Which game do you wish you could play again for the first time?

If there’s one thing that both terrifies and excites me at once, it’s time travel. So much can go wrong, but imagine all the possibilities. You could finally talk to that girl you were too shy around. Or you could make a horse racing bet with absolute confidence. But most of all, we at Nintendo Enthusiast just want to experience a video game again for the first time. It’s all about priorities, people.

So in this hypothetical reality, which video game would I personally want as a fresh experience once more? I suppose it would be easy to say my all time favorite title, Chrono Trigger. That feeling of exploring the possibilities with time travel and how it can affect the world is intoxicating. It would also be incredibly meta for this particular post.

I’m also tempted to go with Street Fighter II. The downside would be that I wouldn’t know any of the moves or my cheesy Vega tactics right off the bat. It would be interesting, however, to tackle the fighting game that popularized the genre after experiencing so many others after its release. I don’t think it would benefit me necessarily, but the thought is intriguing nevertheless.

Ultimately, my choice has to be Phantasy Star Online for the Sega Dreamcast. This was the very first game I remember playing online with other people. There were online games of this nature before it, but not for console players. The importance of this title tends to go understated these days despite its being an MMO gateway for many. I still remember spending that summer of 2001 connecting my Dreamcast to the wall phone jack at my parents’ annoyance.

Which video game would you most want to experience again with fresh eyes? Let us know in the comments!

David Giltinan
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast - Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.

10 Comments

  1. There’s many contenders for me. The top ones are probably Axiom Verge, Breath of the Wild, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Undertale.

  2. I guess I’d pick Super Mario 64. And, more specifically, the experience I had with it when I was 6 years old.

    1. There was nothing else quite like it back then.

  3. Undertale got a big emotional response from me, but not a day goes by where I don’t want to replay Banjo-Tooie. Maybe Kingdom Hearts, too, but I doubt 26-year-old me would have the same attachment to it that 9-year-old me did.

  4. See, this is a weirdly hard question for me, because there are some games I absolutely love, but that love is also compounded by the circumstances of my life. In other words, there are games that are ultra fantastic, and I love them even more because I can tie them back to a certain point in my life. If I divorce my memories from a certain game, it makes me wonder if I’d still enjoy the experience as much. It’d be like opening a nerdy Pandora’s box haha.

    So that being said… Hmm… Maybe Until Dawn? It wasn’t that long ago, and it was just super fun to watch the story develop. I loved that game and I would benefit from a mind wipe by replaying it without knowing how decisions affect the game.

  5. Hands down, Link to the Past. I still go back and play it often. Each time, I think about all the firsts I had. When I realized how it all worked together, the story that was unfolding, pretty much everything. Older me appreciates younger me having the patience to play it all the way through. Go, uh, me?

  6. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for the DS, mostly for the narrative and for the first time I realized how certain seemingly given game features tied into the narrative itself, that kinda blew my younger mind.

  7. Wild Arms for the PSOne. While everyone was talking and praising FF VII, I was enjoying a far better JRPG. Front Mission 3 is a very close second.

  8. Wild Arms for the PSOne. While everyone was talking and praising FF VII, I was enjoying a far better JRPG. Front Mission 3 is a very close second.

  9. Wild Arms for the PSOne. While everyone was talking and praising FF VII, I was enjoying a far better JRPG. Front Mission 3 is a very close second.

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