A few weeks ago, Atsinganoi posted an article here on Skirmish Frogs where he asked how many games we’ve beaten from our favorite series and which series we’ve beaten the most games from. He went on to detail how many games he has played from various series.
It was an interesting question, and one I’ve never really thought about. We all have extensive backlogs and I’m sure there are many of us who haven’t played every single game in our favorite series, especially if that series is a long-running one with a large number of games. Some folks responded in the comments, but as I tired to figure mine out, I realized that the answer wasn’t simple.
I won’t go into as much depth and analysis as the original article, mostly because I can’t be bothered to go through every game I ever played and see if it’s part of a series. But, I will go over the larger ones, the ones that are most likely to be at the top of the list. The fact that many for many major series, I haven’t beaten anything, makes this a bit easier.
Final Fantasy games I’ve finished are: Final Fantasy I, II, III (the 8-bit originals), IV (PlayStation version), V (SFC), VI (SNES via Wii Virtual Console), VII, VIII (PS), XII (PS2), FF Tactics Advance (GBA), FF IV: Interlude and FFIV: The After Years (PSP), and FF Legend (GB).
I know the rules are in the eyes of the beholder, there are some questions as to what counts. For example, is the FF IV: Interlude a game in and of itself? What about Final Fantasy Legend? That was originally a SaGa game in Japan. Does it count as a being in the FF series? Considering this, there are 11, 12, or 13 games in the Final Fantasy series that I have beaten.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
Zelda games I’ve finished: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II (NES), Link to the Past (SNES), Link’s Awakening DX, Oracle of Ages, Oracles of Seasons (GBC), Ocarina of Time (N64/Wii VC), Majora’s Mask (N64/Wii VC), The Wind Waker (GC), Twilight Princess (Wii), and A Link Between Worlds (3DS).
One problem arising here revolves around remakes. I’ve also played Ocarina of Time 3D and Majora’s Mask 3D. Then, there’s the issue of whether or not to count Ocarina of Time: Master Quest on the Gamecube as a stand-alone game.
The final tally is either 11, 13, or 14 Zelda games beaten.
Mario games I’ve beaten: Super Mario Bros., 2/USA, 3, Mario is Missing (NES), Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario RPG (SNES), Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: The Six Golden Coins, and Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (GB), Paper Mario (N64/Wii VC), Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS).
But that’s only the main Mario games. There’s the Mario Kart series, of which I would consider Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 8 beaten. I would also add the original Mario Bros. Arcade game to the list, as that was an Atari 2600 staple for me.
Then you have the issue of whether Yoshi’s Island actually counts as a Mario game or a Yoshi game. Same question for SML3: is it Mario or Wario? What about the Donkey Kong series? Jumpman isn’t technically Mario, but he’s been retconned as such. Wrecking Crew? Dr. Mario? What about other Mushroom Kingdom games like Super Princess Peach, or Captain Toad?
I’d stop short of including games where Mario merely makes a cameo, such as Punch-Out!! or Pinball. But he’s been in so many games that, unless you’ve been consciously avoiding Nintendo, this is the series that most people have played the most games from.
Final tally: 12, 15, 16, 17, or 18 games beaten from the series.
Games finished: Dragon Warrior I, II, III, IV (NES), Dragon Quest V, VI (SFC), and Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PC).
While anyone who knows me knows Dragon Quest is easily my favorite series, it appears at first I’ve only played seven games from it. However, while I’ve only played the first six numbered Dragon Quest games, I’ve also played the remakes of each of the first six Dragon Quest games: Dragon Warrior I+II and III on GBC, and Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI on DS.
So, the total here is either 7 or 13 games.
All in all, this was a fun exercise and something I’d probably end up doing in my spare time one of these days anyway. However, it’s a bit odd to have spent 700+ words to basically say “Eh, I don’t know.” Hey, every Frog has to start somewhere, and this seemed like a good way for me to start.