So I had to start this series with the first ever video game I played which was Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Mario is an icon that gamers and non-gamers all know and love. I remember back when I was 6 and my aunt bought me my first video game system the Nintendo Entertainment System and I immediately fell in love with video games. The great part about Super Mario Bros. is that it is a very simple game and although easy at first it is here where I discovered the many challenges I would later face in other video games.
First off let’s talk about Mario himself. I remember wondering as a kid how can he keep hitting those blocks over and over again? I mean you’d think his head would hurt after hitting so many right? Also I remember how cool it was eating a Mushroom and Mario growing not to mention eating a flower and being able to shoot fireballs at your enemies I’m glad I wasn’t one of those kids who tried to implement said things in real life. I also remember this being the first time I ever raged in a video game because those levels later on were crazy especially the ones with the platforms that fall after being on them so long. However, it wasn’t until I discovered what would end up being a video game cliche….
Water levels. Yes those ridiculous water levels. Ever since they were introduced to me in Super Mario Bros. I have since despised water levels in any game. Sure the music of the infamous Super Mario Bros. water levels can be a bit soothing however nothing can sooth the rage you will have when trying to beat those levels. There are even times to this day that I still here that catchy water level tune when playing other video games with water levels in them. This is when I found out that water in video games is bad.
After beating Super Mario Bros. I felt like I had truly accomplished something I remember how good it felt beating a video game and it was this same feeling that made me come back for more. I kept playing SMB over and over again trying to beat my high score and this is when I realized that although video games are fun they are also challenging and that is another reason why I kept coming back. It was man vs machine. Brian & Mario vs King Koopa. Good vs Evil and after I had vanquished evil I was ready to take on more.
Nintendo and Mario helped me get into video games in a way that no other game at that time really could. Not to mention Mario helped me start my love for Nintendo as a whole and to this day I don’t care what negative spin anyone puts on Nintendo I still love them and to me and I’m sure to a lot of others Nintendo and Maro=Video Games.