for most of this year, I was under the impression that my childhood videogame console was a Famicom. Hoo hoo, boy was I wrong!
Warning: very long text ahead that would probably be boring to read
The first video games i ever played were 'Nuts and Milk' and 'Mappy'. Both were 8-Bit -u- I also played a lot of Super Mario Bros.! My sister was always Mario (because obviously the older sibling is Mario) and I was Luigi. I remember playing them when I was about three or four, and I was pretty good at them! I once got up to world 2 without my sister's help.
We had some family friends who had Ice Climbers and Tetris, and I'd always die on Ice Climbers (I was shit at it
We had many, many cartridgdes! However they were mostly '32-in-1' or '4-in-1', I think they're called Multicarts? Anyway we had a lot of those.
There was also some karate game (I was bad at it), there was some military game (i was bad at it and i got a nightmare from it -u-), there was some game where you'd climb a building using elevators (we loved that one), and a car racing game (i was also bad at it). We also played some circus game with a tight rope and monkeys! The blue monkeys scared me. <u<
I cannot, for the life of me, remember the names of these games. It's sad to me, really. And we had Paperboy.
So, to revive my memories of my childhood, I decided to research some of these! What I managed to find out: I found out what Mappy and Paperboy were called. I also found out that there were two main systems that used 8-bit; Nintendo Entertainment System and the Famicom. After seeing an image of the Famicom, I was sure that that was the console I had when I was younger. I was so sure! So I thought i was done researching. And I stopped researching for a long few weeks.
About a month ago, I was looking around on google for the worst ever videogames. After seeing the Jontron videos involving Aquaman, Bubsy, and Charlie's Angels, I had an idea of what they could be. (I have had Charlie's Angels since I was six and i really enjoyed it! I was a teensy bit miffed when Jontron's game looped the levels and he couldn't get to the later levels. I guessed that that must've been a flaw in the GameCube version, 'cause i had the Playstation 2 version)
So I was reading one of the "top ten" lists and the first one was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This piqued my interest.
Deciding to read into it, I googled the E.T. video game and read into the wikipedia article. From that article, I found a link to the Nintendo Entertainment System. From THIS article, I found a link to an article about "NES Hardware Clones". I read into the contents, and 'Gee golly gosh!' There was a section involving South Africa! So i read it (yes we called them TV Games, and we still refer to old NES games as TV games even today) and there were two main consoles; The Reggies Entertainment System, and The Golden China. I guessed that we wouldn't have had the Reggies System because we never shopped at Reggies. I googled The Golden China (such a fancy name) and saw a few pictures.
This was the childhood console i had. A cheap, fake, chinese rip-off of the real thing. Didn't really matter though
the whole country had these consoles! There was no such thing as Nintendo or Sega here during those days!
In Grade 8 (last year), in the TV room at boarding, I found a Multicart for the Golden China. I was SO HAPPY! I mean, after about 11-12 years, I found another TV game cartridge! It had Super Mario, Tetris, Ice Climbers and a few others. It was a '32-in-1' cart, and i was extremely excited! So I took the cart and later that night I told my mom "Mom! I finally have a TV game! I found it here at boarding!" She told me to leave it where i found it for the week and if no one came to reclaim it, then i could take it. So i was disappointed, and did what she said. But luckily, at the end of the week, no one had reclaimed it! So i took it home and now it resides safely in my parents' room.
That's the end of my TV game story.
A shorter story:
My friend has a cousin who once lived in Singapore. When I was about seven or eight, she visited South Africa and I stayed at my friends house for a bit while she was here. She brought with her a black handheld device. It had a couple of games on it. I was sure she had a Sonic game on it, but my memory of it is foggy.
So one random day I was looking at all the things I can't buy on the Nintendo e-Shop and I found the virtual console games! I was interested because, I mean come on! Old classic games on your 3DS? Who could say no! So most of them were Gameboy, Gameboy Color and NES titles. When I suddenly found Sonic the Hedgehog games. I was surprised to see this! I know kind of a little when it comes to rivalry between Videogame Companies, but i knew that Sega and Nintendo kinda hated each other back in the day. Why would Sega have their games on the Nintendo e-Shop? I KNOW THE ANSWER.
But what interested me more was that they were from the Game Gear. Being me I like to read things about this on Wikipedia. So I read the whole article on the history of Sega, for some reason, and finally went to the article about the Sega Game Gear. I took one look at the picture and thought "This is definitely the one". I wouldn't be surprised if it was also a cheap chinese rip-off, though.
And last night, I was back on the Nintendo e-Shop and I saw Sonic Blast, i think? I looked at the screenshots, and they look strikingly familiar...
And recently I got
to give me her Gameboy Color because I want to be able to play the first Pokemon games! >: D But the only game she had for it was called Diva Stars. Plus it's in French. I managed to finish the game despite the different language
I'M SORRY FOR THE LONG JOURNAL