Don’t get me wrong, I love the new video games, the Call of Duty franchise is awesome! But, there is something about the classic Nintendo games that still excites me today. I still have my old school Nintendo hooked up to my modern LCD TV screen. I still take the time to blow on the connectors so that the game will start up without the glitches.

So what made the 8-bit NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) system so compelling that it spawned hundreds of games, and ushered in the modern video game era? Well simply put, it was the quality games. Nintendo itself made some amazing franchises. Mario Brothers was a phenomenal success that enjoyed several sequels on the system. Another series was the Zelda franchise, surely one of the best overhead adventure games until Final Fantasy 3. Final Fantasy, that was another great series, that is still one of the most popular RPG series of all time. And what about ExciteBike the motocross game? That game was awesome! The programmers had only 192 kilobits, and they programmed one of the best games of the Nintendo. You could make your own courses, and then play two-player on them.

Nintendo succeeded by cross licensing games, with incredible quality control. They made sure, before it got the Nintendo seal of approval that it was a game that you could play without many glitches, and was family friendly. They did not allow the cartridge makers to release poor quality games, which caused part of Atari’s decline in the late 70's and early 80's.
Nintendo, also brought out the most innovative controllers of the time. Nothing compared to the Kinect of the XBOX 360, or the Wii motion controllers. Who can forget the Power Glove? And the Power Pad was before it’s time. You could play  World Class Track Meet with your friends, and get good exercise before the Kinect.  

The games of the Nintendo era were tough! Some of the toughest ever! If you’ve ever played Battletoads, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you know what I mean. But by making the games really tough, they made the games very re-playable. Unless you were an absolute expert, you could never beat a Nintendo game on the first try. Today’s first person shooters may have beautiful graphics, but many of them can be beaten in only a few hours. The Nintendo shined in that arena. I still remmeber throwing my controller in frustration when you died on the boss level of Ninja Gaiden only to be sent back three infamously difficult levels.

But enough writing, I think I am going to turn on some Dragon Quest and destroy some Blue Slimes...