The complete list of video games I have actually finished
My husband is a gamer, like for reals. I am a casual gamer and lover of Mario 3. I have played many games, but finished only a fair few. Based on this list, feel free to suggest other games I might actually finish!
- •Super Mario BrothersThis was probably the first console game I ever played and it was on the NES. We got one for xmas and my dad was just as invested it is as we were (it was probably the late 80s, pre SNES) and since it couldn't save, there was a lot of angst about dinner breaks and taking turns on tricky levels. But as a family, we beat the shit out of this game.
- •Super Mario Bros. 3The greatest game of all time. Another we played as a family (and learnt secrets from watching the cinematic gem The Wizard). I was dubbed the Koopa Queen for how well I would do in the castles. We also got a game genie at the time, but were under strict orders to only use some of the codes (this was more honourable? I used it to get the boot in every level). Anyway I beat this without the codes, and watching Bowser fall though the bricks is a cherished memory.
- •Super Mario 64Finally a game you could save and come back to later! And the first game we got after coming back to Nintendo after making a temporary switch to Sega (despite many attempts I never even got close to finishing Sonic 2). We may not have gotten EVERY bonus star, and there were levels I hated, but we did get to enjoy cake at the end.
- •The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's RevengeThe first PlayStation game I ever played. I didn't even own a PS when I bought this game; I had to borrow one from my best friend. I was so bad at it because I couldn't remember which button was the circle, square, etc.—very bad for what was essentially a rhythm game—but there was mode that was more or less described as "for fans of the film but not seasoned gamers." We dubbed it "Meg-mode" and that's the only reason I beat it.
- •Harry Potter and The Order of The PhoenixThe only reason I picked this up was due to the anticipation leading up to the release of Deathly Hallows a month later. Also I was in grad school and aside from research, I found myself with extra time on my hands. I probably only finished it due to boredom, tbh. Also, I still had bestie's PlayStation.
- •Luigi's MansionIt's like a weird alternative universe version of Mario Sunshine with ghosts, and a hero who whistles his own theme music when he gets nervous. It was like all my favourite parts of a Mario game, and as the sister who was always relegated to play Luigi on multi-player mode, it was nice to give the guy the headlining role. Also, I totally dug the (sort of) surprise ending.
- •The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerAside from Mario 3, this is my favourite game of all time. I love the open world, and the music, there are pirates, and I have a print from it above my fireplace. I was always intimidated by the scope of Zelda games, so I was nervous starting this, but this is pretty much my definition of a perfect game.
- •FirewatchMy husband suggested I play this, and I was skeptical at first and I had never played a "walking game" before, but I got so engaged in the story. (I didn't cry, you did). And what was cool is that he and I got very different responses from Delilah based on our choices.
- •Bonus: King's Quest (2015)Ok so I haven't finished this yet, but only because the last two chapters haven't been released yet. But I will finish it and it was be a glorious day. Back in the 90s I was obsessed with King's Quest VI: Heir Today Gone Tomorrow, which, like all Sierra Games at the time was impossible to beat, but that didn't stop me from trying. The new game is filling up the hole left from never getting past the Cliffs.