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Actress Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars fame used to be a huge gamer according to a new interview she recently gave in Empire magazine. And it would appear that she had a soft spot for Nintendo systems, especially the Nintendo 64.

"You know, I used to be [a gamer] so much," she told the magazine. "When systems first came out I was all over regular Nintendo [the NES], Super Nintendo, Sega, N64. My N64 was the only thing I couldn't live without in college."

If you're wondering why Bell is referring to her love of gaming in the past tense, it's because she sadly doesn't have time for it any more, as a result of her busy career and wanting to spend time with her family.

"Into my 20s I still played a lot of Mario Kart but I kind of just tapered off and now I find that I have too much to do in real life to sit down and explore a videogame."

With that said, Bell hasn't severed all ties with gaming; recently she voiced the role of Lucy Stillman in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Have you moved away from gaming as a hobby as a result of a busy lifestyle? Do you think you've lost anything as a result of it? Let us know in the comments section below.