The iconic Nintendo characters
Link: He originally debuted in 1986 in "The Legend of Zelda." He attempts to place a crystal in six palaces and awaken Zelda. Several video games were made featuring Link following the original.
"Although it is near impossible to compare the idea of characters from the old games to characters in today's games, Link is one character who is still interesting and fun to play," Carroll Arts Center Facilities Coordinator Will Abbott said.
The hockey brawlers: Dozens of sports games were created for the Nintendo Entertainment System. For Vince Buscemi, the director of digital communications and social media for McDaniel College in Westminster, his favorite was "Blades of Steel," a hockey game where the loser of fights was sent to the penalty box.
The audio was not nearly as advanced as in today's games.
"The announcer guy would say 'flip the pass,'" Buscemi said. "Made me crack up every time he said it."
The turtles: The first video game Abbott played all the way through and beat was "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game." The four turtles named Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo were featured in three NES titles.
"You couldn't save the game, so you had to start new every time," Abbott said. "As an adult going back and playing the NES games, I still like the TMNT games."
Mario and Luigi: Stahley said the original "Super Mario Bros." video game released in 1985 is probably the most popular NES game sold at The Save Point. Dozens of games featuring the plumber brothers who try to save a princess from the dastardly Bowser have been made since that version was released 28 years ago.
"That's the game that everybody remembers playing and it's the one we typically hear the most about," Stahley said.
Carroll Community College Theatre Facilities Coordinator Seth Schwartz received a Nintendo Game Boy for Hanukkah growing up.
He's been a fan of Nintendo and, specifically, the hero Mario, ever since.
He owns a Wii U, the latest Nintendo console, and said he loved it. His favorite all-time video game is "Super Mario Galaxy" for Wii.
"Every time you play it," he said, "you can't help but smile."