Super Mario 64 (DS)

I don't even know how many hours I spent playing this game, it's probably somewhere it the thousands. There's something so charming to me about the wonky, though precise, controls, and the low-poly graphics. Honestly I like the way SM64 looks (both the original and the DS version) way more than any modern game. It's probably just nostalgia, but idc.

A lot of the paintings felt liminal--like Rainbow Ride, Tall Tall Mountain and Tiny-Huge Island specifically. I think it's how open and unpopulated they all were--and considering how comforting and simultaneously exciting I find liminal spaces, that was always really appealing (Tall Tall Mountain is one of my fave paintings).

The background for this page is actually a sm64 skybox! It and all of the other skyboxes here were ripped by booscaster on the spriters resource.

While collecting said skyboxes, I really noticed how different a lot of them look in SM64 DS.... and honestly it wasn't an upgrade lmao. I'm' pretty sure the two to the right are supposed to be the same painting. Can you guess which is SM64 and which is SM64 DS?

Yeah the first is the original. I just find it so much more dynamic. I still like the DS skyboxes, but they lack a lot of the atmosphere of the originals. Sometimes less detail is better! Here's some more skyboxes bc I think they're neat. I especially love the desert one.

Tangent aside, I adore this game, I crave more games like it, and it absolutely deserves the title of one of the best games of all time.

Pokemon HGSS

I'm pretty sure Heart Gold was my first ever main series Pokemon game. It's the game that really kicked off my love for the series, despite being so difficult for a, like, 7 year old lol.

I remember the first starter I chose was Totodile. Like most kids, I only leveled him up and eventually got stuck later in the game--I think somewhere around the Team Rocket Base. After that I ended up getting Soul Silver and starting a new game there, picking the same starter and actually getting to Kanto. I don't remember if I ever completed the Kanto portion of the game, but I distinctly recall struggling with lieutenant Surge since I, once again, only leveled Feraligatr and Lugia.

Lugia is definitely one of my favorite legendaries. I have no idea what it is but it sure is neat! Also, its sprites in 4th gen looked incredible, as much as I love the new games I really miss the 2D sprites. They all had a certain character to them that the 3D models are missing--probably because they're modeled rather than drawn, but idk.

Kirby Superstar Ultra

I have no idea what happened to my original copy of this game, but it's gone :( which sucks because it's definitely one of my most played games ever! I remember the sounds effects, esp in combat, to all be really satisfying for some reason. Oh and the art too. I adore pixel art. I'll be honest, I don't remember the story (stories?) of Ultra at all, but damn did the gameplay and aesthetics make up for it.

I think my favorite world, or level, or whatever you wanna call them, was Milky Way Wishes, considering it had a collection of many previous areas all rolled into one lol. Plus the final fight was dope. I can't forget the minigames, of course--I don't remember all of them but I know one of my favorites was Megaton Punch! Honestly I don't have much to say about it besides it was extremely satisfying whenver you had perfect timing lmao.

For some reason I vividly remember the commercials for Ultra--oh wow I just looked it up, it came out all the way back in 2008, I would've been like, 6 or 7. I guess that goes to show how much of an impact it had on me.