In the Duck’s previous Listmas post, I listed a group of games that I played 10-19 years after their release dates. Now we’re getting into the really retro stuff, which were released a whopping two decades before my sorry self finally got around to playing them. For clarification, this list does not include the original Zelda or Metroid, which I barely played, nor does it include games from the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, since there are too many games to list, and I haven’t really played very far into most of them. Now, without further ado, let’s get listing!
7: Final Fantasy VI (Release: 1994; Played: 2014; 20 years): Some years ago, clearly in 2014 or something, I decided to buy a whole bunch of retro games for the PS1 (or SNES remakes…for the PS1). One of the games I was the most excited for was Final Fantasy VI because of the game’s villain, the infamous Kefka. Strangely enough, this game also got me into cosplay. Can you guess who I cosplayed as…?
6: Super Mario RPG (Release: 1996: Played: 2016; 20 years): Aside from a bunch of PS1 games, I also had a short list of SNES games I wanted to complete, as well. One of these was the much-loved Super Mario RPG. Though I feel I played the game a bit too late to enjoy it in the same way as those who got to experience it two decades ago, it was still a pretty fun romp, nonetheless.
5: Super Metroid (Release: 1994; Played: 2015; 21 years): Another must-play for me was undoubtedly the critically-acclaimed Super Metroid. And boy, was it as good as people said. And challenging! I can’t believe I ever managed to figure out the Space Jump…what the heck was wrong with that upgrade!
4: EarthBound (Release: 1994; Played: 2016; 22 years): Another one of my top priorities in retro gaming was definitely EarthBound. I heard this game was rather odd, which is exactly what made me so interested in playing it. To my great joy, EarthBound became available on the Wii U Virtual Console, granting me the wondrous opportunity to play the game at long last. Definitely one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played and most assuredly one of the best.
3: Final Fantasy V (Release: 1992; Played: 2016; 24 years): Yeah, another one of those retro PS1 games. This one was…okay. I did have a whole lot of fun with the job system, though. A whole lot of it.
2: Mega Man X (Release: 1993; Played: 2017; 24 years): Ah, now this was a fun game. My first ever Mega Man game, Mega Man X was good times indeed, once I got the hang of it anyway. This game sure kicked my butt, though…until I decided to kick butt back!
1: Final Fantasy IV (Release: 1991; Played: 2016; 25 years): I don’t…really have anything of interest to say here. But I can now tell people I’ve played Final Fantasy 4-13 (excluding 11). A quarter of a century after its release. Wow…
Who else has played a game 20 years or more after its release? Share your comments with me, dear readers! Share them in this season of giving!
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