What Once Was Old Is New Again: Nintendo and 1985
If you've made through your social media rounds today without seeing the news that Nintendo is re-releasing their original console, albeit a smaller, HDMI ready version pre-stocked with 30 classic games, then I commend you. Or question what it is you're actually doing via social media. Either or. Nonetheless, a lot of people are over the moon with this news, so I thought I'd see what else from 1985 I would like to see redone. Turns out, not much.
Windows 1.0 - That's right. The original Windows operating system was unveiled in 1985. It's been re-released 26 different time over the last 30 years, and you'll find more complaints than praise for every single one of them. Turns out it always needs to be redone.
Nintendo > Windows
Ronald Reagan was sworn in for his second term as US President and Mikhail Gorbachev was sworn for his first. This could've ended badly for the entire world as The Cold War was in full swing and patriotism for both countries was surging high. Thankfully, no one pushed the little red button and we all lived to see another day.
Nintendo > The Cold War
The Breakfast Club was released in 1985. One of the all time great teen comedies, five degenerate kids from varying social circles spend Saturday detention together and find themselves. Great acting, great soundtrack. Molly Ringwald's panties. Era defining picture.
The Breakfast Club > Nintendo
Coca-Cola decided it would be a good thing to change a formula that made them one of the biggest corporations on Earth by introducing the aptly named New Coke. Idiots. New Coke was spit out on sidewalks across the globe and Coke Classic was back on the market within three months. Wonder how many people lost their job on that one?
Nintendo > New Coke
Some pretty great albums came out in 1985. On the hard rock front, Motley Crue's Theatre Of Pain, Megadeth's Killing Is My Business..., AC/DC's Fly On The Wall, Slayer's second full length Hell Awaits and Faith No More's We Care A Lot are all now mainstays in the record collection. Reagan-nomics made it easy for the punkers to be angry, so we got Husker Du's New Day Rising, The Descendents' I Don't Want To Grow Up, Black Flag's final album In My Head, the not so angry Chili Pepper's Freaky Styley and of course Dead Kennedy's legendary Frankenchrist LP.
1985 music > Nintendo(but really, I'll take musical releases over video games any year)
So yeah, start saving your pennies. The "new" Nintendo is only gonna cost $60 and will undoubtedly be under the tree of many Gen X-er. Hopefully right next to the vinyl re-press of the video below. Merry Christmas!!