#4. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
Banjo-Kazooie was one of Rare and Nintendo’s biggest hits to come out of their partnership. Inspired by the success of Super Mario 64, Rare created a 3D platformer not only on par with Super Mario 64, but arguably better in some departments. Travelling through the worlds in Banjo-Kazooie and collecting items is incredibly fulfilling and doesn’t ever get old. The direct sequel, Banjo-Tooie, was good, but all of the games in the series since then haven’t even come close to recreating the original’s atmosphere. A true sequel to Banjo-Kazooie could rival the fun of Super Mario Galaxy.
#3. Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation)
Before Naughty Dog was known as the team behind the Uncharted games, they created a little series about a marsupial named Crash. It was a hit right off the bat, and was a contributing factor to Sony’s success with the PlayStation. In fact, Crash was their poster boy in mainstream marketing and we’ve missed him for a long time.
Crash Bandicoot has had many sequels, but none of them have compared to the ones created by Naughty Dog, which include the first three Crash Bandicoot games and Crash Team Racing. It has been over 10 years since the last great Crash Bandicoot game. Naughty Dog needs to do fans a favor and return to the series that made them who they are.