Gaming Since 1986!

Another question The Well-Red Mage posed was quite the big one: What’s Your Favorite Game From Every Year You’ve Been Alive? Considering I’ve been alive for almost 32 years, that’s a lot of games to think about! I know a lot of others have done this post, and it was so fun to read what everyone’s picks were! I decided the easiest way to go about this task would first be to think of some of my all- time favorite games (i.e. Super Mario RPG, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong Country) and immediately place those with the corresponding year. After that, I’d just look up a list of games that were released in a particular year and chose one! Sometimes, that was easier said than done… anyway, here is my list!

Oh, and since I live in the U.S., I’m going by North American release dates, just for consistency!

1986- Balloon Fight (NES)

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This has always been one of my favorite NES games. There is something both relaxing and challenging about avoiding all the little things that could pop your balloons and kill you! Plus, the music really gets stuck in my head!

1987- Arkanoid (NES)

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For some reason, I had a hard time choosing a game for this year, so I settled on Arkanoid, which was originally an arcade game. I like brick-breaker type games, so why not?

1988- Anticipation (NES)

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I actually didn’t play this game until many years after its release- my husband was the one that introduced it to me. It reminds me of a more simplistic version of Trivial Pursuit, though it gets pretty hard at the end!

P.S. The people’s faces on the cover of this box art are hilariously cheesy!

1989- Super Mario Land (Game Boy)

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I played this game SO MUCH on my Game Boy! I loved the idea of having a Mario game with me wherever I went. I thought I was hot shit when I brought my Game Boy and Super Mario Land to “show and tell” in 4th grade, ha!

1990- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

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This is one of those games that’s fun no matter how many times you play it. I still remember playing it with my husband and the NES froze right when we got to the final battle against Bowser and erased our game… good times!

1991- Super Tennis (SNES)

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I don’t even know if anyone has ever played this game except me, but I love it! I can’t even explain why it appeals so much to me, because I don’t even like sports or sports games very much. But I played the hell out of this game when I was a kid, and I was convinced I was a tennis pro until I actually tried to play tennis for real. I discovered there was too much movement involved and I disliked the idea of a tennis ball flying toward my face at high speeds, so I stuck with Super Tennis.

1992- Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy)

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My second- ever video game that I owned introduced me to my favorite video game character: Kirby! I’ve played this game more times than I can count, and it still remains one of my favorites.

1993- Doom (PC)

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I have a special place in my heart for the first iteration of Doom. It was so fun and different and though we didn’t have a computer at my house when I was younger, I played this game in computer class at school. Take that, ESRB ratings! I blew up demons when I was still in elementary school, and I think I turned out all right…

1994- Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

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I was completely obsessed with this game. I played it and replayed it constantly, and spent many hours unlocking all the secrets I could find. I can almost play some of the levels with my eyes closed (not that I would try).

1995- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES)

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I didn’t think any game could be better than the original DKC… and then this game came out! It was darker, creepier, and way harder than the first game, but I loved it anyway. The soundtrack to this game is still one of my favorites!

1996- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

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No contest for 1996, since that was the year that my favorite game of all time was released! I’ve talked about it several times on this blog, but I’ll say it again: I LOVE THIS GAME!

1997- Diddy Kong Racing (N64)

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Sometimes fun, sometimes irritating, this is a game that my cousin Eric introduced to me, and we played it quite often. I loved how this game had a central hub and so many varied racing courses!

1998- Pokémon Blue (Game Boy)

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This is another game I didn’t play until many years after it came out! I loved Pokémon but held off getting a Pokémon game until Pokémon Crystal… anyway, years later I remedied my mistake by getting Pokémon Blue. I love this game so much but still haven’t played through to the end… I need to fix that soon!

1999- Mario Party (N64)

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Haha, I know. Mario Party cheats like a son of a bitch and causes rashes on your hands from rotating the stupid control stick too much… but I can’t help it, I love it. This was the first game I ever got for my Nintendo 64, and I remember playing first with my Uncle Steve, then with all of my friends… we couldn’t get enough of this game!

2000- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS1)

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This is another game I spent so many hours on, trying to complete every goal in every level and trying to beat my high score with the flying cheat (can’t remember exactly what it’s called). I loved skateboarding when I was younger, and this game allowed me to live out my reckless fantasies with all my bones still intact!

2001- Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN)

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This game sucked me in and I found myself playing over and over again to unlock every character and every trophy. This game also holds a special place in my heart because this is the first video game I ever played with my husband!

2002- Animal Crossing (GCN)

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Everyone knows how much I love all things Animal Crossing. I couldn’t wait to check in on this game every day and see what was happening in my little town of Branvil! I loved the animals, all the cute furniture, and all the monthly events. This game started an obsession for me, and I don’t regret it for a second! 😉

2003- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (GBA)

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This game is… something else! Some of the mini games had me and my husband both saying “What the hell did we just do?” That’s the beauty of WarioWare- you never know what you are going to see next! I remember my husband and I being glued to my Game Boy Advance trying to unlock every last little game!

2004- Silent Hill 4: The Room (XBox)

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This game left it’s mark on me! I love anything horror, and there was something so weird and unsettling about this game that had me thinking about it long after the credits rolled.

Side note: When this game came out, I worked at GameStop, and employees were able to “rent” games by writing our names down in a notebook and bringing the game back after a few days. I rented this game out, brought it back and realized that the notebook had actually been tossed in favor of a new computer system… and my rental had fallen through the cracks, meaning I could’ve kept the game for free and they never would’ve known! Shit. Ah well, my conscience got the best of me, and I purchased the game like a decent human being.

2005- Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)

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I was so excited for this game when it came out, I pre-ordered it! The idea of being able to play Animal Crossing on the go was so intriguing to me! I got many hours out of this game and still love it to this day.

2006- LocoRoco (PSP)

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LocoRoco is so wonderfully bizarre, I love it! Even the controls are weird, as you use the shoulder buttons of the PSP to control the world around the LocoRocos, which allows them to maneuver the levels. You can make the LocoRocos grow by picking up other ones, and you can also split them up into smaller pieces too! It’s a platforming game with puzzle elements that never feel too hard or confusing. If you haven’t played this game, I highly recommend it!

2007- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

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I was in awe of this game when I first started playing it. The planets were so beautifully crafted, the music was fantastic, and it was just plain FUN to explore. I got to the final Bowser fight and never finished him… oops!

2008- Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)

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Kirby Super Star was a fantastic game on the SNES, so I couldn’t wait for this DS remake to come out. There are so many different types of games on this little cartridge, and the replay value is pretty high!

2009- Angry Birds (iOS)

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Back in the day when Angry Birds first came out, I loved it! There was something so satisfying about flinging the little birds around to destroy stuff! It really pissed me off when a pig would just roll around and not die, haha! There have been countless spin- offs (some good, some not) but the original Angry Birds is the best to me!

2010- Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

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I dreamed of the day when the original Donkey Kong Country series had a sequel, so I was thrilled when this game came out! Upon playing the first level, I knew I was in for a treat. This game is thrilling, difficult, and fun! I just miss the Kremlings from the original series, though.

2011- Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

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I don’t know why, but I had a hard time picking a game for 2011. There were several games I liked that year, but none really stood out to me as something I completely loved while making this list! In the end, I went with Mario Kart 7, because Mario Kart is always an excellent choice!

2012- Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii)

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This game just makes me smile. It has several of Kirby’s best games included on the disc, plus tons of extras! I really liked the soundtrack that came with the game as well as the little history booklet. This game is a must-have if you are obsessed with Kirby like me, haha!

2013- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

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Besides the GameCube version of Animal Crossing, New Leaf is my favorite version of Animal Crossing to date! It’s like they took all the great features from previous games (plus many new added features) and put them into this game, and the results are amazing!

2014- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

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Oh, Captain Toad, I love you! Toad had always been one of those characters that just kind of got on my nerves, but Captain Toad is so charming and cute you can’t help but love him! This game is really fun and even though it has some irritating moments, it’s a great game to play when you just want to chill out!

2015- Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)

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This game is so adorable and fun! The graphics are so cute, the levels are fun and unique, and I really enjoy collecting all of the yarn to make new Yoshis to use!

2016- Kirby Planet Robobot (3DS)

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When I bought this game, I put it in my 3DS with the thought that I would play it just to try it out. But I got totally hooked and played the game until I beat it! It is so fun and even though the final boss is annoying as hell, I loved the game! There’s still so much I have to unlock and uncover.

2017- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

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Super Mario Odyssey is fantastic! I love the different worlds you get to explore, each one more different than the last. Collecting power moons is fun and addicting, and the added use of Cappy just makes this game even more fun!

2018- Kirby Star Allies (Switch)

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Okay, so I haven’t played too many games that were released in 2018. In fact, I’ve only played the demo of this game (though I do have the full version) but what I did play was really fun! I love the idea of turning enemies into your friends and creating all sorts of different power ups. Hopefully I’ll play through the game soon!

So there you have it! 32 different games that I love for one reason or another. There are so many fantastic games I didn’t even list here, and in the SNES years, it was REALLY hard to pick favorites! I guess I’m a bit stuck in the past that way, as I often prefer games from that era versus newer games. Also, I know this list is Nintendo- heavy, but I am who I am, and I love Nintendo games. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

11 thoughts on “Gaming Since 1986!

  1. Super Mario Bros. 3 is a pretty common choice for that year, and it’s a solid one, I’d say. It was a remarkably forward looking game, and to me, it stands as the console’s finest offerings.

    I’ve only ever played the third Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game, but I had a lot of fun with that one.

    1. Yeah I would’ve felt wrong picking any game but SMB3!! Such an awesome game.

      Ah, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is pretty fun as well! Actually, I played Pro Skater 1, 2 and 3 quite a bit as a teenager, but 2 was always my favorite 🙂

  2. Can’t go wrong with Nintendo love! I have very special feelz for Diddy Kong Racing so I’m very happy to see it on your list! Gr. Wizpig was a pain though, haha.

    1. Aww I know you love Diddy Kong Racing! It is an amazing game… and Wizpig is awful haha!!

      By the way, I’m so bad to see you back! I was worried about you when you suddenly disappeared! 😦 I’m about to pop on over to your new blog now!!!

  3. I wasn’t the last one to post mine yaaay! Lol, this is a great list. I’ve noticed 1997 is either Diddy Kong Racing of FFVII. I loved DKR, but of course you KNOW I had to go with my VII. Ah, you must’ve been so stoked during E3 with the Smash Brother’s announcements 🙂 I haven’t been good at a fighting game since Street Fighter II and even then unless I was playing Chun Li, Blanka or E. Honda it was a whole lot of button mashing hehe. I wish I were though because Final Fantasy Dissidia exists and I’d love to be able to play it, but alas! If you ever decide to do a stream of Smash Brothers, I’d still watch it though 😀

    Also I LOVED Anticipation! I must’ve missed that one in the many lists I looked at to gather games o.O

    1. Haha I know, I’m so slow! It took me awhile to compile this list, but I had a lot of fun with it. Oh of course I knew you had to go with FFVII instead of DKR, I totally understand! 😉 1995 was a tough year for me to choose, because I love Yoshi’s Island SO much, but ultimately Donkey Kong Country 2 won out.

      I cannot wait for the new Smash Bros.! It looks amazing. I’m not really that great at the games, but I love playing them and playing with all the different characters. If I ever do stream it, I’ll let you know for sure 🙂

      1. Those were the two choices for that year! I actually didn’t realize Diddy Kong Racing came out the same year until I saw these lists. That was one of my favorite racing games because it was so different. What other racing games has boss battles?

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