Phantasy Star 4 (Genesis; Completed 1-6-18) [First Time]
Notes: I tried playing this game a long time ago, but lost my save about halfway through during a hard drive crash. This time, I finished it. And it's pretty good, really; I'd say it ranks up there with the better RPGs of the 16-bit era.
Marvelous: Another Treasure Island (SNES; Completed 1-13-18) [First Time]
Notes: A charming little Japan-only adventure game that... probably no one here has heard of. There's a fan translation, but it's a rather mediocre one. Still, lets you get through the game... and it's a fun game, at that. I rather liked this one.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA; Completed 1-15-18) [First Time]
Notes: This took a *long* time, but... I loved it. Fantastic game. The law system was a bit irritating, but nowhere near as horrible as people tend to make it out to be. I *almost* 100%'d it, but a bug I didn't catch until it was too late prevented me from getting one of the hidden characters. Nonetheless, I finished all 300 missions, as well as the 10 post-game missions. I'm done!
Wario Land 2 (GBC; Completed 1-18-18) [First Time]
Notes: An unusual platformer, but a fun game nonetheless. I liked the branching paths, and the way they naturally lead into one another. The game had some issues, though. Locking the map and forcing you on a linear path until you beat the game once was an odd decision, and the final bonus level was pure ROM hack BS. Overall, though, I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the later entries in the series!
Super Cat Planet (PC; Completed 1-19-18; 100%'d 2-15-18) [First Time]
Notes: A fun, charming game that captures the feel of the original perfectly. :3 I got all 170 cats, all 17 strange cats, and finished the postgame. cat planet cat planet cat planet cat planet cat planet :3
Ultima: Runes of Virtue 2 (SNES; Completed 1-25-18) [Replay]
Notes: Weird old game from my childhood. Just felt like replaying it.
Arcana (SNES; Completed 2-6-18) [First Time]
Notes: ...wow. There are a laundry list of things I felt were wrong with this game. It's super old school, and it does not go easy on you. But... it's not *terrible*, either. Good music, at least. I don't expect to play this one again.
Wario Land 3 (GBC; Completed 2-7-18) [First Time]
Notes: All 100 treasures, and all "music coins" found, naturally. It gets off to a slow start, but is quite fun once you gain some abilities and have some freedom in exploration. Definitely one of the better GBC games.
Shadow Complex (PC; Completed 2-12-18) [First Time]
Notes: I do so love Metroidvanias. 100%, natch. Its 2.5D gameplay takes some getting used to, and the bosses are really easy to the point of being anti-climactic, but the game, as a whole, is pretty darn good. Very Metroid-like. Also, special thanks to pholtos for finding me a way to disable controller rumble for the game.
An Untitled Story (PC; Completed 2-24-18) [First Time]
Notes: You know, it's funny. I tried this game many years ago, and did not enjoy it. The heart doors (need full health to open them, set at the end of tricky obstacle courses) and the bosses annoyed me a lot. But I'm *far* better than I was back then, so those same things I hated... were some of what I enjoyed the most. It's a pretty good game, all in all. 97%; I got everything but three hearts from three minigames I just couldn't be bothered to practice, especially since +30 max HP would not have translated to even one extra hit in the final dungeon or battles.
Mother 3 (GBA; Completed 2-27-18) [First Time]
Notes: I enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected to. A fun, solid game that captures the feel of the previous two games well, though it sacrifices the exploration aspect with a deeper story and more engaging characterization. That said... best RPG ever? Not by a long shot, my friend. Still. I dig it. I'll definitely replay this one down the road sometime, and actually *complete* the bestiary.
Ittle Dew (PC; Completed 3-7-18) [First Time]
Notes: A short, but fun little Zelda parody, with some rather clever puzzles and a sense of humor I appreciated. I 100%'d it, yo.
Ittle Dew 2 (PC; Completed 3-16-18) [First Time]
Notes: Significantly larger than the first game, same clever brand of puzzles, same silly humor. Definitely a step up from the first. I *think* I 100%'d it (found all items, got all hearts, and beat the bonus dungeon), but as the game has no way of letting you know if you've completely cleared an area, I'm not completely certain. Regardless, a very fun game.