My girlfriend’s cousin has taken to crashing on our couch of late, and the other night she had this sudden, random desire to watch The Goonies and play the NES game. So I broke out my crappy NEX and a copy of The Goonies for Famicom — the first one — since I figured its more straightforward approach would be more palatable than the sequel for someone who doesn’t game much. (Well, ever.)
She seemed a bit disappointed that it wasn’t the game she remembered, though. I thought about explaining to her how the original game never came to the NES and that I personally wanted to own a copy for years after playing the PlayChoice 10 version for a year of Sundays at the local pizza parlor and that it turned out I spent well more than the game was worth in my eagerness to snap up a copy on eBay, but… ah well. I guess you can’t brute-force someone to share your own nostalgia. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find my copy of The Goonies II, so we had to make due with what is apparently a pale imitation.
On the plus side, last night was the first time I’ve watched the movie since visiting Astoria a couple of years ago, and I was surprised by how different my perception of the film’s setting is. I should visit the filming locations of all my childhood favorites. I hear Tunisia is nice this time of year.
Please note that tomorrow is final day for this month’s Shiren the Wanderer Fun Club session. Is it strange to say that I’m proud of everyone involved for the way this thread has gone? Because I am. It’s a vicious little niche game whose considerable pleasures really must be sought out, actively — the kind of game that requires patience and open-mindedness before its merits start to peek through. Even so, it’s been the single most active Fun Club entry to date, with nearly 600 posts, the vast majority of which have really and sincerely been in the spirit of the game. You kids are the best.