Marie Kondo would not like me.

Admittedly, my knowledge of the Japanese clean-up guru comes solely from cultural knowledge; I have not watched her Netflix series or read her books. Still, when Victoria suggested we use the KonMari Method on our gaming collection, I knew what that meant -- stripping down our list of games to the bare essentials, keeping only the ones that "spark joy".

I even got aggressive with it. Marie Kondo supposedly keeps only 30 books. Thirty is too many, I said, brashly. How about we make it a challenge? Let's make it... ten.

SPOILER ALERT: My list has more than ten games. Like, significantly more.

The problem is that I like... stuff. If everything sparks joy, how can I throw anything away?

You can listen to the podcast here, or in the links below, to hear how we justified ourselves. I've also appended our lists to the bottom of the page.

Think I'm ridiculous? Or do you understand my plight? You can reach out to me on Twitter here, or Victoria here.

Click the below links to listen to us on:






To keep

  • Grand Theft Auto IV (nostalgia, replay factor)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (online play keeps it going)
  • Minecraft
  • Puzzle Fighter
  • Dr Mario
  • Skyrim
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Rock Band/Guitar Hero
  • Worms
  • Theme Hospital

To keep

  • Kirby’s Dream Land (because KIRBY)
  • Super Mario Land (for the music?)
  • Saints Row The Third (for pure escapism)
  • Sims (all of them, plus expansion packs)
  • Sim City 2000 (and 3000?)


Multiplayer classics
Things I can and will play with my friends today

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
  • Towerfall (PlayStation 4)
  • Micro Machines V3 (PlayStation)
  • Moto Roader (PC Engine)

I will never stop playing this game
I don’t need to explain this do I?

  • Pokémon Go (iOS)

Games that spark joy
I can always replay these games; something about them makes me happy

  • Super Mario Bros. (Famicom)
  • Super Mario World (Super Famicom)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (Xbox 360)
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
  • SimCity 2000 (Macintosh)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PlayStation 2)
  • Skyrim (Nintendo Switch)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

Games I tell myself I will keep to replay, even though I know I won’t
But I can’t bear to throw them away...

  • Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4)
  • Mass Effect 1 (Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)

Snowflake games
No, not cuz they’re sensitive, but because we won’t see the likes of them again

  • 24: The Game (PlayStation 2)
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (Macintosh)
  • Split/Second (Xbox 360)
  • Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo DS)

Games I keep because they are set in Hong Kong
I love my home town, fork off

  • Sleeping Dogs (PlayStation 4)
  • Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox)
  • Stranglehold (Xbox 360)

It belongs in a museum!
I’m a hoarder, deal with it Marie Kondo

  • GoldenEye 007 (N64)
  • Pokémon Red (Game Boy)
  • Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive)
  • Steins;Gate (PlayStation Vita)
  • GTA: Liberty City Stories (PlayStation Portable)
  • Uncharted 2 (PlayStation 3)
  • Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast)

(Victoria figured it out: This apparently random collection of games is in fact an attempt by me to keep as many consoles as possible.)