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Time is a strange thing. I spend a lot of my time thinking about it, ironically. What must have been twenty years ago now, I was delivered to “Garage Sale Days” in a local town. I remember hours of going through tons of old, and worthless, junk. All while under the hot summer sun, searching for something. I didn’t know what, but I was sure to find it, right? We approached the last stop of the day, as hope lie dead in the backseat, when it happened.
I found a book, so mysterious, and compelling that it still sits on my bookshelf today. I will never let go of this masterpiece of 1980s gamer kitch. While the NES was at the end of it’s road, it was now affordable for scrappy redneck kids, in scrappy redneck towns, to bask in it’s 8-bit glory. I was doing a lot of that back then, and while I felt cool, I didn’t quite feel like a gaming detective. Until I got my hands on this magical tome.
“Top Secret Passwords. Nintendo Player’s Guide.” With a name like that, you know it must be good, and it was. This guide remains the most powerful book I have ever owned. It was essentially the internet, but you could take it anywhere. Housing passwords for what seemed like every Nintendo game in existence. From Gameboy to NES and even SNES, it was unlike anything I had ever seen, and it was “straight from the pros at Nintendo!” obviously.
Why this book still remains on my shelf is a mystery to solve in itself, but I think it’s a thematic decision. It is chock-full of savory flavor text, assuring you that it is as “Top Secret” as United States nuclear launch codes.