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the “games i’ve beaten” list. for matt, mostly.

okay. matt recently made a post asking for lists of completed video games. i’ve played exactly 1,000,582 games in my lifetime, so the idea of making a complete list of every game i’ve beaten made me feel a bit FAINT. (also… i have a really bad memory for stuff like this) instead, i’ve decided to make a list of completed games IN MY COLLECTION.

let’s go!!!


the adventures of link: i only just beat this game a few months back. i remember hating it as a child. i think mostly because it wasn’t much like the legend of zelda. however, upon revisiting it in my old age, i’ve decided that this game is really really good, and i wish that nintendo would make another zelda game in this same style. it won’t happen, but i would play it if it did.

bionic commando: one of my all time favorite games. it’s just great. they’re remaking this for xbox 360. check it out/watch the trailer.

castlevania II: simon’s quest: i didn’t remember beating this one, but after seeing ryan beat last month, i feel like i actually had beat it back in the day.

contra: such a fun game. i’ve beat it quite a few times.

deja vu: i’ve beat this one a few times as well. i used to love these old adventure games.

jackal: the classic drive-around-in-a-jeep-and-shoot-things game. very few can compete.

the legend of zelda: beat this one FOREVER ago. either late 80s or early 90s. i want to pick it up again sometime soon

maniac mansion: oh boy! i think i’ve beaten this game every way possible.

metroid: i beat this game back when i was really devoted. also, i didn’t have the internet. i drew my own maps throughout the game. i may still have them laying around somewhere.

nintendo world cup: does this count? do sports games count?

shadowgate: i’ve beaten this one a few times too, but always with many years in between each conquest. the latest was just this year, and i had forgotten almost everything about it. that’s the beauty of a poor memory, i guess… it makes old things new again!

spy vs spy: this is probably more fun as a two player game, but when you’re young and only have a handful of games, you take what you can get.

super c: like contra, this game is great for picking up whenever, and it really doesn’t take much to beat it.

super mario bros. 2: this was one of the favorites as a child. and then mario 3 came out…

super mario bros. 3: probably THE BEST game ever made for the nes. i’m sure there are people who will debate this, but for me, growing up when i did, super mario bros. 3 was so fucking great that all other games pale in comparison. the guide that i got through nintendo power was read to death. i remember taking it everywhere. at the end, it was being held together with a million pieces of tape.

tmnt 2: the arcade game: this is another game that is way more fun with 2 players. playing it now bores me. jump kick, jump kick, jump kick, etc., but back when it came out, this game was the bee’s knees.

tmnt 3: the manhatten project: basically a continuation of tnmt2, but with some special moves. blah blah blah.

uninvited: another kemco/seika adventure ported from the macventure collection. not as good as deja vu or shadowgate, but still quite fun.


some nes games i’m pretty sure i’ve beaten, or at least got very close to beating:

castlevania III: dracula’s curse: i like this game.

double dragon: i think i may have only beaten it on the sega master system, but… maybe…

mega man 2: i’m pretty sure i beat this one, as well as a couple others, but they all run together in my head.

mike tyson’s punch-out: i know i’ve GOTTEN to old iron mike, but i honestly can’t tell you if i’ve beaten him myself.

ninja gaiden: dunno. just dunno.

ninja gaiden II: i’m pretty sure i beat this…

wwf wrestlemania: i don’t even remember if there is a definitive end to this game, but if there is, i can gaurantee i’ve made it.



secret of evermore: i remember really enjoying this game, but at the same i time, i remember parts of it being rather time consuming and tedius. i probably will never try to beat it again, but if you have time and patience, please give it a try.

final fantasy II: this was one of those “summer vacaction games”. we didn’t have strict bedtimes during summer breaks, and by this time i had an old tv in my room, so i would stay up all night playing rpgs while a cool summer breeze blew in through the open windows. because of when i played it, i don’t remember this game having any music.

actraiser: i always liked the mixing of genres in this game. it’s a pretty quick game, so give it a shot.

super castlevania IV: this was one of the first games we had for the snes. that being said, you can imagine that i’ve beaten it quite a few times.

contra III: the alien wars: contra games are good!!!

disney’s goof troop: a very short puzzle/action game. i got this a couple years ago because it was on sale for zero bucks or something. it’s quick and easy, but it is fun. i think allison would like it at least.

donkey kong country: when it came out, this was THE GAME to have. so we got it. and i beat every aspect of it. but i never really got into the sequels. maybe i burnt myself out.

judge dredd: i liked the comics, and i found it on sale. not the best game, but it’s fun. probably wouldn’t play it too much these days.

killer instinct: another “GAME YOU NEED TO GET” when it came out. and we got it. i think i’ve played this game more than any other fighting game ever. not cuz it’s the best or anything, but cuz it was the only fighting game we had at the time.

lester the unlikely: this was a game that i’m guessing didn’t sell very well. i got it at KAY-BEE toys on sale. it’s one of those action/adventure games like prince of persia or flashback or whatever. the one thing i really liked about it was that as you progress through the game, your character turns from a weak, dorky guy into a rather fit, capable guy. the end.

ranma 1/2: hard battle: i really liked anime back in middle school/early high school. especially ranma 1/2. that’s probably the only reason i played this game so much…

shadowrun: this was another “summer vacation game”, but this one was a different year, and the tv was in the basement. i spent a lot of hot summer afternoons playing this while listening to “maximum perversion” by the mephiskapheles and hellcat records’s “give ’em the boot vol. 1”.

super bomberman: great game. it’s bomberman. so… it’s like most of the other bomberman games

super bomberman 2: another great game. etc.

super mario world: OH LORD!!! i talked about a couple other games being “THE GAME TO HAVE”, but none of them compared to this one. i’ve beaten this game quite a few times, and it’s a game that i wouldn’t mind beating again. it’s just great.

super mario all stars: meaning, the lost levels. i like it better than super mario bros., i think.

super metroid: oh wow! i love this game so much. seriously. everyone needs to play it. it’s beautiful.

street fighter II: i don’t think i necessarily beat THIS version of street fighter II. i think it was turbo or super, but regardless, i’ve beaten it with multiple fighters, etc.

tmnt IV: turtles in time: more arcade style fighting. this is a VERY short game, and one i probably won’t care about playing again, unless i’ve got an excited buddy to play with.

zombies ate my neighbors: i really like this game. but it’s another game that is more fun with 2 players. give it a shot.

the legend of zelda: a link to the past: quite possibly my all time favorite snes game. i don’t think there’s anything about this game that i DON’T like. it’s just so very good. ryan meier doesn’t know shit.


some snes games i’m pretty sure i’ve beaten, or at least got very close to beating:

flashback: the quest for identity: i know i got pretty far, but i’m not sure i beat it. this was all during one weekend when we rented it. i haven’t played it since then.

ken griffey jr. presents major league baseball: dunno if you can “beat” this game, but i remember playing it a lot. doing the seasons and stuff. blah blah.

the legend of the mystical ninja: i really doubt that i BEAT this, but i know that we got pretty far, and i remember really enjoying it. give it a shot.

nba jam: can you beat nba jam?

super adventure island: pretty sure i beat this. it’s not a hard or long game.

starfox: i don’t think i beat this every possible way. i know i beat it at LEAST one way.

wwf royal rumble: not sure you can “beat” this game either…



super mario 64: my all time favorite n64 game. fuck you if you don’t like this game.

shadowgate 64: yeah… not sure why i beat this. it’s really not worth the trouble.


some n64 games i’m pretty sure i’ve beaten, or at least got very close to beating:

starfox 64: who knows?

star wars: shadows of the empire: i remember playing this a lot at friends’ houses and renting it, but i can’t remember actually BEATING it.

mischeif makers: pretty sure i beat it. coulda just got distracted near the end, though.



contra hard corps: i have only beaten this one way, and that isn’t the “complete every level” way. so i don’t know if this counts?


some genesis games i’m pretty sure i’ve beaten, or at least got very close to beating:

mega bomberman: i think so! it has animals you can ride!

revenge of shinobi: pretty sure. the game’s tight cuz you fight spiderman, batman, and a cross between the hulk and the terminator



bushido blade: if this game has an ending, i can gaurantee i got to it.

fear effect: i remember enjoying this game. it’s an action/adventure sorta like a resident evil or something. probably won’t bother playing it again anytime soon. and if i do, i doubt i’ll bother trying to beat it again. HOWEVER… you could play it if you want to.

rival schools: united by fate: i beat this quite a few times with different characters. does that count?

super puzzle fighter 2 turbo: this is one of my favorite playstation games. it’s also my favorite puzzle game.


some playstation games i’m pretty sure i’ve beaten, or at least got very close to beating:

brave fencer musashi: i can’t remember the ending of this game, so that makes me think i didn’t beat it, but i know i spent a lot of time on it.

castlevania: symphony of the night: i think i beat it, but not COMPLETELY beat it. like… no inverted castle…

echo night: i don’t remember an ending.

front mission 3: i don’t remember an ending for this either. makes me think i probably didn’t end up finishing it.



metal slug 4/5: this is one of those games where you just have to hit continue a lot. so… it’s not a really great accomplishment or anything, but i like metal slug games.

katamari damacy: natalie and i just beat this a couple weeks ago. very fun game. very addictive. also very unique. A+



Things That Really Matter: The Top Ten NES Games (with an emphasis on variety)

I bet you were wondering about the Top Ten NES games of all time, weren’t you?  Good, because I can help you!  I originally posted this entry as being written by a Jewish Mystic combing the Bible for secret Top Ten video game lists.  I must confess that was a hoax and I am exorcizing the mythical Mystic from these posts.  In truth, this is a list of MY top ten FAVORITE NES games, with an emphasis on variety.  It must be said that there are many NES games I’ve never played or have had limited time with and I’ll address some of these at the end of the list.  As I am a true nerd, this list will probably change as I play more and more gamez.

#10 MEGA MAN (Capcom): A solid action game with a cool paper/rock/scissors concept and a non-linear progression.  The character design is near the top of the NES bunch.  If you like this game you’re in luck because there are five sequels that are practically the same game.  Also check out the DuckTales, Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck games by Capcom, which all use the same graphics and gameplay engine.
mega man screenshot

#9 BUBBLE BOBBLE (Taito) – wheeeeee!!  A successful port of an arcade hit.  Players get to control Bub and Bob, a couple of cute dragons, and run around trapping cute bad guys and bubbles before kicking them to hell.  It’s like a much, much more developed version of the original Mario Bros. (1983)  The bubbles are also used as platforms and the game’s physics actually change drastically from one stage to another.  For example, bubbles shoot quickly in some stages and slowly in others.  In some stages, Bub and Bob can almost jump through walls but not in others.  These changes keep you on your toes.  This game is also famous, along with Contra, as being one of the few NES classics that allow for simultaneous multiplayer action.
bubble bobble screenshot

#8 SUPER DODGE BALL (Technos) – One of the few kick-dick sports game in existence and naturally, it’s a fictional sport.  Basically, you master several special throws to KILL your opponenets with your dodgeball.  Yes, you really kill them and even get to watch their immortal souls float away to the Heavens.  In the American version, you control the USA National Dodge Ball Team and you work your way up through the ranks, finally getting to kill the Soviet National Team.  This game features the same characters as the Technos releases River City Ransom, Nintendo World Cup, Crash n’ the Boys, and other Technos-developed games.  This game may have single-handedly given rise to the action-sport genre, possibly inspiring the likes of NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.
super dodge ball screenshot

#7 GHOSTS ‘N GOBLINS (Capcom) – GNG was originally released in the arcades but this NES port is actually an improvement as several ridiculously cheap situations are ironed out.  Don’t worry, though, it’s still a very difficult game.  If you like both Super Mario and Contra then you should enjoy this buttcracking game, as it really falls somewhere in-between.  It’s amazing that this game (or the arcade release, at least) is just as old Super Mario Bros. but it doesn’t really get the props for being one of the first side-scrolling platforming adventures with many levels. 
ghosts n goblins screenshot

#6 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA (Nintendo) – Vague is the name of this game.  You have no idea what to do, which sucks.  However, it still has an epic feel to it and when you actually figure out how to get into the next dungeon, it’s pretty good karate.  I must admit there is no possible way I would have ever completed this game without a guide.  I just don’t have that kind of patience and I’m not willing to run round the entire overworld attempting to burn every bush until I find the next secret dungeon.  Incredibly, this is the sort of thing Nintendo really expected people to do and announced at the time that there were “100 hours of playtime” in this game.
the legend of zelda screenshot

#5 METROID (Nintendo) – Another super vague game but like Zelda it’s dripping with atmosphere and exciting times.  Finding powerups can be good times but the awesome music that plays when you find them makes owning an NES worthwhile.  This game also requires a lot of random shooting and running around in order to find new paths to follow.  And there’s no map to refer to!  This is another game that I had to use a guide for due to my low levels of intelligence and patience but I’m glad I got through it one way or another as the final confrontation and then the final escape scene were great touches.  This is one of the few NES games that has some real tension.  There’s a real sense of dread regarding the mysterious Metroids that you won’t see until almost the very end of the game.
metroid screenshot

#4 KID ICARUS (Nintendo) – Why is this game better than Metroid and Zelda?  Durrrrr.  It isn’t super vague in a major annoying way.  It uses Metroid’s gameplay and graphic engines and even features an enemy that looks just like our friends the Metroids.  It plays like a combination of Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.  The first three stages in each level are vertically or horizontally-scrolling platformer action-oriented combined with Zelda-like inventory management.  Every fourth level is a labyrinth that will appeal to you Zelda nerds but these labyrinths are actually somewhat manageable and with some exploration their layouts can be memorized and then destroyed.
kid icarus screenshot

#3 NINJA GAIDEN (Tecmo) – Hai-yah!  This is a very challenging but very awesome ninja kick-fighting video game for your NES.  Actually, it basically plays like a fast-paced version of Castlevania and that is a good thang.  Like Castlevania, there are power ups that come in limited supply.  The enemies never stop coming in this game and annoyingly respawn in the same spot if you accidentally back up a bit before advancing.  As a result, lightning reflexes and memorization of enemy locations is a key requirement.  This game was also special for featuring detailed and even semi-interesting story cut-scenes, a rarity at the time.  These scenes gave the action a sense of purpose and drama that they would otherwise lack.

ninja gaiden screenshot

#2 CASTLEVANIA (Konami) – It’s slow.  It’s scary.  I don’t know why, but it’s awesome.  It’s also very difficult so put on your pants for this one.  Many of the Western horror archetypes are present in the game with everyone from Dracula and Frankenstein(‘s monster) to a dirty hunchback making appearances.  Unfortunately, the graphics are very 1986 so the details on these monsters aren’t exactly clear or frightening.  However, the difficulty level IS frightening.  It’s hard to say exactly why a game with bad graphics and very slow action is so good but it all comes together, somehow.
castlevania screenshot

#1 SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 (Nintendo) – Okay, listen.  If it weren’t for the ’emphasis on variety’ requirement, SMB 1-3 would probably be the top 3 on this list.  Gosh, this is a good game!  Fast-paced!  Great character designs!  Awesome level designs!  Tons of levels!  Painfully creative!  Play it.  But you probably already have.
super mario bros 3 screenshot

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Bionic Commando, Mega Man 2-6 (my memories of all of these games are completely melted together), DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Rainbow Islands, Zelda 2, Ninja Gaiden 2 & 3, Castlevania 2 & 3, Super Mario Bros. 1 & 2, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Kirby’s Adventure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 & 3, Batman, Bonk’s Adventure, Double Dragon 1 & 2

“ME AM MAD.  MY FAVORITE GAME DIDN’T DO ON THIS LIST!”  Yes, there are really several NES supposed-classics I haven’t played enough to comment on but intend to play someday.  This list includes:  Contra, Super C, Metal Gear, Gargoyle’s Quest II, Willow, Blaster Master, Crystalis, Rygar, and River City Ransom.

“WAIT, WHERE AM THE RPGz?”  Well, I have played through Final Fantasy I and Dragon Warrior I & II but I currently have a personal bias against turn-based RPGs as a genre so sooowwwwwy.