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Happy 10th Anniversary! Tales of Symphonia

A day like today (August 29th) 10 years ago, marked the release in Japan of a little GameCube title called Tales of Symphonia and despite not getting a NA release until July 13, 2004, this marks a very special date for me, here is why:

As a kid i didn't own any game console, so i did all my gaming in the nearest arcade center or in my friend's house, so most of the games i knew where fighting games or FPS or some quirky arcade puzzles (despite my friend owning a PS1, and a lot of great games, but of course they weren't multiplayer). But then one day, after a month or so of saving from a part time job, a friend of mine and i decided to buy a Gamecube.

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So when we finally went to the store to buy it, each one got to pick one game, my friend got a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and i who have always loved anime, fell in love immediately with this box art cover:

I decided to buy it, and immediately went home to play, what follow was pure bliss

This was my first 40+ hours game, and what a ride it was: a charming (albeit a bit clichéd) cast with a great development, amazing soundtrack, impressive gameplay, and a nice story, so i ended up playing it 3 more times (in increasing difficulties), and to date, i still play it every now and then.

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Next thing i knew my library was filled with JRPGs, but of course Tales of Symphonia will always have a special place in my heart, being my first JRPG and the first console game i owned.

To celebrate Namco Bandai released a new batch of screenshots and artwork, there is a Symphonia themed dinning hall and of course a remake it's on its way, so things could not be any better

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So how did you get into gaming?, what was your first game?, do you still own it, or even better, still play it? Discuss it below

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