And the winner is…
Super Mario Bros. 3!
In the end, this had everything it needed to go all the way in the Avocado’s first tournament to determine the best video game, especially the fact that it’s both nostalgic to many yet still holds up well today.
As a recap, here are all of your Best Video Game winners:
- Pac-Man, Frogger and Galaga for the Early Years
- Super Mario Bros. 3, Tetris and The Legend of Zelda for the 8-Bit Years
- Super Mario World, Chrono Trigger and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the 16-Bit Years
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and Half-Life for the 3D Years
- Katamari Damacy, Half-Life 2 and Shadow of the Colossus for the Millennial Years
- Portal, Mass Effect 2 and Portal 2 for the HD Years
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Witcher 3 and Stardew Valley for the Current Years
- Super Mario Bros. 3, Portal and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the final tournament
This tournament was a blast to run thanks to all of your participation! I especially enjoyed the debates over what makes a game great:
- A game that’s historically important but doesn’t hold up well, or a game that’s less critical to gaming history but still plays great today?
- An innovative but flawed original, or a sequel that’s been polished to perfection?
- An 80+ hour RPG masterpiece, or a brilliant 2 hour indie gem?
- An amazing experience with friends, or a stellar single player game?
Thank you so much for playing my game!