AVGN First Game Reviews (1989 – 1991)

James / April 11th, 2012


  • Arikon

    April 11, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Hah this is awesome!


    April 11, 2012 at 2:15 am

    This brings back soo many memories when i was a little boy playing all of these games for the first time. From looking at these, man you really know your games huh.

  • Metal NES Solid

    April 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I hated smb2 so much

  • shadowdsfire

    April 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    As soon as I heard you’r little kid voice, I recognized you. It’s not about the voice itself but the way you talk slowly, choosing the right word and putting emphasis on the one that are important for you.

    My first language isn’t even English but I can easily distinguish you from other little kid english accent…
    … Probably because I watched all your videos since 2007 πŸ™‚

    Keep up the good work James;

    You were good, you are good, you’ll be good. Also, I can’t wait to see your movie.

  • MegaMech

    April 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

    first like!

  • Doogrisa

    April 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    This was really cool.

  • StrongwaterOJ

    April 11, 2012 at 3:24 am

    “I’m so mad I feel like punching the wall.” And so he did for decades.

  • reynoldszahl

    April 11, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Time comes and goes but you are will always be the nerd πŸ˜€
    I am glad that you are an authentic reviewer.Even when you play roles it resembles parts of your inner self.

    Thank you james for sharing this great artifact of time!

  • SoccerMomBanger

    April 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Very nice ending =)

  • kiskanak

    April 11, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Awwww, how sweet!! πŸ™‚

    I don’t know what it is, but every now and then you can tell that’s James’s voice, even though he’s only like, what, 7?

  • shadowtheman

    April 11, 2012 at 4:54 am

    “weeeeeee” “take that” That kind of thing takes me back. Except I sucked until the snes came out. Its vids like this that got me to start collecting. Great stuff James.

  • theforcer

    April 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

    there is no difference at all .only your voice

  • RyokoAsakura

    April 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Too bad, he only played good games πŸ™‚

  • newmadhatter

    April 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

    OMG when james talked to himself in different voices lol

  • joosewv

    April 11, 2012 at 7:00 am

    The ending was so priceless πŸ˜€

    Although it sucks that there haven’t been any new AVGN episodes lately, I like that Mike’s uploading entertaining stuff for the fans while we wait for the AVGN motion picture. Keep up the good work!

  • TheThrashKing

    April 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I’m not goin down there…!!!

  • phunqsauce

    April 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I liked the mash up at the end!

  • koel700

    April 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    so ..i guess the epicness starts since 1999 πŸ™‚ and will go on and on and on for years to come , i hope πŸ™‚

  • Sakura4anime25

    April 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

    awww hahaha that was so adorable :3

  • BrendanConcannon

    April 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

    DDFFI – got it.

  • T3hfatsman

    April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I get it now. It’s not just 8/16 bit music which I find so appealing but its the sound quality from a shitty ass tv that makes it so nostalgic. Without that it’s simply not as good.

  • Pompkinini

    April 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Wow that was quite the nostalgia trip. So cool to see that one kid sitting there playing Nintendo could become such an interesting show that entertains a lot of people.

  • Kraelich

    April 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome video!

  • GCT

    April 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This latest post pretty much made it official that mike is the original gangster of video game reviews.

  • GCT

    April 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm


  • arcade

    April 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Awwww, James is so cute!

  • thefournicator

    April 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Aww, I was probably doing the exact same thing.

  • avgnfanfckballs

    April 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    James, would you mind answering who filmed all of these?

  • chriswhetsell

    April 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    That’s classic stuff!

  • April 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Lol you made the Twice the power joke on SMB 2 back then lol. The only thing i expected you to say was “it’s doomsday for this place”

  • BorisCarloff

    April 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Best AVGN review of 2012.

  • April 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    ^^ nice first review James ! We recognize you very much, you didn’t change at all in fact ^^

  • uberdude64

    April 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    weapon nunchukas lol

  • uberdude64

    April 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    the scewattack? is that where they got the name

  • April 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    You know what you guys should do? You should put up a voting list for the 10 Best AVGN Episodes as voted by the fans. Mike could do it really quick an easy. Just put up a list, let us vote on which ones we like best and after a week post a video of clips from the 10 most voted for episodes. Could be a really nice treat for all of us who’ve stood by James’ side all these years. : )

  • pullen8

    April 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    im am making these kind of vids to a kid playing a game and talking about games

  • April 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Dude that was so cute! Took me back! Thanks James for the fun nostalgia!

  • ddt_Eagleeye

    April 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    “Heeey! Where’s Rocksteady, he had April!”

  • Streetguru

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    This is better than some modern LPs/Reviews…even the quality

  • Zayith

    April 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks to this, I know a lot more about how to play Double Dragon now then before! It was actually informative.

  • SirRoland64

    April 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Is this the first Let’s Play ever?!?!

  • Eggman_Chaotix

    April 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Definitely made my day ! So awesome !

  • Einsam

    April 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    i was not even born yet

  • April 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    That was awesome, also the way James was describing the game reminded me a lot of Eliot talking to ET. James was years ahead of his time πŸ™‚

  • DrSmiley

    April 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    That’s awesome. Before Youtube.. before AVGN.. there was Kid James.. video game extraordinaire. You must have had some seriously cool parents to let you use their camera. Do you feel awkward watching yourself?

  • April 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    James my man in this age i wouldn’t dream off having a video camera like you there so i can write some videos! In this age i played with kids out in my neighbouhood and i believe i didn’t own yet a game boy as well (my first console) you were far more beond in many thigs even back in the 80s than we were.Still i would love to have one video camera though so my folks could write me playing with my friends and my games some time i guess because even withoud video games i loved my childhood.

  • Lassez

    April 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    What kind of an accent is that? Esp. how you say “points,” never heard someone pronounce it quite like that before.

  • Rinji

    April 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Classic stuff Nerd, classic

  • RebornAleph

    April 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m a long-time, huge friend of yours, James.

    And I know that, most likely, it’ll be Mike reading these comments.

    But… haven’t we seen this video already? Like three times? I understand that James is busy with his own project, and I sure as hell am not complaining. Of course I’d love a brand new AVGN video every week, but I know that is just not realistic, especially at this time.

    But personally, I enjoy watching Mike’s videos now that James is busy. I don’t mind at all. I’d take those anyday, instead of just flood-spamming the site with recycled videos, y’know?

    Just my less-than-valuable two cents. Hope nobody takes offence to them.


  • RebornAleph

    April 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I meant “fan” on the first sentence of my previous post. Not “friends”.

    Heh, I wish XD.

  • scabby

    April 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I was disappointed at the lack of beer drinking and angry swearing about asses and shit.

  • Valis77

    April 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    James is so Adorable!

    1:15 it’s dooms day for that place. ^_^

  • nerdyguy64

    April 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    From saying “this isnt far” to saying “this is fucking bullshit, id rather eat my own fucking diarrhea then play this fucking shit”. You’ve come a long way James.

  • Undertaker91

    April 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    lol young James is so cute

  • CescVicious

    April 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    omg avgn with no swearing! xDDD

  • NinjaHowl

    April 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Ah brings a tear to my eye seeing the nerd reviewing in his childhood

  • Angus

    April 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Strangely enough, this proves that James has been reviewing shitty games on the Internet longer than anyone else. As far as I know, the only other big name reviewer that’s been around close to the length of time that James has is Spoony, but if James really did start in 1989…well that kind of puts the thing to rest. James has reviewed games longer than ANYONE.

    Long Live James!

  • OgreNerd

    April 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

    i was playing the smae fucking games the same years but not doing this good on eather

  • ZombieGearZolid

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Kudos for your parents for being behind you every step of the way… Because of this I KNOW your movie will be EPIC!!! Can’t wait for the movie…

  • Mister Buckethead

    April 12, 2012 at 6:53 am

    0:23 i think what you meant was ” AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS”

  • [emailΒ protected]

    April 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    what kid reviewer

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  • OliviaTremor

    April 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Man that ending was pretty fucking funny.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Well, I loved that. Little James is quite cute, I have to say. It was hilarious to hear to you spouting tips and complaining about things, for some reason.

    To think, you started so early, and actually got to pursue your dreams! Gotta’ love it.

  • Scarathias

    April 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I was like 4 in ’89 lol

  • _daze

    April 13, 2012 at 1:34 am

    daaaamn. I wasn’t even born until 1993!

  • Johnthegamer

    April 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Seems like young James didn’t hate Simons Quest as much as older James, I guess the hate built up for it over the course of 20+years.:D

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    “Strangely enough, this proves that James has been reviewing shitty games on the Internet longer than anyone else. ”

    What? No it doesn’t. Not “on the Internet”; this has absolutely nothing to do with the Internet, even if he later went on to “be on the Internet” and making reviews of shitty games.

    “Seems like young James didn’t hate Simons Quest as much as older James, I guess the hate built up for it over the course of 20+years.:D”

    But he doesn’t hate it. πŸ˜›

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    …And bad games wasn’t even his schtick here. He had none. So if anything it would be just “reviewing games on the Internet longer than anyone else”, and that’s, of course, not accurate either.

    I’m being picky, I know.

  • VinalTat

    April 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

    If you estimate the years, It doesn’t feel like it’s long ago. Even if it’s 22-23 years.

  • BENIsComing

    April 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    From humble beginnings, James Rolfe has entertained and informed us. Hopefully he will continue to do so in the years to come.

  • dokng

    April 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

    When I was that age, we had an Atari 2600 and a Commodore 64. I was convinced those were the freaking pinnacle of high technology. lol Ah, the good old days.

  • movviewer

    July 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This takes me back. I especially like the Turtles games. I used to play these games with my friends, cousins, and my dad.

  • January 8, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I’d love to watch this video again… Fucking YouTube! >_<

  • Daniel Souza

    January 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Now I know where your talent come from. You do this since when you was a kid. Practice leads to perfection…
    Congratulations! I’m a Brazilian fan!

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  • December 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Angry Video Game Kid πŸ˜€

    Grate video young James

  • Justin Middleton

    April 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Nice retro game videos, James. I’ve also made a bunch of game videos like that, only I don’t talk or comment in them. Just straight up game play.

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