Even wrapped up the console and controllers in plastic like it was all new, and scrubbed everything with a q-tip:
I wound up giving him Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 (which are inside that Sonic box I made), World of Illusion, Rambo III, and World Series Baseball 95 (the kid loves to play baseball). I was pretty interested in seeing his reaction to such an old toy for Christmas, and wrapped the console up separately from the games. When I was 6 years old, I got a Sega Genesis with Sonic the Hedgehog and it stands as one of the single best Christmas memories ever, and I really hoped he'd like the present like I did when he was a kid.
Well, when he opened the Genesis first, he looked at the box and didn't really smile or anything. He was sitting next to his dad, who is 38, and asked what it was. His dad, who loved the NES when he was younger, told him that the Sega was cool and that we should hook it up and play it, but my nephew wasn't really too excited or interested in the present, and went about opening other gifts instead. That's when I pointed out the other box that had the games inside, and told him to open that instead.
As soon as he tore the wrapping paper on the front and saw Sonic on the cover, he let out one of the loudest screams of joy I've ever heard from a kid. It was the N64 kid all over again. He flipped his shit. I had absolutely no clue, but my nephew adores Sonic Boom, and watches it everyday. Further, my sister has the Taxman port of Sonic 1 on her iphone, and apparently he plays it all the time. It's seriously his favorite game, and I had no clue. Similarly, my niece, who is 8, also loves Sonic, and she lost her shit too.
So naturally, the first thing I did was showed them that inside the box wasn't just Sonic the hedgehog, but Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which they didn't even know existed. After opening the rest of their gifts, we hooked up the Sega to the TV in the front room and let the kids play Sonic 2 with 2 controllers, my niece as sonic and my nephew as Tails. They wound up playing that and World of Illusion together, co-op in both games, all freaking day. This was all at my parents place, and by 11 pm when my sister's family was leaving, they had to basically pry the kids away from the TV to box the sega up. All the while my nephew was asking if he could play Sonic when they got home.
Goddamn nailed it. Really great christmas memory to add to my book. Sega and Christmas and Sonic continue to be a big part of Christmas tradition />