I remember back in the day, everyone was comparing Shinobi to Ninja Gaiden. I liked both equally.Sonic games
Joe Montana and Madden Football
Shining Force 1 and 2
I pretty much played all of the fighting games on Genesis. Later on won an SNES in a fighting game comp, and got into all of the SNES rpg: Chrono Trigger, Mario RPG, Earthbound, Breath of Fire.
As a teen, I was either chasing tail or playing games in the middle of working/school.. good times!!