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Iconic Nintendo memories from childhood

by Gaby Agbulos

Recently updated on April 27, 2023 02:21 pm

AS one of the biggest hit movies of the year, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has amassed over $871 million dollars since its theatrical release. With a star-studded cast, a creative story, and references scattered throughout that only OG Nintendo fans would enjoy, there’s a little something in it for everyone. 

To celebrate the movie’s success, let’s take a little trip down memory lane and look back at some of our favorite Nintendo moments. Whether it’s becoming obsessed with hearing Link’s “hyahhh” or admiring Rosalina’s beauty in Super Mario Galaxy, here are some memories we feel many of you fans will be able to relate to.

  1. The OG Animal Crossing villagers were rude AF!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is seen as a cute game that you can pick up when you want to sit back and relax. But in the original release of Animal Crossing in 2001, you couldn’t help but stress over the snarky comments you’d get from your villagers. 

You’d have characters telling you to “dry up and blow away, jerky” if they were in a bad mood, even yelling at you and asking you to get out of the way if you tried pushing them. They’d call you annoying or hope that you get stung by bees if you tried certain actions like hitting them with a net or blocking their path. 

Even Resetti, who shows up whenever you close the game without saving, gives you a good talking to every time you reset. I even remember growing scared of him whenever I’d shut my DS down as a kid.

I can’t help but miss how Animal Crossing villagers used to talk; call me a sadist, but to me, they had a lot more personality that way.

  1. Kirby was always your number-one pick in Smash Bros

If you were anything like the confused kid I was, then playing Smash Bros often just meant mashing a lot of buttons down and hoping that what you were doing was enough to secure a win. During the release of the original Super Smash Bros, only 12 characters could be played, and one of them was Kirby.

While many may have looked down on him because of his size, and instead chose characters like Link or Samus, I always chose Kirby simply because of his special ability: he could absorb characters and then, at the same time, absorb their abilities too. 

Within a flash, Kirby could be wielding a hammer, slicing opponents with a sword, or even chucking bombs every which way he can. Plus, he can fly! 

If you wanted an easy win, Kirby was always your best bet.

  1. There was a creepypasta inspired by Majora’s Mask

Remember when creepypastas were a thing? If you don’t, let me refresh your memory. 

Creepypastas are essentially just horror stories or online urban legends that were born on the internet, stemming from the term “copypasta,” because they’re often copied and pasted on different social media platforms. While some aspects of each story may get changed after they’re posted over and over again by different people on different sites, the core of the story often remains the same.

Some characters you may remember that were born from creepypastas are Slenderman, Jeff the Killer, Sonic.exe, and the like. You could see them on sites like Tumblr and Reddit, but a lot of the time, they were posted directly on the Creepypasta website.

One creepypasta, in particular, was about a character named “Ben Drowned,” hidden in an old copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. 

Written in first person, the writer of the story recounts how he’d bought a copy of the game at a garage sale. When he opened the game, he found a save file entitled “BEN,” but made a new file for himself afterward.

The writer then found a lot of weird things happening to his game: characters calling him “BEN” out of nowhere, or his name disappearing entirely when he tried to delete BEN’s old file off the game. Things continue to get worse for the writer as he’s transported into some twilight zone rendition of Clock Town, and he is swept into a horrifying wind of melancholy and depression as he continues to play. 

I’m going to spare you all the details of this story because you can read the whole thing online, but it’s this creepypasta that has managed to make the words “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?” absolutely terrifying.

  1. Rosalina was your gay awakening

While Nintendo hasn’t really said anything about the sexuality of its characters, one weird assumption has been made about Rosalina specifically: that if you chose her as your main on Mario Kart, you’re definitely gay now. 

And speaking as a bisexual person who almost exclusively chooses Rosalina as their main… I can’t say they’re wrong.

I think this tweet sums it up best, where Twitter user Lexi jokingly said: “You aren’t born gay, you just mained Rosalina in Mario Kart when you were a kid, and now you are the way you are.”

Some other Mario Kart picks that gave off queer energy to me were Daisy, Yoshi, Luigi, and–on certain occasions–Bowser, for some reason. 

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  1. You rage-quit Mario Kart at least once

Speaking of Mario Kart: have you ever had that experience? The one that drove you so crazy you almost thought about chucking your console at the wall if it hadn’t cost you thousands of pesos? Because same.

It can happen at any given moment, but it usually goes like this: you’ve finally managed to make it to first place. Maybe you chose 150 cc’s, and there’s sweat dripping down your brow as you brave through the final lap of Rainbow Road. You can feel the taste of victory on your tongue, and it is sweet.

Then suddenly, like a hurricane, it comes: that damned blue shell–perhaps even red–swoops in, and, as you watch it coming closer, you realize there’s nothing you can do to get away. 

There’s nothing you can do to escape your fate. (I was very dramatic as a child if you couldn’t already tell).

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