Last week, I wrote about the 10 soon-to-be-released games that I'm looking forward to playing this year. (Check out this post and then this post if you'd like to see which games made the cut.)
Anyone who has been coming to this blog for any period of time knows that old games are just as likely, if not more likely, to appear on my "now playing" list, so it only makes sense for me to write about the retro games (and systems) I'm looking forward to buying (if need be) and playing this year, too, right?
Five such games and systems are detailed below. Look for five more games and systems to discussed in a similarly titled post that will be published tomorrow.
1. bit Generations series--I've had my eye on these indie-esque GameBoy Advance titles, developed by Skip/Q-Games and published by Nintendo of Japan, for a while now, but I've yet to pick up any of them because ... well, I can't tell you why. I'm sure, though, that my procrastination has some- thing to do with it costing me a pretty penny to buy all seven of them at once. Maybe I'll satisfy my craving for this series by acquiring them slowly but surely (beginning with, say, Dotstream or Orbital).
2. Chack'n Pop--Like Ice Climber and numerous other games before it (hello, Fantasy Zone!), this Famicom port of Taito's arcade should-have-been-a-classic has gone from being one that I hated to being one that I quite honestly adore--despite its overt difficulty. As such, one of my main goals for 2012 is to obtain a complete-in-box copy of this Bubble Bobble precursor. (The box is necessary because the art splashed across it is completely adorable.)
3. Coryoon--This is one of the few "holy grail" PC Engine games I have yet to add to my collection, with another being a CD-based title that will appear in the second post of this series. Anyway, this one is a side-scrolling shmup that stars an adorably bug-eyed dragon and features more layers of parallax scrolling (a big deal back in the day) than you can throw a stick at. Another reason it's near the top of my "to buy" list: It was developed by some of the same folks who made Air Zonk/PC Denjin.
4. Door Door--Never heard of this Enix-published puzzle game before? Don't worry, you're not alone--assuming you're not Japanese. I had to add that caveat because apparently this early Famicom release is quite popular in its homeland. It's pretty popular in my household, too, thanks to its chunky-yet-precious graphics and enjoyable-despite-being-really-damn-difficult gameplay, which involves clearing levels by trapping cute-as-buttons baddies behind green-colored doors.
5. Sega Game Gear system--I've been talking about getting a Game Gear (mainly so I can play Tengen's Magical Puzzle Popils) for a long time now. Rather than continue to blather on about this battery-burning portable, I think I'm finally going to bite the bullet sometime this year and buy one--along with a copy of the aforementioned puzzler, of course.
See also: 'Five games I'm looking forward to playing in 2012' and 'Five additional games I'm looking forward to playing in 2012'