Video Games

A List of 50 Fantastic Video Games According to Justin Hoenke TAKE 2

Image by Raina Telgemeier. Used with her permission because she’s really nice like that.

I first made a 50 Greatest Video Games list in November 2015 and it feels like it is time to update that. Spots 1 through 10 represent my all time Top Ten, but past that I did not have the energy to list the accordingly. All of them are great. They were so close to each other that ranking them is next to impossible.

  1. Animal Crossing New Leaf
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Ms. Pac Man
  4. Sim City (Super Nintendo version)
  5. Super Mario Bros.
  6. Super Mario Odyssey
  7. The Legend of Zelda
  8. Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  10. Kickle Cubicle
  11. Animal Crossing (Gamecube)
  12. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  13. Super Mario Maker
  14. Shining Force
  15. Shining Force II
  16. EarthBound
  17. Super Mario Bros. 3
  18. Super Mario World
  19. Super Mario 64
  20. Super Mario Sunshine
  21. Super Mario Galaxy
  22. Yoshi’s Island
  23. Donkey Kong
  24. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  25. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  26. Kirby’s Dream Land
  27. Starfox 64
  28. Super Metroid
  29. Metal Gear Solid
  30. Resident Evil 4
  31. Mario Kart 64
  32. Mario Kart 8
  33. GoldenEye 007
  34. Chrono Trigger
  35. Mega Man X
  36. Marvel VS Capcom 2
  37. Final Fantasy VII
  38. Tetris (NES version)
  39. Galaga
  40. Clash at Demonhead
  41. North VS South
  42. NHL 94-98 (Sega Genesis versions)
  43. Dragon Force
  44. Mortal Kombat II
  45. Aerobiz (Super Nintendo version)
  46. Doom
  47. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade game)
  48. Contra
  49. Oregon Trail
  50. Dig Dug

Family, Libraries, Three Things, Video Games




I like this a lot. I have long thought that libraries are all community centers that just happen to be called libraries because once upon a long ago our only function was to loan books and we’ve grown up a lot since then. Anywho: Te Takere Library is a library in New Zealand and while doing some research I noticed that their council calls them the Te Takere Community Centre and Library.


I walked by a public school today (a really great one!) and I saw about 30 kids playing at the playground. They seemed to be in very specific groups: those playing basketball, those playing on the playground equipment, and those around the teacher. They were all nicely fenced in by a giant 12 foot tall fence (I totally understand the need for this by the way) and it hit me: I wouldn’t change our lives as homeschoolers for anything in the world. I’ll eat nothing but ramen every day for the next 10-13 years of my life and be as poor as poor can be to keep this happening. I think about the past week that we had together and what we did and it makes me happy:

  • Wrote and drew a graphic novel (Finn)
  • Created his own guitar/keytar (Aero)
  • Went to swimming lessons (Finn)
  • Visited the library twice (Finn & Aero)
  • Worked on our gardens (Finn & Aero)
  • Went on some side quests in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Finn & Aero)
  • Did some dress up and role playing (Finn & Aero)
  • Read some books (Finn & Aero)

Learning happens all the time and I love being able to live a life with Haley, Finn, and Aero where we can explore this together at our own pace. There should be more freedom in our world. There should be less schedules. There should be more curiosity.



Even though we’ve really only been playing THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD (combined playtime for Justin+Haley+Finn=over 125 hours) we have been having a wonderful time with the system. First up, Zelda: the game is amazing, fun, and sparks great curiosity and exploration in all of us at the Hoenke house. Every time one of us plays it we have discussions about what we’re doing and who we’re encountering. We’re telling each other so many stories about what we find in the game and in turn we’re inspiring each other to try new things. Second, the Nintendo Switch system itself is glorious. At times it can feel a bit more delicate than previous Nintendo systems. The amazing thing about is the ability to take it from the TV to wherever you want without any interruption. While Finn and Aero were inside using the TV yesterday afternoon after being outside all morning I spent my time in a hammock outside playing Zelda. It was glorious.


I wrote two articles about the Nintendo Switch for InfoToday recently and you can read those here:

Plan a Library Game Night With Nintendo’s New Console
Attention, Libraries: It’s Time to ‘Switch’ It Up