From 1984 to 1993, during the heyday of the Nintendo Entertainment System, more than 700 games were released for the console--and many, many of them are classics, from M.U.L.E. to Prince Of Persia to Ice Climber. The excellent designers at Pop Chart Lab, who previously created this infographic of game controllers, has now mapped all of the games from that period in one handy chart.
The infographic starts at the center, with mid-'80s games like the original Mario Bros., and spirals out from there to early '90s games. There are multiples spirals, and they're color-coded by genre: purple, for example, represents entries in the "sports" genre, while gray represents "puzzle/racing/driving" games. That means you can monitor the evolution of NES games, to some extent: Donkey Kong came before Metroid which came before Mega Man--ad nauseum.
Just as interesting as Nintendo's crown jewels, though, are the games that were released and never made much of a dent in gaming culture: for every Zelda, there are several more Kid Kools.
You can purchase a print of the infographic for $32 over at Pop Chart Lab's site.
Soo... maybe I'm reading that graphic wrong, but sure "Rambo" and "Metal Gear" are NOT RPG/Simulations. I can bend a little and say MAYBE Metal Gear was comparable to Legend of Zelda's RPG qualities, but Rambo was a pure run/gun shooter.
I'm thinking that chard might need a pass over for people who actually PLAYED those games, and not simply looking at how the publisher classified it.
Re the comment on "Rambo," we classified "Rambo" as an RPG/sim rather than a run-and-gun due to the amount of dialogue interaction with NPCs and the fact that there's an inventory and EXP point system. Compared to a pure run-and-run like, say, "Rush 'n' Attack," there's much more of an RPG element in "Rambo." It's almost identical in gameplay to "Zelda II," which is a classic "action RPG."
Hmmm.... See, the Rambo I remember was just a run/gun overhead shooter closer to Ikari Warriors, granted I was like 10 at the time and memory is a tricky thing. Maybe I'll see if I can dig a copy up somewhere and take another look at it.
Yep, NVM, my bad, I was remembering the Genesis version. lol