A Very Nintendo Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving is coming, my favorite day of the year.

With the excitement of Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds churning inside me, I couldn't help but reflect on past Thanksgivings, and, well... Nintendo.

In 1998, I was still living at home, helping my family and saving to move out on my own. I woke up to the smell of turkey filling the apartment. I love that smell to this day. I rolled out of bed and looked on my desk, there lay the gold cartridge of The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I popped it into my N64 and I stared, dumbfounded, as Epona rode across the screen. As I started the game, and Link sat up in bed, I knew I was in for an experience I would never forget. I played as much as I could until dinner. I enjoyed the food and family, like every year, but this year I couldn't wait to get back to Hyrule and the adventures that awaited.

The following 2 years, Rare released some of the best platformers ever, Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo Tooie. To this day, they still amaze me with their intricate level design and varied move set. From Diddy to Dixie and Mumbo Jumbo to Humba Wumba, with barrel blasting and alligator balloon popping, I was in heaven. With so many bananas and music notes to collect, I needed some extra time! Most people are off for the holiday. My job was always closed Thanksgiving and the day after, but open on that Saturday. Somehow always managed to get the day off though...

The Wii brought to my Thanksgiving joy Super Mario Galaxy. It came out during my first year of dating my future husband. I am thankful Nintendo included the ability for a second player to help during Mario's adventure because it brought Sam into my world. He got to experience the joy I felt and help out along the way. I think it even helped him become the gamer he is today.

Since we have been married, my husband and I host the holiday, our families merging together that day for food and fun. After filling ourselves with lots of good dishes, we either play board or video games. Last year we stole candy, hunted ghosts, and played tag in Nintendoland. After games, we have dessert and lay around the living room, some passing out, some ready for a rematch.

Now my 5 year old nephew is getting into games. All of his cool Uncles pitched in and got him his 1st Nintendo system for his birthday a few weeks ago, a 2DS. I'm thankful they came out with one suited for a younger audience, one that he can learn on. Hopefully Nintendo will help create fond memories for him, like they did for me, this Thanksgiving.