Nostalgia sets in with number 4
By - Boyfriendsadrunk
Got my first NES in 1986, been gaming since then.
1986: dad brought it home, in a grocery bag, with the gun, duck hunt/mario, zelda, and excitebike... said his co worker's son had it all taken away due to bad behavior.
My favorite game was Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.
I still hear the snoring dragon….
Yeah! I started with Intellivision. Wore that little disk d-pad right out on both controllers
i lost so many of those fuckin cheap plastic things to put over the number pad for each individual game.
Those were called “overlays”
Oh shit I forgot about those plastic sheets!
Burgertime, frogger, and Qbert!
Pretty sure mine was Colecovision. I know it's different, but I always think of them as kinda the same.
I had a Coleco and the games were way better than the Atari (or at least the graphics were), like comparing a PS4 to a Switch
Still have my ColecoVision in my basement! Scared to fire it up and let the smoke out.
Did find a collection of Colecovision ROMS and have played some of my favourites in emulators.
Ditto. Controller was kinda fucked though. Am I playing a video game or making a phone call?￼
Didn't intellevision have that type of controller as well?
Came here for intellivision :D
That was my first. NIGHT STALKER was a pointlessly named game I played a lot.
Hell yeah! We had Bomb Squad, B-17 Bomber, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Mission X, Snafu, Burger Time, Lock and Chase and Tron. It worked better than our Atari.
Looks like a weird phone! That was my first.
I also had Tiger games early on too. I imagine those would count?
Yup, that was my first!
I’m with you!
No Sega Master System?
This was mine. With alex kidd built in
Did you pause on the scissors, paper, rock challenge? Or hold up and smash a+b when you died to continue?
Sega master system here too. Sega master system and Nintendo entertainment systems hardware was nearly identical.
The controllers were equally uncomfortable. I love how it really took until ps1/n64 that they considered whether the controller fit well in a hand
Sega Master System here too, I still have it in a box somewhere!!
Mine had Hang On built in. Good times
Super Mario 3, yoshi, and the devil known as teenage mutant ninja turtles
That gd water level...
Electric seaweed nightmares!
I was really young and had no idea what the oxygen tanks were, my brother told me the turtle was having sex with it and I believed him :(
Edit: They're bombs, not oxygen tanks. Whoops!
They were diffusing the bombs I believe
When I was about 6-7, I lived with my mom in a small apartment and a coworker of hers who also had a son. He was about 3-4 years older than me. We were like unofficial brothers. One night he told met that a Super Mario Brothers movie was playing on tv (this was like 1987 way before the actual movie came out). Anyway, for about an hour and a half I sat there watching this movie, asking him when Mario was going to be in it. He'd reply "Any minute now, just wait, I saw it on the commercial..."
Needless to say Mario never came out, I watched the movie until the end credits...
It was Ben-Hur.
Kids are fucking morons.
This...killled...me every time... it was an omg moment when you or someone got to that point where what like you had the turtle van or something after that?
I could reliably beat the dam level but I was usually so beat to shit that I got to explore like 10 minutes with the turtle van before game over
Fuck that water level but how amazing was the music in that game. Megaman 2 as well. NES composers created real works of art with a very primitive instrument
I thought Yoshi didn’t appear until super Mario world?
Hell yeah, mario/duck hunt, and zelda. Few others I remember, still haven't beat zelda 2.
Duck Hunt could only truly be played with the Nintendo Zapper, not pictured. Me and my friends would lay under a blanket under the table and act like snipers. A found childhood memory.
One of my first projects as a kid was using an old 80s "electronics kit" and some parts found in my dad's junk drawer to double the length of the zapper cord for duck hunt...
Bricked my first one after endless tries, second one worked after about the fifth. Still does afaik. ~7 year old me was SUPER proud.
You forgot TMNT and Chip&Dale Rescue Ranger :)
Excite bike too!
You remember the water level in TMNT? That’s what I first think of.
My mom helped me fill in the empty fold out world map for Zelda. Fond memory.
If you didn’t hold an NES controller until you had painful creases on the inside of your pinkies, get off my lawn.
Used to get blisters on my thumbs from playing Ninja Turtles
A+B combo to kill those pesky foot ninjas with one strike. Though I am not that old. We got the NES as a hand me down in 1997. Almost PS1 era.
Snes gang, super Mario world still one of the best games of all time.
That's the game that got me into gaming
True story: I first played Super Mario World on Christmas Day in 1994 when I was 6. I have played it on every single Christmas Day since then with one exception (the year I went to basic training in the Air Force). Sometimes I go for 100% completion, sometimes I speedrun it, and sometimes I just pick it up for five minutes and finish Yoshi Island before returning to my family. But any way, it's more of a holiday tradition to me than turkey dinner <3
That's actually pretty cool to have that kind of tradition
I started out with donkey kong country. Beautiful visuals and music (even better in the sequel).
First game I have clear memories of playing is A Link to the Past
I replayed mario rpg again recently, the games a masterpiece!
14 first handheld was DS lite. Still have and play with both.
With you here. Hope they do those diamond and pearl remakes justice
There are tons missing. my first was colecovision.
Mine, too! Colecovision gang!
Zaxxon, and Pitfall! Two of my all time favorite games.
Same with me!
Me too, I suppose. Had a Commodore 64 as my first ever computer, and I'm sure I remember using a joystick rather than a pad.
Commodore joysticks were pin-compatible with Atari joysticks - joystick #1 would work with a C64. Not as cool as this one though-[Epyx Joystick](https://www.vintagecomputing.com/wp-content/images/retroscan/epyx_joystick_large.jpg)
OMG I loved that joystick. That is until one of us broke the tip off playing a track and field game and needing to left/right the hell out of it to win some of the events.
Same here, though if Pong was pictured I’d pick that. 😄
Yeah, I picked number one because there was no image for pong controller, I was born in 77 LOL
73 here. Plus, where’s the Sega Master System controller? No Intellivision? No Colecovision?
Yeah I noticed that sms was missing too. I forgot about colecovision / intellivision to be honest
No Magnavox Odyssey 2 or Vectrex?
Born in '65. I was looking for the pinball flipper button.
It's heartwarming you're older than me. Good luck, fellow old person.
I agree with the sentiment but think it should just be a quarter slot for both pinball and arcade cabinets.
Edit: OMG, thanks for the silver.
1972 here. My question exactly. They always forget at least a few of those.
Hey there, fellow 77-er.
Yep, fellow 77’er here. #1 was my first, sadly.
I was working in a bar about 1975 then they rolled in this new table game called Pong.
45 years later, still playing.
1 as well, but where’s Turbo Graphix 16 or 3DO?
1 as well but I used a 7800 controller, player 2 got the 2600 one.
Damn 3's don't seem to be too popular in this thread I guess
Edit: ok, we're getting there now lol
3 was something I’d only ever play at a friends house, Nintendo vs sega was real, none of us could afford to have both.
Yeah and back then we had video stores and we didn't buy these games, we rented them. While we were there we would always try to peek around the curtain.
I had a Sega Genesis and played it a ton but my very first machine was the NES.
I noticed that too! Had to scroll pretty far down to find my people.
THERE ARE DOZENS OF US!
Sonic 2, Sonic 3, Panic on Funktron, and Gunstar Heroes all day.
I found my people.
3! In Aus it was the Sega Mega Drive.
Mega Drive in South East Asia too!
First games: Golden Axe, Sonic 2, Streets of Rage.
Sly Cooper, Jak series, Tony Hawk, Ratchet and Clank and so many more masterpieces
MX vs ATV, Kingdom Hearts 2, Final Fantasy XII and an unspoken classic Snoopy vs the Red Baron
ATV off-road fury, metal arms, crash bandicoot, that bomber squad game, dak and the power of juju, sonic, star wars battlefront 2
Same here. Good old ps2.
its so good I bought a ps2 to play the games I already had for the console when it broke
Late millennial/early zoomer gang
What even are we lol
Whatever is convenient for a given situation
Young enough to use tiktok. Old enough to have 401(k)s.
Lmfao great explanation. I just turned 24 and I feel like this age group is in limbo between millennials and zoomers
edit: got dammit on my throwaway account. I promise I’m not an alt righter
Dern kids and their dual sticks.
Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Donkey Kong 64, & Super Smash Bros.
I feel like Mario, Kart, Zelda, Star Fox, Goldeneye, and Smash Bros were all games that you NEEDED to have.
Goldeneye and Perfect Dark
I musta played star fox 64 1000 times and beat it every way possible…. Or maybe I didn’t… digging mine out rn
Ahh, the vestigial third hand club! Best controller ever
Ha yeah, confusing holding patterns depending on the game but easily still one of my favourites
Am I the only one who has never had a problem with it? It's clearly designed to have either a d-pad grip, or a stick grip.
Every once in a while a game would use them all and it could be stressful.
17, I started only last year
Nothin wrong with that, everyone starts on different platforms at different times in their lives. You’ll be nostalgia tripping on the first games you played before you know it lol.
Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider. That's where I started!
Spyro for sure
Recently completed the Spyro Trilogy on the Switch. Very nostalgic yet still fun to play. Highly recommend it!
As someone who started with Playstation, I have to point out Twisted Metal.
Twisted Metal 2: World Tour. What an amazing game. I can’t find a copy of it anywhere.
Yaassss i remember my dad getting me a ps1 when i was like 4 in 1999 , i'd spend like hours hogging the crt tv not letting my grandparents watch their shows lol
Same but my first ones had analog sticks
Ps1 gang right here
Edit: named wrong console
Actually 7 is PS1 right?
My dad was a SEGA loyalist when I was born, so we were a Genesis household.
My parents liked it because they offered biblical games lol
My dad liked it because of Sonic. He was also 19 when my mom got pregnant, worrying about getting that last chaos emerald
Mario Kart Double Dash was my first game, followed by Animal Crossing, Kirby Air ride, and Sunshine
sunshine was the first game i ever beat and i wouldn’t have it any other way :)
One of my favorite games of all time! I wasn't good enough to beat it when I was little though, took me til I was a teenager to be able to do it lmfao.
Kirby air ride is so sinfully underrated
GameCube generation let’s go
I have finally found my people
Took me enough scrolling
And the game Windwaker
While windwaker wasnt my first game it was my first zelda game and made me fall in love with the series
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle anyone?
Same here, Wii for life
The wii is what got me into gaming, and my mom regrets buying it
Your mom just misses spending time with you.
Wii was my introduction, DS was what got me into it
Just way more convenient
Number 1 gang . Doesn’t seem to be to many of us on this thread.
There's dozens of us!
Past our bedtimes.
I had Commodore 64 then got my Atari, so a keyboard was my first
i start with gameboy advance
Yeah where are the other handhelds like the ds and it's variations, the Gameboy, the psp, PS Vita and so on.
Also mouse and keyboard.
8 first, then 7 for me
Another 8??? Brother!!
Had to scroll way down to find another 8. Sonic adventure was my shit
The second one. My dad had to drain my thumb blisters.
Still have no idea how my tiny 5 year old hands were able to use that big ass controller.
That original controller was HUUUGE!
Finally! Was starting to think I was alone here in 11 gang
Yessss I scrolled way too long to find my 11 gang!
360 was my childhood lmao
Finally.. another 12
Finally, I found someone that started with a 360. Minecraft, bo2, and lego batman 2 were the shit
I just sat and played the minecraft tutorial on the 360 with my friends
Good times, good times
Broooo I played that tutorial so much too. I didn't buy the game for a while, the tutorial was enough. I remember being fascinated by the auto generating cobble bridge
Endless hours of sonic and nba jam haha
Intellivision with that wacky disc thing and the sheets you had to insert for each game…
“Had to” insert? The sheets were amazing! Could never have made games like Intellivision Baseball or Sea Battle without it…
Started on 11 but have played all
Where is a keyboard?
I came here searching for the same thing. We had cassette player with the keyboard and a black and white clunky tv.
You’re not alone
Same. I still remember being so excited to play Destiny after watching my dad, and being terrible at it
Where's the Colecovision controller?
My first consoles were a Vectrex, and a ColecoVision. Then my family got Sega 8bit Master System.
Where's the Intelivision controller?
Damn, I'm old.