When you were younger, did you play board games, or did you play computer games? Myself, I was more of the latter (though you can’t beat a game of Monopoly or Snakes and Ladders!). And I’m now showing my age as I had a Gameboy, along with a Sega Master System II and a Super Nintendo.
I loved my Gameboy, which my dad actually handed it down to me. It had my favourite game franchise, which was Zelda. In my opinion Zelda was the original free roaming game.
And as such, when Dan and myself visited Southampton recently, we stumbled across a retro gaming store (which was gaming on one side and wedding dresses on the other, I guess stereotypically appealing to both sexes!).
We had a bit of a browse, and we ended up purchasing a Gameboy Advance, which plays the Gameboy Advance games in colour, but is also backwards compatible and you can play the original Gameboy games on it too. We also purchased a Zelda game, a Rayman game and a Tetris game for Dan. And Dan has since purchased a Mario game too.
I know we have mobile phones these days to play full techincolour games on, but back when I was a child, this was amazing! A game system you can carry with you! No more long boring car journeys! Bed times under the duvet cover staying up to complete that super tricky levels was the norm.
But even now, maybe as I’m getting older, I find the fun in revisiting these games and still getting stuck on the first boss!
Admittedly now I know the state of graphics today, it does show up the Gameboy’s basicness, but as a kid I think you don’t need all the frills to make a game fun. I mean Mario is still around and personally I perfer the 2D Mario games to the 3D versions.
Also a bonus with the Gameboy is no plug! It did come with a mains plug, but what gave it it freedom was it only needed 4 x AA batteries and would last for what felt like weeks. Compare that to a mobile phone for gaming and you’re charging it every day.
And if you want to see what today’s kids think of such a relic, you can watch this video here…
Any way I would love to know what games you enjoyed as a child. Drop me a comment below!
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