First console game you bought

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#1 Posted by BarbaricAvatar (977 posts) -

Lots and lots of "First video game" threads, but what i'm interested to know is what the first game you paid for with your own money is.

And must be a console game which excludes PC, Amiga, Amstrad, Spectrum, BBC. Basically anything that shipped with a keyboard doesn't count.

If you want include what you thought of it then, why you bought it (if you can remember) and what you think of it now. And if you've still got it.


My first:


Need for Speed 2 - PS1

Had read numerous praising reviews of NFS1 on the 3DO but didn't really fancy having that console. NFS2 basically influenced me to buy a Playstation. It was new out when i saw it in a shop (1997), i wanted it, so bought a PS1 with it to play it on.

I really enjoyed it at first, of course being my only game (aside from the demo disc that came with the console) i played it often. Other games joined the collection over the months but it remained my favourite driving game. Then Gran Turismo 1 came out in '98 and made NFS2's flaws glaring.


Always kept it for prosperity, still got it now. Played it a couple of weeks ago and it's better than i remember. Obviously completely outclassed in every respect nowadays, but still enjoyable.


What are yours?

#2 Posted by jdc6305 (3967 posts) -

First game I paid for was Zelda on the NES. At the time there were only a handful of launch titles. I didn't know what to get so I bought the gold game. I was only 10 years old. It took me months to figure out how to get past the first boss.

#3 Posted by nintendoboy16 (27661 posts) -

That would be this:

Donkey Kong 64

#4 Posted by Masenkoe (4888 posts) -

You know... I sadly do not remember.

#5 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

I could be mistaken, but I believe it was this:


#6 Posted by gunslinger024 (252 posts) -
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2
#7 Posted by Dudersaper (32950 posts) -
I think it was Tomb Raider The Last Revelation
#8 Posted by zyphyr2k12 (277 posts) -

Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt, well they came with the system but still.

#9 Posted by Blueresident87 (5340 posts) -

The first game that I bought with my own money was The Legend of Zelda for the NES.

#10 Posted by gangstafc (228 posts) -

mine was gta san andreas that i brought my self with my own money

#11 Posted by MonsieurX (31364 posts) -
Super Mario All-Star
#12 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

I dont really remember what my first console game was that I bought myself but I know I bought most of my SNES games from the downtown video rental store. The games that I bought from the video rental store they were on sale at 10 bucks all the time so I used my lawnmowing money and report card grades money to buy SNES games such as Zelda Link to the Past, X-Men Mutant Apocalypse, Super Mario RPG, Eye of the Beholder, Jurassic Park and Judge Dredd.

#13 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

Super Mario Brothers 2. I forget the exact circumstance but I was beyond excited at the time. That was when was about seven and I probably only bought a small handful of games for myself between then and when I got a job about ten years later.

#14 Posted by MJS88 (60 posts) -

Damn what was it with Nintendo calling everything 'Pak' on the N64? :).

Hmmm I think the first game I bought for myself was WWF Attitude on PS1. Either that or Tony Hawk 2.

I remember it feeling so much better saving my own pocket money to buy a game.

One of the sad things that I loved most (which I still love now) is the smell of the instruction booklet. Peel off the wrapping, smell the inside of the case then fan yourself with the instruction book. Nothing smells better than 'new game manual'.

#15 Posted by Kage1 (6762 posts) -

Actually it was 2 games I bought at the same time

Gradius and Alpha Mission for the nes.

#16 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

I thought it was great and wonderful back then in the mid 1990s that I was able to buy some SNES games cheaper at the video rental store for 10-12 bucks real cheap than spending 20-25 bucks on a brand new SNES game at a Kmart store back then

#17 Posted by my_name_is_ron (5549 posts) -
Populous for the master system. I hated it.
#18 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

can't remember the first console game, but the first game I bought (ie , one that wasn't already installed on the PC) , was probably Warcraft 1, I actually wanted to get Warcraft 2 (which was just out at the time) , but since it was out of stock, I got the original instead.

although that wasn't the first game I played obviously, there were plenty of older DOS games on the PC which I played, though they were installed by someone else, usually my father or uncle.

#19 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I don't remember what game it was, it was soooo long ago. I do remember the first console we owned was an Atari 2600, which I'd get bored with pretty quickly. Then we got our NES and I was hooked. Super Mario Bros. being the game that I first really got into, then The Legend of Zelda and TMNT after that.

The first console I got myself was my SNES, which I traded many NES games towards to get.

#20 Posted by Amster_G (4290 posts) -

Honestly, I think it was the Xbox 360.

The NES was always in the house. It must've been my brother's because it's been around since I can remember. Some years later, my brother got a PlayStation. Over time, he stopped using it and I eventually took it over. The PlayStation 2 was a gift so that doesn't count either. The first console I ever purchased with my own money would've been an Xbox 360.

(And that's the first console paid with my own money. I've own multiple PlayStation 2 systems. For instance, when the slim models came out. Those I paid myself. Technically I already owned a PS2 so... does that make sense?)

#21 Posted by Dudersaper (32950 posts) -
Populous for the master system. I hated it.my_name_is_ron
God, must be horrible when the first game you purchase with you own money ends up being bad :P
#22 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7552 posts) -


I think this was the first game I chose.

I remember back when retailers like Bestbuy would litter the store with games with a plain hard casing as security. Its not like now where is only an empty box. I also loved the Toys R us slip pick up.

#23 Posted by mariokart64fan (19624 posts) -

with my own money -- my parents gave me money for birthday of 94 , we had at the time a nes and a snes , nes was already packed with alot of games at the time-say 100 before we then sold it-later after ,

but any way- me and my sister was able to pick 2 games each , she picked ren and stimpy big buckaroos and tom and jerry i picked top gear and super mario kart- we already had all stars zelda and mario world at the time ,

#24 Posted by Seabas989 (10758 posts) -

I believe it was this:


and this:


MKT was $9.99 new and FFVII was $14.99 new back in 2004.

I was gonna say FFIX initially but then I remembered that my Dad helped me buy it.

#25 Posted by d_parker (1724 posts) -

Smurf Rescue in Gargamel's Castle for the ColecoVision was the first for me. Donkey Kong came with the system.

At the time I thought it was pretty sweet. Still like to play it every now and then.


#26 Posted by Jag85 (5055 posts) -

The first game I remember buying with my own money was Final Fantasy VII back in 1997. Before that, I used to rely on family members to buy the games I play, but FF VII was the first game I used my own savings to buy. I remember selling my lunch tokens at school for a month, in addition to saving up any pocket money I get, to save up £45 (equivalent to over $70) in order to buy that game on release day. I'm just glad FF VII was well worth all the investment.

#27 Posted by M3tr4nk0 (889 posts) -

Can't remember exactly, probably some PS1 game. Driver, maybe... I don't know.

#28 Posted by SonOfChewbacca (653 posts) -

My memory isn't too sharp anymore, but I think the first game I bought was Crash Bandicoot after Christmas in 1997.

#30 Posted by LordBrew (269 posts) -

Wow, this is a tricky one to remember! I know the first PC game that I bought was this:


But the first console game? I think it was this:


#31 Posted by rilpas (8161 posts) -
I think it was Kirby 2 for the gameboy
#32 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="my_name_is_ron"]Populous for the master system. I hated it.Dudersaper
God, must be horrible when the first game you purchase with you own money ends up being bad :P

Glad to see he carried on and still became a gamer! :D I could easily see someone else just deciding that video games suck and getting into another hobby with an experience like that.

#33 Posted by MonsieurX (31364 posts) -

Smurf Rescue in Gargamel's Castle for the ColecoVision was the first for me. Donkey Kong came with the system.

At the time I thought it was pretty sweet. Still like to play it every now and then.


#34 Posted by roboccs (7273 posts) -
Fun topic. I got the NES that came with the Power Pad and a cartridge that included Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, and World Class Track Meet as a gift. At the same time I got Ice Hockey as a gift. A few weeks later I bought Bases Loaded with my own money... Great memories.
#35 Posted by dagreenfish (1817 posts) -

First game I bought with my own money was Chrystalis on the NES.

#36 Posted by MataC (88 posts) -



#37 Posted by TommyBarban (653 posts) -

Haha, cool to see all these old school game covers :)

This was my first buy on a console,

Wolfenstein 3D

#38 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (8083 posts) -
Super Mario RPG, I believe with birthday money. First game I bought with money I earned from working I think was Dragon Quest VIII.
#39 Posted by DreamStation360 (33 posts) -

Bought for me: Mortal Kombat II, Street Fighter 2: Chamiponship Edition, and Alien 3 for the Genesis. My brother and I got our Genesis and those three games for Christmas one year.

Bought myself: Zone of the Enders.

#41 Posted by Megavideogamer (5496 posts) -

With my own money the first console game I bought was "Keith Courage in Alpha Zones" which was the turbographx 16 pack in game.

#42 Posted by Branmuffin316 (1203 posts) -

The first game I remember getting that was mine (played all of my brothers games) was either Super Smash Bros or PokeMon Stadium on N64.

#43 Posted by PresidentKing (215 posts) -
I brought Utopia and Megaman 1 at the same time I believe. Megaman 1 being my first NES games, and that game was terrible.
#44 Posted by JDWolfie (1887 posts) -

Hahaha, I'm just kidding about this first one. I think it was actually this however; I might have split the money with my brother. Not sure.

#45 Posted by PetJel (3724 posts) -

With my genesis I never bought a game from the store, but only second hand games. I might have bought some new GameBoy or Game Boy Color games, though most if not all of them were presents from my parents or bought second hand instead of new. First 'new' game I bought then was either Croc Legend of the Gobbo's or V-Rally. One of these came with my PS1 when I bought it from the store, the other I bought with it. I think V-Rally was the one that came with the console actually. So it would be Croc.

#46 Posted by Stinger78 (5826 posts) -
Well, first console I bought was the NES and it came with Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt. After that, I don't remember exactly. It could have been Blaster Master, or maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
#47 Posted by Eduspcloud (118 posts) -

SNES with F-Zero. Great memories.

#48 Posted by Swanogt19 (24159 posts) -
Man I don't remember. Maybe Vectorman 2
#49 Posted by Uloset (178 posts) -

I think is was 720 Degrees for the NES...what a crappy game. I'd played the arcade version and like a stupid kid I still didn't get the whole NES games are nothing like their arcade counterparts. Though Double Dragon NES is still the game that really scarred my memory as being nothing like the Arcade.

#50 Posted by da_chub (3063 posts) -
my parents got us a NES and SNES. But i was 16 when i got my N64 with my own money. Best investment into a video game system i ever made. i still have it hooked up with 9 games and 5 working controllers.