Hola, NPCs! Day Two of our challenge saw us looking to the future but today we will do just the opposite and look back to the past. Gaming memories in our formative years largely shaped the kinds of games we’ve come to enjoy as adults, and we can never forget the landmark titles that have remained truly timeless. So…
“What is your favorite Nostalgic Classic?”
The Timely Mage
So many options. SO MANY! I’m not really sure I can pick one over another but one I haven’t discussed much yet is Altered Beast. The Sega Genesis was the system I really started getting into gaming on and Altered Beast was one of the first games I played because it came with the system. It was also the only game I really played all the way through with my dad as well as my brother. Whenever I hear “Welcome to your doom!” or “Power up!” I’m instantly brought back.
The Black Humor Mage
Pokémon Sapphire. I played Silver before that but I never beat it because I was too young at the time. I beat Sapphire a million times over, though. Great game for long car rides!
The Rage Mage
Superman 64. Flailing arms and jumping through rings reminds me of my drunken, carny father. He wore a cape, too. Until the helicopter rotor accident.
The Green Screen Mage
Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle for the Game Boy. I spent hours and hours and hours playing that game when I got my first Game Boy. That was my first Game Boy game and there was a lot of picking it up and putting it down, so it took me a good few years to get good enough and sit long enough to beat it. Thank God for those cheat codes. I found my old sticky note with the codes for every 10th level a few months back when I was moving.
The White-Out Mage
Super Mario Bros.! It was the only game we had for a long time on our NES. I think I remember the family buying this at Toys R Us. I can still picture like a slanted shelf and florescent lighting. This was also the first game I rage quit…
The Well-Red Mage
As a classics gamer, this question gives my 8-bit brain a meltdown. Too many choices! I have to pick just one? Okay, okay, so I came up with the conclusion that Super Mario Bros. 3 is my ultimate, all-time favorite nostalgia classic. That game is perfect. I’m sorry. It just is. I spent endless hours playing it, finding it’s secrets, warping with whistles, getting stuck, getting unstuck, and experimenting with the many power ups. Easily the best platformer, the best title from the Mario franchise, and one of the best games on one of the best systems of all time.
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