The only true stinker of the early Disk System titles, Vollyball is composed entirely of esoteric mechanics and half-baked design choices that make the game a near-unplayable mess. Nintendo missed the mark, and future vollyball games would do it much, much better.
Essentially a hard version of the original Super Mario Bros. with new levels and new challenges, Super Mario Bros. 2 was released exclusively to the Disk System for the specific purpose to push sales of nintendo’s add-on disk drive.
The standard against which all future platforming video games would be measured, Super Mario Bros.’ popularity made it integral to the launch of Nintendo’s new add-on, and also paved the way for its much anticipated Disk System sequel.
More important for the mechanics that it pioneered than for the game itself, Golf is another example of how Nintendo was truly innovative and had a knack for creating game play concepts that would be later become industry standards.
Famously based on Shigeru Miyamoto’s childhood adventures through the forests and caves near his home, The Legend of Zelda is a dense, sprawling adventure unlike any console video game that came before it.