With Mario Kart 8 DLC on the way today, along with Pokemon OR/AS and Super Smash Bros. Wii U releasing next Friday, this month is shaping up to be quite the Nintendo gamer’s paradise. So, since we’ll be writing about those in the next week or so, I figured I’d take some time out to discuss some of my favorite games and why. In no particular order, here they are:
1.) The Legend of Zelda: It’s no secret that Brett and I have a small obsession with The Legend of Zelda series. While I love the franchise and appreciate every game, there are some that I appreciate more. My top two are Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. Both have this distinct charm to them that really draws me in. I love how dark and saddening TP is. It was also one of the first Zelda game I actually managed to complete. Wind Waker’s art style always charmed the hell out of me. I know a lot of people hate it beyond all reason, but I never thought is took away from the overall brooding Zelda story. Plus, the HD remake for Wii U is absolutely gorgeous. When it comes to Zelda though, everyone’s got their own opinions and we’re all more than welcome to discuss why one game is our favorite. That’s the beauty of the Zelda franchise.
2.) Sonic the Hedgehog 2: For me, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will always be that perfect game. I jumped from an Atari 2600 to the glorious 16-bit Genesis, and the first thing I played was Sonic 2, which came with the system. There’s really nothing that makes this game perfect other than the fact that I am the most familiar with it. I could easily accept any argument that showed that Sonic CD was a far superior game, if not the best Sonic game. But, I don’t hold the nostalgia feels for that game. We all have that one game that we love against all logical reasoning, and Sonic 2 is mine.
3.) Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver: I started playing Pokemon when I was 10 years old, back in 1998. My parents bought me a shiny new Game Boy Pocket and BOTH Red and Blue for my birthday that year. I took that thing everywhere with me and I’m sure my parents regretted their purchase soon after. But, I got older and kids started poking fun at me for still playing the game… and I eventually forced myself out of it. As a result, I skipped right over Silver/Gold and Ruby/Sapphire. I didn’t get back into things until the beginning of my college days when I went out and impulsively bought a DS Lite and Pokemon Diamond. I’ve been hooked ever since. HG/SS are the remakes of the popular second generation games with lots of 4th generation stuff thrown in. I have a tendency to transfer my Pokemon to the next game and then sell the old ones because there’s no reason to go back. But not with my SoulSilver. I refuse to get rid of that game. I genuinely enjoy the atmosphere of the game. Pokemon following you around seems to natural. Plus, it plays like two games in one when you get to go back to Kanto and do everything there. If you only play one Pokemon game from the 4th gen, make sure it’s this one.
4.) Animal Crossing – New Leaf: Animal Crossing is a series that I passed up every single time. Sims games were definitely not my forte and I always felt they were beneath me; casual games for casual gamers. I had formulated an opinion about these types of games without actually playing one. Maybe that’s why I picked this game up. It certainly wasn’t because others I knew were playing it. Either way, I’m glad that I did. It turned out to something beyond charming that even after over a year of playing, I still enjoy going back to. Unlike previous incarnations, there’s always something to do in New Leaf. It’s definitely a casual game, but one you can get lost in for hours at a time. It’s smart, witty, and will just make you smile.
Kirby 64 – The Crystal Shards: Of all the Kirby games I could be fond of, I’m fond of one of the least popular. Most consider it to be too easy and hardly even a challenge. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it as a kid, I was actually able to beat it on my own. Personally, I think it’s the combination of powers that I like the best. It’s something we’ve never seen since then either. There’s just this sweet satisfaction I get from throwing exploding ninja stars at enemies. Yeah, I know most other Kirby games are better than this one, but 64 holds a special place in my heart.