The year was 1985 and the world was introduced to one of the greatest innovations in modern technology. The Nintendo Entertainment System was the most popular system for a decade, having few consoles that even challenged its capabilities. It wasn’t until 20 years later than Nintendo felt the need to truly upgrade their system with the Wii in 2006.
One of the most sought after toys during this year’s holiday shopping was the reintroduction of the Nintendo system. The NES Classic Edition appealed to the inner kid of every adult, but also the world of new gamers who wanted to dive into a traditional toy. This miniature version offered 30 classic games, but included an HDMI hookup that would have never been found in the original. So, hook it up to your smart TV and school those young bucks.
What kids today don’t know is that Nintendo basically invented gaming. Oh, did you know that Nintendo invented jumping in gaming? Which means their parents (you) are inherently better with A, B button dexterity. Donkey Kong introduced us to Mario and he was this crazy jumping plumber. It’s available in the new version and we’re pretty sure you know the pattern of rolling barrels to get the highest score.
Of course Super Mario Bros. is a necessary addition to the classic. Alternate turns with kids to try getting to and defeating Bowser. Remember the warp pipes? Leave little gamers in awe by skipping ahead a few levels and then hurrying underneath Bowser’s jump as he spits fire. Pro tip, point out to little eyes that the clouds and bushes are exactly the same. Seriously.
There’s a new Zelda coming out in 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already available for preorder. After a 100 year slumber, Link is back at it. But, where did Link come from? The original Zelda is considered one of the most popular Nintendo games of all time. Parents can arm Link with his sword without needing the map, and probably still name all eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Grab them all and rescue Zelda in the ninth dungeon.
Originally released in 1993, Kirby’s Adventure features classic gaming elements in running and jumping to avoid injuries. Swallow enemies to copy their abilities or suck them in and spit them out to do some damage. Prove to kids that you’re the ultimate Nintendo master by easily defeating the boss. After the first blow, pause the game for a few seconds. Upon starting it again, you’ll have injured him to half health to make the final blows easier.
Kids will be in awe as they watch their parents play and win, over and over, no matter the game. They’ll be attempting to figure it all out while parents sit back watching it take kids twice as long, or earning lesser point totals. Wait, who was the console actually bought for?