What's your favorite launch title ever?

It's a whole new generation of gaming and you couldn't be more excited about the power of your new hardware--and there's just one game that epitomizes it for you. This game will forever remind you of the all-night binges, the hype leading up to the release, and the obscene amounts of caffeinated drinks you needed because you couldn't stop playing. We all have different answers, so now we ask you...

What's you favorite launch title ever?

For me it would have to be Halo: Combat Evolved. I was able to purchase the game before the console even came out. My friend and I went to a local Target, bribed the guy behind the counter to open up the Xbox demo kiosk so we could play our copy of Halo. We stood there for hours as people crowded around trying to get a glimpse of next-gen and cheering us on.

What's your answer? Let us know in the comments!


  • JS1HUNDRED - November 26, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Elder Scrolls: Oblivion with the 360
  • GoldenEagle1476 - November 20, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    I agree, Halo.
  • JimbobSonOfRiber - November 20, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Gotta be Mario 64. I mean, come on. Look at it. Dude.
  • JonW - November 20, 2013 3:16 a.m.

    Wipeout for the PS1 :)
  • mafyooz - November 19, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Probably Golden Axe on the Megadrive, you couldn't get me off it in the arcade and so being able to play it at home was amazing. I occasionally play on it even now and it's still holds up pretty well :)
  • g1rldraco7 - November 19, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Mins is Super Mario Sunshine for the Gamecube.
  • talleyXIV - November 22, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    Not technically a launch title as it came out a couple months (?) after the launch. I think Super Smash Bros. was in its launch though.
  • garnsr - November 19, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    I never liked fighting games that much, but when I picked up the Dreamcast on launch day (the only system I've gotten on launch day) Soul Calibur was only like $20, so I got it. And I loved it. I've gotten every one since, and liked each less and less, but the first one was great.
  • J-Fid - November 19, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    I know SSBM wasn't a launch title, but it was darn close enough to being one for me to ignore!
  • J-Fid - November 19, 2013 6 p.m.

    *not to ignore! #GRNeedsAnEditButton
  • Doctalen - November 19, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    I agree with you on the edit button #gottagetthatedit
  • Sinosaur - November 19, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    The only gaming hardware I've ever bought at launch was the 3DS... which had nothing I'd consider favorite, so I'll just say... I had a ton of fun playing Tekken Tag Tournament with my friends when one of them got a PS2.
  • Sinosaur - November 19, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    ...Unless the Wii I got like a month after launch counts, in which case I really enjoyed playing Twilight Princess then (and then tried to play it again after getting a 360 and had to use the goddamn fishing rod and it was impossible goddamn motion controls!)
  • GR_HenryGilbert - November 19, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Hard not to say Mario 64, but I'm actually going to go with Super Mario World
  • Nev3rtime - November 19, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Super Mario 64
  • punishment - November 19, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    I always found Fight Night 3 for the 360 to be like the Chinese food of video games. I'd play through it, leave it for a bit, and then frantically come back to play it. I don't know why but it's one of the few games I've continually played through multiple times, and I rarely do that with a backlog like I have.
  • Swedish_Chef - November 19, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    I loved a lot of launch games, Mario 64 and Super Mario World come into mind in particular as mindblowing at the time for me, back then though I didn't put nearly as much time into games as I did later on in my life and it was mostly just a side hobby. When the original Halo came out I instantly fell in love with it, the amount of hours I poured into both the single player and multiplayer would have numbered well into the thousands and it's the primary title responsible for converting me into the gamer I am today.
  • sweetchiliheat - November 19, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Although not a new game, Twilight Princess for Wii. Wii was my first console, and Twilight Princess remains one of my favourite games to this day.
  • Outofmanyone - November 19, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    Good old Mario 64.
  • raelalt - November 19, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    GT3 for the PS2.

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