Sunday, August 23, 2015

Diving into SNES Guardianship

I spent last week in Austin, TX with my wonderful girlfriend and her family, who are also pretty great. While there, I was talking to the dad of W.G.F. about how to get rid of an old Magnavox CRT TV they had sitting around with no current use. Being a dutiful nerd I informed him that people hoping to play on the old game consoles would be interested in a well kept, large-ish (32"), CRT TV and that I would gladly take back to Illinois. Luckily, we were in a primo trash-treasure situation and I convinced the previously mentioned W.G.F. to let me put it in our ridiculously small apartment. Pretty dull story so far, until five minutes later when I am offered a rarely used SNES and game collection along with the TV. The only "catch" is that I am a guardian and caretaker of this SNES and can not willingly allow it to be harmed or sold. It was a pretty easy deal to accept.

Needless to say, I was flabbergasted by this act of kindness and owe many thanks to the family of W.G.F. I had eyed this SNES on previous visits, and was never sure if I would ever get around to having my own, let alone a great game collection right off the bat. However, I am aware that I am not yet the true owner of this system, and that I must treat it well, clean it, and take it through its daily exercises.

Since getting back to Illinois, I haven't had much time to mess around with the SNES. I have it hooked up to the CRT TV, I learned that the battery is dead in the Super Mario World, and probably all of the other battery save games, and that Pilotwings is fun and infuriating. I look forward to exploring the realm of the SNES, a system I have played very little of. Additionally, I am dreading trying to update the batteries on several of these games, but I understand that it is my duty as a SNES Guardian to do so. I am a SNES Guardian!

Here's a list of the games I received with the SNES:
  • Aero the Acro-Bat
  • Barbie: Superstar Model (a childhood favorite of W.G.F.)
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  • Tetris/Dr. Mario
  • Young Merlin
  • Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors (another W.G.F. favorite)
Here are the three I picked up the next day:
  • Aaahh! Real Monsters
  • Pilotwings
  • Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Here's my non-ridiculously expensive wish-list
  • F-Zero
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Star Fox
  • Doom
  • Tetris 2
  • Worms
  • Yoshi's Cookie
  • Probably more stuff after more research

-Peter