I’ve always been an organized person. I remember being a child who would fold her Barbie doll clothes and put them into the little pink Barbie suitcase for safekeeping. Shoes went in the trunk of the Barbie Cadillac. Hair accessories went in their little yellow organizer.

Life was good.

Now I am sharing something with you all that I have never shared with anyone who has not come into my home to play original Nintendo with me. Yes, I still have the original and it still works.

These are the memory game guides I made for Super Mario Bros. 3 when I was a child. You know, back in the day before game guides and the internet existed. I made my first set of guides with stickers from the comic book store. And then when the internet and computers became a thing, I made it in a Word Document. Feel free to use them, they are every single possibility you will encounter in the game. One piece of advice, I labeled them with world titles just because I could, the actual game will be picked at random.

You’re welcome universe, you’re welcome.

Yesterday I came to the startling conclusion that I may need therapy to overcome my need to organize. I mean, I cannot even play a virtual farming game without an excel spreadsheet to track my crop inventory.

I listed all the crops that can be grown (by hours needed to grow), I listed all the machines that make those crops into other products (like ketchup) and I even listed all my animals and what they need to eat to make their milk, eggs, etc. And my spreadsheet is beautiful. I am seriously in love with it. It is color coordinated which just makes me grin. And that’s when I realized, this may be an illness. So I’m going to seek therapy.

I had you going there for a minute, didn’t I?!?

Yeah, I’m not going to therapy. I’m going to go make some more spreadsheets. The first one I may make is listing my friends by gullibility. And I may eat 50 pizza rolls while I compile my spreadsheet… because I like everything in excess.


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14 replies on “1980s Nintendo game guides and other childhood obsessions…

    1. Your husband may be my long lost brother. My siblings are pigs. Nothing is ever put away. I have a label maker and it is stocked with a multitude of colored label tapes so I can color code by room.

      We can band together and fight the masses if they demand we go to therapy!!!

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  1. I am always suspicious when I see a very tidy underwear drawer. My stepdaughter would organise her pants. You guys do need therapy 🙂 Alison x #DreamTeam

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    1. It’s a mini game that appeared in the original Nintendo version of super Mario Brothers 3. It would just randomly appear on the screen and you had no warning and without a game guide you didn’t know which cards to flip over to make a match. Kids nowadays have it so good with their game guides, but back in the 80s we had a wing it and hope we won!

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    1. Financial spreadsheets are my nemesis. I have one where I track all my spending, but by December of each year I’m looking at it with loathing wondering why there isn’t just more money being given to me from thin air!

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