The NES was the first gaming console that I really knew what I was doing compared to the Atari 2600. I got the NES when I was seven or eight for a Christmas present. It was for both my sister and I but I pretty much took it over.
Some of my favorite memories take place playing with others. My older cousins had the NES before I did and we would visit their house on Sunday. We would just take over the tv trying to get past level two of Ninja Gaiden before watching Sunday NIght Mania.
Another memory is that my local mall had a Nintendo kiosk where they had every game available to play on four TVs on either side. The best part was that there was no time limit to play as many games as a kid wanted. My mom would just drop me off, do her shopping and get me when she was done. I’m not sure if all malls had this, but, I’m glad mine did.
My favorite games are just the ones I remember having a blast playing and stand out to me even now. The games where I think fondly of the memories and also makes me want to find an NES to play them again. 🙂
Solomon’s Key: I played this so much. I really enjoyed the puzzles and the fact that you had to use strategy to find the key or fairy. I would make it pretty far, but, never came close to beating it. It was hours of fun making blocks appear and trying to outweigh the monsters.
Rygar: Was one of the most challenging games I ever played. It was the first game where my cousin Ryan and I devoted an entire weekend to beat the game. We came close to taking out the final boss but we failed. Still, it’s a game that is dear to my heart.
Super Mario 3: I loved this game because of the Koopa Kids. They made the levels a joy as each one was geared toward the Koopa Kids personality. I remember writing in my diary when I beat level 3 because I was so proud of my gaming accomplishment.
Dragon Warrior: I got this for Chrismas and immediately became hooked on this series. It was so different from anything I played, yet, had familiar elements that still keep me drawn to this series. I still remember drawing slimes on my trapper keeper and on my notebooks.
Operation Wolf: This was always an instant favorite at the arcades and one where I would beg my dad to let me have more quarters so I could mow down the bad guys. This was a game I could play by myself or with my sister.
Ikari Warriors: A game that I was hooked on from the moment I got it as a gift. It created my love for shooters and it was a game where it didn’t matter how many times I died as I had so much fun playing.
What are your favorites NES games? Do you have any fun gaming memories?