A Link to MY Past

Thanks to my Rapsberry Pi 3, I’ve begun a journey down memory lane, and this post is intended to chronicle that journey.

When you’re a kid, you pretty much have no money, so getting games wasn’t easy to do outside of holidays. The games I did have were all insanely tough as most retro games relied on a high difficulty level for replay purposes. There were many classic games I rented, but didn’t own, OR never tried at all. This journey will involve beating games I’ve beaten before but it’s been many years, games I tried but never beat, and games I never got a chance to play.

For systems, it will span across NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega Gamegear, N64, and PS1. I am following no plan and just going with my gut/memory on what to beat.

To kick this off, last night I finished The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I’ve started many quests that I never finished about 20 or so years ago. I also beat this game many times using one of my brother’s saved games. All that being said, this is the first time I’ve completed the game on my own, end to end.

This is easily one of the best Zelda games in the franchise, due to complex dungeons, many bosses, items, secrets, and high production value in art/music.

For retro games, I like to have a couple going at once as these games don’t require 100 hours like some modern ones do… so currently I’m simultaneously working on The Lion King (SNES), Super Mario RPG (SNES), and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (PS1). Stay tuned!!!

Pretty interesting. I can relate to that, though my earlier gaming memories come from the Game Boy and PS1; I never owed a N64, though I played a lot of Mario back then on it at my cousin’s.

We could actually make an activity out of it. Make a sub-forum just for these retro games and share our experiences, without comparing or even mentioning modern games (we could even RP that we live in that age lol)

Screw it, I put those other classics on hold and am playing Ocarina of Time again. This is one I did beat back in the day, but is so good I need to play it again. Zelda fever baby

Them Ocarina graphics were once “amazing” in my mind :slight_smile:


As mentioned in my recently posted May Gamer Challenge, I just finished Ocarina of Time. I still love it, which is a testament to how good this game is considering it’s about 20 years old. It has so much charm from the music, locations, and most of all, the awesome cast of characters.

I distinctly remember pre-ordering this game at Electronic’s Boutique at my mall and counting down the days until it came out. I was about 13 years old. I remember getting bad grades on a test that week which got me grounded from all gaming. My mom still let my brother drive me to the mall to pick it up. I opened the box in the car and held the beautiful gold cartridge in my arms!

I got home and mom asked me if I finished my home work. I told her I did. She shrugged her shoulders and told me to enjoy my new game!!! I was so pumped I ran upstairs, started playing, and was sucked into a whirlwind of amazing graphics and a tale for the ages.

Below is a picture of Lake Hylia, my favorite location from Ocarina, mostly because you have the fishing pond and also it just looked really beautiful at the time when nothing graphically was better on console!

As for my next retro’s, I still have to beat the Lion King and Super Mario RPG on SNES. I am afraid to start Majora’s mask as I’ll get sucked in like I did with Ocarina… We shall see! Let the retro journey continue!

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sYnCroSis Lion King is harder than dark souls

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ShiftySatchmo lol I’ve beaten it before so I went into it assuming I could handle it… more like it handles me! The waterfall logs in Hakuna Matata level inspired all of Dark Souls

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sYnCroSis even harder is Chip and Dale on NES

ShiftySatchmo I’m excited to beat that again. Gotta love them robot dogs

The Lion King for either SNES or Sega Genesis was one of those games I never owned but should have. Anytime I got the chance to rent it or play at a family/ friend’s house I did.

It was my favorite Disney movie growing up and the game was a great reflection of the movie. This game is insanely challenging and they like to set you up to die like in dark souls.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve beaten this game but it’s been 20 years or so! On to the next one!

Super Mario RPG still needs to get finished but I am adding Rocket Knight Adventures (Genesis) to the mix as it was the pinnacle game from my childhood I loved but could never beat!

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ShiftySatchmo said in A Link to MY Past:

sYnCroSis Lion King is harder than dark souls

I can’t agree more.

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In 1993, a game called Rocket Knight Adventures came out on Sega Genesis and quickly became one of my top favorite retro games of all time. The fact that I was a possum dressed as a knight with the ability to fly around like the Rocketeer was all too good to pass Up!

This game is a solid platformer and incredibly challenging, thus this was the first time I ever beat the game!

The story is simple, save the princess from an evil robot pig king and his minions.

I know steam has either a remake or similar game they released so I’ll have to check it out! Now I have to beat Super Mario RPG before starting something else.

3 games for me and they both on PC. Total War Rome I.
Did OK until Ceasar turns on me and my armies get wasted. Had to use money cheats to be able to conquer.

Second one is C&C3. Can’t finish final mission. Almost did once, but I missed one thing and never came close again.
Ceasar 4 city build, same thing, could never finish level by a hairs breadth.