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N. E. Yes. The best console of all time.

The other day I was talking with some friends about video games. The husband was talking about Call of Duty, or something like that. He said that he was never able to get into it, and I can completely understand that. First person shooter games have never been my strong suit. Actually, any kind of “shooter” game is pretty much a no go for me.

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The conversation moved over to VCR’s, DVD players, Blue Ray players and other consoles that could play a Blue Ray disc. I said that I would prefer to have a PlayStation 3 instead of a X-Box 360. This is just a personal preference. I’ve played the PlayStation quite a bit and I prefer the controller. The wife said she was sure her son would be extraordinarily happy if they got either the PlayStation or the X-Box. It’s easier to play well with others with a different console, and this is why they have a Wii.

I told them that with the Wii you can get on there and download original NES games to play. It’s pretty neat. I don’t have a Wii anymore, but the one I had was equipped with Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 3. These are a couple of the greatest games ever made, with The Legend of Zelda, of course, taking the top spot. The Legend of Zelda is the only game I’ve beat on the Nintendo and on my laptop. How awesome I must be to be able to say such a thing. Talking about these game got me to thinking about some things.

Link fights enemies on the overland map of Hyr...
Link fights enemies on the overland map of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda, his gaming debut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think one of the easiest ways to date someone is by their video game preferences. The NES console came out in 1985. I wasn’t old enough to play at this time, but it didn’t take long. My first memory of Super Mario Bros came in 1989, while we were living in Ardmore, OK. Our neighbor, across the street, owned one and we were allowed to come over and play every once in a while. It was the greatest thing I had ever seen. I had been used to playing Asteroid on the Atari. Can you imagine the difference, going from a joystick to a control pad. It was awesome. Not to mention all of the great games. RBI Baseball 3, Double Dribble, Super Dodge-ball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Contra, The Karate Kid, Tetris, Duck Hunt, Metroid and Excitebike, just to name a few.

After this things started to get a little too complicated. Super NES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Xbox. When the Wii came out I feel like it took things back to basics. Now sure, there are a fair share of games that I will in no way ever be able to master, but there are others that are just as simple as their ancestors. I like this. What do you think?

16 thoughts on “N. E. Yes. The best console of all time.

  1. I do like the evolution of games. Nothing like the classics, sure…but with games like Hard Rain and Half-Life, even the first person shooter can be enjoyed by those who otherwise don’t. The art, sound, and story line run along the lines of any Hollywood movie.

    1. I agree. I’ve always wanted to play the new Batman game or Assassins Creed. Those look really cool. The only problem is I wouldn’t get anything done, or at least much less than I do now.

      I really liked Tony Hawk for PlayStation, 007 and X-Men for (I can’t remember, Super NES or 64?) and Madden 95 on the Sega Genesis was always one of my favorite.

  2. I have to admit my favorite system of all time is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The SNES took everything that was good about NES games and super-sized it (pardon the silly pun). Super Mario World I and II, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Ghouls and Ghosts, Super Mario RPG, and Final Fantasy II and III are all better than their NES predecessors — and the list goes on and on. The NES has a special place in my heart, but when I want to sit down and have some fun, I usually go to the SNES.

  3. I remember when the first Nintendo came out. I loved it. And of course, I had the Atari too. Space Invaders FTW! 😉

    I know have a Wii and I have the original Super Mario. I love it! Don’t have any experience with PlayStation or XBox, though.

  4. Thanks for the ExciteBike flashback! NES was the best. The last gaming system we had as kids was the Sega Genesis, but I think Super Mario brothers 1 and 3 are the only two video games I’ve ever beaten.

  5. I understand your love for NES, but I have to disagree. They had some sweet games, but nothing beats N64. I have a great love for Wii now. And I will admit that the PlayStation consoles had some great games, but Nintendo will forever be the greatest!

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