I never was much of a game console nut. My video game crazes mostly played out on the PC. But I did play the Atari in the 70s, the C64 in the 80s and the NES and SNES in the early 90s, when I wrote for Nintendo mags and borrowed the hardware from my employers. The SNES was the last console I paid any attention to.
11-y-o Junior loves all kinds of video games, particularly on-line multiplayer ones like Roblox and Runescape. But he’s also installed emulator software on the PC and played a lot of old games that originally ran on machines he’s never actually seen. He’s got a Wii which allows him to download and play old Nintendo games cheaply. In fact, he’s so into the old stuff that he subscribes to Retro Gamer magazine. This is a mag where you’ll find long interviews with the people behind Spyhunter and Arkanoid. So now we’ve made an agreement to sell his disused Nintendo DS and its cartridges and put some of the money into a certain really old game console. It arrived today. It’s a SNES made in 1994.
Junior can get all the games he likes for this machine for free over the net and play them on the PC with an emulator. But somehow he feels that running real cartridges on a real SNES makes for a better experience. So tonight it’s been Super Mario World for him.