Ahhhh the sweet red, green, and blue pixelated screens. I remember when the graphics were…lacking at best (compared to today’s gorgeous worlds, detailed objects, etc.). I remember the look and feel of many of my classic favorites – Super Mario 64 being perhaps my all-time most inspiring game. But I also remember playing on my parent’s old NES, on which Double Dragon 2 had the coolest music and epic fighting action. Me and my brother together have owned 9 of the many systems listed on the console timeline. My brother Clay had somehow gotten an original Gameboy along with a Legend of Zelda game; it was crazy to me how you could adjust the contrast and get a different image. Even more: I remember that crazy level on Super Mario World that expected you to jump over the water and dodge the crazy jumping fish. Yuck. I never beat that game. Alas, we never had many games for the NES and the SNES, however the few we did were very entertaining. On the playstation 2, I remember the first camera based game called the “eye-toy”. Goodness was it buggy and error-ridden. However, I could skate along a virtual path by moving my actual body. To me, that was mind-blowing. I loved the Gamecube and the original Pikmin game; it was an oddity, too. One of my most fond memories was me and my brother playing on our Gameboys/Gameboy advances, with a “Worm light” extension which attached to the usb-like port. This would give us light so we could play pokemon all the way to the Beach! I remembered playing on my Nintendo Ds more obscure yet fun games called Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright; I played these before I knew they were memes, etc. (I actually played them long before I even knew what a meme was, I think). On the PSP, flying game Ace Combat X was definitely addicting and my first choice; other cool games were Untold Legends, and the sequel, Untold Legends: Warriors Code.
My earliest, fondest, and possibly most influential memory is of Super Mario 64. The idea of adventure across amazingly detailed lands and waters as well as the gorgeously recorded music impacted my actions forever. Collecting all the stars was perhaps the most fun I had ever had, and it required precision, too. While the graphics look rather aged, the gameplay is still just as fun. I found that someone had made a remake of the entire game keeping only the character graphics and the movement the same – this remake is called Super Mario Star Road, and is an amazing free project. I highly recommend it for all the nostalgia and those feels, bro.
To wrap up this post, I’d like to recap.
I remember walking in the store with my brother and parents to get super smash brothers for the N64. That was far more awesome than the fake smile and half-@#$ed service I get now from gamestop; regardless, gaming continues to evolve and amaze me with its ever beautifying graphics and innovative gameplay – from Sony’s Playstation, Microsoft’s Xbox, and whatever the heck Nintendo decides to name their new