Playing with Power: A cheat that stands the test of time

For gamers in their late 30s and early 40s, one of the most memorable aspects of the games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System is their brutal difficulty.

The concept of “Nintendo hard” didn’t come about until years after the game system’s original run, when players wanting to play the games their older siblings and parents played sat down and discovered the games were unforgiving.

Part of this is due to how games are developed and released now as opposed to 30 years ago. Games on those early home consoles were largely influenced by what was popular in arcades, with home versions of...

 

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