Switch Week: Back in my Day…


I have personally been playing video games since I was old enough to pick up a controller and read on my own. Before then, I had watched my father, uncles and, occasionally, my older sister play games. While I’ve played games on the NES, the first console I have concrete memories of is the SNES. Back then, we’d simply have the game cartridge that housed the entire game — no DLC nonsense — and a controller or two in order to enjoy the video game.

I believe I started playing games once I was able to pick up a controller, too. However, I enjoyed watching you play mostly. I didn’t start seriously playing games on my own until I was much older. While I remember watching you play games on the SNES, my earliest memories are from the Nintendo64. I remember playing Pokemon Stadium with you all the time. We’d pop the game in, occasionally have to take it back out to blow in it, hit power, grab the controller, and then begin to play. It was that easy, that simple.

Back then, you unlocked secret characters by playing the game, devoting hours to learning the world. Now you unlock extra characters with a credit card. Back then, your save files were on the cartridges themselves. Now you pay extra for more storage space so you can download and save games. There are times when I miss the simpler past of video games.

The difference between then and now is that everything is all about money and things are much more expensive than they used to be. Nintendo is a business and that comes first, despite how much they love their audience.

And yet… back in our day, multiplayer games were only for two people. Now, we’re able to connect and enjoy games with people all around the world. Back then, the graphics and music were wonderful, but now we have HD images and orchestras to blow us away. Back then, we were told to sit farther back from the television or we’ll ruin our eyes. Now, we have virtual reality.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
It’s amazing how far technology has come, isn’t it? And it makes me wonder how it’s going to be just two years from now. While they’re promoting the Switch I’m sure they’ll begin working on something new and it makes me wonder how amazing that will be. Video games fascinate me and not just because they’re fun, but because of all the time, effort, art, and creativity that goes into it.

While there are times when I miss the simple old days of gaming, it’s remarkable how far we’ve reached in terms of technology and community. I’m sure the Switch will continue to push onward and promote that sense of kinship among gamers, and I’m looking forward to it.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Playing the old games fills me with joy, but that’s also what the virtual console is for. I too am looking forward to what the Switch brings us and what the future holds for gaming.

Are there any features you wish the Switch has that older consoles had? Do you miss the older consoles and/or are you absolutely in love with the new technology? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. I love old consoles and have been playing them since I was really young too. Of course, I’m excited for Switch too! If there’s one thing I would change, I would improve the d-pad, both in terms of placement and feel. Recent d-pads haven’t felt as good as the NES and SNES controllers. Part of it is the move to analog stick control and motion controls. But I love my d-pad. So precise. I wish Pro Controllers were packed in with the system.

    1. D-pads work wonderfully — I’m playing a Link to the Past on the Wii U’s virtual console, and I cannot use the analog stick to control Link (to be fair, I’ve had plenty of fails trying to control him at all, but in my defense, I haven’t played this game in years!). I heard the Pro Controllers’ pre-orders were also out of stock, like the Switch in many places! Rachel and I would definitely love to get one or two of those as well.

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