Super Mario Sunshine. Despite our shared love of the system (we spent innumerable afternoons playing Super Smash Bros. Melee with the other kids in the neighborhood), I didn’t beat Super Mario Sunshine until 2009. One day that year, I went down to the basement of our house in Pennsylvania, re-discovered the system and game, and beat it within a week. “Closing” that unfinished childhood memory was a conflicting feeling, and reminded me of all the games I had left incomplete.
I downloaded Dolphin, a Gamecube emulator, a few weeks ago. I’ve worked with emulators in the past, but most have been for Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color/Advance, and Playstation. I’m currently playing through Metroid Prime, another “unfinished chapter” of my childhood. Just booting up the game brought back a resurgence of memories: the thrill of visiting an alien world, fear of the monsters around the corner, and the excitement of taking down a tough boss. I’ll probably beat the game with 100% completion within a week, just by playing in my free time. I can’t recommend it more. The emulation software is excellent (it supports resolutions higher than the standard 480p offered by the Gamecube) and I’ve been using a USB Xbox 360 controller, which works very well. If you’re seeking a nostalgia rush, Dolphin can’t be beat.