When it originally launched back in 1997, Mario Kart 64 quickly became one of the most popular games in dorm rooms around the world. However, like many Nintendo games, Mario Kart 64 became a hit game with people of all ages, and the proof of that can be found with the parents of Reddit user bork1138, whose parents have played the game every day since 2001.
According to bork1138, his parents play Mario Kart 64 to determine who has to make the tea that day. They do a best of three series in Battle mode, and then face off in GP. Bork1138's parents still use an original Nintendo 64 console to play the game, as opposed to say, the Wii U's Virtual Console, and over the years, all they've had to replace is one of the controllers.
Bork1138 says his parents know all of the tricks and shortcuts when it comes to playing Mario Kart 64, so they've agreed not to use any of them to avoid bickering. As for which characters each of his parents main, bork1138's dad is a Toad main in both GP and Battle, whereas his mom mains Wario in Battle and Yoshi in GP.
Some on Reddit have expressed doubt that the photo of the couple playing Mario Kart 64 is real, but bork1138 actually posted a similar picture four years ago, which supports his claims. It's unclear why the couple hasn't upgraded to new versions of Mario Kart, but perhaps they tried games like Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch and would rather stick to the Nintendo 64 version. Then again, maybe they just don't want to spend money on more games.
The story of bork1138's parents and their daily Mario Kart 64 battles helps to challenge the stereotype that video games are just for young people. In fact, elderly individuals can be some of the most hardcore gamers out there, like the Skyrim grandma on YouTube and the 87 year old woman who logged over 3,000 hours in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
And as the generation that grew up with video games in their lives grow older, one has to imagine that gaming will become an increasingly popular pastime for the elderly community.
Mario Kart 64 is available for the Nintendo 64.