G is for Gaming (NES FTW!)

As is true for almost any kid raised in the 1980s, I had a Nintendo (also known as the NES). And, after having a Sega Gensis, Nintendo 64, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One* and now a PS4, I still maintain that the NES was the best gaming system EVER.

Want to know one difference between my Nintendo and all of the other systems I’ve purchased (excluding the Xbox One and PS4, since those are recent purchases)?

It still works.

It looks like this now:

Yep, that’s Super Mario Bros. in there. And yep, those are my PJs.

And here’s the rest of the system, which has been hanging out in a Walmart bag since I still have a little work to do to finish fixing it up.

It might look rough, but the damn thing works, even if it’s only for 15 minutes before the screen starts flickering. There is one part that I still need to work on, but me and procrastination are besties and I’m not accustomed to more than 15 minutes of pleasure at once anyway, so it’ll do. Regardless, the system is 25 years old (probably older than some of you reading this) and I can play on it.

So suck it, recent game systems. You things are good for 2-4 years if I’m lucky (and no, we don’t play dodgeball with our game systems). You guys overheat, won’t turn on, get red rings of death, won’t always accept my cheat codes, and really over complicate the hell out of the whole experience. You’re high maintenance.

The NES is low maintenance. Throughout the years that I had this system and shared it with my siblings, this thing has been beaten, blown in, had one of the controller cords chewed in half (my sister apparently thought she was a dog when she was 6), have had stuff thrown at it, and it’s still alive and kicking today.


Here are the games I have now:

Rocketeer, Mike Tyson Punch Out, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Tetris, Jackle, Baseball, Double Dribble, Paperboy, Super Mario 3, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sadly, I’m missing Zelda, the greatest NES game of all time. But I do have some other cool titles, at least!

How many of you played the NES as kids, teens, adults, whatever? What were your favorite games? Feel free to go all old school and talk about the Atari or Odyssey. 

*No, I’m not an adult brat who gets all the new game systems. I got the Xbox One at Christmas, absolutely hated it, sold it, and replaced it with the PS4, which is AMAZING. If you have a PS4 and want to play online, shoot me a message.


14 thoughts on “G is for Gaming (NES FTW!)

  1. My older brother loved playing games, so I grew up with it. Atari, I haven’t heard that word in years, even here in Japan! How nostalgic πŸ™‚ My husband likes games too, and while I don’t play them myself, I’m a good ‘side-seat gamer’ πŸ˜€

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    • Anxious Mom says:

      Haha! There has been a new Atari released here with a ton of the old games on it. I never played Atari, but thought that was pretty cool!


  2. Thanks for showcasing one of the greatest systems! My sisters & I still have ours as well as the SNES and the other consoles beyond. We’re too nostalgic to sell them, especially since they still work! πŸ™‚

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  3. I had a ColecoVision way back. But we played it on a tiny black and white tv. Donkey Kong and Zaxxon were my favourites. Have you seen the documentary “King of Kong”? It is fantastic. I will be getting the PS4 as soon as I finish up the backlog of games I have on my PS3.

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  4. NotAPunkRocker says:

    We went from Intellivision to Atari to NES. Now we have a Wii U (Mario Kart 8, people!) and PS4. M took the xBox 360 when he moved; good riddance. πŸ™‚

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    • Anxious Mom says:

      Yessss! I never liked the other versions on the other systems too much, but NES was amazing. I got my first crush on Link (watched the show too).

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