Contra is a run-and-gun style platformer developed by Konami and published by Erbe Software initially in 1987. It was released in arcades and on ZX Spectrum and Amstrad PC to start with.
Prince of Persia is a fantasy cinematic 2D platformer originally developed and published by Brøderbund and designed by Jordan Mechner. It was initially released in 1989 for the Apple II.
Disney's Aladdin, one of the most successful port from a movie to videogame, is a 2D side scrolling platformer developed by Virgin Games based on the Disney 1992 motion picture. Graphics and animation were created by Disney itself.
Mario & Luigi is a simple but very nice clone of Super Mario Bros developed by Mike Wiering in 1994. Controls are very simple: Ctrl to Run, Alt to Jump, Space to Fire, Left and Right arrows to walk.
Bubble Bobble is not only one of the most popular arcade ever created, but also a personal favourite of GamesNostalgia. This 2D cartoon action platformer designed by Fukio Mitsuji (aka MTJ) was released by Taito initially in 1986.
Pitfall: the Mayan Adventure is a side-scrolling action platformer. It's the forth game in the Pitfall series. It was developed by Activision in partnership with Redline games and published by Activision in 1994.
Another World, also known as Out of This World, is a cinematic platformer action-adventure designed by Éric Chahi for Delphine Software and released in 1991 initially for Amiga an...
Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Dangerous Dave 2) is the sequel to the original Dangerous Dave and was developed by Gamer’s Edge and id Software; and published by Softdisk Publishing in 1991 for DOS.