• http://www.lifewithroozle.com/ Casey

    I remember the day I won too. It ruled. And how Tetris taught me how to organize groceries and my fridge and pack a suitcase or a car after Christmas. Algebra in high school taught me NONE of that.

  • LisaMarieWhatsherface

    Ah yes, the DS version of Super Mario. I played my sister in law’s DS during a bridal shower weekend trip, and then promptly bought myself a DS so that I could finish the game…

  • Laurie

    I OWNED my son on Super Mario Bros. That poor kid had no idea what was coming. We, too, had no game systems or cable TV. In fact, my dad “accidentally” stepped on the Atari our cousin gave to us. And I was raised Catholic – you’d think my parents would have been a lot more corruptible. :D

  • adriana

    here is where i confess that boyfriend and i bought a wii u the other day just so we can play super luigi. do we have kids? no. do we have disposable incomes and are over 30? afraid so. is this harder than i remembered? omg hella harder.

  • http://smithshack71.blogspot.com/ SmithShack71

    Nothing makes me cuss more than Super Mario.
    Love that game. I’m still good at it, too!

  • Ali

    I am glad to know I am not alone in my shame of gleeful gloating when I beat the young one.
    My moment was when I figured out a tricky lego configuration in 2 minutes after the Boy and Boy Father were stuck for an HOUR. Very hard not to throw a lego in their very open-in-awe mouths!

  • americanrecluse

    Now I’mma have to ask the internet how to connect my SNES to my hip modern television so I can play Prince of Persia. THE ORIGINAL, thankyouverymuch.

    I blame you.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    How FUN. It’s so great when we can surprise our kids and better yet be the “cool Mom” for a few minutes before we have to remind them to brush their teeth. I stood on my head a few years ago (i’m over 40 and not athletic–secret is a flat spot on my head) and my son still talks about it—-The best I can do with computer games is win a few games of Quiz It on my i-Phone.

  • Katerina

    How have I only JUST discovered this blog! Such a great voice. BTW, I think I must have been the only child who hated playing video games. The music from Mario Brothers brings back memories of being bored to tears on my friend’s couch, while she hopped over mushrooms for hours! I haven’t read much of your blog (yet) but I went to high school in a small Mormon town in Nevada, so the fact that you write with such frankness is so amusing! Can’t wait to read more!

  • Deiter Weinerman

    I couldn’t follow the lyrics until I stuck in the “oh way oh” after “the buzzer rings”.

  • Lauren3

    Love this story. It brings back memories of the Christmas I got SuperNES and my sister got Sega Genesis. We ended up pretty much swapping because I adored Sonic and she kicked ass on Super Mario Bros. My thumbs never quite got the hang of things.

  • Abbey

    I’m a notalgic freak that got chills reading this. Long live 80s.

  • Debra

    As usual, awesome post. I just loved it. Love to you and yours as this fuckface of a year, ripe with opportunities to grow or go crazy takes a bow and farts in our faces on the way out the door.


  • Debra

    Welcome to Dooce! Heathers sense of humor is the best thing ever. Her trials remind us she is human, and for the most part, brings out the great in people. I remember way back when I first started reading her blog and I thought, oh lord, this is who I want to be when I grow up. I still haven’t grown up, but I’m more and more inspired! The internet has it’s ups and downs, and the very best of it, in my opinion, is right here. Sometimes you get a hater and I get all stop picking on my little baby sister, but mostly it’s lovely!

  • lunacydress

    There was an interview on NPR a couple months ago with a woman who wrote a book and/or did a study about how the skills you learn and are passionate about in the 10-15 year age range can stick with you more than what you learn at any other time in your life, even if you don’t practice them later in life, because of how much brain development you go through in that time.

    The woman specifically mentioned how she mastered a video game when she was 12 or so, (I think she was a little older than you, Heather, so it was Space Invaders or something) and didn’t play it again until she was in her late 30s/early 40s, with her own kids, and within minutes, the muscle memory in her fingers just knew all the moves and she beat the game before her kids did!

  • Gem Wilder

    Yes! That is exactly what I thought of when I read this. I heard her on the Middle School episode of This American Life.

  • Jen Wilson

    That’s the only video game I’ve ever liked as well. It remains the only video game I’ll play. Besides maybe some Dr. Mario/Tetris. We also only had an Atari growing up. I miss it. Especially that game with that robber guy. I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s called.

  • Rebecca

    I didn’t even have Atari…I had generic Atari called, “Gemini.” We somehow figured out If you stuck Popsicle sticks in with Atari games, they’d work on it. So yes, I too was often at my friends’ house not caring if she was doing something else while I tirelessly played her Nintendo.