Nintendo

Oh man, time to talk Nintendo, YES! It is ON! Like…well, actually, Nintendo owns “it's on like Donkey Kong." Hmmm. Let's go back to the beginning, when Nintendo dominating the American video game market was almost an accident. Back then, Japanese NES players were on the internet, while gamers in other countries could barely make their mouth muscles form the syllables “it's-a me, Mario!” 80s video gaming might seem quaint by today's standards, but don't worry: gun-nut Americans could still shoot things. And Nintendo's soldiered on through the years, with the N64 and all those Goldeneye tournaments at elementary school sleepovers and finally getting us through COVID-19 lockdowns with Danny Trejo's Animal Crossing island.

Lastly, we can't talk Nintendo without mentioning musical legend Koji Kondo. Trust us, the man merits his own paragraph here.

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8 Highlights from the Worst Nintendo Tutorial of the 80s

I know you think twenty dollars is a lot for a half hour video with tips on 5 or 6 games, but that's why you grew up watching WKRP in Cincinnatti and not saving princesses. Twenty dollars was nothing. We spent fifty dollars for Deadly Towers and hundreds of other games that were so bad they made us fear electricity.

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6 Bizarrely Creepy Moments from the Mario Universe

It's a place where hitting a floating brick with your head and expecting money to come out is considered normal. These games are classics, so we don't even stop to think about the absurdity of what goes on in them. For something to be considered creepy within that context it would have to be pretty messed up. Like, for example ...

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