I remember playing Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 at about 5 years old. I'd go to my uncle's house and play Mario/Duck Hunt, Tecmo Bowl, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, Metroid, Blaster Master, and the Guardian Legend (still one of my favorite games to this day). A year or so later, I was introduced to RPGs with Dragon Warrior and it totally blew my mind. On top of that, my mom got me a NES for Christmas. Then came Final Fantasy 1, Wizardry, Battle of Olympus, Faxanadu, Destiny of an Emperor, and Crystalis. I also started playing strategy games around this time too, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Gemfire, Nobunaga's Ambition, and Genghis Khan.
The Nintendo-hard era was truly awesome!