I never journeyed across the Mushroom Kingdom or traveled through time to find a legendary sword. I knew nothing about the latest Kirby, Pokemon, or Metroid. I was in a bubble; I played games on another planet. Now I long for a past that I never had. I wish I had grown up as a Nintendo kid.
Alas, I was brainwashed by my older brother into believing that PC reigned over all even before the PC supremacy or PC Master Race memes were around. I would only play PC games. Stuff like Command and Conquer, Warcraft 2 then 3, Starcraft, The Sims, Empire Earth, and Medal of Honor, to name a few, populated my collection.
I’m not saying that these games were bad. The problem was that I thought most console games were garbage. Typically, I wouldn’t touch a console game unless it was more on the mature side like Grand Theft Auto or Halo. I had a special dislike for Nintendo console games; Those were for children and I was mature for my age.
I was such a fool.
My distance from Nintendo worsened in middle school when I developed my World of Warcraft addiction. A phase that didn’t end until high school. By then, the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii were in living rooms.
When I snapped out of my trance, and escaped Azeroth, I was much chunkier from my sedentary existence and back on track going outside and playing games like Portal(On Xbox 360 wink* wink*), Gears of War, Call of Duty, and Crackdown. Still, something was missing from my repertoire. I picked up a Wii, like everyone else and their grandma at the time, but I never felt urge to play with the dumb controllers and it gathered dust for years and years.
I love video games and I love the culture. I watch loads of Let’s Plays and listen to tons of podcasts to stay deeply versed on the video game industry. It seems that all the influencers I like to follow, along with many of my friends, have a strong attachment to Nintendo … a passion I just don’t feel. The more I listen to other opinions and perspectives the more I realize that, based on the amount of time I have to play games, it would make the most sense for me to play Nintendo games.
Level based games made of pure fun with well defined goals and colorful palettes. The ultimate pick-up-and-play experiences. Perfect for a person who loves games and doesn’t have mush time for them. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to build up a love for the older games like Ocarina of time or Super Mario 64 in my 20s. It’s too late for me.
Who knows. Maybe the Switch will be the thing I need. That’s why I’m taking a shot with it. I’m going to pick up the new 3D Mario game and Breath of the Wild and I’ll see where it takes me. Maybe there is a spot for Nintendo somewhere inside of me. I could still become a Nintendo Kidult.