List of Games By Platform

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This is a list of games, what platform they were originally released on, and which platform I think gives you the best experience.

Game Release Date Original Platform Best Port Notes
Adventure 1980-??-?? Atari 2600 Atari 2600
Bionic Commando 1988-07-20 NES NES The Japanese release has more content (though it's harder to read!). The Game Boy and Rearmed releases are different enough to be a new game. The arcade game is drastically different.
Castle Adventure 1984-??-?? DOS DOS
Cave Story 2005-01-04 Windows Windows Cave Story+
Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle 1991-12-15 DOS DOS
Contra 1987-02-20 Arcade NES Japanese release has added content. Arcade graphics are awful, most ports are terrible.
Diablo 1996-12-31 Windows Windows
Doom 1993-12-10 DOS Windows The Doom 95 port.
Doom II: Hell On Earth 1994-10-10 DOS Windows The Doom 95 port.
Duke Nukem II 1993-12-03 DOS DOS
God of Thunder 1993-??-?? DOS DOS
Golden Axe 1989-06-?? Arcade Arcade
The Goonies II 1987-03-18 NES NES
Half-Life 1998-11-19 Windows Windows The Half-Life Source port.
Hugo's House of Horrors 1990-??-?? DOS DOS
King's Quest I: Quest For the Crown 1984-??-?? PC Booter Apple II GS Remakes treated separately.
The Legend of Zelda 1986-02-21 NES SNES BS Modern ports are emulated.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991-11-21 SNES SNES Or maybe GBA Four Swords remake, need to check.
Loom 1990-??-?? DOS DOS The CD upgrade with speech and VGA (though it trims the dialogue).
Magic Carpet 1994-??-?? DOS DOS
Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds 1995-10-?? DOS DOS
Mario Kart 64 1996-12-14 Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 Or maybe a remake? Recent ports are emulated.
Master of Magic 1994-??-?? DOS DOS
Mega Man II 1988-12-24 NES NES
Megamania 1982-??-?? Atari 2600  ? Need to check other ports.
Metroid 1986-08-06 FDS FDS I'm more partial to the NES sound, but the save feature of the FDS was better than the password.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 1987-10-?? NES NES The original arcade game is too different.
Raptor: Call of the Shadows 1994-??-?? DOS DOS
River City Ransom 1989-04-25 NES  ? TurboGrafx-CD looks the best, need to test.
Secret of Mana 1993-08-06 SNES SNES
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990-??-?? DOS DOS The VGA upgrade.
Shadowgate 1987-??-?? Macintosh NES NES best music, Windows best graphics/interface.
SimAnt 1991-??-?? Macintosh DOS Best color for 640x480 resolution.
SimCity 1989-02-22 Macintosh SNES SNES port actually makes it a true game and gives amazing music. Need to check SimCity Deluxe and Enhanced.
SimCity 2000 DOS DOS
Sopwith 1984-??-?? PC Booter DOS Sopwith: The Author's Edition
Super C 1988-01-?? Arcade  ? Maybe arcade, probably NES, need to compare.
Super Mario Bros. 1985-09-13 NES SNES The Super Mario All Stars port looks the best.
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988-10-23 NES SNES Super Mario All Stars port, possibly the GBA Super Mario Advance 4 port, need to test.
Super Mario World 1990-11-21 SNES SNES Maybe GBA Super Mario Advance 2, need to test.
Ultima III: Exodus 1983-08-23 Apple II NES Different dialogue, but better graphics and music.
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985-09-16 Apple II NES Different dialogue, but better graphics, music, and interface.
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992-04-16 DOS Windows The Exult engine replacement adds many new features.
Undertale 2015-09-15 Windows Windows
Uninvited 1986-??-?? Macintosh NES NES best music, Windows best graphics/interface.
Yars' Revenge 1981-??-?? Atari 2600  ? GBA looks best, need to test.