El 3atal grew up playing Super Mario Brothers 3. The had a Nintendo and this was definitely his favorite game. We didn’t have a Nintendo… we had a TI (Texas Instruments). Ours was like the worst “computer” games you could find. But even as late as our wedding in Amman (nearly 15 years ago now), the old Nintendo was a featured favorite time waster. We came to find out that when El 3atal was off at college, TetaBean would sneak in and play the Nintendo as well. Finally, after years and years of abuse, TetaBean admitted defeat and got rid of the defunct Nintendo. El 3atal still mourns its loss…
At least, he did until (dum-dum-dum), he found Super Mario Brothers 3 available as an on-line game. The same old early tech graphics, the same sounds effects. The only difference is that you use a computer keyboard instead of the old controllers. How, you may ask, did he discover this treasure trove available online? Well, HelperBean found Super Mario Brothers and got JuniorBean hooked. Once El 3atal saw that he realized surely someone would have put 3 on-line. One Google search later, he had his game. He introduced JuniorBean to the wonders of saving the Princess in the castle and now, he is steadily making his way through the levels.
A new common refrain in the house is “Where’s Baba? I need him to show me something on this level.” It seems that the fun is never ending. As a Mom, my job just got harder. It was hard enough to monitor screen time and ensure that we weren’t overdoing it. Now, we’re in double (or triple I guess) trouble. Part of me thinks it’s as cute as it could possibly be. The other part knows that this spells trouble. But, we’ll make it through this as we do everything else… one day at a time.