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Number 10.
Metroid 2: Return of Samus Remake.
Link: http://metroid2remake.blogspot.co.uk/
Although Metroid Other M might be the most misunderstood of Samus’ intergalactic adventures, Metroid 2 Return of Samus is without question her most over looked. The original GameBoy title was critically acclaimed but overlooked when it made it’s debut back in 1991, however if the folks over at metroid2remake have their way that will one day change. I say one day because like a couple of the games on this list Metroid 2 Remake is still only in the demo stage, it is very good though especially in the graphic and sound departments where the game shines. It does however feel a little rough around the edges but in time hopefully the developers can iron out these issues. Metroid 2 Return of Samus Remake is definitely a fan game to watch.

Metroid 2 Return of Samus Remake

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Number 9.
Sonic Fan remix.
Link: http://www.sonicfanremix.com/
Very few gaming characters are as beloved as Sonic and so it’s unsurprising to see that so many have tried to recreate the magic of the original MegaDrive titles. Of all these attempts Sonic Fan remix comes closest, and even though it’s only a short demo the truly beautiful 2.5D graphics, sense of speed  and glamorous weather effects go a long way to capturing that spacial something what made Sonic, once upon a time, every bit a contender for king of the platform mascots. Make this game Sega. Everyone else play the demo and hope with all your heart that the full thing is finished soon.

Sonic Fan remix

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Number 8.
Halo Zero.
Link: http://download.cnet.com/Halo-Zero/3000-7433_4-10474712.html
Halo 4 is one of the year’s biggest releases but what if you found yourself 360 less? Or unable to find the funds in order to buy the game? Well Halo Zero might just be the answer. It’s a 2D run and gun in the vein of Metroid and probably what Halo would have been like had Microsoft been going toe to toe with Nintendo and Sega back in the 16bit days, and while it isn’t quite a refine as the games it wishes to emulate Halo Zero shows that perhaps Microsoft should look into a series of 2D Live titles not dissimilar to Shadow Complex. Until they’re done with that though Halo Zero will need to suffice.

Halo Zero

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Number 7.
Street Fighter Online.
Link: http://streetfighteronline.com/
Street Fighter Online’s title says it all, it’s classic Street Fighter (2) for up to 4 players online. It’s got everything you’d expect from a Street Fighter title, solid roster of characters (with more promised) polished visuals and sounds and the competitive elements that have defined the Street Fighter series since day one, and although it doesn’t always run well and you can meet the odd cheater Street Fighter Online does offer you something Capcom’s official title doesn’t and never will, it’s free! Need I say more?

Street Fighter Online

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Number 5.
Super Mario Bros. Crossover.
Link: http://www.explodingrabbit.com/games/super-mario-bros-crossover
I’d imagine in this day and age everyone and his dog has played Super Mario Bros. at some point or another in their lives, but have you ever played Super Mario Bros. as Samus Aran or Simon Belmont in Mario’s place? If the answer’s no than Super Mario Bros. Crossover is for you. Enjoy the classic Mario game play that defined the NES but with the added shooting, whipping  and star throwing mechanics of 8 other 8bit legendary games of the era. Best of all it’s, like everything else on this list absolutely free.

Super Mario Bros Crossover

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Number 4.
Final Fantasy VII NES.
Link: http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=12466.140
Fans the world over have wanted a Final Fantasy 7 remake for years, however I’d bet none of them ever expected to get their wish but in the form of a NES game. Yes it’s true, for reasons only known to the creator (and perhaps those who translated the game to English) Final Fantasy 7, a game Square claimed couldn’t be made on the Nintendo 64 due to cartridge size has indeed been completely remade, walking in the same footsteps of it’s forefathers, and although it’s not a perfect recreation (it’s insanely difficult in places) Final Fantasy 7 is a game that needs to be seen to be believed.

Final Fantasy VII NES

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Number 3.
Abobo’s Big Adventure.
Link: http://www.abobosbigadventure.com/
Abobo’s Big Adventure can be described in two words, awesomely weird. At a glance it’s  little more than an 8bit side-scrolling beat-em-up reminiscent of the classic Double Dragon, but delve a little deeper and you’ll find a homage to retro gaming unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Seeing you play as obscure Double Dragon character Abobo, he’ll go on a quest to rescue his son, a quest that will see him getting very angry as he crushes enemies of all shapes and sizes including Goomba, Donkey Kong and Dig Dug. Abobo’s Big Adventure is an inspired blast from the past and one, given it’s borrowing of the past, could only exist in the world of the fan made game.

Abobo's Big Adventure

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Number 2.
Rokko-Chan.
Link: http://king-soukutu.com/flash/rokko.html
Mega Man has one of the most creative fan-bases of all and while Capcom may have lost interest in Rockman, devotees like king-soukutu have not. The proof of this is Rokko-Chan, a free flash game in the vein of Mega Man 2 but one that recasts the Blue Bomber as a girl named Rokko-Chan who must, much like Mega Man before her defeat an evil doctor (this time named Mad though) and his six deadly robots. As you’d expect from a Mega Man clone Rokko-Chan is a well made, great sounding, polished yet pushing game (especially if using the default keyboard controls) and one created with love. It’s the kind of game Capcom would charge for and one that would be worth every penny but thankfully in the world of the fan made games Rokko-Chan is an experience you can have for free.

RokkoChan

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Number 1.
Streets of Rage Remake.
Link: http://www.bombergames.net/sorr_project/
When Sega created the wonderful Streets of Rage series back in 1991 few could have predicted just how popular and enduring this side-scrolling beat-em-up would prove to be, some 20 years on and despite Sega seemingly forgetting about the franchise entirely the fans refuse to let go, Streets of Rage Remake is the result of their devotion. Some 8 years in the making Streets of rage Remake is nothing less than a work of art, one featuring all new cutscenes and endings, completely remastered stages, 19 playable characters, Boss Rush plus Survival modes, faithfully remixed music and a whole heap more besides. Yes it’s a staggering achievement for sure and the kind of game fans deserve but rarely ever get because publishers like Sega are either A) too greedy or B) too lazy. In fact Streets of Rage Remake is so good Sega demanded the creators remove the game from their site because Sega feared (rightfully so) that anyone who played the (free) homage would never want nor need to (re)buy the original MegaDrive versions which Sega continue to sell (digitally) but refuse to improve. Thankfully the internet is a great thing so even without bombergames offering a download link a quick Google search will provide you with one, and you should use it because  Streets of Rage Remake is brilliant. It’s hands down the best  fan made game ever and up there with many a retro title to boot.

Streets of Rage Remake

!0: Metroid 2: Return of Samus Remake.
9: Sonic Fan remix.
8: Halo Zero.
7: Street Fighter Online.
6: Left 4 Dead 8Bit.
5: Super Mario Bros. Crossover.
4: Final Fantasy VII NES.
3: Abobo’s Big Adventure.
2: Rokko-Chan.
1: Streets of Rage Remake.