Platformer - This genre of game ruled the much of the mid and late 1980's thanks to two of it's earliest ancestors: Lode Runner and Donkey Kong. Before that, most character-based games didn't even have floors, but depended on navigating mazes. Most platform games feature lots of jumping from platform to platform and usually end with reaching the exit of the level or defeating a boss. Some of the most famous platforming series include Lode Runner, Donkey Kong, the Super Mario games, Sonic the Hedgehog, Megaman and Castlevania.

Game list: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Genesis), Altered Beast (Genesis), Batman (NES), Bionic Commando (NES), Black Tiger (Arcade), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Playstation), Clash At Demonhead (NES), Elevator Action (Arcade), E-Swat (Arcade), Magic Sword (Arcade), Mario Bros (Arcade), Mappy (Arcade), Metroid (NES), Ninja Gaiden (NES), Ninja Warriors (SNES), Pitfall! (Atari 2600), The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis), Rolling Thunder 2 (Arcade), Super Mario Bros. (NES), S.P.Y. - Special Project Y. (Arcade), Strider (Arcade)

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