10 first-party Nintendo games everyone forgot

When it comes to first-party libraries, there’s no company as iconic as Nintendo. From mario at The Legend of Zelda, the beloved company has been producing instant classics for decades with well-known properties around the world. With the spotlight on the company, a first-party game is unlikely to fall under the radar.

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As time goes by and Nintendo’s library grows, it’s inevitable that some of their first-party games will get lost in the shuffle. It could just be due to the weather or because they aren’t getting as much love considering other great games from this era. But for some fans, the recall of those forgotten games may stir up feelings of nostalgia.

ten Mario Pinball Earth


Mario fighting puffer fish in art for Mario Pinball Land

Known in other parts of the world as Super Mario Ball, Mario Pinball Land was a bizarre spin-off pinball game for the Game Boy Advance where Mario is the ball. The game begins with Mario and Princess Peach visiting a fairground to try out a new attraction known as the Air Cannon. When Peach is turned into a ball in order to experience the cannon, two Goombas aim the cannon at Bowser’s castle as she is shot.

Gameplay revolves around Mario turning into a ball and collecting stars across multiple pinball worlds. This unlocked bosses that Mario must defeat to advance.

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9 Dr Luigi


Dr. Luigi's title screen

There have been a few puzzles derived from the mario series. One of the most iconic spin-offs is Dr. Marioa series of falling tile puzzle games that debuted in 1990. Mario had always been the protagonist of these games until 2013, when Luigi got his time to shine in Dr Luigi.

Released at the end of the “Year of Luigi”, the game had four distinct modes. In addition to a classic mode, there was also “Operation L”, which involved L-shaped setups. There was also “Virus Buster”, which involved a drag-and-drop mechanism using the gamepad Wii U.


8 Avalanche 1080°


1080 Avalanche racing game on Gamecube

One of the best games on the Nintendo 64 was 1080° Snowboarding, Nintendo’s take on the snowboard video game genre. As the game sold over two million copies, a sequel was in the works by a third-party developer.

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However, after this failed, Nintendo Software Technology recovered the remains. 1080° Avalanche on Gamecube focused on the racing part of snowboarding with Match Race, which included regular runs as well as runs that involved overtaking an avalanche. There was a trick mode in the game, along with a few other racing modes.



Link in Ranger Mode for Link's Crossbow Training

There were all kinds of unique Wii accessories over the console’s lifetime. The Wii Zapper was an interesting peripheral that allowed gamers to put their Wii Remote inside a gun-like mechanism. If players got this, they probably would have gotten Link’s Crossbow Training with that.

Set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the game offers the player nine levels to test their shooting skills. This includes target practice, a wave battle mode, and “Ranger” levels that feature Link moving and fighting, rather than standing still.


6 Wario: Master of Disguise


Box Art for Wario: Master of Disguise on Nintendo DS

It’s been well over a decade since gamers have seen a 2D platformer for the wario series. One of the latest entries was released in 2007 under Suzak’s development called Wario: Master of Disguise.

The plot revolves around Wario’s jealousy of a television thief named Silver Zephyr. He decides to create a helmet that will allow him to enter the TV show and, after succeeding there, steals the thief’s disguise. This game took a more puzzle-oriented approach to platforming, with players tasked with moving with all other buttons when performing actions on the touchpad.

5 Pokemon Puzzle League


An easy puzzle in Pokemon Puzzle League

While the Pokemon The franchise started with video games, they have since branched out into various other forms of media including popular anime which started in 1997. However, several video games have also been made based on anime.

One of them was the Pokemon Puzzle Leaguewhich is also based on a video game series from Nintendo called Puzzle League. The game revolves around maneuvering blocks and connecting ones that have a matching color, which is similar to 1995 Puzzle League Game Tetris attack.

4 DK Jungle Climber


Box Art for DK Jungle Climber for Nintendo DS

the donkey kong franchise is known for its excellent platform games. In 2005, Nintendo released a variant of the format called DK: king of the swing for Game Boy Advance. The cartoon game revolved around using the L and R triggers to climb the pegs.

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This game was not well received, but the game got a Nintendo DS sequel called DK Jungle Climber. The game has not only improved its overall gameplay and added multiplayer modes, but it has also been stylized to look more like the classic. donkey kong country Games.

3 Master of Illusion


Part of the cover of Master of Illusion on Nintendo DS

Who else would publish a wizard video game besides Nintendo? Master of illusions is a game that puts players in the shoes of an illusionist in training.

The game is all about learning these tricks and earning points, although there is a cap on how many points per day an individual can earn. Magic Training mode revolved around learning tricks while Magic Show was all about performing them for points. There was also a Solo Magic mode which featured many mini-games. A Nintendo-themed deck of playing cards was bundled with the game.


2 Yoshi Safari


The Shoot Screen prompt in Yoshi's Safari

Yoshi Safari was one of the best games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that no one has played. Using the Super Scope, players take control of Mario in first person as he rides Yoshi and shoots enemies using the device. The game features 12 levels set in the world of Jewelry Land, which Bowser and the Koopalings have taken over. Each level contains an array of enemies plus a boss fight with the Koopalings or Bowser.

The game was well received by critics but was overshadowed by the release of mortal combat on SNES.

1 Detective


Title screen for Gumshoe on NES

Another game with a shooting accessory, a game called Gumshoe released in North America in 1986 and played only with the NES Zapper. It was the very first game published by Nintendo not to be released in Japan.

The game revolves around a detective named Mr. Stevenson who must pay a ransom to a mob boss named King Dom who kidnapped Stevenson’s daughter. The gameplay consists of walking along a 2D platform shooting enemies and obstacles to reach the end of the level. Players also had to shoot Mr. Stevenson to blow him up.

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