Mann how time flew by like no tomorrow. Just the other day I uncovered an ad in Target with a nintendo wii console package with the new "Super Mario Bros. Wii".
Ok logo seal. You got me. The video game industry as of now is dominated by the Wii. Nintendo Wii system was released back in 2006, and has since been blowing away its competition in Sony and Microsoft.
The Wii is the system that children of this generation will remember for years to come.For the people of our generation, that console was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). In the 70s and early 80s, the big man on campus in terms of console gaming was the Atari 2600.
Back when it was released, people referred to video games as a whole as “Atari.” While the system did suffer from technical issues, the games resonated with players and to this day, the system sold about 30 million units up until 2004, according to the 2004 Video Game Price Guide. It says a lot that NES, released October 18, 1985, could come out of nowhere and sell twice as many systems to this day, selling 61.78 million systems up until 2005 according to Nintendo sales numbers.
While the technical aspects of the system are equally worthy of praise, the bottom line is that the NES was a system that was easy to pick up and play, and fun enough to keep you playing. The controller was very simple.
It had five buttons: a control pad, Start, Select, A, and B. This simple control layout appealed to many people who didn’t play games much, and still appeals to people today.
While the system may have had simple controllers, the real draw of the NES was the impressive game lineup. Many games became classics that still stand among the best games of all time. My all time favorite NES game were Super Mario Bros.
The classic game that helped to make the system into what it was, and still is. I’ve probably beaten it 50 times. Every time I play it, it’s always entertaining even though it’s always the same thing. I remember my friend had a TV set up in his room with a NES hooked up to it. It was there that I experienced my first video game: Duck Hunt.
With the chunky orange NES Zapper plugged into the console and tightly gripped in my hand, I took aim at the ducks that flew onto the screen.
After the ducks fell down behind the bushes, my trusty dog companion popped up with the bird in its mouth and a big smile on his face.
Of course I cheated a couple of times to beat my high score and I know we all did. Don't tell me you never have the gun touching the monitor and trace where ever the duck go.
That moment gave me a sense of accomplishment. Minus the cheating part. I had control, and I achieved what I set out to do, and now several years later I am still a passionate gamer and proud to be one.
So I wish the NES a very happy belated 25th birthday. Through the incredibly fun and the somewhat frustrating times you know? Where you have to blow the cartridge, beat it, clean it with alchol, store it in the friedge and what not to have the game working.
You have always been great. Even after 25 years, you continue to entertain us, and here’s hoping for 25 more years of fun and entertainment and for those who haven't gotten the wii console yet, now is the best time.
~ Random Blogger
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