The Original Nintendo Entertainment System
I’m a Nintendo Girl through and through. I began playing the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System at my birth-buddy’s place. He and I were born at the same time, but his family was more affluent than mine. Thus, they got a NES, and I went to his house all the time to play. We got Super Mario Brothers to begin. Over time, more of my friends got Nintendos. I played Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Mario 2 and 3, Track & Field, Double Dragon, Mike Tyson’s Punch-out, all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games and Final Fantasy (to name a few!).
Then, one Easter it happened. The Easter Bunny left my sisters and I a Nintendo! We were enthralled. We owned games such as The Legend of Zelda, Dr. Mario, Star Tropics, Tetris, Duck Tales, and yes, a McDonald’s game called McKids.
What the hell kind of brainwashing was this?
We couldn’t get enough. We borrowed games from friends. We rented games from the video store. My babysitter brought us games like Paper Boy, Bubble Bobble, Skate or Die! and Jaws. It was a never ending gaming party. I loved it.
Of course, I played outside too. I was a healthy kid. But I was a kid born at just the right time to live through the evolution of console gaming.
Alas, Atari. I never knew you.
Although I didn’t have an Atari, my dad did. I have no recollection of playing, but I think it’s still mouldering in his basement somewhere. I hope someday to find it. But I did play through a ton of systems. Of course, as I said, I’m a Nintendo girl, so I owned the Nintendo iterations and played on my friends’ Sega and Sony systems. The only time I folded and bought a Sega of my own, it was the Sega Game Gear. Not a smart move. I totally should have gone for the GameBoy.
In the future, I may go into more detail on the myriad of systems I have played, but I felt it best to start with my 8-bit baby.
Did you play NES back in the day? What was your favourite game?