I’ve been gaming for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to be a kid during the beginning of the NES revolution, a revolution that we owe to Hiroshi Yamauchi, former President of Nintendo, who died yesterday. Yamauchi is largely responsible for turning Nintendo from a card-game company into the video game giant it is today, thanks to the NES, the brainchild of Yamauchi. He didn’t design games himself, but he was instrumental in crafting what would eventually become the NES.
As sad as it is that Yamauchi is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through the NES and all the great games and memories associated with it. I got my NES when I was 5 years old. I didn’t even know what it was, it just appeared one day, a gift from my mom to my brother and myself. Playing through Super Mario Bros, finding the warp zones, wondering how many damn levels there were in the game…it was a blast. I remember using the Power Pad to play Track & Field and losing to Cheetah over and over until finally resorting to pounding the pad with my fists instead of running on it like we are supposed to. Cheetah went down and my hands ached, but damn it, I won.
That was just the start of what became a love affair that spanned years. Discovering how awesome a game based on Ducktales could be, getting scared from roaming the graveyard in The Legend of Zelda, having no clue where to go in Metroid and trying not to destroy my controller while playing Mega Man, it was a fantastic first console. But the memory that stands out the most is likely no surprise to those of you who know me: playing my very first Final Fantasy. From the moment I got to choose exactly what class my party members could be, I was hooked. And have been ever since.
What are your favorite NES memories? If you are too young, have you played any NES games? If so, what was your impression?