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Mario Memories
Week #3

Good Memories
I first saw SMB in action in a store display, about 10 years ago. I was spellbound for hours, staring like a lunatic at the screen. Then I saw it in it's full glory at a dear friend's house. From then on it was my obsession to get hold of a NES, and after what seemed like an eternity, this wish came true. Entire nights were spent behind SMB. I was hopeless at first: I kept getting killed by even the first Goomba (I didn't bother to read the instructions and assumed that I'd be able to jump by pressing up on the D-pad. Bad idea ^^;), and was unable to clear world 1-2. The cat taking a nap on top of the telly didn't help much either. But I did eventually beat 1-2 and was overjoyed ^^. And that's how my undying obsession with everything Mario-based started.
-Toasty

Ok, I played the one-player mode in Super Smash Bros. the first day I got it. My first loss was at the Giant DK stage, but I came back and beat him! Then I had problems along the way with the Kirbys and Samus Aran, but I got by! and I lost to the Master Hand 5 times and then, WHAMMO! He's gone! I beat that stupid hand! another Memory was beating Super Mario 64 after struggling dozens of times. I feel I'm the King of gaming after that!
-Demon

The first time I went over to my cousin's house he had just gotten an NES and super mario bros. He had also gotten one of those light gun things. So,he was playing SMB and he was bragging about how good he was at SMB.So, the light gun was connected to the NES so I just pulled the trigger, and I just saw one of those fireworks things you see at the end of the level. So I waited till he got all the way to the last Bowser than I blasted him until he lost all his lives. Ha, Ha I sure showed him!
-Larry M. Koopa

It's weird, but when I was 4 or 5, I always played my Nintendo. Along comes kindergarten, and I forget about the system entirely. I always had played Zelda, Final Fantasy, and my two favorites, Super Mario Bros., and SMB3. So guess what? After kindergarten, I developed a fear of video games- videogame-phobia. My situation was pretty much this: take me to an arcade, and I'm in hell. The problem was, I was scared of losing. I was a perfectionist. Despite this, Mario and Luigi were two of my first top heroes. When I entered 1st grade, they were my secret imaginary friends. But time passed, and I forgot about them almost completely. Fastforward in time to when I was 12 years old (two years ago). It's summertime, and I'm ultra bored. I take a good look at my old Nintendo, which me and Mom still have. I ask Mom if it's hooked up. She says it is. Timidly, I placed the SMB/Duck Hunt cartridge in the system. I choose SMB, and begin to play. And guess what? My phobia disappeared entirely, all thanks to the Mario Bros! Once again, they are my heroes- who cares if I'm 14?- and I'm a video game fanatic. I'm hooked on Mario games, and I'm happy about it!
-Melissa

Bad Memories
The day I found out that SMRPG would never be released in Europe was positively horrible. A black page in Mario history and proof positive that Nintendo treats it's Euro followers like rubbish.
-Toasty

My friend had Mario Party, and we were trying to get 100 stars, but when we were up to 82, his little brother erased it! We tried again, and got 100 stars, and we were trying to beat Minigame Island, when he erased it again! ARRRRRGH! -Smash48

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