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Lists found on: Top 7 Nintendo’s Mistakes, Industry Screw-ups, 10 ways to create competition that’ll eventually become better than you, Consoles that never were

Why is this on so many lists?
Truth is stranger than fiction, and Nintendo’s monumental flub-up is no different. The tale of how Nintendo created its own worst enemy is one of the most documented and cautionary stories in the videogame industry. Essentially, Nintendo had a deal with Sony for a CD-based add-on. Nintendo got spooked when it realized Sony would retain all rights to the CD games, and backed out.

Next, Nintendo punked Sony secretly and announced a deal - that eventually went nowhere - with Phillips at a press conference. Phillips created some awful Nintendo games (Link: The Faces of Evil!) and Sony created the PlayStation, which dominated sales and in turn led to the PlayStation 2 - the best-selling console ever.

Basically, one company bitch-slap led to another, while gamers went “DAMMMMMMMMNNNNN.” Even if Nintendo is leading sales in this generation with the Wii, Sony has muscled their way into the gaming market and changed the way we all play games through branding and publisher deals.

Maybe Microsoft will snub Panasonic and we’ll get the 4DO.

Lists found on: Best Game Ever, Why You Don’t Need to Play Anything Else, 3D Done Right

Why is this on so many lists?
Apparently, The Ocarina of Time is like totally the best game ever. And anyone else who says otherwise is an idiot. In fact, if The Ocarina of Time doesn’t show up as either number 1 or 2 on any Best Game list, then the people who wrote it are complete tools.

At this point, writers are bound by fan-law to include Ocarina of Time all the time. And for good reason, Ocarina - like Mario 64 before it - is a masterful 3D adventure with solid gameplay. What’s difficult in writing these lists is that because these games came before the sequels we play today, we’re almost bound to nostalgia and have to more or less neglect follow-ups like Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess that have since refined gameplay.

And when you’re writing for people between the ages of 10 and 30, there’re multiple generations of gamers to appeal to. Someone will always be disappointed. Yes, it’s an awesome game. But so is Chrono Trigger and you don’t read about that game all the damn time... oh, wait.

We stop writing lists - but that ain’t happening.

Lists found on: Games that made you weepy, Gaming’s greatest martyrs, Mediocre Game Babes

Why is she on so many lists?
Did you cry? Did you cry? Did you cry? Did you cry?

Final Fantasy VII was a breakthrough achievement for the PlayStation with its breathtaking cutscenes and engaging story. FFVII also holds the distinction as being one of the first RPGs that American gamers played through. Not only that, but the sucker punch that comes at the end of the first disc has been engraved in gamers’ minds for 11 years: SPOILER - Aerith is impaled by magical sociopath, Sephiroth.

Now, it’s unwritten law that her death must be continuously written as the pinnacle of emotion in gaming. Losing party members to death was nothing new in RPGs by 1997, yet many gamers latched on to this game specifically - partly because of hype and partly because it genuinely blew gamers away. Even if we stop writing about her, we can’t take away that emotion or memory from anyone. But we can leave you with some insight as pointed out by Associate Editor Chris Antista:

“Despite getting killed in her very first game appearance, Aerith has appeared in three more Final Fantasy titles, a feature-length film, two Japanese party games and three Kingdom Hearts. So, how exactly was her death meaningful again?”

Lop her head off in the eventual PS3 remake. That’ll give you something to cry about.

Hear more about this article in TalkRadar.

Aug 1, 2008 


  • arahman56 - May 19, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    It looks like Aerith's scene was just meant to shock the player. But at least Zack's scene was done a lot better- anyone who played FFVII would have already known his fate, but Square did did a good job with his death.
  • LIAMthescot - August 24, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    She should've done a barrel roll.
  • jamesslater - May 15, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    Okay, so...what's the real best game of all time? I think we ought to know! ;-) (OOT is (probably) my favourite game, but it is overrated in that its status as the greatest game of all time has become something of a self-perpetuating myth. Unfortunately hype and hyperbole can scare people off as often as they attract them, so all I will say is, it's only 1000 Virtual Console points, just treat it as another game that you might have heard some good things about and wanted to try.) (Also I've never really heard a convincing explanation for why OOT was or remains the best game of all time, whatever that means. All I ever hear is, "Well it had a lock-on system" and/or "It brought a classic franchise into 3D". So...what's the big deal? I'm playing devil's advocate here, but I would really like to hear some intelligent well-thought answers to this.)
  • american-idiot367 - February 20, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    lol, the only place that ive seen tht dosnt hav OoT as 1 or 2 on its list is some shitty facebook app, but what the hell do they know?
  • Kaz993 - January 15, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    Chrono Trigger. Must play again. Maybe I'll kill Magus this time. Always wanted to.
  • Metroidhunter32 - January 15, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    Okami shoulda been first...
  • skyguy343 - November 19, 2008 2:54 a.m.

    kay, i must be fucked in the head but i think Tingle is awesome. and also, The Library takes 3 times as long on a laggy PC
  • NEzraF - November 1, 2008 7:17 p.m.

  • DragonSovereign - June 16, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Tingle sucks. Period. As a Zelda fanboy it's illegal for me NOT to hate him.
  • The_Zanger - February 11, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    We just earned about General Custer in my history class. thats really disturbing, but serves him right, the greedy bastard. Okami is incredible, tingle is cool, Zelda CD-i is comedy genius, and Ocarina of Time is awesomeness.
  • wiigamer024 - July 27, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    Why does EVERYONE pick on Sonic? Sure, the situations SEGA throws him in are, odd, but come on! Just because the new games are... well... different, that means we gotta say they suck? Trust me. There are WORSE GAMES out there! So, yeah. JUST SHUT UP, WORLD!
  • mariokartyE32010 - June 15, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    the remedy for aerith's death was brutal and funny
  • dougle - January 12, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    i remember my first time seeing aerith was funny as hell!!great moment good guy(in this case gal)finally got what was coming to them & although minor & non lasting a victory for the villian(story,movie & gamings true hero)
  • FierceDeity - December 18, 2008 8:37 p.m.

    tingle isnt that bad, made me chuckle in majoras mask when he shouts his magic words and how you cant steal them now navi...

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