It’s 3:00pm, you’re in grade school, and the bell just whistled sweet music to your juvenile ears. You wait for your bus number to be called, you suffer through the 1o minute ride home, and burst in to a full sprint like Carl Lewis to your TV room.
Today, you have something even more amazing than GI Joe, Duck Tales, or Saved By The Bell. Today, you could care less about Kelly Kapowski in her sexy Bayside Tigers sweatshirt. Today, the greatest thing you have ever laid eyes (or hands) on is waiting for you to stick something inside of it. Today, you have found true love: Nintendo (NES).
The adrenaline is pumping, you pop in a game, maybe blow in the bottom of it a few times, maybe stack a game on top in the console to get it to work to perfection. Take a sip of your Hi-C juice box (Ecto Cooler), a dunk of your Dunkaroos, a pinch of Big League Chew, and get the Power Glove on – it’s time for Mike Tyson’s Punchout!
If you were like me, you still remember the first time you played Super Mario Bro’s/Duck Hunt (free game that came with NES). You still remember jumping on the turtle to get 100 lives, and you still remember the code to Contra. Up,up, down, down, b, a, select and start. We had no internet to get cheat codes, yet all of us found a way. I digress.
Similar Andy and Woody’s relationship in Toy Story, we had a butt-load of fun together in our little wolfpack, but all good things come to an end. Sometimes and end can be seen as a new beginning. Thanks to the early gaming systems that I am throwing props to below, we still have incredible games to play no matter how old and lazy we are…ever play Call Of Duty? Forget about it!
Here is a timeline of my childhood:
Obviously, there were a million other great games for each system; well, maybe not Commodore 64. You can still buy all of these games and systems to relive your childhood. Thanks for joining me on my trip back in time!