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These are the games I picked when getting a new console or handheld on the day they were released. The PlayStation was the first system that I received without having to wait until Christmas. I'm sure that was partially due to incessant whining on my part. The Nintendo 64 was the first system I bought with my own money, but that was a few months after it came out. Everything from then on was on my own, and these are the games I decided to buy along with them.

I did not get an Xbox or GameCube at launch. You can blame that on a little game called EverQuest. I didn't play anything else at the time. I didn't need anything else.

For Xbox 360, I bought one at midnight, but I did not buy any games for it. I was working as holiday help at Best Buy at the time and didn't know whether or not I was going to have a job after Christmas. So, I was thinking about selling it on eBay. I played Hexic for a week or so before caving and picked up Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo. I can't say either of those made me feel great about my decision, but I was happy later. But, since I didn't buy them on day one, no Xbox 360 games on this list.

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For PlayStation 3, I had just spent money on Wii's launch and couldn't really afford a PS3 on top of that. I had decided to wait til at least Spring before getting it, but then a friend of mine said his boss at the pawn shop had one that didn't sell on eBay. He was willing to sell it to me at retail price and let me pay in $100 installments. On top of that, he let me take it home immediately. But, that wasn't on launch day of course.

No 3DS games on here either. I was pretty adamant about not buying it on release. But when they announced the price drop and I was able to get it at Walmart before the official date in order to get into the Ambassador Program, I couldn't pass it up. Plus, I knew it'd be fun to have during PAX Prime 2011 for StreetPass.

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  • With my PlayStation, I could only get one game until Christmas '95 and there was never a question what game I would pick. The load times were ridiculous, but it really didn't bother me.

  • C'mon, you couldn't buy a Dreamcast on Day 1 and not buy Sonic. I don't care who you are or what kinds of games you like.

  • I actually had NFL Blitz 2000 reserved and switched it to 2K on the advice of a friend. Thank you!

  • At this point, I was working at a Software Etc. PS2 launch was insane. We had over 300 pre-orders and got 42 PS2's on launch day. Most people knew it was going to be limited, but still. Anyway, you wouldn't believe the number of people that would bring ESPN Winter X-Games to the counter. If I failed to sell them SSX instead, I felt like that day was a failure. SSX was the best PS2 launch title and one of the best launch titles ever, period.

  • Tekken Tag was an immediate hit among the other guys on 3rd Floor South in Patterson Hall at Valdosta State University. Having a game that looked better than the arcade version was crazy at the time.

  • It's hard to understand it now, but the whole concept of the DS was crazy ridiculous prior to its launch (and prior to about six months into its lifespan honestly). But you couldn't NOT buy Super Mario 64. It controlled like crap, but I still got every star.

  • So I had a DS and Mario. I wanted to get something else too...but what? There's wasn't a whole lot to pick from. So, I went with the strangest one of them all. Something that would utilize most of the DS's unique features.

  • This is THE PSP game. Somehow, pretty everyone knew this even on day one. You didn't buy a PSP without buying Lumines. At the time, I was working for GameStop as a 3rd key. Some friends from MovieStop came over before midnight and I let them in. They convinced me to have us all open up ours and start playing, while dozens of people were outside the windows. My manager came in at about 11:50pm and looked mad. Then we gave him his PSP, and everything was cool.

  • I am by no means a Darkstalkers fan. This is the only Darkstalkers game I won. I'm not even a Capcom and/or 2D fighting game person. But several people I knew at the time were, so I picked it up to play with them and just to have something different.

  • One of the big debates at the PSP launch was "Which racing game do I get?" You had Wipeout Pure, which looked amazing, but I was never a huge Wipeout fan. You had Need for Speed Underground, which was huge at the time being just a few months after the console version rocked the holiday season. And you had Ridge Racer. I went with Ridge Racer because it looked great and well...it's a Sony system. You have to get Ridge Racer. Right?

  • I was a huge fan of Twisted Metal 2 and Black. In 2005, we were only a few years beyond TM Black. So, I felt due for some Twisted Metal. The fact that it included some of the best levels from the old games only cemented that this was a must buy.

  • Of course the system came with Wii Sports, but Zelda was what I came to the store and bought a Wii for. I knew I'd be neck deep into Twilight Princess for at least a few weeks, so I didn't see a point in buying anything else.

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