Video Games I’m Thankful For (Part 1)

November is the month of beards, pumpkin pie, football, Black Friday, and of course, Thanksgiving. With this, everyone usually takes a moment out of their day to reflect on anything and everything that they have and give thanks for it. In the fashion of the season, I’ll be presenting a series of features that showcase some of the video games I’m thankful for. Let’s see what the first one is:

Super Mario Land (1989)

This is the first game I ever received. As a curious five-year-old who was given a GameBoy, I was floored by the ability to manipulate this character on the giant screen (yes, I thought the screen was huge). Exploring the depths of the ocean, pyramids of Egypt, and crevices of a dungeon, continued to encase my attention. Though looking back, even though this is one of the lesser Mario games, it still manages to have a place in my heart.

Even more so, this game was the beginning of my love and fascination with video games. Having a giant world in the palm of your hands that you can control? Remarkable. This might also be why I’m such a fan of handheld gaming – you can bring a little world with you wherever you go.

I still have my original GameBoy and my copy of Super Mario Land (1989) front and center at my home desk. Just in case I want to play it for a bit…

What games are you thankful for? What games have a special spot in your heart?

Come back tomorrow for the next game of the series!

Follow Harry Loizides, a Senior Editor, through his life of video games, obstacle races, and other adventures with Instagram, Twitter, and IGN

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