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We all have gigantic backlogs, right?  Dozens of games.  Hundreds of games.  Thousands of games.  We've always wanted to play our dusty copy of Dragon Warrior 2, because everyone tells us it's a stone-cold classic.  But who has the time, right?

Well let's make the time.

  • Participating users will initially create one post in this thread.  They will use this post to come up with a list of games that they want to finally beat in 2021.
  • The list can be as big or small as you want.  5 games?  Fine.  10 games?  Better.  25 games? Go for it.
  • Please use that same post to make updates and track your progress throughout the year.  That way it will be much easier to see how everyone is doing.  You can still make new posts to notify everyone of updates, or discuss whatever you want, but let's have everyone track their progress in their OP.
  • What constitutes 'beating' a game?  That's up to you.
  • What games are in scope?  All of them.
  • Can you amend your list later?  NO.  I mean, beat whatever games you want, but for the spirit and scope of this thread let's stick to our original goal.
  • Try to have your list together by January 1st.  Once it's posted and the new year begins, consider it final.
  • Further clarifications as I think of them.
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😩 and what the hell is this?!  I can’t even input this.

Woo, I beat Journey to Silius - and I have to say, I’m marginally proud of myself because I found it quite difficult, with the exception of the last stage and final boss which I thought were pretty ea

These are all games I'd like to see played/beaten. It's a shame they're sitting there untouched. Some I've beaten in the past, but for backlog purposes I consider a game not beaten unless I've beaten

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1. Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (NES) - started
2. Super C (NES) - unbeaten
3. Castlevania (NES) - beat
4. Castlevania II (NES) - beat
5. Castlevania III (NES) - started
6. Shadowrun (SNES) - beat
7. Equinox (SNES) - beat
8. Rock 'n Roll Racing (SNES) - beat
9. Sparkster (SNES) - beat on Normal
10. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis) - unbeaten
11. Splatterhouse 2 (Genesis) - beat
12. Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Genesis) - beat
13. Shinobi III (Genesis) - beat on Easy
14. Gargoyle's Quest (GB) - started
15. Fire Emblem Fates Conquest (3DS) - unbeaten
16. Persona Q2 (3DS) - unbeaten
17. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (Switch) - unbeaten
18. Resident Evil Zero (Switch) - beat
19. Planescape Torment (Switch) - unbeaten
20. Disgaea 4 (Switch) - beat


1/1 Update:

  • Started Disgaea 4
  • Beat Shinobi III on Easy.  Man, that final level in Shinobi is no joke.  I'm honestly kinda scared of trying to do it on Normal right now.  I'll come back to it later...

1/10 Update:

  • Started Castlevania, but it locked up on Death's stage.  Same thing happened to me a few years ago.

1/17 Update:

  • Beat Castlevania.  I had to do the Holy Water trick on Death.  And thank God for the checkpoint before Dracula, who turned out to be reasonably easy once you learn the pattern.

1/20 Update:

  • Beat Disgaea 4.  Probably my fasted Disgaea clear since I didn't spend too much time in the Item World.
  • Started Castlevania II.

1/22 Update:

  • Beat Castlevania II.  I used a guide.  I knew the reputation, and wasn't gonna wander around aimlessly for hours on end.
  • Started Castlevania III

1/23 Update:

  • Started Resident Evil Zero

2/2 Update:

  • Beat Resident Evil Zero.  Pretty much cribbs everything from REmake.  Still fun though.

3/5 Update:

  • Started Zelda II
  • Started Rock n Roll Racing

3/11 Update:

  • Beat Rock n Roll Racing.  Mercifully shorter than RPM Racing, but still a ton of races to get through.
  • Started Equinox.

3/14 Update:

  • Beat Equinox.  I clear most of it once upon a time and remembered a lot of the tricks.  I used a guide to help steer me in the right direction in the last few dungeons though.  Those things are no joke, especially without maps...
  • Started Sparkster, beat it on Easy.

3/15 Update:

  • Beat Sparkster on Normal.

3/20 Update:

  • Started and beat Splatterhouse 2.  Thank God for continues.
  • Started and beat Ghouls n Ghosts.  Thank God for continues.
  • Started Shadowrun.

3/27 Update:

  • Beat Shadowrun.  This would be a really tough completion without at least consulting a guide.  The rest of my thoughts I'll save for the inevitable write-up.

4/1 Update:

  • Started Gargoyle's Quest.
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1. Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Gameboy) – Unbeaten
2. Resident Evil Gaiden (Gameboy Color) – Unbeaten
3. The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages (Gameboy Color) – Unbeaten
4. The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons (Gameboy Color) – Unbeaten
5. Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (GBA) – Unbeaten
6. Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel/Proto Man (GBA) – Unbeaten
7. Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar/Gregar (GBA) – Unbeaten
8. Chibi-Robo! (Gamecube) – Unbeaten
9. Resident Evil 0 (Gamecube) – Unbeaten
10. Star Tropics (NES) – Unbeaten
11. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS) – Unbeaten
12. Blasphemous (Switch) – Unbeaten
13. Hollow Knight (Switch) – Unbeaten
14. Iconoclasts (Switch) – Unbeaten
15. Mega Man 11 (Switch) – Unbeaten
16. Xenoblade Chronicles (Switch) – Unbeaten
17. Mega Man X6 (PS1) – Unbeaten
18. Phantasy Star (Master System) – Unbeaten
19. Albert Odyssey (Sega Saturn) – Unbeaten
20. Brain Lord (SNES) – Unbeaten
21. Ninja Warriors (SNES) – Beaten 28/12/2020
22. Robotrek (SNES) – Unbeaten
23. Secret of Evermore (SNES) – Unbeaten
24. Secret of Mana (SNES) – Unbeaten
25. Super Adventure Island II (SNES) – Beaten 27/12/2020

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I love this idea.  I'm in too.  I'll try to get a list together this week.


This will be my official list.  One of my goals was to keep my list short, but realistic.  

Part 1 is a list of games I've never played before other than maybe the first 10 minutes or so.  All of these are games that I've always wanted to play but for whatever reason, never got around to.

  • Resident Evil 3 (will play the PS1 version on original hardware)
  • Tomb Raider III (will play the PS1 version on original hardware)
  • Super Mario RPG (will play on original hardware)
  • Okami (I plan to play the HD version on PS4)

Part 2 is a list is games that I've played before, possibly as far as 80%, but I've never finished.  I love all of these games, but for whatever reason, something came up that caused me to stop playing, and enough time passed that I didn't want to pick it back up in the middle of a long session.  My plan is to start each of these games from the beginning.

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (will play SNES version on original hardware)
  • Journey (will play PS3 version on original hardware)
  • Axiom Verge (will play PS4 version on original hardware)

Not sure on the order yet.  I will decide that as I go.  And I will update this list throughout the year with my progress.  Wish me luck.

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  1. Battle Kid 2 (NES) - Unbeaten
  2. Quest Forge by Order of Kings (NES) - Unbeaten
  3. Study Hall (NES) - Unbeaten
  4. Twin Dragon (NES) - Unbeaten
  5. Zelda II (NES) - Unbeaten
  6. Mega Man (NES) - Unbeaten Complete 1/1/2021
  7. Mega Man VI - Unbeaten
  8. Ys II (Turbografx) - Unbeaten Complete 2/6/2021
  9. Solider Blade (PCE) - Unbeaten
  10. Neutopia (Turbografx) - Unbeaten
  11. Timespinner (Switch) - Unplayed
  12. Streets of Rage 4 (Switch) - Unplayed

Going to keep track of my completed games that weren't on my list above, just because 🤷‍♂️

  1. Trophy (NES) - Complete
  2. Dragon Warrior - Complete
  3. Alfonzo's Artic Adventure - Complete
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Here's my embarrassing list of games I've never beaten. Some I've played a bit but I don't think I've played more than halfway through any of these. My goal is to get 1 per month at least, I have more than 12 here because I never know what I'll feel like playing at the time.


  • Ninja Gaiden - NES - Unbeaten
  • Mega Man 3 - NES - Unbeaten
  • Castlevania 3 - NES - Unbeaten
  • Monster Party - NES - Unbeaten 
  • Power Blade - NES - Unbeaten
  • Contra - NES - Unbeaten
  • Super C - NES - Unbeaten
  • Mike Tysons Punch Out - NES - Unbeaten
  • Duck Tales - NES - Unbeaten
  • Kid Icarus - NES - Unbeaten
  • Life Force - NES - Unbeaten
  • Gargoyles Quest II - NES - Unbeaten
  • Tetris - NES - 500k PB, try for 700k
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • StarTropics


  • Chrono Trigger - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Pocky and Rocky - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Super Ghouls and Ghosts - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Contra 3 - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Final Fantasy III (VI) - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Earthbound - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Super Metroid - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Link to the Past - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Mega Man X - SNES - Unbeaten
  • Donkey Kong Country - SNES - Unbeaten
  • DKC 2
  • Super Smash TV
  • Spiderman and Xmen Arcades Revenge
  • UN Squadron
  • Turtles in Time
  • Any Parodius game


  • Ocarina of Time - N64 - Unbeaten
  • Banjo Kazooie - N64 - Unbeaten
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day - N64 - Unbeaten


  • Mario Sunshine - GC - Unbeaten
  • Paper Mario Thousand Year Door

Game Boy

  • Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow - GB - Unbeaten

Rom Hack

  • At least 1 Kaizo Mario World rom hack

Xbox One

  • Dark Souls - Unbeaten


  • Donkey Kong Tropical freeze
  • Shovel Knight
  • Breath of the wild 
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These are all games I'd like to see played/beaten. It's a shame they're sitting there untouched. Some I've beaten in the past, but for backlog purposes I consider a game not beaten unless I've beaten the copy I currently own, and many of these are re-purchases I need to get my money's worth out of.

  • Genesis
    • Gunstar Heroes
    • Revenge of Shinobi
  • NES
    • Dragon Warrior II
      • III & IV?
    • DuckTales
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Totally Rad!
  • SNES
    • Batman Returns
    • Final Fantasy II
    • Lion King
  • N64
    • Banjo Kazooie
      • Tooie?
    • Conker's Bad Fur Day
  • Gamecube
    • MGS: Twin Snakes
    • Smash Bros Melee
    • Resident Evil
    • Metroid Prime
  • Switch
    • Dragon Quest XI
    • Mario Sunshine
    • Super Meat Boy
    • Age of Calamity
  • GBC
    • Power Quest
  • GBA
    • Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
      • (Pick one)
  • DS
    • Moon
    • Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ
    • Pokemon White
  • PS1
    • Dino Crisis
    • Resident Evil 2
    • Literally any of the many RPGs just sitting there...
    • Mega Man Legends
  • PS2
    • Blood Will Tell
    • Echo Night Beyond
    • Final Fantasy X
    • Gitaroo Man
    • Jak II
    • Onimusha
    • Prince of Persia Sands of Time
      • +Sequels?
    • Ratchet & Clank
    • Rule of Rose
    • Samurai Western
    • Shining Tears
      • Neo, EXA?
    • Silent Hill 2
    • Sly Cooper
  • PS3
    • Assassin's Creed
      • +Sequels?
    • Deadly Premonition
    • Killzone 2
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    • Silent Hill Homecoming
  • PS4
    • God of War
    • Maid of Sker
    • Mortal Shell
    • Nier: Automata
  • Vita
    • Demon's Tier+


  • Dec. 27: beat Totally Rad! 
  • Jan. 17: beat Age of Calamity
  • Jan. 17: beat Smash Bros Melee
  • Mar. 5: beat (completed, platinum trophy) Demon's Tier+
  • Mar. 13: beat Maid of Sker
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Earthbound -- Never played it but have been obsessed with it since I was a kid.  Beaten 1/15
Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Undertale (maybe)  Beaten 2/4
Link's Awakening (OG Gameboy)
Mario Sunshine
Luigi's Mansion 3
StarCraft II
Commandos:  Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos:  Beyond the call of duty
Commandos 2:  Men of Courage
Commandos 3:  Destination Berlin

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Oooh this sounds fun, I'm in 🙂  

Ok - so my first "main" list is going to be one per system (not every system of course):

1.  Journey to Silius (NES)   ---   Started 01/01/21   —-   Completed 01/10/21!
2.  Mario's Super Picross (SNES) (JP)   ---   Started 01/01/21
3.  Paper Mario (N64)
4.  Pikmin 2 (Gamecube)
5.  Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
6.  Yoshi's Wooly World (Wii-U)
7.  Umihara Kawase Fresh! (Switch) 
8.  Akuji the Heartless (PS1)
9.  Beyond Good & Evil (PS2)
10.  Puppeteer (PS3)
11.  The Last Guardian (PS4)
12.  Dynamite Headdy (Genesis)   ---   Started 01/10/21 --- Completed (can't remember when!)
13.  Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC/Multiple)

And then I have some stretch goals (maybe to go to next year if I don't finish??)

*  S.C.A.T. (NES)
*  Rygar (NES)
*  Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
*  Panel de Pon (SNES) (JP)
*  Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island (SNES)
*  Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
*  Banjo-Tooie (N64)
*  Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64)
*  Zelda: Windwaker (Gamecube)
*  Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)
*  Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii-U)
*  D/generation (Switch/PC)
*  Cave Story+ (Switch/PC)
*  Transistor (Switch/PC)
*  Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
*  Folklore (PS3)

*  Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (PS3)
*  Nioh (PS4)
*  Bloodborne (PS4)
*  Nier: Automata (PS4)
*  Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS4)
*  Ristar (Genesis)
*  Beyond Oasis (Genesis)
*  Gunstar Heroes (Genesis)

Some of the above games, I have played some, or even started multiple times, but never got more than halfway through or never finished.  So I hope to complete as much of the main list as possible, and maybe even knock off some of the second list.  We'll see!

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Cyberpunk 2077
Planet Coaster
Crash 4
Tony Hawk 1+2

Carrion - cleared!
Final Fantasy IX
Cosmic Star Heroine
Cyber Shadow - cleared!
Super Mario 3D World

The Mummy Demastered
Guilty Gear Strive
Death Loop
Elden Ring
No More Heroes 3
Breath of the Wild 2
Horizon 2
new God of War
Cuphead DLC
Solar Ash
UFO 50
N64 Classic
Dreamcast Mini

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Final list:

  1. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - Unbeaten Completed: 1/07 My rating: 5/10
  2. The World Ends With You - Unbeaten (picking it up afer a year, lots of progress already made)
  3. Final Fantasy VIII - Unbeaten (will try to pick it up after almost 10 years)
  4. Bravely Default - Unbeaten.
  5. Xenogears - Unbeaten.
  6. Phantasy Star 4 - Unbeaten
  7. Mega Man 5 - Unbeaten
  8. Breath of the Wild 2 - Unbeaten (if it comes out next year)

That's it, I'll try to stick to my choices and report any progress, have fun everyone!

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Handsome Murray’s list

  1. Super Mario RPG (SNES) - unbeaten
  2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1) - unbeaten
  3. The Legend of Zelda 2 (NES) - unbeaten
  4. Paper Mario and the 1000 Year Door (GameCube) - unbeaten
  5. Earthbound (SNES) - unbeaten
  6. Donkey Kong Country 2 - (SNES) - unbeaten
  7. Dragon Warrior III (NES) - unbeaten
  8. Castlevania III (NES) - unbeaten
  9. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2) - unbeaten
  10. Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2) - unbeaten
  11. Fallout 3 (PS3) - unbeaten
  12. Faxanadu (NES) - unbeaten
  13. River City Ransom (NES) - beaten
  14. Conkers Bad Fur Day (N64) - unbeaten
  15. Okami (Switch) - unbeaten
  16. Star Tropics (NES) - unbeaten
  17. Final Fantasy III - (SNES- unbeaten
  18. Project Blue - (NES) - unbeaten
  19. Ghostbusters (Genesis) - beaten
  20. Castle of Illusion Starring Mokey (Genesis) - beaten

12/25 Update:

First up is Castle of Illusion for the genny!

1/7 Update:

Finally beat Mokey! Awesome game with a great atmosphere.


Plus you get to go to the land of Chocolate! 


Next up is River City Ransom! @Mega Tank

1/15 Update:



Irregardless, that password system was a pain in the ass ... 

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters is up next!

1/15 Update:

The Ball Street Kid that's who! Wait, is that Tetris?





Survey says ... Earthbound is up next! 😱 @Jeevan



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Great intitiative! I'll have to give myself some leeway as I'm expecting my first kid real soon. But hopefully I'll get time to knock some of these off my backloggery:

1943: Battle of Midway
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril
Crisis Force
Donkey Kong (Arcade ver. hack)
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness
The Guardian Legend
Gun Nac
Kid Icarus
Kirby's Adventure
The Legend of Zelda (Redux ver.)
Legendary Wings
Micro Mages
R.C. Pro-Am
R.C. Pro-Am II
Metroid Deluxe Redux
Project Blue
Special Cybernetic Attack Team (S.C.A.T.: Action in New York)

Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby Super Star
The Legend of Zelda BS: Ancient Stone Tablets

Donkey Kong 64 (Tag Anywhere ver.)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Redux ver.)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Redux ver.)
Paper Mario

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Tony Hawk's Underground
Tony Hawk's Underground 2

Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Mega Man 9
Mega Man 10

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Axiom Verge 2
Mega Man 11
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Game Boy
Gargoyle's Quest: Ghosts 'n Goblins
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
Kirby's Dream Land 2

Mega Man IV

Game Boy Color
Asterix & Obelix
Kirby's Dream Land DX
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (Redux ver.)
The Legend of Zelda: New Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Mega Man V DX (Upcoming Colorized ver.)
Metroid II: Return of Samus (Colorized ver.)
Super Mario Land DX
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins DX

Game Boy Advance
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
Metroid: Zero Mission
Metroid Fusion
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Nintendo DS
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (D-Pad Controls ver.)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (D-Pad Controls ver.)
Retro Game Challenge
Retro Game Challenge 2

Nintendo 3DS
Ultimate NES Remix
Yumi's Odd Odyssey

Sega Genesis
Gain Ground
Wonder Boy 5: Asha in Monster World
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Sega Master System
Golden Axe Warrior

Sega Dreamcast
Crazy Taxi
Sega Rally 2

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4

DuckTales: Remastered
Tales of Monkey Island

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 2021 backlog:

  1. Yakuza 4 (PS3) - Beaten 16/1
  2. Armored Core: Master of Arena (PS1) - unbeaten
  3. Alan Wake (X360) - unbeaten
  4. Yoku's Island Express (PS4) - Beaten 8/2
  5. Etrian Odyssey 5 (DS) - unbeaten
  6. Godhand (PS2) - unbeaten
  7. Luigi's Mansion (GC) - unbeaten
  8. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2) - unbeaten
  9. Eternal Darkness (GC) - unbeaten
  10. Golden Sun (GBA) - unbeaten
  11. Metal Wolf Chaos XD (PS4) - Beaten 5/1
  12. Ace Combat: The Belkan War (PS2) - unbeaten
  13. Mystic Quest (GB) - unbeaten
  14. Vagrant Story (PS1) - unbeaten
  15. Wasteland 2 (PS4) - unbeaten
  16. Lufia (SNES) - unbeaten
  17. Lufia 2 (SNES) - unbeaten
  18. Baten Kaitos (GC) - unbeaten
  19. Fantasy Zone 2 (PS2) - unbeaten
  20. Hammerin' Harry (NES) - unbeaten
  21. Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen (NES) - unbeaten
  22. Alien Soldier (MD) - unbeaten
  23. Hellnight (PS1) - unbeaten
  24. PoPoLoCrois (PSP) - unbeaten
  25. Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES) - Beaten 6/2
  26. Elden Ring (PS4...?) - unreleased


Special list for Bomberman titles because of my goal to play through all of them:

  1. Pocket Bomberman (GBC) - beaten 20/1
  2. Bomberman World (PS1) - beaten before 2021
  3. Bomberman Hero (N64) - Beaten 3/1
  4. Bomberman Party Edition (PS1) - Beaten 4/1
  5. Bomberman Online (DC) - unbeaten
  6. Bomberman Max 2 (GBA) - Beaten 7/1
  7. Bomberman Generation (GC) - unbeaten
  8. Bomberman Jetters (GBA) - unbeaten
  9. Bomberman Jetters (GC) - unbeaten
  10. Bomberman (DS) - unbeaten
  11. Bomberman: Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen (PSP) - unbeaten
  12. Bomberman (PSP) - unbeaten
  13. Bomberman Act:Zero (X360) - unbeaten
  14. Bomberman Story DS (DS) - unbeaten
  15. Bomberman Blast (Wii) - unbeaten
  16. Bomberman 2 (DS) - unbeaten
  17. Super Bomberman R (Switch) - unbeaten

They didn't make it:


Nightmare of Druaga (PS2)
Ristar (MD)
Bionic Commando (GB)
The Evil Within (PS4)

Hagane (SNES)
Sin & Punishment 2 (Wii)

Metal Gear Solid V (PS4)
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara (Arcade)
The Surge (PS4)
Folklore (PS3)
Koudelka (PS1)
Dokapon Kingdom (Wii)
Spec Ops: The Line (X360)
Wizardry: Tales Of The Forsaken Land (PS2)
Bully: Scholarship Edition (X360)
Asura's Wrath (X360)
Mega Turrican (MD)
Breakdown (XBX)
Dark Cloud (PS2)
Brave Fencer Musashi (PS1)
Blade Runner (PC)

3/1 update
Finished Bomberman Hero, well underway with Metal Wolf Chaos
4/1 update
Bomberman Party Edition took around 90 minutes to get through. Pretty much just the NES game, but with good controls and awesome music remixes. Not worth bothering with for anything outside the completely traditional battle mode.
5/1 update
Unfortunately I'll have to postpone the intended next step in my Bomberman journey. Bomberman Online turns out to be pretty much impossible to control effectively with the Dreamcast's stock controller, so it's sent on hiatus until I find an alternative way to play it.
However, I finished off the final boss in Metal Wolf Chaos XD, what a ride that game was.
7/1 update
I beat 100% of Bomberman Max 2. That's "80% completion" because the game wants you to play both nearly identical versions of the game for the best ending. I say screw that, and consider this one done.
11/1 update
Working on the next Bomberman game, it's not very interesting.
Started Yakuza 4. Spent 6 hours so far and I'm 3% into the game by its own report. Looks like this one is gonna take a while.
16/1 update
I finally finished Yakuza 4, and according to the game I only played 22% of it despite spending many, many hours doing pointless side content. I might go back just to try out how the golf minigame works, but I think instead I'll push Yakuza 5 and more into my 2021 plan, just to see how the series progresses, but that's gonna put the planned backlog on hold for a while.
20/1 update
Bomberman Generation is pretty boring, so in the meantime I finished Pocket Bomberman, which is a super fun game, but also way too short.
3/2 update
After spending time with a bunch of games not even on my list (cyber shadow, gb donkey kong, yakuza 5), I've now started on Legend of The Mystical Ninja. I've pulled up the game a few times before, but never played it far. It's time to beat it.
6/2 update
Legend of the Mystical Ninja is down. Much better game than my previous impressions, and a lot more action oriented than I'd thought. It does a few really annoying things, and has hitbox issues, but overall it's a very unique and refreshing approach to game design.
8/2 update
Yoku's Island Express is a really damn fun take on the typical indie metroidvania. Cute, charming designs, and a fun world to explore, and even though I would have liked some more satisfying physics, the pinball mechanics really make it unique.


The trophy wall:


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This sounds like fun.

  • NES
    • Darkwing Duck
    • Little Medusa
  • Gameboy
    • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
    • Parasol Stars
    • Super Mario Land
    • Super Mario Land 2
  • Sega Genesis
    • Gleylancer
  • SNES
    • Darius Twin
    • Donkey Kong Country
    • Donkey Kong Country 2
    • Mega Man 7
    • Yoshi's Island
  • PS1
    • Mega Man 8
    • Mega Man X4
    • Mega Man X5
  • Gamecube
    • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Wii
    • Epic Mickey
    • Mega Man 10
    • Muramasa the Demon Blade
    • Rodea the Sky Soldier
    • Zack and Wiki
  • Wii U
    • Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams
    • Tokyo Mirage Session #FE
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Switch
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    • Cave Story+
    • Cyber Shadow - Beaten January 28th, 2021
      • Note: It is possible to get killed after beating a boss and you will have to re-fight the boss(Including the Final Boss).
    • Hollow Knight - Beaten January 9th, 2021
    • Shantae: Risky's Revenge
    • Timespinner
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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Ooo, I like the idea of this. I'll definitely participate.

My Backlog List:

Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Chrono Trigger
God of War (PS4)
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Shovel Knight
Shadow of the Colossus
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tomb Raider (2013)
Sonic Generations
Resident Evil 7
Ori and the Blind Forest
Hollow Knight
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

I think this should be a pretty good start. I might add a few more before the beginning of 2021, but I think this should be good enough for now.

(Also the VR games Boneworks and Half-Life: Alyx are honorary members of this list, however I want to wait until I upgrade my PC to play those, and I'm not 100% sure if that's gonna happen this year.)

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  • N64
    • Space Station Silicon Valley
    • Buck Bumble
    • Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
  • Steam
    • Risk of Rain
    • Subnautica
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  • Genesis
    • Herzog Zwei
    • Toejam & Earl 2
    • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
    • Crusader of Centy
    • Pulseman
    • Beyond Oasis
  • PS3
    • Valkyria Chronicles
    • Deadly Premonition
  • Xbox
    • Phantom Dust
    • Panzer Dragoon Orta
    • PSI-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
  • Apple II
    • Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness
    • The Bilestoad
    • Wizardry
    • The Bard's Tale
  • Shit on GoG
    • Heroes of Might and Magic
    • Syndicate
    • To The Moon
    • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
    • Jill of the Jungle
  • PS1
    • Klonoa
    • Spyro
    • Vagrant Story
    • Ape Escape
    • Worms Armageddon
    • Silent Hill (Haven't played more than halfway through before something else caught my eye)
    • Resident Evil (See Silent Hill)
    • Resident Evil 2
    • Twisted Metal 3
    • Harry Potter and the Fucking Wizard (A superb game with a ton of polish. Everyone should play it. 10/10)
  • PS2
    • NBA Street
    • Bully (It's Rockstar.)
    • Grand Theft Auto 3 (The only console GTA I haven't beaten)
    • Sly Cooper
  • PSP
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Plays to the PSP's strengths really well. Due for a replay)
    • Lumines
    • Patapon
    • Half-Minute Hero
    • Jeanne d'Arc
    • LocoRoco (and possibly 2?)
    • Valkyria Chronicles 2
  • NES/Famicom
    • Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (Suggestion from Reed and spacepup)
    • Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei 2
    • A Boy and His Blob (I loved the Wii game)
    • Lode Runner
    • Rygar
    • River City Ransom
    • Gun-Nac
    • Zombie Nation
    • Metal Storm
    • Power Blade
    • Shatterhand
    • Shadow of the Ninja
    • Bucky O'Hare
    • The Guardian Legend
    • Crystalis
    • Solomon's Key
    • Mighty Bomb Jack
    • Crisis Force
    • Vice Project Doom
    • Stinger
    • Panic Resturaunt
    • Bonk's Adventure
  • SNES/Super Famicom
    • Shin Megami Tensei
    • The Tick (Reed seems to love recommending this one 🤣)
    • Super Copa
    • Aerofighters
    • Axelay
    • Biometal
    • Captain Commando
    • Cybernator
    • Darius Twin
    • Gunforce
    • Imperium
    • Joe and Mac
    • King of Dragons
    • Knights of the Round
    • Lost Vikings
    • Metal Warriors
    • Shadowrun
    • Space Megaforce
    • Strike Gunner
    • The 7th Saga
    • Thunder Spirits
    • Breath of Fire
    • Lufia (I absolutely love how all the NPCs in this game seem to have so much to say. Definitely looking forward to this one)
    • Legend of the Mystical Ninja
    • Pocky & Rocky
    • Pocky & Rocky 2
    • Super Turrican 2
    • UN Squadron
  • Gamecube
    • Viewtiful Joe
    • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
    • Timesplitters
    • Kururin Squash!
    • Custom Robo
    • Odama
    • Geist
    • Killer7
    • Cubivore
    • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
  • Wii
    • Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Dungeon (I love roguelikes and I think chocobos are adorable. Should be fun)
    • Muramasa: The Demon Blade
    • Madworld (After these three, I'll have played through pretty much every Wii game I'll ever want to touch haha)
    • Drill Dozer
    • Boktai 1 (Not writing the full name 'cause it's long asf)
    • Ninja Five-O
    • Car Battler Joe
    • Astro Boy
    • Trip World
    • Mole Mania
    • Survival Kids
  • DS
    • Ghost Trick Phantom Detective (Apparently it's similar to the Layton games)
    • The World Ends With You (Might pick this up on Switch. I've played through just up until the end, but never actually finished it :/)
    • Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (...)
    • Okamiden (Another suggestion from @spacepup)
    • Radiant Historia
    • Solatorobo
    • 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
    • GTA: Chinatown Wars
    • Elite Beat Agents
    • Hotel Dusk
    • Retro Game Challenge (Looks weird, but why not?)
  • Misc.
    • Magic Knight Rayearth


Welp, it looks like I created a monster. I'm hoping to knock out 5 or so this weekend.

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Awesome initiative. I'll be aiming for 24 games to finish, which means two games/month. Some games I have already made progress in, but most games are not started.



  • Virtual Boy Wario Land [link]
  • Red Alarm [link]
  • Galactic Pinball [link]
  • Vertical Force [link]


  • Ridge Racer 64 [link]
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day [link]
  • F-Zero X [link]


  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [link]
    This one has been in the back of my mind for a long time, probably over a year. I beat three divine beasts, but for some reason this game then got paused.


  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [link]
    From what I understand this game has permadeath. Should I die and the game end, I will consider this game beaten/finished. I'm already a couple of hours in.
  • Doom (2016) [link]
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [link]
  • The Order: 1886 [link]
  • Unravel TWO [link]
  • Titanfall 2 [link]
  • Battlefield 1 [link] I gave this about 30min. It's not for me 🙂 I will not finish this game.


  • Limbo [link] BEATEN 30/1 - 21
    For some reason I never finished this game and I'm really close to the end. Ok, I was literally five minutes from finishing the game, haha. Started it almost ten years ago, for some reason stopped, and now finally I can let this one go (yey). It was a good game, as was "Inside".
  • Samorost 3 [link]
  • Brothers - A tale of Two Sons [link]
  • Firewatch [link]
  • Little Nightmares [link]
  • Hotline Miami [link]
  • The Stanley Parable [link]


  • Virtual Virtual Reality [link]
  • Trover Saves the Universe [link]
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1. Ghouls 'n Ghosts (GEN) - BEATEN! - 1/5/21
2. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (GEN) - unbeaten
3. X-Men 2: Clone Wars (GEN) - unbeaten

4. Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC) - unbeaten
5. Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC) - unbeaten
6. Final Fantasy III (SNES) - unbeaten
7. Demon's Crest (SNES) - unbeaten
8. Sunset Riders (SNES) - BEATEN! - 2/28/21
9. God of War (PS4) - unbeaten
10. Resident Evil 7 (PC) - unbeaten
11. Into the Breach (PC) - BEATEN! - 2/13/21
12. Guardian Legend (NES) - unbeaten
13. Duck Tales (NES) - unbeaten
14. Mega Man IV (NES) - unbeaten
15. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64) - unbeaten

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Awesome idea!


  • Armadillo (FC)
  • Asmik-Kun Land (FC)
  • Adventure Island 3
  • Adventure Island 4 (FC)
  • Battle Kid (Homebrew)
  • Battletoads Double Dragon
  • Batman: The Video Game
  • Batman: Return of the Joker
  • Bucky O’Hare
  • Cocoron (FC)
  • Double Dragon III
  • Final Fantasy II (FC)
  • Final Fantasy III (FC)
  • Gun Nac
  • Metal Storm
  • Micro Mages (Homebrew)
  • Mother (FC)
  • Mr. Gimmick (PAL)
  • Ninja Gaiden III
  • New Ghostbusters II (PAL)
  • Noah’s Ark (PAL)
  • Over Horizon (PAL)
  • Star Wars (FC)
  • Sweet Home (FC)
  • U-four-ia (PAL)


  • Demons Crest
  • Lufia 
  • Lufia II
  • Ogre Battle
  • Phalanx
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Secret of Mana
  • Terranigma (PAL)


  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day
  • Perfect Dark


  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Chrono Cross
  • Fear Effect
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Parasite Eve
  • Silent Hill
  • Syphon Filter
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Listed in alphabetical order. I have no intention on finishing all of these this year as it would take almost 700 hours, but I do hope to take down one big RPG every month.


   Bravely Default (56 hours)
   Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (55 hours)
   Return to PopolooCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairy Tale (17 hours)
   Stella Glow (49 hours)


   Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC (40 hours)


   Eternal Sonata (29 hours)
   Folklore (15 hours)
   Puppeteer (10 hours)


   Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (27 hours)
   Valkyria Chronicles: Lenneth (30 hours)

PS Vita

   Super Dimension Neptune vs Sega Hard Girls (18 hours)


   Mario + Rabbits: Battle Kingdom (21 hours)
   No No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (45 hours)
   Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (31 hours)
   Shovel Knight Treasure Trove (7 hours)
   Sonic Mania Plus (5 hours)
   Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (50 hours)


   Warioland: Shake It (7 hours)

Xbox 360

   Blue Dragon (46 hours)
   Lost Odyssey (50 hours)

Xbox One

   Cyberpunk 2077 (20 hours)
   Red Dead Redemption 2 (48 hours)


Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - 12 hours in, finished prologue and started Ch 1.

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I'm gonna go ahead and start typing a bunch of games I'd like to beat knowing full well I will not do that. I'm basically sticking to newer games rather than true retro stuff.

Currently Playing:

  • Hollow Knight (Switch)
  • Demon's Souls (PS5)
  • Borderlands 3 - Co-op (XSX)
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition (360 on XSX)


  1. Resident Evil 2&3 Remakes (XBO)
  2. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4 or XBO if it releases this year)
  3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
  4. Bioshock Infinite Remastered (XBO)
  5. Mass Effect 3 (360 or XBO?)
  6. Mass Effect Andromeda (XBO)
  7. Last of Us 1&2 (PS4)
  8. Dead Space 1-3 (360)
  9. Sunset Overdrive (XBO)
  10. Psychonauts (Xbox)
  11. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition (360)
  12. Streets of Rage 4 (XBO)
  13. Borderlands 3 (XBO)
  14. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)
  15. Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)
  16. Doom Eternal (XSX; waiting for upgrade)
  17. Bravely Default (3DS)
  18. Witcher 3 (XSX; waiting for upgrade)
  19. Cyberpunk 2077 (XSX; waiting for upgrade)
  20. Uncharted Lost Legacy (PS4)
  21. Metal Gear Solid 2-5 (360/XBO)
  22. Death Stranding (PS4)
  23. Octopath Traveler (Switch)
  24. Xenoblade Chronicles 1&2&X (Switch/Wii U)
  25. Vanquish (XBO)
  26. Bayonetta 1-2 (XBO/Switch)
  27. Neir 1-2 (XBO; awaiting Replicant remaster)


  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla (XSX - 1/23/2021)
  2. Paper Mario: Origami King (Switch - 3/8/21)

Naughty List:

  1. Cyber Shadow (XSX - 2/4/21)
  2. The Medium (XSX - 3/1/21)
  3. Tetris Effect - Journey Mode (XSX - 3/12/21)


I will consider my 2021 in gaming a success if I beat 5 of these games. I may come back and reorder the list in terms of priority.

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Alright here is my first stab! I have been a hardcore collector the last 20 years and not a gamer so I'm behind. I may have really played 5 games over the same time period but now that my collecting journey is done (maybe 2 games to purchase and some NESSNES and N64 inserts) this thread came at the perfect time. 


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CURRENT STATUS: 13/32 40% complete (also completed 7 not on the list)


  • Metal Slug (Neo Geo AES)- never played COMPLETE 1/2 (with help from player 1 my son) 
  • Elevator Action Returns (Taito F3) - played with my son (then 4 year old now 5) and we didn’t finish. we need to run it back 🙂 - COMPLETE 1/3 (tag team with my son; took it out on our  first try) no ending scene kinda sucked.  
  • Hotline Miami 2 (Switch) - never played  COMPLETE 1/11 
  • Mega Man (NES) - I think I played as kid but don't remember. COMPLETED 1/15 
  • Donkey Kong County (SNES)- never played COMPLETE 1/28   
  • Last of Us (PS4) - never played - COMPLETED 2/1 -well this is one hell of a game. I never played modern games prior to this..... woof there is a lot of talking but overall its a great game once you get into it and start to pick up the game controls. 
  • Portal 2 (XBox 360)- never played COMPLETED 2/16 
  • Splatterhouse (TG16) - never played but remember playing Bonk. COMPLETED 2/18 
  • A Way Out (Xbox One) - COMPLETED 2/20 with my 5 year old son  
  • Castlevania (NES) - COMPLETED 2/23 most frustrating so far due to no saves. 
  • Street of Rage (Genesis)- COMPLETED 2/26
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox) - one of the last games I remember playing before stopping COMPLETED 3/3
  • Nights into Dreams (Saturn) COMPLETED 3/13 first Saturn game I played and beat



  • Astro Bot VR (PSVR) - Headset is setting here; time to give it a try 
  • Chrono Trigger (SNES)- never played
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day (N64)- never played
  • Faxanadu (NES) - played as a kid; don't remember if I beat
  • God of War (PS2) - never played
  • Goonies II (NES) - loved as a kid but don't remember beating
  • Grand Thief Auto: Vice City (Xbox)- never played
  • Journey (PS3) - never played
  • Kid Icarus (NES) - played as a kid; don't remember if I beat
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) - never played
  • Luigi Mansion (GameCube) - never played the GameCube
  • Metal Gear (NES) - played as a kid; don't remember if I beat
  • Metroid (NES) - hated as a kid and need to get thru it
  • Red Dead Redemption (PS3)- never played
  • Resident Evil (GameCube was original PS1 but don’t have) - never played
  • Silent Hill (PS1) - never played
  • Sunset Overdrive (XBox One)- never played
  • Super Mario Bros (NES) -  I never beat as a kid
  • Wonder Boy (SMS) - played as a kid but don’t remember beating 


Nothing yet but got close with Nights into Dreams.

2021 Here I come!

1/1 Update

Going to test my setup to make sure everything is operational before I get rolling. May take a group photo of all the games and display them (keep them insight so I can follow through). Haven’t decided on what game yet. 

1/2 Update

Ok most systems checked out well.  The OG XBox time isn’t holding the date & time so it seems I need to replace a capacitor.... that should be fun. I spent the last few years building my ultimate gaming setup with everything google voice controlled, all systems hooked up with either SCART or HDMI .....ready to go in a moments notice so it was fun to see it all come together as planned. 

I got all the homies together for a group photo at the bar. Figure good time to start on a Saturday morning like back in the day. Now it’s time to see who’s first! 

UPDATE: Metal Slug first to go! Decide to take on a short game first.

1/3 Update 

We took out Elevator Action II. The ending was horrible so my son said let’s play Metal Slug 2 so we did. I actually liked it much more than MS1. Now that arcade based games are out the way back to Shakedown Hawaii 2. 
1/11 Update 

Still plugging along in Hotline Miami 2! My son and I did knock out Metal Slug 2, X, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (not on the list) was tired of playing Metal Slug and I swore I dozed off once in MS4. Anyhow still plugging along. I should have Hotline Miami 2 done by the weekend. 

1/12 Update

Completed Hotline Miami 2. Cool game but gets to be a drag towards the end. Not sure what’s next

1/15 Update 

Completed Mega Man 1. Once I got rolling I remembered playing as a kid and then what weapon helps beat the stage boss the best. Amazing how memory comes back. It was honestly a lot of fun and what I dreamed of when I set out to collect games... pull on old classic off the shelf with easy controls. What’s next..... no clue. 

1/28 Update 

Well finally knocked out Donkey Kong Country. Cool game and decent challenge. Off to the Last of US remastered on the PS4 or Resident Evil on the GameCube. 

2/1 Update 

Completed Last of Us Remastered. Must say one of the best games I’ve ever played. Now off to something lighter. Maybe Splatterhouse or Conkers 

2/10 Update 

I decided to complete Last of Us Part II (not on the list). After that experience Splatterhouse is next. 

2/16 Update

Shifted to play up Portal 2.... it was a grind and not my cup of tea but I got it completed. Now off to Splatterhouse.

2/18 Update

Knocked out Splatterhouse today. I truly can appreciate a short and sweet game. I prefer this style to the hours long grind of new gen. What next????? No clue 

2/20 Update

Finished up A Way Out. Great game. Not sure what’s next. 

2/23 Update

Completed Castlevania. I got beyond frustrated with the game that the game couldn’t save allowing me come back to it.  

2/26 Update 

My daughter stepped up when my son flaked out on me and we knocked out Streets of Rage. Cool beat ‘em up.

3/3 Update

Finished by Halo. Great game and everything from what I remembered when I last played in 2002.

3/12 Update

Veto Nights into Dreams after 4+ hours of play only to find out I need a C on every level. I wish they made this clear up front. Can’t be bothered

3/13 Update

Got my act together and beat Nights this morning. Just hated to redo all the stages because the the grades but I got it done. First Saturn game I played and beat. 

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