Two weekends ago I participated in the first annual super-epic retro game day. Participants included myself. In my apartment. Okay, so maaaaaybe it wasn’t all that epic, but it was fun!

But um, I only got through two games: Donkey Kong Country and Pokémon Blue. The plan was to also break out Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Kirby Super Star and Goof Troop (HEY! Don’t laugh! While single player is fun, Goof Troop has one of the best co-op experiences on the SNES! ;D) but by the time I defeated the first boss in DK:C, Pokémon Blue was starting to sound reeeaaaally good. So good, in fact, I quickly swapped the gorilla platformer for some Super Game Boy action.

And as soon as I fired up that Super Game Boy and the Pokémon theme began blasting out of my television I knew I’d be spending the rest of my day with my long lost Pokémon friends. Now I’m hooked on Pokémon Blue and determined to catch as many as I can without having to trade. (Anyone in the Seattle area with Pokémon Red?!!)

I snapped a few photos of the momentous occasion:

I was really excited to see where I last left off in DK:C, but as soon as I saw the select-a-game screen I frowned. I ONLY played DK:C with my dad growing up; we NEVER played competively, and I knew we had beaten the game at least once. These saves made no sense! Buuuut then I remembered the saves are stored within the CARTRIDGE, and this one was probably a copy I picked up at a garage sale last summer. My original DK:C is probably somewhere in my womancave.

I don’t care what anyone says—Funky’s Flights has some of THE best music ever.

Speaking of awesome music, I love the water theme in DK:C. I think I have at least three different versions of it on my iPod.

We meet again, old level...that I hate...

Okay—hold the phone. These cart levels were always a BITCH. Not to sound conceited, but I kick a fair amount of ass at these old SNES platformers. But these cart levels always pwn me. ALWAYS.

THEEEN came Pokémon. But instead of writing about that awesomeness, I’ll point you to my Pokémon Blue game log. I’ve been documenting my progress in it. ^__^

If you have some old consoles lying around, I seriously recommend taking a few hours out of your week to revisit some of the classics. Sure, you can download most of them via PSN, XBL or the Wii Shop Channel, but there’s something completely and utterly satisfying about holding a vintage controller in your hands.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, has been the Blonde Nerd’s recommendation of the day.


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