When I think about my first game, I instantly picture my yellow level-up star on my yellow Pokémon with my yellow name. Pokémon HeartGold was my first actual game, and Squirtle was my first proper Pokémon. But what about you? What was your first game?
There is a good chance that your first game was Super Mario Bros. It's the first game for a lot of people, and it got them hooked for life. Memories of playing Mario on the NES bundle with Duck Hunt flooded the thread, alongside other classics like Blades of Steel, TMNT2, Contra, and Metal Gear.
There were other options, though. Some users chose the Atari 2600, which was the first game for many and was an excellent introduction but came nowhere close to the NES experience. Others chose games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Sega Genesis, or Sonic & Knuckles, or Alex Kid in Wonderland on the Sega Master System.
Many of the games mentioned above were first games for multiple people, creating a sort of shared nostalgia. We've also heard about gaming generations before (check out this excellent Refinery29 article about gaming generations). Gaming has taken us on quite a roller coaster ride of memories.
Some of us were brave enough to share our fears of being laughed at for admitting our first game wasn't Mario. Others shared their love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the excitement over Shredder's Revenge.
Some of us were hooked on the NES games because they were genuinely so difficult that we had to get a Nintendo Power to help us out. Others liked the NES games because they were so difficult they made us spend hours trying to beat them. The NES days were great, with games like Karnov, Double Dribble, Excitebike, and Contra.
Some of us would play nothing but Super Mario World, and it's still captivating people today. Others found the games too difficult, which is why we have the Nintendo Fun Club. Some of us were happy with just the NES, Mario, Duck Hunt, and Tetris. Others of us needed nothing but a TV and the NES to have a great gaming experience (I'm lucky enough to be part of this group).
Check out the full "What was your first game?" thread here.
Remember when you played Super Mario Bros for the 1st time? What was your first game? I'd love to read your story in the comments section.
We've taken you on a nostalgia trip through your first game, so why not check out the best Nintendo games of all time, or take a trip down memory lane with the best Atari games.