Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Early Memories of Gaming pt. 2

The very first console game I played growing up was Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. My parents (especially my dad) were really into technology and were interested in the early forms of the internet and gaming consoles. They managed to buy a NES for themselves and fell in LOVE with it. I remember them telling me how they would fight over who's turn it would be and what game they played. Eventually I got old enough to sort of understand the game and the controller, so I started playing (when my parents gave me a turn that is).

(The Title Screen of my favorite game)

If you've ever played any of the Mario games, you'll know that they all have secrets in them. Sometimes hidden 1-UPs, sometimes hidden levels or other items. Super Mario Bros. 3 was no exception. I was mystified by how many secrets my parents knew about the game and I felt so cool knowing them. It turns out that my parents would actually discuss Mario secrets with some of their adult friends and some of the neighbors. The biggest secret of them all, of course, was the Flute. These flutes could let you warp ahead to the other zones...and if you got 2 flutes, you could go straight to World 8!

(The Warp Zone after using a flute)

(The start of World 8)


I would always get through World 1 while gathering the two flutes and then warp straight to World 8 and feel like a total baller even though I could never get past the World 8 levels. Nowadays, I have Super Mario Bros. 3 on my Wii Virtual Console and occasionally speed-run through it in about half an hour. Super Mario Bros. 3 was my first and still my favorite video game of all time.

17 comments:

  1. I love nostalgic gaming blogs like yours man. Keep it up.

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  2. Super Mario seies still remains to be my favorite. Not the new shitty games, from Gameboy to N64 are my favorite. My absolute favorite was Super Mario world for SNES.

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  3. Wow so nostalgic! I miss games like this.

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  4. old school =D

    cool ass post, thanks for popping by <3

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  5. Me and my dad used to play all the Mario/Donkey Kong games together. So much fun. So many good memories.

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  6. Nostalgia hitting in. Seriously though, I still remember when I was four years old playing this with my brother. And then when I finally beat it....victory. Greatest feeling ever.

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  7. nostalgia'ed hard here, awesome post- supporting

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  8. top 5 all time definitely- new super mario bros wii is almost as good as this game if you have someone to play with

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  9. Very nostalgic, for me the greatest era of gaming began with the playstation, but I always appreciated earlier games like Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG

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  10. I still remember the first time I played this game

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