Here’s a little gem that was made back in 2007, but only found its way to the pages of GoNintendo earlier today. It’s a fun little look back to what it was like playing (and trying to get) video games on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 80’s, as Alex strives to be the kid in his school who beat Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

I love the Nintendo game counselor who, after the deal they make about paying $2.99 a minute, really seems to know how to make that time last. I have no idea if that’s how it was or not, though; I don’t remember anything like that, but with that kind of fee, I seem to recall my dad doing the talking on the rare occasions we caved in and called.

Side-note: is there anything worse than a parent who asks you a question, for an explanation, and then won’t let you give it?

If this wasn’t a part of Nintendo’s Short Cuts (despite being a rather long cut) a few years ago, it definitely should have been. Only one thing bugs me: I kind of wonder what happened next. Did everyone clear out before his parents got home? Or did they walk in on him after (or during) his moment of triumph?

It might have at least been neat to see the guy who punched him out stick up for him out of some sort of new-found respect, at least enough to take the blame for the fight off of Alex.

Ah, well. Still a cool piece.

–LBD “Nytetrayn”

  • Ginrei

    OH. MY. GOSH. I had this EXACT SAME experience as a kid; his name was Danny, and he lived 5 houses away.
    The day he beat Mike the room was PACKED full of kids from the neighborhood and we all started jumping up and down…. and popped the game out of his top-loading NES.We all just stared at the blank screen, dumbfounded. Then some kid, I don’t remember who, gives Danny a pat on the shoulder and breaks the silence with, “It’s okay man. We all saw you do it.”
    This video is great. The clothes, the old-school phone and television… even the cheese puffs; it’s an exact replica of my experience. Craaazy.