Two years ago I wrote a wishlist post of the various retro gaming things that I wanted to try and get my hands on. One thing I didn’t do was give an update on that wishlist to see how successful I had been at getting those items. So, today, I thought I would do two things;
- Give a brief update on the progress of my previous wishlist.
- Create a new wishlist for 2019.
So, shall we start by looking at how much of my previous wishlist I managed to get my hands on?
The 2017 Wishlist Update
Okay, so in 2017, the wishlist I put together had seven different items on it. Some were very much in the “wish” category, and others were ones that were at least feasible. Well, here is the list, and an update on how things went with getting them.
Sony PlayStation 1 – Success
I ended up buying a PS1 shortly after posting the wishlist. It was in a bit of a state, with strange paint marks on it. However, after a good clean, it has become my go-to console. In fact, I even use it for streaming now, so that was a really great purchase!
The Legend of Dragoon – Success
This was one of the wishlist items that I didn’t expect to get my hands on. After all, it is a much sought-after game that holds its value very well. However, I know have the NTSC-J (or Japanese) version of the game sitting on my shelf. As this is my second favourite game of all time, you can imagine how happy I was to get this.
Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist of the Roses – Fail
Funnily enough, this was the wishlist item that I thought I would get the easiest. It’s not a particularly popular game and is actually really cheap to pick up. But you know what? I just never did. I don’t really have a reason for it either, other than picking up other games instead.
SNES-Based Emulator PC – Success?
Now this one is a bit different in terms of success. I originally wanted to build an emulation PC using the retro-pie, within an old SNES case. The reason for this was that I had missed my chance at getting a SNES Mini… Well, I didn’t end up building that PC because I got a SNES Mini instead! So that’s definitely a win, in my opinion.
Icewind Dale I & II Big Box Editions – Fail
It saddens me to say that I have not been able to get my hands on either Icewind Dale or Icewind Dale 2 in their big box versions. I do have Icewind Dale as a digital copy, but that’s just not the same, is it? Hopefully, I’ll be able to get them both soon enough.
Silent Hill 2 – Success
Tick this one off as another success! Not only did I manage to get Silent Hill 2 in the 2-Disc Special Edition for PS2, but it was complete in box with the postcard as well! Oh, and I’ve also gotten Silent Hill 3 and 4, the latter of which is still sealed.
Shadow Hearts – Success
The last item on the 2017 retro gaming wishlist was Shadow Hearts; another game that I didn’t expect to be able to pick up. Thankfully, because it is the sequel to my all-time favourite game, I managed to get my hands on it for a really good price!
The 2019 Retro Gaming Wishlist
Okay, so we are now all up to date on the progress of the 2017 wishlist, and I must say, I think I did rather well. I mean, 5 out of 7 items was much better than I thought I would do. So, it’s now time to put together this year’s wishlist so we can see how that goes as well. And this time, I’ll try and not leave it for 2 years before giving an update.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Eternal Punishment
The first game on this list is Persona 2 for the original PlayStation. There is a PSP re-release of the game, but as I don’t have a PSP yet (and don’t plan on getting one for a little while yet) it makes a lot more sense to get the original release of the game. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is my favourite in the Persona series of games, so I really want to get it back in my collection. I’ll probably go for a Japanese copy of it though, as it will be a great addition to my slowly expanding collection of Japanese PS1 games.
A Full PlayStation Resident Evil Collection
As a huge fan of the Resident Evil series as a whole (even though some games really aren’t that good), I want to get every single PlayStation console release in the series. By that, I mean every game released on a PlayStation console, not just the original PlayStation. As it stands at the moment, I am missing just 8 games. This one might be difficult to achieve, but not impossible… So we will see how well that goes. Also, I pre-ordered the Resident Evil 2 Remake back in November, so that’s already on the way.
One Version of Every Numbered Final Fantasy Game
Now, this one might seem even crazier than the previous entry on the list, but basically, I want to get at least one version of every numbered Final Fantasy game so far. This sounds like a really big task, but honestly, I’m most of the way there. In fact, I only need the following games;
- Final Fantasy III
- Final Fantasy XI
- Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns
All of the other numbered entries, I already own at least one copy of. So really, this entry boils down to getting just three games. Final Fantasy XI seems quite hard to find in a physical copy though.
A Complete Shadow Hearts Collection
Since I managed to get the first Shadow Hearts game already, and I (naturally) have Koudelka too, I want to get my hands on both Shadow Hearts: Covenant and Shadow Hearts: From The New World. I may actually try and get the big box version of Shadow Hearts: From The New World for Japan, if I can get it for a decent price. But either way, I want to have all four games in the series.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
The last entry on this list is probably going to be the hardest one to get; Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Believe it or not, this is actually my favourite Silent Hill game out of the entire series. I loved the change in gameplay style and the psychological elements to it. But it is now very rare to find on PS2, which is the version that I want to get. So, this may end up being my first Japanese version of a PS2 game that I pick up…
And That’s All Folks
There you have it; that was the update of my 2017 retro gaming wishlist, and the current 2019 wishlist as well. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get most of it again, as I did with the previous one. Picking up the Japanese versions is likely to make things a slight bit easier too.
What games or items are you hoping to get this year? Let me know in the comments below!