The Wonders of the Nintendo World

In the days of Halo III and the Wii, I would have thought that old-fashioned Nintendo games would be a distant memory relegated to the mental dustbin of "the bad old days." However, it seems I am not the only one to have fond memories of the 8-bit Nintendo system.

I liked to play Tetris on my gameboy when I was a kid, and occasionally, when I visited friends’ houses, I’d play the original game. If you played Tetris, you may like this modern version, called "first-person," in which the blocks do not rotate. Instead, everything else rotates.

Or you could try this version of Tetris, which combines Tetris and Super Mario Bros. Wacky fun!

I also played Super Mario Bros. quite a bit, and although I liked it, I did not like it enough to wear a sweatervest based on it. In fact I’m not sure I like anything enough to wear a sweatervest of any kind. However, these old-school games (including Pacman) made pretty good mom-based sweaters.

My favorite game, however, was Zelda, because you could save your progress. My mom would watch as I sat and played, and she even helped out by making maps to show me where I’d been, where I needed to go and exactly which critters I needed to kill and which ones I could run away from.

We had a lot of fun with Zelda, and we had a lot of fun together, which is one of the reasons I’ve never believed in the "antisocial videogamer" stereotype. Videogames are best played with other people.

I never pondered what Zelda would look like as a medieval manuscript. But it’s cool that someone did.

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