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It’s safe to say most of us grew up using a computer that ran some version of Microsoft’s classic home PC software, and because you probably weren’t a child accountant, you likely spent your time playing the games that came with Windows. Microsoft was very cool about including different types of games for all types of players. There were puzzle games, pinball, and even classic card games for those of us who enjoyed an old school sensibility with the added class of not having to touch a filthy stack of cards. But which were the best Microsoft Windows games? You’re going to help answer that question in this ranking of all the old Microsoft games.

Maybe this is rose-tinted hindsight speaking, but there was something pure about '90s Microsoft games. They all had a simple conceit, but never lost their luster. If you don’t think that’s true, think back to the countless games of solitaire you played and try to convince anyone you didn’t love it. Could you have been outside chasing butterflies? Probably, but then you never would have seen the fireworks that go off when you beat a game of FreeCell in less than ten minutes. Now that was living.

Vote on your favorite old Microsoft Windows games and if you were too cool for mahjong get real in the comments and tell us what you liked to play. 

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Chip's Challenge

For a lot of millennials Chip's Challenge was the first puzzle game you played, and it was the perfect primer to prepare your inner nerd for a lifetime of fawning over Legend of Zelda. Raise your hand if you still see that warp door in your dreams. 


Oh JezzBall, you're just an out-of-date computer game, so you'll never know how happy you made a generation of bored latchkey kids. The day a JezzBall app shows up for iPhones is the day all work on the planet stops. 

Microsoft Mahjong

Admit it, you tried to play Mahjong so many times on Windows 98 and never got further than staring at the large pyramid of tiles, trying to figure out what to do with them. Are you supposed to make pictures? Kung fu slice them? For the love of god, please! What is this?!

Rodent's Revenge

Rodent's Revenge was such a weird puzzle game, and it really doesn't get enough credit for being a kind of reverse Pac Man. Didn't the cats you trap turn into skeletons after the clock ran out? And isn't trapping cats kind of inherently weird? 


SkiFree probably offers the best gameplay to those who've never skied before IRL. Thing is, once you've been out on the slopes, you know there's no way it compares to being chased by a pixelated abominable snow man. Thus, SkiFree has ruined your skiing forever. 


Do you remember how frustrating it was when you saw people solve Minesweeper in one move? Most of us were never able to capture that magic, but it must've been very, very satisfying. Muy satisfecho, as they say en Español. 

Pipe Mania

Do you think Pipe Dream is responsible for millions of millennials being unable to fix real world problems with straight forward solutions? What's not to love about this game? It's kinda like Tetris, but instead of clearing out lines of weird Russian blocks, you got to make a giant mess.  


If you were born any time after 1985, you can probably count the number of times you've played solitaire IRL on one hand. Who knew Microsoft struck anti-boredom gold when they included this classic rainy day game on all of their computers? 


Most of us will never understand how FreeCell is different from Solitaire, but moms of the world insist it's a totally disparate experience. Maybe it's something you only truly understand when you're over 40 and have a son who won't stop pretending to be a ninja and you're halfway through a bottle of red and, like, seriously, this game is not the same as Solitaire

Black Hole Pinball

It was a revelation when computer users discovered they never had to go to an arcade again to play pinball. On one hand, the tactile nature of playing on big machines is unbeatable, but free games forever? YES PLEASE!

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<![CDATA[The 12 Most WTF Fighting Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-wtf-fighting-games-of-all-time/benjamin-dunn
After Street Fighter made it big, the gaming industry decided to pump out fighting game after fighting game that appealed to either complete weirdos or, more often, nobody. These fighting games are weird, awful, strange and just plain absurd. Why were they made? I have no idea, but since they were, let's take a walk down the crazy side of the weirdest/worst fighting games of all time.

What are the worst fighting games? There are some pretty bad video games on this list, and deservedly so. You wonder what the gamemakers were thinking when they made these games, but hey nobody is perfect, right?
The 12 Most WTF Fighting Games of All Time,

You might remember the catchphrase of Ballz: "To be the champion, you gotta have Ballz!".

Ok, you probably don't remember it. And you probably don't need ballz to be a champion. That's kind of sexist, come to think about it...

Ballz was a 2D fighting game that really tried to add that extra dimension. Graphically similar to Vectorman , Ballz used a bunch of spheres to simulate 3D. Just not well. At all.

The characters were interesting. You had a clown, a monkey, a bodybuilder etc. Since they were all strictly made up off shiny balls, you really couldn't tell the difference between them all. Just differing numbers of stuck-together balls, fighting to the ball-death.

You pretty much could get the same experience by having a clown make a few balloon animals for you and making them fight. At least then you'd get a surprise pop here and there and be able to feel some excitement.

Who thought of this? A really, really lazy designer, that's who. "So, uh, what do you guys want to do with all these character models? Like, what kind of game can we make out of these?" "F*ck it, let's just use these things and make them fight or something, people won't care." "What should we call it?" "I've got just the name... .

And yes, this is how video games are made.
Bikini Karate Babes
And in yet another way for perverts to manipulate hot chicks in the only way they'll ever be able to in real life, we get Bikini Karate Babes.

Because there's nothing more Karate than bikinis.

This game was basically a Dead or Alive game, only with the Mortal Kombat, real-human capture going for it.

There is no way around saying that this is just a Skin-e-max rip off of Mortal Kombat.

Shiny bikinis = battle gear for the new millenium

It features a full roster of, what I can only imagine are budding young actresses eager for their big break. (It wasn't this.)

Ugh. These look like the signs on that street in Tokyo that was awkward to walk down with my parents.

All the characters are digitized, like in Mortal Kombat, and the score is basically an elevator music version of the MK soundtrack.

There are some interesting differences though.

While they do have grapples and special moves, instead of it being a smooth graphic, the game designers chose to put in a jarring FMV cut scene of the girls performing the move.

"C'mon Nancy, you're too drunk for this, let's go home"

Also, while there are not fatalities in this, each of the girls have a fun touchdown dance that you could probably see at the cheesiest strip club in your town.

"Trust me, sweetheart, you're gonna be a star!"

All this being said, I think the game would have probably been better if it was designed with one-handed controls, as this is, sadly, what most people want to do with games like this.

(Please note that there was a sequel made too. Bikini Karate Babes 2: Warriors of Elysia. It is important that you know this, because if you talk about a game like Bikini Karate Babes, someone will inevitably ask the question "oh my God, that sounds great, is there a sequel?")
Shaq Fu
Made during the, "Let's put Shaq in EVERYTHING!" era, this game was probably the worst thing to ever happen to the Shaq brand. (And yes, I am including Shazam.)

Based on the classic Mortal Kombat format, the game featured a progression through a world where Shaq could hurt people with his magic flaming basketball which, if you're good enough at basketball, anyone can achieve.

Possibly the best thing about this game is the fact that Shaq towers over everyone, just like in real life. The worst thing about it? That it was made at all. The second worst part? Everything about the game.

Shaquille O'Neal casually wanders into a Kung Fu dojo on his way to a charity basketball game in Tokyo, Japan where, after speaking with a kung fu master, he stumbles into another dimension where he's got to rescue a boy named Nezu from an evil mummy. All of these things makes sense because the game is set in Asia. If you disrespectfully wander into a place of study of the martial arts, naturally the man with the highest level of skill will want to talk to you and then send you into another dimension to be a hero using only the main tool you use in your profession (only on fire). Duh.

This game could have been at least guilty-pleasure-worthy if it handled well, but Shaq's limbs are so long throughout every fight, that you're struggling with your basic depth perception, and have to get far away from your enemies just to hit them.

Shaq Fu is more insulting than the fact that somewhere, someone out there thought that this was a good idea for game.

Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate
Yes, there was a fighting game based on the television show Xena Warrior Princess. Because at that point in pop culture entertainment, why the hell not?

The plot was the basic tournament to the death to get something powerful, thing.

Few things in the world inspired as much ridicule as owning this game did.

The most notable difference between this, and other fighters at the time was that it allowed up to 4 players fight at once instead of the normal 1 on 1.

Amorphous Muscle Mass 1 vs. Amorphous Muscle Mass 2: FIGHT!

It's just stupid that there was even anytime spent on this concept to begin with.
Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
There have been many crappy Star Wars games out there, but this is the big daddy of them all. Arguably the worst, most tasteless and ill-conceived one.

Taking a page out of the parts of Soul Caliber that don't make sense, SW:MoTK is a standard fighting/weapons game. The big difference was that you could play as Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker in a fighting game for the first time ever !

Of course, it says a lot about a game when you would rather play as a Wookie rather than a Jedi. Seriously, if it ever came down to it, a Wookie wouldn't stand a chance against a Jedi. I mean, with the force and a lightsaber by their side, there's really no reason to let the Wookie win.

Seriously, though, if it really took several hits from a lightsaber to gently push a Tusken Raider off a platform, I would reconsider being part of the Jedi order altogether. Luke should be able to saw these guys in half at the blink of an eye.

The whole game is just conceptually absurd.

Because there's nothing that Tusken Raiders enjoy more than going 1-on-1 with Jedi in the middle of Hoth.

If you can play as a Jedi, it shouldn't be a tournament, it should be a slaughter!
Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers
This game just falls under the "Why?" catagory, along with all the Mary Kate and Ashley mystery games.

Yes, they are always fighting anyway. Yes, they are cartoons and nothing is more fun than toon-on-toon violence, but seriously, there was just no reason for this game to get made.

It's like the show, only more work.

There really is no plot besides the whole, "They are cat and mouse and boy, do they not get along!" thing that these two have had going on since the 1940's.

Only one will remain.

You can play as the angry bulldog though... so that's a plus. Other than that, it's just two players. Tom fighting Jerry. Yep.

The worst part about this is that you know some poor kids got this game instead of Mortal Kombat or a new Street Fighter for Christmas one year. "This is the one you wanted, right honey?" "Yes, mom. This is the one." Yes, #firstworldproblelms, but when every single move that either character makes lets out an annoying "boing!" sound, you know you have a game that will lead to therapy 20 years down the road.

Also, they have life meters in this game. Are we supposed to be forcing Tom & Jerry to fight to the death once and for all in this game? Fail.
Variable Geo
Based on a popular series in Japan, Variable Geo has a complex plot and many points of character development.

Not really.

The basic plot is that there are a bunch of female fighters who are sponsored by local restaurants, where they work as waitresses on their time off between battles.

The "VG" here takes on a whole other meaning

As with most fighting games, there is a winner and a loser. Unlike most fighting games, though, when someone loses a match they run the risk of "being forced to commit an embarrassing (usually sexual) act in public, or they are raped/gang-raped by an unseen assailant or assailants.

So if you lose, you get gang-raped by the angry audience -- which, if you think about it, is a gaming paradigm that could fit pretty perfectly into Rock Band series. People would sure as hell be a lot better at playing those plastic guitars.
Buchigire Kongou: Battle Construction Vehicles
Remember when you were a kid and you loved playing with Tonka trucks?

This game satisfies that need we all have of making a bulldozer and a crane fight each other.

Seriously, why not just get out and fight?

Was there a plot? Kind of. Did that plot involve a bunch of Japanese dudes getting pissed at each other and trying to settle their differences with violence using primarily the most inconvenient, unmovable and clumsy machines known to man? Yes.

Kongou is our main character. A young man who wants to live his life and refuses to follow in his father's footsteps.

"I don't want, your crane."

One day, Kongou is chased to the roof of a building in a construction vehicle, where he must fight another guy in, you guessed it, a construction vehicle. Kongou wins and decides he likes kicking ass while wasting gas, then sets out on a "journey" to recreate this absurd act, therefore creating one of the mos frustrating fighting games in the history of man.
Chō Aniki: Bakuretsu Rantō Hen
Chō Aniki is a game series from Japan that roughly translates as: Super Big Brothers, which is absolutely horrifying. The basic layout of the game is that you play as a super large, muscular dude in various states of undress that fights off other, equally flamboyant dudes who throw stuff like d***os at you.

What young child wouldn't want Cho Aniki to play with all his other friends?

Bakuretsu Rantō Hen is different from the other games in the series since it is purely a fighting game. The list of characters is what really makes this game insane.

You have Samson and Adon, the mostly naked muscle men who are the main characters from the other games.

Benten is a green haired girl flanked by 2 sexy cherubs.

Nothing sexier than baby bodies and man heads.

Then it gets weird.

Sabu is some sort of flying Elvis Presley pogoda ship.
"I'm all-a-lubed up, uh-uh huh..."

Adam is a naked guy riding around in the moon

"You guyth, I'm too tired to fight."

and then you have Mami 19, a flying battleship that is part female and piloted by 3 naked guys.

"You take starboard and we'll handle the port. God, help you.

The fighting is pretty straight forward, though you are flying so you aren't bothered by pesky gravity. What really makes this game a winner though is the special moves, and boy, are they special. For instance Samson not only sparkles and dances like a leather daddy at Fire Island, but he also can lay waste to his opponents with his, well, I can only imagine that they are farts.

Mami 19 gets help from her 3 naked men for devastating grapple moves, and Benten attacks with her babies -- like ya do.

All of this includes a level design that can only be described as "Tim Gunn's worst/best dream come true".

Strip Fighter 2
Pretty much a direct rip off of Street Fighter 2, you have almost the same graphics, music, heck, even the name sounds like it. Imagine Street Fighter, only that every character dresses as s**tily as Cammy.

This game seems to have only been made for two reasons.

1) People wanted to play as Blanka, but with even less clothes.
2) They wanted there too be a goal for winning other than the thrill of victory.

Let's address these two points.

The game characters are all women, so that should be a plus for the feminists out there that say that video games are only about men. Of course, they are all women who, when you perform a special move, flash their clothes off. So I guess that would be a step back or two or three.

Secondly, the point of the game seems to be to slowly undress a woman that shows up between fights.

Each round you win, she loses a layer of clothing.

Yes, this game turns out to be a fulfillment of my adolescent fantasy, Strip Video Games. (Though I did always think that it would be with a real woman, but this will do, I guess.)

One final thing I want to address with this game is the character of Amanda.On the selection screen she looks like this:
"I have to buy a new mask every time."

When you actually get to fight with her however, she looks like this:

She probably also lies about her weight in her online dating profile

This classic bait and switch should not go unpunished. So I submit the game to this list for some much-deserved ridicule.

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<![CDATA[The Best Dark Pokemon of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dark-pokemon/ranker-pokemon
Ranking of the best Dark Pokemon, as voted on by Pokemon Masters like you. This greatest Dark type Pokemon list incorporates Pokemon from all generations, so you can vote on everything from Absol to Umbreon. Not all of these Pokemon are pure Dark types, as some are half while others are secondary. Introduced in Generation 2, Dark Pokemon are mediocre defensively and have great offensive moves that can cause secondary effects.

If you want to know, "What is the best Dark Pokemon?" or "What is the greatest Dark type Pokemon?" then this list will answer your questions. If you think the top Dark Pokemon is missing from this list, add it to the bottom of the list so others can vote on it as well.

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<![CDATA['90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nostalgic-90s-computer-games/jacob-shelton

The early '90s were a great time for any kid who loved computer games. Computers were big, bulky, and slow, but the '90s computer games we ran on them were absolutely amazing. It’s hard to whittle down the best computer games from the 1990s because what we played at that age ingrained itself in our brains and became deeply personal.

Your favorite game from the early '90s might have been a weird bargain bin find from an electronics shop, or maybe it was an educational game that just happened to be super fun. 

Vote on the top ‘90s computer games you loved in elementary school. If you don’t see your favorite '90s game on the list, tell us what you loved to play in the comments. 

'90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade,


Doom helped create the first-person shooter genre. If you were sick and staying home from school during the '90s, you probably spent more than a few afternoons blasting your way through Doom's many challenging levels. 

Duke Nukem 3D

Your parents probably weren't psyched about you playing a game about a chauvinistic muscle dude fighting off an alien invasion, but if you grew up in the '90s you definitely found a way to play this one. One of the original first-person shooters, Duke Nukem paved the way for games like Mass Effect, Halo, and more. 


Myst was an incredible adventure/puzzle game that allowed its players to wander a desolate island and solve super spooky puzzles. For a young gamer, this seminal piece offered hours of game play and an escape from the regular world. 

SimCity 2000

Earthquakes, tornadoes, and all kinds of disasters plagued players of Sim City. Nearly everyone spent some time playing God with this city-building simulation. 


Laugh all you want, but SkiFree was the kind of simple game that sucked players into a never-ending world of snow and abominable snowmen. Whether you wanted to admit it or not, when you booted up SkiFree you were committing the next three hours of your day to hitting the digital slopes. 

Star Wars: Dark Forces

Think back, if you can, to a time before the Star Wars prequels. An era when all we had to stoke our dreams of a new story about the Rebel Alliance was this first-person shooter about a storm trooper going rogue and trying to take down the Empire from the inside. Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, because Star Wars: Dark Forces let players do just that. 

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Back in the '90s few people would have guessed that the original Warcraft game would become a global phenomenon. Many kids spent hours building and supplying armies so they could take down the computer's AI.

Wolfenstein 3D

For a lot of kids, Wolfenstein 3D was a portal into the world of alt history, and the all-out nerdiness of the Nazis. What the game lacks in historical accuracy, it more than makes up for in first-person shooter fun and ridiculous story lines. And honestly who doesn't love a game that lets you kill Hitler?

The Oregon Trail

Back in third grade, the easiest way to pass the time in class without getting busted was to play a few games of The Oregon Trail. Even if you finished the game without dying of dysentery, you likely wanted to play this one over and over again. 

Math Blaster

Most people hate math class, but back in third grade, Math Blaster made solving simple equations kind of fun. 

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-pen-and-paper-rpg_s-v1
The greatest pen and paper RPGs (or role-playing games) don't require any kind of fancy technology. No, these RPGs are much more like traditional board games. When in doubt, go for the classics, like RuneQuest, Traveller and the perennially popular Dungeons & Dragons. This list includes a lot of favorites, but it isn't complete, so feel free to add the pen and paper/tabletop RPGs that you love playing the most, too. Vote up the best, vote down the worst and rerank this list any way you want.

If you're looking for something new to play, why not give some of these great, table top RPGs a whirl? It's no accident that RPGs like 'Call of Cthulhu' have been around for a long, long time. Despite the emergence of some incredibly impressive RPG video games, these tabletop RPGs keep us coming back for more. Tabletop RPGs force us to communicate with each other, rather than being glued to a computer or TV screen for hours on end.

Enjoy this list of great table-talk role-playing games, and don't forget to vote for the best tabletop RPG below!
The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs,

Call of Cthulhu

Dungeons & Dragons


Mage: The Ascension


Star Wars role-playing game

Vampire: The Masquerade

Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

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<![CDATA[The Best Generation 1 Pokemon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-generation-1-pokemon/ranker-pokemon
List of the greatest generation 1 Pokemon, ranked by their fan appeal and overall coolness. It's almost irrefutable that the original 151 Pokemon are the best Pokemon of all time, sparking a craze all over the world that no one could have seen coming. Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander are the starters in Pokemon Red and Blue, and there haven't been more iconic starters since. 

If you want to vote on things like "Who is the best Pokemon from Blue and Red?" then this list is where you can make your voice heard. Other sites may have lists on this subject, but Ranker is the only place where you can actually vote and determine the outcome of this ordering.

Generation 1 placed the player in the Kanto region, where he collected gym badges while butting heads with his rival Gary. Legendary Pokemon in generation 1 included Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres, the legendary birds. Mewtwo and Mew were also introduced, becoming some of the most iconic Pokemon of all time. So who is the greatest Generation One Pokemon of all time? Cast your votes and let the world know what you think!

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<![CDATA[4 Big-Ass Things People Made On Minecraft]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-5-crazy-things-built-in-minecraft/val1s
Minecraft allows you to create anything you can imagine that can be shaped with square blocks. From the basic interactions between wood, stone, glass, water and other materials, you have all the tools you need to craft complex and dynamic objects and environments. And it's not just giant phalluses and statues of 8-bit Mario either. Some people have went to enormous lengths to create wonderful worlds filled with ridiculously ambitious creations. In many cases, the effort and vision of these creations are matched only by the utterly pointlessness of their existence. Despite this, the satisfaction achieved from building then marvelling at these constructions is matched only by the feeling you get from marvelling without having to build them. To all you lazy Minecraft players, here's the top 5 Minecraft creations for you to enjoy without having to chop eight thousand virtual trees and then develop RSA in your mouse hand.
4 Big-Ass Things People Made On Minecraft,

A Big-Ass rollercoaster
Over time these will get bigger and sillier I'm sure.
A Big-Ass highway
My personal favourite Minecraft video!
A Big-Ass butthole
Of all the things to build, why not a primitive ALU with all the processing power of a Casio calculator?
A Big-Ass space ship

Minecraft and Star Trek comes together in a perfect union of geek.

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<![CDATA[Special Things Every Mario Kart 64 Character Does Better Than The Others]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/markiokart-unique-skills/steven-petite
Mario Kart 64 (sometimes misspelled as MarioKart) holds the distinction as the first great Nintendo game featuring a playable ensemble cast. Sure, Super Mario Kart came first on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but the 1996 Nintendo 64 classic is the one that took couch multiplayer sessions to the next level. 

While much can be said about the concept of luck in Kart, each of the eight characters have their own distinct capabilities and positive qualities for every sort of player. From novices to enthusiasts, every character lends a unique set of skills that will help any player pass the finish line at the front of the pack.

Here are the specialized skills that make each of these brave Mario Kart characters good:
Special Things Every Mario Kart 64 Character Does Better Than The Others,

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong has come a long way from throwing barrels at Mario. Since then he has made six title appearances—not counting remakes—in the Donkey Kong Country series. Nintendo's lovable gorilla is, not surprisingly, a heavyweight racer in Mario Kart 64. However, he is the most balanced in his weight class when it comes to speed and acceleration. He is tied for quickest off the starting line in the class, and reaches upper level speeds quicker than one would expect. He stands out because his brutish physique makes him a difficult driver to push off course, and his simple handling makes turns easier than lighter characters. Although he is slower to start than lighter drivers, he can remain at high speeds on wider track stretches than other characters. Consistency is Donkey Kong's most prized virtue, as he maintains a high speed like he is on autopilot.
Poor Luigi, always overshadowed by his more famous brother. Even when Nintendo has given the reigns to the green-hatted, taller and slimmer plumber, they have placed him in situations of frights and terrors--Luigi's Mansion and its sequel, Dark Moon--but that doesn't change the fact that he is a decent option in ensemble cast games like Super Smash Bros. and, yes, Mario Kart 64. It's no surprise that Luigi shares many of the same attributes as his brother, but their differences in the N64 racer are enough to give credence to idea that Luigi may actually be better suited for some players than his genetic counterpart. Although Luigi reaches upper and top speeds at longer intervals than the other middleweight, Mario, his key mark is his initial speed on the throttle. This is particularly useful for novice players who tend to tap the brakes more vigorously at wide turns, as Luigi can get back on course, and often surpass Mario to the straightaways. Therefore, Luigi is best suited for the novice player that is perhaps a little too cautious. His smaller frame also makes him less prone to targeting as a middleweight driver.
Without Mario, there would obviously be no Mario Kart. The leading man in nearly all of Nintendo's most iconic games within the Super Mario canon is the best playable character in the N64 iteration of the Mario Kart franchise--for beginners, that is. Mario is a jack of all trades. He is easy to handle, has admirable acceleration and speed, and is one of the most balanced racers in terms of stats. He is one-half of the middleweight class in the game. He isn't the fastest out of the gate, but he reaches his top speed in just over five seconds, and maintains his ease of handleability even after being subjected to a Koopa shell or a banana peel. Mario is good, if not slow, around winding turns, but he is comforting for the novice player, especially when avoiding walls and falling off tracks like Rainbow Road. While avid Mario Kart enthusiasts ditch the titular Italian plumber after a few Grand Prixs and rounds of couch multiplayer, Mario remains the most well-rounded player for beginners and otherwise non-game players, and offers the most rewarding and reassuring ride because of his splendid and superb mediocrity. 
Princess Peach
Mario's love interest (or Luigi's, depending on who you're asking) is one-third of the lightweight drivers in the game. While Princess Peach has only ever received one main adventure of her own, Super Princess Peach for Nintendo DS, she is not to be mistaken as a mere damsel in distress in this kart racer. As the only female character in this game, Peach is probably the best introduction to the lightweight class due to her similar handling and same top speed as the aforementioned twins. Her acceleration is her main positive, as she reaches mid, upper and top speeds at rates that are more than a second quicker than the middleweight racers, without compromising her handling too much in the process. For lightweight racers that are prone to being spun out from contact with heavier drivers, her stellar control is what makes her a great lightweight racer for novices.
Princess Peach's loyal companion—who has made appearances in nearly every Super Mario iteration—has also starred in games like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Wario's Woods, but he didn't get a title role until the Wii U spinoff of Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Ironically, Toad moves painstakingly slow in his first true foray as a leading man. In Mario Kart 64, Toad is the lightest and all around fastest racer. He reaches mid and upper speeds faster than Yoshi. Even though he can get bumped around from small nudges from competing racers, he is a small enough target and has enough of that fiery starting speed to make up for what is usually a bumpy ride for the pint-sized mushroom man. As a lightweight racer, Toad is best used by fans of the quick and nimble who are not afraid of his whiplash handling. When used to the best of his innate abilities, Toad's lightweight, easily turned wheels are his most dangerous trait.
Wario is the nefarious alter-ego of Mario, and thus an antagonist in many Super Mario games. He has been popular enough to land his own leading roles in the Wario Land and WarioWare series'. He is more than just a wretched villain to Nintendo fans. He is misunderstood, and charismatic in his own unique way. In Mario Kart 64, Wario closely resembles Donkey Kong in statistical numbers. Wario isn't technically the best at anything. But what he has over his closest rival, Donkey Kong, is his ability to reach his top tier speed quicker, and his frame doesn't extend out over the sides of the kart as much. In terms of heavyweight drivers, Wario is best for novices, because of his middling stats that combine to create a solid all-around racer.
Everyone's favorite dinosaur has been a beloved staple in Nintendo's classic universe since his role as Baby Mario's protector and savior in Yoshi's Island. His time spent lugging the little hero around has apparently made him light on his feet, as Yoshi is one of the two fastest characters in Mario Kart 64. Also, he is arguably the most popular because of his speedy nature. Yoshi's best feature is his ability to hit top speed faster than all other characters in the game, meaning that for the best players, he is a sure fire pick to remain ahead of the pack out of the starting line. Although Yoshi is more likely to fall off ledges and run into walls because of his feathery stature, his acceleration allows him to get over this detriment and get back into the race after a Shy Guy sets him back on course.
The big baddie. Bowser has been trying to disrupt balance in the Mushroom Kingdom since the original Super Mario Bros. and, unfortunately, despite all of his "valiant" efforts, the King Koopa has never been bestowed the honor of leading man in his own game. Sure, he was one-half of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story for Nintendo DS, but he wasn't really the true focal point (his name appearing after the iconic crime-stopping brothers and all). But that hasn't stopped Bowser from trying to steal the spotlight in ensemble cast games like Mario Kart 64. He is the fastest to reach upper and top speeds among the heavyweights, and even hits full flight quicker than lightweights Peach and Toad. Even with his unexpected speed, Bowser's best and most indispensable asset is his weight. He can't be bullied around by other characters and that includes the likes of Wario and Donkey Kong; he can wreak havoc on other racers, intentionally or not, which, coupled with his impressive speed negates his cumbersome maneuverability. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-video-game-franchises/ranker-games
If someone asked you what the greatest video game franchise of all time was, how would you answer? If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, classic franchises like Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda might appeal to you more. However today's gamers have insanely good franchises to sink their teeth into as well, including Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Halo, Dues Ex, and so much more. This list takes your opinion into account, rather than sales, popularity, and reviews, so vote for your favorite game franchises no matter how mainstream or highly-rated they are. All genres are included here, whether it's a RPG, platformer, first person shooter or an adventure game.

You can add any franchise that's missing to this list of the greatest game series of all time, as long as there have been 3 or more games in the franchise so far. That means we're not including games like Minecraft, League of Legends, and DotA.  
The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time,

Sonic the Hedgehog

The Legend of Zelda

Super Mario Bros.

Metal Gear


The Elder Scrolls

Grand Theft Auto

Mortal Kombat

Mario Kart

Super Smash Bros.

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<![CDATA[The Best Generation 3 Pokemon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-generation-3-pokemon/ranker-pokemon
Here we rank the greatest generation 3 Pokemon, in terms of appeal, strength and overall coolness. In the first two generations there were 251 Pokemon to catch, and luckily for fans the third generation introduced another 135 creatures in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. The starter Pokemon in generation 3 are Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, and although they're generally not considered the coolest starters, they still are beloved by millions of fans.

If you want to vote on things like "Who is the best Pokemon from Ruby and Sapphire?" then this list is where you can make your voice heard. Other sites may have lists on this subject, but Ranker is the only place where you can actually vote and determine the outcome of this ordering.

Generation 3 was unique in that it moved the player away from Kanto and Johto, instead placing them in the secluded Hoenn region. Some players were upset that gen 3 introduced 10 new legendary Pokemon, but most were very happy with additions of amazing Pokemon like Kyogre and Groudon.

The Best Generation 3 Pokemon,











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