We have an ever growing pile of stuff at Kiddley HQ sitting in a box whistfully referred to as the ‘destined for eBay box.’ The chance of any of the items in it turning up on eBay is very slim, mostly because it seems like too much work to actually list them. One of the things in there is a Nintendo 64 and a pile of game cartridges which we recently hauled out of the box and hooked up to the television. The controllers were a bit tricky for AJ to get the hang of, but slightly older kids shouldn’t have any problems. We spent an afternoon playing Yoshi’s Story, which is a great game for younger kids, and checking out some of the other games, like Mario 64.
Claire also recently unearthed some terrific Nintendo Game & Watch handheld games from the 80s. Amazingly, they still worked with their original batteries.
Although they seem primitive compared to modern game systems, there’s also something really charming about ‘antique’ game systems and consoles, and they have terrific novelty value that will appeal to kids. We’ll be unearthing these gems again when the kids are a bit older and can get more out of them. If you haven’t already sold them on eBay, you may want to hunt down and dust off your old and neglected games and give them another whirl; you might discover some new old family favorites.