“It’s sad that I know what this is, but I’ve never seen one in real life.”
Get ready to feel old, friends. The fine folks behind Teens React to Saved By The Bell have a new video to remind you that you are old, and it involves teenagers and the gaming consoles we all grew up playing. On this week’s episode from The Fine Brothers, a collection of youths, including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, are handed a Nintendo Entertainment System that harkens back to rec rooms in the late 80s and early 90s. It’s boxy, and it’s grey on grey.
Growing up playing Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt on similar consoles, we have nothing but fond memories of blowing forcefully into game cartridges and grasping controllers the size of smartphones in our child-sized hands. These kids simply seem confused by the whole process, and worse – they don’t know about classics like The Legend of Zelda. What has happened to gaming education in the new century? How are older siblings not teaching their brothers and sisters all the finer points of cartridge maintenance?
Sure, there are a few older teens who remember playing games on this console, and a couple of sassy teenagers who look at the person behind the camera with a “duh” radiating out of their eyes, but more than anything else, they are flabbergasted by the “ancient” technology. We, however, had nostalgic flashbacks as soon as the soundtrack to Super Mario Brothers started. Regardless of the teens’ apathy for the system itself, it’s good to see them get excited about the games in the same ways we did. Maybe it’s time to unearth that original Game Boy we’re sure we packed away somewhere.