Where do you start, with so many game consoles, computer games, hand held games, and games on your phone, a person can spend hours on making a decision of what is the best choice for them. With today’s marketing and advertising, game manufacturers know exactly how to get into your pockets. Can you believe people will stand in the cold, rain, or heat for hours and even overnight just so they can get a game for their consoles? That is crazy. With Nintendo Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation 3 competing for your money, they sometimes only release games made for just their console. That’s marketing at its best.
When I was growing up, Atari and Sega where the consoles to have. You were the coolest kid on the block if you had one. Then as I became a teenager Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in 1985. Besides the year I was born, that was the greatest year of my life. Oh, of course the year I got married is up there too. You know my wife would kill me if I didn’t say that.
NES started the revolution of the game system industry we have today. They changed millions of lives; kids would never be the same, and probably not in a good way if you ask their parents. Instead of being outside playing with their friends throwing a ball or playing kick the can, you found millions of kids sitting at home glued to their TV or at a friend’s house playing Nintendo games. For years, Nintendo had no competition until Xbox and PlayStation were released. I remember that my neighbor got the first shipment of the Nintendo and I was so jealous that people had mistaken me for a green tomato because I was so filled with envy. Then finally, I got mine and I will never forget that day. The NES came with Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, 2 game controllers, and 1 zapper gun for a $100. When we got into the car, I was holding it so tight on my lap as if I was a pregnant lady holding her stomach through child birth. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. As soon as we got home I ran inside, opened up the game and hooked it up to the TV. I remember sitting on my couch with friends and family taking turns playing games. I remember playing Duck Hunt, which was my dad’s favorite, Joust, 1942, and so on. Nintendo in my opinion is the best console of all time not only because of its great games; but because it has given me a lifetime of memories.
Even as of today, Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong are two of my favorite games. In 2009, Imagine Games Network (IGN) rated the NES the single greatest video game console in history. It has sold almost 62 million consoles and their best game Super Mario brothers have sold over 40 million.