Video Game Console Nostalgia Part I

Watching Pixels last night for my daughter’s 12 year old birthday brought back A LOT of memories! I mean, I used to love to go to the mall and walk around and then hit the arcade that was inside of the mall! My cousin and I would spend HOURS upon HOURS of time in that arcade. From Galaga, to Pac-Man, to Donkey Kong, to Donkey Kong Jr., Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, the list goes on and on…

While sitting through the movie and seeing all the video games, that got me to thinking, how many Video Game Consoles have I owned???

What I started off with:

My first gaming system was The Atari 2600. I remember playing: E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Asteroids, Backgammon, Breakout, Centipede, Defender 1 &2, Hang-man, Jr. Pac-Man, Millipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Raider’s of the Lost Ark, Space Invaders, Track & Field, Video Chess and Video Checkers.

The second gaming system I ran across, was the Intellivision. Don’t ask me the games, because this system was short lived in my house! lol

My third gaming system: The Atari 5200. I thought I was doing something when I got this system! I had to beg and plea, cause I was young and lived with my mom and my grandparents. Let’s just say I was a bit spoiled and did indeed get my way! The games I remember from the Atari 5200: Dig Dug, Centipede, Frogger 1 & 2, Kaboom, Meteorites, Missile Command, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Popeye, Q-Bert, Space Invaders, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle and Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

My fourth gaming system was the ultimate upgrade from the previous three: The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) The games that I played on this: Super Mario Bros., Duckhunt, Track & Field (you were a cut above if you had the track and field pad that you could run on!), the Power Glove (who remembers the movie???), 10 Yard Fight, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: DragonStrike, Airwolf, Arkanoid, , Double Dribble, Balloonfight, Baseball, Bases Load 1, 2, 3 & 4, Batman, Battleship, Bionic Commando, Bubble Bobble, California Games, Castlevania 1, 2 & 3, Contra, Cliffhanger, Mike Tyson’s Punch-out, Days of Thunder, Donkey King, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Classics, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Double Dragon 1, 2 & 3, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Galaga, Jackal, Jack Nicklaus’ Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf, Jeopardy!, John Elway’s Quarterback (you could run out of bounds with the QB, chunk up the ball and if it was completed, still get the first down!), Jordan vs. Bird: One on One, The Karate Kid, Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf, The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, Metroid, Pipe Dream, Q-Bert, R.C. Pro-Am 1 & 2, Rad Racer 1 & 2, Sidepocket, Spy Hunter, Spy vs. Spy, Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Super Mario Bros 2 & 3, Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, Tecmo Super Bowl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1, 2 & 3, Tennis, Tetris, Tetris 2, Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage, and I’m sure there was a whole lot more! This also brought in the age of VIDEO GAME RENTALS! I remember going down the street to Hastings or Blockbuster to rent video games. I wore out this video game system, I probably went through 3 or 4 of these!!! And you weren’t doing it right if you didn’t have to double stack the games, 1 on top of the other so it would actually play! I also remember getting the two extra, different controllers. One had the “turbo” feature, where you flip a switch and it would do A button or B button in turbo mode. The second, was the arcade style controller, it had a joystick and 6 buttons, sort of like what Street Fighter’s arcade game looked like.

The fifth game system, the Sega Master System. These games were a little harder to come by as they weren’t really sold anywhere around where I lived. You’d have to go to a store and ask them to order the games. The only place that regularly carried these games: Best. I don’t know if anyone else will remember this store, but I DO! I also got my Sega Game Gear from this store… The games I remember on the Sega Genesis: Choplifter, Shinobi, Double Dragon, Joe Montana Football,

I then moved on to the sixth gaming system: The Sega Genesis. The games on this system that I played regularly: Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2 & 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Bill Walsh College Football, Bulls vs Blazers, Bulls vs. Lakers, Joe Montana Football, John Madden Football ’92, ’93, Jordan vs. Bird: One on One, Lakers vs. Celtics, Madden ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97 & ’98, NBA Jam, NBA Life 95, 96, 97 & 98, R.B.I. Baseball 1, 2 & 3, Super Street Fighter II and quite a few more. Again, the games for the Sega Genesis were limited. Even though they could be rented, the selection was about a quarter of what the Nintendo rentals were.

Up next, the Super Nintendo (SNES). The games I played on this system: Captain Commando, Carrier Aces, The Chessmaster, Cliffhanger, Clue, Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 & 3, F-Zero, Frogger, John Madden Football ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97 & ’98, Mortal Kombat 1, 2 & 3, NBA Jam, NBA Life ’95, ’96, ’97 & ’98, Star Fox.

This is just part one of the gaming systems I had as a kid. I’m not including the little arcade games, handheld systems or anything else, just the consoles and the games for them. Bring back any memories of your childhood or early years??? Let me know below, in the comments…


  • veeru789

    Wow that a lot of games. I only knew Sega console and we had only two games. Contra and Mario 🙂 used to lend them from the shop :))

    • Contra and Mario amazing games. But wait, Mario on a Sega console? Mario is from Nintendo. Sega character is Sonic lol

      • veeru789

        Yes sorry. But these were the only games I played back then.

  • That’s just nice John! Never had or played an Atari in my life!!! Can you believe that? I had an Odyssey instead lol Only kid in my neighborhood with an Odyssey, everyone else with Atari.

    After Odyssey I had NES, Master System, Game Boy and SNES. All amazing platforms and I still play some games thanks for Emulators and Roms =)

  • johnadeleon

    What can I say? I was a little spoiled… but I have worked since I was little! I did chores…

  • james pisano

    Well, if I was old, I’d tell you my first game was that Telstar Ranger console in your picture, I thought was made by Coleco. It played Pong and a couple different variations.

    Then we got Intellivision. My neighbor had Atari, the original I believe. Intellivision was awesome. The sports were great. I can clearly hear the “Yer Ouwwwwt” of the umpire in Baseball. Skiing, Basketball, Hockey, Football and Soccer were great. But we layer them all. Loved Astrosmash. Anyway, that was my favorite. We got a Nintendo later and that was fun, but Intellivision was the best. I’ll never forget beating my uncle with a half court shot at the buzzer in basketball after being behind by 12 – 18 points the whole game. Good memories.