Okay, time for a recap of day 1 of the 10 day video game challenge on Facebook. Today’s game is what was perhaps my first game: Super Mario Bros. I was really young when I first started playing video games, I might have been around 2 years old. I don’t remember when I first touched a game, or which one it was for certain. Super Mario Bros. was the first game I can remember trying out.
This game certainly showed me what video games could be. For the longest time, I thought they were all 2D platformers. At that age, I found this game to be quite difficult, but I was still enjoying it. Of note, I never beat this game in a single sitting from start to finish, and it is one of the few games that I ever owned that holds that distinction. The only time I beat any version of this game was the Game Boy Color version where you could save at any level. I had attempted to complete this game years ago by playing every level straight through in the Super Mario All-Stars version, and got a game over in one of the world 8 levels.
The amount of influence this game has over me and the video game industry is staggering. The fact that Super Mario Bros. helped to revive the game industry in the US, and lead to an unreasonable number of 2D platformers alone makes this game noteworthy. That many other companies attempted to create their own mascots, or have games with noteworthy character designs further solidifies how the industry took shape based on this game’s existence. Even though this isn’t the first game to feature some sort of story, Super Mario Bros. is one of the first to do it right, and countless video games have followed suit.
Of course, this game also holds secrets. These are anywhere from finding a block that gives you coins that you didn’t know about, to the hidden 1-up block in the first level, to the warp zones, and even the “minus world” glitch (I never found that either). The fact that there is something new to find anywhere in the game also left its mark on the gaming landscape.
Now let me mention a few similar games that I would rather play. Keep in mind that this 10 day challenge wasn’t a top 10 list, but the 10 games that influenced me the most. The following games are those I like better than this one.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
And that is all that is worth mentioning at this time. In this day and age, there are plenty of other games that are easier introductions to gaming, but for the sake of seeing how the gaming landscape evolved, this game is an essential history lesson.
And that was my elaboration on my Day 1 of the 10 day video game challenge. What was your first game? Which game influenced you the most? What game would you choose for day one if you participated? Let me know in the comments below!