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NINTENDO - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
by: -RoG-

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last updated 6/1/07

By now it should come as no surprise to you that I used to live, eat, and breathe NES games. Actually, I still do. (If you haven't tried 'em in between two slices of rye bread with some honey mustard, you don't know what you're missing.) And as much as I like to glorify the "golden age of video games", there were still quite a few products that frankly sucked Bowser's big, fiery nutsack. That being said, I've decided to give you a nice little tour of some of the best and worst things to come from the Nintendo Entertainment System era. Now this list is by no means all-inclusive, because let's face it... during the 80's there were more Nintendo products in circulation than pennies. So, if there's something that didn't make my list, feel free to email me and I just might cover it in my next update.

To start things off, I think I'll begin with the mother of all Nintendo systems...

The Nintendo Entertainment System - Deluxe Set!

Words cannot even describe how good it felt to get one of these when I was a kid. Not only did you get the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and Gyromite, but you also got the Zapper gun and ROB the Robot. So much gaming goodness all packaged neatly into a giant box that a hobo could probably live in. What more could a kid with a desire to procrastinate doing his homework want?

And the styrofoam this system came with was nothing to laugh at either. While most kids probably just threw out the styrofoam, I had to find a use for it. After all, it's not every day that you get a giant piece of styrofoam that could make a PERFECT G.I. Joe "snow battle playset". Damn straight! I remember pretending all the Joes were having a big battle at the North Pole. Of course, none of the Joes could see Storm Shadow coming, since he was a white ninja and camouflaged with the styrofoam perfectly. Not that it would have mattered even if they could see him. Out of all the fake G.I. Joe battles I created as a kid, I cannot think of a single one that Storm Shadow didn't win. So what if I was biased? He was a ninja for chrissakes! You think "The Fridge" figure could stop Storm Shadow? Wrong.

Styrofoam aside, the system really was the most important thing in life when it came out, and I'll be covering both the Zapper gun and ROB the Robot later on in this piece. Use the list below for quick access to individual items, or you can be a good little gamer and view them in order by moving onward to the NEXT ITEM.

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