I love side scrolling games. I’ve played them for what seems like forever. In fact, some of my fondest childhood memories was of me playing Duke Nukem in my parent’s basement. My brother and I each had our own computers (Nerds 4 Life) and we would play for hours yelling with joy and (often) frustration into our screens. Breaks would consist of pow wow’s – huddling together to figure out how to get past certain enemies while listening to Kris Kross. <– they make you wanna jump, jump!
I tried first person shoot em’s but Wolfenstein scared me silly. I had to play with the lights on, contrast on high, sound on medium and I ILM’d the crap outta my keyboard. (n00b translation of ILM: would give you full life, all guns, full ammo) Sidenote: I did learn a few valuable lessons like what “mein leben” means! It means “my life”. Thanks mom for always trying to teach me something! See? Gaming is educational AND fun!
I ❤ Mario
But Mario has always held a soft spot in my heart.
My parents came to this country with very little in terms of worldly possessions. My dad worked in the computer industry so we always had a few in my place but we never had a Nintendo. Maybe we didn’t have the money or maybe he just didn’t want a gaming console in our house. Who knows? One of our cousins had a Nintendo system so when we came to visit we’d beg her to play 2 games: Duck Hunt and Mario.
And oh the adventures Mario and I would go on! The enemies we’d pounce. The grass we’d run through. The princess we’d save…over and over again. I mean what the hell Peach! Hire some security or something! Sheesh! Honestly…that girl needs some self-defense classes or a taser.
Mario goes Wii
When I heard The New Super Mario Bro’s was coming to Wii I freaked! I took my siblings to 2 EB games, 1 Wal-Mart, 1 Toys R Us, 1 FutureShop and a few other random stores to hunt the game down! (Erm…did I also mention these were the only Wal-Marts, Toys R Us’ and FutureShops in our town? AND it was over Christmas so it was hella busy in our one and only mall.)
Alas, all that effort to no avail. But I wanted to play it so badly that my brother managed borrowed it from his good friend Frank (Thanks Frank!!!) and oh how we played! But Christmas break was so short! There wasn’t enough time! We had only begun to chip away at the conniving evil that was Bowser.
I have returned home 3 times since Christmas holidays and each time my sister and I set aside some time to bond over Mario. It was awesome to play together as both Mario and Luigi as now we can both be on-screen at once. <— Dear Nintendo, the bubble idea is pure genius!!
After Lord only knows how many hours, we are victorious!!! We finished all the worlds, got all the coins in every level of every world, unlocked the secret world, got all those coins too, went to all the mushroom houses, unlocked and used every warp pipe/canon, and found and completed all the alternate endings.
In summary, we pwnd!
And all I got for my efforts was 5 bombass shiny stars on my file and this dorkalicious screenshot:
Totally worth it. 🙂
What’s your gaming story? Were you some of the lucky few with Nintendo’s? Did you play pc games? What was your favourite game?
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