Game with the Most Individual Ports

Per Tracy Poff at Mobygames, who posted a list in 2017 of presumably the games which had the most ports throughout the years. I was interested to see if anyone here would be inclined to come up with better suggestions of what the most ported game might really be, since I know it can get tricky deciding what counts as a port and what doesn’t at times:

game_title count
Pac-Man 35
Frogger 31
Dig Dug 31
Ms. Pac-Man 28
Lemmings 26
Lode Runner 26
Klax 24
Prince of Persia 23
Xevious 23
Galaga 23
Ghosts 'N Goblins 23
Paperboy 22
Commando 22
Shanghai 22
Pipe Dream 21
R-Type 21
Dragon’s Lair 21
SimCity 21
Boulder Dash 21
Bubble Bobble 21
Double Dragon 21
Donkey Kong 20
Altered Beast 20
Space Harrier 20
Arkanoid 19
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 19
1942 18
Fatal Fury Special 18
Q*bert 18
Angry Birds 18
Galaxian 18
Manic Miner 18
Miner 2049er 18
Nobunaga’s Ambition 18
Theme Park 18
Mappy 18
Zork: The Great Underground Empire 18
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The 17
Defender of the Crown 17
Marble Madness 17
SimCity 2000 17
Doodle God 17
Centipede 17
Angry Birds: Star Wars 17
Football Manager 17
Choplifter! 17
Golden Axe 16
Planetfall 16
Pirate Adventure 16
Adventureland 16
Secret Mission 16
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 16
Doodle Fit 16
Zaxxon 16
Elevator Action 16
Jet Set Willy 16
After Burner II 16
Bomb Jack 16
Sonic the Hedgehog 16
Pac-Mania 16
Edge 16
California Games 16

Source: MobyGames Forums - Re: Single game with most ports?

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There are quite a few surprising entries on that list! Pipe Dream and Fatal Fury Special, for instance. Really didn’t expect those to have been ported more often than, say, Sonic.

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Sokoban.

But the OP pulled this data from the moby database by doing a simple SQL query, so the best way to get more up-to-date results would be to ask somebody at moby to pull the same data again today.

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Wow, I thought Puyo Puyo Tsu would be up there but it didn’t make the list!

Does MobyGames also include rereleases running directly under emulation - for example PlayStation Archives and Wii Virtual Console? I think Puyo Puyo Tsu would be up there considering how many times it’s reappeared on those modern (well, 15 years ago) services, as well as all the M2 developed Sega Ages/3D Classics versions.

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Also, welcome to the Retro Game Boards, @electricmastro! :slight_smile:

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That list is not accurate. Sonic has 16 ports? No it does not. Is he including virtual console and emulated ports? He must be. Also, Fatal Fury Special with 18 ports? Absolutely not. Emulation must be getting included.

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What this data is really showing is the number of platforms a game been released on. Not ports as such. For example it’s the same code running on iPad, iPhone, Apple TV.

Sonic now up to 21 going by their data: https://www.mobygames.com/game/sonic-the-hedgehog

Android, Arcade, BlackBerry, BREW, DoJa, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, iPod Classic, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, tvOS, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Fatal Fury Special now at 23: https://www.mobygames.com/game/fatal-fury-special

Android, Arcade, Browser, FM Towns, Game Gear, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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I believe Puyo Puyo 2 is at 20 now, though I understand that the newest ports are on things like Nintendo Switch eShop and iOS iPhone, so I’m not even sure how keen those should be counted since there seems to be quite a bit of disagreement that physical ports should be counted in with digital ones in the first place. That shouldn’t stop anyone from asking Tracy for an updated list though, even though I think the above list gives a good enough idea as is.

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Would The Bard’s Tale be one of the most ported 3D games?:

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Lol, it’s even on the Ouya

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I would count something like 3D Classics Puyo Puyo Tsu and Sega Ages Puyo Puyo Tsu on 3DS and Switch respectively as individual new versions even if they are primarily based off the arcade version.

Not sure I’d count something like a virtual console or PS Plus Premium rerelease though as a port. I guess it depends on whether you’re counting “versions” or “ports”.

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Other mass-ported 3D games that were on the PS2:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 14:

Android (2013), Fire OS (2013), iPad (2013), iPhone (2013), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 2 (2004), PlayStation 3 (2012), PlayStation 4 (2015), Windows (2005), Windows Apps (2014), Windows Phone (2014), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2008) and Xbox One (2018)

Crazy Taxi - 13:

Android (2013), Arcade (1999), Dreamcast (2000), GameCube (2001), iPad (2012), iPhone (2012), OnLive (2012), PlayStation 2 (2001), PlayStation 3 (2010), PlayStation Now (2014), Windows (2002), Xbox 360 (2010) and Xbox One (2015)

Syberia - 13:

Android (2013), Blacknut (2019), iPad (2014), iPhone (2014), Macintosh (2014), Nintendo DS (2008), Nintendo Switch (2017), PlayStation 2 (2003), PlayStation 3 (2014), Windows (2002), Windows Mobile (2006), Xbox (2003) and Xbox 360 (2014)

Psychonauts - 11:

Linux (2012), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 2 (2005), PlayStation 3 (2012), PlayStation 4 (2016), Windows (2005), Windows Apps (2021), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), Xbox One (2017) and Xbox Cloud Gaming (2021)

Rayman 2: The Great Escape - 11:

Dreamcast (2000), iPhone (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Nintendo 64 (1999), Nintendo DS (2005), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), PlayStation 3 (2008), PSP (2008), PS Vita (2012) and Windows (1999)

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance - 10:

GameCube (2002), Linux (2021), Macintosh (2021), Nintendo Switch (2021), PlayStation 2 (2001), PlayStation 4 (2021), Windows (2021), Xbox (2002), Xbox One (2021) and Xbox Series (2021)

Max Payne - 10:

Android (2012), iPad (2012), iPhone (2012), Macintosh (2002), PlayStation 2 (2001), PlayStation 3 (2012), PlayStation 4 (2016), Windows (2001), Xbox (2001) and Xbox 360 (2009)

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Nice finds!

Would the following platforms for Xbox games count as ports though:

e.g. Psychonauts

  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Xbox Series

iirc, that’s the Xbox code being published elsewhere, rather than new ports of that game?

Same with the Windows App version of Psychonauts, presumably that’s the win32 version of the game from the mid-2000s republished on the Windows Store, rather than a new port of the game.

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Yeah, just to state it again: moby games counts platforms the game has appeared on.

These are not ports or versions or anything else.

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Yep, this distinction is important, since more often than not, unless a game was highly multiplatform, these versions are just republished versions of the same game code, rather than a port.

Case in point: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, a Nintendo DS game from 2008, is listed as “Nintendo 3DS” but we know it never received a 3DS port. It was republished on the 3DS eShop as a club Nintendo bonus in Japan.

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (2008) - MobyGames

This definitely wouldn’t count as a port. Make sure to check the “releases” tab on MobyGames if unsure about whether it’s a port or just a rerelease of the same game code.

Note on first post you can make it a real table like this… whoever has edit capabilities could make it so:

|game_title|count|
|-|-|
|Pac-Man|35|
|Frogger|31|
|Dig Dug|31|
game_title count
Pac-Man 35
Frogger 31
Dig Dug 31
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In regards to the most physically ported gambling game, I think it might be either Dizzy Dice or Vegas Jackpot:

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