I got the idea for this post from Twitter user Umbral_Ice, and while I answered the question via ReTweet, the social media app’s character limit prevented me from explaining my choices.
Here’s the tweet in question.
Mega Man – Mega Man 2
The Mega Man series is chock full of great entries, but I’d definitely want to bring along my favorite of the bunch. In a deserted island situation, longevity is often the key — nobody wants to get bored out there — but Mega Man games are mostly traditional 2D platformer/shooter hybrids.
I could get more out of one of the various Battle Network games, but I think I’d rather cover longevity elsewhere and stick with a nostalgic favorite for that “comfort food” feel. It’ll be lonely out there and keeping up my mental health with familiarity will go a long way.
Final Fantasy – Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition
Here’s where the aforementioned longevity comes in to play. Final Fantasy XV already has a ton of content to chew through and the Royal Edition extends that by way of three DLC chapters and a more robust campaign. And assuming I’d have internet access, Final Fantasy XV’s Comrades multi-player mode is sure to provide endless entertainment.
While I fully acknowledge the game’s flaws, XV quickly became my favorite numbered entry. Is it the best Final Fantasy? Of course not. That’s Final Fantasy Tactics. But it clicked with me and I know I’d get far more out of it than revisiting any of the others. If anything, at least I’d get to drive around listening to a bunch of great music!
Zelda – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Going along with the longevity theme, I don’t think any other Legend of Zelda title would give me nearly as much to do as last year’s Breath of the Wild. It presents a massive world with plenty of ways to occupy your time, from Shrines and Korok seeds to shield surfing and tough Lynel battles, and seems like an easy pick for this one.
Dragon Quest – Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
While I enjoy the Dragon Quest series, the only two that would offer major time sinks boil down to a Japanese MMO and a Minecraft/base defense hybrid. Neither of those sounds interesting. So, we’ll just go with my favorite game in the series, Hand of the Heavenly Bride — more specifically, the DS release.
It’s a classic JRPG tale that takes place over thirty years, which sees you playing the hero in both his infancy and in adulthood. Not only do you eventually get married and have children, but Dragon Quest V introduced the ability to recruit enemies into your party and use them as playable characters.
Mario – Super Mario Maker
When it comes to choosing a game purely based on staying power, it doesn’t get any better than Super Mario Maker. Between creating my own levels and playing the creations of those from around the globe, I’d never run out of new things to experience.
Sonic – Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed
I’m not a big Sonic guy, so I went with Sonic & All-stars Racing: Transformed purely based on the fact that it’s the only game with Sonic in it that I’ve actually enjoyed. I grew up a Nintendo kid and, although I was also fortunate enough to own a Sega Genesis, I never got into Sonic the Hedgehog. I couldn’t grasp the concept of a game that wanted you to go fast, but also slowed things down and encouraged you to explore every level’s multiple pathways. It’s a neat idea in theory, but I didn’t much care for its execution.
This kart racer, though, is a whole different story. Here you have a stellar roster of Sega favorites, like Beat from Jet Set Radio and Shenmue’s Ryo, racing around in Sega-themed levels with cars that (as the subtitle implies) appropriately transformed into boats and planes, depending on the track. Some tracks, like Panzer Dragoon, featured all three styles and evolved with each subsequent lap!
Until Mario Kart 8 (and its eventual Deluxe version) released, this was my favorite kart racer of all time and my most-played Wii U title in the console’s early years.
Street Fighter – Street Fighter Alpha 3 (console release)
This was a tough one. On one hand, Ultra Street Fighter IV is incredible and has an amazing roster. On the other, Street Fighter Alpha 3 is my favorite in the series. However, the console ports on Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, and PSX received six additional characters. At the end of the day, I have far more nostalgia for Street Fighter Alpha 3 and if I can take the console release over the arcade ports, I’m even happier.
What about you, folks? Feel free to sound off with your picks down in the comments!