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1ST Game I Played On Every New Platform

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Getting a new console is always exciting and the first game we play should be a great experience for us. This is a response to I Played A Game on both Twitter and on his blog. You can find the original post here and he should be given credit for coming up with this. 

NES – Super Mario Bros

I  was 1 when I first played Super Mario Bros. It’s actually the first game I ever played back in 1990. My mom used to hand me the controller and I would get lost in that game. I never made it far because I was so young to understand what was going on, but I still loved it and that moment made me a gamer for life. 

SNES – Super Mario World

I was a little older when I played this one. I fell in love with Yoshi as soon as I got him and then cried when I lost him :). Super Mario World is the best Mario game ever game. No other Mario game comes close to it to me and that could be because it was a magical game for me when I was a kid. My brother and I used to play this game until our mom forced us to stop.  

Sega Genesis – Sonic & Knuckles

Nintendo had Mario and Sega had Sonic. That’s how it was back then. Now Sega is a former shell of itself and Nintendo is still going strong with Mario leading the charge. Sonic & Knuckles was unlike anything I had played at the time. Mario was slow and liked jumping on Goombas while Sonic was super fast and fought robots. Sonic was my favorite game series for a long time after I played this game. It’s too bad what’s become of him today, but I still have very fond memories of the older games in the series. 

N64 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The first Zelda game I ever played was the first game I ever played on the N64! And what a first game it was. This game is incredible. The graphics, at the time were really good and I was blown away by the soundtrack and story. This was also, at the time, a really long game that took me about 40 hours to complete. I can still remember every detail about this game. This game made me a fan of the series and now I’m not anymore. Funny how things can change. 

Playstation – Dynasty Warriors 2

I didn’t own a Playstation until I was about 14 years old. I remember getting one because I wanted to play the original Dynasty Warriors games. Dynasty Warriors 2 is one of the best games in the series and was a great introduction to a good console. I’ve never been a Playstation guy and I usually end up buying them once the next one releases. 

Dreamcast – Phantasy Star Online

I’m a huge Phantasy Star fan. This game was significantly different than any of the previous ones. It was no longer a turn based game and I thought that would affect how I looked at it, but it didn’t. The Dreamcast is one underrated console. Not only did it have some fantastic games it also had online multiplayer before that was even a thing. I remember convincing my mom to let me join the Hunters Guild in Phantasy Star Online and my friends and I would play all day long. The remake for the Gamecube is awesome too.

PS2 – Champions of Norrath

Champions of Norrath is one of the best games on the PS2 that’s set in the EverQuest universe. You get a massive option of races to choose from. I always rolled with a Dark Elf because they get access to all sorts of neat dark based spells and can even summon the dead to fight for them. I was an OP Dark Elf. My brothers and I played this game for hours and completed it with multiple characters. We easily put at least 200 hours in this game back in the day. 

Gamecube – Super Mario Sunshine

People like to shit on Mario Sunshine. And it kind of deserves that hate. It’s not a terrible game by any means, but it is a mess of one. It was ugly even for Gamecube standards and the world was bland and uninteresting to explore when compared to Super Mario 64. It wasn’t a great introduction to the Gamecube by any means. I did end up playing gems like From Software’s Lost Kingdoms series.

Xbox – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

My love for The Elder Scrolls series started with Morrowind. I had never played a game as big and that gave me as much freedom as Morrowind did. I put hundreds of hours in this game on Xbox with multiple characters. The soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks of all time, the graphics, at the time, were amazing, the story was great, and the only sour part was the gameplay. You could hit a crab 100 times and not land a single hit. Morrowind is amazing and is still one of my all time favorite games.

PS3 – Demon Souls

My brother gave me his old PS3 when he upgraded and the first game I played was Demon Souls. It’s a great game, but I don’t think it’s the best in the series like some people do. It was a good introduction to a console that I never used a lot. I was more of a Xbox 360 guy. 

Xbox 360 – Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires

I remember saving my money while I was working at my brother in law’s store all summer long so I could finally buy myself an Xbox 360. I was 15 and I didn’t want to ask my mom to buy something so expensive for me. When Christmas rolled around I finally had enough money for the console, my first game, and a hard drive. Imagine my surprise when I opened my mom’s gift to me and saw this game looking at me. The next gift I opened was a brand new Xbox 360. I… actually get a little depressed when thinking back on this. My sister had bought me this console as a gift to me and we don’t even speak to each other anymore. 

Xbox One – Ryse Son of Rome

The Xbox One did not have a great launch lineup. The best game was Killer Instinct, but Ryse is the first game I played on the console. The graphics and gameplay were impressive, but this game is so linear. I enjoyed it for what it was, but it’s far from the best game I played on the Xbox. I don’t even own an Xbox One anymore…

Wii U – Super Mario 3D World

One year after getting my Xbox One I got a Wii U for my birthday. It came bundled with Super Mario 3D World and I played through the entire game with my wife and kids. We have over 400 hours in this game as a family and I think it’s one of the best Mario games ever made.

Nintendo Switch – Has-Been Heroes

This is by far the worst game on this list. Has-Been Heroes does its best to take away what little fun could be had with it. My first 3 or 4 games weren’t anything special on the Switch. Has-Been Heroes, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Breath of the Wild are not great games. I didn’t fall in love with any of them. I didn’t start enjoying my Switch until I got Disgaea 5.

Playstation 4 – Spider-man

My wife spoiled me this year on my birthday. She got me a 55 inch 4K smart TV and preordered me the Spider-man PS4 bundle. It’s the sexiest console I’ve ever seen and came with the new Spider-man game too. Spider-man was amazing and was a great introduction to the PS4. 

Handhelds:

GameBoy – Super Mario Land

Super Mario Land was a great introduction to my GameBoy. I used to play this game until my batteries died and then beg my mom for replacements. The GameBoy had a bunch of really neat games on it. 

Gameboy Color – Pokemon Red

Pokemon was unlike anything I had ever played before and it was also an escape from reality for me. I went to a terrible elementary school and was constantly bullied and made fun of for the way I looked. Playing Pokemon for a few hours everyday helped me forget about the bruises and made me happy. This is also one of the few games that I completely maxed out the timer on.

GameBoy Advance – X-men Reign of Apocalypse

My dad took my brother and I to the mall and we walked out with two GameBoy Advances and two games. My game was X-men Reign of Apocalypse and brother got Bomberman Tournament. X-men was amazing and I was blown away at how much better games looked on the Advance over my old GameBoy. I spent the rest of the weekend playing through that game and when I finished my brother and I swapped games. Those were good times.

Nintendo DS – Pokemon Diamond

I love my Pokemon games. Pokemon Diamond wasn’t a vast improvement, but it was still a fantastic Pokemon game. It was incredibly slow paced, but it has some of the best starter Pokemon and regions to explore. The Pokemon Champion is also the most memorable champion in all of the games. 

3DS – Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening saved the Fire Emblem series. If it wasn’t for this game there would be no Fire Emblem today. It helps that this is also the best Fire Emblem game to date. Chrom is one of my favorite protagonist of all time and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played through this game. It was a fantastic introduction to the 3DS and is probably the best game on this list. 

Other:

PC – The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings

I had to include PC because it’s my favorite platform to game on. The Witcher 2 was the first game I played on PC, but my first PC couldn’t run the game. I didn’t play it again until 4 years later when I finally got a gaming PC and it was absolutely incredible. It’s one of the best games ever made. Some times I like it more than The Witcher 3. 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    The Otaku Judge
    Nov 12, 2018 1:52 pm

    Looks like your first experience with most consoles was a positive one. Well, apart from Has Been Heroes.

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      drakulus
      Nov 12, 2018 8:55 pm

      Has-Been Heroes and Super Mario Sunshins :).

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    Carl V. Anderson
    Nov 12, 2018 2:10 pm

    The first gaming PC I ever owned was one I had built for me, and the inspiration to do so was to play Unreal. I purchased Unreal and Tomb Raider 2, loaded them both up, and swapped playing them back and forth. Those early days of PC gaming remain among my favorites. That began a decade or more of building my own PC’s and playing a ton of games on PC. As demands on my time changed I gravitated to console, but the urge to go back to PC gaming has been stronger this last year. It would take a LONG time for me to be able to get back to the knowledge level to build a gaming PC on my own, so I don’t see that happening, but I would like to get one all the same.

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      drakulus
      Nov 12, 2018 8:57 pm

      I got tired of building PCs and I don’t even have room for a desktop in my home right now. So I went and bought myself a gaming laptop with a 980m and it can run everything I throw at it. I plan on upgrading to a 1080 next year and I’ll be 4K gaming from a 17 inch laptop :).

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    iplayedthegame
    Nov 12, 2018 2:32 pm

    Yay! You did this pretty quickly then! Sonic & Knuckles is such a great game, arguably the best Mega Drive one thanks to how creative a lot of the levels were and the BC with Sonic 3. It’s nice to see PSO get some love too. I really enjoyed playing that, but getting it online wasn’t the easiest with the slow as hell Dreamcast modem.

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      drakulus
      Nov 12, 2018 8:59 pm

      I forgot about the BC with Sonic 3! PSO was ahead of its time. Yes, the online component on the Dreamcast wasn’t great, but it was there and the fact that I could play with friends without inviting them over was really neat :).

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        iplayedthegame
        Nov 12, 2018 9:26 pm

        That was the Dreamcast all over really: great ideas that didn’t have the technology to back it up!

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    mattdoylemedia
    Nov 12, 2018 3:28 pm

    Great list! I may have to do something similar. There were some fantastic titles on there too. Oddly, despite owning a few Nintendo consoles over the years, I’ve never actually owned a mainline mario game, only one of the Mario Party ones.

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      drakulus
      Nov 12, 2018 9:00 pm

      I’ve owned every mainline Mario game :). I buy Mario Party now for my kids. I don’t play them anymore.

      Go for it! And let me know if you decide to write one. I’ll link yours into this post :).

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        mattdoylemedia
        Nov 13, 2018 2:48 am

        Awesome, thank you 🙂
        I’m not entirely certain why I haven’t. I’ve always enjoyed the mainline games, at the very least in the 2D era. Super Mario 3 is actually a favourite, so you’d think I’d have at least have grabbed the SNES compilation cart.

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    Brandon Green
    Nov 13, 2018 1:52 pm

    I was expecting a Dynasty Warriors game on this list DW2 is bloody good but imo the most difficult one in the series. As for DW5, I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours I sunk into that game.

    I like Super Mario Sunshine but those controls have not aged well. My first GameCube game wad Mario Kart Double Dash and to this day I stand by this, Double Dash is one of the best kart racers of all time and imo the best Mario Kart.

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      drakulus
      Nov 13, 2018 2:03 pm

      Dynasty Warriors is just a good time. If I need something quick to jump into it’s always there for me :). Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires was the only game I played for like 3 months when I first got my 360.

      Super Mario Sunshine has aged horribly imo. Mario Kart Double Dash was so good! I’ll have to think about where I’d place it on my best kart racer list, but it’ll be really high on it.

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        Brandon Green
        Nov 15, 2018 3:00 pm

        Dynasty Warriors is a great game to play after a tough day. Switch the difficulty down to easy and it’s really cathartic. You effectively become a Warrior Lawnmower.

        A kart racer list? You given me an idea. 🙂

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          drakulus
          Nov 15, 2018 3:03 pm

          Yep! Nothing beats slaughtering thousands of poor NPCs after a rough day at work :).

          Awesome! Let me know what you come up with I’ll be super interested in reading it!

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