Please start from the very first time you ever heard about the NES, to the first time you saw it, to the first time you got one, memories in between, until finally when you got rid of it. I recall seeing the NES for sale when it first came out in 1985. Quite frankly, I was shocked that anyone was releasing a video game console: after all, home computers had already over-taken the video game market and killed off the Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision. I certainly didn't expect this system to be a success or last for any length of time at all. I did think the graphics on the NES were EXCELLENT, but at the same time, they didn't seem any better looking than what my current computer at the time (the Commodore=64) could do. In fact, the graphics looked to me to be right on par with the Commodore 64 - so what was the point? Besides, games on the C=64 could be copied from disc to disc for FREE. Why in the world would I pay $30 for a clunky old cartridge anymore?? I knew quite a few friends who had a Nintendo, and I was quite surprised with it's popularity. I held out and didn't get one until years later - around 1991 - by that time, my C=64 had been dead for a while, and I was getting the urge to play video games again. I was particularly impressed that the Nintendo "VS" games were so similar to the arcade counterparts - they were obviously running the same hardware, which was a first in videogaming, and wouldn't happen again until the Neo-Geo. I had some mighty fond but brief memories of the system, for later that year, I bought a Sega Genesis, which I was REALLY impressed with. I sold my NES when I got the Genesis. Of course, these days, I have an NES with probably most of the games ever released for it. I still enjoy playing it quite a bit. A game genie and an "auto-fire" keypad are a must.