Nintendo Rage, AKA: Nintendo Hard, AKA: Ninseizure!


We have all experienced it.  The fit of unbridled rage when we reach a near impossible area of a game.  No matter how hard we try we just cannot get past the one miniscule little part of a game.  The part that I had the most trouble with was the small jump in the sewer in TMNT.  I don’t even have to explain further for those of you that had the same frustration as me.

I guess today it is called “rage quitting” because the kids just give up and move to the next game.  But in my day, we used that rage to keep us motivated.  My friends and I called them Ninseizures because the pure anger that was experienced many times caused shaking and trembling.

I remember a time when a friend of mine and I were playing Super Mario Bros.  My friend jumped over the flag and began the run against time.  We didn’t even know this was possible!  Sure, time ran out and it was pretty pointless but we could say that we witnessed this epic event.  To this day, I have not been able to copy the flag jump.  My friend’s Cousin was also there.  He decided that he must also jump the flag.  While playing he was doing fairly well for someone that did not play video games.  He was a very competitive member of our high school football team, so he felt that he had to prove that he was better.  Well, he got as far as the Hammer Bros.  he used all but one of his lives trying to get past the first one in the game.  Each time hammer smashed his skull.  You could see the rage building up.  He threw the controller and yelled obscenities.  The quote we still remember and mimic today is:



Our laughter at that comment elevated his rage so much that the controller was hurled through the air smashing into the wall.  The controller did not survive.  To make matters worse, I plugged the second controller into the Nintendo and immediately passed the Hammer Bros. without a scratch.  Our football friend raged out of the room screaming cusswords that we think he made up.

Sure we lost a controller that day, but gained a lifetime of inside jokes.  All in all, it was a good day.  Do you have any stories of rage caused by your Nintendo failures?  What about broken equipment or games?


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  1. A great story! So true, I remember back when we’d play SMB… It was awesome. I remember we would rage at Donkey Kong Country on the ice levels. Dadgum slippery platforms were the death of us many times over. Not to mention the constant raining of bad guys from above you! It was terrifically maddening. Then toss in the blacked out levels in the industry, oh man.. I still remember back when we’d have to do the.. erase game, “barral” cheat for 50 lives? 🙂

    In fact, just yesterday I was beaten to a miserable and shameful death by Res. Evil Revelations. That final boss destroyed me! lol Though I didn’t rage, I was nonetheless owned, until my 5th try! Fun stuff.

    Nostalgia Punch!

  2. The first two TMNT games for NES, no question. Same with the first 6 Megaman games. Sonic and Knuckles just pisses me off as well.

    I don’t recall experiencing difficulty with the N64, yet I must have squeezed the controller a lot over the course of its life. The seams on the sides are loose, and there is a crack on the back of the right handle.

    Must’ve Hulked out when I played WCW/NWO Revenge. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck

  3. This one is stupid I did a rage quit on this one because I couldn’t afford to keep going.

    On twilight princess I was planning on getting everything.

    Well if anyone hates having to tilt the wii remote like me to get something to moving then you feel my pain, I was going for the frog lure I was almost at the end of the friggin level then one freaking twitch, and it was over, I lost my cool I had a can of drink beside me that ended up against the wall.
    I gave up on 100 percent try I got 99 percent that lure shouldn’t count to me.

    I actually have anger issues with games when I get mad with a game you better not be setting to close to me.

    I just don’t feel like messing up a 40 dollar controller, and a nice tv.

    Thanks to nintendo making controllers expensive I have to break or throw something else.

    Please forgive my engrish.

  4. I totally remember that little jump on the second floor right before the ladder! The last time I broke anything was the monkey ball 2 mini game, baseball. I would spin the wheel and turn half the field into outs, while my bud would spin and turn half the field into home runs. On top of that he would he would strike me out 2 times an inning anyway, then I would get a hit for an out to make 3. I hurled the wavebird across the room into the gamecube. Bullseye! My friend left. All that happened was a broken reset button and a mark on the wavebird. Nintendo makes equipment to last.
    If I ever wanted to see my brother rage quit back in the day, I would pop in a game called Skykid. At the beginning of the level you have to take off from the launch pad. But the second player could shoot the first player to make them spin. shoot them a couple times and they would not be able to take off. They would spin into a tree or rock and die. I was kind of a jerk.

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