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The only true stinker of the early Disk System titles, Vollyball is composed entirely of esoteric mechanics and half-baked design choices that make the game a near-unplayable mess. Nintendo missed the mark, and future vollyball games would do it much, … Continue reading

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Super Mario Bros. 2

Essentially a hard version of the original Super Mario Bros. with new levels and new challenges, Super Mario Bros. 2 was released exclusively to the Disk System for the specific purpose to push sales of nintendo’s add-on disk drive.

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Super Mario Bros.

  The standard against which all future platforming video games would be measured, Super Mario Bros.’ popularity made it integral to the launch of Nintendo’s new add-on, and also paved the way for its much anticipated Disk System sequel.

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  Originally a Famicom cartridge release, Soccer plays surprising well for its age. Nintendo RD&D1 succeeded in synthesizing a robust and entertaining adaptation of the worlds most popular sport.

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  More important for the mechanics that it pioneered than for the game itself, Golf is another example of how Nintendo was truly innovative and had a knack for creating game play concepts that would be later become industry standards.

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The Legend of Zelda

Famously based on Shigeru Miyamoto’s childhood adventures through the forests and caves near his home, The Legend of Zelda is a dense, sprawling adventure unlike any console video game that came before it.

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