1. Super Sprint
Bought this Tengen title for the NES and brought it to a friend's house. His older brother got super pissed at us for not sharing the controller after the first couple of rounds and attempted to wrestle the controller from me. His father made him go outside and we played for another hour while the older brother threatened our lives through the window overlooking the front porch.
2. Mega Man 2
I remember playing this for hours with my buddies, and constantly feeling blown away by the awesome graphics, especially the giant bosses that would appear in the the game from time to time.
3. Ninja Gaiden
This game got passed around my hometown like a two dollar hooker. None of us could beat it, but we all tried valiantly to do so. I remember hanging a Nintendo Power poster of Ninja Gaiden in my room and staring at it, wishing I was good enough to beat it, like Jeff Cuppett, who lived up the road and had supposedly beaten the game on a Friday night. He had no witnesses, so nobody believed him. That same year, Cupps shot at me with his BB Gun. I'd never been so scared in all my life.
4. Super Mario Bros. 2
I wrote in to Nintendo Power about how much I loved the game, and although I did not get my letter published, they sent me a personal letter back telling me that they at Nintendo were proud of it as well and wanted me to let my older brother help me play it because two heads are better than one when it comes to strategy! That was an awesome day for me. The world felt a lot smaller.
5. Night Trap
I was able to beg successfully for a Sega CD, and I loved every game I ever had the chance to play on it. Yeah, I was young, but it was a wicked system, totally cutting-edge. The gas station up the road had Sega CD games available for rent, and my friend Jaison and I spent a weekend writing down time codes for this one while eating Gummy Worms. Pretty much the greatest weekend ever. I recently spent time in a GiantBomb livechat begging Ryan and Jeff to pop the game in, but they never did.
6. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
I remember watching a youtube video in which a kid with a foul mouth played this game for about 45 seconds before quitting so that he could drink more beer and curse the gods for subjecting him to it. Obviously, he ended up becoming the Angry Videogame Nerd, and my life was changed forever as I learned that there were a lot of people out there with cameras, great senses of humor, and love for bad games out there that weren't too shy to share their childhood memories with the world.
7. Ikari Warriors
Played this game to death with my older brother. We cut our teeth on this game, and learned to play games together thanks to this one. I miss this game, and I miss that simple time.
8. Track & Field II
When I first got this game I did not have a turbo controller, so I had to use a pencil eraser to speed up my button-mashing. I later learned that this was an accepted strategy on rocking ass in games such as this. I spent forever honing that skill.
9. NHL '94
I spent many weeks of my life playing this game, and I recall the losses more than I recall the victories, though I once was able to beat my brother's LA Kings with my upstart Vancouver Canucks, and I can remember having to turn on the window fan in my bedroom after that one because the third period had me sweating like a beast.
10. NES Play Action Football
This game was supposed to be absolutely awesome, and I got in the rental queue at the gas station to finally get a chance to try it. I got it home and played it for about twenty minutes before deciding that it wasn't even close to being as good as Tecmo Bowl.
11. Friday the 13th
My friend Jamie had this game, and it was always an adventure playing this one with him on the weekends in which I was lucky enough to stay at his house out on the edge of the school district. It was a pretty scary game for a little kid to play, especially when Jason would come out of nowhere and kill your defenseless little character. We would listen to Guns 'n Roses a lot while we played, and no, it didn't help us get very far. We didn't consider it a bad game, just a really, really difficult one.
12. Bonk's Adventure
I had this on the TurboGraffix 16, which was another console that I begged my mother to buy for me. I adored the TG16, and was very sad when it fell out of favor, and almost as quickly, out of stores. I played Bonk religiously when I got it, and ended up beating it on a remarkably beautiful summer day. I even called my dad's house and left a message stating that I had finally beaten Bonk, and of course he had no idea what I was talking about. He always frowned on my love of video games. Oh well.