My very first game console that I owned was a Nintendo GameCube. The day we got it, my brother and I would obsess endlessly over the advanced graphics of the time. We would sit around for hours just watching Mario run around Delfino Plaza and watch him swim through the crystal clear waters that surround the island. My brother and I were never any good at actually playing the game like it was supposed to, but I knew that the controller that I had in my hands was something magical.
Ever since then, I would obsess over every Nintendo product that would come out. Christmas of 2006 was a heart breaker for me, as I wasn’t able to get my hands on the brand new Wii that all my classmates were talking about. They could actually swing their arms with the Wiimote and hit a home run without any prior knowledge of baseball or even video games for that matter. The mere thought of actually being a part of the game was so enticing to me that I would invite myself over to friends houses just so I could play the Wii.
When the Wii U was released I identified myself as being “too cool” for video games. None of the new releases for the console interested me, and I was amidst friends who believed that the PS3 and the Xbox 360 were the only true consoles that people should play. Succumbing to peer pressure I would ask my parents for one of these two systems, but would always be met with a no. So, to fill my time, I would play old Wii classics and pretend that I was never truly interested in them. What the world outside me didn’t know was that it became a life goal of mine to beat New Super Mario Bros Wii. I adored the critically panned Link’s Crossbow Training and had a huge crush on Daisy. I was able to obtain first place on every cup on every difficulty in Mario Kart Wii, and I would go back to the GameCube every now and then to remember the good times I had playing the console.
It’s now 2019 and I have tried to collect most major Nintendo consoles or emulators like the NES and SNES Classics. I love my Wii U and will defend the console from any haters that continually criticize the console. I want a Switch but I currently don’t have the funds to obtain one. I dream of the day I get to defeat Calamity Ganon, or dance with Pauline in New Donk CIty. Splatoon is very underrated in my opinion, and Smash Bros continues to be the definitive fighting game, even if I have only played a few seconds of Ultimate.
Since Nintendo was with me growing up, I want it to be with me for the rest of my life. The consoles have a unique charm to them regardless of what generation they came out. I have tried PlayStations and Xboxes since then, but nothing has come close to making the childish enjoyment come out of me like Nintendo.