Note: One game max per franchise. Rough personal chronological order.


  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Epic war ships in World 8.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Many fond memories of trying to go beyond the boundaries of the game world.
  • Sonic 2 - Underwater countdown timer still stressful.
  • Chrono Trigger - Perhaps the best RPG ever?
  • Pokemon Yellow (Japanese version) - Christmas gift from an exchange student. Getting the Surf HM was tough (I couldn’t read Japanese yet).
  • Super Metroid - I think this took me a few years to beat.
  • Final Fantasy VI - Fun fact: if you plug in a second controller, you and your friend can control the game.
  • Earthbound - Boundless style.
  • Super Smash Brothers - Melee is my favorite but I’m more competitive at Ultimate.


  • Metal Gear Solid 2 - Pulled an all-nighter with friends for this mind-trip.
  • Soul Calibur 2 - Loved the first, and this was better in every way.
  • Viewtiful Joe - Incredibly stylish.
  • Resident Evil 4 - Haven’t played the remake, but would like to someday.
  • Okami - Best 3d Zelda game.

Recent (Last ten years or so)

  • Dragon Quest XI (played w/ family) - The DQ team knows how to do small delight and grand music.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Delightfully difficult but can be played with others.
  • Shovel Knight - A love letter to childhood platformers.
  • Hollow Knight - Atmospheric joy.
  • Celeste - Best “retry after dying” of any game I’ve ever played.
  • Factorio - This game teaches you about systems.

Honorable Mentions

(i.e., other games that I have fond memories of)

  • Kirby Superstar
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • NFL Blitz
  • Snowbaord Kids
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Mario Tennis
  • Wave Race
  • Super Mario 64
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • 1080° Snowboarding
  • Driver
  • Devil May Cry
  • Gran Turismo
  • Animal Crossing
  • NBA Street Vol. 2
  • Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1 & 2
  • Virtua Fighter 4