Selective Creation: Pick Your Platformers!



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

    Of course I'm adding my GOAT what are you talking about.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD

    Honestly it's a hard call between this and Sonic 3 but I'm going with CD because choosing 3 opens a whole can of worms (3 or Knuckles? Can I count Sonic 3K as just one entry? Or Sonic 3 Complete since while it's a fan-made romhack it's by far the best way to play that game in my opinion?)



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    More specifically Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the definitive Donkey Kong game. I don't think there is a better 2d platformer than that game.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins

    Because it's just incredible. It's so colourful, sounds wonderful, is crammed with imagination and humour, and the controls are the most fluid I have seen in a 2D platformer. Also, it has a finely balanced rate of difficulty and offers some real challenge later on.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer

    Apparently also known as "Ripto's Rage!". Anyway, my first Spyro game on PS1, and it hit really hard. I liked the structure of the game a lot.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped

    Great variety in level design and gameplay, fun characters and good animations. Holds up!



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure

    Might as well use the 2 per IP rule.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Windmill Hills, Bopopolis, Grassland Groove,... almost every level in this game is a masterpiece.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest

    The only reason you could hate this game is that you haven't played it. it's magical in story, sound and visuals. Every new location is a pleasure to be in.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie

    duhhh



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy

    I'm not a fan of platformers for the most part. I am a fan of roguelikes. This game is both.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon

    Let's put another OG Spyro here. You know, one of those good Spyro games. There were four new minor characters you could play as, out of which the penguin and the yeti were especially cool to have along.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Rayman Legends
    Despite Rayman Origins already being on the list, I think that this game might also deserve a spot.
    Play one of the music levels or have a blast with 3-5 Players on the WiiU Version and you'll understand.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Rayman Legends
    Super Meat Boy

    A brilliant platformer that manages to make the basics of the genre brilliantly good fun with quick fire levels, an amazing soundtrack, a ridiculous amount of unlockables, and of course, challenge!



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Rayman Legends
    Super Meat Boy
    Kirby and the Crystal Shards

    My favorite Kirby game. It's so jolly. Plus both Mario spots were already taken so I couldn't throw Mario 64 on the list.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Rayman Legends
    Super Meat Boy
    Kirby and the Crystal Shards
    Shovel Knight

    Shovel, Shovel!



  • Shovel Knight makes 24 so only one more entry left.



  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Ape Escape
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
    Portal 2
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Psychonauts
    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
    Sonic CD
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Rayman Origins
    Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
    Crash Bandicoot (3): Warped
    Goemon's Great Adventure
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Ori and the blind forest
    Banjo Kazooie
    Rogue Legacy
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Rayman Legends
    Super Meat Boy
    Kirby and the Crystal Shards
    Shovel Knight
    Cave Story

    I believe this qualifies, so for sure I'm adding it



  • @terminallybill I don't know if Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando is particularly the best "platformer", but it always warms my heart to see a little bit of Ratchet & Clank appreciation.

    I think this list turned out to be pretty good.
    Still need to play Ape Escape, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon and Ori and the blind forest.



  • Oh, come on! Two 2D Raymans??? When The Great Escape ranks up with the very best 3D platformers??? Ack!

    BTW, doesn't the person who voted for Ape Escape need to give a reason for it?