7 Console Launch Games We’re Still Playing Today

Launch Games - Spider-Man
Launch Games - Spider-Man

We all know that feeling of playing a new console. Once you’ve carefully unboxed your new machine, hooked it up, and watched the startup animation for the first time, you savour those last moments of anticipation before sliding in the first of many games that you will play over the next five to 10 years. As such, there’s a tremendous pressure on launch games to do the hardware justice – here’s seven times launch games surpassed our expectations. Excited for the next generation? Check out everything we know about PS5 and everything we know about Xbox Series X.

PS5 Logo

We all know that feeling of playing a new console. Once you’ve carefully unboxed your new machine, hooked it up, and watched the startup animation for the first time, you savour those last moments of anticipation before sliding in the first of many games that you will play over the next five to 10 years. As such, there’s a tremendous pressure on launch games to do the hardware justice – here’s seven times launch games surpassed our expectations. Excited for the next generation? Check out everything we know about PS5 and everything we know about Xbox Series X.

Super Mario 64 – Nintendo 64

Along with Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 is synonymous with Nintendo’s first 3D console, which makes it all the more impressive that this all-time classic was right there at launch. Seeing that plump plumber hop, skip, and jump in full-3D environments was (and still is) an absolute joy to behold.

Super Mario 64 DS – Nintendo DS

It did what it said on the tin. It’s Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo DS. And it’s brilliant.

Halo: Combat Evolved – Xbox

It’s easy to forget that first-person shooters weren’t always the console-sellers that they are today. In fact, FPS games were fairly niche titles on consoles – that is until Halo’s advanced AI and open-ended combat arenas changed things forever.

Wii Sports – Nintendo Wii

Everyone remembers Wii Sports. Like Tetris before it, Wii Sports achieved that oh-so-rare status of almost total ubiquity, as it was bundled in with what remains one of the most popular consoles of all time. The best thing about Wii Sports was its ability to appeal to almost anyone. It didn’t matter if you were eight or 80, you could have tonnes of fun playing Wii Sports.

Wipeout – PlayStation

We had to wait a little longer for the PlayStation to make it to blighty after it launched across the pond, but on the plus side, we got the stunning psychedelic racer Wipeout on day one.

Resogun – PlayStation 4

Resogun

Although it might not have been the biggest blockbuster game to release that year, Resogun was an addictive shoot-em-up that also served as an amazing showcase for the PS4’s graphical capabilities. So many particle effects.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch

Breath of the Wild

We could be cheating a little bit here, as Breath of the Wild also served as a send-off to the Wii-U, but for most, Breath of the Wild is remembered as their first Switch game and one of the most magical gaming experiences of all time.

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