Mario, Sonic, Tarzan, Prince of Persia, Snatcher, Flashback, Mega Man, Street fighter, Flash games, Tetris, Ice Climbers, Castlevania, Metal Slug, Galaga, Pacman, Pajama Sam, Educational games, Strider, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star, Pokemon, Donkey Kong Country, Gunstar Super heroes, The list could go on. But these are the best.
I really love the older Pokemon games for Game Boy Advance and earlier, before they were made for 3D. I like the new ones, too, but the older ones like Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen are particularly close to me because they were the first ones I played, and even though their graphics aren't like those in modern games, I still love the way they look.
I really like games like gunstar heroes. Not because it's fun to shoot aimlessly and still hit anything almost all the time, but for the "cartoony" style, sweet sound track, and the fact I would be laughing all the way through. That's why I love Earthbound. :3
I don't own many either. Nowadays, I switch between Minecraft and TF2, and occasionally Terraria. There is a lot of other great games out there I would be interested in, but the fact is, I don't have all the money in the world. So, I watch a lot of LPs, Game Grumps, the ex-normal boots crew, and look up wikis of a game franchise. Also, I'm setting myself on making a game that is perfect for me. One of them is a side scroller that has an identical sprite style to the old Mega Man. The only problem is is that I don't know what I should download and if it will slow down my family shared PC (windows7) (which is mine, but everyone uses it).
Yeah, but I preferred M&LSS so much more than those that followed. The other two are so much of a step down in the means of freedom of exploration and the puzzles were so much more memorable in SS. Plus, it had surf board Luigi, that was radical.
I would reply with my own favorites because I kind of love everything, although I'm that person that prefers the bad/normal endings as opposed to the one that includes hell. Curly is one of my all time favorite female characters, I absolutely love her. And I have a love of silent protags so Quote became an instant favorite for me!
Mega Man Classic series The first five Mega Man X games Mega Man Zero series Demon's Crest Kirby series Super Metroid and Zero Mission Rayman Legends Contra series Castlevania series Commander Keen Cave Story La-Mulana Thunder Force series Darius Gaiden and G-Darius Gradius series
I gotta admit I miss the days where 2D platformers dominated the top titles. These days, asides from a few Mario games it seems all that tops the gaming charts are generic action/sci-fi shooters (well, I can understand their popularity, but I just don't like e'm ). I love the bright, cartoony, stylized charm of 2D games like the ones you mentioned and I'm glad some companies (mainly Nintendo) still invest some of their time in making them, especially since there isn't a really high demand for them like there was in the 90's.
Since we all know and love the classics, I'm just going to mention relatively recent games of the old style which I enjoyed (lol, all on the Wii too )
Wario Land - The Shake Dimension, was a really cool game but it suffered the same lack of attention as Wario games typically do no matter how good they are. It held a lot of similarities to the earlier game "Wario Land 4" on the GameBoy Advance which a lot of Wario fans (and me) regard as one of the best, only it had more to it to keep you busy, the additional "challenges" to each stage added a frustrating yet fun...well, challenge. It's like Mario for those who wish Mario games were a bit less easy.
Speaking of Mario, I can't ignore a "New Super Mario Bros" title even though there's like, a fourth one coming out soon. Might be essentially the same thing rehashed over, but as long as I like them, I'll play each one. Very fun and amusing in multiplayer mode especially.
Kirby's Return to Dreamland. Nintendo remade more than just Mario 2D platformers, they gave Kirby a workover too and it was an adorable yet surprisingly difficult game considering it's charming cuteness (not really hard, but I found it still requires more concentration than Mario). A lot of Kirby's classic power-ups are in there plus some cool new ones. Bringing the total range of items/powers to around 25, a lot more diversity than the 3-4 you get in most Mario games. Gets really crazy-fun in multiplayer mode, especially if each player inherits a different power.
Perhaps my favourite out of my list is saved for last. Donkey Kong Country Returns is probably my favourite game on the Wii (or at least second only to Brawl). It's more than just a remake of the classic banana, hoarding duo - it's an improvement. The graphics, while cartoony - are beautifully stylized, sorta has a "Dreamworks Madagascar" look to it. The game is incredibly fun, especially with Diddy by your side as player 2, and man is it challenging. Don't make the mistake of assuming its just "Mario but with gorillas". It requires much more work than that to complete 100%. Kept me busy and entertained for ages.