I’m not a fan of the Wii. (Ducking to avoid the tomatoes and baby bottles)
My children have a few of the games like Wii Sports, Mario Olympics, Disney Princess, and Hot Wheels.
Don’t get me wrong, my children ADORE their Wii, and as long as I give each kid an allotted amount of time each day SO THEY DON’T TURN INTO ZOMBIES then life is lovely.
It’s just that I’ve tried these games, and well, I’m just not that crazy about playing.
I think perhaps I’m spoiled.
You see, I cut my teeth thumbs on Nintendo Super Mario.
LOVED THOSE GAMES. With their little hand held remote control, and all that JUMPING, the overalls, and the goofy music.
Sigh. Those were the days.
And yes, I have tried Wii Paper Mario. Not the same.
Do you see a pattern with me? I was the girl who could not bear to part with my 8-tracks when cassettes came into vogue. And CD’s? Well. I still have a rack of cassettes, melting in the garage because I cannot bear to part with those.
And I don’t have to tell you that my extensive LP and 45 collection still sits gathering dust and dead wasp remains out in the garage as well.
It’s a sickness. Feel free to side with Fiddledaddy. I need some sort of pack rat intervention.
My children found my old Nintendo Super Mario Brothers (original and Super Mario 3) in the bowels of my closet one day while snooping for Christmas presents. And they’ve been bugging me to set it up on the old 13 inch TV that I keep around only for the MASSIVE COLLECTION OF VHS TAPES.
Finally, a week or so ago I caved. I set it up so that Jensen could play. He has not mastered the Wii. He is my people.
It was a proud moment when I realized that my children are now bona fide Super Mario Freaks. They love this game. In fact, they’ve discovered levels and secret passages I never knew were there. And I even had the cheat notes from a book my mother found for me at a garage sale nearly 20 years ago called “Compute’s Guide to Nintendo Games”.
Oh you thought I was a near-famous actress glamming in up in Hollywood back then, didn’t you? In reality I was nothing more than a closet Nintendo Nerd. The whole actress gig was just a mere cover.
(This is my mom in 1990, during one of our marathon Mario games. The dog passed out from boredom.)
Anyhoo, I can hardly get close to my beloved Super Mario and his trusty opponent Luigi, since my children have commandeered the game. We even had to rig it by jamming Jenga blocks to hold the game down in the machine so it would play.
We resorted to Jenga blocks only because Emme’s feet kept falling asleep when I made her hold it down with her toes while playing.
Any other closet Nintendo nerds want to come out and let your freak flag fly? What was your favorite game?
And btw, I could kick some serious Centipede behind as well. Just sayin’.