With #NintendoSeptember coming to a close, it’s fitting that we should round things out with our favorite Nintendo memories. Since my days with the magical, gray block that was called the Nintendo Entertainment System, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from playing pass-the-controller with my siblings as we valiantly tried to conquer Super Mario Bros. 3, to witnessing the unforgettable opening moments of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on the Switch. (Yes, already a memory!) In between, there have been good times and bad times, but mostly really good times, three of which stick out a little more in my mind that the rest.
Obtaining 120 stars in Super Mario 64
It’s one thing to play a game. It’s another thing entirely to complete it to its fullest extent. For the most part, I am not a completionist, and that goes double for nearly all the games in the Super Mario series. While I’ve played many of them to their credits, rarely have I ever gone back to find all the collectibles in them. The only exception to this was Super Mario 64 on the N64. While you only needed 70 stars to face off with Bowser, getting all 120 stars in the game was nothing short of the ultimate N64 accomplishment. I knew I had to make the full attempt at least once, and that one time was all I needed. Obtaining that final star provided the most incredible sense of satisfaction I’d ever felt in a game before, or since.
Finally beating The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Turning to more recent times, a few years ago, as documented on this very site, I made up my mind to finally finish The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The impetus stemmed from the game’s tenth anniversary, which summarily got everyone talking about the game again, with many folks once again praising it as one of the best ever Zelda games. I fell out of sorts with the game upon its Wii release due to the motion controls and general dislike of one of the game’s main characters, Midna. Some ten years later, I fished out my Wii, pulled up my britches, and said “Fie upon this madness! I’m gonna beat this game once and for all!” Or something like that. And I am so glad I did, because it is, as you probably already know, a spectacular game, especially where its story is concerned. I was ever so tearfully happy as I watched its credits roll.
Sharing Conker’s Bad Fur Day with friends
I mostly fancy myself a mature adult…mostly. However, I will admit that I have occasionally swayed towards more…juvenile…affairs. Such as the time a group of friends and I got together for a night of Conker’s Bad Fur Day and cocktails. (I’m sure we did other things as well, but, you know…cocktails.) Considering that a number of folks in the group were not versed in video games, but had excellent senses of humor, the results of the evening were perfectly hysterical. If you know Conker’s Bad Fur Day, then you know all about its potty-mouthed wit and interesting graphical choices. For a group of inebriated twentysomethings, the game was nothing short of brilliant ridiculousness – silly, quotable hilarity surely ensued. Conker’s Bad Fur Day remains a favorite N64 game mostly because I’ll always remember that spirited night where everyone sang the praises of the “Great, Mighty Poo” at the top of their lungs. Good times, ya’ll. Good times.