This week, Nintendo launched its new paid online service for the Switch console, dubbed Switch Online. The service will be required to play most games on the Switch online going forward, and comes with other perks like cloud saves and a selection of old games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Big N's first gaming console.
I signed up for the free seven-day trial immediately and put down my $20 for the full year the following day. I have played a couple of games of "Fortnite" online on the Switch, but other than that I haven't played any of my Switch games online. And I don't really plan to at this point.
But that's not why I signed up for the service.
I grew up playing games like "Super Mario Bros.," "Tecmo Bowl" and "Double Dragon." The best part of the service for me is being able to revisit these gems from my childhood.
The first thing I did after I downloaded the update was start a game of "Super Mario Bros." I used to know that game like the back of my hand. I knew what pipes took you to secret areas, how to get to the warp zones and saving Princess Toadstool from Bowser became second nature.
That's no longer the case. When I played the game Tuesday night, I was missing jumps, getting hit by Goombas (the weakest enemies in the game!) and didn't even make it halfway up the flag pole at the end. If you've never played the game, that all probably sounds gibberish. However, if you're as familiar with the game as I thought I was, it's embarrassing.
My experience with the other games didn't go much better. After a few first downs, I threw an interception within the first couple of minutes of playing "Tecmo Bowl," I died just a few screens into "The Legend of Zelda," and "Tennis" was the worst. I could never get my timing right and I lost the set 0-6 against the computer on easy. Ouch.
Games were a lot harder back in the day. Most of today's games have a tutorial at the beginning to ease you into things. It will be fun getting my old gaming muscles back.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," "Marvel's Spider-Man" and a lot of old NES games. You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.