One thing I have learned from my ongoing 50 Movies Project is that I accomplish so much more when I have a set list to follow. As someone who has been wanting to dig deeper into older video games and play the many that I missed out on over the years, I have decided to create a retro gaming version of the project.
I grew up playing the NES, often having intense gaming sessions of Super C, Super Mario Brothers 1-3 and other classic titles with my older brother. When he moved out of the house, there was a gap in gaming until I later received a Sega Genesis as a Christmas present. From that point on, I grew with the consoles, eventually upgrading to a Playstation then PS2 then Xbox 360 and so on. While I loved the Genesis dearly, this transition meant that I missed out on the entire Super Nintendo system, aside from playing it at a friend’s house. I eventually bought a SNES during college, but it mostly gathered dust as we played the latest games instead.
My Super Nintendo broke shortly after moving to Chicago a few years ago, so I bought a Retro Duo system to replace it. This nifty little console could play BOTH regular NES and SNES cartridges, and I caught up with a bunch of my old games. Unfortunately, it completely died out on me within a year of owning it. I opted to replace this with the FC Twin, a similar console but with slightly better reviews.
Between the FC Twin and my growing stack of cartridges, the modern disc collections of retro games, the various remakes and downloadable versions of these titles, and even *gasp* emulation, there is no excuse for me not to catch up on so many of the NES/SNES classics that I have missed. That is why I have started this project, as it will give me even more initiative to revisit the past. I have compiled a list of 50 games that have either received major critical acclaim or have been incredibly influential over the years. I do not have a set timeline for when I will finish this project, but I am confident that putting this list together will keep me motivated to get back to my gaming roots.
If you have any requests/suggestions, please let me know.
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone
The Legend of Zelda
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
River City Ransom
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Thoughts? Suggestions? I left out quite a few classics that I have played to death already (NES Mario games, Super C, Dr. Mario, Tetris, etc.), but I am open to other ideas.