Ah, the frivolous post.
This will be mindless, meaningless and will have no impact on your day. But it sure will be fun to type.
Yesterday, my old college roommate, Steve Crockett, sent me a link to a website that took me back to college. Was it a link to photos of old college friends? Was it a link to someone's blog who I haven't thought of in years? Was it a reminder of how much I love ACU (even though we are moving...)?
Nope. That would be meaningful...
The website he sent me is called ConsoleClassix. On that site, you can play practically every Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game available. Everything from "Adventure" to "Yar's Revenge" and everything in between. Talk about a blast from the past. We played a ton of Nintendo when we were in college. Hours and hours of the greatest games ever. Sure Xbox and PS2 are great, but this is greatness.
What a great site. I had forgotten about half of these games and never played the rest of them. Sure my kids make fun of me for these games with awful "side-scrolling" graphics and bad music. But they are the games I grew up with. There are some funny memories associated with some of these games.
However, you can't do this kind of blog entry without a list. So, in honor of my friend, Steve Crockett, I give you my top 10 Atari and Nintendo Games of all time.
10. Karate Champ.
Karate Champ was one of those games no one ever admitted to liking. So I won't do it either. I hated this game, but strangely couldn't stop playing it.
Kaboom! was a game from the Atari era that was a blast. All you did was catch bombs in a bucket of water. Simple. Stupid. Addicting.
8. Solomon's Key
Exceptionally underrated game. Very easy and yet really, really frustrating. My friend David Hancock would play this game all night while listening to "White Lion", yet he is completely normal...
7. Mike Tyson's Punch Out.
How many of you remember beating Glass Joe? How about Bald Bull? C'mon, be honest...Mike Tyson's Punch Out was a great game. Maybe should be top five...
6. Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
I may get challenged on this, but Super Mario is not a top five game. I know it started a string of games, but it's my dorky list. Not top five. Duck Hunt, however...
5. Legend of Zelda
I don't know anyone that didn't finish this game. That is how sad we were in the early 90's. Anyway, I showed Zelda to Cayce (my 9 year old) last night and she laughed and said it looked ridiculous. This morning she asked me to play it when she gets home from school. Ridiculous? I think not.
My wife's favorite game of all time. That is probably why it made it this far up the list. I love her. Well, that and the fact that he made a "Tarzan" sound when he swung on the vine... Greatness.
3. RBI Baseball
My friend Garrett can still hum the music that plays during the game. Nolan Ryan and Tony Armas were sick. Bob Stanley and and Jose Oquendo were not. I cannot tell you how many hours I spent in Chad Land and Mike Harris' room in Mabee Hall playing RBI baseball. I loved being the Red Sox and taking on the Mets or Angels. But I think my all time favorite RBI Baseball player was Kirby Puckett. I loved that guy.
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start. Need I say more?
1. Tecmo Super Bowl
This was and still is the greatest video game of all time. You can have Halo. You can have Madden. I love this game. My roommates and I would listen to Led Zeppelin, Del Amitri and Journey every night and play this. Nothing brought more joy and more anger than Tecmo Bowl. Bo Jackson and Christian Okoye were awesome. So were "QB Bills" and Joe Montana. The Browns, however, were terrible. Great memories.
So there you have it. The definitive top ten. You also got a bonus look at the nerd side of me.
And it didn't even cost you any rupees...