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Our NES Memories: 30 Years of Famicom

Shan Poon, Two Tribes

by Neal Ronaghan - July 18, 2013, 1:15 pm PDT

A member of the Toki Tori 2 teams chimes in with her NES memories.

Although the NES wasn't the first console I played, I have very good memories of it. I used to play NES games with my brother all the time. When I look at the games, I enjoyed playing Super Mario Bros 3 and Teenage Mutant Turtles with my brother the most. We always sat there eagerly looking and playing these two games with a blanket on the couch!

When it comes to games I loved to play alone, the first one I have to mention is my experience with The Lion King; the way you moved and swung through the jungle was a super fun experience for a little girl like me.

The two others that definitely have a special place in my heart are Tiny Toons 2: Trouble in Wackyland and Tiny Toons Cartoon Workshop. When I think back about it now, I start to smile again. The design and gameplay from Trouble in Wackyland is genius, playing each and every attraction over and over again to earn tickets to get a glimpse of that main attraction in the center of the theme park was fun. What I absolutely loved about Tiny Toon Cartoon Workshop is that it gave you the possibility to create your own cartoon sketches with many many options. Truly a hilarious and wonderful idea for a game! 

Talkback

CericJuly 16, 2013

I played To the Earth with the Zapper Headset that you spoke to activate.

StrawHousePigJuly 16, 2013

I heard he was a total Star Wars nerd.

A nerd! :o

ejamerJuly 16, 2013

I remember buying To the Earth due some confusion. We were supposed to buy Solar Jetman, but hey, the games are probably almost the same right? Both involve... well, space.


After the initial disappointment, I sat down and started playing To the Earth. Eventually we could get through the first 3 or 4 levels, which seemed pretty substantial. Even though the game was tough, it was really quite enjoyable once you had enough practice. I liked how you were forced to be accurate with your shots since every miss was costly and would reduce your fuel level. The one downside is that Duck Hunt became almost unplayable - the pace was just so slow.


Have thought about reacquiring this game now... but not sure my adult self would have the persistence (or time) required to build up the skill and memory required to get through each level.

Quote from: StrawHousePig

I heard he was a total Star Wars nerd.

A nerd! :Q

This is another true statement. But that didn't happen until 1994! I send out a big "Thank you" to USA (the TV channel) for having marathons of the movies around Independence day back then!


You know, apparently The Lone Ranger also used the zapper in the first person areas, but we could never get the thing to work properly.

xcwarriorJuly 19, 2013

Top 4 all worthy selections. Never played Darkwing Duck. But the omission of Legend of Zelda/Final Fantasy/Tetris/Baseball Stars 2/Duck Hunt/Mega Man 2/MM3/Double Dragon II and probably others is sacriligious!

So many good NES titles.... I normally am for NES games being on Wii U VC and not 3DSVC, but I would pay $5 in a heart beat for Baseball Stars 2 on 3DSVC.

Ian SaneJuly 19, 2013

I like Brian Davis' story about the parental network in the neighbourhood making sure that their kids each had a distinct library of games between them.  In the NES days I figured that in regards to videogames parents fell into two categories:

A: parents that thought videogames were evil.
B: parents that would buy their kids games but had a knack for zeroing in on the worst game in the store 99% of the time.

With videogames it seemed like us vs. parents.  So Brian's story was refreshing, showing that that wasn't the case every time.

TheFleeceJuly 21, 2013

Justin, our stories are so very similar it's almost scary! I always think about that event almost everyday, it's one of my favorite memories. These stories are awesome, I've enjoyed them all.

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