Sarah bought me an Original Nintendo for my birthday last September. I played it quite a bit through last Christmas, but then didn't play it much until a few weeks ago (work got busy, and Molly came along, and I kinda forgot about it, so the Nintendo got neglected). Having recently been reunited with the NES (due to a recent visit from family), I've come to reappreciate it's goodness.
As I mentioned earlier, Sarah beat Super Mario Brothers all by her self for the first time just last night. I was so proud. She's learned the tricks necessary to warp through to level 8, and then get through Koopa's last castle. After continuing once, she got to Koopa with one life left and sailed under Koopa for the win. Here's a picture of Sarah celebrating the victory:
We went out to dinner the next night in celebration of Sarah's victory.
I've also been re-honing my Mario skills. As some of you may know, during my last year of college my roommate (Jeremy) and I played quite a bit of the original Super Mario Brothers game. We learned many of the time-saving tricks and had a bit of a competition going on to determine who could beat the game the fastest. While we never got our elapsed-times down to World Record status (if I remember correctly the World Record time for beating the game is around 5 minutes 15 seconds) we did get kinda close. Jeremy and I called it a "draw" when we both got down to 5 minutes 45 seconds. It was just taking too much time to get any quicker--it usually took us several attempts to get a time even close to this low, and if you messed up even a little bit (slowing you down by a second or two) the entire attempt was rendered useless.
In honor of those Super Mario "time-attack" days, tonight I recorded a run through the game that took 5 minutes 56 seconds to complete (from the time I hit start to the time Koopa is beaten on the final level). You can definitely see some of my sloppiness in this run which cost me precious seconds, but oh well.
(Unfortunatley there's an annoying black stripe moving down the screen as a result of recording a TV screen with a camcorder. However, if you're so nerdy as to actually want to watch the attached video, you probably know what the black stripe is covering anyway and so it won't matter too much) :-)
Here it is: