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Top 3 Childhood Video Games (feat. Kyoko and Mana) [Daily Bloggity Entry #272]

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 1:00 PM by El Héroe Oscuro
Updated March 27th, 2016 at 7:33 AM by El Héroe Oscuro




Top 3 Childhood Video Games

Date: 26 March 2016
Time: 4:11 PM ET
Mood: It's super hot here, agh!

With each year that passes, us gamers have another year of games that we add onto our list of games that we've played and hopefully completed. However, even though we continue to play new games, there are some games that we hold true to ourselves that we played during our childhood. Today, with some special help from users Kyoko and Mana, we will go over some games that we truly loved from our childhood.

Donkey Kong Country, SNES


I purchased an SNES last year just so I could replay the first ever game I was introduced to as a kid: Donkey Kong Country. Even though over a decade has passed since I have played it and over 20 years since its release, the game doesn’t feel aged. It still holds up as an incredibly fun game that will leave your heart pounding and hands shaking as you finally make it to the exit all while wondering what kind of human being allowed only one save point for every six levels. I still love the music, the mechanics and the variety of levels to keep this interesting. I know Mario is considered one of the best platformers, but for me, it’ll always be Donkey Kong. If you don’t have access to an SNES but still want to experience the fun of these games, I highly recommend getting the DK Country Returns and DK Country Tropical Freeze for the 3DS.

I need to give a major shout out to my Dad here. He beat Donkey Kong Country even though he hadn't played many games. At the time it made sense to me because I was a kid and my Dad was an adult, so of course he beat it. That’s what adults do. But going back and replaying the game last year, whenever I got really stuck and frustrated, all I could think was, my dad beat this game, and I’d keep trucking it through the level.

Donkey Kong 64, Nintendo 64


When we were a little older, my brother and I played Donkey Kong 64. We were so slow at the game, but thought it was great while simultaneously being absolutely terrified of the bosses. We cried the entire time I fought Tiny’s boss. My dad eventually had to swoop in and beat Mad Jack for us. The additional characters, locations and side games made it an incredibly fun game. We stopped playing it because we couldn’t figure out how to beat it and then picked it up 11 years later to beat it in a few days. The game is worth a play and several re-plays. You work with the team of Donkey, Diddy, Lanky, Chunky, and my personal favorite: Tiny, to beat King K. Rool before he takes out your island. Each character has special abilities to get you through various levels and the bosses give you a good challenge (I can’t forget to mention Pig and Hippo…their theme still haunts me). There's always something to play or explore, I

(Here's a video to someone fighting Tiny's boss for reference. Feel free to use it if you see fit ^.^)
Mad Jack

Diddy Kong Racing, Nintendo 64


Before my friends and I would threaten each other while playing Mario Kart, my brother and I were doing the same with Diddy Kong Racing on the Nintendo 64. It’s basically the same premise as Mario Kart, you pick from a group of characters and you race different tracks. To my knowledge, the only difference is that you can’t pick teams, nor can you pick from different cars. You only have three options based on the track: car, tube, or plane. Ohhhhh I hated the planes and tubes for water courses, I never won them. The tracks were fun, although admittedly not all that memorable since I’m having a hard time picking one to name. You can race in caves, on snow and ice, and in the desert. The best part though, was getting the weapons and traps and sabotaging whoever you’re racing. My brother and I spent hours playing this game and still occasionally do when he visits. My character: Pipsy!

DK games will always hold a special place in my heart. They were my first games, and the games my brother and I would play together before we would branch off to different consoles: him, the Xbox and PC, me the PS and DS handhelds. The games themselves were great, but I love how much fun you could have playing with other people.

Jade Cocoon, PlayStation 1


This game was everything I wished for in a Pokemon game! Not only could you capture monsters in your cocoons, you could also purify them to use yourself and even combine them to make unique monsters not found in the world. Each playthrough could be completely different, depending on which monsters you choose to catch and whether you raise a pure-bred or join multiple monsters together.

Pokemon Stadium, Nintendo 64


I used to play Stadium with my best friend at the time, but she moved away a year or so later. I've got fond memories of when we met up again and had another go at this! I always picked Dragonair, for some reason. With Pokken now out it gives me Stadium vibes, if this game had been realtime it would have been even better :o

Final Fantasy IX, PlayStation 1


My first proper game, FF9 was a love hate relationship for the first year or so. I loved the characters, the scenes and the battles - but some of the puzzles were just too much for 11 year old me. I picked this game back up a few years later (after finding a beaaautiful guide along the way) and finished it off. The Moogles were adorable and its host to some of my all-time favourite Final Fantasy characters such as Vivi, Freya and Beatrix.

Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, PC


This PC game is one of those very few games that I wish was compatible with modern day computers. Or at the very least, someone can tell me how to make it work because Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 was a gem in my eyes. I have very fond memories of building my own roller coasters - many were unfinished causing the riders to kamikaze intot he park attendents - and having them swerve in and out of other attract ions. It was thrilling to be an architect and plan out the exact specifics of my deathtrap amusement park and watch as it grows in size and population. I played otehr/later Roller Coaster Tycoon games, but no other game amassed the same amount of pleasure as RCT2 did.

Donkey Kong 64, Nintendo 64


Okay, let's get this out of the way. Yes, the game is notorious for being a collectathon. Yes, this game is essentially a slightly more complex version of Banjo Kazooie. However, Rare still hit a homerun with this game in my opinion. I can visibly remember the jamming tunes from Jungle Japes, the terrifying scream of Mad Jack, and the determination I felt blasting through King K. Rool's floating foretress. My brother and I used top lay this all the time when we were little, and it actually took us over 10+ years to beat the game cause we didn't have the Internet to know we needed to beat the two arcades in the game. Still, despite the game's Internet infamy, DK64 is a game that I would gladly pick up again anytime.

Civilization III, PC


Yup, another PC game I know #pcmasterrace. My family didn't have the money to get us an N64 until later down the raod, so PC games during my childhood were pretty predominant. I was going to choose this or Backyard Baseball as my third choice, but I decided with teh former because of the amount of time I invested into this game. I would invest multiple hours a day playing as the OG Gandhi world war'ing it up to victory. Of course, I was a imp when it came to the difficulty - *cough* Chieftain *cough* - but I actually still play this game thanks to steam.

What do you think of the games we've listed as our favorite childhood games? What were your favorite childhood video games? Comment below as I'd love to hear and discuss with you what you have to say about this topic!

‡ As always, the "Daily Bloggity" is self written by myself and includes just some of my opinions on different mediums. If you have a subject that you might want me to touch on, feel free to PM me or comment below! I would love to hear some of your ideas! And remember, rate each entry so I can know what you guys like and what to improve on! Tune in tomorrow at 5PM Eastern Time for the next edition of the "Daily Bloggity!" Cheers! ‡

- El Héroe Oscuro


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  1. Old Comment
    Fannie's Avatar
    I'd never actualy heard of Jade Cocoon and now I need to play it. Must. Find. ROM.
    Posted March 27th, 2016 at 4:41 AM by Fannie Fannie is offline
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    @Fannie

    Definitely do :o!
    Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:04 AM by Mana Mana is offline