajou Densetsu II: Stranger's Requiem
... Oh, It's also known as Touhouvania 2 BTW. With that fan made title, you can pretty much guess it's a mix of Touhou and Castlevania, and by all means it deserves that title (The first Touhouvania also did this, but it wasn't executed as well). It takes Castlevania's Gothic theme and gameplay, with Touhou's story (PCB), music, and bullet hell dodging, and melds it together like chocolate and peanut butter. The characters have bold visual appeal that almost leaves an impact on you, the Touhou music is remixed to be more dark fitting of the Castlevania theme, and the gameplay... oh the gameplay. You're not just fighting regular monsters anymore, you will need emphasis on movement to avoid the shower of bullets flying towards you. It becomes much harder, but much more rewarding as well. I'm not joking here, it brings the action platformer genre to a whole new level. It's really the best of both worlds, and it works out so well.
You have to talk about each game on your list.
When not lazy enough to write a third person introduction of his self like the one you are reading right now, Alpha Unit writes third person introductions like the one you are reading right now.
Woo, Caught it this time.
Let me think it over, and i'll get back to you on that.
Supertrekkie4: A brony, a gamer for life, lover of the retro console-games and all around macho hombre.
I'll skip the explanations to save time, you guys know why good games are good. (*10 & 9 may not be my ninth and tenth favorite, but I'd like to give some points to a couple great games that could use some hugs)
10. Shadow Complex 9. Dust: An Elysian Tail ~ ~ ~ 8. Kirby's Adventure 7. Super Meat Boy 6. Super Ghouls N' Ghosts 5. Super Mario Bros. 3 4. Mega Man 9 (yeah, 9; yes I have played 2, I prefer 9 (still need to play 3 though :c)) 3. Donkey Kong Country 2. Super Metroid 1. Super Mario World
CazTheGamerGuy: Lives in his basement with a demonic Chrono Trigger poster and never shuts up about Bea Arthur.
I'm not sure if this should be here but... my list so honourable mention, here we go!
Honourable Mention: Mighty Switch Force! : I may love the Mighty trilogy, but Milky Way! is not a platformer (and would be on this list if it was) and Flip Champs! was a fun retro-platfromer, Mighty Switch Force! has everything to make a great puzzle platformer. If only it was longer and did NOT have the time displayed for you to beat for "Par Time".
10 - N+: A surprisingly odd choice maybe, but this is a thrillingly challenge from Raigan Burns (Never head of them? You're not alone). Simplicity s this game's greatest strength: Though not by any means so by design, N+ keeps things easy to learn but hard to master. Getting throughout those final stages is quite a challenge to even the most seasoned platforming veterans. It may not be called A+, but N+ is a top class platformer that deserves more attention.
9 - Super Mario World: "Oh no, it's sooo low on my list, how dare you have a differing opinion!" Well, to be honest, I always felt Super Mario World was limited to what Nintendo knew about the SNES and wouldn't reach its full potential for years to come. That being said, World has some of the best designed levels on the system and a massive location. Guess that's why it's called Super Mario World. Plus, it had the first appearance of Yoshi, the adorable lizard/dinosaur/ride with a massive appetite who went off to create a masterpiece which may or may not rank higher than his first outing as Mario's tool to jump higher.
8 - Wario Land 3: How can this game not be on this list? Wario may be nothing more than a dumb copy of Mario but this game is absolutely brilliant. A ton of moves, levels and powers that for some reason never seem to kill the massively obese anti-plumber earn it a place on my list. Plus, if you hate Wario, you can set him on fire or watch him inflate his head to painful proportions.
7 - Shantae: Risky's Revenge: Oh goodie, another chance for me to praise this game. Taking the tried and true Metroid-style and mixing it up with genie magic (who doesn't love changing from a monkey to a mermaid?), Shantae: Risky's Revenge was the best out of the admittedly meagre line-up on DSiWare and rivals even the finest out on Nintendo's newest handheld. Add to that a fittingly fantastic soundtrack and the standard quirky design seen in Wayforward titles, and you've got yourself a winner!
6 - Super Meat Boy: Guys, if anyone complain that modern games are too easy, you give them this title, put them in a room and lock them in until they come crying out in anguish and frustration to apologize for making that statement. This game is one hard piece of meat, but it keeps you coming back for more. A ton of levels and unlockables make this one of the best 2D titles in recent years and definitely one of the biggest packages for its price. Oh, and did I mention that when you beat a level you get the satisfaction of seeing all your sad attempts/Meat Boys to try and beat a level killed one at a time. Life is fun sometimes.
5 - Rayman Origins: This was one of the most surprising titles of 2011. Rayman Origins is basically New Super Mario Bros. Wii with multiplayer not being a chaotic mess and the levels feel more designed for fast paced competitive platforming with friends. What's more, even by yourself it's a romp, and a challenging one at that. There's so much variety and quality to it, yet such a shame more people didn't bought this title rather than scoffing at it for being a 2D title for full price.
4 - Kirby Super Star: One remake, many, MANY new games. The game's box says 8 in one, and each of them is a damn good example of how to make a fun, short game. The very best of the Kirby series, you can play it with one of your friends, a CP or go around destroying eight different but somewhat connected games. An expansion of Kirby's moves and abilities topped of with some great time killing minigames certainly doesn't hurt it either.
3 - Cave Story: A classic title... Released on PC in 2004... So what can I say that the internet hasn't said about this game to death? Only this: Stop releasing this game Nicalis and Studio Pixel, I get it! We get it, i'll build you both a monument out of gold and my sweat and tears, just please stop releasing this on every console and let it be! ... Please?
2 - Yoshi's Island: This is nostalgia in its purest form. I remember as a wee lad many fond memories playing this game for hours upon hours, finding every flower and red coin in the game. Years later, I still can't get enough of it. The levels are intricately designed, the egg mechanic is genius and there's just so much charm in the graphics and style on the island. Take out the whiny Baby Mario and you've got a game that is practically flawless. So, why isn't it my number one? Well... my ears can only take so much crying. But to be fair, it's better than Baby Wario...
Oh, the horror pon' one ears that child is...
1 - Super Mario Bros. 3: I can hear everyone "Oh, how typical, another Mario Bros 3. post at number one" BUT don't you argue otherwise! Super Mario Bros. 3 wasn't just the pinnacle of the good ol' NES, the mightiest title of the original Mario Bros. series, but the greatest platformer out there. It had excellent level design, creative and useful power ups (Frog and Hammer Suit anyone?) but most important of all, 20 years after its first launch, Super Mario Bros. 3 still holds up as a masterpiece in the platformer genre. It gives some of the greatest games out there a run for its money and comes out on top as one of the finest experiences in the medium. They say the third time is the charm. In the case of Super Mario Bros. 3, that couldn't be more true!
Only thing missing is a short self-introduction about yourself, preferably in the third person.
dude, we have the exact same top 2 games.