Super Mario World Takes The Number One Spot In Retro Gamer Magazine’s Top 150 Games

Super Mario World took the top spot in Retro Gamer Magazine’s recently published ‘Top 150 games ever’ based on a reader poll.  It was also closely followed by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at number 2, and Super Mario 64 came in at number 5.

Here’s the top 50 from the reader poll, and you can view the full list posted by NeoGAF user Sir_Crocodile here:

1) Super Mario World
2) Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time
3) Shenmue [Yu Suzuki (full interview)]
4) Tetris
5) Super Mario 64
6) Legend of Zelda : A Link to the Past
7) Final Fantasy VII
8) Doom [John Romero]
9) Resident Evil 4
10) Goldeneye 007 [David Doak]
11) Super Mario Bros 3
12) Super Mario Kart
13) Street Fighter 2
14) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
15) Metal Gear Solid
16) Shenmue II
17) Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim [Pete Hines]
18) Streets of Rage II
19) Secret of Monkey Island [Ron Gilbert]
20) Half-Life 2
21) Elite
22) Out Run
23) Super Metroid [Yoshio Sakamoto]
24) Halo : Combat Evolved
25) Grand Theft Auto : Vice City
26) The Last of Us [Ricky Cambier/Josh Scherr]
27) Castlevania : Symphony of the Night [Iga]
28) Sonic the Hedgehog
29) Fallout 3
30) Manic Miner
31) Grand Theft Auto V
32) Resident Evil 2
33) Chrono Trigger
34) Bubble Bobble
35) Monkey Island 2 : Lechuck’s Revenge
36) Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker
37) Final Fantasy VI
38) Tomb Raider
39) Half Life
40) Super Mario Bros [Shigeru Miyamoto/Takashi Tezuka]
41) R-Type [Kazuma Kujo]
42) Super Mario Galaxy
43) Resident Evil (original)
44) Sensible World of Soccer [Jon Hare]
45) Speedbal 2 : Brutal Deluxe
46) Lemmings [Mike Dailly]
47) Pac-Man
48) Robotron 2084
49) Deus Ex
50) Doom II




  1. I’d put Super Metroid, Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy VI, Half-Life, Resident Evil 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Monkey Island and (especially) Deus Ex much higher. Goldeneye and Shenmue should be lower. Remove Fallout 3, GTA V and Skyrim. There are much better entries in those series, their incursion makes no sense, even if it’s a poll.

      1. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s bad, I actually think it’s pretty decent for a fan poll. No Metroid Prime, though, which saddens me.

    1. Everyone has different tastes in games. I could create a huge list of games that are some of my favorite such as Civilization 5 (with DLC), Super Metroid/Metroid Fusion, Pokemon Black and White 2, Majora’s Mask 3D (any Zelda really), Banished, Terraria, Minecraft, Super Mario 3D World, Kingdom Hearts 2, and I could go on-and-on. I’m certain that any game in this list would be agreed/disagreed on because of basic preference, nostalgia, etc. I myself find Super Mario World to be great, but I wouldn’t put it above Super Mario Bros. 3 or even New Super Mario Bros. U (although I played both of those first before beating Super Mario World).

      1. Sure, I was just expressing my personal view on those titles, except for the ones I listed at the end. I don’t think those deserve to be on the list when other entries in their respective series do what those titles do better.

  2. No Kirby Superstar…depressing. such an underrated master piece and the evolutionary start of the smash series. Game is a bigger deal in Japan than west. It’ll always be a unsung jem.

  3. SMW is for sure the best 2D platform ever made, with one of the most brilliant mechanics and power up collection ever seen in the Mario franchise. It has a perfect balance of length, fun, and difficulty; also, its glorious and atemporal art style, as well as its addictive soundtrack and sound effects, will make it forever remembered.

  4. As odd as the arrangement of this list is, I will say I’m more of a World guy in the 3/World situation.

  5. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

    Sweet! I love Super Mario World! To this day, it is still the best Mario game ever made that I’ve played! Paper Mario (2nd place), Super Mario Sunshine (3rd place), & Super Mario 64 (4th place) follow swiftly behind it.

    1. Great choices.
      Really hard to say if I’d put them in the same ranking, love each of them too much to tell which I like better, but we definitely share the same favourites (though I’d add Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga to my personal list too). :)

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