In response to Tabitha’s question over on her blog Arbitrary Scrawling, “If you had to choose one gaming platform to use for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?” – I have decided to answer with a blog post of my own.
Though I thought for a split second that I would choose Xbox, since that’s the main system I’ve used for the past two years, I would actually have to answer that I’d choose Nintendo systems if I could only have one platform.
Needless to say, I have a long history with Nintendo. It was literally the first system I ever had gaming experience with due to the fact my parents owned one and often played. I do not remember much from the early years, but I was told about a particular time when I was about two years old and playing Duck Hunt… but that’s a story for another post.
The earliest game I can remember playing was Super Mario Bros. 3, and I would place it as my all-time favorite game. It is one game I can never tire of playing, no matter how old I get. Just after Super Mario Bros. 3, the next game series to follow as my second favorite would be the Pokemon games that took the gaming world by force in the late 90s for Nintendo Game Boy and its following systems.
I can honestly say that I owned nearly all of the popular Nintendo systems that were released over the years, with the exception of the original Game Boy, the Super Nintendo and the current Wii U system. Thinking back over the years, my favorites were definitely the original Nintendo system, Nintendo 64, Wii and Game Boy Advance SP. All four of those systems are the consoles that can play my favorite games, but if I had to choose just one of those systems, it would be the Nintendo 64.
Why? Well, there are a ton of games that I loved to play and if I had that system back, I could easily waste a lot of hours playing those games again. I believe out of all the systems it is the most durable. Back when I used to keep mine at my dad’s old place it survived the TV falling on it, and it was one of those big, fat ones mind you. The game that was inside, Ridge Racer, also survived even though the back was cut off – and it still played as though nothing happened to it.
Sadly, I do not have all these fabulous Nintendo systems anymore – the only one still in my possession is an Atomic Purple Game Boy Color alongside my Xbox 360. However, I am leaning toward buying an original Nintendo system with a Super Mario Bros. 3 game once I graduate.
And there you have it, I am a Nintendo fan through and through. So now I pass on the question to you – if you had to choose one gaming platform for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?