Iconic Nintendo games that are now 15 years old

2007 was a great year for nintendo. The company had just released its Nintendo Wii at the end of 2006 – a console that many people expected to fail after the failure of PlayStation’s EyeToy. The console started strong with launch titles Sports Wii and The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princesswho collectively showed the gaming industry that the console could be great fun while still being capable of producing critically acclaimed titles.

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However, many people needed more convincing before purchasing Nintendo’s latest innovation. If 2007 had struggled to produce great games, the console might never have taken off, but instead the year provided Nintendo owners with a fantastic catalog of games that ensured the success of the short-term and long-term console. The following games on this list were released in North America in 2007 and are all fondly remembered today.

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8 Super Paper Mario

As the name suggests, Super Paper Mario was essentially a hybrid of the paper mario and Super Mario series. While the game’s aesthetic, storytelling, and role-playing elements were akin to the paper mario series, the game ditched its turn-based combat in favor of platforming.

Super Paper MarioThe platforming was far from traditional, however, as the game allowed players to switch between 2D and 3D perspectives. It wasn’t just a stylistic choice, as different perspectives offered different routes through the level.

7 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Diamond and pearl were the first versions of the fourth generation of Pokemonof the game series. Game Freak didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, keeping the core gameplay similar to the classic RPG pair Pokemon Red and Blue.

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Pokémon Diamond and pearl was a hit with fans and critics, exemplified by diamondit is 85 critic ratings and 8.3 user ratings on review aggregator Metacritic. A remake of the games was released in 2021 on the Nintendo Switch titled Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Brilliant pearl.

6 Mario Strikers loaded

At this point, Mario is almost as well-known for its sports titles as it is for its platformers. Nintendo’s mascot has brought friends and foes together to compete in a variety of sports over the years, including go-kart racing, tennis and golf. Along the way, some of the best casual sports games of all time have been created.

2007 saw the release of the second Mario Strikers game, a series of football matches which, in the tradition mario fashion, care little about realism and just focus on over-the-top entertainment. fans of Mario Strikers loaded are lucky as a sequel, titled Mario Strikers: Battle Leagueis set to release on June 10, 2022.

5 Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock

The rise and fall of the rhythm genre in the mid-2000s was both so sharp and rapid that many people forgot how important playing style was. the Guitar Hero The series started in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 and caught people’s attention with the now-iconic guitar controller that set the game apart from almost everything else at the time.

As the name suggests, Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock focused on legendary songs and bands from the past, with Slash and Tom Morello even as playable characters.

4 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a first-person shooter and 3D Metroidvania game that was developed by Retro Studios. The story of the game takes place six months after that of November 2004 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and sees Samus desperately trying to stop the spread of a radioactive substance known as Phazon after becoming infected with it herself.

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Metroid Prime 4 was announced in June 2017, although news about the game has been scarce since.


3 The Legend of Zelda: Ghost Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda: Ghost Hourglass is a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: The waker of the wind. gamecube Wind Waker received a ton of backlash from fans when its trailer was first released due to its cartoony aesthetic, though fans quickly changed their tune when the critically acclaimed game was released.

ghost hourglass was released for the Nintendo DS and made great use of the handheld system by incorporating its dual screen and microphone into many of the game’s tricky puzzles.

2 Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

Mario Strikers loaded wasn’t the Plumber’s only sporting outing in 2007, as Mario also teamed up with Sega’s mascot, Sonic, for their long-running debut game. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series.

As the name suggests, the game takes Mario, Sonic, and many characters from their universes and pits them against each other in a variety of Olympic sports, such as table tennis, fencing, and multiple athletics.

1 super mario galaxy

Another 2007 release involving Nintendo’s mascot character was Super Mario Galaxy. the Super Mario is well known for its consistent quality and innovation, so when it came time for Nintendo to develop the next game in the franchise for its new console, there was understandably a lot of expectation and pressure.

Fortunately, the game did not disappoint, as super mario galaxy immediately captured players’ attention and imagination with its space and ingenious level design.

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