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Apparently it’s National Video Game Day again, whatever that the hell that means. Just because it’s a made-up holiday though doesn’t mean good things can’t come from it, including a bunch of people exchanging heartfelt anecdotes about what games have meant to them throughout their lives.

Earlier today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account asked people about their favorite memories related to the company’s hardware and games. There were thousands of replies, many of them sincere talking about the first game someone ever got or that time they waited in line for a new console ready to explode at the thought of getting home and finally turning it on.

I could try to make jokes but it was a wholesome affair through and through. It turns out that when fans aren’t berating Nintendo for canceling one of its Directs following a tragic natural disaster there’s a lot of genuine love for the company that runs deep. Who doesn’t have a memory of some time when their mind drifted from this harsh, mortal world because for a few moments they got to see their favorite character make the jump from 2D to 3D for the first time or discover a hidden temple at the bottom of an ocean, maybe while playing with a close friend or family member?

Below is a smattering of stories like these, and proof that for a number of us, should we be lucky enough to die in bed, our last words will likely be something much stranger than “Rosebud.”

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“Pikmin 4,” perhaps.

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