Sure, I have all the latest systems. I am the proud owner of the Xbox360(fantastic), a Nintendo Wii(more fun than a clown car on fire), and a Playstation3 (meh....its ok). But there are times where you are given an oppurtunity to revisit your childhood and look back at what once was. I was given this chance earlier this week.
My sister called me and stated that while her boyfriend and her were cleaning out their attic, they stumbled upon a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Since they are over a decade old and were just collecting dust, she asked if I wanted them. I couldn't miss this chance to relive my innocent days.
She dropped off both systems in a box with all the wires, controllers, and some games. At first, I was a bit uncertain of what lie in front of me. Dust and lint had collected in every crack these two systems had to offer and the NES had what seemed like candle wax on it. How could they possibly work? They must be ruined by now.
I gave them a quick rub down (that wax is still there), and attempted to plug them in. However, I am only able to plug one or the other into the TV and the power outlet. I decided to try the NES first. It already had Super Mario/Duck Hunt in the drive, so I just booted it up. Amazingly enough, the system started with no trouble at all. I started playing Mario and could not wipe the dumb grin off my face. The next twenty minutes took me back to my childhood where I remember playing on a small TV in my bedroom.
Then I decided to play Duck Hunt (The box also contained the laser gun). However, the game did not function on my TV. Alittle frusturated I attempted to remove the gun controllers wire and plug in the normal controllers wire. However, doing this resulted in the system spazzing out and stopped working. Apparantly pulling out the controllers during gameplay ruins the system. Now I'll never get to see how Excitebike and Bad Dudes are on the NES. :(
Annoyed, but being alot more catious, I plugged in the SNES. It also works just fine. I have Super Mario All-Stars so I can play every original Mario game that was on the SNES and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I have played Mario for the most part because it was one of the few games I owned as a kid and is still an amazing amount of fun all these years later. I never had the chance to play the older Zelda games. The first Zelda game I ever played was the fantadtic and perfect in every way Ocarina of Time. Now I can play one of the first in a great fanchise.
I have all these expensive next gen systems in front of me, but I have not turned them on in days. All I play is the SNES. That just shows how great the system was and how it has a close place in all of our hearts.
RIP NES. I barely knew thy.