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!
Given the opportunity, would you ever sit down for a nostalgic game of Mario Bros on the old console?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Play Retro Nintendo Games 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:
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
Nintendo blanket depicting Mario himself, his sidekick Luigi, Mushroom, and a Goomba! Amazon also has other styles and sizes. Check them out!
The Nintendo bedding set would be incomplete without Retro Nintendo Pillow Cases.