There is a lot of hate going around at the moment for Nintendo, in fact it has been going around for a while now and the question that I get asked the most is “Why do you like them so much? They’re rubbish!” My answer is simple. Without Nintendo I don’t believe I would be the gamer I am today, in fact I don’t think I would have picked up a controller and played as much as I have done since 1997/8.
I remember very clearly the day that I received my first ever gaming console, my parents purchased me the the Nintendo 64 which came bundled with 007 Goldeneye. Yes, it wasn’t exactly the game you gave to a five/six year old but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Soon after I delved into the world of Link in Zelda: Orcarina of Time, followed by Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Pokemon Snap and some football game which I can’t remember the name of. The list is endless and I have been buying and asking for games, consoles and merchandise ever since.
Along the way I did managed to get a GameBoy Colour, a purple see-through version, with Pokemon being the game of choice. Blue, Yellow, Red… I played them all day long and the fact I could walk around and take my virtual battles and adventures with me blew my mind. With all these amazing gadgets at my fingertips and a good few years of pleasant gaming, it was no surprise that I eventually moved on to bigger and greater things with the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and now I have my very own gaming PC.
While most peoples love for the Nintendo brand ended soon after finding new loves in other brands, mine has continued all these years. Now in my twenties I still occasionally play Nintendo games, but why you ask? Because without Nintendo I don’t think I would be in the position I am now as a gamer. Playing hours upon hours of Mario and Zelda made me enjoy video gaming, made me keep coming back for more and eventually made me move on to newer technologies.
Playing Nintendo games takes me back to my childhood, those happy days of playing with old friends and trying to make sure we all avoided those damn banana peels in Mario Kart 64! There’s no real effort involved in the majority of Nintendo games today, anyone can pick up a controller and play them, it’s really that easy. Sure, there’s no real challenge, but it’s nice to take a break from shooting up buildings in Battlefield 4 and getting the perfect lap time in F1 2013.
It’s the type of gaming that just makes me happy.
Nintendo has stayed the same, it still caters to young and older gamers, the technology is just still dragging its feet behind the competition. These days I like to game on my PlayStation 4 or PC, it’s very rare that I play my Wii U or Nintendo DS but on the occasions that I do, I enjoy every minute! Nintendo got me into gaming and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart and my younger self does the same.
You might think I’m crazy, but I’m just a gamer.