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What Was Your Bestest Game-Related Christmas Present?

Just a couple more days.

As we look back at all the years, what's the one game-related Christmas gift that you loved more than anything? The one that made you think that maybe, just maybe, Santa Claus was real?

I don't have any one in particular, as strangely enough, my most memorable acquisitions didn't occur at Christmas time. However, I distinctly recall being overjoyed at seeing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night when it came out of the wrapper. I had watched a friend play through the whole thing, and I just couldn't wait to play it. The memory is all the rosier after it became one of my all-time favorite games. I also remember unwrapping a new game for my original Nintendo. I don't remember the name of the game but the simple fact that it was another game was enough. Back in those days, they didn't release a fraction of the games they do now, and they were prohibitively expensive.

Yeah, they cost then what they do now. And in the late 80s, $60 meant a lot more than it does these days. So, just about any new game was a big deal if your parents weren't wealthy. I also remember getting a bunch of GameBoy games one year, which was great because I had gotten a little burned out with Tetris and Tecmo Bowl. I think one of those new games was Double Dragon II, which I eventually beat without ever getting hit. Another was Metroid II: Return of Samus, which I adored.

How's about you?

Tags: christmas presents, holiday presents, video games, game presents

12/22/2013 11:00:59 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 11:18:39 PM
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Super Mario Bros 2. My brother and I found its hiding spot, unwrapped it, played it before Christmas and then rewrapped it and put it back and got even more excited to get it and play without the stress. But the thrill of the new game and doing something wrong was intense. Still my favorite Mario.

It happened again later with Mario 64 and the N64. That was such a big generational change we were completely in awe.

Leaving my brother aside though, getting my own Gameboy was a huge deal for me. A system all to myself! No more boring car rides damnit, and if I wanted to play one of my games while a TV was occupied (You didn't get a TV in every room in those days) I could darn well play it.

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Temjin001
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:52:45 AM

and Super Mario Bros. 2 was actually not a Super Mario, at least in Japan. It was known as some other Japanese platformer. It was later make-shifted into a Mario title to better appeal to Americans.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:58:26 AM

That explains why they never went back to it. I loved that world, and it was a big influence on The Super Mario Bros Super Show, a cartoon I used to watch.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 11:34:37 PM
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Got a PS1 for Christmas way back when. I was extremely excited for it because up until that point I only had an NES which was awesome but all the game cartridges I had for it were going bad by then so I couldn't keep save files. So getting a ps1 was an incredible leap for me.

Though we only had one tv in the house that could use component and it was my parents tv so I barely got to play it until they got me the coaxial adapter for it. After that it was pretty much nonstop Spyro and Jurassic Park 2 playing for my brother and I

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 1:08:18 AM
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I think the original God of War does it for me. I got it Christmas Day and my buddy and I stayed up until six in the morning playing it, and played it non stop for the next four or five days before we beat it.

An absolutely tremendous experience for my 15 year old brain at the time, and it still is today.

Getting my first three games, Twisted Metal 2, NFL Blitz and Spyro The Dragon will always be very special to me as well.

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Banky A
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 2:13:00 AM
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Was either Kingdom Hearts 2 from parent(s) - the only person I can call dad.

or Final Fantasy XII from my sensible uncle! With the the promo poster!!! From 2007 I still have it on my wall to this day. That was cool and surprising man seriously.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 1:36:18 PM

I remember being at a Blockbuster the day before the official release of KH2. I was there right before close. I saw it on the counter and asked if I could buy it. Manager sold it to me.

I was so stoked to have gotten it a day before release!

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souljah92
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 2:17:16 AM
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Locoroco

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gumbi
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 2:25:13 AM
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When I was 7 years old I wanted a Nintendo Entertainment System more than anything in the world. My parents had me convinced that they just couldn't afford it and that Santa's elves couldn't build a Nintendo...

Christmas morning came and I knew I wasn't getting a Nintendo, but I was happy to open the gifts and we all had a pretty good Christmas morning... Then, Mom pulls out one last present. The name tag said it was for the family, but that I had to open it. I peeled off about a 6" strip of wrapping paper and saw the unmistakable Nintendo logo. I completely lost my mind. I couldn't even finish unwrapping it I was so excited. I think I might have even cried... I'm kinda glad this was back when recording a home video meant lofting a 20 lb camcorder over your shoulder, because I'm sure that would've been one of those mega embarrassing when you're older videos.

Even after two and a half decades, I still remember it like yesterday. Easily the best gift of all my childhood Christmas's.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 9:36:01 AM

haha, sneaky Mom.

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trumpetmon65
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 3:11:48 AM
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The PlayStation rpg revolution if the Late nineties. FFVII, xenogears, legend of legaia, brave fencer musashi. That was a great two or three years of Christmas.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:55:28 AM

Indeed.

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bigrailer19
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 3:18:52 AM
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I've always fended for myself for the most part. But when I was a lot younger I got a game gear and that was cool. But I'd probably say the PS2 with ATV Off Road Fury 2, Socom 2 and the network adaptor. Played those games a lot. They were like the only two games I played for a long time.

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Gordo
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 4:44:48 AM
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My parents bought us an Atari one Christmas. I remember playing space invaders for hours and hours with my brother. Loved those joysticks... I can still see myself slotting in the cartridges. Such a vivid memory.

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JackC8
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 8:27:38 AM
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I think the 250GB PS3 that's under my tree right now might be the best. One year I got a bunch of big AAA games that got great reviews the previous year (they were in the bargain bin by that time). Was pretty disappointed in all of them lol. I think a couple of them are still sitting in my backlog actually.

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PC_Max
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 9:42:17 AM
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Ben... you know I hate having to correct you on this.

SANTA IS REAL!!

That said, as a kid the old Atari system was a morning of excitements. Space Invaders was a definite plus later. Ah, those were the days. Second was Pong when our house got it. Of course that came before Atari.

As an adult it would be Spyro on the PSOne. Not me personally (loved the series myself),but when my daughter played it and loved Spyro .... and wanted to have a dragon for a pet. lol.

Keep playing!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:55:50 AM

Oh yes, of course, Santa is real. What was I thinking? ;)

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bldudas1
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:14:56 AM
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In either 2000 or 2001 I received a Sega Dreamcast for Christmas from my Dad. I forget which year, but it was, of course, the best gift ever at the time. And probably still is after all these years. I also got Sonic Adventure with it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 10:59:50 AM

Sonic was a great launch game, I got Sonic with my Dreamcast too. I regret never beating that game.

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Cuetes
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 11:03:34 AM
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I remember I was 6 in '87 and my mom gave mo 20 dollars for Christmas. I remember thinking of things to buy when my mom asked if I wanted to go to our local hand me down store. After wandering the store for a while I ran into a small brown machine with the words PONG on it. I remember my mom talking me down and telling me its not what I wanted, (almost 30 years later..I'm glad I didn't
listen.) I swear I spent the better half of that year stuck to the screen...BEST GIFT EVER.

Oh and the NES, SNES, SEGA, Playstation 1,2,3,4
Dreamcast, and Xbox weren't bad either.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 1:39:34 PM
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Mine was finding an NES under the tree.

My parents have a hilarious picture of my 5 year old self doing the most epic fist pump with a crazy expression on my face. In the picture, I was wearing Ninja Turtle pj's. lol.

My dad promised to set it up for me. It took me a good number of years to realize it doesn't actually take 4 hours to hook up an NES to the TV... the man was taking a good long turn with it before passing it over to me. lol

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PlatformGamerNZ
Monday, December 23, 2013 @ 9:21:41 PM
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honestly as far as christmas goes this year is gunna be the best cos i'm getting a psvita and games and stuff well most of my presents are game related this year which is acutally unusal cos i usually get mostly other stuff and couple games

happy gaming =)

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 @ 7:26:56 AM
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The year I got FFVII! When I opened it my mother said she got just because "that was the one with nice music" Little did she know it was one of the best things to happen to VGs ever! I still remember playing it later on that Christmas day.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 @ 10:58:35 AM

My FFVII was a Christmas gift too. Awesome gift.

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Gamer46
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 @ 5:28:27 PM
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Got a Gameboy from my parents for Christmas 1991, a Game Gear from my grandparents a few years later and in 1996 when I got the N64 and Super Mario 64 from my parents, my grandparents gave me Pilotwings 64. All great memories. Also got a Dreamcast for Christmas 1999.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 @ 10:15:39 AM
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I got Final Fantasy 7 in 2002, and that day changed my life forever. I spent so many hours playing that wonderful game, and I still play it to this day. It was a present that defeats all others I've ever received.

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VampDeLeon
Thursday, December 26, 2013 @ 4:58:51 PM
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The PS1 in 1998. My parents had gaming as low priority in spending, so this made it even more special for my sister and me.

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