Like most kids of the 1980’s the toy I wanted more than any toy was the NES. I used to sit on the floor in my grandparents dining room in between a desk and the wall pretending that the air return vent was a small TV and I was playing Duck Hunt.
When my older cousin Jamie got an NES for Christmas he called me and told me that I needed to come over and play Karate Champ and Super Mario Bros. When I went to visit with my cousin I asked if I could play Duck Hunt and he told me that I had to play Mario. I played even though I didn’t really want to and was blown away by how fun the game was. It started an obsession that has lasted since I got an NES for Christmas in 1988.
I was obsessed and wanted to play every game I could get my hands on. My cousin’s neighbor had Double Dragon but we weren’t allowed inside his house when his parents weren’t home so we stood outside of his bedroom window and he fed the controller outside to us.
In 1996 my little brother Luke got the Sony Playstation. At school it was all anyone was talking about. It seemed everyone had forgotten about the NES. I still enjoyed the older games and seized an opportunity to play games I could never get my hands on before. My NES collection consisted of just a few games so I began asking people if they had any old games they didn’t play anymore. I was surprised to learn that most people were willing to give me their old NES games as they had moved on to the SNES, Genesis or Playstation. By the end of 1995 I had over 100 games and almost all were free.
In 1997 I started a geocites website called “Hoz’s 8-bit Nintendo Page” where I compiled stories from collectors from around the world. The website was very primitive and lasted for 3-4 years before I went to college and never updated it again. The website is gone and all that is left are a few screenshots I managed to snag before geocities disappeared.
I still collect NES games today but now it has become a pretty popular hobby so the games are harder to find and the prices are going up. I doubt I will ever own every game but I am getting pretty close. I currently (as of May 2014) have around 670 games.
This blog will be updated when I beat games. I will post memories from playing the games as well as a review and screenshot of me with the final screen of the game. Feel free to share this blog or leave comments on how I can improve it.
My game room October 2015