There are a bunch of us that grew up on playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I'm pretty sure we all had dreams and fantasies about owning every single game for the system. It didn't matter if the game was good or bad but having another gray cartridge to add to your shelf of other gray cartridges was something to be proud of.
And now, in my old (but still young enough to fuck-up) age, I wish I could return to those days. The days of apple juice stomach aches and potato chips and Super Mario 3. But I can't and all I have left are memories. Or do I?
Jay Bartlett doesn't seem to accept that the World of Nintendo is a relic of the past. See, there's a documentary about his journey to buy every single Nintendo game.
Okay so there's one reason why I'm 100% invested in this documentary (and I'm probably going to try and watch it within the next week) and it's that he visits all this video game stores across the globe. It's a weird mish-mash of Indiana Jones and nerd culture.
I don't really care if he gets all the games by the end of the documentary. That isn't important, the destination is never important. The only thing I'll feel jealous about is that he got to travel to all these cool place and meet all these cool people talking about something that was definitely a giant part of my life.
Like, look at all those games (above). It seems like a pretty impossible feat to get them all. But the drive and determination he has about acquiring all of them is something to marvel at. I can't remember the last time I felt so strongly about anything.
Bartlett's passion is something that makes me smile to myself. It's a great change of pace to most of the documentaries I watch. And even though it's kind of hokey and cheesy, I really liked what Bartlett said at the end of the trailer:
Life is too short to be doing something that you don't want to do everyday.