Last week I was thinking about my PS4 turning a year old, and I started thinking about the games that have been “system sellers” for me. The PS4 was the first console I’d gotten upon release, and the first where there was no clear game that I had to have that system for.
I (and many others out there) jumped on the new-gen bandwagon before we had strong exclusives to seize upon. So this week, I thought I would do a three-part series on the system sellers (for me) for each of the three major console providers: Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.
This took me down memory lane, for sure.
NES, Super Mario Bros. 2
I was so intensely focused on Super Mario Bros. 2 that I was writing poetry and making art about it in hopes I could persuade my parents to get me a Nintendo Entertainment System. We didn’t have a lot of disposable income, so I never expected that I would actually get one. But for Christmas of 1989, I received the system as well as the game, and I barely saw sunlight for months.
Rating: Super worth it.
Wii, Super Mario Galaxy
Even though I had a GameCube, I hadn’t been terribly excited for the Wii. It wasn’t until I saw a poster in a GameStop window for Super Mario Galaxy that I had a mild freak out. I started looking for a Wii, however this was at the time when finding one to buy was darn near impossible. A friend gave me a heads up that a certain store was going to have not only a shipment in on a certain day, but a special on top of it, and I camped out and managed to get one. I remember clutching it to myself on the way from the store to the car, afraid I would somehow lose it before I got home.
Galaxy was beautiful and amazing, however I didn’t end up playing it (my partner did while I helped with Starbits) as I found the gravity difficult to adjust to, as well, I don’t like falling into nothingness in games. So it just wasn’t my cup of tea. But I had a great time participating in the capacity I did.
Rating: Beautiful barfing in space! (TRANSFOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMM)
Wii U, Little Inferno
At the time I was debating the purchase of a Wii U, Little Inferno was exclusive to the system. I had hemmed and hawed, unsure if I should make the leap, at last choosing to just go for it. The very first thing I did was to head to the eShop and download the game.
It was dark and strange, and the message was powerful (I am frequently saddened by consumerism). I quite enjoyed the game, however a week later (no joke) the game released for iOS, and I could have bought it for only $4.99 as opposed to the price of the Wii U and the game off the eShop.
In retrospect, I’m glad I got the Wii U when I did, however the irony of the situation wasn’t lost on me.
Rating: Burn all the things!
Game Boy, Tetris
Oh, Tetris. Who back in the early ’90s wasn’t playing Tetris? I had played the heck out of it on my NES, and when the opportunity to play it on the go (oh that green screen!) presented itself, I had to have it. At that time, I was dragged on many car trips with my parents, and this was an amazing game-changer for those trips.
Rating: Russian puzzle-bricks on the go!
3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The more I read about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the more adorable I found it, and the more I started looking into a 3DS. I ended up finding the Animal Crossing 3DS, so I was all set. I had no idea just how much time I would spend in my little town of Xanadu, but at the last system check, it was nearly 900 hours over the course of a year. Unbelievable!
I have found so many reasons to love my 3DS, and it remains my favorite handheld system. Now if I could just figure out how to put down Animal Crossing for good…
Rating: Quitting this game is my perpetual pitfall seed.
One thing I found funny when compiling this list was that I didn’t have a system seller for the GameCube. I ended up really enjoying my time with that bite-sized console, but there was no game that drove me to obtain one.
I’m really looking forward to several games that Nintendo has on the horizon, both for the Wii U, and the 3DS as well. I’ve always wanted to play Majora’s Mask, and getting to do so on the 3DS next Spring sounds glorious.
I’d love to hear which games were system sellers for you. Do tell…