My first video game. I remember the NES controller was too big for my hands, I didn't have the hand-eye coordination or dexterity to properly time that first Goomba jump, and I liked the noise Mario made when he jumped. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
First game I was obsessed with. Everyday in 4rd grade I'd come home from school, plop myself in the floor in front of the TV and play this until Mom came home and booted me off the TV. Sooooo much 'final level game over, now you have to start all over again' rage. Those were the good old days.
First game story/world that I became invested in. It wasn't just about playing a game anymore, it was about saving the Lylat system, getting revenge on that traitorous Dengar, and making James McCloud proud.
My introduction to FF and RPGs in general. It's definitely not what you'd call a suitable training ground for someone new to the genre, what with the weird Junction system, and mandatory magic drawing. Knowing nothing about turn-based games, I struggled with this one the first time around, getting through most boss encounters by the skin of my teeth. But I was entranced throughout. Now-a-days, even Omega Weapon is no sweat, so maybe I learned something after all.
I didn't play this until freshman year, a few years after the fact. A good friend of mine was so appalled to learn that I'd never played a Zelda game before, he gave me his copy. I don't remember much about the next several months except for this game.
Back in Dec 2011, I read an article about the next project Naughty Dog was working on. It didn't divulge too much info that I can remember, but what I do remember was a piece of concept art. A sketch of an older man and a young girl, sitting around a campfire laughing. I looked at that sketch, and for whatever reason, I thought to myself, this is going to be the greatest game ever. Turns out, I was right. This game is everything I've ever wanted in life. It is absolutely perfect and I won't accept any other opinion.