Creative Christmas – Games of Christmas Past

Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there.  These are my responses.


👪   20 December 2017:   You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?

I’ll never forget the Christmas I received my (at time) favorite game ever.

I’ve already talked about this in my 30 Day Video Game Challenge, but I was as obsessed with this game then as I am now with Final Fantasy VII, speaking of which, I received that for Christmas one year, too, the Eidos version for the PC.  My brother got it for me, though I had no interest in it at the time, because I thought it was “too sci-fi.”

Talk about a life changing experience

SMB2 is my first favorite game, and I think I was so obsessed with it because one, you could play the princess (she wasn’t a kidnapping victim, whoohoo!), and two, it was different from the other Mario games.  I know now it was supposed to be a game called Doki Doki Panic, and of course only fits into the Mario canon because it was “only a dream,” but I love how quirky and different it was.  Like FFVII, I’ve never finished SMB2 myself, though of course I’ve seen the ending.

Even though Final Fantasy VII is my forever favorite game, I have more fond memories of the year I received Super Mario Bros. 2, because VII came to me at a much more tumultuous time when things were…different.  SMB2 has the innocence of youth splashed over it with far more rainbows and far less ash.


What’s your favorite holiday gaming memory?  Let’s hear about it in the comments!

27 thoughts on “Creative Christmas – Games of Christmas Past

  1. One Christmas gaming memory I’ll never forget is the one in which I received Ocarina of Time. Even then, I knew what I was playing was special. Sometimes, I would just explore the world, not making any progress, just to see was behind any given corner.

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  3. One of the better Xmas presents I got was the original FIFA on Megadrive. All my friends were football mad at the time so the game was the must have item of the year. My parents told me it had sold out and I only discovered they actually had bought it for me well after opening all my presents. They had put it inside a tin of chocolates that I unwrapped but didn’t bother to open.

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    • You have to love the parental fake out. It makes the surprise all the better! The only “sports” games I really like are racing I think because it’s fast paced? Wait tennis is good, too. I should try football, or, well, I’d call it soccer hehe. I have a bit of a bad feeling about Rocket League only because my husband plays it pretty frequently and yells a lot while doing so :p

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    • That is an amazing surprise o.O I struggle between saying the NES or the SNES was my favorite old school Nintendo system, because I just loved so many games on both of them. I’m absolutely ecstatic with what they’ve done with the Switch. They really bounced back from the Wii U’s failures (though I still want one lol).

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      • Excepting the Wii U, do you have (or have you had) all the other Nintendo consoles? I’ve had the NES, SNES and Wii… and I had the Switch for a short time and took it back (it was great, but we needed the money). Never had any of the handhelds. NES was my first, so its pretty hard to compare to my other gaming systems.

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        • I have! I had the NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube, the Wii, and now the Switch. I…think that’s all of them except the Wii U. Aw, I hear that with the Switch. It wasn’t NOT cheap. I hope you’ll be able to purchase it for good soon. I managed to obtain even more handhelds this year, a PS Vita sold to my really cheaply by my coworker, and the Nintendo 3DS from a friend that I’ve been getting my money’s worth out of with Etrian Odyssey. Really loving that game.

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  5. It amazing how our tastes in stuff changes over the years. I’m glad you got into FFVII. Just think how lost the internet would be without your incredible knowledge of the game!! 😱 I haven’t played SMB2 yet, but it’s on my never-ending backlog list.

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  6. What an awesome choice! I had known that SMB2 meant a lot to you, and it’s great that you had great Christmas memories with it! I also received my (actual) favorite game on Christmas: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Christmas 1998. It’s not only my favorite (and for good reason), but my very first Zelda, so it was my introduction to the series. Other great Christmas game memories have been Banjo-Tooie and my Super Nintendo (with Super Mario World and All-Stars)!

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    • I was slightly disappointed that what I thought would be Mario 4 wasn’t in the same work as 2! I had this idea that each game would go back and forth lol, but obviously the Big N had other plans and decided to use the “it was a dream” reason to never go back to Subcon, but yet they have the characters from there? Hm.

      Ocarina is one of my top 5 Zelda games alone with Link to the Past, Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess! Actually…maybe just Top 4. I don’t know what the fifth would be :p

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  7. I think the Christmas gaming memory that stands out the most for me was when I received Donkey Kong Country 2 for the SNES back in 1995. I actually remember my mom buying it at Toys R Us… she told me to go down another aisle while she “got something,” then she made me look away while we were standing at the register. HOWEVER, the cashier gave her a Donkey Kong Country 2 shirt, which I noticed you could only get if you purchased the game. I was way too observant for a 9 year old, lol! Anyway, when Christmas came, I was still really excited to receive the game, and I immediately started playing it and was blown away by the graphics and the music. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite games!

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