Five Games For A Year!

Back in October 2019, The Gaming Diaries did an interesting post answering the question “For one whole year, you are only allowed to play 5 different games… what are those 5 games?” This got me thinking of what five games I would choose for myself… let’s see if I can narrow it down! In no particular order, the games I choose are:

1. Animal Crossing (Nintendo GameCube)

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Of course an Animal Crossing game would be on this list! I realize that the GCN version of Animal Crossing is a bit stripped down compared to later entries, but for me, the original is still the best! I spent countless hours lost in this game, and I love it!

2. Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)

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Like with Animal Crossing, the first DKC doesn’t have quite as much content as later entries in the series, but this is the game that holds the most nostalgia for me. I’ve beaten it so many times I’ve lost count, and I still love to replay it. In fact, I’ve got it downloaded on my Nintendo 2DS and play a level before bed to unwind sometimes!

3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)

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This game probably made many people’s top 5 lists, and I can see why. There is so much to do, so many different directions to go, so many quests to complete… this game will probably take me forever to finally finish up, and I’m totally okay with that!

4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Super Nintendo)

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I’m ashamed that somehow my favorite game of all time didn’t pop into my head first while thinking of games for this list- oops! This game won’t ever be boring to me, no matter how many times I’ve played through the story. I love it!

5. The Sims (PC)

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There’s a theme with my list here, isn’t there? Even though other Sims entries have way more content, the first one is still my favorite. I actually love it for its simplicity and directness. There’s so many different things you can do with The Sims, so it would be a great choice for this challenge!

There you have it! Aside from Breath of the Wild, all my other games are around 20+ years old… so I guess that means I’m a total creature of habit. It’s not that I don’t like newer games, but most of my favorites are rooted in the past. Am I getting old? Maybe. Now get the fuck off my lawn and let me play my old games in peace! 😉

My Gaming Month in Review: March 2020!

Hmm, April is more than halfway over and I’m just now writing about March’s game play… big slacker here! What else is new! Haha anyway, let’s jump right in and see what I was up to in March!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I played a bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk this month- still trying to pay off my final mortgage in this game! The grass wear is starting to get to me… uggh! Anyway, I set the time back a bit so that I could participate in Festivale! During Festivale, you play games with your villagers to win candy, which you then trade in to Pavé for some sweet furniture. Even though I really suck at luck-based games, I still managed to win enough to get three pieces of furniture!

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Viva Festivale!

I also did a lot of fishing and was able to make a mortgage payment. Only 380,000 bells to go!

Nintendo Switch

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So I’m sure a lot of you know that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on March 20th! OF COURSE I had to get it on release day (which is something I rarely do for games) and I’ve been playing it ever since! I’m going to do a First Impressions post of this game (with my slow ass track record, expect this post sometime in July or August) so I won’t bog down this post too much. Let’s just say that I made some decent progress 🙂 Oh, and my island name is Spartacus- that’s a nod to my late grandfather, who probably would get a laugh out of the name!

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I played a little bit of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this month as well. Instead of just randomly fucking around, I decided to work on the Locked Mementos quest so I could get my Sheikah Slate repaired! I went to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to speak to the Director. She wanted me to light her furnace before she could work on it… um, okay? Anywho, I did that weird task for her, then she repaired the Slate- now I can take pictures and complete the Hyrule Compendium! I also activated several side quests, though I didn’t try to complete any of them yet.

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For my Switch Sunday playthrough, I continued on with Mario Tennis Aces! I played Adventure Mode a bit more, and I finally beat The Reflection Room, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! I lost so many times, the game took pity on me and gave me unlimited power- only then was I able to beat it. It was stupid and annoying and I never want to play it again!

The next level was called Detour, and this was where I called it quits on Adventure Mode. I attempted to rally with Boo 300 times and for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. Boo is a cheating asshole!

Since I’d seen enough of Adventure Mode, I tried out Tournament Mode. I beat the Mushroom Cup. Hey, that’s progress!

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy 

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I made a bit of progress in Pokémon Blue, go me! I explored Routes 14 and 15 and gained some experience, then entered Fuschia City. I’m playing this game on my Super Game Boy and the color palette makes my eyes bleed! Anyway, I took on the Gym Leader (Koga) and earned my 6th badge!

Mobile

iPhone

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I continued to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! Something I decided to do is dedicate the top floor of my cabin to a different NPC each month. Hey, I spent Leaf Tickets on them, they should be shown off! I’m just doing it in the order I purchased them, because I’m neurotic. Anyway, this month I set up a little concert setting for K.K. Slider!

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At the end of March… I don’t remember what my level was, because I’m a dummy and forgot to make note of it. Ugh! I was probably at like Level 168 with 187/191 animals invited to my campsite… something like that!

So that’s it for my March gaming adventures! See ya! 🙂