Oh how we love lists! I have been playing and collecting games since I was barely walking, it was something my uncle and older brother surrounded me with. I had all kinds of gadgets from an Apple II and Commodore VIC-20 to Odyssey, Intellivision, Microvision, and Atari. But of course none of those would compare to the late birthday present I got on October 19th 1985. My Mother and Aunt took me into Manhattan to get a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)...
I almost exploded, the joy this system gave me as a child is immeasurable. They instantly had a tool to keep me in line (always)...All it took was one threat "Do your homework or no Nintendo" - Bam! Homework done. "Eat your vegetables or no Nintendo!" Damn it! They got me, swallow that damn Broccoli.
It's no surprise there are so many popular blogs, emulators, musical groups, and conventions that celebrate the 8bit era. I can probably say with little argument, from most people, the NES is the greatest console ever made. The amazing thing of it? It was actually created in 1982 with a release in 1983 as the Famicom. Short of a recall and replacement of the motherboard, the Famicom, soon to be, the Nintendo we know and love, was an enormous success. Atari at one time was going to be the releasing agency in North America. I think Atari still feels the burn on their assess from walking away from that decision.
The console itself isn't the greatest because of itself (if that makes any sense)...it's the games and the characters many of us related to or loved to play with. From the amazing R.O.B. accessory - which, of course, most of us didn't get too much out of; although I (at least) played with it often. Everything before this system was very awkward and not really compelling (So much for us kids being entertained by basic colors and flashing lights).
Fuck MTV - I want my Nintendo!
Here are some of the other choices that I was toughing out for top 25 in no specific order.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Prince of Persia
River City Ransom
Skate or Die!
Batman Return of the Joker