Screenshots of three video games on the Nintendo Switch, Streets of Rage 4, Flashback, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The Joy of Gaming

  • Adam Douglas

I’ve not been able to come up with the right words to even describe the level of shock I had when I opened one of my Christmas gift boxes, and then realized what I was looking at. Never would I have thought someone would buy me a gift like this.

The Gift

I was presented a gift in a very large peculiar box sealed up with painters tape. I thought to myself, what on earth could be in this large box that I would be gifted. Slowly I started to rip off the wrapping paper, and once the gift was exposed I had a loss of words. At some point I think I said, “this is crazy”. The gift I saw was a Nintendo Switch, and the video game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Then I was handed another gift, and opened it to find a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. I just couldn’t believe this.


In addition to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I’ve been allowed to borrow Metroid Dread, and Super Mario Odyssey. These two games at first I thought I wouldn’t be interested in, but that is so far from the truth. I’m quite impressed by the two games, and how much fun they are.

While out shopping today for a few items for New Years, I couldn’t help myself. I ended up purchasing Flashback, as well as Streets of Rage 4 for the Nintendo Switch. I’ve only played for about an hour with Streets of Rage 4, and it is indeed worth every cent. So now this puts me to 4 games to play, and not enough time in the day to play them like I want to (smile). :-)


Even as I write this now, I can’t believe I have this system, and that I can’t stop thinking about wanting to go, and play the Nintendo Switch. It is as if spark of excitement has been lit, and I feel like a child again. The day I received the first Nintendo Entertainment System, and the joy I recall playing on that system is as if I’m reliving it all over again.


This may not been for everyone, but I’ve always loved Nintendo for its focus on the joy of gaming, and encouraging people to engage with one another through playing video games. To top that off they seem to always find a way to innovate when it feels like there is nothing more to add.

This is post 67 of 100, and is round 2 of the 100 Days To Offload challenge.