Christmas Eve 2008, just before my sister and I headed to the midnight church service, we had a cracking time playing--of all things--Snowboard Kids
for the N64. We didn't get that game for any Christmas--I think we got it in the spring/summer of 1999--but it was enchanting playing on the starlit Night Highway, with that beautifully serene yet spooky bit of music chiming away in the background. The wistful whines of the MIDI soundtrack and the snowy darkness of the stage really captured the feel of the deep blackness outside, and its inherent peacefulness.
My sister was 17, so she was long beyond wanting to play video-games with me any more, but she was adamant that we not leave until she gained first-place on that stage in the single-player campaign.
That was a quaint time--a genuinely warming experience that, despite not enjoying the grandeur and majesty of a childhood Christmas experience, was the best way I could imagine spending the night. I hope that something comparably homely and memorable happens this year.
And also, strangely, Starfox Adventures, although that's a craving I'll probably never succumb too.
Ah, that's a good one--I remember getting Star Fox Adventures for the Christmas of 2002, and I absolutely adored it. I was completely enraptured by the visual splendour of the game, and I recall stumbling upon the Moon Mountain Pass on Christmas Day. The eeriness of the music, coupled with the cosmic environment, enabled the area to feel pleasingly ethereal and mysterious--vibes which I always feel are so much more pronounced on occasions like Christmas. It was the fact, too, that I couldn't do anything there yet; it was one of those Zelda-esque moments where you reach an area, but lack the needed tools.