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Sharing the Fun of Video Games With My Kids

Super Mario Bros.

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All stories and opinions are my own.

As a child of the 80’s, my introduction to video games began during the second and third generation of consoles.

My earliest video game memories are of playing a friend’s Atari (as we couldn’t afford one), and being mesmerized by this fascinating little box that plugged into the T.V. The sound, graphics quality, and even game play didn’t mean anything to me as a small child. I just enjoyed playing!

Imagine my delight when the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the mid-80’s. Again, we weren’t able to afford one until several years after it released, so my only opportunity to play this amazing machine was either at a friend’s house, or at an arcade.

Nintendo Entertainment System
Playing Nintendo in the early 90’s.

We were finally able to buy one in the early 90’s, which came with Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, and we also bought The Legend of Zelda, which came in a fancy gold cartridge. From that point on, I was officially hooked on Nintendo products. I could never buy a new game system when it released, but once I could, I eventually owned the Gameboy, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, DS, Wii, Wii U, and games that interested me.

My favorites are Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Starfox, racing, and golf games.

I now have four kids of my own, and they are just as excited about video games as I was. The “newest” system we own is the Wii U. The Nintendo Switch looks amazing, but like all my game console purchases, we’re going to wait before buying a new one.

The Legend of Zelda
My 9-year-old, playing The Legend of Zelda like I did 30 years ago! (I didn’t have a plasma TV and wireless controller back then, of course)

I no longer have my NES, but I find it amazing that my kids can play the games I used to play at their age through the download console on our Wii U! Talk about nostalgia!

Video games are way more advanced than they were in the early 80’s, and so are many of the ways to purchase them. You don’t even have to leave the house to buy games; you can even buy them through the video game console! Buying games via the internet is a huge convenience, and one that I use regularly.

Groupon

Before I purchase, however, I always check Groupon for the latest deals! My favorite retailers to buy video games from are Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon, and Groupon let’s me know how to shop from them and save money. I check Groupon frequently because new coupons are added daily!

It was fun growing up with Nintendo in the early days, but now I have a new kind of fun… sharing my memories and the fun of those retro games with my kids! And thanks to Groupon, doing so is a little easier on my wallet.

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