25 years ago today, the parents of many lucky children were purchasing the new Nintendo Entertainment System from NY FAO Schwartz, in all of its 8-bit glory. The games available during this launch such as Duck Hunt, Kung Fu, Excitebike, and Baseball turned out to be some of the strongest titles available during a launch. Then one year after that, the console was released to the rest of the nation.
Three years down the road, my brothers and I went out and purchased the Action Set bundle. Which came with the Zapper, Power Pad, and the Super Mario/Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet cartridge. I remember playing until my fingers blistered. The Power Pad was challenging but short lived, once you figured out just to just your hands instead of trying to run in place.
After that we got the epic movie The Wizard, which introduced Super Mario 3 and solidified a lasting impression of the NES throughout my childhood. I can still tell you the exact blowing, clicking, and reset techniques to get the game cartridges to work.
Thank you Nintendo and have a happy birthday!
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