30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 24

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Day 24: Favorite classic game.


We need to define “classic.”  What do you consider to be a classic game?  How far back do we go in order to classify a game as classic?  If the PlayStation era is considered classic, then my favorite classic is my favorite game:

but if we’re going back further then my favorite classic is my first favorite game/obsession:

I have a thing for numbers…

I can’t go back much further than that, because no older game sticks out enough for me to say it’s my favorite, but I think I’ve talked about SMB2 before, and lord knows I do nothing but talk about FFVII.

What’s your favorite classic game?

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29 thoughts on “30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 24

  1. You know what game I really loved? Jedi Power Battles. My dad and I would play it all the time. We started off playing with him as Qui Gon and me as Obi Wan, but then eventually switched because it fit our play styles better. The game was cool – we were never able to beat it, but I think I could still pull off some of those levels blindfolded!

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    • You can’t go wrong with SMB3. My first favorite game/gaming obsession was SMB2, but I think SMB3 was the best of the origin trio of Mario games. The first Mario was so difficult, the second was quirky because it was really Doki Doki Panic with a Mario skin, but that’s not why I think SMB3 is the best. 3 just…got everything right. Maybe if it weren’t almost 2 in the morning where I am I could articulate it better, but yeah, definitely all time classic!

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  2. Tough question because of the “classic” definition. I started gaming at the end of the SNES era and grew up on the Nintendo 64. For me, my favourite classic game experience would be Diddy Kong Racing since it was the very first game I played in 3D (Little me was so amazed, haha). I don’t know if that’s considered classic though. My favourite SNES game was probably Yoshi’s Island. Man, baby Mario was annoying but the Yoshis were adorable! Also that heavy metal rift on the last boss was badass. I still remember that fight! So awesome.

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    • I think by this point we could consider it a classic! I adored that little game. It was so clever, and I love how they threw in those extra characters, like Conker, in for filler, but he ended up getting his own game, which was NOT remotely child friend lol. I was quite shocked when I saw that because hitherto (where the hell did THAT word come from lol), the Big N was draconian and Disneylike with its censorship. They relaxed it quite a bit to let Conker through the gates.

      My friend/roommate in college introduced me to Yoshi’s Island by pointing out the Yoshi’s sounded like they were singing “The asshole” when Bowser stole their eggs. Maybe I’m not thinking of exactly the right game, but it definitely stared Yoshi.

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      • I was addicted to Diddy Kong Racing as a kid. The animal bosses, beautiful island overworld, cute racers, and OMG David Wise music! SO awesome 😀 Conker has another cutesy game from a time before he had a Bad Fur Day. It’s called Conker’s Pocket Tales for the Game Boy Color. It’s all about saving his girlfriend from an evil acorn that crashed his birthday party. It’s kind of similar to the 2D Zelda games, but with a worse control scheme. I got to the last boss and I need to give it another try some day.

        Yoshi does seems like the passive aggressive type 🙂

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  3. If we’re talking before the turn of the millennium, some of my favorite classic games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Chrono Trigger, Planescape: Torment, Donkey Kong Country 2… it’s quite an extensive list, to be honest. I’ll be sure to review more of them in the future!

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    • I think the turn of the millennium (wow saying those words sounds so weird…) is the latter part of the golden age of gaming, and I’d definitely say it has classics fodder. I just threw Planescape: Torment onto my backlog. There were so many RPGs I missed, because I didn’t really start playing them until 1994 with Final Fantasy VI, and I mostly stuck with JRPGs so I didn’t even know about BioWare and the others until Dragon Age and Mass Effect. I have a LOT of catching up to do.

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    • That was the golden age of gaming. I don’t want to do the whole “kids these days!” but ugh, it was just so good. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent things out now, but there’s just something about that era from the late 80s to the early 00s. It could be the nostalgia filter talking, but SMB3 is STILL a great game. SMBW is still a great game. If I have kids, I’m starting them out on the NES, then each year I’ll introduce the next system lol.

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      • SMB3 is still the most perfect game ever created. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

        MIDI soundtracks and pixel art have just aged incredibly well, I think. I can put in a game like Super Metroid or A Link to the Past and be blown away by how great it looks and sounds, but a grossly disfigured polygonal game from the N64/PSone era is so hard to look at sometimes.

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        • They struck gold. Like I love FFVII with every fiber of my being, but it’s aged. There’s no need for an HD remake of SMB3, in fact such a thing would ruin the game imo. Link to the Past is another one that will never need to be renewed. I think sprites just age so much better than other types of models, because…I don’t really know. I do, but I’m getting to my comments late so I can’t articulate it. LTTP was almost ahead of its time, and not it’s just timeless. I feel like the art style of Wind Waker will last, too, because it’s more cartoony.

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          • I guess, in a weird way, we did get an “HD remaster” with Super Mario All-Stars, but it still felt the same. At least, as far as I recall lol.

            Cel-shading ages much better than eye-sore polygons. I can look back at Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future and still feel the game looks good. The watercolor aesthetic of Skyward Sword, the hand-drawn look of Yoshi’s Island, and the pseudo-cel-shading of Breath of the Wild will make them timeless.

            I’ve been playing a ton of late 90s/early 2000s adventure games that use pixel sprites and their environments and animations are still impressive in 2017. I can’t say the same about Resident Evil or Tomb Raider, ya know?

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  4. I think I’m going to say Ms. Pac-Man. It is a game that I absolutely have to play if we are somewhere with arcade cabinets. And if I could get myself a Ms. Pac-Man cocktail table, I would probably be in heaven.

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  6. My favorite games are classic games, so I’m also going to go with a game that came out in the late 90s, Ocarina of Time! Going back in time to early 90s, Super Mario World is one of my all-time favorites. So between our answers, we’ve covered both the late 90s and early 90s/late 80s, haha!

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