I have a lot of things to say about Nintendo's disastrous financial report. But who needs all that negativity? I'm on vacation, and about to visit New York for the first time. Among the must-do items on my five-day tour is a stop by the Nintendo World Store, also a first for me (of course).
That got me to thinking about video game firsts on a personal level. Specifically, what was your first game? The first you ever played? The first you ever owned? The first you finished / beat? The first you gave up on?
Here are some of my favorite firsts. Share yours below!
FIRST ARCADE GAME
Probably either Pac-Man or Galaga, as I can recall playing cocktail versions of both as a little kid (I wasn't tall enough to reach the stand-up cabinets). I remember a little bit of my fifth birthday party at a Chuck E. Cheese in Hurst, Texas, and I'm sure they had arcade games there, but I don't recall playing any of them. Still, I think my first game experience had to be around that time.
FIRST HOME CONSOLE GAME
My first home console was an Atari 7800! It either came with Pac-Man packed-in, or the game was purchased separately by my father for me. I got the console right after my parents got divorced, and they were both racked with guilt or something, so they were buying me stuff left and right. Incidentally, I hated the Atari and, even as a first-grader, I found its Pac-Man port to be unplayable, and I made my dad return the unit in exchange for an NES. I had good game judgment even back then.
FIRST NES, SUPER NES, GAME BOY, NINTENDO 64, WII AND WII U GAMES
I was across the board with the pack-in titles for most of my other consoles: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Tetris, Super Mario 64, Wii Sports and Nintendo Land, respectively. I still adore them all and play them regularly to this day, except Wii Sports, though I did download Wii Sports Club on my Wii U. It's aight.
FIRST SEGA GENESIS / MEGA DRIVE GAME
I have an oddly specific memory of this: it was a demo of Altered Beast, played on a display at a Sears store. I kind of liked it! But not enough to defect to SEGA.
FIRST PC GAME
Do Apple II games count? Because the first game I ever played on any computer was probably Math Blasters or Number Munchers for the ol' green-and-black monochrome monstrosity. Like many Americans my age, I also logged hundreds of hours on The Oregon Trail via Apple's slightly-less-noisy-than-a-jackhammer 5.25" floppy drive. Strictly speaking, my first PC-DOS game was Civilization and / or the shareware version of Wolfenstein 3-D.
FIRST GAME BOY COLOR GAME
Probably Tetris DX? I don't think the game was included as a pack-in, but I honestly don't remember. I only ever owned a handful of GBC games, and that was definitely the first.
FIRST PLAYSTATION GAME
Battle Arena Toshinden. I was a Street Fighter II kid (and I still am), but Toshinden really bowled me over at the time. Mine was a house divided; I had an N64, and my younger brother opted for a PS1. I played his games more than he did mine. Hmm.
FIRST GAME BOY ADVANCE GAME
Weirdly enough, it was Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku. I have never owned or even played any of the Super Mario Advance titles.
FIRST NINTENDO DS GAME
New Super Mario Bros., played on my 3DS. I never owned a DS. (Skipped GameCube, too.)
FIRST NINTENDO 3DS GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. I eased into this generation with an old friend.
FIRST GAME I EVER FINISHED
I'm pretty sure it was Super Mario Bros. 3. For whatever reason, I really mastered that game, yet fell short with its two precursors. I suspect this was simply a matter of age; I was five years old when SMB1 came out, and 9 or 10 when I picked up SMB3. I think I was really traumatized by SMB1 because I didn't actually beat it for the first time until I was in college. F***ing Hammer Bros.
Your turn! And if you're in the NYC area (Zarnyx?), let me know and I'll message you if you want to meet up at Nintendo World or whatever. It's supposed to be freaking cold all week, though, so I can't say I blame anyone for wanting to stay indoors.