Great news. I recently purchased a copy of Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This was the last game I needed to complete the first of my micro collections, I now have all three of the original Nintendo Super Mario Bros. games. It felt like a nice little achievement putting something on my shelf that felt like I completed something.
While I doubt my collection will ever be truly complete, I can at least take solace in knowing that I added a piece that has personal meaning to me while also serving a greater purpose. I recently began defining what my intentions were for my video game collection. Among them is laying out my goals as a collector. I don’t have the words full set on my sights at this time I am working on deciding which games will make the cut and which ones I will gladly ignore.
One thing I wanted to avoid in collecting was going for full sets. I figured if I did that it would only drive me insane as it would take likely decades to finish a single console set. Instead I wanted to have a more curated list of items that had more meaning to me. I didn’t want to be too strict with my collection sticking to an exact list but I didn’t want to be so open ended that there wasn’t an obtainable goal in sight. So I decided to put a few guidelines on my collecting that will allow me to maintain some sanity while also having room to grow.
For example, I don’t want to seek out full sets of entire console libraries, I do, however, desire to complete smaller, character or franchise sets with some restrictions. I fully intend to seek a complete Super Mario set. I have to define to myself what that entails. For me it’s simple. One copy of each game in that bears the name Super Mario but excludes the sports games.
This means Mario Party and Super Mario Kart are off the list. Instead I want to to be just the primary games. On the NES this would be Mario Bros. (Classic arcade game), Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Over on Super NES it would be Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island and Super Mario All-Stars. Then from N64 on it would be Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, and Super Mario Odyssey. This does include New Super Mario games included handheld counterparts and Super Mario 3D World. Fortunately as a Mario fan and Nintendo gamer I already own the majority of these games.
I had to decide that for collecting purposes I will include Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2 Six Golden Coins and Wario Land- Super Mario Land 3 all in this mix. I will also include remixes like Super Mario All-Stars on SNES and the 25th anniversary release on Nintendo Wii as well as the Super Mario Advance line on GBA, which again I already own.
There are a few odder collections I defined based on my own interests. I won’t be seeking digital only games however.
Here are a few of the collections I want to go after.
NES Black Box Games
Nintendo Tetris games
Sonic the Hedgehog (non-sports no collections)
Atari Arcade collection Complete (This is one of the odd ones. Basically any game Atari released in arcades, including collections and compilations.)
Pac-Man collection (every game featuring or starring the character as a playable character with Pac in the title)
AVGN LJN reviewed games (All of the LJN NES games the Angry Video Game Nerd reviews)
Mortal Kombat Complete (Includes all single release ports, spin offs and compilations)
*Comic book characters includes all games starring or featuring with exceptions. Must be playable and fully integrated into game not DLC, costume or cameo.
All of these are basically guidelines. Some of them are defined in my mind but I haven’t clarified those yet.
Of course this goes a little beyond just Nintendo games, it spans other video game consoles as well.
As time goes by I will continue to refine my intentions to ensure things closely align with my interests and goals as a collector.