Back to Nintendo – Gaming Comes Full Circle

Let’s preface this by stating the obvious: I love games; video games, board games, card games, sports, hide-and-go-seek, even tag. I just love to play. I guess you could say I’m a puppy at heart; always the last one left standing on the basketball court, wondering why everybody else has had enough; always the only one with enough energy to play another game of Sharks and Minnows in the pool; always the only one never too tired for one more round of some late-night Apples to Apples or even just one more day in Harvest Moon before bed. Now, I think it’s safe to say I’ve met less people like me than not, and that’s okay! It’s left me with my tail between my legs, but it’s also given me my own kind of unique identity in a world filled with people too lazy to scramble an egg for breakfast. I am the 1%. But I think everyone has this playful side deep down; this side that secretly misses having to use the landline to ask “Can Jake come out and play?” and having to trade your beloved Haunter across a link-cable so it can finally evolve into Gengar (what a boss). But what does all of this have to do with Nintendo? Everything.

As far as video games go, I’ve moved on from my Gameboy, my Sega Dreamcast, and even given away my NES. I’ve moved on to the Xbox One and a gaming PC. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love both dearly, and both are still in their infancy of use. Destiny, Halo, FIFA, Bioshock, The Witcher, Dishonored, Skyrim, and so many others have given me hours of gaming entertainment that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But gamers…I miss my Nintendo. I miss my NES and my Super Mario, my N64 and my Ocarina of Time, my Gameboy and my Pokemon Gold, my DS and my Animal Crossing. I miss their pureness; their childish charm; their pure “games for games’ sake” feel and fun. I haven’t been keeping up with Nintendo like a true gamer would and should. I don’t know what they’re doing, what they’re planning, or how they’re faring. I must repent for my sins.

Dear Nintendo,

Hi. It’s me. Sorry I haven’t been around lately…Microsoft told me all my friends were there, and well…they were. Then Steam told me it had Skyrim for $7! It did. I was bribed…bought out. Times have been good playing with my friends and the games have all been great, but I’m not going to go comparing theirs to yours, because, well…they’re different. With them, I need that last achievement, or else…what’s the point? I like collecting them. I like playing and competing with my friends online, too. It’s pretty fun!

But with you…it’s just easier. Your games are fun for funs’ sake, nothing else. Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Kirby, my man Yoshi…it’s you guys I miss. You all have such amazingly fun games in and of yourselves, and then even others where you race and fight each other too!! I miss you guys. I miss my Nintendo crew. Link, I really do want to play A Link Between Worlds, I do. Mario, you know I’m always up for another star big guy. Luigi, you’re no red-headed step-child to me, let’s go save that mansion. Ash…with each new generation comes a new hero, but you know you were the first…the best. The very best, that no one ever was. I want to play X and Y in your memory. And I will…in time.

I’ll be back, but…I don’t know when. I want you, 3DS, I really do, but I just can’t handle you right now. I have my new Xbox and my backlog of PC games, and for now, that’s where I’ll be…with them. But hear me out, Nintendo. I’ll be back. I’ll be back for what’s next, your next stroke of genius. I want a new handheld, and I want it to be yours. Until then, please, don’t change.

Yours truly,

Mangos

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