The portable Game Boy made one of the most addictive puzzle games ever even harder to put down. Even without modern enhancements like those in Tetris Effect, Tetris is still a top-tier puzzler.
9. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Super Mario Land 2 is classic Mario at its best. Nothing in it deviates too far from Mario tradition, but its great power-ups and solid platforming stand the test of time.
6. Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Kirby’s Dream Land is by no means bad, but the sequel adds the iconic ability to absorb enemy powers. Combined with animal companions, that gives Kirby’s Dream Land 2 variety that the original just couldn’t match.
5. Gargoyle’s Quest
Gargoyle’s Quest is a spin-off of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, but only because the main character is one of Ghouls’ enemies. Nonetheless, it’s an inventive platformer that’s much easier than the famously punishing Ghouls.
4. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario Land put a twist on the Mario Land formula, giving its new hero more combat abilities and something to do with all those coins. Most importantly, it introduced Mario’s evil twin as a playable character.