Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nintendo Entertainment System In The A TO Z Challenge
Ah video games, I don't care who you are you have to love at least one of them. Pong, Adventure, whatever your favorite is there is one thing that goes unnoticed. Yes, Atari and Collecovison paved the way for console video game systems but there is one that busted out and stayed strong...Nintendo.
The Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboys, DS, we got it. I'm kind of a nerd like that.
But let's focus on the NES today. I tried telling the Minions that the games were way harder than the games they play now. They didn't believe it so I proved it to them. My original NES is long gone...a story for another time, so I ended up buying a "new" NES from one of my favorite nerd spots Never Grow Up. Mint condition and works perfectly I went home and plugged it in.
I played the typical Super Mario Bros., Excitebike, Tetris games and then let the Minions try them. I got the "This is easy Dad." comments all day long and then it was time for dinner.
"OK guys, pause the game and come to dinner."
"Let me save it."
"Save it? You silly little bastard, there is no saving the game." (No I didn't call the Minions bastards).
I explained to them that "back in my day" the games didn't save, if you wanted to attempt to beat a game you had to A. block out 10-12 hours or B. pause the game and shut the TV off and pray to God that your Dad didn't turn if off and watch 60 Minutes.
There was one direction you could go...to the right. There was no going back if you missed the 1UP or the growth mushroom. You were fucked. It sunk in and they finally agreed that the video games I grew up with were harder to play than the ones now.
Oh, one last thing...it's Princess Toadstool NOT Princess Peach. Deal with it.