Although The Cave has around 250 games across 10 systems, it’s not uncommon to hear one of us say “there’s nothing to play.” It’s a strange phenomenon that I believe is brought on by simply having too large of a library to choose from. To ease this exhaustion, we periodically buy a new game or two. Since we have mostly legacy systems, these games tend to be relatively inexpensive.
Recently, I ordered Super Monkey Ball 2 for Gamecube as a response to my copy of Super Monkey Ball 1 being completely scratched and unreadable, and it’s become a big hit with everyone at The Cave. It’s great for challenging yourself to complete solo levels as fast as possible, or for cramming everyone on the couch for some 4-player party games. It’s a game that’s as frustrating as it is rewarding.
In a time not so far away, Super Monkey Ball 2’s case will be put on the shelf, and the fatique of “there’s nothing to play” will set in once more. The beauty of having older game systems is that there is such a large catalog of older games that none of us have played, so we are able to experience games that are sometimes decades old as completely new experiences. It’s not necessarily a case of “in with the new” as much as it is “in with the newer.”