Video Game Memories Vol 1

4 games that I enjoyed
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March 31, 2008
In the retro spirit of things I am going to take some time and a few articles to discuss my favorite games in my history of button mashing and Nintendo thumb. Mind you, these games wont exactly be considered the greatest games in history; its just that for some reason or another I loved them.

So to bust the Champaign bottle across the bow as it were, because of my username I shall start with-

Friday the 13th-NES


I know I know. This game was so hard it was frustrating but even at a young age I had decided that Friday The 13th was my favorite horror series. So the appeal to me was that this was a chance to go around Crystal Lake in the world of video games. And I went all over the place for as far and along as I could before dying. Eventually I tired of saving the counselors or even trying to win the game. Instead I wanted to tour the land.



I went in the cabins, in the woods, at some point I made it to Jasons shack. I never made it to Pamelas floating head in the cave however. I had to try and remember my way around. Okay up, down, left, right..BLAM..ahhh Jason! Yes, sadly I must admit Jasons sudden arrivals startled me. But what was the deal with the zombies! And the wolves? WTH? Still I would chuck knives and stones to my best ability. I remember the game was too hard. But it was my interactive portal to camp Crystal Lake, an experience which insanely enough I havent been able to have again since! Why in the hell havent any game companies created Crystal Lake for a modern game system? In a world of Resident Evils and interactive game worlds, a big duh seems to come to my lips.

Super Mario Bros 3

Let me count the ways I love this game. Truth told, Super Mario Bros 3 deserves its own article. As it is only a segment in this one I will cut to the point. I loved the elemental worlds like the Ice World and Water World. I loved the secret places you could get to. I loved the flutes so I could portal. I must say though I hated, I mean hated World 7, the pipe world. That was more annoying than the final world. But Super Mario Bros 3 was built so well that Nintendo is lucky if it can create a Mario game that is as awesome as that game was back then and is even today. Im sorry but Mario Sunshine what? After Super Mario Bros 3, I can remember being let down by Super Mario World. First thing Im going to do when I buy my Wii is buy a points card and download SMB 3.

Mike Tysons Punch Out



Okay so today we know Mike is a freaking loon doggy. It was over for me when he bit Holyfields ear in 97. But in his prime in the 80s and early 90s he was a freaking terror of the boxing world. His punches were so compact and explosive he didnt even require a cultivated Boxing style. Mike Tysons Punch Out was my first experience with getting Nintendo thumb, a condition where your button mashing thumb gets rubbed raw and blisters.



It was great pressing the start button at just the right time for the knockout. Your opponents would sway from left to right in dramatic fashion before hitting the canvas. You felt a feeling of exhilaration when you nailed the knock out. Needless to say though if you managed to make it to Mike Tyson, forget about it. Beating Mike Tsyon in Punch Out was like beating Jason in Friday The 13th. Its possible but youd better eat a load of brain food first and sign up for a Nintendo training camp. Tyson just bashed you down in this game. Forget about it.

Ghosts N Goblins

This game is another fun button masher. Its a game of ,quick shoot them high and low before they reach me. Shoot shoot jump shoot jump shoot climb. Very basic, very fun. Again, being the lover of all things spooky and Halloween, this game was for me. A bearded Knight in a land of Horrors trying to save the stereotypical video game blonde. Not much to tell about this game. Just a fun button masher set in a world of Bats and the Undead. Now for a confession of a crime. When I was 15 I rented ghosts and goblins from a video rental store in Phoenix. I brought it home then grabbed a screw driver and switched out the game chips between Super Mari Bros and Ghosts N goblins. Then I returned Super Mario Bros in the Ghosts N Goblins shell and had a Super Mario Bros shell with Ghosts n Goblins in it. Guilty as charged your honor.

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13 years, 7 months ago
I used to play Super Mario Bros 3 since I was little. I haven't seen the cartoon show since I was in middle school.
    13 years, 8 months ago
    Another great Nintendo article. Keep em comin.
      13 years, 8 months ago
      I agree World 7 of SMB3 sucked so much ass. Great article but I disagree with you when you said you were let down by Super Mario World. How in the hell could you be let down?!?! And about changing out the game ship, man I never thought about that you were a devious kid but that was kick ass.
        13 years, 9 months ago
        SMB3 could very well be the the best game ever. The graphics are clean (Yeah, they're dated, but when you compare them to other NES games... even SNES games...), the gameplay is unmatched, it has some of the best power-ups ever, I can go on. The pipe world was annoying, but it was still nice, especially in the latter part of the world. I remember really liking the part with the sock (as pictured).
        I wish I still had the game. In 2002, I bought another NES, but it start messing up and I lost the game. Last year, I bought an FC Twin, but have yet to buy the game.

        The part about Friday the 13th reminded me of how I felt about the Nightmare on Elmstreet fan. I never played it, but it caught my interest in a video store. My cousin disuaded (Spelling?) my mom (because he could not disuade me. I was a die hard Freddy fan.) from renting it because he thought it sucked (we were supposed to pick a game together). I later saw it reviewed by the Angry Nintendo Nerd, and yeah, it looked like a bad game, but I still want to play it.
          13 years, 9 months ago
          It's always funny to see people on forums who are so into it that they become these petty little fascists like Velcrohead. Congrats dude, you are emperor of nothing. You wrote a popular article on an obscure website. By waving it in everyone's face and preaching, you look sillier than those of us here to enjoy the memories.
            13 years, 9 months ago
            iamisaid1978 is right! I don't even want to post my own article because I would be on the chopping block! EVERYONE's a critic.
              13 years, 9 months ago
              Loved Ghost N Goblins but could never beat the game.....It's a tough one!
                13 years, 9 months ago
                I liked the music in Mario 3 and thought the game overall was well polished.
                Ghost N Goblins! Loved this game then, still love it today.
                iamisaid1978, I know what you mean. Sometimes I wonder if this "article" area is for writing and composition critics :9
                  13 years, 9 months ago
                  Jesus Christ you people are fickle! I just like being reminded of things from my childhood. Why do you all have to evaluate every article like it is being considered for the fuckin Nobel Prize?
                    13 years, 9 months ago
                    I think it was great... I agree those old games give you that feeling in the pit of your stomach, wish you could go back. Simply, thanks for the memories
                      13 years, 9 months ago
                      there really wasnt much info here...
                        13 years, 9 months ago
                        First off, ok article, Velcrohead, even though i haven't tried my hand at any articles yet, I have read almost all and i have to agree i enjoy the articles better if they are more personalized and tell about the main point as much as personal experience (AKA) more feeling into the articles.. just my thoughts
                          13 years, 9 months ago
                          Velcrohead, you sir need to slow down and get a grip. Honestly I really did just write about games I like. I don't need member validation. Maybe you do, but if so do not project yourself on me little man. I simply wrote about games that I fondly enjoyed. And it really is as simple as that. You and others speak about what belongs in here and what belongs in forums. Nagativity and conspiracy theories do not belong here, they do not belong in forums. They belong know where.
                            13 years, 9 months ago
                            ok list, except for friday the 13.
                              13 years, 9 months ago
                              Why would I need validation? I just wrote one of the most popular articles on this site!

                              I'm just telling you that you need to step up your game, little man. Unless, y'know, this is the best that you're capable of.
                                13 years, 9 months ago
                                Good article man. I enjoyed those games to. I felt the same way about Friday the 13th growing up. Nightmare on Elm St has always been my favorite 80's horror movies though, to bad that was about the worst game ever made. I still own it for the sake of owning it cause it's Freddy. But it's fuckin aweful. Forget about Velcrohead to, he talked shit on my nintendo article to. He's a dick...
                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                  I think you need to read between the lines of what the negative criticism is saying, they aren't saying you did a pathetic job at writing your article, they're saying the subject matter is passe on this site. I don't think we've ever seen a big article extoling the virtues of Friday the 13th the video game, that would have been a great article. Or even an article explaining how you change out the chips on nintendo games. You had lots of good stuff in the article, you just chose to make a list, which is becoming a sore point on this site.
                                    13 years, 9 months ago
                                    velcrohead is on here bragging now. niiice.
                                      13 years, 9 months ago
                                      Hey Friday the 13th, I got irritated when I saw the same thing. Granted his article was interesting, but it was nothing I already didn't know and Where Are They Now Articles don't take much research at all except maybe going to imdb. Bragging should be saved for well-scored articles that involve a good amount of research, personal opinions, or good ol' fashioned nostalgia
                                        13 years, 9 months ago
                                        Well-scored? It got up to 45...that's not a good score?

                                        And as far as research...how much more do you want than personal contact with the stars? You've no clue how much research was done.

                                        Anyway, it's not bragging...it's challenging you to do better on your own shit.
                                          13 years, 9 months ago
                                          Um, no dude. It's pretty much bragging and people see that. News flash. I don't do this for a score. I do this to take a trip back to memory lane. But it's okay. You continue to brag about your Full House article score and critisize other peoples work.
                                            13 years, 9 months ago
                                            Okay, whatever you want. So let's throw down the gauntlet, then. Next time, you write an article that kicks all the other articles' asses. How about that, do you think you can improve?
                                              13 years, 9 months ago
                                              If I read one more article on this site where a user lists his favorite games, I think I may scream.

                                              This would've been an OK forum post. Actually, there are several forum posts in the video games section right now that are more interesting.
                                                13 years, 9 months ago
                                                A pretty good list, though I've always hated Ghosts and Goblins.
                                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                                  Good article. You said you were let down by Super Mario World. In my opinion, Super Mario World was much better than Mario 3. Graphically it was better, you could ride Yoshi the dinosaur, which I thought was very original for a Mario game. But the only thing lacking were the suits. But other than that, I liked it.
                                                    13 years, 9 months ago
                                                    Well if you don't have time to put the personal touch on an article, you probably shouldn't write one.

                                                    People, when they make these lists, it would seem, are just being lazy and copying a format that has been used here over and over again, pandering to people who like to look at pictures and who will give a thumbs up to anything that they used to like, writing depth and grammer be damned. They're not "sharing their lives" by giving short two-sentence plot synopses of random video games. They're copping out and turning in a half-assed article.
                                                      13 years, 9 months ago
                                                      Honestly folks, people are sharing their likes when they make these lists. Can't blame em really and I enjoy reading other peoples.
                                                        13 years, 9 months ago
                                                        Self captured screen caps? Yeah cause I have all day right?
                                                          13 years, 9 months ago
                                                          you know whatd be nice? self-captured screencaps instead of googled screencaps. just sayin
                                                            13 years, 9 months ago
                                                            ghost and goblins is the best one on here. yes i think it is better then smb3.
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