Whether it’s rescuing Princess Peach, traveling through the Mushroom Kingdom or exploring the side-scrolling world of Luigi’s dreams, everyone has their favorite Mario and Luigi memories. Take a trip through time to relive your own love affair with everything Nintendo by scrolling through these 11 most recognizable gaming systems and consoles. Which one triggers the best gaming memories from your childhood?
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Nintendo Entertainment System
If you were a child of the 80s this system was your jam. Released in 1985, the NES probably brought you your first mind blowing Nintendo experience. How many levels could you conquer before Mom called you for dinner?
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In 1989 car rides became so much more bearable (for your parents and you) thanks to the portable Game Boy. The handheld system featured a green-tinted screen and could last for over 30 hours with four AA batteries. Who knew a 2.6 inch screen could provide so much joy?
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Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Since millions of people got hooked on the original NES it’s no wonder that Nintendo came out with an enhanced gaming system a few years later in 1991 with amped up graphics and a brand new controller. For you techies out there, the Super Nintendo was the first 16-bit console by Nintendo. Super indeed.
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Before virtual reality became a thing, there was Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, their first console with 3D graphics. The Virtual Boy was discontinued after just a year, but we’re guessing it paved the way for future innovators who got hooked on this cool new technology.
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Events that happened in 1996: The U.S. hosted the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Spice Girls song “Wannabe” hit #1 on the charts and N64 was released. The N64 was a total game changer–now you could battle with three of your buddies and use a joystick for the very first time. Gaming would never be the same.
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Before streaming videos and movies ruled, there were these things called DVDs (do your kids even know what those are?). Released in 2001, the GameCube was the first Nintendo device to use only a disc format. How awesome was it that you simply had to pop the disc in and within seconds you were trying to defeat Sir Grodus in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
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Game Boy Advance
2001 was a big year for Nintendo. They also released the Game Boy Advance replacing the boxy gray handheld device with a new shape, buttons and graphics. Fun fact: the first game in the Mario and Luigi series was Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga released specifically for this Game Boy Advance.
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Handheld gaming would never be the same after the release of Nintendo DS in 2004. The DS featured two screens with the bottom one being a touch screen. Now you could play games like Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time all on-the-go–the device even included wi-fi capabilities.
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Even if you don’t consider yourself a hardcore gamer, we’re guessing the first time you played the Wii it totally blew your socks off. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk were capable of detecting movement in three dimensions (hello, interactive gaming!) and you could hold them with only one hand, which bode well for playing and snacking at the same time.
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Your kids are pros at swiping and tapping so we’re guessing they’d take to the Wii U in no time flat. Released in 2012, the Wii U features a game controller with a 6.2 inch touch screen built into it. Fun fact: this was Nintendo’s sixth home console.
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Rejoice! The Nintendo 3DS was the first handheld device to feature 3D graphics on screen without the need for special glasses. Bonus: the volume of Mario and Luigi games you can play on the 3DS is awesome. Choose from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and beginn
What photo brought back good memories for you? Which game and device do you most identify with? Which games are you dying to play with your kids? Let’s take a trip down memory lane–we want to hear from you below!