Welcome to a new set of features being rolled out through October. In this series, the guys will be looking back at something from the gaming industry, anything at all, that adds nostalgic value with good memories. We have all had amazing experiences with games, odd experiences too, and some of them are just truly worth talking about. Here’s the first of said features:
You always remember your first time, or so the saying goes. Usually it’s related to *specific* activities, but it can be related to any experience that left a mark on your life, and in this case I am referring to the first console you ever got. Now for some, this might be as a child when your parents decided it was time to thrust you into the gaming world (probably because your father wanted to play), for others it’s later in life when you stumble upon a console and decide you might as well give it a go. For most, you will remember the time, place and feeling.
For me, it was back when I was at the young age of 5 (it’s a long, LONG time ago). I remember it vividly as my parents brought the NES (Golden China to be exact – it was a different time) home for me and my sister to play. With our birthdays just a few days apart it was a combined gift and came included with the one and only, Super Mario Bros.
I remember unwrapping it and getting my father to put it on the TV. After some fine tuning it was ready to go and my sister and I set up camp for the evening. I was forced to be second player, being the younger sibling, and I remember hoping for my sister to fall through one of the gaps so that I could have my turn. Control in hand, an Italian plumber at the ready, and the now instantly recognisable music in the background, I was prepared for the awesomeness. A gamer was born that day.
I recall waking up early every morning to play on my new console and learn the Mario ropes so that I could *clock* the game, or so my father put it. It was a largely different experience to playing Space Invaders or Pong on his Atari. This was MY console, not something he let me hold the control of, or help him push buttons now and then. The NES was mine, Mario was mine and it is something I will never forget.
I remember the circumstances of every single console I have bought, from the Golden China and SEGA to the PS1 and Xbox 360, and of course the more recent consoles. Each one has a special place in my memory, but none will ever match that experience of getting my very first console and the Mario game. I will forever love the NES and its offering for what it brought to me at the time, and for getting me into an industry that I still love to this day.
Not so coincidentally, I have just ordered a console for my son. He is 4.5 years old and is starting to be more interested in gaming, nagging me to play Mario Kart on the Wii U almost daily. It seems only fitting that his first console will be a Nintendo product too. He insisted that we get the Nintendo Switch, the Grey one and I cannot wait for the day that he opens it up and starts playing. Hopefully a memory that will stay with him, as long as it has stayed with me.
Do you remember your first console? Let us know about it in the comments.
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