Take a look at the list. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Notice anything different? If not, you’re either reading this from the archives — thereby rendering my message untimely — or you’re new here (or you’re just not paying attention, for which you cannot be blamed). I’ve completed my first game for the Wii. Not just since I began this project, mind you, but altogether. When I started this blog, I had not actually finished any of my Wii games (unless you count Wario Ware Smooth Moves, which is a rather ridiculous notion). So, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance gets to lay claim to the distinction of my first completed Wii game. How fancy!
It’s nice to finally finish another game, as it’s been almost a month since the last one. It’s also very nice to finish up a game on a home console, instead of a portable. As I’ve discussed before, my portable progress is outpacing that of the home consoles. While on first glance they look about even (5 portable games finished versus 4 homebound), those numbers are a bit misleading. I finished the first three home games (Castlevanias Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness, and Final Fantasy XII) very quickly. The Castlevanias inspired the project altogether, and so I was already a goodly way into them before I even began keeping track of all of this. For Final Fantasy XII, I had a saved game at the final dungeon, so an hour or two’s playing finished it up. Today’s completion of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was the first full-on project I tackled on a home system for this blog. Meanwhile, in portable land, only Klonoa: Empire of Dreams and Final Fantasy III were short playthroughs, and in the case of Klonoa, I still had to play through about half of the game (it’s just a very short game, making that second half a relative breeze). All of the other portable games that have been completed I had to spend significant amounts of time on.
Moving on! Work continues on Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, although I believe I’m coming up on the ending with it. My mission total is somewhere around 200 now (201, I believe), which would indicate that I’m 2/3 of the way through, but as noted before, the 300 mission total for the game includes every side quest, which I’m not going to bother with. Perhaps I’ll be able to finish it up and cross it — as well as the GBA altogether — off of my list during my flight out west tomorrow (the wife and I are heading out to Oregon and Washington to visit my brother around Seattle and attend a wedding around Portland). I haven’t yet decided which console game to play next as a follow-up to Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. I do believe it’s going to be a platformer of some sort, however… maybe Ratchet: Deadlocked, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, or Jak II. The PS2 section of the list could certainly use the trimming down!
(* – I’m not, really.)