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Generic NES sports games.
Remember back in the early NES days when the sports games were all generic, like the games were actually named for the particular sporting event they were designed after?
Just like today, generics are just as good as their brand name counter parts, only without all the glitter and glam. You could eat Fruit Loops or you could eat Fruit Rings, taste the same, only difference is the box doesn't have Toucan Sam strutting his stuff on the front.
When we were younger, in an effort to save money my mother would always buy the generic over the flashier more expensive brand name. I can't begin to tell you how many items we had in our house that were just in plain white packaging with the name of the contents on the front. We didn't have Coke or Pepsi we had Soda. So while others were taking the national taste test, we were sitting back and enjoying our Soda. Honestly though, that cap did go flat a lot faster then the brand names did, even you didn't drink it all after opening it you were left with a flat two liter shortly after.
Well back to my point, I personally love the old generic titles, like Baseball, Soccer, Slalom, etc. Who could forget Ice Hockey, your team was made up of four skaters, some of which who looked anorexic and others who looked like they spent all their time off the ice hanging out at a buffet. I loved when a fight would break out, it would look like something from Looney Tunes and the referee would just reach into the brawl and pull someone out randomly to throw into the penalty box.
What about Pro Wrestling, I know it's not really a sport, but another great generically named game to say the least. Forget about Hulk Hogan and Triple H, we had the likes of Starman, Kin Corn Karn, The Amazon and of course Fighter Hayabusa. Remember trying to get back into the ring from the floor in that game that was more of a challenge then it was to beat your opponent? Remember the Amazon and how he would bite people on the top of their heads...Blanka from Street Fighter has nothing on my man, the Amazon was the OG (Original Green).
We also had 10 Yard Fight, which isn't a generic by its name, but the gameplay certainly was. Honestly I was surprised it wasn't just called Football, maybe there was already a game with that name, leaving the developers to come up with something with a little more thought invested in it.
I personally loved all these games, it's not that I don't love the sports games of today, but none of them have ever given me as much enjoyment as the titles of yesteryear have.