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Want to lose a finger? Put 12 editors in a box and make them pick the 100 best videogames of all time. What you'll get is a dozen bruised, scratched up, hoarse, irritated, smelly people who at one point during the debate said, "What's with all the SNES games?" or "The Saturn kicks your ass and you know it!"

But in the end, after all the fuss, 100 shiny games made the list. These games aren't necessarily the most influential, or even the most highly rated. They are, quite simply, the games we'd most likely be playing now if we didn't have all this new stuff.

Since every gamer has his or her own ideas, almost no one will agree with every selection that made the Top 100. But that's okay. Argue amongst yourselves. Call us insane on the message boards. Heck, email Dan Hsu, the EGM editor-in-chief. This is Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top 100 Video Games of All Time!

 

1. Super Metroid (Super NES) 
2. Tetris (various) 
3. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super NES) 
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS) 
5. Super Mario 64 (N64) 
6. Soul Calibur (DC) 
7. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) 
8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) 
9. Final Fantasy III/VI (Super NES/PS) 
10. Super Mario World (Super NES) 
11. Super Mario Bros. 3 (Super NES All Stars Edition) 
12. Final Fantasy V (PS) 
13. Street Fighter II Turbo (Super NES) 
14. Metal Gear Solid (PS) 
15. Gran Turismo 3 A-spec (PS2) 
16. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super NES) 
17. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PS) 
18. Pok�mon Puzzle League (N64) 
19. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn) 
20. Galaga (various) 
21. Dragon Force (Saturn) 
22. Super Mario Bros. (Super NES All Stars Edition) 
23. Gunstar Heroes (Genesis) 
24. Super Castlevania IV (Super NES) 
25. The Legend of Zelda (NES) 
26. Chrono Trigger (Super NES) 
27. Sonic CD (Sega CD) 
28. Hot Shots Golf 2 (PS) 
29. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super NES All Stars Edition) 
30. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (DC) 
31. Madden NFL 2002 (PS2) 
32. NCAA Football 2002 (PS2) 
33. Saturn Bomberman (Saturn) 
34. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES) 
35. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA) 
36. Chrono Cross (PS) 
37. Resident Evil Code Veronica X (PS2) 
38. R-Type Delta (PS) 
39. Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC) 
40. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC) 
41. Ms. Pac-Man (Genesis/SNES) 
42. Contra III: The Alien Wars (Super NES) 
43. Final Fantasy Tactics (PS) 
44. Super Mario Kart (Super NES) 
45. Phantasy Star Online (ver 2) (DC) 
46. Pok�mon Gold/Silver/Crystal (GBC) 
47. Panzer Dragoon Zwei (Saturn) 
48. Paper Mario (N64) 
49. Contra (NES) 
50. Guardian Heroes (Saturn) 
51. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES) 
52. Herzog Zwei (Genesis) 
53. Super Punch-Out!! (SNES) 
54. Devil's Crush (TurboGrafx-16) 
55. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC) 
56. Landstalker (Genesis) 
57. Final Fantasy IX (PS) 
58. Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis) 
59. Virtua Fighter 2 (Saturn) 
60. Super Mario RPG (SNES) 
61. Nights: Into Dreams... (Saturn) 
62. Resident Evil 2 (PS) 
63. R-Type (R-Types Edition for PlayStation) 
64. Mega Man II (NES) 
65. Perfect Dark (N64) 
66. Donkey Kong for Game Boy (GB) 
67. Street Fighter Alpha 3 (DC/PS) 
68. Super Ghouls n Ghosts (SNES) 
69. Metroid (NES) 
70. Ninja Gaiden (NES) 
71. Phantasy Star II (Genesis) 
72. Advance Wars (GBA) 
73. The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis) 
74. Shining Force III (Saturn) 
75. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PS) 
76. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis) 
77. Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color) 
78. Starfox (SNES) 
79. Mario Kart 64 (N64) 
80. Skies of Arcadia (DC) 
81. Ape Escape (PS) 
82. Kirby's Avalanche/Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (SNES/Genesis) 
83. Daytona USA (DC) 
84. Samurai Shodown II (Neo Geo) 
85. F-Zero X (N64) 
86. Actraiser (SNES) 
87. Sega Rally 2 (DC) 
88. Virtua Tennis (DC) 
89. Dragon Warrior IV (NES) 
90. Resident Evil (PlayStation) 
91. Final Fantasy VII (PS) 
92. Ice Hockey (NES) 
93. Super Smash Bros. (N64) 
94. Baseball Stars (NES) 
95. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) 
96. Phantasy Star (Sega Master System) 
97. Mario Golf (GBC) 
98. Quake III Arena (DC) 
99. Wipeout XL (PS) 
100. Decathlete (Saturn) 
 
 
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