Just in time for Thanksgiving — and the ritual practice of family togetherness — comes this wonderful vintage photo from the back of the NES Action Set box. In it, we see a four-person white American nuclear family utterly consumed by a game of Super Mario Bros.
This scene looks nice at first glance, but imagine having to play through a whole game with mom and dad hanging off of your shoulders.
(Father gets in close, whispering into son's ear.)
"Want to play some Super Mario Brothers?"
"I'm already playing, Dad."
(Father squeezes son's shoulder tighter.)
"My uncle's name is Mario."
Luckily, the scenario I've concocted above appears nowhere on the box. Still, a few amusing things about this photo jump out at me:
- Mario is gleefully flying to his death.
- The family apparently owns two copies of Super Mario Bros. because one is on the table, and they're playing one in the NES.
- The two kids are both playing a one player game at the same time. Or maybe the older brother (player 1) on the right is screwing up the little brother's game by hitting pause at random intervals.
- The mother and the son on the right aren't looking at the TV set. Actually, I don't think any of them are.
I've included an extra-large scan this time (when you click on the image), so you might be able to turn it into a desktop background.
For more vintage family madness, check out my latest slideshow on Technologizer.
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever played a video game with your entire immediate family rapturously engaged in the action on screen?