It doesn’t sound like anyone was particularly agonizing over any games in particular not making the cut. Or if they did, they didn’t say anything. That said, some visitors may be wondering why the games below didn’t make it on the list. Take a gander and if you have a favorite never mentioned in the countdown, go ahead and mention it in the comments.
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest: Great idea, poor execution. Incredibly slow game, with annoying pop-ups and not-clued-at-all puzzles. Terrible translation really did this game in. Game play itself is pretty good, and graphics and sound were great as usual, but the game is impossible without outside hints.
Ghosts ‘N Goblins: This game isn’t quite as hard as I remember as a child. I just remember being insanely frustrated that you get hit twice and you die, especially with enemies that just appear on the screen with no way to dodge them. I didn’t even realize you had to go through the game twice to reach the real final boss. If it weren’t for the awful sound and repetitive graphics, I may have enjoyed it more.
Maniac Mansion: Funny adventure, but agonizingly slow with too many ways to put yourself in an unwinnable situation. Besides, if you’re going to play this, the NES is probably the slowest platform to play it on.
Metal Gear: Fantastic idea. Few games on the NES rewarded stealth over blitzkrieg. But Metal Gear struggled mightily with awful hit detection, confusing directions, and terrible translation. I’ve tried playing this several times and wonder why it was consistently a favorite of Nintendo Power.
Rush’N’Attack: Just missed the top 100. Kind of a poor man’s Contra.
TMNT 2: The Arcade Game: I love this in the arcade. I don’t care for this port. There’s just something about playing this four-player with strangers that gives it an extra thrill. Plus, the arcade version had better music and graphics. On its own, this is just a medicore beat ’em up.
TMNT 3: Turtles Take Manhattan: This is a much better beat ’em up, and on a different day, this may have squeezed into my top 100. But I just don’t think beat ’em ups got that good until the 16 bit era so few made my list.