r/gaming May 17 '21

What a time to be alive

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u/Dr_Juice_ May 17 '21

I remember playing the demo Virtual Boy at Toys’R’Us.

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u/JWWBurger May 17 '21

My neighbor was a regional employee for Nintendo. She’d set up the displays at Target and other places back in the 90s. They sent her a Virtual Boy a few months before release, and, being the nicest lady I’ve ever met, she lent it to me for a sleepover.

When I told my buds I had it, everyone was of course excited, but probably after a half hour of five or six kids taking turns playing the games we had (think it was pinball and maybe one other), everyone was done. Absolutely no one wanted it.

It always amazed me that Nintendo ever got as far as releasing it after seeing the results of my 30-minute pseudo-market study. As it failed miserably, surely our reactions weren’t an unfamiliar one to whatever research they did. But as a kid, and as a huge Nintendo fan, I just felt bad for them, that I was confident there brand new console was going to crash and burn.

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u/Butwinsky May 17 '21

Mario Tennis was a fantastic game. I played it way too much and probably have permanent eye and neck damage from it.

The rest of the games were.. meh.

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u/MrMiniscus May 17 '21

Wario wasn't so bad. Wario and Tennis. That was it.

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u/Butwinsky May 17 '21

I remember Wario being oddly slow paced for a platformer.

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u/thekidxp May 17 '21

I liked Wario, my favorite game for it was teleroboxer by far though. I played so so long on that game

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u/r_kay May 17 '21

Teleroboxer was fantastic. Its the game I always mention whenever the virtual boy comes up in conversation.

I want a sequel so bad, but I know it will never happen.

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u/thekidxp May 17 '21

Absolutely, I think I had Mario clash(?), Mario tennis, Wario land, teleroboxer, and maybe a fighter plane thing red alarm(?). Wario land and teleroboxer were the best, the world was so cool and I loved the design of the robots. It is sad there wasn't ever another game based on it.

I also loved the game telling me to take a break and just immediately ignoring that screen to just keep playing whatever I was playing. I always put it on the ground and laid in front of it to play it was so uncomfortable but just an amazing thing to play at the time. It was fun to experience.

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u/1mikeg May 17 '21

That's because being faster paced would have taken you straight to puke town.

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u/macthefire May 17 '21

And just like that, I have Funky Town playing in my head.

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u/ClutchReverie May 17 '21 edited May 17 '21

The one and only time I played Virtual Boy was for 10 minutes on a display at Blockbuster and I had a massive headache from eyestrain for 45 minutes after.

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u/Walnutbutters May 17 '21

Blockbuster for me. Virtual tennis was lit.

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u/dehehn May 17 '21

Yep same. Sad that all of us played this failed Nintendo console at huge 90s chains that are now gone.

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u/handsomehares 29d ago

My friend had one, we played it in the car.

You wanna talk about some seriously confusion car sickness

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u/gooblobs May 17 '21

same. man I miss those days. We had a little Ceasar's next door to a Blockbuster. Made for some pretty great Friday nights.

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u/Strange_Accountant_7 May 17 '21

Every Wednesday, my Mom would take me to Blockbuster as a kid, and somewhere along the way she bought me the ps2 Transformers 1 game. It came in a Blockbuster case, and I still have the case. Was such a happy time

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u/gooblobs May 17 '21

I have a collection of around 75 NES games most of which I sourced from ebay or thrift stores and quite a few of them have stickers on them indicating they were rentals at one point. I always leave these stickers on the cartridge because that part of the game's history is one of the things that I find interesting about the hobby. My copy of Mario Bros 3 has a rental sticker and I wonder how many people had spending a weekend with this game as part of their childhood.

I literally did not know that there were more games for the NES than Mario Bros/Duckhunt combo that came with it(I was like 5, and it was just "the nintendo" to me, it was the guy who goes in pipes or shooting ducks as far as I knew.) until my rural grocery store started renting games alongside the VHS movies. I'll never forget the excitement at that realization. They make more games?! Super Mario Brothers TWO?!?!

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u/Cadmium_Aloy May 17 '21

Somehow my boyfriend's 6yo found out about the existence of Toys R Us and I was very sad to explain to him that they no longer exist. :( Wow, it would have been awesome to take him there.

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u/crusaderofbvm777 Stadia May 17 '21

There's three open right now where I live.

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u/Cadmium_Aloy May 17 '21

Wow, I just saw there's some open in Detroit.

Hmm might have to road trip. There's also "one of the biggest candy stores in the us" in Cleveland, on the way. 🤔🤔🤔

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u/crusaderofbvm777 Stadia May 17 '21

DO IT!

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u/TheJaice May 17 '21

Me too!

I got kicked out of a Toys R’ Us in the middle of my one and only time ever playing it, it took me years to realize that my cousin had probably been caught shoplifting while I was playing it (I was a goody-two-shoes, he definitely was not).

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u/JVortex888 May 17 '21

everyone needs a troublemaker cousin

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u/LifeDeathLamp May 17 '21

LOL, that fucking sucks.

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u/The_Perfect_Fart May 17 '21

The only time I ever played one was at a K-Mart demo. I didn't know anyone who bought one.

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u/Dr_Juice_ May 17 '21

There was one guy at school who had one and we played it for maybe 10 minutes.

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u/Mrfrunzi May 17 '21

Blockbuster for me! I was blown away by how cool those red lines were

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u/GFingerProd May 17 '21

Oh the neck pain

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u/shinobi500 May 17 '21

That was intentional so you wouldn't hog the demo console for too long.

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u/GFingerProd May 17 '21

Worth it. I remember when the Hulk Ultimate Destruction was on demo I spent wayyyy more time than was fair. What can I say tho, I was 8 and I fucking loved the Hulk lol

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u/stakerquinizet8 May 17 '21

Everyone loves Hulk, I really miss the time playing it.

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u/[deleted] May 17 '21

We all deserve a good Hulk game. One with destructive environments and over the top grabs, throws, and smash physics.

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u/FordBeeblebrox May 17 '21

Something like Red Faction with a whole city full of stuff to smash, mixed with a little Burnout scoring for punching real good

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u/Litty-In-Pitty May 17 '21

I miss when they made games that the sole purpose was just to have a fun time for like 30 minutes. For better or worse I feel like all games now are designed to really pull you in and hook you until the next big name release pulls you away from it. I wish someone would make a modern day game with the intention of just being a fun 30 minute romp that you can come back to again and again.

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u/Strikerj94 May 17 '21

Just Cause 2 had a 30minute demo on steam that I probably put 15 hours into, just messing around for a half hour.

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u/angrytreestump May 17 '21

Duuude that Just Cause 2 demo! I had it on Xbox 360 and did the same until I bought the game and then that was my daily after school “fuck around for an hour” game after beating the story. The boat race down the winding jungle river was so much fun

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u/Dauriemme May 17 '21

So basically a remake of Hulk Ultimate Destruction

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u/sumsomeone May 17 '21

Running around as the Hulk and smashing anything/everything. Who could not love a game like that!

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u/Iggyhopper May 17 '21

I have played through that game many times over the years, and what's really amazing is how smooth the fast-paced roaming is around the city. It felt like you were spider-man without webs but could still seamlessly get around many buildings.

I have not played another game like it since.

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u/Crizznik May 17 '21

Did you ever play Prototype? That also had some seriously smooth city traversal.

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u/FentanylJesus May 17 '21

Running up buildings and hopping around like a superhuman trapeze artist on crystal meth. Shit was brilliant.

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u/Crizznik May 17 '21

Yeah, and Prototype 2 did a good job of continuing that trend. Great games, played the crap out of them.

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u/ncopp May 17 '21

Prototype was a great spiritual successor to this game. It really refined some of the mechanics from hulk

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u/FentanylJesus May 17 '21

God, I loved Prototype. It's such a shame we probably wont see a 3rd one.

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u/awyeauhh May 17 '21

Never played the Hulk game, but your comment reminded me of playing as Venom in Ultimate Spiderman. I found out you could "exit mission" in the pause menu, then just roam around terrorizing citizens and throwing cars without the annoying military gunning for you

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u/LolYouFuckingLoser May 17 '21

Dude, to hell with being 8 that game was LEGIT. I don't consider myself a fan of the Hulk in general, but that game was just really well done.

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u/Sawses May 17 '21

Contrast with, for example, the Switch demos you see around now. They're comfy to look at and use for anybody except tall-ish adult-sized guys, and even for us the controllers and screen are just a little low.

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u/Atanar May 17 '21

Turns out "just being in a mall" is uncomfortable enough.

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u/pverflow May 17 '21

*looks at current monitor height.... * oohhh.... ok now it makes sense.....

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u/Chicken-n-Waffles Joystick May 17 '21

I know a guy that held his 8 year old's son birthday party in a best buy playing the games.

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u/Liroku May 17 '21

That is honestly kind of sad. I can only imagine doing so because of financial hardships. But good on him for the effort, if that’s what the kid really wanted. He got creative 😂

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u/Concealer77 May 17 '21

It was the only place they could fit a TV on the display. This was before flat screens.

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u/passthechez Xbox May 17 '21

I MISS DEMO CONSOLES WITH A PAIN

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u/Butwinsky May 17 '21

Hopefully the years of doing this as a kid balance out the years of bending my neck down to play on my cellphone

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u/SirZerty May 17 '21

Note to all of us who are that old, start stretching things that don't need stretched yet...because it doesn't balance out ...I think it just makes everything worse.

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u/HEADTRIPfpv May 17 '21

Not as bad as hitting the corner just to see other kids beat you to it, now you have to wait an unknown amount of time praying your mom doesn't tell you it's time to go before you get a chance to play.

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u/Phenom408 May 17 '21

All while simultaneously looking for the other kids Mom to see what his time table was looking like.

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u/HEADTRIPfpv May 17 '21

Lets not forget the kids that stood right next to you trying to tell you how to play

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u/KiraTsukasa May 17 '21

Replaced with a million people on the internet telling you how to play and they’re not even watching.

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u/KentuckyFriedEel May 17 '21

Worth it for an hour of unsupervized gaming playing a game mom would never buy you

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u/namastayhom33 May 17 '21

That small little gaming aisle used to be full of people now I barely see anyone whenever I pass by it.

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u/StreakerZZ May 17 '21

The power of digital downloads

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u/Griffdude13 May 17 '21

Not only that, but discs are more or less glorified physical keys to the games. Some of them arent even fully loaded on the disc, you still need to download a large portion.

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u/rividz May 17 '21

This was happening over ten years ago. Civ V which released in 2010 was the last physical game I've ever bought. All the disk does is install Steam which then of course needs to be updated.

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u/bicameral_mind May 17 '21

lol, I remember when I ordered my first beastly gaming PC in 2011. I ordered Shogun 2 with it and was so excited to play it the day I got my PC. Plugged it in, got it all set up, installed the game from disc, launch it. Then it launches fucking Steam, and I'm greeted with a 20GB+ download. Broadband wasn't great back then and I had two roommates, download was like 3 hours. Sucked and I didn't get to play that night.

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u/Mutes-MP5K May 17 '21

Must not be rural :P 20 GB in 3 hours isn't terrible :P

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u/zanebarr May 17 '21

Yeah, in 2011 20GB would've taken me ~20 hrs

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u/Skalkeda May 17 '21

Holy crap. 20GB still takes me 20+ hours.

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u/deadlybleak May 17 '21

thats tough, i live in Australia and even up until 4-5 years ago 20gb would take 3-4 days, literally went from slug speeds to 3-4mbs overnight when i moved to an nbn area, night and day difference

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u/DownshiftedRare May 17 '21

The power of digital downloads

Indeed; my favorite kind of download.

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u/IlikePickles12345 May 17 '21

If I still had a CD port, I'd rather buy instantly... But who has a CD port?

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u/Iggyhopper May 17 '21

CD Load Port

What the fuck does that mean?

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u/DontTreadOnBigfoot May 17 '21

Disc drive.

They mean disc drive

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u/rrandomhero May 17 '21

"instant" nowadays meaning that the disc you bought actually holds like, 5% of the actual game data and the rest still requires a 70gb download

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u/billigesbuch May 17 '21

It kinda sucks because I miss finding games at tag sales, but years from now if you find a game, it wont be playable unless if the company is still supporting it.

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u/thepensivepoet May 17 '21 edited May 17 '21

As the world becomes digitized it also becomes less permanent.

Despite just how much information is available to us today, future historians are going to have an absolute nightmare trying to piece together our lives from records that are long since corrupted and no longer readable by current technology.

Sure, you could say the same for books that can rot or be burned but... it's a lot easier to preserve a book than it is to guarantee backwards compatibility with every sort of data storage that's out there right now.

Most of us have long since replaced the physical family photo album with a random assortment of social media accounts and online cloud storage so once those accounts are defunct... poof.

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u/Alceasummer May 17 '21

Maybe I'm weird, but I still have an actual photo album. I try to once a year pick a few of the best pictures of the past year to put in it. But, almost all pictures of my family when I was a kid were lost, and I only have a picture of my mom at all, because another relative gave me one they had. So, I worry about something happening and my kid not having pictures from her childhood when she's an adult.

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u/ryanshedy May 17 '21

"CD Port".

Jesus wept...

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u/Eva-Unit-001 May 17 '21

I'm glad I'm not the only one that found that annoying, I was going to say something but I didn't want to get yelled at for being pedantic.

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u/unholymanserpent May 17 '21

My mom knew where to find me whenever we went to Wal-Mart... I'd immediately go play games in the gaming aisle while she shopped. Good memories.

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u/Kody_Z May 17 '21

The very old WalMart near me had the entire electronics section basically walled off with 4 foot display racks/shelving. Only one way in or out.

Come to think of it, the old Kmart did too.

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u/ahhpoo 29d ago edited 29d ago

Yup I remember that. My Walmart had their electronics section in the center of the store. One wall had the games, one had the TVs, and the third had some other stuff like printers and the register, of course. So weird that they walled off a square center of the store instead of putting it in a corner or something

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u/Chav May 17 '21

Game demos are barely a thing anymore and every other game is online multiplayer.

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u/AnComStan May 17 '21

i miss gaming magazine demos.

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u/seyagi May 17 '21

Could u stop making us feel old please? 😥

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u/Alceasummer May 17 '21

I'm sitting here remembering watching my parents play games at the arcade at the local pizza place. My dad liked Dig Dug and Donkey Kong (the original) my mom kicked butt at Space Invaders. I stood on a chair so I could see the screen and watch them play.

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u/Armpit-Lice May 17 '21

I played so many games through those. It saved me from buying about 90% of them when they were crap or just not what I thought they'd be.

And now people are conditioned to want to pre-order some alpha game and hope it gets finished in a decade.

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u/buckfan7 May 17 '21

Yeah I remember I had a subscription to Xbox magazine that came with a gaming demo with every issue. Good times.

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u/furon747 May 17 '21

Yeah. Even though I don’t buy physical games pretty much at all anymore, it’s depressing seeing the empty gaming areas at stores now, especially when places like Meijer just about removed all of their gaming aisle or most of it. The area used to have a steady amount of people looking at stuff but now it’s kinda barren.

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u/namastayhom33 May 17 '21

Yea, I know Walmart still has the displays but with updated games for next gen and the TVs are at eye level lol. But it’s always empty judging from my personal experience. The only constant items that are being purchased are accessories and gaming pc accessories.

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u/tricheboars May 17 '21

Walmart still has some original Diablo 3 PC copies by my house. Not at all what your talking about but it's fucking hilarious. They're super dusty too, lol.

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u/SuddenCompetition262 May 17 '21

So old they had to stock the games sideways because they were still set up for n64 boxes.

Me too

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u/madonin May 17 '21

oh, that makes more sense. for a second there I thought there still selling Super Nintendo games on the top two rows.

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u/Ned_Gutters May 17 '21

Oh man, n64 boxes... man, I know you can probably say it about most Nintendo consoles, but n64 was something very special.

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u/shavinghobbit May 17 '21

The N64 holds a very special place for me. Growing up we were pretty poor, if I got a have console it was at a tag sale, same things with my games. The N64 was the first console I got new, in the box.

I still remember that Christmas, getting the N64 and mischief makers (does anyone even remember that game anymore?). It was the first time I could go to school and tell my friends that I had the same console as everyone else. I still missed a lot of the big games, no smash, no Mario, but that didn't matter.

I'm still pissed that it was stolen from me years later. I'll never get my N64 back, with it's Mario sticker on the front and the scratches from multiple moves.

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u/cow_goes_fert May 17 '21

FUCK YES I remember Mischief Makers. Shake shake!!

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u/drunk_comment May 17 '21

Omg yeah Mischief Makers!!! I think that was my favorite one, even more so than Ocarina of Time or Super Mario 64. I think the huge variety in characters and level types was what did it for me. That and the oddly deep characters. I remember feeling sad for a lot of them

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u/MerlinTheWhite May 17 '21

Mischief Makers was so hard i couldn't figure it out. I think i was like 7 or 8. One time i was sick so my mom let me rent Turok the dinosaur hunter which was rated M. The first time i killed something she freaked out because there was blood. I figures out you can turn the blood green and she let me keep it for the week haha.

I cant believe that killing dinosaurs was too gory 20 years ago so they gave you an option to make the blood green. i remember parents freaking out over mortal combat, now hyper gory is the norm.

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u/Tinbitzz May 17 '21

I can oddly smell those boxes

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u/SoManyThrowAwaysEven May 17 '21

Where are my millennial N64 scented candles?

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u/guywithglasses May 17 '21

I didn't realize the SNES existed until I saw a demo unit like this in Walmart. Incredible day.

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u/TropicalRogue May 17 '21

Same - I'll never forget this moment, lit by the impressive red glow of the large "Super Nintendo" red light bar illuminating the empty aisle when I found it, ominously calling me to my gaming destiny.

I still remember being excited Christmas morning when I opened my SNES, but also a tinge of disappointment, as I thought that light was gonna come with it and sit atop my tv.

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u/puaka May 17 '21

I had a similar encounter. It was Star Fox (Starwing in Germany) calling me. That shit was next level. Real time 3d yooooo. 🥺 I miss being excited like that for things.

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u/BrainSweetiesss May 17 '21

When you see Gamecube being referenced as "old" and remember GC came out when you were in your mid teenager years.

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u/Chromattix May 17 '21

Yep. Was 14 when I got mine. I'll never forget that day. That GameCube got way more than it's money's worth of use out of me all through my early-mid teens. It's not like someone like me, living somewhere like I did - had anything better to do most afternoons. Thank God for Melee, Sunshine and Sonic Adventure 2 for making those years much less boring.

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u/Dumb_as_hell69 May 17 '21

Also my favorite 3 games back then. Good times :')

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u/BubonicAnnihilation May 17 '21 edited May 17 '21

Don't forget Star Wars Rogue squadron rogue leader (could never beat the prison raid level but thank fuck for cheat codes)

Or wind waker

Or later on, resident evil 4

Or the lord of the rings The Third Age

So many hours of fun. I still play some of these on Emulators today.

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u/Kittii_Kat May 17 '21

Honestly, that system had so many amazing games.. it's surprising that it's one of the worst performing consoles in terms of sales.

To add to the list not already mentioned by you or the person before you:

Metroid Prime, Animal Crossing, F-zero, Mario Kart Double Dash, Star Fox Adventures, Gauntlet, hell even the Pokemon games were solid. The virtual gameboy adapter, Lost Kingdoms... what else am I forgetting..

So many hours went into my little cube buddy, and it was convenient to bring to a friend's place thanks to the handle (or carrying case, if you had one)

Also, the controllers were amazing unless you had giant ape hands.

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u/manticorpse May 17 '21

Kirby Air Ride! And Paper Mario TTYD!

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u/roonscapepls May 17 '21

Ssx tricky and ssx 3 were awesome too. And luigis mansion

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u/Reaver_King May 17 '21

Tricky is my jam... Still boot it up occasionally. Never really got into 3 though, didn't like the layout of it

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u/Waffle_bastard May 17 '21

TRICKY

TRRRRICKYYY

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u/Reaver_King May 17 '21

Yeah yeah yeeeahhhhh boiiiii

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u/oliferro May 17 '21

Super Mario Sunshine is still my favorite game ever to this day. There was just something special about it. I played Super Mario Odyssey recently and it's a great game but it just makes me want to play Sunshine again

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u/BubonicAnnihilation May 17 '21

Agreed, I didn't finish oddysey but I loved sunshine. The island that leads to different levels that you can complete in different orders is just so much more fun to explore than sequential levels.

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u/TheVeilsCurse May 17 '21

I played A TON of Metroid Prime and RE4 with my Gamecube!

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u/The-Tea-Lord May 17 '21

I was -2 years old when GameCube came out. I still hop on every once in a while to play Zelda.

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u/rdogg4 May 17 '21

Seriously, I’m that kid except it’s the NES and I’m at Sears.

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u/lannister80 May 17 '21

Or Venture! Or Service Merchandise!

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u/ToeChan May 17 '21

I just nostalgia-tripped into Service Merchandise. Forgot about that place.

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u/dehehn May 17 '21

Yeah. GameCube came out my freshmen year of college...

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u/orangetwentythree May 17 '21

I remember a giant game boy console at Sears, it displayed just like the game boy screen but it was TV size

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u/Famous-Brother-7767 May 17 '21

My 15 year Old student consider the Wii their childhood console

Showed Them my NES the other day and they could not believe that thing was ever popular

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u/clanddev May 17 '21

Thanks now I feel really old. At least as an NES/SNES/SEGA kid I can make fun of my Atari playing cousin.

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u/jh1902 May 17 '21

I’m really pained over the lack of sega kids around here. I first played sonic and knuckles on a kiosk just like this one and had my mind blown. A few years later, same story with Nights into Dreams on Saturn.

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u/TheGiant1989 May 17 '21

Yeah, seeing GC referred to as old makes me feel really old. Hell I used to look forward to going to Sears as a kid with my mom, so I could play Donkey Kong Country on the SNES demo.

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u/Danny-Fr May 17 '21

I was 21 when I got mine.

T W E N T Y O N E

*cries in old

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u/wut3va May 17 '21

Same. I was old enough to drink at the Metroid Prime launch party Nintendo threw on campus for us. Scored a free copy and a sweet T-shirt too!

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u/amorandara May 17 '21

Yeah I was 20 when it came out.

Gen 6 is still my favorite!

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u/reddishthrower May 17 '21

18 when I got mine

We can cry together!

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u/JohnnyDarkside May 17 '21

I got a 64 when I was 12/13ish and it had been out for a couple years. I remember going to hollywood video to rent a new SNES game but being devastated because they had pulled all the SNES and Genesis games off the shelf to make more room for the new consoles which had been out for about a year at that point.

I actually bought a gamecube myself IIRC as I had a job at that point. A dreamcast too.

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u/ThorHammerslacks May 17 '21

The N64 was fucking brilliant when I bought one at 24. I remember N64.com from before it was owned by Nintendo (they became IGN).

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u/ICanTrollToo May 17 '21

If by mid-teens you mean early 20s, yes.

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u/rebenjam May 17 '21

I could legally drink…

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u/Lobanium May 17 '21

I was 22 when the GameCube came out. My mid teenage years was the Super Nintendo and start of the N64.

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u/AnComStan May 17 '21

it was to keep kids from staying there all day, we still did it tho.

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u/DOOManiac May 17 '21

It wasn't about you playing - by playing, you were already 50% towards making a purchase anyway. It was about everyone else watching you playing and becoming interested in something they would just pass on.

That said, I really liked arcades that had a 2nd monitor on top of the cabinet for viewers.

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u/AbeRego May 17 '21

Not for me. My parents wouldn't buy me a console until I was in junior high. Those in-store games were all I had!

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u/bientler May 17 '21

My neck hurts just looking at this, so this calls me old in several ways

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u/The_Bajtastic_Voyage May 17 '21

No no, mom. You deserve to take your time shopping. I'll be right here.

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u/ToeChan May 17 '21

ah, the days where Mom just left you in the video game aisle because they knew you'd be there when they were done shopping.

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u/WRX-Love May 17 '21

Every freaking time. So true.

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u/green49285 May 17 '21

God I miss those.

The cranks in the neck while your mom was in the linen section taking all goddamn day.

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u/Tosslebugmy May 17 '21

What’s he playing tho

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u/Swamp_Sow May 17 '21

Looks like Rogue Squadron 2

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u/LandoThe_Don May 17 '21

Great game

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u/Forlorn_Swatchman May 17 '21

I actually just picked this game up. Will have to bring out the GC. I wish the new one was more like this one. Unlocking famous ships and all

That feeling crushing everything with boba fett's ship was awesome

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u/devilsadvocateac May 17 '21

The excitement I felt at the announcement and immediate disappointment when I found out it was more flight-sim than a RS sequel was so swift I got whiplash. Those games were some of the best Star Wars games ever. Very similar whiplash when the Battlefront reboot came out and I picked it up and there was no campaign and no split screen and it was basically just CoD with a SW paint job.

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u/Forlorn_Swatchman May 17 '21

They were! They essentially removed what made them so special and it's star wars core to just make a generic pvp game

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u/Felixphaeton May 17 '21

Battlefront 2 has an...okayish length campaign that's actually really fun! Not worth the full price on its own though, and I haven't gotten into multiplayer yet.

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u/DatPiff916 29d ago

Yeah, what made those games so great was the creative freedom that came with crafting a story around the game.

Post Disney acquisition, creators no longer have that.

While I appreciate how it makes a very cohesive narrative which adds to the enjoyment of all the Star Wars shows we are starting to see, gaming really has suffered. I’d never thought I would be in a place where we are seeing more Star Wars movies being released than Star Wars games.

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u/Loaderdpas08 May 17 '21

Confirmed. Amazing game

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u/philbax May 17 '21

Recognized it right away. I remember this demo console coming to our walmart, and (being a huge star wars fan) being super-psyched about getting to play that demo!! :)

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u/ShirtStainedBird May 17 '21

... what? They made a second RS? That was the best n64 game on the go.

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u/Swamp_Sow May 17 '21

They made 3 total, I think. 2 on GameCube.

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u/ShirtStainedBird May 17 '21

Wow... Been hard on the star fighter assault in BF2 lately, might have to swing for the new squadrons... scratch this now insatiable itch to do a bombing run in a Y wing.

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u/Rikuza May 17 '21

Yooo, it's the trench run demo

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u/MrERhimself518 May 17 '21

I remember when the Cowboys were good...

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u/Nole_in_ATX May 17 '21

They weren’t good in the era of this picture either

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u/Mulsanne May 17 '21

I know, it's hilarious! The super bowl drought had already started years before this picture. And now, 20 years later, and futility remains the order of the day.

I will never get tired of cowboys ineptitude

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u/Too_Relaxed_To_Care May 17 '21 edited May 17 '21

Super Dust Bowl Era

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u/DCilantro May 17 '21

Me too. A few more years and I might forget though.

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u/battlelevel May 17 '21

Roll back to Sega and SNES and that’s me

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u/Kbdiggity May 17 '21

Who here remembers playing the line of consoles at Toys R Us in the early 90's?

Super Nes, Genesis, Turbograffix 16, Neo Geo, CD-i, 3DO all lined up in one aisle for you to play until your parents dragged you out of the store.

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u/thatscute4 May 17 '21

My parents frequently took us to buy Lego from Toys R Us. That is, until I discovered the video game aisle. By aisle, I mean from one end of the store to another. The pinacle of gaming. Nintendo had revitalized the market and everyone knew how it could fail again, so much of what was made was fire as fuck.

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u/mapguy May 17 '21

I used to work that aisle in the 90s when I was in high school. I helped a lot of your moms find games for yall.

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u/noobcola May 17 '21

Thanks mapguy

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u/misfit410 May 17 '21

I remember in early 1997 I was in a Toys R' Us with my friends and I had not had a console in years, and they had an N64 Demo unit running Mario Kart.. I spent my rent money on it because I was a dumb kid... I ended up moving back in with my parents a few months later for a while to get myself back together but man the times I had with my buddies on that system were epic.

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u/clinto1983 May 17 '21

GameCube advertised shelf full of n64 games

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u/seeess777 May 17 '21

The top is GameCube the bottom is N64. Back when the still sold both, they would just turn the GC games on their sides. Cheaper than buying new displays.

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u/Supercallo May 17 '21

'Member the N64?

'Member the early 2000's?

I 'member.

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u/CLXIX May 17 '21

i remember the first time i played goldeneye at a target right before it released.

I told my mom it wasnt time to go home yet , keep shopping

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u/gabriel11406 May 17 '21

Pepperridge farm remembers

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u/Gebrant May 17 '21

Well... I'm playing Super Mario World in Service Merchandise years old. shit...

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u/Roxysauur May 17 '21

Sometimes I forget the majority of Reddit are teenagers and think that the GameCube is a really old console

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u/Chav May 17 '21

Game cube is older than teenagers

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u/SherlockJones1994 May 17 '21

GameCube is old. It came out 20 years ago.

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u/neriisan May 17 '21

I'm 36 and consider the gamecube really old. This picture resonates me, but I also know that it was 20 years ago, and that's more than half my lifespan.

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u/LetsPlayDrew May 17 '21

I mean 20 years is fairly old, that's 1/5th of your life if you're lucky.

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u/Turtles2507 May 17 '21

I'm old enough that I remember playing Altered Beast on the Sega Megadrive in a supermarket and thinking 'graphics simply can't get any better than this'

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u/IAwaitAGuardian May 17 '21

People on this sub are convinced being in your late 20s/early 30s is old and I'll never understand it.

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u/iawsaiatm May 17 '21

That and perpetuating the idea that once you’re past 30 your body is as useful as a rotten sack of potatoes

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u/dukss May 17 '21

when i was a teenager i thought 30 was old. so i do understand.

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u/Killjoyy27 May 17 '21

Your not old I did this with Atari 2600 demos units lol

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u/firstimpressionn May 17 '21

Yup- pong and space invaders at Sears is a different kind of old

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u/LatchedNipple May 17 '21

The Coleco-Vision had that big controller with all the buttons on it. K-Mart had it set up.

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u/PepperidgeFarmMembas May 17 '21

I did this with the genesis and Vectorman at Sears.

That should date me well enough that the archeologists won’t have too much trouble.

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u/jh1902 May 17 '21

Finally, my people. Played Sonic and Knuckles this way for the first time at Sears myself.

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u/Famous-Brother-7767 May 17 '21

GameCube? You are still so young my friend. Enjoy life now

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u/lemonylol May 17 '21

Those transition periods between generations are always the best. I think my personal favourite was when stores would have SNES and Sega games and PlayStation and N64 had just come out for a year or so. Those shelves would have just been lined with absolute bangers.

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u/respondin2u May 17 '21

Nintendo switched the game package size and Walmart was like “just flip them over sideways”.

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u/Krazywolve May 17 '21

I saw the hat and thought it was a picture of me for a second.

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u/theprofessional1 May 17 '21

I did the same thing. Not exactly convinced it's not... Lol

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