The first true real time strategy game, Dune II represented a huge revolution of the genre and paved the way for the upcoming legend, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. The reason why Dune is here and not Warcraft is pretty simple: it was the only game of the early nineties to offer THREE opposing factions (as opposed to the general rule of thumb of two opposing races), it was the first game to support mouse controls, but generally people tend to forget it was a pioneer and consider Warcraft the game who started it all. If it wouldn’t have been for Dune II, there wouldn’t have been a solid RTS fanbase and Warcraft’s fate would’ve been different now. So that’s why, in terms of importance to the entire gaming universe I consider Dune II a bit more important than the original Warcraft.
A Link to the Past is the first real legend in the Zelda series, the first true work of art. I personally consider this one just a bit better than Ocarina of Time – which is, according to most of the people, the best Legend of Zelda game and maybe the best game ever made. For me though, A Link to the Past is the true definition of progress and courage, something a developer rarely has nowadays: Nintendo had the guts to change an already money-maker (most of the concept in Zelda II) and got lucky: it’s this game that introduced the parallel universe in the franchise, it’s this game that introduced a top-notch exploration system and some flawless environmental puzzles, as well as one of the most solid stories ever. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the best classic games and a must play for anybody who claims to be a fan of Zelda games.
It’s already a cliché to place Super Mario Bros as the number one in such charts, but that’s the reality and I assume the risk of being considered so unoriginal: Super Mario Bros is the title that no gamer must miss. Created over 20 years ago, the game is a true legend: it turned a short legged Italian plumber into the world’s best known mascot, it created the most successful gaming franchises of all times (the game itself sold over 40 million units!) and even the theme music is recognized, probably, by any human on this planet. Not to mention that it simply rocketed Nintendo to the sky. Super Mario Bros is a legend, a true classic, and a game that we should never-ever forget! Period.
And now – you tell me which classic pre-’95 titles should’ve made this list!