Super Mario Kart: Most Influential Video Game in History

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Super Mario Kart has the longest legacy and the biggest impact on video games in history, according to Guinness World Records which compiled a list of the top 50 consoles games of all time.

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Tasked with selecting the best console games of all time, contributors of this year's Gamer's Edition reviewed hundreds of releases to compile a list of the top 50 titles ranked on their initial impact and lasting legacy.

Tetris ranks in at number two, according to the list, and the original Grand Theft Auto is in the number three spot. Where does Super Mario Bros. turn up? Way down at number 17, beneath Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said of the selection process: "We knew this would be a complex task so we invited a crack team of industry experts to form a judging panel - and the result is a "top 50" list of games ranked both on their importance and on how fun they are to play."

I would love to know who was on their team, because their picks are just friggin insane.

The team said they picked Super Mario Kart for the top spot because it is the best-selling racer on the SNES, the GameCube and the DS. Tetris, a good choice for number two, was selected because it is available on at least 50 different gaming platforms. And Grand Theft Auto holds the record for the most controversial series of games.

The full list, shown here, appear in the newly-released Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition.

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Look over that list and then tell us what your top ten picks would have been. Keep in mind this is being judged on a game's initial impact and lasting legacy, not necessarily how fun they were.

1. Super Mario Kart
2. Tetris
3. Grand Theft Auto
4. Super Mario World
5. Zelda Ocarina of Time
6. Halo
7. Resident Evil IV
8. Final Fantasy XII
9. Street Fighter II
10. GoldenEye
11. Super Mario 64
12. Tomb Raider
13. Metal Gear Solid
14. Call of Duty 4
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
16. GTA San Andreas
17. Super Mario Bros
18. Zelda: A Link to the Past
19. Gran Turismo
20. Final Fantasy VII
21. Pro Evolution Soccer 4
22. The Orange Box
23. Lego Star Wars Complete Saga
24. Tekken 2
25. Wii Sports
26. Pokemon Red/Blue
27. Guitar Hero
28. Project Gotham Racing 4
29. Super Mario Galaxy
30. Resident Evil
31. Ico
32. Chrono Trigger
33. Gunstar Heroes
34. Soul Calibur
35. Advance Wars
36. Ridge Racer
37. Super Metroid
38. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
39. GTA Vice City
40. BioShock
41. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
42. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
43. God of War
44. Sega Rally Championship
45. Starfox 64
46. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
47. WarioWare Inc
48. Saturn Bomberman
49. Crash Bandicoot
50. Outrun 2

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DISCUSSION

It seems to me that they have the right general idea, but are waaay off on the placment on the list and/or the particulr title from a series they chose.

Examples:

Super Metroid. Super Metroid did NOTHING innovative, it was just a sequel for metroid and played exactly the same with updated graphics. Metroid on the other hand was the first multi-room free exploration game, which should give it a top spot on the list.

Mortal Kombat is noticably absent while street fighter is not. They should BOTH be on the list for very different reasons. SF started the fighting genre and made 6 button controllers a requirement. MK pretty much single-handedly brought about the ESRB ratings system, I don't see how that could make it less than a top 5 as it's literally influced EVERY SINGLE TITLE SINCE, simply because of the ESRB ratings.

There are too many marios and often the wrong ones at that. Mario World? Really?? It couldn't be for sales as it's sales don't count seeing as it was included with the frikkin snes and it doesn't add anything that mario 3 did, making the lagical choice for the list smb3. Mario Galaxy??? REALLY?? It's mario 64 on steroids. Put the original mario, which INVENTED the platforming genre on the list instead.

Games like pro soccer and gunstar heroes have NO business on the list as 90% of the gaming population has never even heard of them.

Crap like bomberman and outrun don't either. Mind you I like both titles, but they aren't popular in the grander scheme of things nor are they influential in any way.

Also some of the zelda titles on the list need to go and the orignal zelda needs to be added.

Stuff like that.