So imagine what the response will be when gamers of a certain age can pick up the forthcoming NES Classic Edition from Nintendo.
According to Nintendo's press release — and seen in the above photo — the console will feature 30 pre-programmed games. The mini device will be released in November, will connect to your TV via HDMI cable, and features some compatibility with Wii online and real-life accessories. The $59.99 retail price covers one controller, though for an additional $10, one can be purchased for all the little brothers out there.
The uninitiated may be wondering what the fuss is over this re-release of the red, black and gray console. After all, the games are 8-bit and look dated, and many have been available online, in app form, or compiled for other systems since the NES' mid-'80s to early '90s heyday.
Well, Nintendo's sales figures report that nearly 62 million NES consoles have been sold across the globe, with additional sales of more than 500 million game cartridges. Back in the day, those numbers helped propel the at-home gaming market during a time when most kids had to visit their local arcade to play the best video games.
The transformative NES also introduced players to the likes of Link from the Legend of Zelda series, as well as reintroduced hero plumbers Mario and Luigi, and Mario's one-time nemesis, Donkey Kong
By now, you're probably salivating to learn which games will be pre-installed on the nostalgia-inducing console. Here's a list:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Sadly, reports suggest that additional games will not be able to be added to the NES Classic Edition.
But we're holding out hope it's not too late to lobby for these five inclusions so we can relive the good old days of gaming. Check them out below and let us know which of your favorites are missing.
The game that popularized puzzles made us proud when we could get rid of four lines. But when we accidentally misplaced a block? Pure infuriation.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
The arcade classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got reinterpreted and renumbered for the NES — and got two new stages in the process to make up for the differing gameplay.
River City Ransom
If you can the ignore gang members throwing garbage cans and tires — along with punches — this game ends on a positive note with all of them going on to become honor students.
The invading aliens never stood a chance against the two armed soldiers and the cheat code displayed up in the subhed.
This game was proof that no antagonist could ever taunt as much as "man's best friend."