Note to self: Do not f with a person's childhood by way of NES.
I like all the games suggested - but here's why we chose the top three...
Contra - Konami code, great 2 player action, the challenge of beating it by starting with 3 lives
SMB3 - pretty much one of the best Marios, also paved the way for every Mario afterward (overworld map for different levels), it was in The Wizard
Zelda - the original action adventure, 2nd quest, alternative to FF and Dragon Warrior for a generation of kids not able to focus for long
As for suggestions -
Star Tropics - was pretty awesome in that it mashed a bunch of genres together in a cool way (RPG, Zelda-esque, etc.)
Dodgeball - excellent multiplayer, but slowdown and flicker show up(mayber my cartridge?)
River City Ransom - another great 2 player, but slow (better then Double Dragon?)
Double Dribble - better then any Atari sports game, but ain't shit compared to Blades of Steel
Baseball Stars/STB - forgot about the Bowl, both good home sports games for the time, I'd take original TB for nostalgia, see above about Blades
Castlevania - that's also a good one, I'd take III for the awesome graphics
Metroid - groundbreaking?, sweet secret code and hidden levels
SMB - yeah... The one that started it all.
I was planning a SNES poll, I'll start a suggestion thread first!