Somewhat Random – SNES Collection
I’ve been wanting to do this for a bit, and people on Twitter did show interest in such an article, so I decided to go ahead and talk about my gaming collection. First up will be my Super Nintendo Entertainment System collection. Come back each Saturday to see stuff from the rest of my collection.
I’ll be completely honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve collected anything for my SNES collection. In fact, most of this stuff is actually from my childhood. Now that I think about it, I left one game out, oh well. That game is Super Star Wars by the way. Regardless, let’s have a look at the games and accessories that I have.
Super Mario World was the first SNES game that I ever owned. It came bundled with my SNES way back in the day and has seen plenty of play. Notice the corner of the label is actually starting to come off. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is actually my brother’s cart, but for now it rests in my collection.
Donkey Kong Country 2 was a birthday gift, but I actually couldn’t even play it that day. I remember having a ridiculously high fever when I received the game and had to watch my siblings play the game. I did manage to play a few levels, one of which was Hot-Head Hop, but was too drowsy (thanks liquid Gravol) to continue. I remember listening to the song in Hot-Head Hop and feeling nauseous and warm, the constant lava bubbling didn’t help my stomach one bit. Come to think of it, the awful tasting Gravol shit didn’t help much either.
Donkey Kong Country 3 given to me, but I can’t remember why. Isn’t really as good as DKC2, or evoke as much emotion.
Aww, Super Game Boy and Mario Paint. How many hours did I spend with you two? Funny thing is, I didn’t even own a Game Boy, but bought games to play on my SNES. The game that I bought it for is quite embarrassing, I’ll reveal that next weekend, but I did buy Pokemon Red to play on my SGB! As for Mario Paint, you may notice that I don’t have the mouse pad. Sadly, that cracked many years ago and was trashed. Both the game and mouse still work were used to create crappy art and animations. I do remember the fly swatting game getting the most play here though. I do believe Mario Paint was a Christmas gift in the year 1992.
Super Adventure Island was another great birthday gift. It’s not as good as the NES games (Adventure Island 2/3 specifically), but a solid entry nonetheless. Mega Man X2 is a game that I actually traded my Battletoads in Battlemaniacs for a couple years back. Great cart, but I miss my Battletoads cart. Blackthorne was one of two gifts that me and my brother received from our uncle that owned a video game rental store. I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but I’ve grown to love the game and have actually even reached the final level. Still haven’t beat the game yet though. Definitely an underrated SNES gem.
Both of these games I actually saved up for and bought myself. Two of the first video game purchases I ever made. I played Sim City at a cousin’s house and absolutely fell for the game. It’s definitely my favourite Sim City game for many reasons. Two of which are its soundtrack and King Koopa’s appearance. Arkanoid: Doh It Again was a purchase made based on playing DX-Ball 2 at friend’s house. Though, the game didn’t quite catch me like the former did.
A trio of games based on mascots. Let me get the most heartbreaking out of the way. Virtual Bart, you suck, big time. Thought it would be even better than Bart’s Nightmare, WRONG. Ten times worst than that game. There are some OK games in the package, but definitely could be passed over. Eek! The Cat, you suck as well. You are the bane of my existence, I hate you. Though, not all is bad, because I actually think Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions is pretty good. It is difficult, but the gameplay is fun when you get the controls down.
Finally, three absolute gems from my humble SNES collection. Breath of Fire was the other game my uncle gave to me and my brother. This was supposed to be my brother’s cart, but has become mine over the years. Great RPG, maybe a little underrated. Secret of Mana is the newest game in my collection and was actually my friend’s game. He never bought a SNES console, so just told me to keep it. Haven’t played it all the way through, but definitely a fun game. Illusion of Gaia is a game that I received as a gift for doing well in school. This is one of my all time favourites. I’ll never forget riding the raft with Kara, or the first time I got to play as Freedan. Its soundtrack is also unforgettable, including a song that will haunt me forever.
That’s everything I own for the SNES. I’m missing my Super Star Wars cart at the moment, but have a good idea of where it is hiding. When I find it, I’ll post a pic just to be complete.
Share your SNES collection with me! I’d love to see/read about what carts you have!