Happy New Years everyone!!! I know I’m a little late here and it has been over 2 months since I have made a post BUT! now that things have finally settled down I have decided that one of my New Years resolutions would be to keep posting about my passion for games on this blog!! So let’s jump back in!
No matter how long I have been gaming, one of my favorite genres will always be platfromers. Platforming games involve controlling a character to jump through obstacles, around suspended platform, solve puzzles, collect objects, or even speed run to get through levels from start to finish. They can be super easy or super challenging and one of the best things about the genre is that even though the concept is the same throughout the genre the gameplay can be very different in each game. We’ll explore this in some of my favorite platformers!!
Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985): For me and many, MANY, people I know, this is where platforming games all started (unless you were a SEGA kid). This game is truly a classic, it set the standard for 2D side-scrolling platformers, and it is still played to this day on numerous different platforms including emulators, Nintendo Switch, and the NES Classic console. From this title, a monster franchise grew and even though the gameplay has changed some, I still look forward to every Mario platform title that is released.
Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995): Yoshi’s Island is where my love of the character Yoshi grew exponentially. Although Yoshi was first introduced in Super Mario World as a riding companion, this was the first game where Yoshi was the main character. Kamek, an evil koopa tried to kidnap the baby Mario Bros., but only managed to capture baby Luigi. The Yoshis find baby Mario and take him to reunite him with his brother by traveling through the Mushroom Kingdom. This game introduced some major mechanics for Yoshi’s character that has been used in games ever since including the flutter jump and turning enemies into eggs. Since this game’s release there have been several other Yoshi-based games on N64, DS/3DS, WiiU, and the new Yoshi’s Crafted World will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on March 29th, 2019 (Which I’m super excited for!).
Sonic Mania (Switch, 2017): It’s hard to improve on a classic such as the original Sonic games on SEGA Genesis, but I was super impressed and thrilled when Sonic Mania released on all major consoles in 2017. This game was developed by SEGA as an homage for the 25th anniversary of the first Sonic game! It was an awesome because the developers made the game in the classic 2D side-scrolling platform like the original with the same bit-style art design, but it incorporated new abilities, levels, music, and more! It was truly a game made for fans of the original Sonic games and I would highly recommend picking this title up for some great nostalgia and fun gameplay.
Rayman Legends (WiiU, 2013): The Rayman character and franchise has been around since 1995 and has grown ever since. I did not discover this series until the Rayman Origins game released on Xbox 360, but I quickly fell in love with the wacky characters, speedy gameplay, and beautiful art style. I ended up buying Rayman Legends (the sequel to Origins) as soon as it released on the WiiU and again on the Xbox One because I enjoyed the game so much. Besides Legends bringing new music levels, new characters, mini games, and more, it also featured EVERY level from Rayman Origins as well!!! Meaning, Rayman Legends was like getting two games in one. This is still one of my favorite platformers to this day and I will randomly jump into the game and play some levels. It also supports up to four players at a time which makes the co-op game play a blast!
Donkey Kong 64 (N64, 1999): This game will go down in history as the first game I ever beat before my brother, Kevin. The N64 system brought a wave of new gameplay mechanics to the world of gaming including 3D-platforming. Most people remember Super Mario 64, but I really enjoyed Donkey Kong 64 more (unpopular opinion, I know). The game was vast, with numerous, fun worlds to explore. There were secrets, challenges, and collectables everywhere. And who could forget the DK Rap song? That song was iconic enough to make an appearance in the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. This game will forever be one of my favorite 3D platformers…in fact I think it’s time to play it again 🙂
Super Mario Maker (WiiU, 2015): I have mentioned it before, but I LOVED Super Mario World and it will forever be in my all-time top 5 games, but you can only play the same levels over and over again…or can you? I loved Super Mario Maker because it gave me creativity, it gave me nostalgia, it gave me a challenge, and millions of levels to play of Mario games. The premise is pretty simple, design your very own Mario levels in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Super Mario 3, or New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The levels could be short, long, easy, difficult, have multiple layers, use of keys to get through doors, be underwater, or even on airships in the sky. They made the interface of the game easy to use so anyone could create levels (even me!). If you are a fan of classic Mario games and you are looking to enjoy new levels definitely pick up Super Mario Maker for the WiiU or 3DS, I’m hoping to see this ported to the Nintendo Switch in the future.
Mentioned in other post but still some of my favorites(!):
And since there are WAY too many of them for me to talk about here, some honorable mentions are:
- Sonic Generations
- Shovel Knight
- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy
- Super Meat Boy
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Donkey Kong Country
Depending on topics I cover in the future, I may end up doing another platformer post about some of the honorable mentions and new platformers I have played recently. Is there any big titles I missed that should be on here? What is your favorite platformer game?