Monday, February 27, 2006

God I Wish I was a Kid Again

Just a short post today to share a link that I love but that nobody else will probably have time for. I think that this is yet another instance of me being too hardcore for my own good, but this 20th anniversary look back at the Nintendo Entertainment System (and the acoompanying 45-minute video at the top-right of the linked page) really took me back. From blowing on cartridges to reading Nintendo Power and playing Dragon Warrior, it all triggers fond memories of my childhood. I think I'm going to go play some emulated Super Mario Bros. right now...

Fuck you too, Toad. Fuck you too.

Also: War Bears! You get to guide a team of crime-fighting bears through a puzzling bank robbery. It's a bit difficult at first, but once you get a feel for things it becomes very fun. It's a very clever game with a lot of character. I beat it for the first time just now with a score of 1350 in roughly 38 minutes.

Finally: A Microsoft portable?

5 Comments:

Blogger Darcy Cameron said...

I've never moved on. Jody and I play Mario, Mario 2, and especially Mario 3, quite often. I also have a soft spot for the Ninja Turtle games, Bart vs The Space Mutants, Bart vs The World, Tetris, Chip and Dale, and Battletoads (which I think I borrowed from you in elementary school and couldn't get past the part with those jet pack things).

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

With the exception of Bart vs The World, the games you list are all classics that I wasted lots of time playing in my youth. The fact that you have access to and regularly play a working Nintendo fills me with jealousy.

Also, the Battletoads experience you describe (incidentally, instead of borrowing it, I think you traded me Chip and Dale for it briefly) is identical to that of pretty much everyone else who played the game. The first two levels (sidescrolling and descending into a deep pit on ropes) were fun, as was the fact that you could hit the other player, and then the jet bikes look fun until you start using them and realize that it's im-fucking-possible to get past that level. I did get past it eventually, but it was hard, and there's an even harder bike level later, and then a yet harder level where you're riding a jet. That whole damn game was nigh-impossible to beat. I couldn't even beat it with a fucking Game Genie with infinite lives turned on. It was fun, though. :-) They just don't make games like that anymore.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Stefan Robak said...

Awkward use of tmesis. At first glace I thought that you where fucking possible. A challenging feat indeed.

I know what you guys mean, but ya got to move on. Still, I think companies should release games like those on the same kind of packs that they use for Atari games. Imagine having 50 classic Nintendo games on one disc. Besides, I find that Atari games, while classic, are never as fun as I remember (or if they are, the fun doesn't last too long).

Of course, I'm usually playing alone, so that might be part of it.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 1:23:00 PM  
Anonymous McAiden said...

i watched that whole video. And i hate Gamespot video feeds.

As to the part about "The Wizard" I never heard of that movie until after i played mario brothers 3. So ummm yeah.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Awkward use of tmesis.
Perhaps, but I've seen "im-fucking-possible" used in many places, so I argue that it is used commonly enough that the awkwardness of how it looks should instantly be overshadowed by recognition. Not to mention that the line-break ended up in a poor spot.

Still, I think companies should release games like those on the same kind of packs that they use for Atari games.
Bah. Those packs vary widely in quality, so there are one or two gems out there, but most of them are lacklustre emulations or remakes with poor controls and nostalgia-killing updates to gameplay and/or graphics.

Imagine having 50 classic Nintendo games on one disc.
When the Revolution hits, I hope to have many more games than that.

Besides, I find that Atari games, while classic, are never as fun as I remember (or if they are, the fun doesn't last too long).
Blasphemy!

Thursday, March 02, 2006 2:44:00 PM  

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