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Retro Nintendo

Updated on June 22, 2014

Retro Nintendo

This page is for us older farts to feel a little nostalgia. I guess the young hipsters are welcome too!

My Introduction to the Retro Nintendo:

Of course, it was not called the "Retro" Nintendo at that time. It was simply just Nintendo. I am choosing to use the phrase "Retro Nintendo" throughout this page in reference to the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

It was the late 1980s, with the 1990s right around the corner. I was a young child when we went over to visit a friend of my mother's. We walked in to the living room where a young boy sat on the floor holding a strange square device with a cord going who knows where. He seemed to be controlling what was happening on the television. I will never forget the bright colors and the simple sounds coming from the television. Yes I realize that by this time, there had been many gaming consoles already in existence. But I did not know that back then at that time.

My memory is a bit hazy, but I believe it was 1 or 2 Christmases later that "Santa" had got us our very own NES console. My older sister and I hooked it up in the basement, and it was like an instant heroine addiction. We spent hours trying to "save the princess". I have an uncle that has passed away, and one of my fondest memories is of him coming over for (what was suppose to be) a short visit. We showed him how to play Duck Hunt one night, and we woke up the next morning and he was still playing it!

If you have hopes of ever playing the Retro Nintendo again, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is, it is getting more and more difficult to find working Nintendo consoles, and working Nintendo games, but below are some ebay results that may help you out. The good news however, is that there is a console out now that is a dual console of the Original vintage Nintendo coupled with the Super Nintendo. It is appropriately named the "Retro Nintendo" or "Retro Duo Nintendo".

If your last memory of the original retro Nintendo, was blowing inside the machine, or into the cartridge itself, and trying 3 or 4 times in a row until it finally worked, then hopefully this lens will help you remember the good times instead. It's like remembering an old friend back in the glory years, and not so much in their final years at age 104 when they no longer remembered your name and lost all control of bowel movements.

Remeber the GOOD times people!

Flash Back

Given the opportunity, would you ever sit down for a nostalgic game of Mario Bros on the old console?

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NES Consoles and Games on Ebay

People still seem to have these things out there. I am considering getting one myself, but I am also intrigued by the idea of buying the new "Retro Nintendo" instead.

Retro Nintendo Consoles

The Retro Nintendo consoles are basically if the NES and SNES had a baby and then had a redesign for the 21st century. There is a silver version and a black/red version.

Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System NES and SNES V3.0 - Black/Red
Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System NES and SNES V3.0 - Black/Red

Black and Red version. You can see the 2 red slots where the cartridges go. They are both mounted at the top, unlike the old style at the front.

 
Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System, Silver/Black
Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System, Silver/Black

Same thing here, but it is silver and black.

 

Retro Nintendo Games

Thousands of gmes were made for the original Nintendo system. Here is a list of a bunch of them that I am aware of.

Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt

The plumber, the myth, the legend. No explanation needed here. The classic story of a couple little tradesmen who travel castle to castle to find the princess. They didn't have Google maps or GPS back then.

 
Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario

I vaguely remember trying to play this one at a friend's house, and we couldn't get the color on their tv to work. We tried playing in black and white, which lasted all of about 14 seconds.

 
Ice Hockey
Ice Hockey

This is a game I would LOVE to go back and play again. Who could forget the highly advanced strategies of "fat guy, medium guy, skinny guy". Good times!

 

Some Nintendo References in this half-time show!

Amazing what these marching bands can do!

Mario Bros retro nintendo game
Mario Bros retro nintendo game

Play Retro Nintendo Games Online

Nostalgia Online

It's not the same thing, and you should get the original nintendo, or Retro Duo Nintendo to get the feel for the real deal. However, if you are in need of a fix like a heroine addict, there are plenty of online knock offs that will sort of do the trick. I have Googled this many times and found a few options. Some of them work not bad, and some of them don't seem to be compatible with my computer. So far I have found the following:

Play Mario Bros. Here

The closest thing to the real deal I have found. It's weird without the controller though. Takes a while to get used to the buttons. You use the left and right arrows on your keyboard, Z to jump, and x for fireballs or running faster.

I haven't played Mario in literally years, and I am amazed at how I was able to remember where hidden things were and when things were coming. It's ingrained deeply in some weird place in my brain. Probably full of cobwebs. Anyway, have fun!!

Retro Nintendo Blankets and Bedding

Super Mario Time to Team Up 50-by-60-Inch Microraschel Throw Blanket
Super Mario Time to Team Up 50-by-60-Inch Microraschel Throw Blanket

Nintendo blanket depicting Mario himself, his sidekick Luigi, Mushroom, and a Goomba! Amazon also has other styles and sizes. Check them out!

 
Super Mario The Race is On Reversible Pillowcase
Super Mario The Race is On Reversible Pillowcase

The Nintendo bedding set would be incomplete without Retro Nintendo Pillow Cases.

 

Do you remember your first experience with a Nintendo Product?

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      sweett0609 4 years ago

      Wow do I miss the old nes system... when I moved out my mom gave mine away along with 200+ games... I'm still a bit bitter about it lol

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      lmoser 4 years ago

      Our first Nintendo console was the NES. We played that thing day in and day out.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      yes, this is nostalgia :-)

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      Mario 3 And all of the magestically that encompasses. Days on end I would spend with little sister Jen. I will forever be his queen. Like to see my two duds in the closet work for me. Think ill end up going with the duel device when I get the money.

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      I've played most of these retro Nintendo games. Lol. Thanks for the nostalgia!

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      Gina Valley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love Mario Bros! Duck Hunt was my favorite though!

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      AmbitiousSquid 4 years ago

      Jurrasic park was my favourite game. I remember that i only finished it for the first (and the last) time after digging up the old console years after i quit playing it actively.

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      Emma Vine 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Yes, 28 years ago I was 4. I still have the Nintendo, and all of the game, and it works!

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      @weirdproduct: I mean "not the same thing" haha

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      @ChimpWithKeyboard: ya it's a great idea that I may even add to this lens. But like you said, it's just some the same thing as sitting down with the original retro nintendo console with the nes controller in your hands.

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

      It's not the same as playing on a proper console I know, but if your real console should break and you struggle to find a working replacement, there's always emulation on your PC - bSnes for example seems perfectly capable of running every NES and SNES game that exists.

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      ringthepost 4 years ago

      awesome Lense...thanks for bringing back fond memories

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I can remember! My brother and i used to play with it :)

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      @deyanis: I thought I was the only one who even heard of paper boy!

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      @aussiejon: I haven't even tried the wii yet. Never heard of master blaster, I will look into that.

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      I'm a Nintendo fan boy (well was, the wii doesn't do it for me), still have and love my original NES, game called master blaster (or blaster master) still drives me nuts, never finished but it love it so much :)

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      deyanis 4 years ago from Oz

      Whoa this lens brings back my childhood memory. I didn't own Nintendo, so I went to my cousin's place every weekend to play Paperboy & Dr Mario. I

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      CelebStyle LM 4 years ago

      I had one! Super Mario & Duck Hunt :o) Thanks for the flash back!

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      @Jerzimom: Well maybe I am not being fair about it. I should probably give it a try all these years later.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Bought one on eBay years ago for kids. They loved Zelda!