Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m having a baby next week, maybe it’s due to Covid boredom, but I have been feeling super nostalgic lately. Nostalgia is a hot topic these days too. You walk in to any game store, or used to be able to, and can find posters and figurines of characters, games, and series that I grew up with.
I often wonder what kind of games my daughter will like to play or what kind of fandom she will be a part of. Thinking about that has me reminiscing on the games I played over and over again when I was a little kid on the only game system we had or needed, the Super Nintendo.
My brother and I had to share the Super Nintendo growing up which I believe is why I am such a patient person today. Being the younger sister I was honestly lucky that I was allowed to play at all. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite games that I think still hold up after all these years.
The first one is a bit of a cheat since it features games from the original Nintendo: Super Mario Allstars.
Super Mario Allstars featured the original Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario 2, my personal favorite Super Mario 3, and the Lost Levels. We definitely played Super Mario 3 the most. I mean, who doesn’t love turning into a raccoon and flying through the sky trying to horde as many coins as possible. We also loved using the magic flute to skip entire sections of the game completely and skipping ahead to the last and hardest part of the game.
Keeping up with the Mario theme, let’s not forget about Super Mario World.
To me, this is the best of the best when it comes to Mario games. I also love that you can still play this on the Nintendo Switch, and every once in awhile I’ll throw it on and walk down memory lane. The worst part now is that I’m old and I can’t quite remember all the secret levels that I used to have no problem getting to.
The next two games helped me channel my inner 5 year old badass. Super Metroid and Super Castlevania IV.
I’m 99% certain that I never completed either one of these games, but played the same 30 minutes of them over and over again. Both games had certain spooky elements that I loved (and I truly still love anything with aliens and vampires). Super Metroid is also available to play on the Nintendo Switch. While I might have not been the best at these games, they still stand out as favorites to me.
What were your first games you got into as a kid? What should we have our daughter play first? Let us know!