Before the days of the internet, way back in the dark and bleak times of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s kids of the day experienced the meteoric rise of computers and games consoles. We went from a world of everything being beige and brown to BIG BRIGHT COLOURS almost overnight! Seems a foreign concept today to kids, a world without screens, games, multichannel tv and of course the internet but it did really exist.
The kids of the late 70’s and early 80’s were the test bed for what has now become a multimillion dollar industry.
Back then you waited for tapes to load games while you had your tea or played football, sat for hours typing in games from a magazine only to find they didn’t work and had one computer at school between 30, if you were lucky. The early days of computers evoke a warm fuzzy memory were everything was simpler, easier, yet harder in a strange way, everything was more real and authentic somehow.
For a long time the retro gaming world has been alive and kicking online, you’ve been able relive those early computing memories playing games such as Manic Miner, Chuckie Egg and Horace Goes Skiing for years. BUT … it’s simply isn’t the same.
It seems thousands of people out there share that same nostalgia for the late 70’s and early 80’s as I have, so much so over the last year or so the fight to bring a rebooted ZX Spectrum back to life has been raging. Crowd funding gone bad campaigns with the ZX Spectrum Recreated machine that promised first to wow and now feels veiled in mystery and subterfuge. Even Sir Clive Sinclair has re-emerged as part of the Sinclair Vega Plus project, also crowd funded to the tune of £410,000, but even that seems to be slowly hitting the buffers after some fallout between board members.
Often history repeats itself and just like back in the 80’s slowly but surely the UK computer scene was engulfed by the likes of Nintendo, so it seems to be happening again. It takes a Japanese company to get it right hey? They did it with motorbikes and cars, then did it again with computer games.
Enter the rebooted Nintendo NES Classic Edition – miniaturised and compact, available on November 11th 2016! The new retro mini version of the classic and ground breaking games console comes comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.
Each title is sure to bring back fond memories and produce plenty of new ones. Players can even enjoy playing many of these games together by attaching a second Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller, sold separately.
To top it all the packaging looks really retro too!
With multiple save points throughout the games, you can pick it up and put it down whenever you like, a new thing for the NES, for those who don’t realise with the original you couldn’t save your game progress. Switch the old one off and you went right back to the start!
With a price point of $59.99 and the pound being as weak as it is it will probably land in the UK at £59.99.
Given it’s launch is November 11th 2016 this is the perfect gift for all those Generation X kids. They can sit on Christmas Day and play games to their hearts content, maybe this time the Baby Boomers will join in! We can all have a laugh while the iGen kids sit glued miserably to a small screen scrolling though instagram pictures, getting paranoid that there lives are less fruitful than the people online they they don’t really know whilst chatting via short messages instead of having a real chat.
One day they may look back and wonder what it was like to be part of a gang, to have real fashions trends, proper music genres and to have an identity to be a part of. Oh I long for the 80’s 🙁
Or maybe we should all just listen to the Baby Boomers who probably all exclaimed back in the day, this computer lark is no good it will ruin your eyes, little did they realise it didn’t just ruin your eyes and stop you playing out, it changed the whole fabric of the world for ever. Maybe we should become even more nostalgic and all get out more and enjoy real life, a game of hopscotch anyone, skipping maybe, ball on a wall, or British Bulldog?
Erm maybe I’ll just full fill my life long dream first, to complete all of Super Mario Bros! “Mum tell them all I’m not playing out” 🙂