Top 5 NES Classic Edition Games to Introduce to Kids


1.Super Mario Bros

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What better game to introduce the next generation of gamers to the NES than the game that shaped the video game world into what it is today. The first stage is the best designed level of all time, teaching millions of formative players new to the hobby how to use a controller. Its perfection perfected. Watching Miyamoto explain just the first screen is a thing of beauty. They crafted the first “?” block to reward the player with a coin that was accompanied by an equally satisfying sound. They knew we’d get a sense of joy and realize that jumping under “?” blocks would be rewarding. They placed the first goomba to educate the player that jumping over an enemy is the safest route. Everything was perfectly planned out and executed.

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Enough with the technical talk. I honestly do believe that gamers old and new will get a lot out of playing the first stage in Super Mario Bros. It’s just plain fun and teaches you almost everything you need to know about gaming. The first stage is simply iconic. Another plus is that kids will get a kick out of seeing Mario and Luigi in the most basic form that they’ve ever seen them in. They’ll probably laugh at first but once they get the controller in their hands, they’ll stop laughing and understand exactly what to do.

A cheat to help young gamers defeat Bowser:

Continues: If you run out of lives and want to continue press and hold “A” and then press start at the game over screen.

Any other game on the NES Classic’s list of 30 that you would suggest introducing to a new gamer? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Follow him @veryevilash on Twitter Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.

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