The Nintendo Entertainment System is seemingly the first console I loved; actually, more like this generation's first gaming love. The NES was never taken seriously when it was offered to various stores in North America. Hell, after the great Video Game Crash of 1983, nobody wanted to take the gaming industry seriously again. It wasn't until then Head of Nintendo of America, Minoru Arakawa, sought to make the console a big hit in America by telling retailers that the company would set up the displays for the product. Again, video games were in shambles during 1985, but Nintendo thought differently. The company's first stop was to sell the NES in the toughest of markets: New York City. Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi said at the time that if the console succeeded in New York, then it would succeed elsewhere.
The rest, as we all say in a cliche manner, is history. Video games were back from the dead, Nintendo gave birth to a multitude of franchises, which in turn lead to a console generation worth of "Nintendo hard" titles and memories. Happy Birthday, NES; my first true love. Your legacy lives on through the Wii's Virtual Console and the thousands of people (like me) who still love to blow into cartridges.
So, what's your favorite NES game or memory? Tell us in the comments section.