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.
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.
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.