Our 8 year old Zac and I spend a few minutes each morning playing Super Mario World. I’ve had this particular SNES deck since high school, played it regularly in college — more than a few classes were missed because of Kirby’s Avalanche — and now my son and I bond over Mario. If you’re wondering, it is indeed Zac who plays Mario and I Luigi. As it turns out, I like Luigi over Mario 10 to 1. Mario is a facade propped up by Luigi. But nothing more to say on that right now.
Here’s my favorite part of our 10 minute arcade escapade before school this morning. Zac said “Dad, I like playing Nintendo with you because we bond over Mario.” I said “Thanks, buddy!.” He said “You grew up in the Mario generation. I like that, Dad.”
What a good kid. Dads: play old school Nintendo with your children. You and I are, after all, the Mario generation.