I don't remember when we got the first home console, I just remember it being there. It could have been on Christmas day because I do remember getting something big and not being able to play with it because we had to go to the grandparents house for Christmas dinner. The first console we had was the Atari 5200 and it was probably sometime before 1985 (if the console was out by then?), but, the first console I bought was the NES and here's that story:
1986 or early '87, I remember the kid up the street showing me Super Mario Bros on the NES. I thought it was amazing and immediately began to pester my parents for a NES. No luck, though. They would not budge at the time. I think it was after my birthday and they told me I would not be getting one for Christmas. So, I began pestering my older sister to pay for half of it. That actually worked, believe it or not, and we took a trip to Brendal's (I think it was Brendal's or something like that) to find the absolutely last NES in town. It was the R.O.B. system so no mario bros. My sister said that we would have to go buy that next, but I had moved on. We had enough money to buy the system and 1 game. I chose Castlevania and told her that if she wanted Super Mario, she'd have to buy it herself. I don't think she did, but we did end up getting it somewhere down the line. I still remember being woken up to the sound of the zapper and my Dad's laughter on a few Saturday mornings. Good times.