It’s hard to believe that I barely ever find myself playing video games now, especially considering how much enjoyment I used to get from them. Over the course of time I had a good number of systems, starting with Nintendo, then Sega and after that several versions of PlayStation. Each was a little bit better than the next, but truth be told, I would rather go back to Nintendo from the current state of technology then any of the others.
Maybe original Nintendo (NES) just holds a dear spot in my heart because it was the first game I could play on the TV, or maybe it just was the shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. I’m going with the latter.
I can honestly say that some of my favorite memories come from the times where my whole family got together and played Nintendo together. I can also say that I don’t miss having one TV in the house and needing to make sure no one else wanted to watch it if I wanted to play video games.
So where is all of this coming from?
Well last night while cleaning up some old shelves, I stumbled on all of my families old Nintendo games. And because of that, here’s a throwback on a Wednesday.
The original football game! All I remember was picking the lions and abusing the other teams with Barry Sanders. All you had to do was run side to side and everyone would miss you.
This was a legendary game. Suck that Madden.
Blades of Steel
I won’t even lie, this game really wasn’t that good at all. As a hockey fan though, you had to love it, so I did and played the shit out of it.
The one thing I would love to see is a professional hockey team do the Blades of Steel celebration after a goal. It’s right around the :50 second mark if you don’t feel like watching the whole video.
I don’t remember that much about this game, except you could hook up your car and buy new ones if you won enough races. Turning was impossible and there were two power-ups that stick in my head — the oil spot and the arrow that made your car speed up.
O yea, greatest opening music ever.
Pitching in this game was awesome. Also worth remembering is that if you brought in a reliever who pitched side arm, the other player was fucked, FUCKED.
How much can you really do with a bowling game? Not much. In fact, this game probably had just as many options as any bowling game now.
I wouldn’t put this on my favorites list if not for the amount of fun my family used to have competing with each other. Also you can’t really beat a game that only requires two button clicks. Simple is better sometimes.
Track and Field 2
Apparently coming up with a clever name was not one of the priorities when Nintendo put out Track and Field 2. All in all this game was okay, but the best part was if you did well enough in the three game tournament — jousting, swimming and track? — you unlocked a special paragliding level. I barely ever made it there (insert the look of lifelong disappointment).
The gold game. The original Zelda is a classic and still tops some of the games that hit the market today. I never beat the entire thing and probably never will.
The most annoying part I can remember was getting hit right after you filled all of your hearts up and losing the ability for your sword to shoot. I’m getting pissed just thinking about it.
I don’t know how many other people even know about this game, but it was addicting and impossible. I don’t know how far I made it or if there is even an end, but I know I usually spent hours trying to accomplish some stupid task that lead to more stupid tasks.
This was easily the hardest Nintendo game I ever played. Maybe the hardest game ever.
There’s also non-stop looping music that varies by where you are on the map. It’ll drive you mad.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Sure I had the original Super Mario Bros — the one that came with Duck Hunt — but this one shit on that one. This may be the best Super Mario Bros to ever come out. Am I biased on this opinion, yes. Does it make sense to be based on this being a Nintendo article, yes. Deal with it.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This another incredibly hard game, especially the level where you’re underwater and you need to pass all of those electrical force-fields while turning off the dynamite. If you ever played the game you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The best part about this game was when you get the van and you can drive around the city. If you never got there, step your shit up.
It was mandatory that you played this game with two people. If you played by yourself you would be fine for a while but as you progressed you were pretty much fucked.
Countless hours were wasted playing this. Some of those hours were spent fighting over who keeps taking the power-ups that got shot out by the items or people we blew up. Good times.