My SNES Makes Me Happy

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Nintendo knows how to make good games. Their first-party titles are always of the highest quality – they never talk their games up and almost always deliver on what is promised.

That agenda has stayed true throughout the years. Their consoles have acted more as a platform for their own development tools, as opposed to the strength of third-party developers.

I came across my Super Nintendo earlier this week and I haven’t been this happy in a while. I’ve tried to put my finger on it as to why. The conclusion is simple; the console is simply amazing.

My opinions on retro consoles differ significantly to the contemporary beasts we’re fed today. Whilst the competition was present back in the 90s, the industry wasn’t driven by money like it is today. Wanting to genuinely offer an entertaining gaming experience drove it.

Even some fourteen or so years since the SNES stopped being relevant, it’s suddenly become an important part of my life again; I stayed up until 2am last night playing Super Metroid.

I might be able to speed through older games, but I can tell that they were made without influence and without being compromised by what the publisher wants. One only needs to look at the abundance of high-quality licensed games to see this; movie-games were generally pretty awesome. See the Super Star Wars series.

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“Mario!”

At first I thought it was weird that I wanted to finish my days with a quick game of Donkey Kong Country 2. I’ve since realized that it’s not weird at all; my retro gaming cravings are fueled by nostalgia, the best feeling any gamer can have.

You might think that all of this is a phase and that I’ll soon move on once the next Call of Duty hits. That won’t happen. I am completely dedicated to building my SNES collection up again, and I’m currently bidding on five gems on eBay. My credit card weeps.

It’s funny: a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out ways to pay for Homefront, Crysis 2 and Motorstorm: Apocalypse, all in the space of a few weeks. Now my intentions have shifted, and I’m spending all of my cash on Super Mario World and Star Fox.

This latest retro gaming craze has me thinking: will I feel the same way about my PS2 in 20 years? What about my 360? I doubt it.

Whilst the initial experience is important, it’s the memory you’re left with that’s the most important. I may have lost my SNES cravings for a decade or so, but the thing to remember is that I’ve eventually gone back to it.

I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same thing for present-day consoles.