Let’s face it, unless you’re a millionaire there’s a very good chance you haven’t played every single videogame ever created. There’s also a high possibility that you simply weren’t born during a generation where a major blockbuster like Super Mario Bros. was introduced. It happens to us all. With that in mind, and taking a page from Steven’s “we need to have better articles on COE damn it!” I give you this brand new feature where I ask what game or series did you miss out on. Was it because you detested it or it simply got away from you for some reasons. Like any self respecting gamer, I’ll start things off with a surprising fact. I’ve never played Pokémon, and have barely touched Kirby! Blasphemy, but true.
Pokémon: Gotta Catch…oh please just stop…
When Pokémon hit the scene in North America it was September 30th, 1998. I was already salivating over Ocarina of Time’s soon-to-be launch, and had also been extremely excited for Metal Gear Solid. Bottom line, no cute little critters were going to come anywhere near me during that timeframe. When I finally did have the chance to check the series out I found it extremely similar to Dragon Quest Monsters which I had played some time earlier as a sidequest in one of the previous Dragon Quest games. I think that was my biggest beef, I just didn’t find it all that original. To this day I still don’t understand how so many people around the world fell for the “Gotta catch ‘em all.” I was under the mindset “Gotta kill ‘em all!” So even though this series has gone on to huge success and people everywhere love it, I’m not one of them. Steven even has Pikachu pajamas, can you believe that?! If you’re a massive Pokémon fan, feel free to bash me below. As you can tell, I don’t regret missing out on this series in the least.
Kirby…I really wanted to play with you :(
Now here’s a series I really wanted to get into. Back when Kirby hit the scene I was an omega Nintendo fanboy. Isn’t that just the way these things work out? I used to be there day and date with every Nintendo release, but for whatever reason I never had the opportunity to do that with Kirby. For the life of me I can’t remember why that is. I was a massive fan, I had the opportunity, and yet the pink puff and I were never meant to be. Even after his original outing, I continued to miss each iteration afterwards. I remember why I didn’t play the sequel, mainly because I said I was going to go back and play through the launch title. That’s not an easy thing to do though after you’ve played the SNES for a solid year or more and then go back to the NES. The SNES continued to have great games day after day and eventually the N64 and PSX hit. It’s a real shame because guys like Ahmed speak so highly of the series and I can’t share that sentiment. I really wish I could.