Developer: Nintendo EAD
Genre: Action-Adventure, Cleaning Simulator
NA Release Date: November 18, 2001
Before I got my Nintendo GameCube for Christmas in 2001, I rented the system from Blockbuster. I was enjoying the next generation of Nintendo starting with their vacuum simulator Luigi's Mansion. Everything was perfect... Well, minus that I didn't have a memory card.
It isn't the longest game, so I had already played through about two thirds of it the day I brought the system home. My dad had probably already decided on getting the console for Christmas that year, so he went out to buy a memory card. It was an incredibly generous act, but I kept playing the game while he was out shopping.
Eventually, I died to one of the later bosses. Instead of offering a continue option, the game requires you to load a save file. Whoops. My recollection of the events might be wrong, but I remember him walking in right as I died. A photo finish a few minutes too late.
I was slightly devastated, but Luigi's Mansion was fun enough that I was willing to start all over. Thanks to the help of a memory card, I ended up beating it before my rental period was over. I still have that memory card today, but it's filled with Phantasy Star Online mules.