We gamers are a very reverent bunch. Get us talking about our favorite games, consoles or characters and we will go on and on. It’s just in our nature to cling to our nostalgia. After all, we spend hours, days and weeks immersing ourselves in new worlds. We read countless pages of backstory and follow an industry steeped in a digital culture.
This year is a very special one for so many lovers of games. Seminal series like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Mega Man and Street Fighter share 1987 as their birth year, making 2012 their 25th anniversary.
After our recent unboxing of the formidable Street Fighter collection released for this occasion, it got us thinking – what other series deserve a commemorative collection when the time comes?
Check out some of our answers after the break and let us know what series deserve the same treatment in the comments.
My dream collection: Suikoden Collection
Is it possible to bundle childhood love and nostalgia into a box? If you make a Suikoden box set, then the answer is yes, yes you certainly can.
Before Final Fantasy became the definitive household name for role-playing games, I entertained myself with a wide variety of Japanese RPGs. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, Breath of Fire IV, Legend of Mana, just to name a few. However, few hold the place in my hear that Suikoden does, with it’s massive cast of characters and dramatic story. So let’s show it some more love.
The best bet would be to combine Suikoden I-V onto a single disk, creating a single medium where save data can be transferred with ease to the next game in the series, a feature that would make getting the bonus material gained from 100 percent completion more enticing. After that, all that’s left is shoving as much extra content in there as possible. Character sketches, musical soundtracks are to be expected, but what would really blow the socks off of fans is if they had two things in particular.
One is an in-game timeline that shows the player the sequence of events throughout the entire series, showing everything from the dates of wars to the dates of Tengaar and Hix. This would be especially useful since the history of the 108 Stars of Destiny is long and wonderfully convoluted. Being able to keep track of that would enrich the experience of the game as a whole.
The other would be a character map that shows which character was guided by what star, along with a little blurb about the character. Characters would be unlocked as you recruited them in the game, creating a giant spreadsheet of faces and snippets of life, which would induce a desire to collect them all, Pokemon style.
If you gave me a Soul Eater Rune temporary tattoo with this box set, I would be on the verge of throwing money at you. And quite a lot of it, too.
- Tom Farndon
My dream collection: Breath of Fire 20th Anniversary Special Box
Would you honestly expect me to give a toss about any other game collection if a Breath of Fire 20th Anniversary Special Box collection existed?
Nothing would thrill me more than if Capcom celebrated Breath of Fire’s upcoming 20-year anniversary next April than with a newly-announced sixth entry and a collector’s edition for its underused gem of a series.
An ideal box set for the JRPG series would include the original versions of all five games in the series. New, optional translations for the first four titles that eschew all bouts of poorly-translated dialogue and censorship would be like a dream come true. A PlayStation 3 version of this could feature I – V on a single Blu-ray disc, with PSN download codes for the PSP version of Breath of Fire III and PSone Classics release of Breath of Fire IV (complete with bonus PSN avatars) thrown in for good measure. The Wii U’s physical media could also probably hold everything on one disc, and would contain 3DS eShop codes for the GBA versions of Breath of Fire I & II.
Japan has exclusively seen some fantastic Breath of Fire merchandise in the past, including an 11-disc box featuring every game’s complete soundtrack and even an official 192-page art book (already owned by yours truly). Throw these in with a “Behind the Scenes/Series Retrospective” DVD/Blu-ray along with some sort of commemorative poster signed by series’ director Makoto Ikehara and artist Tokuro Fujiwara, and price would be no obstacle for a devoted fan such as myself.
- Patrick Kulikowski
My dream collection: Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Collection
Hello, my name is Andrew and I’m a recovering Sonic fanboy. My problems all started back in second grade when I received my very first console, a Sega Genesis (second model) for Christmas. It was a great time full of discovery and the gift that would kickstart my love for this industry.
Yet with only a couple games to hold me over for five months until my birthday, I naturally gravitated to the pack-in game, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The blue streak on my screen could do no wrong and on the playground, Mario had nothing on Sonic.
Then the Dreamcast came out a few years later and that marked the beginning of the end for Sonic.
With only four years left before the 25th anniversary of Sonic, I say there should be a celebration – a way to show the new generation why this speedy furball gave an overweight plumber a run for his money during the ’90s.
If you’re thinking that there have already been a ton of Sonic collections, you’d be right. It’s been done before. What I’m suggesting is put everything in it. Give us the Genesis games – including the ability to use the cool “lock-on” feature from Sonic & Knuckles. Give us Sonic CD. Hell, even give us the games that drove Sonic into the ground. We have to temper the good with the bad.
If Sega tied all those games up in a nice, Master Emerald shaped package with soundtracks and a light up Super Sonic statue (ala the Street Fighter collection) and I’d drop serious cash on it.
- Andrew Martins
My dream collection: Yoshi’s Collection
The Yoshi series may only have a handful of games in its roster, but it would make a wonderful collection of fun, happy and vibrant games to get on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii, or even on the Wii U.
Yoshi made his first game appearance in Super Mario World, where he gained his popularity as the cute green dinosaur that you fed apples and enemies to, though nowadays he’s just as likely to be recognized as a kart driver or a star tennis player.
For Yoshi’s Collection, I’d enjoy seeing the two earliest games, Yoshi and Yoshi’s Cookie, which are both puzzle games with many similarities to Tetris, along with the most popular games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story, Yoshi’s Touch & Go and Yoshi’s Island DS. Throw all these games in along with a cute little Yoshi hat or plush and you have the perfect present for a younger sibling or that big Yoshi fan in your family.
The only game that might get excluded, depending on what console the collection would appear on, would have to be Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, because it was a Game Boy Advance game that used a specialized tilt control function. However, this could easily be replicated on the 3DS or the Wii U.
Yoshi’s Cookie especially holds a dear place in my heart as a game I spent countless hours aligning similarly shaped cookies and clearing stages. Playing it again as part of a collection would really warm the cockles of my heart… as well as make me crave cookies.