Back in 1989, I was incredibly fortunate to get a NES. I’d wanted one so badly that I wrote sincere poetry about it and drew pictures.
Neither of those are things I do all that often.
I loved the heck out of that system (and still have it!), and played it every chance I got. I would get up before school (which was quite early as I had to catch the city bus each day), play as much as I could, and would play it at night after my homework was complete.
I was mildly obsessed.
In December of 1991, I got my first piano (a story for another time), and from that point on, everything was piano practice. Five hours a day, every day, for years. And if you think that’s an exaggeration, I assure you, it’s literal. I would play so long, my back started to hurt at the ripe old age of 14.
After I got that piano, all my gaming went to the wayside. Sure, I would play here and there, but it was nowhere near as often as before.
Thus began my gaming “dark days.” I didn’t play games on a regular basis again until I got my Xbox and my GameCube on the same day in 2005.
A lot happened in 14 years.
Over that decade plus, I missed a lot of consoles and a lot of games. I never had a PS1. I never had a Nintendo 64.
I also never had a Super Nintendo.
When Nintendo announced they would be releasing a SNES Classic edition, I was all over it. I saw this as my opportunity to finally own a SNES, albeit it in miniature form.
I never played Super Metroid. I never played Super Mario World. I never played A Link to the Past. I never played Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario RPG, Secret of Mana, or Earthbound.
I have missed so much.
I got an email notification last night from Best Buy (the one and only time I’ve ordered from them) that I can pick it up at our local store this morning! I will finally (26 years later) have my very own SNES! I don’t mind that it will only have a limited selection of what the SNES had to offer; it is still far more than I’ve ever had access to before.
I’m also terribly grateful I was even able to place a pre-order. Nintendo has another “situation” on their hands with supply and demand, and I’m just hoping that the vast majority of people who want one, actually get their hands on one for the retail price and won’t have to resort to scalpers. The mishandling of the NES Classic was…something. I hope Nintendo has learned from it.
But for me, I’m ever so excited to finally have a SNES!
Do you have any “dark days” of gaming? Were there stretches of time you didn’t play games or read about them? If so, what caused that? What got you back into gaming?
This weekend (provided I start to feel better, and holy heck, I’m want to feel better so badly), I’m hoping to finally tackle the raid in Destiny 2. I am also feeling very in the mood to decorate for autumn, but that will hinge upon my feeling better as well. And I wouldn’t mind checking back in on my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town (I miss you, Xanadu!), so I may do that as well.
What are your gaming plans for the weekend?