For the first time in my life, I just beat Super Mario Bros. I had gotten to level 8-4 many times, but was never able to get past bowser at the end. The fire and the hammers were just too much.
Also, I was never good at doing that thing with the turtle shell in level 3 for extra lives. This is all another reason I love owning a Nintendo Wii. I purchased the game and downloaded it onto the Wii. You can use the Wii remote like a regular Nintendo controller. What's even better is that if you've been playing a game and have to stop, it lets you continue. A couple of nights ago, Carolina and I played until we got to the last level, and we just couldn't beat it.
About 30 minutes ago, I turned my Wii on to read the news and check the weather (2 other very handy features that help me avoid needing to watch the regular news on TV), and I noticed that our progress was saved I still had "(Crown Shape)9" lives left on 8-4. So I went for it.
After about 15 tries, I finally beat it. Eat lava, Bowser. My childhood goal is officially accomplished.