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A while ago, I bought a 20th Century Masters collection of The Guess Who, one of the greatest rock bands in history, and was dissappointed when I found that Baba O'Riley was poignantly absent; it is one of their greatest songs, after all.
So here's the deal: you get to make a 20th Century Masters collection for Nintendo. Like 20th Cent., you only get to put 10 games in your collection. They can be from any console or handheld, but have to be games developed or published by Nintendo, so that means everything from R.C Pro Am to Goldeneye to Bayonetta 2 are open. Tell us why you chose those games. Are they best sellers? Most representative of Nintendo's quality? Do you go for a variety of franchises or pick several from the same series? Does your list lean more heavily on iconic classics or do you feel that some of the modern games are better than their predecessors (Twilight/Ocarina; Mario Kart 8/64; Brawl/ Melee/ Original)? Or do you just pick the games that you played and liked?
There is one more rule. You must poignantly omit one great Nintendo game. Let us know which iconic game is decidedly not allowed on your list and why.
P.S. Assume that the game will be played under ideal circumstances (having the appropriate controller(s) in new condition, having other players for multiplayer games). Also, assume that the person playing it might not have played these games before; greatest hits are often used to get into a new band, assume that someone wants to get into Nintendo games and is looking at your collection.
For an extra challenge, put your list in a particular order, as if one were listening to an album and hearing all the songs in order. Do you order them by age, popularity, or preference? What do you open with? What do you close with?
Here's my list:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Star Fox 64
3. Super Metroid
4. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
5. Perfect Dark
6. Kirby Super Star
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns
8. Super Mario Bros
9. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
10.Super Smash Brothers Melee
I am poignantly omitting Pokemon because they were never an important part of my childhood (even though many games on this list weren't either) and I never cared about them. I respect them as a popular game and esport but I can't bring myself to ever want to play them because I generally don't like turn based games of that style.