Rules of the Challenge

My 2015 gaming resolution is to both expand my retro game library, and also actually play through it! To do this, I’ve decided to use GamesRadar’s top 50 games list for each console, starting with the NES, and work my way through them. Here are the rules I’m setting for myself:

  • I’ll start with #50 and work my way through each game to #1 for each console, then move on to the next one.
  • My objective for each game is to beat it, however that will not always be the case. A game will be played to completion unless:
    • A game does not have a proper ending such as some sports titles and many arcade games. I will give these games at least one night before moving on.
    • A game that is simply too difficult for my aging brain to handle that is presenting a roadblock and cannot be beaten within a reasonable amount of time. I will give these games at least three nights before moving on.
    • A game that is so horrendously bad (in my opinion) that the thought of playing it without level skip cheats is physically painful. I will give these games at least two nights before moving on.
  • Games will be played on the original system unless I absolutely can’t make that happen.
  • With some exceptions, beating a game on it’s original console will flag it as beaten for all consoles. That is, in beating Final Fantasy III on the SNES I will likely skip Final Fantasy VI Advance on the GBA list.
  • I won’t be touching all the lists. I don’t have a GameGear, Master System or Saturn, and don’t plan on getting them. I’m limiting this to systems I actually owned at some point growing up.

As for what I will be playing, here’s the order!

  1. 1985 – Nintendo Entertainment System – Starting with RBI Baseball and Faxanadu
  2. 1989 – Game Boy (And GBC) – Starting with Pokemon Trading Card Game and F-1 Race
  3. 1989 – Sega Genesis – Starting with Skitchin’ and General Chaos
  4. 1991 – Super NES – Starting with Mortal Kombat II and Breath of Fire II
  5. 1995 – Sony Playstation – Starting with Syphon Filter 2 and Bloody Roar 2
  6. 1996 – Nintendo 64 – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Excitebike 64
  7. 1999 – Sega Dreamcast – Starting with Sega Bass Fishing and MDK 2
  8. 2000 – Sony Playstation 2 – Starting with Black and Maximo: Ghosts to Glory
  9. 2001 – Nintendo Gameboy Advance – Starting with Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2 and Fire Pro Wrestling
  10. 2001 – Microsoft Xbox – Starting with Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Capcom vs SNK 2: EO
  11. 2001 – Nintendo GameCube – Starting with Geist and WarioWare: Mega Party Game$!
  12. 2005 – Sony PSP – Starting with Daxter and Half Minute Hero
  13. 2006 – Wii/PS3/360 – Starting with Fallout 3 and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I know there are SEVERAL games that are not on these lists worth playing, but I’m sticking to them purely for the sake of structure. If I did this based on personal preferences I’d be stuck in the SNES era literally forever.

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