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Video game consoles are generally only as good as the games they have in their libraries. However, there have been some consoles over the years that have been bashed so hard and so frequently by so many that people end up thinking that they had nothing worthwhile to offer. On doing research, I found that that isn't necessarily the case. Sure, some machines like the R-Zone, LaserActive, and HyperScan have nothing to warrant buying the consoles, but I also found plenty of outstanding games that more than justify investing in maligned hardware. That's what this list is about. These are twenty games I found that are so good that they make strong cases for buying consoles that many consider the worst.
Now, I have a few stipulations for this list. First, I'm only considering console releases. I'm not much of a PC gamer; so, I'm not paying attention to whether any of these games showed up on PC. Second, to be considered for this list, the game in question has to (a) be exclusive to a maligned console or (b) have the best version on a maligned console.
Time to press Start!
#20 - Teleroboxer (Virtual Boy)
#19 - Point of Destruction (Gizmondo)
An update of a Commodore 64 game, Point of Destruction is simply addictive. With lots of power-ups, vivid graphics, and a great techno soundtrack, it is an excellent portable shooter.
#18 - Glimmerati (N-Gage)
#17 - Captain Quazar (3DO)
#16 - Lunar: The Silver Star (Sega CD)
#15 - Pathway to Glory (N-Gage)
Turn-based Strategy is a genre that's tailor made for a portable, and Pathway to Glory is right up there with Advance Wars as a prime example of the genre. The visuals are crisp, the mechanics are fantastic, and there are plenty of scenarios to play.
#14 - Road Rash (3DO)
#13 - Burn:Cycle (CD-i)
#12 - Blackthorne (32X)
#11 - Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (Sega CD)
#10 - Alien Vs. Predator (Jaguar)
#9 - Popful Mail (Sega CD)
Working Designs worked wonders with the Sega CD, and Popful Mail is one of the best games they brought to the states. The levels are creative, the visuals just pop, and the writing is just hilarious! This is one of the best side-scrolling RPGs anywhere.
#8 - Snatcher (Sega CD)
#7 - Sticky Balls (Gizmondo)
#6 - Wario Land (Virtual Boy)
#5 - Gremlins (Atari 5200)
I did a review of this game last year, and I still stand by it. This arcade slasher is one of the best movie-based games I'd ever played, and it was definitely worth putting up with the 5200's problems.
#4 - Rifts: Promise of Power (N-Gage)
#3 - Tempest 2000 (Jaguar)
#2 - Shining Force CD (Sega CD)
#1 - Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger (3DO)
I know there are more games than just these that justify buying maligned consoles. Which are your favorites?