I like to think that when it comes to video games, I was born in the perfect year. You see, when I turned 8, the Nintendo Entertainment System hit stores in North America. I was definitely the target audience the marketers had in mind. Two years prior I had gotten hooked on G.I. JOE and Transformers, this year, Nintendo owned my soul. As kids my age grew, so did the video games. 8-bit became 16-bit, then 32, 64, and so on.
Today there is an entire generation of people who were raised on Mario and Link. They in turn are now raising their children in a world where owning multiple top of the line gaming systems is almost the norm.
So it should come as no surprise that when we feel nostalgic, we think back to our favorite NES games. Personally, River City Ransom will always hold a special place in my heart. Which probably explains why I’m so fired up to see the Scott Pilgrim film.
For those not familiar with Mr. Pilgrim. The premise is simple, boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy must defeat girl’s seven evil exes to win girl’s heart. Ok, so maybe a little more complicated. What really drew me in (aside from the fact that it’s based in Toronto) was the entire series is jam-packed with NES references.
Now because I’m looking forward to the film, I decided to see what our geek tattoo galleries had in terms of 8 and 16 bit tattoos. I was not disappointed at all.
So fess up. What was your favorite Nintendo game? I know you all have played with a Nintendo at least once before.