I just finished telling a co-worker that he should play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because it’s my third favorite video game ever made. Well, now I can tell him to go play my first and second favorite games ever made: Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
When I was kid we didn’t really have a large selection of games. We would often buy one or two games and have to replay those over and over again. As a result, we often had to be picky about which games we chose to play. I would usually end up going with something my friends wouldn’t stop ranting and raving about. I was lucky enough to have a Super Nintendo at my grasp, which led to some of the best gaming experiences of my life. Having the chance to play games like Super Metroid and A Link to the Past over and over again was an absolute treat. Now, I consider myself incredibly lucky to get the chance to do it all again.
Today on the New 3DS you can purchase these two classics for $7.99, which is money absolutely well spent for the opportunity to play these games on the go at any time. Both are fully immersive experiences that seems to change every time I play them. Not that they actually change but there is just so much going on that when I finally get around to playing them again it just feels brand new every single time. That’s why these two games are at the top of my list of the best of all time.
Super Metroid just felt huge from the get-go. There is so much going on yet so little at the start of the game. You’re alone and this place that feels dangerous. You work to go to the places you can go, learn new abilities and as the game opens up so does the world. Everything just feels bigger and there are few games that make me feel more immersed. The games feels as great as it did so many years ago.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past warms my heart even just thinking about it. Everything about this game just holds you in it’s grasp from start to finish. The music, the sound design, the world, the progression, and the satisfaction of swatting Ganon’s energy beam back at him. I’m rushing through this write-up so I can start it all over again.
Seriously, stop reading and go play!
P.S. You can download Donkey Kong Country 2 as well, ya know, if you want.