Nintendo 64 – The 15th Anniversary


Nintendo 64: Gone but not forgotten
Being the 15th anniversary of the much beloved Nintendo 64 console I thought I’d write a little piece in remembering the console and a list of my top games I enjoyed playing on it.
The N64, released in Japan in June 1996, was a big step forward in terms of gaming and was the latest entry into the 5th-gen category of gaming consoles. Nintendo had taken big risks and pushed a lot of boundaries with the N64, but risks that were well worth taken in the end. For example, the revolutionary controller that had an analogue joystick (wowzers), one in which we had to use in almost every n64 game to move around with. 
Being only a PS1 owner at the time, using the N64 controller for the first time, felt a bit strange, but then it became a joy to use. I remember picking the N64 controller up for the very first time and thinking ‘how on earth are you supposed to hold this thing?’.
The yellow up,down,left, right ‘C’ buttons also gave us gamers a new method of being able to control the camera movement, so we could explore the 3D environments the games threw us into. The option to stick with cartridge games instead of using CD’s, was a big gamble and I can see why – longer to manufacture, high production costs – which made it tougher for Nintendo to compete in the market with other gaming giants at the time such as Sony. However the cartridges did have a much longer life-span (they couldn’t get scratched) than the CD games Sony produced, and the loading times were significantly quicker too.
The console released with two games, Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Super Mario 64 being one of the best-selling games, selling over 11 millions copies. A total of around 385 games were released on the N64, which was quite a low compared to over 1000+ titles on the Playstation and also keeping in mind that there were over 785 released on the SNES. despite this however, there were a lot of top-notch games released, many of which have influenced games we see in the current generation of gaming.
Goldeneye 007 is definitely one of them. Probably the best game I ever got to experience on the N64. Developed by Rare and released in August 1997, Goldeneye pretty much revolutionised the whole FPS genre on gaming consoles, with its addition of multiplayer death-match (which included character, weapon and map set-up options), weapon zooms, visible bullet-wounds on enemies and stealth elements of gameplay.
There were a lot of games for the N64 I really enjoyed and still have fond memories of playing with friends. As with many others who got the chance to experience gaming on the N64, there was always and still is, heated debates on which were the best games of its time. Here are mine….
All time favourite N64 games:
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Perfect Dark
  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Conker’s Bad Fur Day
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Mario Tennis
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Party
  • The World Is not Enough
  • Lylat Wars (aka Star Fox 64) 
  • WCW Vs nWo Revenge
  • WWF No Mercy
All the games speak for themselves really and I’ve probably missed a couple, but that’s my list of favourite N64 games I owned. I enjoyed the single player story of them but it was so much more fun when you could play with 4 people. Back then I enjoyed the four player multiplayer matches in goldeneye, perfect dark, the 2 Vs 2 double matches in Mario Tennis, the family destroying ‘cup’ races on Mario Kart, The hilarious games of ‘The world is not enough’ – playing with a good friend of mine Vs the computer bots on the hardest difficulty, Dudley death dropping Mae Young (an 80 year-old OAP/female wrestler) 500 times in a row on WWF No Mercy (think we laughed for a whole 2 hours straight). The list really could go on and on but I will stop here for now as I’m being ever so inclined to buy another N64 again (which I may well do – I have no idea why I sold my original one in the first place…sniff).
The Nintendo 64 for me will always be remembered as a classic games console, a tech-powerhouse for its generation, that has definitely made an impact-and had a major influence-on the types of games we see in this modern age of gaming. Although it had its downfalls, such as the expensive manufacturing costs for producing the cartridges, there are so many more positives that came out of the N64 that make the negatives look like dust in the wind.

About smellslikevictory

BEng (Hons) graduate in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Enjoy travelling, working out and all things techy

Posted on September 30, 2011, in Nintendo, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow, 15 years. This system will always be the high point of my life as a gamer.

    • smellslikevictory

      15 years indeed ! Doesn’t seem that long ago that I was putting Goldeneye into the console for the first time!

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