Here's a nice little pyramid graph of all the first time beaten games of 2018:
As for my retro game of the year? Wow, this was a tough one because I finally finished off a ton of childhood games. And a lot of them gave me fits of rage as a small kid. From Operation C, Festers' Quest, Wizards & Warriors III...but I think above all of them the winner is....
Retro Game of the year for 2018 goes to a game I first played in 1995. The Castlevania Advenutre was lent out to me by my childhood friend Gerry Grisson. I remember trying so hard to beat that game and could never do it. This was a favorite of mine when Matt and I would visit our Memere and Pepere in Grande Point, we would play until the batteries were dead....then we would have nothing but the TV to watch. lol.
Upwards and onwards to 2019!
Beat Shao Khan on my last continue! Waaaaay better than Mortal Kombat 1, almost night and day really. They did a wonderful port of this sequel for sure.
Here's another great game, while not as good as the NES version, this one still rocks. Surprisingly difficult too! A great addition for anyone's Game Boy library. ***1/2 stars.
Another Gameboy game I finished on my 3DS! Another game by Jaleco, and I give them props, they try new things with their GB games. I think the "possession" gimmick of the game is fun, but a pretty frustrating experience. Oh apparently this game is rare and expensive.... **1/2
Great game and highly addictive! 24 stages in total before it loops, so lots of fun to be had here! ***1/2
DOULE DRAGON RELOADED: its a hack of double dragon 1 and 2 arcade, but its amazing! So I'm counting it here because it's just that GOOD. ****1/2
Rocket Knight Adventure
Spiderman vs Kingpin
Sonic & Knuckles (retro game of the year candidate!)
Gradius 3 (1CC!)
Captain America and the Avengers (nes)
Mega Man 11
The Magic of Sheherazade
Wolverine (beat it twice in a row!)
In Your Face (gameboy version of HOOPS, and...it's a ton of fun!)
Adventure Island II (finally defeated this game, 27 years in the making!)
Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium
Dick Tracy (Gameboy)
Super Fire Pro Wrestling
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2
The Ninja Warriors
Blades of Steel (gameboy version beaten on hardest difficulty)
NBA All Star Challenge 2 (Gameboy, hardest difficulties all modes beat, the best basketball game/one on one basketball game on the handheld)
Double Dribble 5 on 5 (Gameboy game beaten on the hardest difficulty setting, best team basketball game)
Castlevania Dracula X (got the best ending and this game is probably the toughest game in the series)