The original Nintendo Entertainment System (N.E.S.) is an iconic gaming device for those that lived through the era, but the grey box serves to confuse and excite teenagers today. Many of those that appeared in a YouTube video putting early to late teenagers in the same room with an N.E.S. had their eyes light up when the console was handed to them. Even if some mistook it for a “Gameboy,” there was still genuine interest from all the participants. The company’s current system, the Wii U, as well as this video, have some people asking for a return to some nostalgic names from the past after this console generation.
The video itself is from a channel called TheFineBros, which posts reaction videos of all age demographics watching other videos or experiencing another piece of hardware. This particular video, entitled “Teens React To Nintendo (NES),” begins with each participant being handed the console itself to varying levels of excitement and question. “What is this?” is asked by numerous participants, while some just take to calling it “Gameboy.” Among the teens are gaming enthusiasts that clearly have experience with the device, and among those that had little to no experience was the Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
The Nintendo Entertainment System has several oddities that served to highlight a lot of the teen confusion, but also helped elicit excitement in their voices. When the system was hooked to a television, each of them were asked to insert a cartridge and play one level of the original Super Mario Bros. A majority of the individuals were instantly confused by the massive game cartridge, with one remarking it was as big as her face.
As most N.E.S. systems and games, the taped combinations were persnickety; screens flashed green and the game refused to pop-up for most, bringing panic to faces and cartridges being taken back out. The prospect of blowing into the cartridge to make it work brought an excited joy to some of those more familiar with the Nintendo Entertainment System. Others, including Williams herself, did not seem to quite understand the purpose of the gesture.
Mario jumped onto the screen after a while with controller complaints—”This is so uncomfortable,”—and compliments abounding. The older control scheme took some time to acclimate to, as well as the lives of many Mario clones, some perishing on the very first enemy of the first level. Only one participant, according to the video’s edit, lost all three lives before coming to the end of the first level, and looked pretty disappointed.
Confusion and excitement ran through teens and adults alike when the Nintendo Entertainment System brought life to the home video game market in 1983 in Japan and 1985 in North America. A reader for Metro that goes by “CJ” believes that the N.E.S. should be brought back in unison with the Game Boy name. He posits this in support of an idea Nintendo President Satoru Iwata floated around earlier this year that would combine their handheld and home console markets, and remove the seams between the two. CJ comments that bringing these names together in this form would elicit excitement from the public and third-party support, giving the company a boost behind the classic Nintendo Entertainment System name.
By Myles Gann