“The following is a contributor post by the Middle-aged Horror Mage.”
Growing up in the ’80s, I was definitely a Nintendo kid. I had one, my babysitter had one, my friends had one… you get the picture. What we’d often do, in order to experience as many different games as possible, is ask our parents for games that none of the other neighborhood kids had. That way we could head over to one another’s house, eat snacks, yell a lot, and play all sorts of games – good and bad. Kids are clever little brats.
In my earlier years, I had no idea console generations even existed. I was born in 81, never heard of the Atari, and got into the original Nintendo the year it released. As far as young Bradley was concerned, he’d be playing the NES for the rest of his life and that sounded awesome!
Being super into gaming, many of us in the Baltimore suburb of Glen Burnie, Maryland picked up or subscribed to different video game magazines. When they started talking about the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and TurboGrafx 16, I was mostly confused. Will my old games work on the new console? How was I going to convince my parents to buy me one?
The latter concern aside, a friend and I devised a plan: he would ask for a Super Nintendo and I would ask for a Sega Genesis. It was perfect! We’d have tons of games to play and wouldn’t have to worry so much about double-dipping. He’d get Super Mario World, F-Zero or Pilotwings and I’d ask for Altered Beast or Ghouls n’ Ghosts, and then we’d spend the night at each other’s house on the weekends to nerd it up.
That’s how it was supposed to go, though. The little turd ended up asking for a Sega Genesis as well. *shakes fist*
Prior to this knowledge, I was floored to wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap a brand-new Genesis with a copy of Ghouls n’ Ghosts! My first “next generation” console! And also his.
My disappointment in his betrayal was short-lived, though, as I learned he received Space Harrier II, Tommy Lasorda Baseball, and Altered Beast – three games that I didn’t. At least we could go back to the first plan and buy and share games the other one didn’t.
Although this anecdote has an overexaggerated sense of pre-teen treachery, it’s still my favorite Christmas memory to this day. I loved my Nintendo to death and used it often to pass time and get lost in adventures. I was an only child, so in a silly way, the NES was my robot brother. Discovering that newer, more powerful consoles were coming soon blew my undoubtedly mullet-covered mind!
Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t ask for a TurboGrafx 16. Our local shops stopped carrying that stuff within the next six months.
Trash is the Middle-age Horror Mage here at TWRM, an irregular co-host on The Unlikely Herocast podcast for CA! Radio, and sole contributor for his own games-related website, Cheap Boss Attack. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania!
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