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I've included some abridged comments/additional thoughts for a few entries because the presentation was far too long and had a lot to get through as I just kept adding to it over the course of the year. I wasn't at all discerning, but then why should I have been? I enjoyed a lot of games this year and I'm happy about that. It was an embarrassment of joyous riches during an otherwise painful year for so many. For each category, the games are loosely ranked preferentially in ascending order, but the order is only really set in stone for me when it comes to the top few entries in each group. I also included consoles this year for greater context and for any curious as to how to play these games.

2023 Presentation Here (Slideshow)

2023 Presentation Here (Video)

Games From Previous Years

  • Togepi's Great Adventure || Pokémon mini

    [The first entry on the list is indeed a damn Pokémon mini game. I genuinely thought this was a good deal of fun. Reminiscent of Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. I would love to play it on original hardware. I'd also love to collect Pokèmon mini games. And I wish I had one billion dollars.]


  • Antarctic Adventure + Penguin Adventure + Yume Penguin Monogatari || Famicom / MSX / Famicom
  • Save Room - Organization Puzzle || Steam
  • Chameleon Twist || Nintendo 64
  • Dynomite! Deluxe || Steam
  • Retro Game Challenge || Nintendo DS

    [In the early 2010s, thanks in no small part to a certain forum community, I developed a profound affection for Shinya Arino's GameCenter CX, which Retro Game Challenge is based on. I'm still surprised this was ever localized! The "fake" retro games included within are just believable enough, and the in-game magazines and manuals hiding tips and tricks make me painfully nostalgic for print media.]

  • Disney’s Magical Adventure 3 Starring Mickey & Donald || Super Famicom
  • Blast Corps || Nintendo 64

    [They played this on The Sopranos one time. The image I used in the presentation is when they played Mario Kart 64, though. And Tony was masterfully playing it with only one paw on that audaciously-pronged controller while goofing on A.J. with the other. When I originally saw this game make an appearance on the show I was a bit surprised. Now I just like to believe that A.J.'s later interest in current events like the War on Terror originated with Blast Corps.]


  • Felix the Cat || Nintendo Entertainment System
  • WETRIX || Nintendo 64

    [I have never felt more connected with God, Jesus, Nature, Oceanus, Glaucus, the Halcyon birds, Mother Mary, Baby Jesus, the West Wind Zephyr, and the concepts of moistness, dampness, and good old fashioned wetness than I did during the WETRIX WEDNESDAY festivities. If you soak your cartrdige of Wetrix in a bowl of grimy water you will gain the powers of a hydromancer. Please note that Wetrix comes in many attractive forms, including Wetrix, Wetrix+, Wetrix GB, and a sequel experience known as Aqua Aqua. If you think you know Wet then simply think again.]


  • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure || Steam

    [The original incarnation of this game came out on the PSP. It's considered by some to be an "Ys lite." I found it to be a charming dungeon crawler with delightfully simple yet somewhat archaic level design.]


  • Trip World || Game Boy

    [Does any Game Boy game look as good as this?]


  • Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness || GameCube
  • Toree Genesis + Silver Trigger 64 || itch.io

    [Some games from the Siactro back catalog that I hadn't yet checked out. A huge blind spot that remains for me is the "Haunted PS1 Community"-adjacent Tasty Ramen.]


  • Flower || Steam
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy || Steam

    [I'm adding this one "posthumously" (as if I need to make this list longer) because I played through the first Spyro the Dragon in this remastered collection, and I was amazed by how great the movement felt. The level design can be a bit obtuse when embarking on a completionist playthrough, though. It's okay, I forgive that little purple cutie.]


  • Meteos || Nintendo DS
  • Kula World / Roll Away || PlayStation

    [A unique, ethereal 3D puzzle game in which you guide a beach ball through cubiform stages. There's a modern day spiritual successor to this underutilized beach ball-type game called Puzzle Dimension, available on Steam for the modest price of a couple smackers. That game uses a marble though -- a new twist on an old classic. The Kororinpa series is, from my understanding, also a solid take on the genre, but these offer so much freedom of movement that Super Monkey Ball could be pointed to as the closer relative.]


  • Yakuza 3 Remastered + Yakuza 4 Remastered || Steam

    [There is a distinctively derisive attitude online towards Yakuza 3. Key compaints often point to the extreme tendency of boss characters to block many of your attacks during combat (hence a popular nickname for the game: "Blockuza 3"). Yakuza and Yakuza 2 both have also been remade completely via the "Kiwami" editions of the game., while Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 have merely been remastered. Thus, when playing in "release order," the jump from the modern, polished Yakuza Kiwami 2 to the incredibly-PS3-feeling Yakuza 3 Remastered certainly is a challenge in its own right. I still enjoyed my time with the game, though, and much of that was due to the Okinawa setting. I also started playing Yakuza 4 Remastered and I believe I prefer it to its predecessor (not an unpopular opinion fromy my understanding), though the plot was a little less cohesive (and I couldn't even figure most of the main characters' motivations by the time I got to the end!)]


  • Dead Space [2008] || Steam
  • Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge || Game Boy Advance
  • Diver's Dream || PlayStation
  • Mister Mosquito || PlayStation
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin || Game Boy Advance
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 || Steam
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars || Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • SEGA Marine Fishing || Dreamcast
  • Jumping Flash! + Jumping Flash! 2 || PlayStation

    [Wow am I glad I finally checked these games out! I was beyond impressed by the sheer inventiveness and willingness of these games to wholeheartedly embrace burgeoning, largely untested genres (and combine them nonetheless!) Not only that, but they're still loads of fun today. First-person shooting and platforming, which cleverly and effectively assists players with control of the camera. I sincerely believe that if the camera did not forcibly shift to a downward-facing viewpoint upon initiating a second jump, the game would not work nearly as well. Being mindful of what is directly below you is crucial. Anyways wow! Again!]


  • ACTUAL GAME OF THE YEAR......... IT'S A TIE BETWEEN Bug! & Ardy Lightfoot!!!!!!!!!!!

    2023 Games I Wish I Had Played

  • Blanc
  • World of Horror
  • DREDGE
  • Sea of Stars
  • Baten Kaitos 1&2 HD
  • Alan Wake 2
  • Super Mario RPG [2023]
  • Puzzle Bobble Everybobble!
  • Japan Train Models: JR East Edition
  • Master Detective Archive: RAINCODE
  • Etrian Odyssey Collection
  • Pizza Tower
  • Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
  • Jusant
  • 404 Game RE:SET || Mobile

    [Pronounced "ERROR: GAME RESET." A mobile game with creative help from Yoko Taro. Takes Sega game franchises (other companies too!) and personifies them as bewilderingly seductive anime girls. It reminds me of SEGAGAGA. And guess what -- it's already getting shut down!]


  • Dead Space [2023]
  • Mr. Sun's Hatbox
  • Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils
  • Many games on the Playdate
  • Meg's Monster
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • METAL GEAR SOLID: MASTER COLLECTION Vol. 1

    [You can buy some of the games in the collection piecemeal. I saw the original METAL GEAR SOLID was being sold individually for a whopping $15.99. Wow! That's only two dollars less than the going rate for METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN!]


  • Dave the Diver
  • FINAL FANTASY XVI

    [A PS5 exclusive as of this writing, and, despite being interested in the game, not nearly enough to convince me to purchase an entire console for it.]


  • Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

    [Winner of the Most Unwieldy Title Award.]




    2023 Games

  • Hi-Fi- RUSH || Steam
  • dreamcore95idle.exe || itch.io

    [An idle/clicker game that instantly had me hooked despite this not being a genre I engage with too much. It's unique in that it has an end. I sat down and played it for an hour and didn't stop until I reached it. This game completely hypnotized me.]


  • Bloody Hell || Steam
  • Suika Game || Nintendo Switch
  • Pikmin 2 [2023] || Nintendo Switch

    [This one definitely shouldn't be allowed!! But they put it out again and it's one of my favorite games!]


  • Kowloon's Curse: Lost Report || Steam
  • Madvent Calendar 4: End of the Line || itch.io
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder || Nintendo Switch

    [One of the secret best online multiplayer modes of the year. Running through courses alongside the ghosts of other players... spamming emotes... reviving one another... Well, there was just nothing like it! However, compared to all other Mario games, this one is a relatively easy romp all the way through.]


  • Arcade Archives: THE NEWZEALAND STORY || Nintendo Switch
  • Corn Kidz 64 || Steam
  • Humanity || Steam
  • Fire Emblem Engage || Nintendo Switch

    [So many strange and inconsequential systems in this game. You can get a character's fortune told. You can adopt pets. You get a weird, separate personal pet that follow you around and produces beautiful little pellets. There's a minigame where you fly a wyvern through rings. Also, this game has a feature designed specifically for perverts: you're able to retire your character to their bedchambers, and upon falling asleep, they'll be greeted by a party member barging into their room and monologuing over their sleeping body about how peaceful they look. When your character's eyes open you're greeted by the degenerate grin of said party member mere inches from your character's face. The game encourages you to wear headphones for this part. Winner of the Most Sensual Experience Award.]


  • Persona 3 Portable [2023] || Steam
  • Cavern of Dreams || Steam
  • Bombrush Cyberfunk || Steam
  • ARMORED CORE VI: FIRES OF RUBICON || Steam
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin! || Steam
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom || Nintendo Switch
  • We Love Katamari REROLL+ Royal Reverie || Steam
  • Resident Evil 4 [2023] || Steam
  • And... game o the year is.....! HOG-WAR: GOLLUM'S FORSPOKEN LEGACY
  • Real Actual ~True~ Game of the Year... FLAP LEGEND!!!!!!!
  • For real... just Pikmin 4 || Nintendo Switch

    2024 Most Anticerpated

  • Clock Tower Remastered
  • Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars

    [No need to finish the year off -- winner of the 2024 Most Unwieldy Title Award.]


  • Dragon Quest III [2024???]
  • Toree Saturn
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door [2024] || Nintendo Switch
  • Silent Hill 2 [2024]
  • Beautiful Princess Peach Game
  • Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serptentcoil Island
  • Metaphor: ReFantazio

    [Winner of the Most Ludicrous Name Award.]


  • Fantasian [2024] || Steam

    [Winner of the Most Acceptable Name Award.]


  • Persona 3 Reload
  • Animal Well
  • The Plucky Squire
  • Crow Country
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy
  • Everhood 2
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • METAL GEAR SOLID Δ: SNAKE EATER

    [Winner of the Most Triangular Award.]


  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH

    ODDS & ENDS

    Lots o good movie watching this year!!!! (* = rewatch)

  • Interstellar*
  • Best in Show
  • A Mighty Mighty Wind
  • The Birdcage
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Secret Garden
  • Paprika

    [I'm adding this one "posthumously" too because I forgot to include it at the time, but damn, what a good movie...]

  • The Others
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Brick*
  • The Truman Show*
  • A Serious Man*
  • Falling Down*
  • Godzilla Minus One

    TV Shows too

  • Fruits Basket
  • Riverdale finale
  • The Sopranos*
  • Azumangah Daioh
  • How It's Made
  • Band of Brothers
  • AND OF COURSE........ SECRET INVASION!!!!!!

    Books

  • House of Leaves (shoutouts user Arctic1714)
  • Sphere

    [Well that's foolish... I actually read Michael Crichton's Sphere last year. Oop! I'll still recommend it anyway because I think about that orb once a week minimum.]


  • Generation X
  • Altered Carbon
  • Nakano Thrift Store
  • Libra
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Valley of the Dolls

    Music

  • Ratboys
  • Number Girl
  • Boards of Canada
  • Some individual songs
  • "Spring Bug" -- Helena Deland
  • "Squarepusher Theme"
  • "So High" -- Koji Ono
  • "Deliver Us From the Elements" -- XTC
  • SHOUTOUTS to "BROADER HORIZONS" & "TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS" & WSUM STUDENT RADIO 91.7 FM

    And let's not forget those we lost...

  • Madam Sen. Dianne "Fine as Hell" Feinstein
  • Changdler
  • Jeremy Renner (again - via getting sucked to the underneath of a escalator)
  • Jimmy Buffet
  • "THE WORLD'S GREATEST MC" Bob Barker
  • Bobby Kotick see ya sucker

    2024 Trend Predictions

  • Orlando Bloom
  • 25 Chandler Bing Lines That Still Make You Laugh Out Loud
  • Passion of the Christ
  • JibJab
  • Howard Dean screamin and yellin
  • Geno from Super Mario RPG
  • The "Apprentice" character from Super Mario RPG
  • Numa Numa
  • David after dentist
  • Godzilla Plus One
  • Game Grumps
  • Nintendo DS
  • The Motorolla RAZR
  • Presentation Can Be Found Here :^)

    Games From Previous Years

  • Dark Void Zero
  • Kero Blaster
  • A Hat in Time
  • Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
  • Harmful Park
  • Bloodborne
  • Tomb Raider [2013]
  • METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGENCE
  • LUMINES REMASTERED
  • Metal Wolf Chaos XD
  • ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN
  • Yakuza 0
  • Frogger [1997] / Frogger: He's Back!
  • FortNit e
  • No One Can Stop Mr. Domino

    Games From 2022

  • STRANGER OF PARADISE: FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN
  • Mapfriend
  • CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION
  • PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC
  • FINAL FANTASY VI [Pixel Remaster]
  • Ex-Zodiac
  • Infernax
  • Lunistice
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Cuphead [The Delicious Last Course]
  • Super Kiwi 64
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • LIVE A LIVE [2022]
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  • TUNIC
  • TRIANGLE STRATEGY

    Yet to Play Games From 2022

  • GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
  • Tinykin
  • Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
  • Neon White
  • SIGNALIS
  • Tactics Ogre: Reborn
  • ELDEN RING

    2023 Most Anticipated Games

  • DRAGON QUEST III [2023]
  • Bombrush Cyberfunk
  • Persona 3 Portable [2023]
  • Paper Lily
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin!
  • Resident Evil 4 [2023]
  • N1RV Ann-A
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH
  • Dreamsettler
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Pikmin 4

    2023 Trend Predictions

  • The hungry games
  • "Apps"
  • Mp3s
  • John Kerry
  • Face Book
  • Sneakers or shoes in general
  • Blogging
  • Getting Ice Cream With Friends
  • Going to the mall
  • Cartman from sout h park
  • Oversized Bags
  • Splunchball
  • Multi level marketing
  • Financial security
  • Terrorism
  • Cloning goats
  • Stephen Colbert
  • "Young Shelman"
  • You can clicke here for presentation 0__0

    Games From Previous Years

  • Umurangi Generation
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Paradise Killer
  • Omori

    Games From 2021

  • Pokémon Shining Pearl
  • Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir
  • Arcade Archives: LIBBLE RABBLE
  • Shin Megami Tensei II Nocturne HD Remaster
  • Castlevania Advance Collection
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • Inscryption
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  • Everhood
  • Mission in Snowdriftland
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Metroid Dread
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

    ACTUAL GAME O THE YEAR

  • PIKMIN BLOOM BAYBEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    Yet to Play Games From 2021

  • Eastward
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • NEO: The World Ends with You
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Actraiser Renaissance
  • Boomerang X
  • Game o' the Year...

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
  • Game o' the Year...

  • DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Games From Previous Years

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Persona 5
  • Nier Automata

    Games From 2018

  • GRIS
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Into the Breach
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Deltarune [Chapter 1]
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  • Shadow of the Colossus [2018 remake]
  • Celeste
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood
  • Hollow Knight [Nintendo Switch version]