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Editor's note: This month, Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of their original Nintendo Entertainment System. We asked nostalgic iReporters to channel their inner Mario and take us on a trip down memory lane. Our fall intern, Neil was in heaven when he spotted this epic 8-bit game room. Consider this blog post his love letter.
When I first saw Eric Gerhardt's rad Nintendo game room, my jaw dropped, my heart started pounding, and my thumbs began cramping up from the sheer memory of playing Nintendo for hours on end. Gerhardt's retro game room is like heaven for any child of the 80's - a room devoted entirely to classic gaming systems. The number of games alone, which Gerhardt says is "somewhere over 1,000," is enough to make any small collection of games look like Pitfall to his Halo.
Just to throw salt on your 8-bit wounds, Gerhardt told us he has collected 15 different gaming consoles. He owns virtually every Nintendo, Sega, Playstation and X-Box console ever made. And they all work perfectly.
"After spending countless hours opening up each and every cartridge, and restoring the old pins with game-cart cleaner, and replacing the 72-pin connectors in my Nintendo(s), every game plays on the first try, just like they did when they were new!" he wrote on CNN iReport.
Most people likely don't go to great lengths to clean and replace connectors, instead opting to stick with the old tried-and-true method of blowing into the cartridge. I can hear the kids now, begging their parents to buy them a new game, hoping that their birthday would bring them a copy of The Legend of Zelda, but instead being disappointed with a pair of footie pajamas. But, apparently Gerhardt didn't have problems getting his games and accessories.
Gerhardt explained that most of his collection consists of games that he and his wife saved from their younger days. Childhood friends and neighbors also passed some of the memorabilia on. Though it's a tough choice, he says Chrono-Trigger for the Super Nintendo is his most prized possession.
Read on CNN.com: My ten favorite NES games
Looking through Gerhardt's photos was a great trip down memory lane. Who wouldn't love to sit down in that room and pop in Super Mario Bros. 3 with Gerhardt until your mom called you home for dinner? Sure, you might be a bit jealous of his amazing collection, but the real point of this is that these games and gaming consoles are a part of so many lives. Thanks to Gerhardt and all of our NES contributors for bringing the memories and magic of Nintendo to iReport.
--Neil Hieatt, CNN iReport intern
Thank You for the story of my Game Room Neil! Come over and get your game on anytime! Click one of the pics to see the other pictures!
WOO FOR THE HALLOWEEN NES TOURNAMENT!!!
MOST AWESOME ROOM EVER!
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