"Now you're playing with power!"
If you were to ask me what my favorite console of all time was, I would answer with a shaky answer of “the Super Nintendo.” Shaky because part of the reason it’s my favorite console is for nostalgia and feelings associated with the system.
My exposure to the Super Nintendo came sometime in the very early years of the 90s. I received the original gameboy in the winter of 1992 and sometime around that time my mother began renting a Gensis or SNES for me on the weekends from a local video rental store, Purrfect video.
I fondly remember that rental store and several of the games that I rented such as;
- Super Mario World
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose
- Inspector Gadget
- Chuck Rock
Seeing how much I enjoyed playing the Super Nintendo, my parents decided to surprise me Christmas morning in 1994 with a SNES. I still remember excitedly going downstairs and seeing a SNES, plugged in and ready to play, on our old downstairs TV. In the console was Aladdin, which I contentedly played for a good chunk of Christmas morning. I received one additional game for my SNES, a game called Bubsy. It’s often regarded as a bad game and yes, the difficulty is unfair, but I adore that game, personally. Aladdin is also a gem of a game, as many Disney SNES games were.
It’s worth noting that I still have all my SNES games as well as my original SNES to this day (though its tucked away safely due to me getting the SNES Classic). I remember getting magazines and reading the manuals of my games until they showed serious wear and tear. I also became an expert at games like Super Mario Brothers 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Buster Busts Loose and Aladdin. I did spend a decent amount of time with my games, but I set personal limits (tis the way a young A-type mind works) and read books or went outside. That said, if you asked me to play Buster Busts Loose Blindfolded, I’m all in.
As mentioned in my Video Game story, I had a childhood friend whose house I frequented, whose family had virtually every video game system and most games for said consoles. The system we played the most, by far, was his SNES. I remember many playthroughs of Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros 3, maybe even a competition or two thrown in for good measure. Even when we went swimming at his family’s pool, we came up with stories based on the games we’d played or imagined we were living in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Over the next 3 years, my family would periodically gift me SNES games, but if I did get a video game, it was generally for my Gameboy. The last two games I got in my 12 game collection would be purchased by me with birthday money; Super Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country II: Diddy’s Kong Quest. It would be 8 years before I bought another console, but I was happy to play my SNES and handheld gameboys (which I consistently upgraded). I played with friends here and there, but gradually my childhood friends moved away or got involved in other hobbies. Truthfully, so did I as I got heavily into music and theater. Between that, my love of reading, involvement with church and organizations, and mandated studying, I had little time to devote to video games.
As one can imagine, I beat most of my SNES games and as a small game collection does, once the early 00s hit, my SNES was packed away, not to be unearthed again until I went away to college and the retro game market came into the frey. Prior to my freshman year, I had a series of unfournate personal life events and turned to the world wide web, specifically learning about Game Trailers, Youtube and The Angry Video Game Nerd. I had the honor of meeting the AVGN last year, in fact. Actually…we almost ran right into each other.
I became invested in retro gaming and started to go to a local flea market where I often found dirt cheap SNES and NES games. My collection doubled during this time and I pulled out my SNES to play on a regular basis. I made fantastic friends at college who enjoyed playing SNES and N64, which became a frequent weekend and sometimes weekday activity. We still play on a regular basis and have frequent conversations about the SNES.
As an adult, I think I’ve been exposed to far more SNES games than I did as a child. Back then we only had word of mouth , game rentals and the occasional magazine to point us in the direction of what games were good and how to bear them. I wouldn’t learn about some fantastic games like Earthbound and Chrono Trigger until I was an adult. Now they’re two of my favorite games.
Drawing to a close, the SNES for me is a representation of nostalgia, but also quality. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t admit the SNES has some of the best video games to ever be created and games that would inspire future game creators. Some of my personal favorites are on the system and all the time I’m discovering a new favorite in the SNES’ impressive library.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to tackle the Star Cup on Super Mario Kart.
© 2017 Alexis