Mark and Steven jump into the original classics for the Nintendo Entertainment System by looking at and discussing the 30 original Black Box games. For many collectors, these games represent the epitome of game collecting as they represent what the future would hold after Nintendo showed up on the scene. Steven even discusses his affinity for one day owning all 30 titles complete in the original boxes.
After the 1983 video game crash, Nintendo wanted to break into the American market with its ultra modern video game system. With a wary consumer market keeping most video game consoles at arms length Nintendo needed to try something new. They created an entertainment system that looked like any other TV accessory and games where the box art showed you what you were playing instead of some fanciful version of a game that simply didn’t exist (Atari, Intellivision, ColecoVision, et al.). Thus was born the Black Box games.
Mark and Steve discuss some of their favorites and talk about how, even to this day they will pull those games out and give them a play. They also talk about the titles they never played or were even aware of until recently like Soccer and Volleyball, speculating that it had more to do with the preferences of their younger selves more than anything else.
Nearing the end of the show they answer the Question of the Day. Trust me when I tell you that this question, while entirely hypothetical is both thought provoking and interesting. You’ll want to give this episode a listen and if you’d like to join the conversation, feel free to comment below with the answers you’d give to the Question of the Day.
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