The 118 Games I Ignored While Scoring Xbox 360 Achievements

untitled-1.jpgI like to collect things. Lots of things. Video games are at the top of that list, and Achievement points are a solid second. However, for the past 21 weeks or so, that list has been a bit flip-flopped - clouded by my anticipation for "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" (which, coincidently, has a ton of things to collect in it).

This past week I collected another 1,415 achievement points, which, put me past my secondary target goal of 20,000 points before February 11 - "Smash Bros.'" second pre-delay release date. I've now collected a total of 20,595 points since mid-September, and am well on pace to hit 25,000 points by March 9. I've been furiously obsessing over Xbox 360 titles for almost six months now, but, as some of you readers have pointed out, at what cost to my other game systems?

Great games on other systems have come and gone since I started, and I have barely touched them. I've been too busy playing games like "Open Season," "Cars," and this week's 1,000 point-getter "NHL 2K6." I haven’t stopped collecting games, filling in my back catalog of titles that I missed when they were first released. In an attempt to demonstrate just how much I am actually missing out on, I now present a list of games that I have added to my collection since I started this quest back in September.

Atari 2600

"Spider-Man"

Famicom

"Kirby's Adventure"

"Pac-Man 2"

NES

"720"

"Adventure of Lolo"

"Barbie"

"Darkwing Duck"

"Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom"

"Donkey Kong 3"

"Duck Hunt"

"Evert and Lendel Tennis"

"Gun-Nac"

"Heavy Barrel"

"Heavy Shreddin'"

"Home Alone 2"

"Kickle Cubicle"

"M.C. Kids"

"Mappy Land"

"Mega Man 5"

"Mickey's Safari"

"Nightshade"

"Quantum Fighters"

"R.B.I. Baseball"

"Rampage"

"Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos"

"Spelunker"

"Stinger"

"Super Sprint"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project"

"Tetris 2"

"Thrilla's Surfari"

"Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop"

"Wacky Races"

"Widget"

"Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros Visions of Power"

Gameboy

"Killer Instinct"

SNES

"Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures"

PlayStation

"C: The Contra Adventure"

"Danger Girl"

"Die Hard Trilogy"

"Medievil II"

"MediEvil"

"PoPoLoCrois" (JP)

"Valkyrie Profile" (JP)

"X-Men: Mutant Academy 2"

PlayStation Developer's Demo Disc

N64

"Banjo-Kazooie"

"Pokemon Stadium"

"The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask"

"The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time"

"Yoshi's Story"

Dreamcast

"Shenmue"

"Skies of Arcadia"

"Virtua Tennis"

"Wacky Races"

GBA

"Boundish" (JP)

"Drill Dozer"

"Fire Emblem"

"Gunstar Super Heroes"

"Rhythm Tengoku" (JP)

"Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$"

"Warioware Twisted"

PlayStation 2

"Amplitude"

"Beyond Good & Evil"

"Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1"

"Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King"

"Frequency"

"Kingdom Hearts"

"Kingdom Hearts 2"

"Lesuire Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude"

"Mega Man X Collection"

"Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty"

"Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence"

"Mister Mosquito"

"Odin Sphere"

"Silent Hill 2"

Gamecube

"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"

"Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance"

"P.N.03"

"Pac-Man vs". / "Pac-Man World 2"

"Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door"

"Skies of Arcadia Legends"

"Star Fox Adventures"

"Star Fox Assault"

"The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures"

"Viewtiful Joe 2"

"Wario Ware Inc. Mega Party Game$"

Xbox

"Fable"

"Marvel vs. Capcom 2"

"Shenmue II"

DS

"Contact"

"Game & Watch Collection" (JP)

"Kirby Canvas Curse"

"Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis"

"Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Justice For All"

"Pokemon Diamond Version"

"Simpsons Game"

"Star Fox Command"

"Super Princess Peach"

"Tingle's Balloon Fight" (JP)

"Wario: Master of Disguise"

"Yoshi's Island DS"

PSP

"Mega Man Powered Up"

PlayStation 3

"Aquatopia"

"Calling All Cars"

"Everyday Shooter"

"fl0w"

"Locoroco"

"Mesmerize"

"Motorstorm"

"Pixeljunk Monsters"

Wii

"Baseball Stars 2"

"Bubble Bobble"

"Link's Crossbow Training"

"Super Mario Bros. 3"

"Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels"

"Super Mario Galaxy"

"Zack and Wiki"

It's been a great few months for collecting, but not so much for actually playing any of them. Of the 118 games on that list, I have only sat down and played about eight of them. With the majority of my gaming time dedicated to my Xbox 360, there has been a lot of dust collecting in my apartment.

So, for those of you that think that I don’t know what I'm missing, I promise you, I do. It is one of the reasons I'm hoping I can hit 25,000 achievement points with some time to spare before "Smash Bros." comes out. Maybe I can actually get a chance to beat "Super Mario Galaxy."

I hope this offers you, the reader, an insight into my level of dedication, and over-all stick-to-it-iveness that I have for this quest. As meaningless as Achievement points are (and I understand that they mean absolutely nothing) I still feel compelled to collect them. Just like your mom and her Hummel figurines, this is what my life really boils down to -- obsessive collecting.

If you're hoping to see how I'm doing, please check out my Xbox Live profile: jaded cynic, and drop me a line.

[Edit: Removed the duplicate "Star Fox Adventures," and added in "Zack and Wiki"]