Today I found the following:
A Sega Master System
Star Wars: Demolition
And I finally found The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
I am happy
It was December 1987, my sister Melynda was coming home from college on Christmas break and she had a box with my name on it. A few weeks earlier we had been to visit and while shopping I saw this new video game system called the Nintendo. I’d never heard or seen it before and I mentioned that I NEEDED it. When Melynda walked through the door with that box I used my jedi mind tricks on her and asked if that was my Nintendo. “Who told you?!?” she screamed. “You just did HAHAHA”. Since I already knew what it was she let me open it and my world changed. For a couple of weeks we played the hell out of Gyromite with R.O.B. and Duck Hunt. To this day I can max the score on skeet shooting.
I did eventually pay my sister back for getting me my first Nintendo. A couple of weeks after the Wii was released I got up at 4AM to stand in line for hours to get her and her kids one.
I’m working on restoring my deluxe set. I now have Duck Hunt, Gyromite, a grey Zapper, and I never lost my original R.O.B. Some of his parts are missing but that’s what Ebay is for.
Image taken from Vintage Computing and Gaming.
A couple of weeks after I got my Nintendo I went shopping with my Grandma Rentz to buy a system for my cousins. We searched all over Augusta but either the stores had never heard of a Nintendo or they were sold out. It seems that in 1987 most places weren’t giving video games a chance after the crash of 84. We finally found one at a department store called Sky City. While Grandma was checking out I was looking at the games in the glass counter. As I recall then there were just a few but one stood out. It was gold and it had an awesome name, “The Legend of Zelda”. Apparently my Grandma saw the look in my eye or maybe drool on my chin and she bought it for me. I bet she didn’t realize that 24 years later I would still be playing it. Thanks Grandma.
Zelda helped me and my Dad bond when I was in high school since he loved playing it as much as I did. The first week we had it I woke the old man up at 3 in the morning because I found the power bracelet. Much to my mothers surprise he got out of bed and had me show him where it was. Dad and I used to compete to see who could win the game the fastest. We averaged about 3 hours to complete both quests without dying. People would call our house to get help with the game and if I wasn’t home Dad could tell them what to do.
One night Dad was playing and he got a fire call. He was the chief of the local fire department and he just paused the game and we took off. About six hours later we come home to find Link in the same spot. Mom was scared to mess with it and ruin Dads game so she just muted the television and read a book. Good times.
Click the image to the right to see a fantastic banner showing the history of this remarkable series.
I always wanted one of these but couldn’t afford the price of them back in 95. I was in college and would stop by the local Toys r’ Us and play the demo. I am now looking up the schematics to build a link cable so that I can play Mario Tennis head to head.
UPDATE: I played Mario Tennis for about 15 minutes and yes, you will get a headache. I totally understand why this thing was a flop.
Here is a video showing the opening of Mario Tennis.
This video pretty much sums up why this site exists.