Back in the day, I was very much a fan of the Commodore 64 before progressing to the Amiga. Consoles were not for me – despite spending 95% of time playing games, I valued the option to stop that and explore utilities and maybe even think about programming (still at that stage, sadly…)
It wasn’t until the late 90s that I tried a Nintendo Entertainment System, and by then I’d already fallen for the N64 and the original PlayStation. While my first satisfactory platform gaming experience was probably Turrican (and all that followed would be held to the same standard) I later had the chance to fall in love with The Addams Family video game.
Which brings us to Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 2, games I had no real exposure to until I grabbed a Nintendo Classic Mini shortly after its release. So, this #MAR10 day (March 10th > MAR10 > Mario, yeah?) let’s take a look at the very first time I played Super Mario Bros 2 back in 2018.
I’ll be honest – I shouldn’t really be sharing this as the performance is terrible. Raised on one-button joysticks, I’ve never come to terms with the inherent squareness of the NES controller. In my head, I’m controlling a game with a toy brick, which might explain how goddamn terrible I am at this game…
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.