GamesBeat Love at first sight: Super Mario Bros. May 4, 2013 12:33 PM Cassie Gotto 0 This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff. Most everyone remembers the first time they fell in love. It’s a really special feeling, falling in love for the first time. You get all tingly inside and feel all of these weird things that you’ve never felt before. When did I first fall in love? In 1999, when I played Super Mario Bros. for the first time. I was six years old, and I had never played a video game before. My cousin had upgraded from the NES to the PlayStation and decided to give me his old NES. It’s the Toploader. I still have it. Being only six, I had no idea that this would be the beginning of something very special. It was the first time I would play a video game, and it would spark my lifelong passion for gaming. I put in the cartridge and played Super Mario Bros. for the very first time. I have the cartridge with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, the one that was bundled with most Nintendo Entertainment Systems. I couldn’t play Duck Hunt, because I didn’t have the light gun. ‘That’s okay,’ I thought. ‘I can still play Super Mario Bros.’ I played that game over and over and over again. To this day, I can put that same game in the same NES Toploader, stomp on the same Goombas, collect the same coins, and still enjoy it just as much as I did way back then. I introduced the game to my childhood best friend, and we used to play it every time he came over, which was about every weekend. We always fought over the controller; I was a bossy kid, and I always wanted to use the “dogbone” controller. I gave him the crappy regular controller with the sticky D-pad. I let him be Luigi, though, who has always been my favorite. Most people probably don’t remember the first video game they played, but I do. If I wasn’t given that NES, I’m not sure if I ever would have played video games. My friends who played video games were introduced to games by me. If not for that NES Toploader, I probably wouldn’t have this blog. What is the first game you remember falling in love with? Tell me in the comments below.