GenTEN List: Top 10 Favorite 2D Platformers – Staff Picks

When coming up with a new GenTEN List topic the idea of doing Platformers popped up rather quickly. The downside to such a great topic was that there were just too many games to choose from. To remedy this we made the GenGAME staff go through and pick their favorite 2D Platformers. This GenTEN List will show some retro games so expect some opinions to be heavy here. If you like the writers here, come take a look at their favorite Platformers and see if you can relate! Maybe there are a few of these games you’d put on your personal top 10 list.

Staff Picks: Top 10 Favorite 2D Platformers

Aaron Ludington

On Twitter: @AaronLudington

(Honorable Mentions: Duck Tales)

10. Whomp’em
9. Castlevania 3 Dracula’s Curse
8. Ninja Gaiden III(NES)
7. Little Nemo Dream Master
6. Sonic & Knuckles
5. Rocket Knight’s Adventure
4. Kirby’s Adventure
3. Mega Man X
2. Donkey Kong Country
1. Super Mario Brothers 3


Alex Plant

On Twitter: @LegendofLex

(Honorable mentions: New Super Mario Bros. U, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Hocus Pocus)

10. Metroid: Zero Mission
9. Jazz Jackrabbit
8. Cave Story
7. Commander Keen: Secret of the Oracle
6. Kid Icarus
5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
4. Super Mario World
3. Donkey Kong Country Returns
2. Rayman Origins
1. Super Mario Bros. 3


Ben Lamoreux

On Twitter: @Erimgard

10. Vectorman (Gensis)
9. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
8. ToeJam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron(Genesis)
7. Rocket Knight Adventures (Genesis)
6. Cave Story (3DS)
5. Mega Man Zero (GBA)
4. Sonic & Knuckles (Genesis)
3. Super Mario World (SNES)
2. Metroid Fusion (GBA)
1. Mega Man X (SNES)


Kevin O’Rourke

On Twitter: @Shabazzle

(Honorable Mentions: Megaman 2, Vectorman, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island)

10. Trine 2
9. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
8. Sonic and Knuckles
7. Viewtiful Joe
6. Joe and Mac: Caveman Ninjas
5. Donkey Kong Country
4. Megaman X
3. Kirby Superstar
2. Castlevania
1. Super Mario World


Mases Hagopian

Mases is too cool for Twitter

10. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
9. Duck Tales (NES)
8. Mega Man X (SNES)
7. Sonic the Hedgehog (GENESIS)
6. Super Mario Bros (NES)
5. Mega Man 3 (NES)
4. Super Mario Bros 3. (NES)
3. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
2. Super Mario World (SNES)
1. Mega Man 2 (NES)


Mel DeBottis

On Twitter: @DeBottisto

(Honorable Mentions: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest)

10. Kirby Super Star (SNES)
9. Mega Man X (SNES)
8. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (GENESIS)
7. Castlevania 3 Dracula’s Curse (NES)
6. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
4. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
3. Super Mario World (SNES)
2. Braid (XBLA)
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES)


What the heck is Whomp ‘em? Joe and Mac? Never heard of it. Great lists from the staff, maybe next time around we’ll do 3D platformers. Nintendo consoles ahoy!