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Old School Video Games : NES, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and N64

Updated on October 28, 2014
My Super Mario Bros 3 cart
My Super Mario Bros 3 cart | Source
Nintendo Mario - 6" Plush Mario toy
Nintendo Mario - 6" Plush Mario toy

We have 3 or 4 various size Plush Marios.

 

A page for old school gamers who enjoy playing retro video game systems such as the Atari, NES, Sega Genesis, SNES and N64.

I really enjoy playing old skool video games for systems such as the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, my 2 all time favorite systems. My goal is to promote the vintage video games that we played in the past and hopefully still play occasionally. Those who are in their late 20's and older can really relate to this lens. I started out on the original NES system when I was about 8, and at that time, I was blown away with how awesome it was. Who could have known that in 25 years what the graphics and game options would be? I remember blowing on the old NES carts and reinserting the game until the system worked and breaking out the rubbing alcohol with the q-tip to clean the contacts. Now that I'm older I realize that blowing on the games puts moisture and corrodes the contacts, so don't do it. I was so pumped up when the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo came out because they functioned better with minimal blowing, cleaning, and better graphics without having to wiggle the game around until you found that special spot. Those were the days I remember with much fondness and spent a great deal of time playing my favorite games. My 2 favorite retro systems of all time are the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis with the Sega getting the overall edge.

My 3 boys are aces at the Nintendo Gamecube, PS2, PS3, Nintendo Wii, PS4 and Xbox 360 and and yet where I used to think I was a pretty good gamer, in modern games, I'm not as good as I'd like to be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy trying to play the Wii and Playstation 3 but primarily keep playing my old systems.

I'm a diehard Nintendo fan and was a huge Sega fan as well. I was heartbroken when Sega closed up shop in regards to making systems though they still have involvement in producing games, etc. I have dozens of favorite games ranging from rpg's, shooters, action and adventure, strategy, etc. Some of my favorite games among various systems: All TMNT games but like Turtles 2 for the NES and Turtles IV for the SNES the best, all Super Mario Bros 1 2 and 3 for the NES, Super Mario World and Super Mario RPG for the Super Nintendo, Dune the Battle for Arrakis for the Sega Genesis, Golden Axe 1 and 2 for the Sega Genesis, Super Metroid for the SNES, World Driver GT for the N64, Bass Hunter for the N64, Starcraft, Goldeneye and Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 64 and Phantasy Star's, Dragon Warriors, Zelda games, and Sonic the Hedgehog series. This is just a small percentage of some of the games I played the most and probably left a few hundred off the list:) I also remember playing on the Atari 2600 and 5200 system at my friend's home but never had an atari growing up.

Please feel free to post here, contact me, suggest duels, etc. I have another blog where little Howie and I tackle old school games together to see how we do. May 27th, we just beat Golden Axe 2 on the Sega Genesis. If you're a gamer and love old video games, check that out as well since it will interest you. I welcome any and all comments and feedback.

All photos were taken by me.

My photos of Games, etc

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Howie dressed as MarioWon DuneWon Golden axe 2Golden Axe 2 game photoPhantasy Star 4 Awesome and htf Sega Genesis gameSpider-Man Xmen cartX-men cart
Howie dressed as Mario
Howie dressed as Mario | Source
Won Dune
Won Dune | Source
Won Golden axe 2
Won Golden axe 2 | Source
Golden Axe 2 game photo
Golden Axe 2 game photo | Source
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Phantasy Star 4 Awesome and htf Sega Genesis game
Phantasy Star 4 Awesome and htf Sega Genesis game | Source
Spider-Man Xmen cart
Spider-Man Xmen cart | Source
X-men cart
X-men cart | Source

Retron3 system for playing the NES, SNES and Sega Genesis - I prefer the older systems but I do have a Retron 3 for one of the boy's TV's, saves space on all th

Be warned that not all games will play in every system, I would say about 90 percent play flawlessly. The sound is not quite the same as the original systems . The game pads aka controllers are not the best made so I would use original controllers and can be used on the Retron 3, they are compatible. It is worth the money you save if you have limited space and are tired of hooking up 3 different systems with a ton of cords and cables all over the place. Again, if you buy a multi system I recommend the Retron 3 and not the FC 3. The FC 3 controllers are junk and can't use original controllers that are better made.

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Vote for your favorite older video game system ( you may have a couple faves but try to choose one)

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If stuck in a game and can't advance what would you do?

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Cool Mario and Sonic Stuff

GE Animation Sonic the Hedgehog: Classic Sonic Plush
GE Animation Sonic the Hedgehog: Classic Sonic Plush

We have a couple Plush Sonics and Tails as well.

 

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      ashtonkai1 3 years ago

      Sega Genesis was my first system to play so I had an amazing time playing Sonic the Hedgehog serries

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      I played Nintendo so much when I was young that my mom sometime had to hide it from me... I was addicted to it.

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      SimplySherlock 3 years ago

      I like the old video game story lines much better then today. They seemed so original. Granted they almost couldn't get much more original then being the first games but the storylines most of the time were genuine and strong.

      With that I am borderline addicited to the graphics of games made today. It is a painful quandry since I want some storylines that could mimic the originality from the past but with today's graphics. Either way I think it's a neat lens you have here.

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      liaclubbersgold 3 years ago

      I really love playing Nintendo when I was young and I miss this but I also have a lot of games in my Wii! That's really make me wii!

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      gamefreak321 3 years ago

      It brings back memories to when I was a kid then teenager. Thanks for making this lens.

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      joe2all85 3 years ago

      Awesome post! I love the classics, huge fan of the first three Mario Bros, and the Double Dragon series. It just doesn't get much better than that.

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      My son is an avid old school player who has taught me to play. His collection is out of control although he doesn't think so.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      The SNES was my best friend when I was growing up. To this very day I love the SNES and have fond memories for so many of the games. Why oh why did I have to grow up :(

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      TwilightLurker 4 years ago

      The SNES was a big part of my childhood. I still remember getting a SNES and playing Super Mario World for the first time. The richness of the colors, the catchy music and all those hidden paths and exits! Star Fox was another game that simply wowed me and kept me coming back every day. Can't forget about the great Donkey Kong Country trilogy, either. Nintendo offered up such a large, impressive library of games during the SNES era.

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      I love SNES! I have Super Mario All Stars, which includes several of the Mario games in one, such as Super Mario Bros 1, 2 and 3 and Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels. So fun!

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      marvmac 4 years ago

      I like all the old school games. Especially the old Zelda games.

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      greatkhan24 4 years ago

      Good Lens, Double Dragon and Mega Man were many of the games that I grew up playing.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! I am a big fan of the Wizard that introduced Super Mario 3. I made a lens on Stadium Events, probably the most expensive game out there. Did you ever come across this game before it cost thousands of dollars?

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      BrandonCase 4 years ago

      Cool lens! My days with Super Mario RPG and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were some of the very best :).

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      Weremuffin 4 years ago

      This lens inspired me to dig out my old NES and SNES and play!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love oldschool video games! Best has to be the SNES by far! Keep up the good work and get creating more quality retro gaming lenses

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      mj11769 4 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information.....I'm a fan of Atari......:)))))

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      pio-poma 4 years ago

      Excellent page with a lot of information on systems i grew up with.

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      NickOct 4 years ago

      My two favourite games for the megadrive were Desert Strike and Streets of Rage II. Those were the days.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mario o Mario :D My all time favorite :)

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      crossroadsblogg 4 years ago

      remind me of those sweet memories back in those days....

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Happy New Year and may 2013 be your best year yet on squidoo and in all that you do!! :D

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      EALGames 4 years ago

      Great Page! I love the older system, especially the Super Nintendo

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      chefleclef 4 years ago

      My Favourite game back in the day on Nes, (aside from all the big names) was star tropic. and that thunder and lightening brought memory onslaught. Good to see such a detailed lens on our generations x childhood

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      theothertim lm 4 years ago

      Cool to see so much love for vintage games. I get more and more nostalgic the older I get! A Link to the Past is my favorite games.

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      Unchain3dAuthor 4 years ago

      Good stuff here, Love retro gaming. They just don't make em' like they used ta!

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      I loved my old SNES. SMW, Bomberman and Zelda were three of the best.

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      dennonlow lm 4 years ago

      I love those classic games. Recently, I found a unique RPG game that has this classic feels plus lots of new features. If you love classic games, you will love this!

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      rugjeff lm 4 years ago

      Awesome Lens. Brings back to good old days playing the best games ever made.

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      survivor101 4 years ago

      I have owned computers and consoles since the ZX81. I still play old school games. They shaped the gaming industry, many people seem to forget.

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      leslyfly 4 years ago

      This girl gamer loves the oldies. Zelda rocks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Nes was the best.

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      PropheticBlogge1 4 years ago

      I was a big fan of the Sega Master System when it came out, Sonic was just a joy to play and a platform classic. I'm at the moment playing Crash Bandicoot as a download on the Xbox and am hooked. My first gaming experience came on the ZX Spectrum and that was an age ago!! Great Lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved my NES!

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      tafe2011 4 years ago

      old skool games are the best sure the new games have better graphics and are realstic but you can never beat the classisc games you grown up with

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ahh, some true classics in your lists :-)

      I think I'm going to fire up my good old N64 tonight!

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 4 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      I love retro-gaming. I especially like finding and playing the more offbeat, quirky, one-of-a-kind games that never spawned sequels or clones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the old games but the newer systems let you do so much more like online gaming. Streetfighter was my game back in the day.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      I love the old school game systems. I still have...well its my brother's but we still have the Super NES game console and 4 games. I tend to play Yoshi's Island from time to time and maybe Killer Instinct. Lot of love in this article; thanks for sharing.

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      Howard 5 years ago from Michigan

      @TwistedWiseman: It is called Photo Gallery. If you search all modules, under the P you will see the module.

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      What module is that where you can put more than one picture in it! I can't find it XD

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      willisx32 5 years ago

      nintendo is the best

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      willisx32 5 years ago

      nintendo is the best

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      IncorrectlyWired 5 years ago

      Some of these games _really_ brought back some memories. I'm can't remember the last time I felt as giddy as when I was in the game store as a kid. One near where we lived let you play the new ones, much like Walmart does now... I almost got kicked a few times for hogging.

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Interesting stuff as always, it is always good to see a fellow gamer love what he does best.

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      INeedGlasses 5 years ago

      Old time frogger fan, hand in the air waving!!!

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      Mikewrites LM 5 years ago

      Sega Genesis has some of the best games of all time they don't make games like they used to,games can be too realistic now days.

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      huntinggamesonline 5 years ago

      The retro games are so cool. I love me some dig dug, moon patrol, and jungle hunt. Makes me wish we still had the old Coleco Vision around.

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      SelJones 5 years ago

      I love retro games but still think the N64 tops them all - though i expect everyone prefers the console they grew up on

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      DannyKnapton 5 years ago

      This lens is fantastic, it has given me a good idea on lens structure. Many thanks!

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      These computers look older than me!

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      LordShadow 5 years ago

      Great lens. I too am an old school gamer, but also into more modern video games. I have a Wii as well as a Nintendo 64, which takes me back in time to my childhood memories. Keep up the good work!

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      Diablo3fAN 5 years ago

      the old school games are still the best in terms of originality.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice page but would be kool if you could write some pages about the best and worst games using your view so that people looking to get some games would know if their lame or not. Good info tho.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love Super Mario World and Mario 64. Older games rock.

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      jcrandall100 lm 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used to blow on my NES games all the time to get them to work. Nice blast from the past.

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      dealnation 5 years ago

      Loved playing air raid on my atari.

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      oldmedic 5 years ago

      Great lens. I remember playing a game called River Raid on my Atari. It has been more than 20 years ago but I still have my Atari at home and play this game when I have time. It is a pity Atari failed to survive the economic downfall of 1980s.

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      hiccups 5 years ago

      This lens interested me because my 9 year old son, who loves his Wii, loves to play my Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games. When were were at a second hand store the other day he found a couple of NES games and wanted to know if we could get and NES. The old games are fun to me because a lot of them you can finish in one sitting and win or lose. The newer games just go on forever.

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      HooverMan 5 years ago

      awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      budgetgeek 5 years ago

      up-up,down-down,left-right,left-right,B-A,B-A,select start ---classic!

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      dosmaster5000 5 years ago

      I love classic games. Great lens!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on attracting so many visitors to this lens.

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      This is a cool lens my favorite console was the dreamcast.

      I managed to find another one at a pawn shop a few days ago yay

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      NumbaOne-1 5 years ago

      Smash brothers for n64, nba jams for the super Nintendo, and mutant hockey for sega. Game over.

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      rauntyan 5 years ago

      good lens big up old school games snes Sega Genesis ect

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      Great lens. I hope you make more of them!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      My friend is a manager at a used video game shop that specializes in classic games. My paychecks have never been in more danger, haha.

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      shanktoofs123 5 years ago

      Hey this is pretty cool I love the SNES more than life and I still play the games almost daily, Genesis is probably the next best 2 me.. I think the atomic mall thing is great I might check your store out.

      I have a lens about some classic games also Super Mario World and the Streets of Rage Series... check em out

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      pcmacgames 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      pcmacgames 5 years ago

      Nice lens about old school games!

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the NES.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sega Megadrive or Genesis as you call it in America was the best. Nice page.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lens is quite interesting, I like old video games especially Atari. Thank you

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Great Work. Fun Lens!

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      myniztan 5 years ago

      A lot of people I talk to never heard of it, but my favorite NES game was Cabal. Any Cabal fans in here?

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Cool lense, thanks for sharing.

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      dropoutfactory 5 years ago

      I used to play old nintendo and you know what, just these days I play it online. lol.

      Nice Lens

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      drunner9 5 years ago

      Just started at atomic mall. May start my own lens. Liked your store and my kids loved playing the sega and nintendo when they were kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think the Turbo Grafx and Neo Geo should be included. Not mainstream consoles but were pretty awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I played the NES like crazy when i was a kid. Contra and Metal Gear were my favorites.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Good to see that you introduce your son to the classics too! I grew up on pinball machines and Pac-Man and even continued to play consoles like the Super Nintendo well past my teenage years. I'm not as active in playing video games anymore because of my work but I still try to keep up with it the best I can and play them with my kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i remember playing on my dads Atari console when i was younger with the cartridge game inserts.....god that brings back some memories!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Got to love the classics. Mario rocks.

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      olivergie 5 years ago

      old school never die :p

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      olivergie 5 years ago

      @anonymous: agree with yaa :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Though I play the newer stuff I still have good memories of the oldies. Super Mario World was my game. Cool page.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Great info. Very nice lens!

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      uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

      was always an atari st or amiga gamer but loved the mega drive

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      princesspumps 5 years ago

      Boy this brings back memories. Hey has anyone seen those Nintendo cartridge USB hard dives?

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      TEAhug 5 years ago

      Yeah great lens, brings back memories.

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      BennyE 5 years ago

      Very detailed, I like it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing lens. You get one squid thumbs up from me. Keep up the great work.

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      danzuc76 5 years ago

      Great lens. Im a Nintendo lover and your lens is neat. Thumbs up!

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      I still play Super Mario games now. The newer ones are fantastic, as are the older ones of course. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brings back memories. Cool games and might check back later for a couple of them.

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      cheech1981 5 years ago

      gotta love old school...some of the new stuff has been great over the years too, but the old 2-d scrolling games are still some of the best...simple graphics but great gameplay is better than the reverse