What is the "peak" for each game system?

I was watching a Chrontendo episode where he covers Final Fantasy III for the Famicom and he posits that this game is the peak of the system, in other words that this was the last big release before the system started a downward trend in terms of overall releases. Big releases would dry up after this and most new games would be coming out for the 16-bit systems.
So what are the other ones? DKC always feels like the peak of the SNES to me. Though the system certainly had lots of great titles after DKC, there were far less overall as publishers started to move on to the next gen finally.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >DKC always feels like the peak of the SNES to me
    Not even close, 1995 saw DKC2 and Yoshi's Island, two of the biggest releases for the SNES ever. You could argue one of those was the peak, since 1996 by comparison was pretty dead (I feel like the SNES died a lot faster after the N64 came out than the NES did after the SNES came out. I mean Kirby's fricking Adventure came out in 1993. Though I guess SNES got Thracia in 2000.)

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The SNES started dying when the PSX launched. By the time the N64 was out it was over.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        moron, best selling games of 1995 and 1996 where SNES games.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          1995 maybe but 1996 the top 3 games were N64 and PS1 games. Even overall sales in 1995 were way down from 1994.
          The SNES had a lot of great games in 1995 but the party was over for the system.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I agree, the SNES peaked too late.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You could argue one of those was the peak, since 1996 by comparison was pretty dead (I feel like the SNES died a lot faster after the N64 came out than the NES did after the SNES came out. I mean Kirby's fricking Adventure came out in 1993.
      It was the switch to 3D that made the SNES look immediately antiquated. There was a _lot_ less of a technological gap between NES and SNES than there was between SNES and any 5th gen console.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Yoshi's Island

      No one gave a shit about Yoshi's Island at the time. Its reputation is pure internet revisionism.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No?
    The famicom popularity was going down by 89 due to the PC engine, if anything DQ3 and SMB3 where the peak of the Famicom.
    As for the SNES I would say DKC2 and CT so '95, though I believe that by 96' the SNES was selling better than the PS and N64 software wise.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i dont understand this thread

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Me neither. Wanna hang out? I got pretzels.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Out of 1080 games released on Famicom (not counting FDS), FF3 was about the 620-630 release. Meaning one third of the library was yet to be released.

    A lot of major titles selling hundreds of thousands of copies had yet to be released. Like Mega Man 4 and 5.

    FF3 also sold half as many copies as DQ4, which came out 2 months before (this was the time period in the Famicom life when everyone was releasing their big RPGs after DQ4, hoping players would pick their game next once they beat DQ4).

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In case this
      isn't clear, my point is that, if there is a peak, it's Dragon Quest IV, and as usual your favourite youtuber is moronic

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't get your question. Do you want the best game for the system (which would the peak of its library), or the last AAA game to release for the console (big budget & high profile)? If you're talking peak PEAK like legit GOAT status, then either Super Metroid or A Link To The Past, hell maybe even Chrono Trigger as the greatest single title for the Super NES. On the other hand, Kirby's Dream Land 3 was the final major game to come out for SNES in late '97. It certainly wasn't a peak but this is about the 'high point' of the console, yes? For me, it was the combination of Killer Instinct, Secret of Evermore, Yoshi's Island, Mega Man 7, DKC2, MK3, Kirby's Avalanche, Earthworm Jim 2, Power Rangers Fighting Edition, WrestleMania Arcade Game & Chrono Trigger that made 1995 the PEAK year of the SNES for me. That whole '95 calendar year was insane & full of excellent releases for Nintendo's tenured 4th gen console.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >On the other hand, Kirby's Dream Land 3 was the final major game to come out for SNES in late '97.

      this is valid.
      probably true answer is 1998 though, super famicom got a fire emblem game at the end of 1999 that still managed to sell almost 150k copies

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The question is not when was the last game but when was the peak

        Though I do wish more people realized the SNES was still getting games long after the N64 was released, like as that anon mentioned Kirby's Dream Land 3 as well as Rockman and Forte

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Stop watching YouTube.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For NES? Probably Kirby's Adventure. It looks better than most early SNES games

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i'm gonna take a stab at pc engine

    tough one to say, but the last game that was a bit hit on the system was probably fatal fury special (December 1994)
    legend of xanadu 2 was a major release in 95 but it had a fraction of the first game's marketing budget and scope
    the last major hucard release was street fighter ii CE (june 93), it preceded hyper fighting on super famicom by several months, and briefly doubled sales of the pc engine duo. the hucard format was dead at this point though, only a couple more hucard games came out after

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The more obvious and correct answer is Super Mario Bros 3
    NES really peaked in 1989 but 1988/1990 is close enough, and SMB3 was so far ahead of any other action game released at that point

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had this exact thought recently, albeit without watching any YouTube video (who is Chrontendo?)

    I think it was probably 1996 for both SNES and Genesis. SNES got DKC3. Super Mario RPG, and Kirby Super Star, meanwhile Genesis closed off the Sonic saga with 3D Blast as well as Vectorman 2 and its own weird port/demake of Virtua Fighter 2. After that things slowed down considerably on SNES and kind of just died on Genesis (there were a small handful of titles before Frogger in 1998 but not much else)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think SMB 3 being the peak of the NES is pretty appropriate.
      Sonic and Knuckles feels like the peak of the Genesis to me with the system falling off pretty hard after that. I do agree DKC is the peak of the SNES but the system had a much slower decline and you could make an argument that the system's best days were still ahead of it.

      Chrontendo is an aging Gen X guy who has been doing videos on all the NES/Famicom games in chronological order. He's been doing this for well over a decade at this point. His releases are slow - he's had to take a few hiatuses for personal reasons so he's only up to about mid 1990. This place tends to disdain Youtubers on principle but I think his videos are pretty good and interesting.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Star Ocean came out in 1996, and it was so advanced that it wouldn't see rerelease until 2009.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Going based off quality, importance, and year released (they must be released around the beginning of the decline of the system)

    >NES
    Super Mario Bros 3 (1990)
    >SNES
    Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995)
    >Sega Genesis
    Sonic & Knuckles (1994)
    >PC-Engine
    Castlevania Rondo of Blood (1993)
    >N64
    The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (2000)
    >PS1
    Crash Team Racing (1999)
    >PS2
    Metal Gear Solid 3 (2004)
    >Gamecube
    Resident Evil 4 (2005)

    Handheld bonus round
    >Game Boy
    Pokemon Red & Blue (1998)
    >Game Boy Color
    Zelda Oracle games (2001)
    >Game Boy Advance
    Mother 3 (2006) (Unsure of this due to how late it is but I don't see other viable options)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you for understanding the point of this thread and explaining it better than I did.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >>Game Boy Advance
      >Mother 3 (2006) (Unsure of this due to how late it is but I don't see other viable options)
      I'd personally put Zelda: Minish Cap in this slot. It only came out one year earlier and unlike M3 it got a worldwide release.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Crash Team Racing over Gran Turismo 2 or Tony Hawk 2

      What in the frick, are you all 6 years old?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Tony Hawk 2 is one of the best games of all time but it was a multiplat

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >my western simulation games are for big boys

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Gran Turismo 2
          >western

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Castlevania Rondo of Blood (1993)

      tokimeki memorial, legend of xanadu, and fatal fury special were all major 1994 releases that sold well

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        oh yeah tokimeki memorial could be the one
        i was thinking it was multiplat but the first non-pc engine version came out over a year later so it still fits

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    what youre describing isnt the peak, by the very definition of the word. i think you mean something more like "last hurrah"
    >sms
    phantasy star
    >nes
    mario 3
    >snes
    chrono trigger
    >genesis
    phantasy star 4
    >segacd
    lunar 2
    >pcecd
    rondo
    >saturn
    pd saga
    >psx
    final fantasy 8
    >n64
    ocarina
    >dreamcast
    skies of arcadia

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