We did a gallery on the most awesome continue screens a few weeks ago, so it's only fair that we give their complement—start menus and title screens—the same treatment.

Starting off at the top there is Xenoblade Chronicles, one of the best title screen experiences, especially when you've got the music on. But let's continue in a chronological order and start with iconic title screens from the 8-bit and 16-bit era, finishing up the list with more recent games.

We handpicked these based on screens that had some amazing (or hypnotic, ahem Zombies Ate My Neighbours) animation, action or just set the right mood. Let's dig in.


The Legend of Zelda (1986)

Advertisement

Kamen Rider Club (1988)

Dogfight Spirit (1988)

Advertisement

The Revenge of Shinobi (1989)

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Super Mario Kart (1992)

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Advertisement

Ultimate Air Combat (1992)

Secret of Mana (1993)

Advertisement

Zombies Ate My Neighbours (1993)

Super Metroid (1994)

Advertisement

The Incredible Hulk (1994)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)

Advertisement

Chrono Trigger (1995)

Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Advertisement

Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Metroid Prime (2002)

Advertisement

Half-Life 2 (2004)

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

Advertisement

BrĂĽtal Legend (2009)

Wet (2009)

Advertisement

Vanquish (2010)

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)

Advertisement


There are other good ones out there! Storm the comments and post your picks!

sources: BrotherhoodOutcast, TheNightRune, Classic Video Game Title Screens, NeoGAF, Please Press Start, NES Title Screens, Tidal Tempest

Advertisement

To contact the author of this post, write to gergovas@kotaku.com