Earlier this week we discovered what Nintendo's best and worst consoles are. It was interesting to see the results and great to read everybody's comments - people are definitely divided when it comes to the question of what's the best Nintendo game of all time. I know I found it difficult thinking about which console I'd choose as my overall favourite.
I found it so tough as I adore my Wii and play my 3DS every day (it's hard to remember a time when I wasn't Streetpassing). However, my dearest Nintendo memories are with the older consoles, especially the SNES and N64 because these are the consoles that introduced me to the wonderful world of Nintendo and its iconic characters.
I discovered Super Mario World on the SNES pretty late. In fact I'm sure the N64 had already been released by this point, but I'd never really played videogames before. I certainly didn't follow any videogame news and I'd only watched others play on consoles.
The truth was that I was a little nervous. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to work the controls or even play correctly. This was until I saw Super Mario World and I remember trying it out for the first time by myself.
Immediately I was hooked. The colours were bright, the controls were simple and the story was fun and I was immediately hooked: a happy little kid, playing my Super Mario World over and over unaware that there was a more advanced Nintedo console that would blow my little kid mind away. Little did I also know that this was just the beginning and videogames were going to remain a big part of my life.
My friend had a Nintendo 64 and I was excited to try it out! I wasn't nervous about playing games anymore and I remember picking up the N64 controller and thinking 'how on earth was this going to be comfortable to hold?' But it was. It was extremely comfortable and I loaded up a game that my friend had been playing previously. It was incredible! Everything was 3D. My character was walking about in every direction plus there was so much to explore and other characters to interact with.
It was like the walls that had surrounded me whilst playing my SNES had suddenly disappeared and I was in this new world where there seemed to be no boundaries. I was entering Hyrule Field for the first time will always be a Nintendo memory that stands out in my life and if I had to pinpoint an exact moment when I became a true Nintendo fangirl, this was it! I'd never played anything like Ocarina of Time before.
I was a hero, I had a horse and I was galloping off on an epic adventure that would take me from the bottom of the deepest lakes to the highest mountains and all to save the Princess.
Shortly after that I also discovered my future firm-favourites, Super Mario 64 (pictured below), Banjo Kazooie, Lylat Wars, Goldeneye, Pokemon Snap and Stadium! My gaming heart had well and truly been stolen by this small machine.
Another favourite N64 childhood memory was having friends over and playing Mario Party 2! 50 turns? Of course! And what's really great, is that these first gaming chums also remain my close friends today and yes, we still enjoy N64 Mario Party nights!
So it's almost November and pretty soon I'll have my Wii U. But you know what? My Nintendo 64 will always remain plugged in and ready to go by the TV. For me, it will never go out of date. Sometimes the smartest, most advanced and up to date tech is not what makes something the best, sometimes it's the thing which has given you those special memories that last forever. I'm really interested to hear which console is your favourite but more importantly why? Vote now in the poll and comment below.
Tom assures me that the best comments will be used in a special feature on ONM!